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Extravagant Devotion to Christ

Text: John 12:1-8
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: March 25, 2012

As we approach the season in which many remember Jesus’ death and resurrection, I decided to choose for this week and next week passages which lead up to these events.
Next week I plan to cover the triumphal entry (John 12:9-19), which will include an examination of Psalm 118, which was being quoted by the crowds as Jesus entered Jerusalem.

This week we will cover John 12:1-8 in which Mary anoints Jesus with very costly perfume, which He says is preparation for His burial.
We too are to be extravagant in our worship and service for Christ Who has done so much for us.
Some people, like Judas, don’t understand this, but Jesus acknowledges that there is nothing more important than honoring Him.

Please read John 12:1-8 before coming to church tomorrow. You may also want to read a parallel account in Mark 14.

Your Comfort in our Personal God

Text: Psalm 139
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: March 18, 2012

This Sunday I plan to preach from Psalm 139 in which the psalmist finds practical comfort in the theological truths of God’s omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence.
These attributes of God become the basis for personal comfort and worship.

I encourage you to read Psalm 139 before coming to church tomorrow.

The Work of the Preacher: The Markers of the Faithful Minister

Text: 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: March 11, 2012

Blessed Forgiveness

Text: Psalm 32
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: March 4, 2012

For the past few weeks we have been enjoying some of the Psalms. I personally have been blessed to see how God helps His people in their various struggles.
This week I plan to preach from Psalm 32.

Psalm 32 is like Psalms 42 and 73 in that the author has a great difficulty – injustice (73), despair due to hard circumstances (42), and then finds the solution as he draws near to God.
The difference in Psalm 32 is that the Psalmist’s difficulty (depression) is due to his own sin (David’s adultery and murder described in 2 Samuel 11).
The Psalmist (David) finds relief and mercy as he stops hiding from God (and deceiving himself) as he humbly confesses his sin.
This is a precious Psalm which offers hope of forgiveness to broken sad sinners.
This Psalm is also profound theologically as David powerfully describes the nature of our sin (sin, transgression, iniquity), the way that God graciously deals with our sin (forgiveness, covering, imputation), and how we receive forgiveness (by faith). In Romans 4, Paul quotes from Psalm 32 to help prove that justification has always been by faith alone.

Please read Psalm 32 before coming to church on Sunday. I would encourage the Bereans among us to also read Psalm 51 and 2 Samuel 11-12.

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