Sermon: “Zeal for the Spirit” from I Cor 12-14

We all have passions, desires, hobbies, and interests. But do you have a “zeal” for God’s Spirit? Do you desire the Spirit and the gifts the Spirit brings? God’s Word in I Corinthians 12 through 14 has challenged us to love the Spirit more deeply, and follow His leading and gifts!

First Corinthians series
“Zeal in the Spirit”
I Corinthians 12:4 – 7; 14:12
June 30, 2019

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Sermon: “Glorify & Grow” from I Cor 14

Spiritual gifts like speaking in tongues and prophecy can be difficult to understand for Christians. But at their most basic use, they are given by the Spirit to help us glorify God and grow in His Kingdom.

First Corinthians
I Corinthians 14:13 – 25
“Glorify & Grow”
June 23, 2019

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Pray for Guatemala!


You can learn more about GoServ’s ministry in Guatemala here!

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Guatemala Missions Support

This weekend, we are thankful to the Lord of the Nations for a chance to pray for, support, and learn about the Spirit’s work in Guatemala!

There are two events we want you to be aware of: on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Saturday Night
Meeting at the Garner Inn & Suites, there is a wonderful meeting planned at 6pm with GoServ Global, missionary Mark Lee, and native Guatemalan Melissa. This event will be part open house, part pot luck, and part informational meeting where you will get to hear what God is doing in Guatemala and talk with Mark and Melissa. Continue reading

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Summer Youth Camping Opportunities

Bible_Lake3Are you looking for camping options for your kids this summer? Below is some information on regional camps in the area, that will hopefully give you a place to start. Zion cannot guarantee any information or the experience of any camp, so please use this information simply as a starting guide that parents will need to use wisdom and discernment when making plans for the summer.

We value our kids spending concentrated time learning about the Lord and His Word. Through Vacation Bible school, youth group, and other retreats, we want our young people to treasure Jesus above all things! Therefore, Zion has resources to defray costs for families who send their kids to camp. Please contact us for more information.

Have other suggestions for camps? Send a note to Pastor Brian. Happy camping!

Name Location Details
Twin Lakes Bible Camp & Center Manson, IA


Family, adventure, and general sessions offered

(Evangelical Covenant Church)

Camp Sinawa Covenant Youth East Valders, WI

(920) 827-6811

Sports, academic, and general camps (Reformed Church United States)
Shamineau Camp & Conference Center Motley, MN


Horse, wilderness, island, and adventure sessions along with general sessions

(Evangelical Free Church of America)

Hidden Acres Christian Center Dayton, IA


General camping with horse, adventure, and more

(Evangelical Free Church of America)

Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch Stewartville, MN


Horse, military, handicapped, and general camping sessions offered


Camp Jim Pillager, MN


Jesus Is Mine – JIM offers great costs on summer camping


Iowa Bible Camp Near

Des Moines, IA

Browse website for brochure


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Sermon: Eating For His Glory

In our sermon series “First Corinthians,” the Church of Jesus faces many questions and challenges. This chapter asks Christians to consider their callings in life: married, widowed or single, free or slave, parent or child. But more than these external situations, do you know HOW Christ has called you, and WHAT that means for you?

“First Corinthians”
“Eating For His Glory
I Corinthians 10:14-33
May 19th, 2019

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Growing In Knowing Our Sanctification

Yesterday in our adult Sunday school class, we continued studying the Scriptures for our doctrine of salvation (soteriology), especially how redemption is applied to us by the Holy Spirit under what the Bible calls sanctification.

Do you know how understanding sanctification can give you deeper confidence that you are saved, and sense the peace that comes with this assurance?

Assurance and Sanctification

Reformed theology teaches that Christians can know that they are truly saved and that they will persevere until the end and die in faith… Often when people deny the possibility of the full assurance of salvation, they do so out of a fear that being assured of salvation will impede our sanctification. They think that once someone knows he is saved, he will think he has no duty to obey the Lord. If we know that we will certainly get to heaven, it is argued, then it does not matter what we do with the rest of our lives because God is going to receive us into heaven no matter what.

Scripture does not share this worry. Just consider today’s passage (II Peter 1:3 – 10)…
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What is Sanctification?

According to the Catechism (Q. 35), sanctification is “the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.” It is a continuing change worked by God in us, freeing us from sinful habits and forming in us Christlike affections, dispositions, and virtues. It does not mean that sin is instantly eradicated, but it is also more than a counteraction, in which sin is merely restrained or repressed without being progressively destroyed. Sanctification is a real transformation, not just the appearance of one.
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I have many favorite resources for helping in sanctification. But one of the most important is an old book by Walter Marshall entitled Gospel Mystery of Sanctification (1692). Fortunately, you can get the PDF of the book for free!

Download Marshall’s Gospel Mystery of Sanctification

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Sermon: “Gospel Rights” From 1 Corinthians 9:1-27

In our sermon series “First Corinthians,” the Church of Jesus faces many questions and challenges. This chapter asks Christians to consider their callings in life: married, widowed or single, free or slave, parent or child. But more than these external situations, do you know HOW Christ has called you, and WHAT that means for you?

“First Corinthians”
Gospel Rights
I Corinthians 9:1 – 27
May 5th, 2019

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VBS 2019 Is Coming!

Get ready for the Incredible Race!On June 10 – 14, we will be excited to offer an awesome, fun-filled experience for students age 4 years old through 6th grade.

Find a out how to register, details, and more here:

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Sermon: “Day of Glory” from John 20:1-18

As we look at “Passion 2019” to celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior, Christians need to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus. The last day before He died on the cross, Jesus shows us so much of Himself, and who we are called to be. Are you ready to take up your cross, or do you feel too weak? Come and learn of the strength of your Savior!

“Passion 2019”
Day of Glory
John 20:1-18
April 21, 2019

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