This last Sunday we covered the Gospel of John’s presentation of John the Baptist in John 1.19-34. Here is the link to the sermon notes and small group questions if you need them this week: John 1 19-34 Insert.
We also ended the service with a new song this last Sunday called “Blest Be the Lamb.” The song was originally done by a group called “Sojourn.” If you would like to listen to the song online you can do so for free here. You can also download/purchase the song (and the entire album) here.
I am looking forward to covering John 1.35-51 next week with everyone.
-Pastor Nathan Hogan
This Saturday September 13th, The youth group will be having a carwash from 9:30-12:30Pm come on by and get your car cleaned up! This car wash will help raise money for the Fall retreat in Novmember and Winter camp in February.
Here is a link to the sermon notes/discussion questions that were in the bulletin on Sunday. I am going to attempt to post a copy of the sermon notes each week on the church website so that everyone has access to them. Feel free to download/print out a copy for use in your home fellowships (or personal use). John 1 1-18 Insert
Also, you may have noticed that I recommended a book at the end of the sermon notes. The book is by Bruce A. Ware, and is titled, The Man Christ Jesus. If you want to do a bit more reading regarding the humanity and deity of Jesus, this is a great place to start. Given that this is a deep and complex topic, the author does a great job condensing and clarifying issues. He deals with questions like: If Jesus is fully God and man, and God knows all things, how could he grow in wisdom as a boy? If God cannot sin, how was Jesus really tempted? These are not easy questions, but the author presents them, and their answers, in a very understandable way.
-Pastor Nathan Hogan
The Men’s Tuesday morning Bible study resumes next Tuesday, September 2. We meet at 6:00 am at the church, and we discuss the upcoming passage that will be covered in Sunday’s sermon. This year we will be going through the book of John together. We will provide the text for that week ahead of time so you can come with any observations, insights, or questions you may have. For more information contact Pastor Nathan at the church.
“Who’s Who” is the perennial publication that produces the names of people who have risen above the norm to make a positive impact on society. Research shows it takes 25,000 families of unskilled laboring background to produce one person in the annual “Who’s Who,” it requires 10,000 skilled laboring families to put one person in “Who’s Who,” 2,500 professional families are necessary to accomplish the same task, but only 7 missionary families are needed to produce one member of “Who’s Who.” Christian influence definitely adds salt to society!
But society can never be seasoned with salt if God’s people shy away from the lost. This was the problem Jesus addressed when He gave the series of parables found in Luke 15. The Pharisees of His day were grumbling, “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Lk. 15:2). They were convinced His love for sinners was morally wrong! If social media was around 2,000 years ago, #JesusLovesSinners would have been the trending hashtag, followed by SMH—”Shaking my head.”
The Pharisees thought Jesus was contracting uncleanness by eating and associating Himself with sinners. But it’s precisely because of His love for sinners that He came to seek and save the lost, and God and heaven rejoice when the lost are found. Be encouraged to have the same attitude as Christ’s—to approach the lost without hardheartedness. After all, that’s what He did for us. He’s the Good Shepherd who laid down His very own life for the sake of lost sheep like you and me. May He be forever praised.
-Pastor Marttell Sánchez