Month: September 2018

September 30, 2018: Acts 10:44-48 “Baptism as a Sign and a Seal (Part 3)

Big Idea:  Jesus Christ is the greatest gang leader of all time. And He looked at you thugs and He said “I’m gonna die for them, so that I can make them a part of the family with the Father that has gone on forever – a community of love and fidelity that will never end.” And He invites this rag-tag collection of people to take the mark of gany life by being baptised and then to live out what it means to be a gang for Jesus – to have one another’s backs – to be present, to be committed, to protect, to serve, to honor, to sacrifice. By this, all men will know that you are disciples of Jesus Christ – when you love one another.

Kids SS – Jesus’ Resurrection

BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 27:11-66
MAIN POINT: Jesus was crucified on the cross.
KEY PASSAGE: Ephesians 2:8-9
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Why did Jesus die on the cross? Jesus died on
the cross to save us from our sins and came back to life to show we are

The time between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning must have been dark hours for Jesus’ disciples. Fear, doubt, and confusion certainly overwhelmed their thoughts. Jesus, their Lord, was dead. He had been unjustly arrested, falsely accused, and severely beaten. Even worse, He had been killed in a horrible manner: by crucifixion.

The story doesn’t end there. Jesus’ body was laid in a tomb. The tomb was sealed and guards watched over it. The Jews remembered Jesus’ claim that He would rise from the dead (John 2:19-21), and they made sure no one could steal His body and insist He had risen. Imagine their surprise when Jesus did rise from the dead!

John and Peter saw the empty tomb. Jesus appeared to Mary. The disciples believed Jesus had risen from the dead. Even though the guards at the tomb were bribed to lie about what happened (they said the disciples stole Jesus’ body), the truth spread. The disciples wouldn’t have dedicated their lives and died for something they knew was a lie.

If Christ had remained dead, His death would have meant nothing more than yours or mine. Humanity would still be dead in sin. But God gives us victory over sin and death through His Son, Jesus. The resurrection gives us hope that we too will one day be raised and changed. (See Rom. 6:5; 8:11.)

Paul addressed in 1 Corinthians 15:7 just how essential Jesus’ resurrection is to the gospel: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” The resurrection is proof that God was satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins and that God’s new covenant had begun.

Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but He didn’t stay dead. God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. Jesus provides salvation from sin and the promise of eternal life.

Emphasize to the kids you teach that Jesus is alive! We believe this by faith. Today, Jesus is seated at the right hand of God and reigns as King over all of creation. (Phil. 2:9-10)

Pastor Post: September 28, 2018

Dear Church Family,

Thank you for your prayers for me and one another. Our church is only as strong as our dependence on the LORD.

Here are some updates about things you can pray for, support, and attend:

1. Membership Class, this Sunday (9/30) – Elders Randy Pospisil and Jeff Olson will be walking through our membership information from 12:15-3:30/4 this Sunday. If you want to attend, you need to let Randy know today:

2. Family Discussion on October 7 @12:15PM – We will be having an open forum and discussion about the potential pastoral staff position for 2019. Please bring your own lunch for yourself and your family. We will sit around the round tables in our foyer and hold some Q&A regarding the funding for the position, their role, current church needs, etc. Please send as many questions as you can in advance to

3. We are partnering with Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center this year through their Baby Bottle Boomerang Campaign. If you took a bottle this week, please get the bottle back with your financial contribution asap. Our last Sunday is October 7. Even if you did not bring a bottle, you can bring your donation to our church gathering this Sunday and leave your donation at the info table.

4. Four-week Leadership Class (October 29, November 5, 12, 19) – A team has been working on a 4-week leadership class for a number of months and we’d like to attempt its first iteration this Fall. This is for existing and aspiring servant leaders (more details to come). Mark your calendars for four Monday night trainings from 7-8:15PM.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Matt

September 23, 2018: Acts 2:36-41 “Baptism as a Sign and a Seal, Part 2”

Big Idea:  Baptism is a sign that marks believers.

Kids SS – Jesus’ Crucifixion

BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 27:11-66
MAIN POINT: Jesus was crucified on the cross.
KEY PASSAGE: Ephesians 2:8-9
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Why did Jesus die on the cross? Jesus died on
the cross to save us from our sins and came back to life to show we are

Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection are the center of the gospel. Jesus accomplished the plan God had been working out throughout the Old Testament to bring salvation to sinners, and it happened in such an unlikely way.

In the Book of Acts, Peter testified to the Israelites about Jesus’ death: “Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him” (Acts 2:23). Crucifixion was a horrific way to die. As you share with your kids, rather than focus on the graphic details of how Jesus died, emphasize why He died. Two primary reasons stand out: God is loving, and God is just.

First, God is loving. He sent His Son to be the Savior of the world because He loves us. (See John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1 John 4:10.) Jesus submitted to the Father’s will; He humbled Himself and came to earth as a man, and He laid down His life because He loves us. (Eph. 5:2)

Jesus lived the perfect life we failed to live and died the guilty death we don’t want to die. Those who trust in Him receive forgiveness and eternal life.

Second, God is just. God’s law for the people was plain. (See Deuteronomy 6:5.) But God’s people, and all people, broke the law. We have loved other things more than we love God. That is sin. So why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn’t He just say, “You are forgiven”? Because God is just, He requires due payment for sin. To simply forgive sin without requiring a payment would be unjust.

Jesus was our substitute, taking our place on the cross and absorbing God’s wrath on our behalf so we can be forgiven and declared righteous. (See Rom. 3:25-26; Col. 2:13-15.) Jesus died to release sinners from slavery to sin, and when we trust in Him, we are free indeed.

We deserve to die because of our sin, but God loves us and kept His promise to send a Savior. Jesus never sinned, but He died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, and those who trust in Him have forgiveness and eternal life.