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Sermon Outline, February 2, 2014

Set of Standards

Exodus 20:1 ~ 20

Love the Lord your God.

            Honor God’s Sovereignty.

                        ~ Isaiah 45:5; Psalm 103:1; Psalm 29:1 ~ 2;

             Honor God’s Holiness.

                        ~ Proverbs 18:10; Psalm 8:9

 Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.

            Respect Authority.

                        ~ Ephesians 6:1; Hebrews 13:17; Romans 13:1 ~ 2

             Respect Life.

                        ~ Matthew 5:21 ~ 22

             Be Faithful.

                        ~ Matthew 5:27 ~ 28; Hebrews 13:4

            Be Diligent.

                        ~ Ephesians 4:28; II Thessalonians 3:10 

            Be Truthful.

                        ~ Ephesians 4:25

             Be Content.

                        ~ Ephesians 5:5; Philippians 4:11

People Who Serve Children Make a Difference

“There is no better place to serve than the public school, and it seems to me that if a public school wants Christian people, then Christian people should go serve in the school.” Ron Collins

Ron Collins has a passion to help people learn to read. Starting as a boy, he watched his parents struggle with the ability to read. During his career, he helped a young man receive the proper education in reading so he could read his Bible. After Ron retired, he met Fred Mitchell at the Bluegrass Christian Men’s Fellowship. It was at this meeting that Ron realized he could really make a difference during retirement. Mr. Mitchell was looking for someone to help the children at Russell Cave Elementary learn to read. Ron took a step of faith, volunteered his time and energy, and God made things happen. Soon, they had collected more than 2,000 books for a library, gathered volunteers, and created a program called, “Kids Reading Better.” The program is now titled, “Ron A. Collins Reading Program,” and serves 45 children.
Two years later, Julius Marks Elementary opened the door for a partnership with TCCC, and Ron had two connections. He had a passion to help kids read and his daughter was a secretary at the school. At JME he is known as Mr. C. Every week he serves 3 hours on Tuesdays with a variety of children from all walks of life. He shares his other passions of poetry and painting with the children and staff. He has fun joking with the kids and loves listening to the children read. His greatest joy is when a child works hard and makes progress. At 79 years old, Mr. C. has some advice for others…
“Kids are starved for love. They are starved for men in their lives. It is a great way for men to give back… As long as you are able to function you should at least try. You may not like it. You may want to change it. But you have to at least try.”
It’s the same challenge he gives the kids he works with each week. You have to at least try. Ron Collins isn’t just trying, he is faithfully making a difference, because he knows that people who serve children make a difference.

Matt Lee

Sermon Outline, January 26, 2014


Exodus 12 ~ 14

 Deliverance Requires Death.

            Deliverance for Israel required the Death of Egypt’s Firstborn.

                        ~ Exodus 12:29

             Deliverance from sin required the Death of Jesus Christ.

                        ~ I Corinthians 15:3; Galatians 1:4; I Peter 2:24

 Deliverance Honors Remembrance.

            The Israelites honored God’s deliverance with The Lord’s Passover.

                        ~ Exodus 12:13, 23

             Christians honor God’s deliverance with The Lord’s Supper.

                        ~ Matthew 26:26; Matthew 26:27 ~ 28; Hebrews 9:14

        Deliverance Anticipates Full Redemption.

            Crossing the Red Sea brought Full Redemption for Israel.

                        ~ Exodus 12:40 ~ 41; Exodus 15:1

             Crossing into God’s Presence brings Full Redemption for Christians.

                        ~ Revelation 20:10; Isaiah 65:17; I Corinthians 15:51 ~ 57; Revelation 21:3 ~ 4

How Do You See God?

In the month leading up to Christmas we looked at what the Bible says about the Trinity. It’s a great way to understand the importance of what we celebrate on Christmas day. To introduce the subject to our students, we all drew how we envision God on a piece of paper, which we then shared with everyone else. The results were eye-opening!

Some kids drew symbols, others drew pictures of a man with a beard, some drew abstract images, and one student even drew a big eye. The way they envisioned God was varied, but there was one constant throughout as they explained their drawings. Their visions of God were shaped by significant people in their lives. Parents, grandparents, extended family, and even lost loved ones all shaped how our students came to see God.

Paul reminds his protege, Timothy, to remember the faith that was handed down to him by his mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, in 2 Timothy 1:5. Paul even mentions in the previous verse, the faith Timothy received from his family was so sincere that it moved Paul to tears. Timothy’s faith, and the future of the churches to which Paul had assigned him, were both shaped by the faith that he saw in his own family.

So, if you wonder how your child sees God and how they feel about their faith, it is significantly shaped by how they interact with you! Our hope in the student ministries is to partner alongside parents and train up disciples together, because we can never care for them in quite the same way that you do. And that care is meant to be a reflection of the love which God has shown to all of us!

Brad Haggard


Recently, I decided to have ALL new flooring installed in my house. When I purchased my home over 9 years ago, the sellers had installed “cheap” carpeting to get it sold and it was getting very worn. The kitchen tile looked good, but was getting several hairline cracks and pits in it and since it was over 21 years old, could not be matched. So, I “bit the bullet” and decided to lay good quality carpet & padding, put new vinyl in 2 of the 3 bathrooms, and had wood laminate installed over the kitchen tile, entryways and downstairs hallway.
Now, why am I telling you all about this? Little did I realize when I committed to this project that it would be like MOVING and yet staying in the same house! If you have been through this major nightmare, you know that it means taking everything off closet floors, removing all lamps, table-top items, etc. and finding a place to store them during the project. AND…I have a grand piano and church organ in my living room that I had to have professionally moved. I just completed getting the house together in time to tear it up again to decorate for Christmas.
SO…since I had to remove all the JUNK in my closets, I decided it was time to go through all of that stuff and decide what to keep and what to throw out after not using it for over 9 years (and probably several more years before that in Florida).
I started thinking about cleaning out closets and how good it makes me feel to see how nice and open they look now. Yes, there is a spiritual application here. Many times, we allow our lives to get “cluttered up” with so many things…needless things…time consuming…harmful things…insignificant and unimportant things, and they get in the way of what we really need to be storing inside. As we begin 2014, let’s take a look at what we are holding on to and make some decisions to get rid of the “things” that keep us from living productive lives for Christ.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
~ Matthew 6:19-21

Don Seevers

Sermon Outline, January 19, 2014


Genesis 37; 39 ~ 50

 God’s Providence works out the Details.

            God’s Providence includes People.

                        ~ Psalm 147:4

             God’s Providence includes Places.

                        ~ Proverbs 3:6

             God’s Providence includes Timing.

                        ~ Matthew 6:34

 God’s Providence works with Free Will.

            God’s Providence gives every person Free Will.

                        ~ I Timothy 2:3 ~ 4

             God’s Providence allows for the Element of Evil.

                        ~ Psalm 37:1; Romans 8:28

      God’s Providence works out God’s Purpose.

            God has a Purpose for Every Person.

                        ~ Jeremiah 29:11

             God’s Sovereignty realizes His Purpose.

                        ~ Revelation 19:6; II Timothy 4:18


As we sit and reflect on another year gone by, many memories, joys, heartbreaks, trials, and blessings may come to mind. It is always nice to be able to look back and see where the Lord was leading us and what he was teaching us. Many times it is much easier to see things from God’s perspective when we can look back on things. He gives us new perspective with each passing day. He is constantly making us new.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
-2 Corinthians 5:17

I think one of the greatest things about God is that He has grace for each and every day. Not just the day when we came to know Him personally. Not just the day that was really terrible and we felt far away from Him. Not just that day when we flew off the handle and said things we didn’t mean to someone we love. He has grace for each and every day of our lives. His mercy is new every morning.

“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
~Lamentations 3:22-23

In this new year, may we remember how faithful the God of the universe has been to us. His mercies are new each and every day. May we commit to being faithful to Him, as He has been so faithful to us, each and every day!

Mike Allen

Syversons Here!


Greg and Vicki Syverson, our missionaries in Pachuca, Mexico, and their two sons, Benjamin (9) and Matthew (7), are in the states on furlough. They will be sharing about their ministry in Pachuca with the TCCC family during January and February while living in the TCCC mission house.

Greg and Vicki have lived and ministered in Pachuca, a city of 1.5 million, since 2002. They began by working alongside a local church to reach out into an impoverished community. In 2009 they planted Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Vida (New Life Christian Church) in that community, working together with a team of national leaders. They started with 14 people on their first Sunday and have grown to 130 regularly attending on Sundays, with more attending in their weekly cell groups that meet in homes. Greg and Vicki felt God leading them toward a strong emphasis on prayer, and through the power of prayer they have seen God do amazing things in the church and community. The members are active in outreach and serving. Young people are being trained and sent out to other countries as missionaries. Several new leaders are being trained to lead cell groups and other outreach ministries. The church is continuing to grow and has expanded the current meeting space.

In August 2013, New Life Christian Church was turned over completely to national leadership. Now, Greg and Vicki are preparing to return to Pachuca in mid-2014 to train more leaders to plant additional churches in and around Pachuca, as well as other parts of Mexico.

While the Syversons are with us be sure to get to know them and learn about the work they are doing in God’s Kingdom.

Sermon Outline – January 12, 2014


Genesis 12:1 ~ 9; 22

 The First Step of Faith is the Test of Faith.

            The Faith of every Christian is Tested.

                        ~ I Peter 1:7; James 1:3

             The Faith of every Christian is Tested More Than Once.

                        ~ Acts 14:22

 The Second Step of Faith is the Torment of Faith.

            Walking by Faith is a Challenge.

                        ~ II Corinthians 5:7; Romans 1:17

             The First Level of Faith is Easy.

                        ~ James 2:19

             The Second Level of Faith Challenges us.

                        ~ Hebrews 11:1

 The Third Step of Faith is the Triumph of Faith.

            Triumphant Faith obeys God Immediately.

                        ~ Psalm 18:44

             Triumphant Faith obeys God Completely.

                        ~ I Samuel 15:22 ~ 23

             Triumphant Faith obeys God Wholeheartedly.

                        ~ Colossians 3:23

             God honors obedient Faith.
                        ~ Luke 17:6

Happy New Year!

Christmas is over and the New Year, 2014, is right around the corner. We like something new, whether it is a new thing or a new friend. We like a new vehicle, even if it is a used vehicle, it is new to us. We like a new cell phone, clothes, house, computer, or a new friendship. When we know we are going to experience something new, we greatly enjoy the anticipation of the experience. Zella and I learned earlier this year that we were going to greet our first grandchild. So, for nine months, we were eagerly looking forward to the arrival of Lincoln Troy Adams. Experiencing a grandchild is great! Now, I am looking forward to when he will talk, walk , and play!!!
John writes in Revelation 21:1, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” We are not exactly sure what all that means. We certainly know that we are looking forward to the new experience of a place where there is no more suffering, sickness, sorrow, trials, troubles, heartaches, or hardships. We are really looking forward to the newness that God has for us. We also have confidence that with God, His newness will be more wonderful that we could possibly imagine. However, we certainly do not have to wait until heaven to experience God’s newness.
When we became Christians, we experienced God’s newness of life. Every day is a gift of God’s newness. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never cease. For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness” (NASB). Since every day is an experience of God’s newness, let’s take advantage of the New Year to start some new habits. For example, since we will be experiencing a sermon series through the story of the Bible, let’s reach for the goal of reading through the entire Bible for 2014. That goal will help us to establish Bible reading as a daily habit. One of the best things about habits is that it is in the habit and routine where much is accomplished. The daily habit of reading the Bible puts us in the place where God develops us into a new person. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Speaking of renewal, I always look forward to Spring because it is in the season of Spring, where God renews the earth. The First Day of Spring for 2014 is March 20!
Three Months till Spring!

Tommy Simpson

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