Sermon Outline for Joseph 2 (Genesis 37:1-36)

Falling from Favor
Genesis 37:1-36

I) Favoritism in family relationships can lead to disaster

II) Joseph is the favored son

III) Is Joseph clueless or manipulative?

IV) The NT warns us about showing partiality

V) We see here that is has horrific consequences

VI) Joseph’s life parallels the life of Jesus in many ways

VII) We are left with a cliffhanger — what will happen next?

VIII) Joseph’s story will teach us to trust God even in difficult circumstances

IX) The Lord’s Supper teaches us the same thing!

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Posted by on January 6, 2018 in Sermon Outline


January Newsletter Article

Happy New Year!

As we start 2018, I want to share two thoughts with you.

First, God’s standards are different than our standards, and we should live our lives according to His standards. Monday, January 22nd has been chosen as Sanctity of Human Life Day. I have taken the opportunity in the past to preach on topics such as abortion and euthanasia as a part of this national emphasis. Although I am not going to do that this year, I have two passages for you to consider:

Genesis 9:8 “…for God made man in his own image…”

Psalm 139:16 “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

Second, even while we praise God for the work we can do in our own communities and the freedoms we have, we should be praying for our brothers and sisters around the world who do not have those same freedoms. Valerie and I regularly donate to a ministry that helps Christians escape from difficult circumstances, and we were a small part of getting severely persecuted believers to the United States this past year. In particular, a man was reunited with his wife and children after years apart! I also received an email this past week regarding the persecution of Christians in India. As I understand it, India is composed of states, and several states have enacted laws concerning religious liberty over the years. This is the response of a pastor that is discussing a recent law change in his state:

“We can’t baptize anyone, if baptize, the provision of the bill 5 years jail and 500000 Indian Rupees ($7,825) fine…If a Hindu boy marry a Christian girl they force her to practice Hinduism…We can’t evangelize openly, yes it effects our work.”

It can be a difficult and dangerous world for God’s people – misunderstanding, persecution, danger, even death – but we are not left without hope. I leave you with the same passage that I finished with on Sunday – an important reminder that God continues to work in and through us as we wait for the return of our beloved Savior:

Philippians 1:6 “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

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Posted by on January 6, 2018 in Newsletter


Sermon Outline for Joseph 1 (12/31/17)

God’s Faithfulness Despite Our Imperfections
Genesis 11-35

I) Abram’s Call

II) Abram’s Journey to Canaan

III) Abram’s Journey to Egypt

IV) Abram’s Choice

V) Abram’s Faith

A) He Worships

B) He Rescues

C) His Gratitude

VI) Abram’s Concern

VII) Abram is Reassured

VIII) Abram Interferes

IX) Abram is Reprimanded

A) God gives him a new name

B) God clarifies His promise

1) The promise of land

2) The promise of descendants

X) Abraham’s Faith

A) On Display

B) Still Imperfect

C) Tested and Matured

XI) God’s Choice

XII) Esau Sells His Birthright

XIII) Jacob Steals His Blessing

XIV) Jacob Runs Away

XVI) Jacob’s Deception

XVII) Jacob’s Fear

XVIII) God’s Promise

XIX) Jacob’s Ongoing Issues

XX) Jacob’s Worship

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Posted by on December 30, 2017 in Sermon Outline


Sermon Outline for Ruth 4:17-22 (12/24/17)

God’s Plan for Our Peace

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Posted by on December 20, 2017 in Sermon Outline


Sermon outline for Ruth 3:14-4:17 (12/17/17)

The joy that comes from knowing our redeemer!

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Posted by on December 15, 2017 in Sermon Outline


Sermon outline for Ruth 2:2-3:13 (12/10/17)

Sacrificial Love in Action

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Posted by on December 8, 2017 in Sermon Outline


December Newsletter Article

Wow. December is here. Colder weather is on the way. Snow. Christmas! It’s hard to believe, but true. Time marches on, and we are one day closer to the return of our Lord and Savior.

This Christmas season we will once again be using the advent wreath to facilitate our celebration. I’m hopefully going to be able to tailor the book of Ruth to the major themes of advent: hope, love, joy, and peace. The working sermon titles are:

“Hope for the Hopeless” (Ruth 1:1-2:1)
“Sacrificial Love in Action” (Ruth 2:2-3:13)
“The Joy that Comes from Knowing our Redeemer” (Ruth 3:13-4:17)
“God’s Plan for our Peace” (Ruth 4:17-4:22)

Speaking of Christmas, have you thought about your devotional plan for the New Year? I’m sorry to say that my plan broke down last year and Valerie and I ended up doing something different. This year, however, I’m trying to engineer a plan that is simple and straightforward, and I’m going to ask you if you’d like to join me in it. Are you familiar with the “Youversion” Bible app? It’s available for free, and they not only have Bible reading plans, but they also allow you to group together for those plans. That means each day after the reading I can include my thoughts on the meaning of the passage, and others can comment as well. I thought that going through the New Testament in a year would be a good place to start.

If you’d like to join me, please download the app, and then let me know that you want to participate and make sure that I have your mobile phone number. In late December you’ll get an invite from me. Click on the link and then choose to open it with the “plan” portion of the app. You should then be a part of the plan! Each day you open the app, go to the plan, read for that day, and then have the opportunity to go to the comments section. I also believe that your phone will notify you whenever someone has posted a comment (assuming that you haven’t turned off the notifications!). I’m hoping that this will work similarly on tablets and will post a generic invite to the church Facebook page (make sure you like the page ahead of time). I guess that I’d better send the invites out before the final Sunday, so that we can work on the tech together if you have a problem!

Looking forward to a great season and a Merry Christmas. Hope to see you in church!

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Posted by on December 1, 2017 in Newsletter