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2017 Pastors College Testimony | Leo Parris

This past Sunday was a bittersweet gathering for Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville as we said goodbye to the 2017 Sovereign Grace Pastors College students. These 11 men have become a part of our church family over the past 10 months and although we are excited to see how the Lord will use them for His glory, we are also saddened that they will be leaving Louisville. One...

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Arkansas Church Plant Send-Off | Bill Berry and Tim Campbell

On Sunday we had the bittersweet privilege of sending out our first church plant team. Bill Berry is leading a group of 11 adults and 9 kids to plant Redeemer Fellowship Church in Northwest Arkansas. Last week, Tim Campbell shared a testimony on behalf of the team and Bill Berry shared a brief word with Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. Tim Campbell Testimony from S...

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A Mother's Day Tribute | Katie Williams

On Sunday we had the privilege of hearing from Katie Williams as she honored her mom for Mother's Day. Mother's Day Testimony | Katie Williams from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Cries from the Cross | Part 1"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Cries from the Cross | Part 1, given on April 2, 2017.   As we prepare our hearts for Easter, we are setting aside two Sundays to direct our attention toward the cross. At Calvary, Jesus hung in agony as our substitutionary sacrifice. Scripture records the last seven cries of our Savior and in this sermon CJ explores the ...

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The Snare of Compare | Carolyn Mahaney

On Saturday, the ladies of SGCL had the joy of gathering together to study God's word. Carolyn Mahaney spoke on "The Snare of Compare". You can listen to the audio here.   The Snare of Compare | Carolyn Mahaney from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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Testimony | Aaron & Andrea Beane

A few weeks ago we had the privilege of hearing a testimony from Aaron and Andrea Beane. Aaron is a student at the Sovereign Grace Pastors College and the Beanes are preparing to plant a church in North Carolina along with Joshua and Michelle Earl. The Lord has done marvelous things in Aaron and Andrea's lives and we are so grateful to have them at SGCL during this season....

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Testimony | Brian Yang

A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of hearing a testimony from Brian Yang. Brian has been a member of our church since 2015 and had previously served as an undergroud church minister in South China for 14 years. What a joy to hear about the abundant grace that God has poured out on Brian's life. We are so grateful that he is a member at SGCL! Brian Yang Testimony fro...

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Resources on Prayer | Brian Chesemore

Last week I had the privilege of revisiting some great books on prayer as I prepared for my message on Luke 11.1-13. Reading on this topic is a joyful reminder of the unspeakable privilege we have as the redeemed to call God, “Father.” For me, reading on prayer is a necessary habit, as I tend to so quickly move away from an appropriate mindset of dependence up...

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Weekly Devotional | "Forgiven Much"

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Forgiven Much, given on November 27, 2016. Day 1: Jesus and the Sinful Woman Quotes: “And if you’re wondering this morning what is the nature of her sin, well we are not explicitly told. One could speculate that she is a prostitute given the phrase, ‘a woman of the city’, but the exact nature o...

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New Member Testimony | Nicole Murray

A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of hearing a powerful testimony from one of our new members, Nicole Murray. We are so grateful for the work that the Lord has done in Nicole's life and that he has brought her to SGCL.   Nicole Murray Testimony from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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Weekly Devotional | "Now That the Election Is Over"

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Now That the Election Is Over, given on November 20, 2016. Day 1: The Voice of God (v.1-5) Quotes: “This is the plea of a loving God whose heart has been broken by his peoples’ rejection of him.” David Prior “The Lord draws their attention to his gracious saving acts in the hope of restoring t...

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Weekly Devotional | "The Lost Sheep"

This devotional is based on Christian Wegert's sermon, The Lost Sheep, given on October 30, 2016. Day 1: Lost (v. 4) Quotes: “We think living without God will lead us into freedom and liberty. We believe we are autonomous and independent without need of God or Christ. We think walking to the horizon far away from our shepherd will satisfy our soul. We think it w...

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Weekly Devotional | "A Flawless Election Prediction"

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Flawless Election Prediction, given on November 6, 2016.   Day 1: A Call to Joyful Praise (v.1-3) Quotes: “Secular writers force us to read the world from within a framework in which God’s moral will, saving intentions, His truth, and His Christ are never the criteria of meaning or importance. The ...

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Weekly Devotional | "A Saving Mercy"

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, A Saving Mercy, given on November 13, 2016.   Day 1: The Word of the Lord and a Wayward Messenger (v.1-4) Quotes: “Jonah now has a second chance to learn the scandalous mercy of God.” Kevin Youngblood “I would imagine that in this room there are some of who may have tried, maybe even recent...

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Weekly Devotional | "A Scandalous Mercy"

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Scandalous Mercy, given on October 16, 2016.   Day 1: Jonah’s story is a cautionary tale Quotes: “For all its orthodoxy and beauty however, this prayer reveals some of the great defects in Jonah’s character.” Kevin Youngblood “Jonah needed to be humbled, for even though God had m...

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Pray for the Bahamas

Earlier today, Mark Prater posted this urgent prayer request from our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas. Let's be praying together for our sister church and all those affected by Hurricane Matthew.  ...

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Gospel Opportunities at Churchill Downs | Evangelism Testimony | Brittany Kauflin

Last Sunday, Brittany Kauflin shared about some exciting gospel opportunities at Churchill Downs.  If you are interested in serving with this ministry, please contact us! You can email us at info@sgclouisville.org. Gospel Opportunities at Churchill Downs | Brittany Kauflin from SGCLouisville on Vimeo.  ...

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4th Anniversary Video

Last Sunday we had the joy of celebrating our 4th anniversary as a church family! "The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad." Psalm 126:3 4th Anniversary Picnic from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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Weekly Devotional | "From Tears to Shouts of Joy"

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, From Tears to Shouts of Joy, given on October 2, 2016. Day 1: Liberation and Laughter (verses 1-2) Quotes: “It is to be feared that the psalms are by no means so prized as in earlier ages of the Church.” Charles Spurgeon “Apart from . . . biblical illiteracy, there are special reasons for neglect of...

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4 Years of God's Faithfulness | Part 4

Last year, we celebrated our 3 year anniversary as a church family. It was a sweet time of fellowship, food, games, and much laughter! Join us this Sunday as we rejoice and praise God together! 3rd Anniversary Sunday from SGCLouisville on Vimeo.  ...

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4 Years of God's Faithfulness | Part 3

Here's yet another glimpse of God's faithfulness over the past 4 years... Don't forget to join us this Sunday for our 4th Anniversary Picnic! Celebrating 2 Years of God's Faithfulness from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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4 Years of God's Faithfulness | Part 2

On September 30, 2012 SGCL gathered for it's first Sunday morning service together! Now, we are celebrating 4 years of God's faithfulness to our church. Join us this Sunday as we reflect and rejoice  in all that God has done. September 30, 2012 from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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Weekly Devotional | "Evangelism

This devotional is based on Matt Gray's sermon, Evangelism, given on September 25, 2016. Day 1: Who is God? Quotes: “The power of God unto salvation is located in a message, the message of the Gospel, the message of Jesus Christ; all that he was and all that he did to reconcile sinners to a holy God.” Matt Gray “If we don’t start with God, we ...

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4 Years of God's Faithfulness | Part 1

On October 2nd, we will be gathering to celebrate 4 years of God's immense faithfulness to Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. As we look forward to that celebration, we also want to look back and remember what He has done.  A little over 4 years ago, the SGCL church plant team met to fellowship and worship together as they prepared for the first official church ga...

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Weekly Devotional: "Food and Drink"

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Food and Drink, given on September 11, 2016.   Day 1: Provision from God Quotes: “The entirety of the Christian life is to be taken up with the glory of God and that includes the daily act of eating and drinking.”Brian Chesemore “Now if we ponder to what end God created food, we shall find ...

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Weekly Devotional: "Leisure"

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Leisure, given on August 28, 2016.   Day 1: The Gift of Leisure Quotes: “The Creation account is God-centered, and the Creation account concludes with all eyes fixed upon God. This informs and defines a Biblical perspective of rest and leisure because there is no true rest, there is no genuine leisure apar...

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A Theology of Work | Resources

Last Sunday Jeff inspired us with a thoroughly biblical vision on work. Whether you are a student, stay at home mom, or heading into the office, this message will serve you. To help us further "sanctify" this ordinary part of life, CJ asked Jeff to recommend 3 books that we could benefit from. Here's his list along with a brief description of why each is worth a read.&nbs...

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Weekly Devotional: "Work"

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, Work, given on August 21, 2016.   Day 1: Our work glorifies God Quotes: “Our work, our jobs, our careers, the tasks to which God has called us, they are not a diversion from serving God. They are serving God!” Jeff Purswell Questions and Reflections: What emotions and thoughts characterize you...

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Weekly Devotional | "Sleep"

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Sleep, given on August 14, 2016.   Day 1: Sleep is a daily gift from God Quotes: “If one isn’t serving the Lord’s purpose and depending on his provision and trusting in his protection, then all one’s efforts are vain. All one’s efforts are ultimately worthless.” C.J. Mahaney ...

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Toronto Mission Trip 2016 | Chad Hester Testimony

Earlier this month, we sent a team of 11 SGCL members to serve alongside Sovereign Grace Church Toronto at a Kid's Music Camp. Here's a testimony from the trip.  Chad Hester Testimony from SGCLouisville on Vimeo.   Toronto 2016 from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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Weekly Devotional | "Patience In Suffering"

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Patience In Suffering, given on July 24th, 2016.   Day 1: Patience looks to a certain and glorious future (verse 7) Quotes: “James’ doctrine of the Christian life is a doctrine of process or growth, and patience is its central requirement.” Alec Motyer “Patience has a specific object, pa...

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Weekly Devotional | "When God Crosses My Path"

Day 1: The Darkness of Jericho Quotes: “Zacchaeus didn’t want to change. He had no virtue. He didn’t have anything in himself that would help him draw near to the ways of God. Neither the life in the city, nor our occupations, nor our curiosity, can take us to know the ways of the Lord, because the ways of the Lord are the Lord’s.” Pepe M...

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Weekly Devotional | "A Sobering Surprise"

Day 1: An Announcement of Condemnation Quotes: “He speaks to the non-Christian for the benefit of the Christian.” Craig Blomberg “James looks with divine foresight and sees the dark hurricane cloud of the Day of the Lord about to strike them down.” Peter Davids “The rich will lose everything they have devoted themselves to and everything...

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Armed for Redeployment | Repost

"We came into the Pastors College as men wanting to serve God, and we leave the Pastors College as even more—built together as brothers in Christ, built more deeply into God’s word, ready, willing and able to live out the calling that God has placed on our lives..." - Bill Berry Click here to read the whole post on the 2015-16 Pastor's College class over ...

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Weekly Devotional | "Maturity in Community"

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Maturity in Community, given on June 26th, 2016.   Day 1: The Call to Maturity Quotes: “Paul is warning that the alternative to a glorious, Christ-exalting, maturing church, is to remain as a child-like church, an immature church. It is to remain in the vulnerability of the newborn state; it is to be le...

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Should you pass on bad reports? | Resource

The sermons from the last two Sunday gatherings have been on the power of words to either build up or tear down the body of Christ. Check out the article below for another resource on this important topic. Should You Pass on Bad Reports? by Tim Keller & David Powlison One obvious genius of the internet is that it’s “viral.” Information explodes&nbs...

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Weekly Devotional | "He Gives More Grace"

Day 1: Worldly Orientation Quotes: “James personifies the entire church as the “bride” of Yahweh or Christ. At best she has become distracted from and at worst unfaithful to her groom . . . The audience has the wrong object for a lover – the fallen world system and values of the unregenerate.” Craig Blomberg “The intention to be a f...

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2016 Pastors College Testimony | Philip Estrada

This past Sunday was a bittersweet gathering for Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville as we said goodbye to the 2016 Sovereign Grace Pastors College students. These 12 men have become a part of our church family over the past 10 months and although we are excited excited to see how the Lord will use them for His glory, we are also saddened that they will be leaving Louisvi...

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Weekly Devotional | "God's Unstoppable Mission"

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, God's Unstoppable Mission, given on May 29th, 2016.   Day 1: The Power Behind the Mission is the Holy Spirit (v1-13) Quotes: “God Himself is on a mission, and that mission is unstoppable.” Jeff Purswell “What is about to transpire [Pentecost] is not an isolated event, in an ancient city, affe...

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Weekly Devotional | "Quarrels and Fights"

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Quarrels and Fights, given on June 5th, 2016.   Day 1: Relational conflict is worse than you think (4:1) Quotes: “Instead of a climate and culture of peace that would reflect the “wisdom from above” that James referenced in 3:17, and the presence of peacemakers he referenced in 3:18, there is i...

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Weekly Devotional | "The Basis for Our Service"

This devotional is based on Bill Berry's sermon, The Basis for Our Service, given on May 22, 2016.   Day 1: The qualification for our service is God’s grace Quotes: “The basis for our service to our God is not found in anything that is in and of us, but the basis for our service is God’s grace, and God’s grace alone.” Bill Berry &l...

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Meet Our Deacons | Paul Medler

Last year, we had the privilege of installing 7 deacons in our church. These men have already served SGCL in a multitude of ways and have given much time, energy, and thought to how they can continue to serve in the future. Over the past year, each one of them has been sharing the testimony of how the Lord saved them.   Paul Medler Testimony from SGCLouisville on ...

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Weekly Devotional | "Who Is Wise?"

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, Who Is Wise?, given on May 15, 2016.   Day 1: Godly Lives Reflect True Wisdom (3:13) Quotes: “Wisdom in the first century Greek culture was everything. If you were known as wise, you were a rock star. To the first century Greek, wisdom had everything to do with your learning and your skill of speech. Rh...

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Sermon Quotes: "Who Is Wise?"

“This Christian meekness involves a healthy understanding of our own unworthiness before God and a corresponding humility and lack of pride in our dealings with our fellowmen.” Douglas Moo “There is a kind of person who is undoubtedly clever, with acute brain and skillful tongue; but his effect, nevertheless, in any committee, in any church, in any grou...

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Meet Our Deacons | Chris Sells

Last year, we had the privilege of installing 7 deacons in our church. These men have already served SGCL in a multitude of ways and have given much time, energy, and thought to how they can continue to serve in the future. Over the past few months, each one of them has been sharing the testimony of how the Lord saved them. Chris Sells Testimony from SGCLouisville on Vi...

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A Mother's Day Tribute | Amanda Spiro

"I am sure that, in my early youth, no teaching ever made such an impression upon my mind as the instruction of my mother; neither can I conceive that, to any child, there can be one who will have such influence over the young heart as the mother who has so tenderly cared for her offspring… Never could it be possible for any man to estimate what he owes to a godly m...

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Weekly Devotional | Got Faith?

This devotional  is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Got Faith?, given on May 1, 2016.   Day 1: Dead Faith—James 2:14-17 Quotes/References: “James is not arguing that works must be added to faith. His point is that genuine biblical faith will inevitably be characterized by works.” Doug Moo Questions and Reflections: Compare this passa...

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How to Lovingly Confront | Re-post from 9Marks

In his sermon yesterday, CJ referred to a 9Marks article entitled How do I lovingly confront someone who claims to be converted but who lives like a non-Christian? See below for the article in its entirety. Prayerfully consider who you might be called to lovingly confront. Click here to listen to the sermon. ----------------------------------- How do I lovingl...

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May Sunday Class | The Word

Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, gives us a glimpse into the desire of his heart for the church: “….that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the...

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Weekly Devotional | A Happy Day

This devotional was written by John Cahoon and is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Happy Day, given on April 17, 2016.   Day 1: The Gift of Our Leaders Quotes/References: “Your soul needs the caring and watchful eye of a godly pastor.” CJ Mahaney “Our concern today is to give all our energy to you, serving you, watching over you to prepare yo...

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New Member Testimony | Fangzhou Ying

Last Sunday we had the privilege and joy of welcoming 38 new members to Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville! One of those members, Fangzhou Ying, shared a testimony of how God saved her and brought her to SGCL. May this story of God's relentless and amazing grace encourage your hearts.   Fangzhou Ying Testimony from SGCLouisville on Vimeo.  ...

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Pray for Our Pastors

This week Sovereign Grace pastors from across the southeast will gather in Charlotte, NC for the Sovereign Grace Churches Regional Assembly of Elders. Let's remember to pray for this strategic gathering. Thank God for his faithfulness to Sovereign Grace pastors throughout our region and the elders of our church specifically. Pray that God would be glorified as this...

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T4G | Let's Remember to Pray

This week around 10,000 pastors and church leaders from around the world will gather in Louisville to celebrate the gospel and worship our Savior. Jason Briggs, one of our faithful community group leaders here at SGC Louisville, put together the following list of prayers that we can lift up on behalf of those attending, serving, and preaching at the event.  ---------...

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Weekly Devotional | The Poison of Partiality

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, The Poison of Partiality, given on April 3, 2016.   Day 1: The Partiality of Appearances—James 2:1-4 Quotes/References: “When we show favoritism, when we assess people by externals, we are usurping God’s exclusive right to stand in judgment over others. You’re taking the place of God.&rd...

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Membership Covenant Part II | A Loving Community

This is an exciting time for Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville! In April we have the privilege of welcoming new members into our church community! With that in mind, the blog will feature an excerpt from our membership covenant several times over the next few weeks. From the newest of members to those who have been members for many years, this can serve as an encouragem...

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April Sunday Class | Prayer | Take Words With You

"Prayer is certainly one of the hardest tasks in the Christian life though it is also one of its greatest privileges. Perhaps the hardest part of prayer is just to begin praying at all." (Tim Kerr) Join us on Sundays during the month of April to learn more about this easy-to-neglect topic of prayer. As people who are dependent on God, we are people who should be characteri...

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Membership Covenant Part I | A Redeemed Community

This is an exciting time for Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville! In April we have the privilege of welcoming new members into our church community! With that in mind, the blog will feature an excerpt from our membership covenant several times over the next few weeks. From the newest of members to those who have been members for many years, this can serve as an encouragem...

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Simply Scripture | Think deeply on the gospel today

This post is a selection from the prophet Isaiah poetically describing the depths of Christ's sacrifice many years before the events took place. Allow this to fuel gratitude for the suffering Servant, our Lord Jesus Christ. ...

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Weekly Devotional | The Solution to Self-Deception

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Solution to Self-Deception, given on March 13th, 2016.   Day 1: A Wise Command with a Warning Quotes/References: “It is self-deception that merely hearing God’s Word is evidence of saving faith and that it is sufficient to satisfy God.” CJ Mahaney “No matter how extensive one’s...

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A Testimony from Karl Sauter

A few weeks ago, Karl Sauter shared a testimony about a ministry opportunity at the University of Louisville. Here's a glimpse of the work that the Lord is doing on the campus. Karl Sauter Testimony from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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Weekly Devotional | True Worshipers Receive

This devotional is based on Bob Kauflin's sermon, True Worshipers Receive, given on March 6th, 2016.   Day 1: The Heart of True Worship—John 4:1-15 Quotes/References: “From start to finish, the Bible’s story is a story of grace; a story of God’s initiative to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves by offering us unmerited mercy and und...

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Thoughts on Voting from Kevin DeYoung

As many of you know, tomorrow is the Kentucky Presidential Republican Caucus. The Kentucky Democratic Primary will take place on March 17th. Many Christians struggle to form biblical convictions regarding politics. Certainly, we could write several different posts about this topic and thankfully numerous evangelicals have written excellent, biblically-informed books about...

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"The Transforming Power of the Gospel" | A Sunday Class Resource

"God has predestined all believers to be conformed to the image of His Son. The process toward that goal is called by various names such as sanctification, growth in grace, or transformation. This process of transformation into the image of Christ begins at our new birth and continues until we die and enter into the presence of the Lord. At that time, according to Hebrews ...

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Meet Our Deacons | Caleb Gallifant

 Earlier this year, we had the privilege of installing 7 deacons in our church. These men have already served SGCL in a multitude of ways and have given much time, energy, and thought to how they can continue to serve in the future. Over the past few months, each one of them has been sharing the testimony of how the Lord saved them.    Caleb Gallifant Te...

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Weekly Devotional | Trials, Temptations, and Good Gifts

This devotional is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Trials, Temptations, and Good Gifts, given on February 21st, 2016.   Day 1: Blame-shifting — James 1:13 Quotes/References: “It is critical that we distinguish between the external trial and the internal temptation” CJ Mahaney “The stakes are high here. Suffering will either leave you a muc...

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Sermon Quotes: "Trials, Temptations, and Good Gifts"

“Every trial is also a temptation.” Alec Motyer “The stakes are high here. Suffering will either leave you a much better person or a much worse one that you were before. Trials and troubles in life, which are inevitable, will either make you or break you. But either way, you will not remain the same.” Tim Keller “The trouble lies in the comb...

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Reading True Worshipers

Recently I had the privilege to read and discuss Bob Kauflin’s book True Worshipers, with a group of men from our church. Each of us benefitted from the book and were excited to apply it to our lives. Here’s an encouraging glimpse into how it impacted Beau McKenzie. What happens when we don’t want to sing? When my affections are low for the great tr...

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Weekly Devotion | The Great Reversal

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, The Great Reversal, given on February 14th, 2016.   Day 1: An Earthly Deception — James 1:9-11 Quotes/References: “We can rightly assess our earthly status only by focusing on our heavenly destiny” Jeff Purswell Questions to Consider: Have you ever been disillusioned by the world because...

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Weekly Devotion | A Generous God for a Difficult Trial

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Generous God for a Difficult Trial, given on February 7, 2016. Day 1: Our Desperate Need — James 1:5 Quotes/References: "In seasons of severe trial, Christians have nothing on earth in which to trust, and we are therefore compelled to cast ourselves on our God alone. When our vessel is tilting so far over it i...

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Meet Our Deacons | Arnie Baer

Earlier this year, we had the privilege of installing 7 deacons in our church. These men have already served SGCL in a multitude of ways and have given much time, energy, and thought to how they can continue to serve in the future. Over the past few months, each one of them has been sharing the testimony of how the Lord saved them.   Arnie Baer Testimony from SGCL...

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Weekly Devotion | A Radical Proposal

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Radical Proposal, given on January 31, 2016.   Day 1: Accepting our Trials | James1:1-2 Quotes/References: "James is nothing if not realistic: Life is a tale of various trials." Alec Motyer Questions to Consider: Read Acts 8.1-3. James is writing to “the Dispersion”. Think for a few minutes a...

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Testimony | Becca Stephenson

On July 23, 2015, Wade Stephenson passed away after a fatal car crash. He was an SGCL member, a community group leader, a friend, husband, and father. Last Sunday, his wife Becca shared a moving testimony of how God's faithfulness has sustained her and her family over the months since that tragedy. Click here for a PDF transcript of the testimony. Becca Stephenson Test...

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Weekly Devotion | The Lord of Psalm 23

This devotional is based on Brian Chesemore's sermon, The Lord of Psalm 23, given on January 19, 2016.   Day 1: God’s Faithfulness to Restore | Psalm 23:1-3a Quotes/References: “The unwavering faithfulness of the Lord calls for my absolute trust in him. To reflect deeply on the faithfulness of the Lord in this Psalm challenges us to be like David and...

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Testimony | Jairo Namnun

Jairo Namnun shares his testimony as he and his wife Patricia prepare to return to the Dominican Republic. They have been dear members and friends at SGCL and will be greatly missed.   Jairo Namnun | Testimony from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | A Happy Ending

Review Job suffered because of his blamelessness, not because of his sin. It was to show that God is worthy of the worship of a man even when worldly goods are lost. Job did not suffer because of his sin, but he sinned in his suffering. Job's why questions lose their power when he encounters the greatness of God. "I had a million questions to ask God, but, when I met him...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | Out of the Whirlwind, God Speaks

The Complaint Job has come to the conviction that he does not live in a well-run world. What begins as a general lament before God in prayer gradually becomes a sinful complaint or charge before God, accusing him of mistreatment. If you, like Job, have suffered severely and even at times presume that you can better run the universe than God, lean in. The LORD has mercy fo...

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Prepare Him Room Advent

The Christmas season has arrived. In only a few short weeks, we will gather as families and friends to remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. This season presents a unique opportunity to pause and reflect on the glorious reality that God took on flesh and dwelt among us. As we begin this Christmas season, we would like to recommend a resource to serve you and yo...

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Meet Our Deacons | Mark Donovan

Earlier this year, we had the privilege of installing 7 deacons in our church. These men have already served SGCL in a multitude of ways and have given much time, energy, and thought to how they can continue to serve in the future. Over the past few months, each one of them has been sharing the testimony of how the Lord saved them. Mark Donovan Testimony from SGCLouisvi...

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Weekly Devotion 7 | Job's Final Stand | Job 29-31

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, Job's Final Stand, given on November 15, 2015. For a PDF version, click here.   Day 1: “When will we get there?” Read Job 29 Quotes/References: “The prolonged lament and grief in the book of Job is not wasted manuscript. It’s a compassionate reflection for people whose own suffering is a...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "When God Doesn't Answer Your Why Question"

Introduction CJ begins by recapping how far we have come in Job. In short: Job’s suffering Job’s “why question” Job’s friends’ accusatory (wrong) explanation for his suffering and Job’s disagreement Chapter 28 interrupts the arguments between Job and his friends. It effectively ends the ongoing debate between them and allo...

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Weekly Devotion 6 | When God Doesn't Answer Your "Why" Question | Job 28

This devotional is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, When God Doesn't Answer Your "Why" Question, given on November 8, 2015. For a PDF version, click here.   Day 1: Human Futility Quotes/References: Elmer Smick sets the context for this chapter: “Since the dialogue has reached an impasse, the author now makes his own comment on the powerlessness of man’s...

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Weekly Devotion 5 | The Protest of Job | Job 21

This devotional is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, The Protest of Job, given on October 18, 2015. For a PDF version, click here.   Day 1: Long Suffering Quotes/References: Christopher Ash: “Job is forty two chapters long. We may consider that rather an obvious observation.. But the point is this: in his wisdom God has given us a very long book, and he has do...

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Weekly Devotion 4 | The Wrestling of Job | Job 19

This devotional is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, The Wrestling of Job, given on October 11, 2015. For a PDF version, click here.   Day 1: Job’s Perseverance Quotes/References: Jeff quote: “The book of Job shows us that times of suffering are to be expected, it shows us that such times are normal even for believers in a in a fallen world.” ...

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3rd Anniversary Sunday

Here's a glimpse our 3rd anniversary celebration! 3rd Anniversary Sunday from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Wrestling of Job: Part 1"

Introduction Cyclical Discussions From chapters 4 to 19, the book of Job has been a series of three cyclical discussions between Job and his friends; each cycle has the same theology. His friends come with rigid, cold, cause-and-effect theology—you do good, you prosper; you do bad, you suffer. In reality, a man's relationship with God cannot be determined by his...

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Devotionals on the Book of Job

Several weeks ago, we began a series on the book of Job. In conjunction with the study of this book on Sunday mornings, we also want to provide you with an additional resource for studying Job. To that end, we have created short devotionals to supplement the Sunday teaching. Our prayer is that these will serve and equip you as you study personally or as you walk your famil...

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Reflecting on 3 Years of God's Faithfulness

On Sunday we had the privilege of celebrating our 3rd anniversary as a church! Here's a small taste of everything that the Lord has done in our church over the past year.   SGCL 3rd Anniversary Video from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Friends of Job"

Summary: CJ began by recapping Job 1-3. He highlighted Job’s vividly described agony and explained how Job should humble us when we find ourselves complaining. Job’s lament captures his fear that the worst has come to fruition…God has abandoned him. But despite all of Job’s suffering to this point, the worst may be yet to come. Satan slithers away...

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The Gospel at Work | Jeff Purswell | October Sunday Class

Last Sunday, Jeff Purswell taught the first session of our October Sunday Class, The Gospel at Work. In this teaching, Jeff introduced the idea that scripture’s perspective transforms our view of work from a necessary evil into a noble, attractive, motivating opportunity to bring God glory in our lives. He continued by stressing that work is a primary way that we imi...

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3 Years of God's Faithfulness | Part 4

Last year we celebrated our 2nd church anniversary with food, games, fellowship, and lots of laughter. This Sunday, we will gather together to rejoice in 3 years of God's faithfulness to us! What a joy to look back at what the Lord has done and look forward with aniticpation to all that He will accomplish in the year to come. Celebrating 2 Years of God's Faithfulness fr...

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3 Years of God's Faithfulness | Part 3

In November 2013, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville held its first New Members Sunday and welcomed 94 members. It was yet another glimpse of God's kindness and generosity to us. Take a look... New Members Sunday | November 3, 2013 from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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3 Years of God's Faithfulness | Part 2

On September 30, 2012 Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville had its first public gathering. Here's yet another glimpse of God's kindness towards us in the early days of this church plant.  September 30, 2012 from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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3 Years of God's Faithfulness

As we look forward with anticipation to our 3rd Anniversary Picnic this Sunday, we also look back with fresh gratefulness for the Lord's faithfulness to our church. Here's a glimpse of his marvelous handiwork.   September 16, 2012 from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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Speak for the Unborn | A Testimony from Kyle Stansbury

"Open your mouth for the mute,for the rights of all who are destitute.Open your mouth, judge righteously,defend the rights of the poor and needy."- Proverbs 31:8-9 A few weeks ago, our church was privileged to hear from Kyle Stansbury about a ministry called Speak for the Unborn. The main purpose of S4U is to lovingly share the gospel with women who are actively seeking a...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Lament of Job"

Summary C.J. explains that we are about to venture into one of the darkest chapters in scripture (not the darkest). It lets us into the heart and mind of Job, a man undergoing unbearable misery. We transition from Job’s obedient suffering to his lament before God. Job 2:11 – 13 Job’s friends were legitimate friends. Little did they know, they would ev...

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Meet Our Deacons | Steve Whitacre

Earlier this year, we had the privilege of installing 7 deacons in our church. These men have already served SGCL in a multitude of ways and have given much time, energy, and thought to how they can continue to serve in the future. Over the next few months, each one of them will be sharing the testimony of how the Lord saved them. Here is Steve Whitacre's Testimony. Ste...

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Sermon Summary | "A Safe Journey"

Introduction The book of Psalms should be treasured Spurgeon thought the Psalms were undervalued in 1882—how much more today! You will experience no emotion that has not been expressed in the psalms. This psalm was chosen with Rebecca Stephenson in mind. Rebecca’s husband Wade Stephenson passed away three weeks ago. It is a Song of Ascents Ps...

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Preparing for Suffering | C.J. Mahaney

Over the past several weeks, CJ has led our church to look to our God and Savior in our grief. A few weeks ago, in his message from Habakkuk, he specifically explored how we, as christians, should respond when life doesn't make sense. Suffering is a reality in our fallen world. Everyone will, at some point in their lives, experience it. But not everyone will be prepared fo...

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Bill Berry | Why the Pastors College?

In a few weeks, our church will have the privilege of sending 7 men to the Sovereign Grace Pastors College. This past Sunday, Bill Berry shared about why he is excited to attend the PC this Fall. Please join us in praying for Bill, his wife Jennilee, and their four children as they prepare and fundraise for this opportunity. Bill Berry Testimony from SGCLouisville on Vi...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "God Is Able To Keep You

Summary After reading this Doxology, H.B. emphasized the Father’s ability to keep you when you cannot keep yourself. He proceeded to summarize the rest of Jude’s letter beginning with a call to arms by taking a stand for the Gospel of Truth, warning the Church of false teachers, and concluding with an appeal to the Saints to persevere. Our attention was then ...

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What Not to Ask Someone Suffering | from Desiring God

In his sermon on Sunday, C.J. referrenced an article by Nancy Guthrie titled, What Not to Ask Someone Suffereing. In it, Nancy gives some extremely helpful thoughts on what to say and not say when caring for someone who is suffereing. Here's a link to the full article on the Desiring God website. We pray that this article will serve our church as we seek to hono...

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Sermon Summary | "The Final Chapter"

What about 16:9 – 20? What is textual criticism? Textual criticism: the science of studying all the known copies of a document to discover what the original said. A science that clearly shows God’s generosity to us in preserving his word. Far more manuscripts exist of the NT than of Tacitus (3 manuscripts) and Josephus (120 manuscripts), and the manuscrip...

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Greetings from Toronto!

Greetings from Toronto! We just completed our second day of music camp with 37 kids from the area. Each day we are teaching A different musical genre along with a corresponding biblical theme. Yesterday was world music with the theme of God as creator. Today was was country music and the appropriate theme of… the fallenness of this world. Michael Granger and Matt ...

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Pray for Toronto

Requesting your Prayerful Support Tomorrow morning at 6:30am, about a dozen SGCL members will be departing for Toronto to serve Sovereign Grace Church of Toronto for the week. What will we be doing? The members of SGCT have organized a music camp as a means to serve the community and reach out evangelistically. So each day from Monday through Friday we will introduce a ...

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Matt Gray | Why the Pastors College?

In a few months, our church will have the privilege of sending 7 men to the Sovereign Grace Pastors College. This past Sunday, Matt Gray shared about why he is excited to attend the PC this Fall. Please join us in praying for Matt and his wife Sara as they prepare and fundraise for this opportunity. Matt Gray Testimony from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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Chad Hester | Why the Pastors College?

Over the past few months, we have heard from several of the men that our church will be sending to the Sovereign Grace Pastors College in the Fall. A few weeks ago, Chad Hester shared his testimony with the church. Please join us in praying for Chad and his wife Casey as they raise funds and prepare for the upcoming PC. Chad Hester Testimony from SGCLouisville on Vimeo....

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Tyson Ziegler | Why the Pastors College?

In August, our church will have the privilege of sending 7 men to the Sovereign Grace Pastors College. Last Sunday, Tyson Ziegler, shared a testimony of how God has directed him toward this decision and why he's excited for this opportunity. Please join us in praying for the Lord's rich provision for Tyson and his family! Tyson Ziegler Testimony from SGCLouisville on Vi...

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Responding to the Supreme Court's Ruling

Dear Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, In light of the Supreme Court's ruling handed down this week, and its significant and varied implications, the pastors want to equip each of you with resources which offer a biblical perspective. It’s our prayer that the articles below, written by discerning and courageous brothers, will enable you to interact with friends,...

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A Father's Day Tribute | Carrie Donovan and Jackson Humphrey

This past Sunday, Carrie Donovan and Jackson Humphrey shared testimonies to honor their dads, Mark Donovan and Rich Humphrey, for Father's Day. What a privilege to hear about how God is using the fathers in our church to love, teach, and preach the gospel to their children. Our church is indeed blessed to have such men leading the next generation of our church. Carrie Don...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Cup"

Introduction Ultimately, no pastor—only the Holy Spirit—can communicate what happened in Gethsemane. The scene in the garden gives us a unique glimpse into the humanity of Jesus. Here, we encounter the mystery of the incarnation. Marvel at his humanity, but don’t just marvel; be grateful! It is the basis for your salvation. Thesis – Jesus’...

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A Father's Aim

“My son, give me your heart.” (Prov. 23.26) Picture the conversation--a father appealing to his son, requesting nothing less than this young man’s thoughtful allegiance. What an invitation. As a fellow-father currently in the trenches of discipleship with my children, it's all too easy for me to get caught up in the swirl of parental responsibilities an...

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Michael Granger's Testimony

This Fall, our church will have the privilege of sending 7 men to the Sovereign Grace Pastors College. On a recent Sunday, one of these men, Michael Granger, shared a testimony of how God has directed him toward this decision. Please join us in praying for the Lord's rich provision for Michael and his family! Michael Granger Testimony from SGCLouisville on Vimeo.  ...

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Remembering Elisabeth Elliot | by Carolyn Mahaney

Two days ago, Elisabeth Elliot went home to be with our Lord. Her life was marked by a "reckless abandon for the Lord" and her death points us toward our eternal Home. Today, Carolyn Mahaney posted a tribute to this remarkable woman on the Girl Talk Blog. We trust it will encourage you and increase your appreciation for this woman whose life, teaching, and example have bee...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Words and Music of Worship"

Introduction: Bob opened by explaining that singing is Biblical (Psalm 96:1-2, Ephesians 5:18-19, Colossians 3:16). There are 400 references to singing in the Bible, 50 direct commands to sing, and Psalms (a book of songs) is the longest book of the Bible. There are three schools of thought when discussing singing in the Church: Music supersedes the words – Words...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "How Should We Then Live"

Summary In this sermon, Brian exposits Hebrews 10:19-25, encouraging us with the foundation of Jesus’ high priestly ministry and exhorting us to strive toward fellowship with God and one another. Consequently, we are shown how we should then live as faithful Christians. Foundation of Faithful Christian Living (10:19-21) The author of Hebrews is writing into a co...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: How Should We Then Live?

"[Schaeffer’s] purpose was to show how ideas, as they have been embraced or discarded, have shaped the rise and decline of Western culture.” Richard Phillips “What [people] are in their thought world determines how they act….The results of their thought world flow through their fingers or from their tongues in the external world. This is true...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Slow Motion"

Introduction (Mark 14:10-21) C.J. compares chapter 14 to the slow climb of a roller coaster before the big drop. Mark decelerates his Gospel account to prepare us for the crucifixion of Christ. C.J. highlights three key components of this passage: Outline Judas’ Preparation for Betrayal (Mark 14:10-11) We see a dramatic change in mood from Jesus’ anointin...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: The Power of Weakness

"The duties God requires of us are not in proportion to the strength we possess in ourselves. Rather, they are proportional to the resources available to us in Christ. We do not have the ability in ourselves to accomplish the least of God's tasks. This is a law of grace. When we recognize it is impossible for us to perform a duty in our own strength, we will discover the s...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Living Today In Light of That Day"

Jeff explains how Jesus’ foretelling of the destruction of the Temple represents the passing of the Old Covenant and the coming of the New. Although He is aware of His impending crucifixion, He is not preoccupied, but instead focuses on pastoring His disciples. This passage is meant to identify the conditions required of Jesus’ disciples to live faithfully until His re...

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Testimony | Cris Williams

Last Sunday we had the privilege of hearing a testimony of God's grace from Cris Williams. If you didn't get a chance to hear it, take a few minutes to watch and be reminded of the mighty, compassionate, faithful Savior that we serve.   Chris Williams Testimony from SGCLouisville on Vimeo.  ...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Near, But Not In"

Summary:  Jesus interacts with a scribe, who asks for clarification pertaining to the “first command above all others” (Mk.12:28). Jesus first answers by quoting Deuteronomy 6:4—“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mk.12:30). Additionally, he provides ...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Near, But Not In"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 12:28-34...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "A Christian's Response to Difficulty"

Quotes from Rick Holland's sermon on Romans 5:3-5...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Setting the Sadducees Straight"

Summary : Jesus takes another step closer to the cross as a result of his confrontation with the Sadducees. The Sadducees are the chief rivals to the Pharisees politically and theologically. They are characterized by three doctrines: 1) they only affirm the authority of the 5 books of Moses (Pentateuch), 2) they disavow the doctrine of the resurrection, and 3) they deny t...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Setting the Sadducees Straight"

“His enemies are relentless and they attack him in waves. Wave upon wave, delegation upon delegation approaching him to attack him publicly, discredit him so he might lose the popular support of the people, while they privately plot and plan how to kill him.” Sinclair Ferguson “The point is that belief in the resurrection is absurd since it leads to ridi...

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"Baptism" | Jeff Purswell

Did you get a chance to hear Jeff's Sunday Class on Baptism last week? If not, you can find the outline and audio recording here!...

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Membership Meeting Postponed

Living on the line of freezing rain, snow, and sleet is fun, isn’t it? We hate to cancel anything due to weather. But for the sake of your safety we believe it is necessary to postpone tonight's membership meeting to next Wednesday, March 11, at 7PM. We aren't meteorologists, but we're sure trying to be!! We are eagerly looking forward to this time together! ...

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Weather Announcement | Membership Class

Because of the severe winter storm predicted for this afternoon and evening, we are considering postponing the membership class scheduled for tonight. We are watching the weather closely and will make a final decision by 5PM today. If you have any questions, feel free to email Bethany Payne at bpayne@sgclouisville.org...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "God and Caesar"

“It may be the most famous of all Jesus pronouncement stories.” Robert Stein “The statement by our Lord was not only astounding the instant it was uttered, but is even today universally acclaimed to be the single most influential political statement ever made in the history of the world.” Kent Hughes “The answer Jesus gave is the most import...

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Sunday Service Cancelled

Due to the fact that the road conditions remain icy, and due to the fact that we cannot safely retrieve or drive our trailer, which holds all of our supplies and equipment, we are sadly left with no choice but to cancel our Sunday service for this morning. We will miss being together and look forward to seeing everyone next Sunday!...

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Weather Announcement | Sunday Service | 2.22.15

Due to the continued ice and snow today and the predicted freezing temperatures overnight, we may need to cancel our regular Sunday Service tomorrow morning. We hope that the roads will be salted and plowed tonight so that a cancellation will not be necessary.  However, we definitely don't want to put anyone in danger during their drive in the morning. We will make a ...

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Weather Announcement | Sunday Service | 2.22.15

Due to the continued ice and snow today and the predicted freezing temperatures overnight, we may need to cancel our regular Sunday Service tomorrow morning. We hope that the roads will be salted and plowed tonight so that a cancellation will not be necessary. However, we definitely don't want to put anyone in danger during their drive in the morning. We will make a final ...

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Prayer Sunday Class | Session 4

Over the last 3 weeks, we've studied the topic of prayer together in our Sunday Class. This week we'll continue that study as Steve Whitacre leads us through the prayers of Paul in the New Testament. Even if you haven't had a chance to attend any of the other sessions this month, we'd highly encourage you to join us for this time of teacahing and prayer together. The sessi...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Elders: Serving Under the Good Shepherd"

Introduction (1 Peter 5:1-4): Elder (spiritual maturity) = Pastor (caring/teaching) = Overseer (governing/ruling) Elders will stand before the throne and give account for the way they served the flock. (1 Timothy 4:16). Cultural and congregational pressure exists to conform pastors to expectations rather than biblical teaching. Outline: Significance (What) Peter...

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Membership Meeting Postponed

Because of freezing temperatures and ongoing potential for dangerous driving conditions, we are going to postpone tonight’s Membership Class. We are rescheduling the classes for February 25th and March 4th. As you know we don’t like canceling meetings, but we care about the safety of those we serve! Looking forward to Sunday!  ...

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Prayer Class | Session III

This week for the 3rd session of our February Sunday class, we'll be discussing chapters 10-11 of Tim Keller's book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. Through those chapters, we'll see prayer as both a conversation with God and an encounter with God. In addition, we'll look at the great benefit that the Psalms are to our prayer lives. So join us, Su...

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February Sunday Class | Prayer

Don't forget to join us for session II of the February Sunday Class on the topic of prayer. This week, Steve Whitacre will be teaching on the Lord's Prayer and how we can incorporate it into our daily prayers. This will be a sweet time of teaching and prayer together and we would love for you to come even if you weren't able to attend the first session. The class begins at...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Killing the Owner's Son"

Summary: Mark chapter 11 concluded with an interaction between Jesus and the religious leaders on the topic of authority. Chapter 12 begins during the same interaction, but now Jesus moves from a discussion on authority to the telling of a confrontational parable. From the very moment that he enters Jerusalem, Jesus’ approach toward opposition changes. He is now on ...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Killing the Owner's Son"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 12:1-12...

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Upcoming Sunday Class | "Prayer"

Join us for our February Sunday Class, "Prayer"...

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Sent Session 4 | The Corporate Witness of the Church

Join us for the final session of "Sent: Sharing the Hope of the Gospel". This week, Brian will conclude the 4 week class with a look at the corporate witness of the church. In addition, he'll be conducting a short interview with Matt Gray about how to share the good news of the gospel in under two minutes. We'd love for everyone to benefit from this time toegher, so feel f...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Planned for Prime Time"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 11:11-25....

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Sanctity of Life Sunday

Today is Sanctity of Life Sunday and churches around our country appropriately mourn. ...

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Sent Session 3 | The Message of the Ambassador

Join us for this week's Sunday Class: The Message of the Ambassador...

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Books for 2015

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Triumphal Entry"

“Every schoolboy is supposed to know Julius Caesar’s famous words before he crossed the River Rubicon, ‘The die is cast.' It means that a point of no return has been reached. This was true now for Jesus. There was no turning back. Now his last days had arrived; the climactic activity of his life was about to begin.” Sinclair Ferguson “At this...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Wisdom from Above for 2015"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on James 5:13....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "But Now I See"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:46-52....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Why He Came"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:35-45....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Christ Our Mediator"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on 1 Timothy 2:1-7....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Simply Astounding"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:32-34...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Rich Man and Discipleship"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:17-31...

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Sunday Morning Classes | 9:15 AM | 1st-5th Classroom

Join us for our November Sunday Class "Growing in Grace" led by Brian Chesemore and Caleb Gallifant....

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"The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit" | Session 3 | Steve Whitacre

Outline and recording from Session 3 of "The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit" Sunday Class...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Divorce and Discipleship"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 10:1-12...

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G2 Parent Training | November 1 | Bob Kauflin

Join us for our November G2 parenting event! November 1st at the Purswell's house....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Guard"

The writer of Hebrews knew that, even as Christians, our hearts are prone to wander. That wandering can be subtle and easily go unnoticed if we are not actively guarding our hearts. This passage prepares and protects us from the tendency to wander so that by God’s grace we may be preserved to the end....

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"The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit" | Session 2 | Gary Ricucci

Outline and recording from Session 2 of "The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit" Sunday Class...

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"The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit" | Session 1 | Steve Whitacre

Outline and recording from Session 1 of "The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit" Sunday Class...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes "Guard"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Hebrews 3:12-13...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "This Is Serious"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:42-50...

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2 Years of God's Faithfulness

A look back at two years of God's faithfulness to our church....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Deepening Our Joy"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Jeremiah 9:23-24...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Deepening Our Joy"

Marking our two year anniversary, CJ preached from Jeremiah 9:23-24 in order to deepen our joy in the Lord's faithfulness. He discussed two facets of the passage: (1) Personal humiliation, and (2) God glorifying exaltation....

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Reflecting on God's Faithfulness Part III

Reminders of God's faithfulness over the past two years!...

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Reflecting on God's Faithfulness Part II

Reminders of God's faithfulness over the past two years!...

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Reflecting on God's Faithfulness

Reminders of God's faithfulness over the past two years!...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Mistaken Zeal"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:38-41...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Mistaken Zeal"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J.'s message on Mark 9:38-41....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "A Steady Pace and a Fixed Gaze"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from Jeff's message on Hebrews 12:1-2...

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Membership Classes

Find out more about membership at SGCL...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Greatness Redefined"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:30-37...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Redefining Greatness"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J.'s message on Mark 9:30-37....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Equipped Church"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from Brian's message on Ephesians 4:11-16....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Equipped Church"

Quotes from Brian's message on Ephesians 4:11-26...

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Teen Group

Parents and Youth, come out to the Purswell's house for our September youth meeting....

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Supporting Scarlet Hope

An opportunity to pray for and support Scarlet Hope....

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Diane Whitaker's Testimony

A few Sundays ago, we had the privilege of hearing a testimony from Diane Whitaker. Diane has been such a blessing and encouragement to our church. I hope her story reminds you of God's steadfast love and faithfulness toward us || Diane Whitaker's Testimony at SGCLouisville...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "From Desperation to Dependence"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from Jeff's message on Mark 9:14-29...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "A Stunning Prediction"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 8:31-9:1...

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Heading Back to Class

Back-to-School thoughts and questions for parents and kids....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Transfiguration"

This week, CJ pointed us to the drama of the Transfiguration text in Mark 9:2-13. In this passage we see the revelation of the concealed majesty of Jesus, the Son of God....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Transfiguration"

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 9:2-13...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "A Stunning Prediction"

In Mark 8:31-9:1 Jesus gives a stunning prediction. As the Messiah, he must suffer and die, but will conquer death through his resurrection. This leads to a description of what it means to live as a disciple of the suffering Messiah....

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Fall Internships

As we gear up for the Fall semester, we want to make sure that you are aware of the internship opportunities available at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. These internships are aimed toward teaching men and women about doctrine and theology and equipping them for ministry in the local church. ...

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Gospel Partnership

Recently our church had the joy of hosting nearly 20 men from Canada as well as Winona Lake, Indiana and Buffalo, New York. The idea for this trip originated with Tim Kerr, our good friend and the pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Toronto. Tim brought his friends, many of whom are pastors, to Louisville to learn from our church. It was humbling to spend time with them, t...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Eccentric Employer"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from Kevin's message on Matthew 20:1-16....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Most Important Question"

At the center of the narrative in Mark’s Gospel, there are two provoking questions that serve to clarify the true identity of Jesus. Is he just a prophet or is he God’s messiah and anointed deliverer? In Mark 8:27-30, the Messiahship of Jesus is magnified: he is the Christ, the anointed one, and the king! As readers of this narrative, we are challenged to ...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Signs and Sight"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J. Mahaney's message on Mark 8:10-26....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: Signs and Sight

During the Sunday sermon, C.J. read two excellent quotes....

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Sermon Summary | "Worship and the Cross"

Sermon summary from Bob Kauflin's sermon on Revelation 5...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: Worship and the Cross

Quotes from Bob's message on Revelation 5....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Why Did He Do It Again?"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J. Mahaney's message on Mark 8:1-9....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: Why Did He Do It Again

Quotes from C.J.'s sermon on Mark 8:1-9...

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Our Summer Study

I’m so grateful that we have the opportunity this summer as community groups to study Mack Stiles' book, Evangelism. I know few things intimidate a believer (uh, me!) more than the fears that accompany sharing the gospel. And excuses to avoid evangelism never seem far away. But as believers, we are not only saved from our sins. We are saved into mission. And there i...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: A Beautiful Unusual Miracle

Quotes from CJ's sermon this past Sunday on Mark 7:31-37....

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "A Beautiful, Unusual Miracle"

This Sunday, C.J. preached from Mark 7:31-37, expounding on the story of Jesus’s healing of a deaf and mute man in the Decapolis. In this sermon, we encounter the power of God in Christ and the coming of his kingdom. Below is an outline and summary of C.J.’s sermon entitled: A Beautiful, Unusual Miracle....

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Sermon Summary & Discussion Questions: A Shocking Statement, A Glorious Surprise

On Sunday C.J. preached from Mark 7:24-30, expounding on Jesus’ shocking response to the Syrophoenician woman. Through this sermon, C.J. helps us gaze upon the beauty of humble faith and the abundant generosity of our Savior....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: A Shocking Statement, A Glorious Surprise

Quotations from CJ's sermon this past Sunday on Mark 7:24-30....

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Excellence, by Andreas Köstenberger

As I mentioned on Sunday, last week the pastors set aside the day to pray, study, and consider ways we might serve the church more effectively in the months to come. What a joy it was to begin our day with an extended time of prayer, giving thanks for each of you. We also took time to discuss various chapters assigned to us from a book entitled Excellence by Andreas KÃ...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [True Defilement, True Forgiveness]

Sermon quotes from C.J. Mahaney's message on Mark 7:14-23...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "True Defilement, True Forgiveness"

This Sunday, C.J. continued our series in the Gospel of Mark. In his sermon, True Defilement, True Forgiveness, C.J. expounds for us the ultimate source of impurity and our need for Christ. Below is an outline and summary of the sermon. ...

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Sermon Summary | "The Only Assessment that Matters

On Sunday, C.J. preached from 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5, in order to address the recent graduates of the Sovereign Grace Pastors College as well as the church body as a whole. Below is an outline and summary of his sermon, The Only Assessment that Matters....

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "The Only Assessment that Matters"

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [The Only Assessment that Matters]

Quotes C.J. used in his sermon on 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5...

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Sermon Summary | "Saved By Grace"

This Sunday we had the immense privilege of hearing from Shawn Woo, a graduating student in the 2014 class of the Sovereign Grace Pastors College. Shawn preached from Ephesians 2:1-10, highlighting the good news that God saves hopeless sinners to display his sovereign grace. Below is an outline and summary of his sermon entitled, Saved by Grace....

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Saved By Grace"

Discussion questions for Shawn's message on Ephesians 2:1-10...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Saved by Grace]

Quotes from Shawn Woo's sermon on Ephesians 2:1-10...

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Sermon Summary | "A Defining Moment"

This Sunday, C.J. preached from Mark 7:1-13, where the motif of hostility escalates between the religious leaders and Jesus. Below is an outline and summary of the sermon, "A Defining Moment"....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [A Defining Moment]

On Sunday, C.J. used several superb quotes to further exposit the passage from Mark's gospel....

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Sermon Summary | "A Worker Approved"

A summary of Mack Stiles message on 2 Timothy 2:14-19...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [A Worker Approved]

Quotes from Mack Stiles message on 2 Timothy 2:14-19...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "A Worker Approved"

Discussion questions for Mack Stiles message on 2 Timothy 2:14-19...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Subtle Signs of a Glorious Savior"

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on Mark 6:53-56...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Subtle Signs of a Glorious Savior]

On sunday, C.J. read two excellent quotes during his sermon. ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "The Boys in the Boat"

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on Mark 6:45-52...

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Sermon Summary | "The Boys in the Boat"

A summary of C.J.'s sermon on Mark 6:45-52...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [The Boys in the Boat]

In his sermon on Sunday, C.J. quoted several excellent Bible scholars whose words served to magnify the glory of Jesus Christ. ...

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"Ask Pastor John"

A podcast of 5-10 minute interviews with John Piper....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Feeding the Five Thousand]

This past Sunday, C.J. read several excellent quotes to expound this passage about Jesus feeding the five thousand. ...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Tell Them That Again"

Discussion questions for C.J.'s message on Isaiah 53...

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Sermon Summary | "Tell Them That Again"

A summary of C.J.'s message on Isaiah 53...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Tell Them That Again]

In his sermon for Resurrection Sunday, CJ directed our gaze toward the Risen Lord with several superb quotes. Our church is so blessed to benefit from the wisdom of these Bible scholars....

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Sermon Summary | "Jesus' Mission and Ours"

A summary of Jeff Purswell's sermon on Mark 6:6b-30...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Jesus' Mission and Ours"

Discussion questions for Jeff's message on Mark 6:6b-30...

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Additional Resources | "Who then is this?" The Gospel According to Mark

Resources for further study on the book of Mark....

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Join a Community Group

Our community groups are designed to help us apply Scripture to our lives, build relationships, and pursue ministry in our community. Email bpayne@sgclouisville.org if you're interested in joining a community group....

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Sermon Summary | "Deflating the Puffed Up Church"

Summary of CJ Mahaney's sermon on 1 Corinthians 4:6-13...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Deflating the Puffed Up Church"

Consider discussing CJ's message from 1 Corinthians 4:6-13 with your family and other church members....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Deflating the Puffed Up Church]

On Sunday, CJ utilized several outstanding quotes to clarify our understanding and application of the text. How kind of the Lord that we have a wealth of scholars and teachers to aid us in our study of God's Word!...

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Sermon Summary | "A Gracious Warning"

Summary of CJ Mahaney's sermon on Mark 6:1-6...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [A Gracious Warning]

On Sunday, CJ utilized several outstanding quotes to clarify our understanding and application of the text. How kind of the Lord that we have a wealth of scholars and teachers to aid us in our study of God's Word!...

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Sermon Discussion Questions | "Praying to Know the Love of Christ"

Consider discussing Ryan's message from Eph. 3.14-21 with your family and other church membersâ€"both to remember and apply the word....

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Sermon Summary | "Praying to Know the Love of Christ"

Summary of Ryan Fullerton's sermon on Ephesians 3:14-21...

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Gratefulness for Our Gospel Partnership from the UK

Nathan Smith, pastor of Grace Church in Bristol, England, writes to thank Sovereign Grace Church for their investment in the recent WorshipGod UK conference in Bath....

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Sermon Summary | "The Mysterious Gospel"

This past Sunday, we had the joy of welcoming Dave Odom, who serves as the lead pastor at Redeeming Grace Church in Franklin, Tennessee....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Something Realer Than Real]

On Sunday, CJ utilized several outstanding quotes to clarify our understanding and application of the text. How kind of the Lord that we have a wealth of scholars and teachers to aid us in our study of God's Word! ...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [The Sower, the Seed, and the Secret of Parables]

Yesterday, CJ brought in his "smart guys" to to shed added light on the Parable of the Sower and, by extension, all parables. Enjoy these quotes!...

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Bible Reading Plans

As we head into a New Year, one of the most important ways to prepare for knowing God better is to have a plan for reading his Word. Andrew Preston, who came to us from Sovereign Grace Church of Bloomington, MN, has kindly compiled several plans with an explanation of their approach and benefits....

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Anticipating a Year of Grace

Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, as we head into the unknowns of another year, let us resolve to trust God as, “the blessed Pilot of my future, as of my past.”...

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Thankfulness for a Year of Grace

For each of us in Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, we have experienced God's goodness personally and we have experienced it corporately. Let’s take time today and over the coming days to recount God’s faithfulness. ...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Living for the King of Glory]

This past Sunday, Bob gave a sermon titled "Living before the King of Glory" on Psalm 24. Here are some quotes he shared....

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Upcoming Membership Classes

For those interested in learning more about membership at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, the next membership class is in two parts: Sessions 1 and 2: Wednesday October 23 Sessions 3 and 4: Wednesday November 6. Both evenings run from 7-9:30pm....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [The Beginning of the Gospel]

On Sunday C.J. introduced our church's first gospel series in Mark. Let's pray that in this season we will see and behold the beauty of our Savior and King. And sermon quotes, like the following, will be provided not only stir your memory but inspire your own study of the Gospel according to Mark....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Evangelism and a Sovereign God]

Sunday we took a break between sermon series to explore the important topic of evangelism. Here are several quotes from Jeff Purswell's sermon, "Evangelism and a Sovereign God" that we pray stir your soul for the privilege of evangelism....

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Sunday Sermon Quotes [Psalm 100]

One of the ways we hope to keep Sunday’s preaching at work in our church is by making the sermon quotes available. May the Lord use these words to strengthen your soul today!...

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Quotes for a Quiet Heart

In Psalm 131, David teaches us how to do something very foreign to our anxiety-prone hearts--to live with a quiet soul before God. We pray CJ's message (http://ow.ly/211tcC), along with these excellent quotes, help you experience greater contentment in God's good purposes for you. ...

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The Mission Nearby

A few weeks ago, Jeff wrote about our enthusiastic commitment to gospel-mission (Keeping our Minds on the Mission Beyond). A love for Christ’s glory compels us to open our eyes and hearts to share the good news about our Savior. Opportunities abound across borders and overseas. And they also abound “across the street.” As a local church we have the joyfu...

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Preparing to Feast

This past Sunday, we had the joy of concluding our meeting by participating together in the Lord's Supper. Jeff's comments served to remind us what a significant meal this is for every Christian. So if you were out of town or serving in SovGrace Kids, we wanted you to be encouraged by his comments....

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