Pastor Jonathan leads this weeks sermon with “Beware!”, from Jonah 1:1-3

Jonah 1:1-3 (ESV)

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,  “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

Beware of a hard heart toward God’s call!

  • Beware of spiritual coasting.
  • Beware of spiritual ethnocentrism.
  • Beware of conditional obedience.
  • Beware of justifying sin by circumstances.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • How has God shown compassion to you?
  • Have you ever had to obey your parents when you didn’t want to?
  • How did Jesus obey God? Why is that good news for us?
  • Why does God not want us to ever justify our sin?

Stand Firm

Pastor Jon leads this weeks sermon with “Standing Firm”, from II Timothy 4:3-5

II Timothy 4:3-5 (ESV)

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

We are called to be steadfast in changing times.

We should expect

  • False Teaching
  • Itching ears
  • Myths

Response in changing times

  • Keep your head.
  • Put on your big boy pants.
  • Continue to speak.
  • Don’t stop believing.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Share about a time when someone told you something that was a lie.
  • Is it easier to listen to the truth or a lie? Why?
  • When can it be hard to stand up for the truth?
  • Share about a time when Jesus stood up for the truth.

Light Dawns

worship low resOn Good Friday, a group of new Christian believers met to worship and study God’s word together. At first, this may not seem like a newsworthy occurrence, until you know the details. Because this worship service happened in a city on the most unreached island on earth, an island that is home to 49 different unreached people groups. For centuries its people have been in darkness, enslaved to false religions.

But now, by God’s grace, the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ is shining into this spiritually dark place. The reason this worship service was special is that it marks the first time, as far as anyone knows, that a person from this particular people group has actually led others from that group in Christian worship. Let that sink in for a minute. The first time. Ever. This worship service a couple weeks ago signals an eternal change in the history of that people group.

We read in Revelation 5:9 that Christ “ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” How amazing that we are witnessing the fulfillment of that promise unfolding right before our eyes. And not just in this one location, but so many places around the world. Be encouraged, be in prayer, and be sharing the gospel wherever you go. God is powerful!

Stand Firm

Pastor Jon leads this weeks sermon with “Standing Firm”, from II Timothy 4:1-2

II Timothy 4:1-2 (ESV)

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

We are called to be steadfast in changing times.

  • Preach the Word.
  • Be ready.
  • Practice long-suffering apologetics.

Structure of Steadfast living

  • Gifting doesn’t determine obedience.
  • Passion determines obedience.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What is the importance of being prepared for something?
  • What does Paul command us to do?
  • By whose authority does Paul command us to do those things?
  • Why does God command us to stand up for Him and all that we believe?

Gospel Light or Gospel Lite

Pastor Jay preaches on “Gospel Light or Gospel Lite” from Ephesians 5:6-14.

Ephesians 5:6-14 (ESV)

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

We need a bright gospel to awaken the dead and mostly dead.

  • A bright gospel is truthful about wrath.
  • A bright gospel breaks with the disobedient.
  • A bright gospel transforms us from darkness to light.
  • A bright gospel exposes the darkness.
  • A bright gospel awakens the sleeper.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Is it usually easier to choose to please God or yourself? Why?
  • Without Christ, what do we deserve?
  • How does God reveal sin in our lives?
  • What has God done to restore our relationship with Him?