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Sermon Quotes: "Prepared to Suffer"

“The memory of their sinful past was to serve as a sharp goad against any tendency to relapse into that kind of living. The memory of the ignominy of their own past conduct was to undergird the readers present suffering for righteousness. A good sober backward look at the consequences of their past self-gratification should motivate them now to orient their lives aro...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Perplexing But Glorious Passage"

“A wonderful text is this, and a more obscure passage perhaps than any other in the New Testament, so that I do not know for a certainty just what Peter means…I cannot understand it and I cannot explain it. And there has been no one who has explained it.” Martin Luther “Our willingness to suffer for the sake of Christ is grounded in the wonder of ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "An Underappreciated Passage"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, An Underappreciated Passage, given on July 23, 2017. As a Christian, how do you respond to your suffering? Trials come in various forms, but is there ever any trial Christians face that is peculiar to them simply becuase they are Christians? If so, how should we prepare to respond? This week, CJ reminded us that, in o...

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Sermon Quotes: "An Underappreciated Passage"

“Christians should not think it strange that they are called to endure persecution. Yet they must understand that suffering is not the opposite of blessing. Jesus had declared those to be blessed who suffer for righteousness (Mt. 5:11-12). That word of Jesus is more than a promise. It pronounces blessing. Those who will receive a heavenly reward are already blessed b...

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Sermon Quotes: "In the Presence of Your Enemies"

“The instruction and practice of Jesus and the apostles goes beyond a friendly disposition to active prayer and intercession. The great desire of Christians must not be revenge but for God to grant the gift of repentance to those who do not know him.” Edwin Blum “Christians are free from vindictiveness because they trust God’s justice; but they are...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Humble Husband"

“…is not an analytical knowledge or religious insight…but personal insight that leads to loving and considerate care, whether in the bedroom or in other activities of marriage.” Peter Davids “It is quite a mistaken belief that, because a member of the family works for his living outside the home, he can treat it like a hotel when he comes h...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Beautiful Wife"

“She served her husband as her master, and did all she could to win him for You, speaking to him of You by her conduct, by which You made her beautiful…Finally, when her husband was at the end of his earthly span, she gained him for You.” Augustine “Biblical submission is the divine calling of the wife to honor and affirm her husband’s ...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Savior Like No Other"

“How did ancient slavery differ from modern slavery? Or more specifically, what distinguished Greco-Roman slavery from New World slavery? In the first century, slaves were not distinguishable from free persons by race, by speech, by clothing; they were sometimes more highly educated than their owners and held responsible professional positions; some persons sold them...

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Sermon Quotes: "Honor the Emperor"

“They carry another passport; they are on pilgrimage to the city of God.” Edmund Clowney “Good deeds, even though they may be misrepresented and defamed for the moment, are still the best answer to the opposition of a hostile world.” Robert Mounce “A Christian’s obligation to obey the law does not depend upon the moral virtue of the ...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Church and the Outsider"

“It is with cheerfulness that we dismiss our twelves, our twenties, our fifties, to form other churches. We encourage our members to leave us to found other churches. We even seek to persuade them to do it. We ask them to scatter throughout the land, to become goodly seed which God shall bless. I believe that so long as we do this, we shall prosper.” Charles Sp...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Good and Pleasant Experience"

“Behold.” It is a wonder seldom seen, therefore behold it! It may be seen, for it is characteristic of real saints, therefore fail not to inspect it! It is well worthy of admiration; pause and gaze upon it! It will charm you into imitation, therefore note it well! God looks on with approval, therefore consider it with attention.” Charles Spurgeon “...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Surprise of Their Lives"

“Jesus does not overwhelm these two disciples by some spectacular revelation of himself…Instead, he interprets the Scriptures for them.” David Garland “I should have imagined that the Risen Lord would be independent of the Bible. But no! He cleaves to it with all the old affection. He came up from the grave and hastened to the Holy Book.” Di...

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Sermon Quotes: "Cries from the Cross | Part 1"

“All of us treasure the final words of those we love or admire. But Jesus actual final words during his earthly life were not, in fact, collected in one place to form a farewell address. They are scattered in seven different places, three in the Gospel of Luke, one in Matthew and Mark, and three in John. They are not remotely like any other final words ever recorded ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Your Unusual Story"

“Which means that Christ, the Son of God in heaven, has been contemplating his suffering and his death for us for centuries. Indeed as far back as the plan of salvation reaches in the mind of God, so far back has Christ been willing and ready to give himself for our sins. You were not loved for just a bloody moment of sacrifice in history. You have been loved for end...

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Sermon Quotes: "Meet the Readers"

“In Greco-Roman eyes this person (a Gentile who had become a follower of Jesus) was rejecting the gods of the community and undermining the welfare of the city, and he had become antisocial (‘a hater of humanity’) and atheistic. The person was sometimes tolerated but also was often treated according to the local perception of their having become antisocia...

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Sermon Quotes: "Why Preaching?"

“These words are Paul’s legacy to the church. It is impossible to read them without being profoundly stirred.” John Stott “So when that Word is re-announced, there is a sense in which God, who revealed himself by that Word in the past, is re-revealing himself by that same Word once again.” Don Carson “Preaching is of the very essence o...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A New Year's Resolution"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A New Year's Resolution, given on January 1, 2016. During this time of New Year’s resolutions, Sunday’s sermon reminded us that there is “one thing” that we should set our hearts on accomplishing this year: to gaze upon the beauty and majesty of God. Read Psalm 27:1-6. In verse 3, David says, “Th...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Jesus' Birth"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Jesus' Birth, given on December 25, 2016.   Christmas is a time where we often grow sentimental. We hear the story of Jesus’ birth and think thoughts shaped by years of tradition. Our stories and songs put in our minds images of a silent peaceful night, stoic shepherds, and a helpless babe in a manger. It is time to...

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Sermon Quotes: "Mary's Song"

“Sometimes bad theology breeds reactionary bad theology. Because Roman Catholicism has gradually added more titles and myths to Mary, Protestants have sometimes reacted by remaining silent about her astonishing character.” D.A. Carson “In contrast to the prose dialogue, which is spoken between characters and passively observed by the audience, the songs ...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "Forgiven Much"

“Luke’s depiction of the wiping, kissing and anointing with imperfect tenses, which he often uses, allows the narrative to run in progression from one act to the next: ‘She was wiping, kissing and was anointing.’ The impression is that each step took some time. One can imagine the impression it made at the meal.” Darrell Bock Our friend Mark ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Now That the Election Is Over"

“To catch the argument one has almost to pretend that Yahweh is firing questions at the prophet’s hearers. ‘Was liberation boring? Does release from years of servitude make you yawn? Is the Exodus wearisome? Yahweh makes a point of taking them through this review of grace so that they ‘may know the righteous acts of the Lord.’” Dale Ralp...

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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 | "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 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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Sermon Quotes: "A Flawless Election Prediction"

“Secular writers force us to read the world from within a framework in which God’s moral will and saving intentions, his truth and his Christ, are never the criteria of meaning or importance. The biblical authors see everything from a theocentric viewpoint. The biblical writers compel us to read the world from this perspective, to see it in relation to the mora...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Scandalous Mercy"

“For all its orthodoxy and beauty this prayer reveals some of the great defects in Jonah’s character.” Kevin Youngblood “How perverse Jonah was. Living in a favored nation where spiritual light had been shone only because of the great mercy of God, he had come to assume that Israel deserved grace, whereas others had ill-deserved it. What a perversi...

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Sermon Quotes: "Sports"

“Our personal life is a finite thing: it is limited in every direction, in space, in time, in knowledge, in power. But God is not limited. He is eternal, infinite and almighty. He has us in his hands; we never have him in ours. Like us, he is personal; but unlike us he is great. The Bible never lets us lose sight of God’s majesty and his unlimited dominion over...

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Sermon Quotes: "Laughter"

“The Bible is predominantly a serious rather than a funny book. Yet it would distort the Bible to suppress the humor that is present…Either to underemphasize its humor or overemphasize it distorts the Bible. Although the Bible is predominantly serious book, one of its points of humanity is its humor. The humor of the Bible is not the rollicking type but the su...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "Leisure"

“We were not made, nor are we redeemed, to live without leisure.” J.I. Packer “The Biblical idea of a rhythm in life supports the view of leisure as non-work time or activity that refreshes and restores.” Paul Heintzman “A divine generosity that requires leisure for its appreciation (1 Timothy 6:17).” J.I. Packer “The same pleas...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "A Rescue Mission"

“We cannot but be struck by the fact that James speaks of the concerned believer as ‘bringing back’, ‘saving’ and ‘covering’ the sins of the one in error. Surely these are things only God can do? Only God forgives sins, saves us from them and gives us the gift of repentance by which we return from our personal far country. How can ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Prayer"

“When James says, ‘Do not swear’, it is not coarse or vulgar speech he prohibits but invoking God’s name to guarantee the reliability of what a person says.” Douglas Moo “Heaven’s great harbor of refuge is prayer, thousands of weather beaten vessels have found a haven there, and the moment a storm comes on, it is wise for us to ma...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "Patience In Suffering"

“James doctrine of the Christian life is a doctrine of process or growth, and patience is its central requirement.” Alec Motyer “The farmer who prepares a field, sows seed, and then waits for a crop is a very natural illustration of patience. He can do little to effect the outcome but must wait and pray for the right rain at the right time. In Palestine,...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Sobering Surprise"

“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 they have relied upon. Theirs will be the despair ...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Common Lie"

“Men today are just the same as when these words were first written. We still find people saying what they are going to do today, tomorrow, or in six months time, at the end of another year, and perhaps still further. I have no doubt there are persons here who have their own career mapped out before them pretty distinctly, and they feel well nigh-certain that they wi...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "He Gives More Grace"

“There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us.” Richard Sibbes “James personifies the church as the bride of 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 friend ...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "Quarrels and Fights"

“One of the joys of biblical ministry comes when you are able to turn on the lights in another person’s dark room. People usually don’t see their desires and lusts. Souls are cured as the ignorant and self-deceived are disturbed by the light of God’s analytic gaze and then comforted by the love that shed substitutionary blood to purchase the inexpre...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Tongue and Turmoil"

“Our tongue is only the tip of the iniquity iceberg. The proof that all humans are inescapably flawed is right between our teeth.” Douglas O’ Donnell “Teachers are more susceptible to judgment than others because they regularly engage in that activity which is the hardest to keep from sin-one’s speech.” Doug Moo “We ask ourselves...

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Sermon Quotes: "Got Faith?"

“They are not antagonists facing each other with crossed swords; they stand back to back, confronting different foes of the gospel.” Alexander Ross “Paul denounces the idea of salvation by dead works; James rejects salvation by dead faith.” J.I. Packer “Both James and Paul view good works as a proof of faith—not the path to salvat...

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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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Weekly Devotional | The Last Word

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Last Word, given on March 27th, 2016.   Day 1: Jesus’ Love Quotes/References: “Those who Jesus has revealed himself to, view themselves first and foremost as loved by him, not as those who love him. This is a common feature of those he has loved. They think of themselves as loved by him, not firs...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Last Word"

“The chapter is one of the most remarkable in the New Testament. For grandeur and simplicity, for pathos and solemnity, nothing was ever written like it.” J.C. Ryle “Those who Jesus has revealed himself to view themselves first and foremost as loved by him not as those who love him. This is a common feature of those he has loved. They think of themselves...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "The Solution to Self-Deception"

“With this exhortation we find ourselves right at the heart of James pastoral concern and v22 is rightly the best known verse in the letter.” Doug Moo “No matter how extensive one’s scriptural knowledge, how amazing one’s memory, it is self-deception if that is all there is. True knowledge is the prelude to action, and it is obedience to the ...

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Remembering Jerry Bridges | C.J. Mahaney

On Sunday, March 6, 2016, Jerry Bridges passed away. The following is a tribute to this dearly beloved father in the faith.  "Remembering Jerry Bridges" by C.J. Mahaney...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Difference Meekness Makes"

“Another reason for a book on the new birth is to help followers of Christ to know what really happened to us when we were converted. It is far more glorious than many think it is. It is also more glorious than I think it is. It is wonderful beyond all human comprehension. The new birth is not a work of man. No human being makes the new birth happen. No preacher and ...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "A Generous God for a Difficult Trial"

“Not till we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God’s holiness and sovereignty, acknowledging our littleness, distrusting our own thoughts and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours.” J.I. Packer “Wisdom is the means by which the godly can both discern and carry out the will of God.” Doug...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "A Radical Proposal"

“To count testing as a joy is a truly radical proposal. How can a trial be regarded as a joy? And can it be regarded as ‘altogether’ or ‘all’ joy?” Don McCartney “Frankly, many of us would prefer that this passage were not in the Bible. But it may also be one of the most profound and crucial for truly mature Christian living.&rdqu...

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Sermon Quotes: "Numbering Our Days in 2016"

"This community lament has some unspecified disaster as its background.” ESV Study Bible “It was composed on one of the occasions when the people of God were being struck dead as a judgment on their sin.” Eric Lane “He alone is self-existent. God is the only one who can say, ‘I am who I am.’ The grand difference between a human being a...

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Sermon Quotes: "James' Take on Job"

“About 95 percent of the book of Job is poetry. Chapters 1,2 and part of chapter 42 are prose. Almost all the rest is poetry. But so what? Well, poetry does not speak to us in the same way as prose. Poems ‘are always a personal take on something, communicating not just from the head to head but from heart to heart’ (J.I. Packer). A poet can often touch us...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Happy Ending"

“After nearly 40 chapters of tempestuous poetry, the return to the simplicity of prose and the idyllic setting in which the book had opened rounds off this masterpiece, one may feel, to perfection.” Derek Kidner “In some deep way it is necessary for it to be publicly seen by the whole universe that God is worthy of the worship of a man and that God&rsquo...

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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 Quotes: " The Offense of Christmas"

“Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is this truth of the Incarnation.” J.I. Packer “When God chose a human father for his Son, he chose a man who would be righteous and kind, qualities that reflect God the Father himself.” Ligon Duncan “He was saddened and perplexed when he learned that she would become a mother before they had been actua...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "Out of the Whirlwind, God Speaks"

“‘Had I been present at creation I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.’ Those words are attributed to King Alphonso the Tenth, King of Spain in the thirteenth century, nicknamed ‘Alphonso the Learned.’ Alphonso was not the first human being to think he could run the universe better than God. The learned ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Meet Elihu"

“The artistic skill of the author of these chapters in sustaining the tension in Job, and also in preparing us carefully for the final word from the Lord, is unsurpassed.” David Atkinson “We have heard Job’s passionate last stand. We are waiting for the Lord. These chapters give us space between Job and Yahweh. They illustrate, just by being there,...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "When God Doesn't Answer Your Why Question"

“This is not the question of the armchair religious or philosophical dilettante, enjoying a stimulating debate. This is the agonized question of the wheelchair sufferer who feels he or she desperately needs an answer. In chapter 28 we stand back from the pain and the debates to ask why God will not answer the question, ‘Why?’” Christopher Ash &ldqu...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Protest of Job"

“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 done so for a reason. It is easy just to read or preach the beginning and the end and to skip rather quickly over the endless arguments in between as if it wouldn’t much mater if they weren&rsq...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "The Friends of Job"

“We might think the testing of Job is over. But alas, there is one final test, perhaps the toughest. Satan slithers away, while Job’s closet companions cozy up.” Douglas O’ Connell “These friends came unto him under pretense of consolation, and yet they tormented him more than did all his sufferings.” 1560 Geneva Bible “The theol...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "The Lament of Job"

“Job 3 is a very important chapter for contemporary Christianity. There is a version of Christianity around that is shallow, trite, superficial, ‘happy clappy’. It is a kind of Christianity that, as has been said, ‘would have had Jesus singing a chorus at the grave of Lazarus.’ We have all met it-easy triumphalism. We sing of God in one song t...

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Sermon Quotes: "The Testing of Job"

“The book of Job tells the story of a good man overwhelmed by troubles. He is stripped of his wealth, his family, and his health. He does not know why God has done this to him. Only the reader knows that God is trying to prove to the Devil that Job’s faith is genuine. Upon this simple plot an unknown writer of superlative genus has erected a monumental work. Th...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "A Safe Journey"

“It is to be feared, that the Psalms are by no means prized as in earlier ages of the church.” Charles Spurgeon “In the Psalms you meet God where you are.” David Powlison “None of this Psalm addresses God; all of it brings good news about God to the human listener.” John Goldingay “Protection by God, under the watchful eye of Go...

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Sermon Quotes: "When Life Doesn't Make Sense"

“Sharing in suffering probably unites our hearts together in Christ more than any other aspect of fellowship.” Jerry Bridges “It will take faith to wait patiently for God’s plan to unfold, but the righteous believe that God will accomplish it. The phrase ‘but the righteous shall live by his faith’ is quoted in the NT to emphasize that p...

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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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Biblical Productivity | In All Thy Ways

In All Thy Ways My tendency is to charge into the day intent on getting stuff done, attacking my to‐do list motivated by self sufficiency rather than by humble dependence upon the grace of God revealed in the gospel. And given the active presence of pride and self‐sufficiency in my life, it is imperative for me at the outset of each day to devote time to humbling mys...

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Biblical Productivity | Just Do It

The Procrastinator Within If I am busy, I must be productive, right? A busy man is a faithful and fruitful man? Nope. Busyness is no guarantee of productivity, faithfulness, or fruitfulness. But why? What distinguishes a fruitfully busy schedule from a non‐ fruitful busy schedule? I think it comes down to two important points: understanding our sin and understanding ...

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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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Sermon Quotes: "The Cup"

“Since it would not be possible for any believer, however experienced, to know for himself all our Lord endured in mental suffering and hellish malice, it is clearly far beyond the preachers capacity to set it forth to you. Jesus himself must give you access to the wonders of Gethsemane; as for me, I can but invite you to enter the Garden.” Charles Spurgeon &l...

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Biblical Productivity | Confessions of a Busy Procrastinator

Lazy? Not me. I’m busy. Up early, up late. My schedule is filled from beginning to end. I love what I do and I love getting stuff done. I attack a daily to‐do list with the same intensity I play basketball. Me lazy? I don’t think so! Or at least I didn’t think so. That is, until I read about the difference between busyness and fruitfulness, and realize...

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God, My Heart, and Clothes | Part 5

The following article, “God, My Heart, and Clothes,” is adapted from a chapter in the book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.   The Modest Woman’s Allegiance Remember Jenni from the beginning of the chapter? A friend graciously confronted her concerning her immodest dress, and encouraged her to take a closer look at what God&r...

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God, My Heart, and Clothes | Part 4

The following article, “God, My Heart, and Clothes,” is adapted from a chapter in the book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.   A Word to Fathers Dads, I want to urge you to take responsibility for your daughters’ dress. Fathers are absolutely essential to the cultivation of modesty. When a young lady dresses immodestly, it us...

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God, My Heart, and Clothes | Part 3

The following article, “God, My Heart, and Clothes,” is adapted from a chapter in the book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.   A Pastor’s Concern It’s been almost two thousand years since Paul penned his letter, but 1 Timothy 2:9 remains a pastoral concern. Today the issue is immodest and sensual clothing more than ost...

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God, My Heart, and Clothes | Part 2

The following article, “God, My Heart, and Clothes,” is adapted from a chapter in the book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.   The Appearance of the Modest Woman What do humble, modest clothes look like? First Timothy 2:9 tells us: “Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel . . . not with braided hair and gold or p...

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Leadership + Family Vacations | Part 2

In part two of this series, C.J. continues explaining seven lessons he’s learned in leading his family on vacation. See the first part here. 3. An Awareness of Indwelling Sin Don’t forget about indwelling sin. Though you are going on vacation, you would be wise to remember that sin never does. Merely altering one’s geography doesn’t subdue or sile...

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Leadership + Family Vacations | Part 3

In part three of this series, C.J. continues explaining seven lessons he’s learned in leading his family on vacation. See the first part here and the second part here. 6. Intentionally Together Family vacations are FAMILY vacations! Ultimately family vacations are about being together as a family, deepening our relationships with each other, conversing together, la...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Lord's Supper"

Introduction Traditions teach Jesus inaugurates a unique tradition for his family in Mark 14:22-25. The Tradition of the Lord’s Supper The Purpose is that we might remember the central importance of his death. "The Lord's Supper, which was instituted by Jesus, and which is the only regulative commemorative act inaugurated by him, dramatizes neither his birth...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: The Lord's Supper

“The Lord’s Supper, which was instituted by Jesus, and which is the only regular commemorative act authorized by him, dramatizes neither his birth nor his life, neither his words nor his works, but only his death. Nothing could indicate more clearly the central significance which Jesus attached to his death. It was by his death that he wished above all else to ...

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Leadership + Family Vacations | Part 1

  “It is a bad policy to forego the regular vacation.” Charles Spurgeon    You’ve probably seen the Walt Disney World brochure, the one where the family is capped with Mickey Mouse ears, standing for a photo op with the Cinderella Castle rising in the background skyline and exploding fireworks raining down to celebrate the conclusio...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: Slow Motion

“When it comes to Good Friday the Gospels go into slow motion. They have passed over in silence whole decades of Jesus life, and even when they pick up the threads of the public ministry there are weeks and months of which they say nothing. Our printed Bibles do not, unfortunately, highlight the significance of Mark 14:17, where the evangelist introduces his account ...

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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: Extravagant Devotion

“Though he had the prospect of death approaching, yet he did not abandon himself to a melancholy retirement from all company, but conversed as freely with his friends as usual.” Matthew Henry “He recommended this piece of heroic piety to the applause of the church in all ages.” Matthew Henry “The deeds and titles of many a king and emperor a...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: What Attracts Jesus' Attention

“The test of liberality is not what is given, but what is left.” James Brooks “The scribes are ostentatious and the crowds are rich and extravagant; but by contrast this ‘one poor widow’ contributes two of the smallest coins in circulation. In purely financial terms, the value of her offering is negligible-and unworthy compared to the sums of...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: The Empty Tomb and the Risen Christ

“How interesting that God didn’t select the Sabbath (Israel’s holy day) as the resurrection day. Instead he chose the next day to be the new holy day. He chose Sunday to be the day we worship his Son (the Lord’s day). Perhaps he chose a new day because a new era was breaking into world history; a permanent cavity was torn in the cosmos to create an ...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "The Question of the Day"

Earlier in the day, the religious leaders assailed Jesus with various quesitons. For instance, the Pharisees and Herodians asked a question pertaining to taxes (Mk. 12:13-17), the Sadducees interrogated concerning the resurrection (Mk. 12:18-27), and a Scribe inquired about the law (Mk. 12:28-34). However, after a day of questions, Jesus asks the question of the day—a qu...

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Sunday Sermon Quotes: The Question of the Day

“The scholars and scribes may have been finished with all their questions for Jesus, but Jesus still had one last question for them. It was really more like a riddle, and its answer unlocks the mystery at the heart of the universe.” Phil Ryken “After a day of questions comes the question of the day.” Ralph Martin “Jesus is now quietly leadin...

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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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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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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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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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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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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Christ Our Mediator"

Sermon summary and discussion questions from C.J.'s message on 1 Timothy 2:1-7...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sunday Sermon Quotes: "A Stunning Prediction"

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

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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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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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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 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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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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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 | "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 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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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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Sermon Outline for Mark 4:35-41: "Something Realer Than Real"

God's Word rightly preached and applied produces transformed lives. That's why we want to do all we can to make sure the effects of a Sunday sermon extend beyond that day, informing our daily thoughts, prayers, and conversation with others. So each week we'll post the sermon outline so that you can quickly revisit the main points of Sunday's message. ...

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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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