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God’s Prophet is not Welcome in His Hometown

Text: Luke 4:22-30
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: March 30, 2014

Imagine getting to hear the greatest preacher in the world.  What response would He receive.  The people of Nazareth heard Jesus proclaim the Word, yet they sought to kill Him.

Last time we learned about Jesus’ visit to his hometown of Nazareth where he read the Scripture in the synagogue and declared that He is the Messianic deliverance.  This week we will study the response of the people there, which at first was favorable, but then rapidly declined. One stumbling block for them was Jesus’ familiarity to them.  He grew up among them.  Then when He refused to work miracles, they turned on Him.

People today still misunderstand Jesus.  All of us can be guilty of taking the familiar blessings of God for granted.


A Proper Thinking, A Proper Hope

Text: Colossians 3:1-4
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: March 23, 2014

An evening service sermon from Mike Kelley.


The Folly of Presumption

Text: James 4:13-17
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: March 23, 2014

Sunday morning message from Mike Kelley.


A Twist of Fate

Text: Hosea 1
Speaker: Daniel Svendsen
Date: March 16, 2014

An evening service sermon from Daniel Svendsen.


Jesus Preaches the Gospel in Nazareth

Text: Luke 4:14-30
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: March 16, 2014

This week we begin our study of Jesus’ public ministry.  Luke’s record of our Lord’s work in Galilee extends from 4:14-9:50.  After a brief summary of Jesus’ teaching in the synagogues (4:14-15), Luke describes Jesus’ return to His hometown of Nazareth where He reads from Isaiah 61 and makes an astonishing claim that He is the One Who is anointed by the Spirit to preach the gospel announcing deliverance to the poor and oppressed.  The long awaited time of God’s favor (Jubilee) has arrived (4:16-21).  Next week we will study the response Jesus’ message receives in Nazareth (4:22-30).

Many have misunderstood Jesus’ message of setting free the oppressed as merely promoting immediate social reform.  We will see that the salvation Jesus brings is spiritual.  The miracles He performs are signs which point to Him as the one who delivers us from bondage to Satan, sin and death.  When He returns all poverty, disease and oppression will be eliminated for those who have received Him.  But the time of opportunity will be over for those who reject him.  They will incur His wrath.


Guarding the Affections of the Heart

Text: Deuteronomy 5:21
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: March 9, 2014

This Lords’ Day we will be looking at what the Scripture has to say with regard to the theme of covetousness.  The message is entitled Guarding the Affections of the Heart.  We will build a theology of desire and covetousness, looking at God’s desires for us, the competing desires of our hearts, as well as developing in some detail the differences between good desires and bad desires (coveting). I am hopeful these reminders from the Word will cause us to reflect and consider just how well we have been appropriating the resources and weighting the marvelous promises in Christ that God has graciously given.  It would be a good soul-work to consider as well where we might need to make correctives with the competing affections and attitudes of our hearts.  My study has certainly stretched me this week.  Hope it will do the same for you.  It is definitely a struggle at times to find ongoing success in this critically important area of the Christian life, yet sometimes we make it harder than it has to be.  My agenda is to make it easier! Could I encourage you to readDeuteronomy 5:1-21 as well as 1 Timothy 6:6-19 as preparation for our worship time together.


The Wrath of God

Text: Romans 1:18-2:6
Speaker: Keith Palmer
Date: March 2, 2014

An evening service sermon from Keith Palmer.


Your War against Temptation

Text: Luke 4:1-13
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: March 2, 2014

Last week we began our study of Jesus’ temptation and learned that:

  • We don’t merely need fighting lessons, we need a Fighter.
  • We don’t merely need a moral example, we need a Deliverer.
  • When Jesus did battle with the devil in the wilderness He fought and won on our behalf.
  • Where Adam and Israel had failed, Jesus proved Himself to be the true Son of God.
  • What Adam lost Jesus has come to regain.

While the most important aspect of this passage is what Jesus did as our champion, we also can learn much to equip us for our battle with temptation.  How can we hope to do better than Adam or Israel?  Because of what Christ has done for us we are no longer slaves to sin and we are confident that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able.  We, like Jesus, are equipped by the Spirit and the Word to battle the devil.


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