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“Don’t Believe Everything You Hear” 1 John 4:1-6 January 2, 2022 — Reverend Steve Johnson I. A Command and Warning: Don’t Believe Everyone, but Test for False Teachers (v. 1, cf. Proverbs 14:15) II. A Speech Test: What Do They Confess? (vv. 2-3) III. A Hearing Test: Who’s Listening? (vv. 4-6) A. Who’s Listening to Them? B. Who’s Listening to Us? IV…
 
“Advent Week 4: Christ the Priest-King” Psalm 110 December 19, 2021 — Reverend Steve Johnson I. Jesus Came to Be Our Sovereign King (Psalm 110:1-3, cf. Matthew 22:41-46) II. Jesus Came to Be Our Everlasting High Priest (Psalm 110:4, cf. Genesis 14:18-20, Hebrews 7) III. Jesus Will Come Again to Be the Judge of the World (Psalm 110:5-7, cf. Revelati…
 
“Advent Week 2: Christ the Messiah” Psalm 69 December 5, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. This Psalm is about David 1. Prayer (1-4) 2. Painful lament (5-18) 3. Plea (19-29) 4. Praise (30-36) II. This Psalm is about Jesus 1. 69:4 → Jn 15:25 2. 69:9 → Jn 2:17; Rom 15:3 3. 69:29-21 → Mt 27:34; Lk 23:36; Jn 19:29 4. 69:13-18 III. So what? 1. Legitimacy …
 
“Advent Week 1: Christ the Hated and Victorious King” Psalm 2 November 28, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. There is a King (4-9) 1. Who he is (4-7) 2. Where he reigns (8) 3. How he reigns (9) II. The King is hated (1-3) 1. By whom? (1-2) 2. Why? (3) III. The King is always victorious (4-5, 9, 10-12) 1. Absolute allegiance or else (4-5, 9, 10-12a) 2…
 
“Help for a Condemning Heart” 1 John 3:19-24 November 21, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. Reality of a condemning heart (19-20) II. Remedy for a condemning heart (19-21a; 2:1-2) III. Response of a heart no longer condemned (21b-24) 1. Confident communion with the Lord (21b, 24) 2. Expectant prayer (22; 5:14-15) 3. Faithful obedience (22b-23) (A) Be…
 
“We Know We’re Saved Because We Love the Brothers” 1 John 3:11-18 November 14, 2021 — Reverend Steve Johnson I. Love the Brothers as Jesus Commanded (v. 11, cf. John 13:34, 15:12) II. A Negative Example: Do Not Hate Like Cain (vv. 12-13) III. Love is Evidence of Salvation (vv. 14-15) IV. A Positive Example: Love Like Jesus Loved Us (vv. 16-18)…
 
“A Global Outreach Perspective: God’s Mission, Method, and Calling” Matthew 28:16-20 October 31, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. God’s mission 1. What? (A) Reaching (19) (B) Equipping (20a) 2. Who? (19) II. God’s method 1. Motivating his people (A) Jesus’ power (18) (B) Jesus’ presence (20b) 2. Mobilizing his people (17) III. God’s calling 1. Every…
 
“What Does It Look Like To Be a Child of God?” 1 John 2:28-3:3 October 24, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. Be overwhelmed by the Father’s love (3:1) II. Put off sin & put on righteousness (2:29, 3:3) 1. Put off sin (3:3) 2. Put on righteousness (2:29) III. Do not look for our home here (3:1b; Jn 15:18-21) IV. Wait with eager expectation for Jesus’ …
 
“Reassurance and Worldliness” 1 John 2:12-17 October 10, 2021 — Reverend Steve Johnson Six Words of Reassurance (1 John 2:12-14) 1. To Children (vv. 12, 13c) 2. To Fathers (vv. 13a, 14a) 3. To Young Men (vv. 13b, 14b) A Word of Warning against Worldliness (1 John 2:15-17) 1. The Meaning of the Command (v. 15a) 2. Three Reasons to Heed the Warning (…
 
“Walking and Loving Like Jesus” 1 John 2:3-11 October 3, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. How we can know (3, 5b, 6) II. What that looks like (3-11) 1. Generally – walking like Jesus walked (3-6) 2. Specifically – loving like Jesus loved (7-11) (A) It’s old (7; Jn 13:34, 15:12, 17; Col 3:1-17) (B) It’s new (8) (C) Negatively (9, 11) (D) Positively (…
 
“The Picture of the Christian Life: Walking in the Light” 1 John 1:5-2:2 September 26, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. The Problem 1. We have a problem because we sin (5-6) (A) Standard (5) (B) Standard broken (6) 2. We have a problem because we have a sinful nature (8; Rom 5:12-18) 3. We have a problem because sin disrupts our relationship with Go…
 
“Why We Can Have Assurance” 1 John 1:1-4 September 12, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper We can have assurance because of the content of the gospel (1-3) 1. Who? 2. What is he? (A) Divine (B) Human 3. What did he accomplish? We can have assurance because of the fruit of the gospel (3-4) 1. Fellowship (3) (A) With the Lord (B) With one another 2. Joy (4)…
 
“The Lord’s Prayer: Deliver Us from Evil” Matt. 6:13, 26:36-46 August 22, 2021 — Reverend Steve Johnson II. Watchfulness 1. Where temptation isn’t coming from (James 1:12:13) 2. Where temptation is coming from (James 1:14-15, 1 John 5:19) 3. Why we need to be alert III. Prayerfulness 1. Pray that God would keep you from temptation 2. Pray that God …
 
“The Lord’s Prayer: Horizontal Forgiveness” Matthew 6:12, 14-15; 18:21-35 August 15, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. We need to see our need of forgiveness 1. Context of the parable (18:15-20, 21-22) 2. Our place in the parable (23-26) II. We need to see extent of God’s forgiveness to us (27-34) 1. What the king could have done (34) 2. What the kin…
 
“The Lord’s Prayer: Give Us Our Daily Bread” Matthew 6:11 August 1, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. We are acknowledging our fellowship – “Give us....our...” II. We are acknowledging our utter dependance on the Lord – “Give us this day.....daily...” III. We are acknowledging our physical & spiritual needs – “Give us...bread” 1. Physical 2. Spiritua…
 
“The Lord’s Prayer: Your Will Be Done” Matthew 6:5-10 July 25, 2021 — Reverend Steve Johnson I. Pray that God’s Will Might Be Known A. The Secret Will of God: “If the Lord Wills” (James 4:15, Eph. 1:3-11) B. The Revealed Will of God: “Do this and live” (Ex. 20:1-17, Gal. 3:12, Matt. 22:34-40) II. Remember That God’s Will was Done A. Our Rebellious …
 
“The Lord’s Prayer: What Are You Hallowing?” Matthew 6:5-9 June 27, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. What it means (6:9) 1. What “hallow” means 2. What “name” means 3. What we are actually supposed to pray II. When we must do it (6:9; Ps 63) III. How we fail to do it 1. We hallow other things 2. We misuse & take God’s name in vain 3. We fail to rest…
 
“Do You Have the Right Covering?” Psalm 32 June 13, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. Why we need forgiveness (1, 3-5) 1. What sin is (1-2) 2. What sin does (3-4) 3. Why we need help (1-5) II. How we get forgiveness (5-7, 10) 1. Using the right standard (5) 2. Going to the right source (5-6) 3. Getting the ultimate declaration (5-6, 10-11; Rom 4:1-8)…
 
“Let Us Fall Into the Hand of the Lord” 2 Samuel 24 May 30, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. Trust the sovereign will of the Lord (1; 1 Chron 21:1; James 1:13-15) II. Do the right thing when you sin (2-14) 1. What was David’s sin? (2-9) 2. What happened to David’s heart? (10a) 3. How did David respond? (10-14) (A) Repentance (B) Acceptance III. Beli…
 
“When One Rules Justly Over Men” 2 Samuel 23 May 23, 2021 — Reverend Steve Johnson 1. Prophetic Wisdom: The Just Ruler Brings God’s Blessings (vv. 1-4) 2. The Example of David as a Just Ruler (vv. 5-7) 3. An Example of Blessing in David’s Life: The Mighty Men (vv. 8-39) 4. Everlasting Blessing: The Just Ruler of the New Creation (vv. 3b-4; cf. Jer.…
 
“The Steadfast Love of the Lord” 2 Samuel 22 May 16, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. What this is (1; Ps 18) II. Why David wrote it (1-51) III. So what? 1. Praising God no matter the circumstances 2. Importance of faithful obedience (21-25) 3. Trusting God is at work 4. Who this is ultimately about (Rom 15:9; Lk 1:46-55)…
 
“Dealing With Giants” 2 Samuel 21:15-22 May 9, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. Dealing with giants in the past (15-22) 1. Who they were 2. How they were dealt with 3. Why this is included in the Bible II. Dealing with giants in the present 1. Expectation of giants (Gen 3:15; 1 Pet 5:8; Jn 16:33) 2. What are some of ours? (A) Personal - individually…
 
“The Awfulness and Wonder of Atonement” 2 Samuel 21:1-14 May 2, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. Timelessness of God’s justice (1-2; Joshua 9) II. Awfulness of atonement (3-9) 1. Horror of sin (Ex 20:7) 2. Cost of redemption (Dt 19:21; Numb 35:31; Gen 9:6; 10-14) III. Wonder of God’s grace (1-2, 3-9, 10-14) 1. Problem revealed (1-2) 2. Grief observe…
 
“Another Rebellion, Sparked by a False Gospel” 2 Samuel 19:41-20:26 April 25, 2021 — Reverend Steve Johnson I. Be Eager to Maintain the Unity of the Spirit (2 Sam. 19:41-20:2, cf. Eph. 4:3) 1. The Prideful Infighting (2 Sam. 19:41-43) 2. The Hopeless Lie (2 Sam. 20:1) 3. The Fickle Division (2 Sam. 20:2) II. Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out (2 Sa…
 
“Receiving Grace and Living in Grace” 2 Samuel 19:8-40 April 18, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. Picture of God’s grace received (9-23) 1. Dealing with Israel & Judah (9-14) 2. Dealing with Shimei (15-23) II. Pictures of living in grace in response to God’s grace (15-40; Eph 4:32) 1. Dealing with Shimei (15-23; Acts 9) 2. Dealing with Mephibosheth …
 
“I Shall Not Be Shaken” Psalm 16 April 4, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. Causes of being shaken 1. Running after other gods (4) 2. Discontentment (2, 5-7) 3. Fear of the certainty of death (10) II. How not to be shaken 1. Set the Lord before you (8, 1-2, 5, 11b; 1 Jn 3:2-3) 2. Delight in God’s people (3) 3. Believe in the resurrection (9-11; Acts …
 
“How Do We Endure Dark Days?” 2 Samuel 15 March 21, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. The dark days David experienced (1-17) 1. Consequence of his own sin (12:10-12) 2. Scheming of Absalom (1-7a) 3. Treachery of Absalom (7-17) II. How David endured the dark days (18-37) 1. Relied on faithful friends (18-23) 2. Trusted in Lord’s will (24-29) 3. Looked…
 
“A Slap on the Wrist for a Murderer: The Fallout of David’s Sin Continues” 2 Samuel 14 March 14, 2021 — Reverend Steve Johnson I. The Backstory II. The Fallout 1. Worldly Wisdom Replaces Godly Wisdom (2 Sam. 14:1-20) 2. Injustice for a Murderer (2 Sam. 14:21-24) 3. A Worldly Leader Begins to Rise (2 Sam. 14:25-27) 4. A Physically Close but Relation…
 
“Why did God put 2 Samuel 11 in the Bible?” 2 Samuel 11 February 21, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. Surprise of David’s sin (1 Sam 13:14, 16:12-13; 2 Sam 7, 5:2, 9:1-3) II. Extent of David’s sin (11:1-27) 1. Opportunity (1-2a) 2. Look & inquiry (2b-3) 3. Fall (4-5) 4. Cover up plan I (6-11) 5. Cover up plan II (12-13) 6. Cover up plan III (14-25) …
 
”Two Kinds of Fear” Deut 6:1-5; Prov 1:7, 9:10; Jer 32:38-41; Ex 20:18-20; Gen 50:19-21; 2 Tim 1:7 February 7, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. Two kinds of fear (Ex 20:18-20; 2 Tim 1:7; Prov 1:7, 9:10) 1. Wrong fear 2. Right fear II. What drives out sinful fear 1. Trusting God’s faithfulness to his covenant promises (Jer 32:38-41) 2. Trusting that …
 
“Getting Worked Up About the Gospel” Galatians 1:1-12 January 31, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper Introduction → when was the last time you got really “worked up”? I. What was Paul so worked up about? (6, 8-9, 11-12) II. Why was Paul so worked up about it? (6b-7, 1-3) III. What happens when what Paul was worked up about is worked out correctly? (4, 10…
 
“The Power and Result of the Hesed of the Lord” 2 Samuel 9 January 24, 2021 — Reverend Chris Harper I. Power of the covenant 1. For Mephibosheth (A) Promise (1; 1 Sam 18-20) (B) Problem (2-4, 13b) (C) Provision (3, 5-13) 2. For us (A) Problem (Rom 5:6-11) (B) Promise (Gen 3:15; 1 Sam 7) (C) Provision (Rom 5:6-11) II. Result of the Covenant 1. For M…
 
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