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Sermon Outline, March 2, 2014

“The Faith of a Foreign Woman”


God is at Work in Our Story (Ruth 1:1-2)

      a.  When there seems to be chaos.

      b.  When we seem insignificant.

      c.  When we experience want or loss.

Commitment is Essential to Persevere in Our Story (Ruth 1)

      a.  It enables us to do what is right even when it is difficult.

      b.  It surrounds us when we need support.

      c.  It sustains us when we don’t fully understand.

 Redemption Comes at a Cost in Our Story (Ruth 2-4)

      a.  It costs the needy their pride.

      b.  It costs the church its comfort.

      c.  It cost Jesus His life.

Winter Blues?

Do you get the “winter blues?” Winter is usually my favorite season. I love snow and cold temperatures. I love to be snuggled up with family and big fuzzy blankets. This winter though, I have been in the house a bit more than usual (young infants don’t need to be out in the polar vortex!) It has caused me to be a bit down and tired.

I came into Critterland on a recent Sunday with the normal expectations of the day—get lessons and crafts set up, prepare Jesus in the Park, and be ready for boundless energy and mini Houdini-like escape attempts. What I didn’t prepare for is how much I would be affected by the day. By the end of the morning I was exhausted, but I felt so much better, spiritually and mentally. The children didn’t care that they had been inside. The enthusiasm they have for learning God’s stories is so amazing, and to hear them shout out the answers to our questions with such excitement is heartwarming. I love knowing what we are doing is making an impact on their minds, and that they are “getting it.” If you are feeling a bit drained by the weather, I encourage you to stop by Critterland. Sometimes it isn’t just the children who benefit from Sunday mornings.

Lesley Tipton

What is Your Story?

As we are working through The Story as a church, the middle school and high school have looked into how our personal stories are challenged by the stories in the Bible. Maybe this is the most important thing that happens to us as we read scripture. The more we read and open up to God’s Spirit, the more we begin to see things as God intends.
In the first week of the series, our high school group looked at the story of Jesus meeting the woman at Jacob’s Well in John 4. The woman’s negative view of herself was completely changed by her encounter with Jesus. The woman who shied away from her village in shame sought out people to tell about the Messiah!
But it wasn’t only the woman whose story changed. The people in the village, who before had shut her out of society, now believed her when she told them about Jesus (John 4:39). The disciples even had to change the way they thought about ministry when Jesus explained to them that the fields were ready for the harvest (4:31-38). All of them had their eyes opened to a new way of looking at the world because of what Jesus did on that day.
The amazing thing about the stories in the Bible is that they can challenge us on different levels. At one point we may identify with the shamed woman, the judgmental townspeople, or even have our eyes opened to the harvest, like the disciples.
For a few students, the story is already changing their view and challenging them to save up to help build a clean water well for a rural village in Africa. God’s story is powerful, and I’m excited to see how the lives and personal stories of our students are changed through reading The Story.

Brad Haggard

February 23, 2014, Sermon Notes

Lessons in Leadership

February 23, 2014

Judges 2 & 3

A Godly Leader is Called of God.

            A Called Leader is Full of the Holy Spirit.

                        ~ Isaiah 6:8


            A Called Leader fulfills God’s Purpose.

                        ~ Job 42:2


A Godly Leader knows God.

            A Godly Leader models Character.

                        ~ I Timothy 3:2; Psalm 78:72


            A Godly Leader models Transparency.

                        ~ I Corinthians 11:1


A Godly Leader Serves God.

            A Humble Leaders who serves God is Selfless.

                        ~ Philippians 2:3 ~ 4


            A Humble Leader considers Self a Servant.

                        ~ Mark 10:45; Luke 22:26

Good Stories

Do you love a good story? Are you a good storyteller? Some of my favorite speakers can draw me in with a good story. Many times, I have attended a convention where in the midst of thousands of people, one could “hear a pin drop” as the speaker relates a relevant story to bring home a point. This is especially effective at the conclusion of a message where we are asked to make a change or life-changing decision. With that in mind, I am excited to embark on this wonderful journey over the next several months. After all, where can we find better stories (and they are all true!) than in the Bible. I encourage you to read The Story in advance so that you can drink in all that you can on Sunday mornings and in your small group. As I said in our worship services on January 5, I hope to support the message of each story through our congregational singing and special music whenever possible.

Don Seevers

Aly Thompson is Making a Difference

Inspired by her mom’s dedication to teaching her and her siblings Aly Thompson started serving, in a variety of ways, in the Elementary Ministry as a high school student. Now she is a consistent small group Sunday School leader for the Kindergarten and 1st grade girls. She also recently joined the ministry team and led the entire worship for one Sunday with other faithful volunteers and college friends.
As a college student, Aly has chosen to study early childhood education. She loves kids in general, but the happiness and innocence of children make her want to be a better person. It warms her heart when they tell her she is loved. She knows that serving children benefits both the server and the served. She has learned that each child thinks and acts differently, some kids talk and some don’t. Aly loves building a friendship with the girls she serves through teaching. So what advice does this college student have for the rest of the church body?

“Always listen to what they have to say. It makes them feel important and loved and they get a sense of security in you being their leader. The giggles, the smiles, and the sweet comments are all reminders that God loves His children so much. He is working through them, as well as me!”
Aly Thompson

Thank you, Aly, for allowing God to mold and shape you as you serve His precious children! I am so glad that you are using your time wisely to make a difference in the lives of children!

Matt Lee

Sermon Outline, February 16, 2014


Joshua 1

 Strive for Godly Goals.

            Establish Overall Vision.

                        ~ Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.

             Implement Goals.

                        ~ Luke 13:32 ~ Jesus says, “The third day, I reach My goal.”

             Persevere through Failure.

                        ~ Philippians 3:13 ~ 14

 Serve God’s Word.

            Study the Word of God.

                        ~ II Timothy 2:15

  • Repetition


  • Concentration


  • Comprehension


  • Reflect

             Implement the Word.

                        ~ James 1:22; Matthew 7:21; Matthew 7:24; Luke 6:46

 Seek Godly Counsel.

            Seek God’s Counsel First.

                        ~ Ephesians 6:18

             Seek Christian Counsel to determine God’s counsel.

                        ~ Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 24:6

God’s Love

Is it natural or have we been trained to think of love in the month of February? It must have something to do with the institution of Valentine’s Day, but somehow most of us have come to think of February as the “month of love”.

As we have begun our journey through The Story, we have been reminded of God’s great creation. Not only does this show us His power, but also His love for us. We have also learned of God’s great promise to Abraham and Abraham’s faithful response. We have heard of the challenges of Joseph and Moses and how God used those situations to bring about His will for His people.

All of these situations looked hopeless: Abraham and Sarah were childless, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and falsely accused by his owner’s wife, Moses was forced to flee Egypt as a murderer. Yet each of these circumstances worked together to show us how God takes the events of our lives on earth and incorporates them to accomplish His ultimate purpose – restoring us to a relationship with Him. As we saw God’s provision for each of them, His plan for their lives became clear and we realized that He is trustworthy and is motivated by His great love for us.

This month let us focus on God’s continued love, provision, and faithfulness toward us that was revealed in Jesus. The apostle Paul encouraged the Ephesians towards this when he prayed,

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17b-19)

Looking for Blessings

There was an article a few years ago in which a man gave his idea of a perfect world. He said, “In a perfect world you would feel as good at 60 as you did at 17. And you would be as smart at 60 as you thought you were at 17.” “In a perfect world professional basketball and baseball and football players would be complaining because schoolteachers were signing multi-million dollar contracts. In a perfect world potato chips would have calories, but if eaten with dip, the calories would be neutralized.” “In a perfect world, mail would always be early, and the check in the mail would always be for more than you expected it to be.”

The truth is: This is not a perfect world and it never will be! But it can become a lot better in this New Year for all of us. One thing that would help us all would be to look more often at the blessings we have rather than the burdens that confront us. I remember walking into the pediatric cancer ward in a hospital when my nephew was so ill with cancer. I had the overwhelming sense of blessing, seeing all those ill children while knowing I had healthy ones at home. My mother always said (I know I sound like Forrest Gump here) to look at your blessings because there is always someone less fortunate. My resolution has been to look at my blessings more in this coming year, and my burdens less. Then, this imperfect world will become much closer to perfect than I otherwise would think. I hope we all can do this.

Kim Beckwith

Sermon Outline, February 9, 2014

Complaining Israel

Numbers 13 & 14

 Be Confident.

            Be Confident in God’s Power.

                        ~ Philippians 4:13; Philippians 4:19

             Be Confident in God’s Protection.

                        ~ Psalm 121:7; II Thessalonians 3:3

             Be Confident in God’s Presence.

                        ~ Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5

             Be Confident in God’s Promise.

                        ~ II Corinthians 1:20

 Be Courageous.

            Be Positive.

                        ~ Romans 8:31; Genesis 18:14; Numbers 11:23; Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37

             Go Forward.

                        ~ Zechariah 4:6

             Confront Complaining.

                        ~ Philippians 2:14

 Be Compassionate.

            Pray for Complainers.

                        ~ Ephesians 6:18

             Be Patient with Complainers.

                        ~ Psalm 37:7; Romans 12:19

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