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 (8/2/15) entitled, "God Promises Assure His People" by Pastor Chris Sicks (Genesis 15):
What expression do you think God has on His face when He looks at you? Disappointment? Apprehension? Anger?
If you know Jesus, if you are a child of the King, then He will never look at you in those ways. You and I may break our promises, struggle with sin, and hurt those around us. But God’s cup of wrath is empty. Jesus drank it all! God has no anger left for you. That’s why God Himself walked between the split animals—to show that only He could keep the covenant between God and people.
All of the penalty and consequences of our covenant breaking lives, it has all been poured out on His Son, in our place. That’s why these words of blessing are true for every follower of Christ:
“The Lord bless you and keep you;the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (6/21/15) entitled, "The Love of God the Father" by Josh Diack, Director of Congregational Life (John 16:25-33):
Jesus was about to leave his disciples and go to be with the Father, leaving them with a severe case of separation anxiety. It just didn’t seem to make sense, why would the Savior of the world come only to leave again?
But the purpose for doing so wasn’t for worse but actually for the better, because when He left, He would send the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit shines forth the love of God in our hearts by unveiling the glory of Jesus Christ to us who is the greatest gift the Father could ever give us.
Because of the Spirit’s ministry, we are now able to know the Father plainly, to ask of Him, to know of His love toward us, and to experience peace with Him as those who are accepted by Him in Christ.
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (6/7/15) entitled, "Like the Sun" by Reverend Bruce Forsee (Judges 13:1-7):
Was Samson really a man of faith, as the author of Hebrews suggests (Hebrews 11:32)?
We certainly see Samson’s sin, but his faith is undeniable. He cried out to God, and God answered his prayer (Judges 15:17-18). He knew that his strength came from God, not himself (Judges 16:17), and he knew that God was his only resource for victory over God’s enemies when he died (Judges 16:28).
But Samson's faith is mixed with a life of sin. After Samson's capture and imprisonment, God clearly demonstrates His grace as He begins to separate Samson again for the work of delivering His people: “But the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.” (Judges 16:22) Just like us, Samson was in bondage because of his own sin, but God doesn’t leave Samson in the slavery of his own making. By grace, He restores Samson and uses him in a way that brings great glory to God.
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (5/24/15) entitled, "Everything Will Live Where the River Flows" by Pastor Tom Holliday (Ezekiel 47:1-12):
The prophet Ezekiel was given a vision of spiritual renewal that eclipses anything that most of us could possibly imagine. He saw a river that started as a trickle from the temple of God, getting deeper and deeper as it moved South and east toward the Dead Sea. God's promise to His people was that wherever the river would flow, everything would live.
Surely this was front and center in Jesus' mind on the day of the feast of tabernacles, when he stood up and declared with a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."
The river, which started in the garden of Eden and runs throughout the new covenant, will one day be consummated in the new heavens and earth. Eden will be restored! The good news for us is that these rivers of living water are available to us today, as we look to Jesus Christ in faith. He simply asks of us that we offer Him the dead things in our lives believing that He is able to water the arid places of our lives. Just like He said: "everything will live where the river flows."
A follow-up to Sunday's sermon (4/5/15) entitled, "Preaching Jesus and the Resurrection" by Pastor Tom Holliday (Acts 17:16-34):
A modern-day equivalent of what the apostle Paul discovered among the idols in Athens:
"Men and women of the University, I see that in every way you are very religious. As I walked around the university, I observed carefully your objects of worship. I saw your altar called the stadium where many of you worship the sports deity. I saw the science building were many place their faith for the salvation of mankind. I found an altar to the fine arts where artistic expression of performance seems to reign supreme without submission to any greater power. I walked through your residence halls and observed your sex goddess posters and beer can pyramids. Yet as I walked with some of you iand saw the emptiness in your eyes and sensed the aching in your hearts, I perceived that in your heart is yet another altar, an altar to the unknown God who you suspect may be there. You have a sense that there something more than these humanistic and self-indulgent gods. What you long for as something unkown, I want to declare to you now."