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Do You Not Know These Things?

Rev. Bruce Brown

Luke 24:13-35

  1. Jesus Seeks Us In Our Confusion (verses (13-24)

  2. Jesus Opens Blind Eyes With the Word (verses 25-31)

  3. Jesus Moves Our Hearts With Resurrection Hope (verses 32-35)

“This very moment Christ knows where we are.  He knows the geography of our lives inside and out.  He knows the temperature of our souls.  He knows whether there is ice or fire.  Whatever our state, his method is the same – to meet us where we are with his own person framed in the beautiful context of His Word… He delights to bring fire to cold hearts.”   R. Kent  Hughes

Who Has Believed Our Message?

Pastor Bruce Brown

Isaiah 53:1-12

I.      The Cross is Shocking Because of Who is Suffering (Vss. 1-3)        

II.    The Cross is Shocking Because of Why He Suffers (Vss. 4-6, 10)

III.   The Cross is Shocking Because of How He Suffers (Vss. 7-9)

“Why did God bruise His Son and bring Him to grief? … It was not for His own sin that the Father bruised him. I was becuase he wanted to show us mercy. He wanted to forgive and heal and save and rejoice over us with loud singing. But he was righteous. That means His heart was filled with a love for the infinite worth of His own glory. And we were sinners, and that means that our hearts were filled with God-belittling affections. And so to save sinners and at the same time magnify the worth of His glory God lays our sin on Jesus and abandons Him to the shame and slaughter of the cross.” ~ John Piper

Is There Another Way?

Pastor Bruce Brown

Matthew 26:36-46

I.      The Cross Was Necessary to Provide a Suffering Priest (Hebrews 2:17)        

II.    The Cross Was Necessary to Show God’s Righteousness (Romans.3:24-26)

III.   The Cross Was Necessary to Reveal the Glory of the Father (John 17; Ro. 8:32)

‘“The Wonder of the love of Christ for His people is not that for their sake he faced death without fear, but that for their sake he faced it, terrified. Terrified by what he knew, and terrified by what he did not know, he took damnation lovingly.”’ ~ Donald Macleod

Growing in Grace

Pastor Bruce Brown

1 Samuel 26

I.      Growth in Grace Brings Patience in Obedience (verses 1-12)           

II.    Growth in Grace Receives Signs of Reassurance (verses 12-16)

III.   Growth in Grace Feels Anguish Away from Home (verses 17-24)

“David will not always be an example of faith. But at least in this text, he is convinced of God’s guidance, even if he does not have immediate confirmation… As we grown and mature in our faith, we also become more confident about God’s guidance, and we spend less time seeking constantly for evidence of his moving.” ~ Bill T. Arnold

Restraining Grace

Pastor Bruce Brown

1 Samuel 25:1-39

I.      A Ruthless Response to Abuse (verses 1-13)           

II.    The Rescuing Grace of Wisdom(verses 14-35)

III.   God’s Righteousness Displayed (verses 36-39)

“No man stands a moment longer than divine grace upholds him. The strongest are weak as water immediately the power of the Spirit is withdrawn; the most mature and experienced Christian acts foolishly the moment he be left to himself; none of us has any reserve strength or wisdom in himself to draw from: our source of sufficiency is all treasured up for us in Christ, as soon as communion with Him be broken, as soon as we cease looking alone to Him, we are helpless.” ~ A.W. Pink

What a Chance!

Pastor Bruce Brown

1 Samuel 24

I.      A Test of Circumstances (verses 1-7)           

II.    Trust in the LORD’s Righteous Ways (verses 8-15)

III.   Truth from an Unlikely Source (verses 16-22)

“Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.” ~ Psalm 37:34

“Are you tempted to justify worldly means because the outward results will come more easily? May God grant us the power, along with David, looking at the crucified and resurrected Jesus, never to lay our hands on the blessings God has promised in a manner contrary to the will of God in his Word. Let us, instead, commit to receive whatever blessings God has for us from God’s own hand or not all.”

~ Richard D. Phillips

Help in Every Trouble

Pastor Bruce Brown

1 Samuel 23

I.      The LORD Provides Divine Guidance (verses 1-13)           

II.    The LORD Provides Devoted Encouragement (verses 14-18)

III.   The LORD Provides Delivering Providence (verses 19-28)

“With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you, I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good. For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.” ~ Psalm 54:6-7

“If it is God’s purpose to deliver you, He has thousands of unseen methods, to any one of which He may resort, when, to the eye of sense, there seems not the shadow of a hope.”

~ William Blaikie

When Evil Rises

Pastor Bruce Brown

1 Samuel 22:6-23

I.      Evil Rises When Truth is Rejected (verses 6-16)           

II.    Holding On When Evil is Unleashed (verses 16-19)

III.   A Refuge Remains (verses 20-23)

“David and Saul illustrate two types of people… David illustrates the person who responds to God’s call and begins the lifelong process of transformation. Saul is the contrast. He shows the natural and inevitable consequences of refusing God’s call. In this text, the two are going in opposite directions. The narrator has driven a wedge between Saul and David, and the distance is greater with each passing chapter.” ~ Bill Arnold



Desperate Times Call for Gracious Aid

Rev. Bruce Brown

1 Samuel 21:1-22:5

I.      Provision for the Destitute (verses 1-9)           

II.    Praise for the Panicked (verses 10-15)

III.   Prophecy for the Wandering (chapter 22:1-5)

“Do you find yourself under a heavy load of worry and cares? Do you sometimes think you will crumble under the pressure? Look, then, to God’s daily provision and remember that just as God did not cast off David in his folly and sin, God will remain faithful to His children.” ~ Richard D. Phillps

Loving God; Loving Neighbor

Luke 10:25-37

January 20th, 2019

I.                   A Calculated Question About Eternal Life (Vss. 25-29)

II.                  The Parable That Reveals God’s Desire (Vss. 30-35)

III.                Of Love and Sacrifice (Vss. 36-37)

Pastor Bruce Brown

“Let us not forget… to prove our own selves. Do we love God with all our heart, and soul, and strength, and mind? Do we love our neighbor as ourselves? Where is the person that could say with perfect truth, “I do?” Where is the one that ought not to lay his hand on his mouth, when he hears the questions? Truly we are all guilty in this matter! The best of us, however holy we may be, come far short of perfection. Passages like this, should teach us our need of Christ’s blood and righteousness. To Him we must go — if we would ever stand with boldness at the bar of God.” ~ J.C. Ryle

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Persevering Prayer

Luke 18:1-8

January 6th, 2019

I.                   The Purpose - We Give Up on Prayer (Vs. 1)

II.                  The Parable - Correcting Through Contrast (Vss. 2-5)

III.                The Power for Our Prayer Life (Vss. 6-8)

Pastor Bruce Brown

“But many are still discouraged by God’s seeming silence. We desperately need to learn that in the silence our loving God is answering, whether we see his working or not, for he delights to answer His children’s prayers.” ~ R. Kent Hughes

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Spirit-Empowered Prayer

Ephesians 3:14-21

December 30th, 2018

I.                   The Spirit’s Power (Vss. 14-16)

II.                  Christ’s Indwelling (Vss. 17-19)

III.                The Glory of God (Vss. 20-21)

Mr. Steve McCullough

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rootedand established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” ~ Ephesians 3:14-21

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A Plan for Sucess

October 21, 2018

Ezra 8

Rev. John Zeller w/ SCORE Intl

I.      Ezra Had the Right People Who Came Together (verses 2-24)          

II.     Ezra Started Right (verse 21)

III.    Ezra Stays With the Right Perspective Through Problems (verse 22)

IV.    Ezra Had the Right Attitude of Gratitude (verse 35)

With the right people, right start and right attitudes God’s people can accomplish God’s purpose.

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A Song About Honest Doubt

October 7

Psalm 73

Rev. Dave Latham

I. The Entrance of Doubt (verses 1-14)

II. A Turning Point (verses 16-20)

III. The Resolution (verses 21-28)

Big Idea: We all struggle with honest doubt when we see the wicked thrive. But God meets us in the midst of our doubt and shows us more of Himself in the process.

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The Way of Seeing

 

 The Way of Seeing

September 9, 2018

Rev. Bruce Brown

I.  The Controversy Over Christ’s Miracle(verses 13-23)           

II. The Confidence of Spiritual Sight (verses 24-34)

III.The Clarity Jesus’ Kindness Empowers(verses 35-41)

“Even though conflict will come, you can know that God will not abandon you in the conflict – any more than he abandoned the man who had been born blind…. In his hour of need divine grace did not fail him but rather enabled him to witness a good confession.” ~ James Montgomery Boice

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Displaying the Works of God

September 2nd, 2018

I.     The Predicament of this Man's Sorrow (VERSES 1-2)           

II.    The Purpose of God in Pain (VERSES 3-5)

III.   The Power of Christ in Our Weakness (VERSES 6-12)

Pastor Bruce Brown

 “I thank God for bitter things; they've been a "friend to grace"”  They've driven me from paths of ease to storm the secret place.  I thank Him for the friends who failed to fill my heart's deep need.  They've driven me to the Savior's feet, upon His love to feed.  I'm grateful too, through all life's way, no one could satisfy. And so I've found in God alone my rich, my full supply!"  

~ Florence Willett

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You Will Never Taste Death

I.     The Attack that Brings a Reminder (verses 40-50)           

II.    An Astonishing Promise that Offers Strength (verses 51-53)

III.   The Assurance that Comes from Christ’s Deity (verses 54-59)

 “Jesus is greater than Abraham, and greater than the prophets, for they hoped in Him and proclaimed His coming.  As the Eternal Lord and Creator, He is able to deliver on His promise to overthrow death for all who keep His Word.”  ~ Richard D. Phillips

 

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Whose Are You?

 John 8:37-47

Rev. Bruce Brown

August 26, 2018

I.      The Claim to Father Abraham (verses 37-40)          

II.     A Devilish Ancestry (verses 41-46)

III.    Is God Your Father? (verses 41-43, 47)

"Let us settle firmly in our minds that connection with a good church and good ancestors is no proof whatever that we ourselves are in a way to be saved. We need something more than this. We must be joined to Christ himself by a living faith. We must know something experimentally of the work of the Spirit in our hearts. "Church principles," and "sound Churchmanship," are fine words…. But they will not deliver our souls from the wrath to come, or give us boldness in the day of judgment.”  ~ J.C. Ryle

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Free Indeed!

 John 8:31-38

Rev. Bruce Brown

August 12, 2018

I.      The Myth of Freedom (verses 32-33)          

II.     The Basis for Freedom (verses 34-36)

III.     Living in Real Liberty (verses 31-32, 37-38)

 “Those whom Christ makes free are free to all eternity.  Let us never rest until we have some personal experience of this freedom ourselves. Without it all other freedom is a worthless privilege. Free speech, free laws, political freedom, commercial freedom, national freedom--all these cannot smooth down a dying pillow, or disarm death of his sting, or fill our consciences with peace. Nothing can do that but the freedom which Christ alone bestows. He gives it freely to all who seek it humbly. Then let us never rest until it is our own.” ~ J.C. Ryle

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The Wonderful Warnings of Christ

 John 8:21-30

Rev. Bruce Brown

August 5, 2018

 

1.          The Foundational Warning (verses 21-23)           

2.         Specific Warnings Against Unbelief (verses 24-27)

3.         The Remedy that Prevents Ultimate Tragedy (verse 28ff)

  “Who is this that speaks of men dying "in their sins," unpardoned, unforgiven, unfit to meet God--of men going into another world with all their sins upon them? He that says this is no other than the Savior of mankind, who laid down His life for His sheep--the loving, gracious, merciful, compassionate Friend of sinners. It is Christ Himself! Let this simple fact not be overlooked.”  ~ J.C. Ryle

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