As a follow-up to the worship message each Sunday, Pastor Tom (or whoever preached that Sunday) jots down some additional thoughts for us to ponder. We hope these thoughts enrich your time as you meditate on Sunday's message and on God's Word.
*Sermon Afterthoughts from December 2010 through June 2012 can be found on our Facebook page in the Notes section.
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (7/31/16) entitled, "Your Best Life Now" by Pastor Chris Sicks (Jeremiah 28:1-4; 29:1, 4-14; 30:8-9):
Prayer from Lamentations 3, in Two Parts:
First, make Jeremiah’s words your own prayer of lament:
1 I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath;
2 he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light;
4 He has made my flesh and my skin waste away; he has broken my bones;
6 he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago.
7 He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has made my chains heavy…
14 I have become the laughingstock of all peoples, the object of their taunts all day long.
16 He has made my teeth grind on gravel, …I have forgotten what happiness is;
Now, pray through what Jeremiah wrote next—not because his circumstances improved, but as a prayer of trust and hope in the midst of an exile experience:
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (7/3/16) entitled, "The Eternity of Sabbath" by Pastor Chris Sicks (Hebrews 4):
Here’s a helpful way to think about the relationship between our work and the Sabbath. In the Old Testament, God’s people rested after six days of work. They worked hard all week, in both earthly and spiritual senses, and then rested after all that work.
As New Testament believers, however, our week does not end with the Sabbath.
It begins with rest. Our Sabbath is on the first day of the week, where we rest in the work Christ has already done for us. We rest in the comfort of knowing we are dearly loved sons and daughters of the King, in an irrevocable relationship that is foundation of everything else in our lives.
So we begin our work week with that mindset— our rest on Sunday is like a launching pad for the entire week.
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (5/15/16) entitled, "The Simplicity of Faith" by Pastor Bruce Forsee (Luke 10:38-42):
In the story of the Good Samaritan, both the Priest and the Levite thought they had good reason to “pass by” the victim of the robbery who desperately needed their help. At Martha’s dinner party, she blamed her sister because her plans weren’t working out like she wanted. The Priest and Levite redefined God’s Law to justify their own lack of compassion. Martha expected Jesus to “fix” her problems. Whether we identify with the Priest and Levite or with Martha, we all suffer from the same problem: We like to tell God how He should do His business rather than simply obeying.
God’s timeless answer to Job is still appropriate for us to hear today: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding." Job 38:4 (ESV) In other words, if God could create all the wonder and beauty and mystery that we see around us, then He knows what He’s doing as He orders our lives. And Job’s answer is an appropriate response for us all: “Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” Job 42:3 (ESV)
By God’s grace He gently draws us out of the complications of our own justifications and excuses and complaints and leads us to the simplicity of faith.
“For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:30–32 (ESV)
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (5/1/16) entitled, "Living as Children of Light" by Pastor Chris Sicks (Ephesians 5:1-21):
How can we keep our hearts pure? By guarding them according to your Word.With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. (from Ps 119:9-16)For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. We did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (from Rom 8:14-15)And so we will walk by the Spirit, for the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control—against such things there is no law. We belong to Christ Jesus and have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. So because we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. (from Gal 5:22-25)
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (4/17/16) entitled, "Growing and Serving Together" by Pastor Chris Sicks (Ephesians 4:4-16):
As believers, we are united by and in Christ. When we as diverse people work together, using our individual gifts, we grow up into one mature Body of Christ.Imagine if you gave a friend who plays tennis a really good racket, and when you went to her house it was hanging on the wall, in a frame. “Oh, it’s too valuable to play with it.” You’d say: “What! I gave it to you to enjoy, to play with, to use it for its intended purpose.”That’s how Jesus feels about the gifts He gave you. Jesus gives good gifts, useful gifts, and expects us to use them. He is not going to be happy if we hide them under a bushel basket. Or don’t use them because we are afraid we’ll fail. Notice that in v12 Paul says that these gifts are: “for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood.”What do you have that wasn't given to you by God? Think about it. Hasn't He been generous with you? Well, His gifts are not meant for your benefit. How will you use them to bless those around you, to grow in maturity, and bring Him glory?