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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Sermon: “Maundy Thursday 2019” from John 13:12-30

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”
Maundy Thursday
John 13:12-30
April 18th, 2019
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Sermon: “Take Up Your Cross” From Matthew 27

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”
Take Up Your Cross
Matthew 27:27 – 36
April 7, 2019
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Sermon: “Called In Christ” from I Cor 7


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
“Called In Christ”
I Corinthians 7:17 – 24
March 31, 2019

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Casting Our Anxiety

Moses, the author of the book of Exodus is one of my favorite biblical characters. Throughout his life he had been chosen by God to do some amazing things. Yet, Moses struggled with God’s calling on his life and it caused a lot of anxiety in his life as he walked with God. We see Moses anxiety and stress crop up throughout his life. We see it in the form of his what if statements. “What if they don’t believe me, listen to me, or believe that God sent me (Exodus 4:1)?” Moses even asked valid questions like, “What if Pharaoh kills me (Exodus 2:15)?”

We also see Moses anxieties in the form of the worries about his stutter (Exodus 4:10) and the fear of his past sins coming back to haunt him (Exodus 2:11-14), alongside his fear of leading the nation of Israel through the wilderness to the promised land (Exodus 3:10-4:13). He is such an amazing character and it is a blessing to see how human Moses really is when we take a closer look. I don’t know about you, but I can relate to Moses a lot with my anxiety, stressors, and even my fears in life.

We all have anxiety and fears, but the Apostle Peter gives us a beautiful way to handle our anxiety. Look at 1 Peter 5:5-7 as you read this post.

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humilitytoward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
    
but shows favor to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Peter calls the Elders of the congregation and the congregation itself to humble themselves with each other in verse five.  Being humble is an important part of this passage and it will be covered in depth in a future blog post. For now, we see the act of a humble follower of Christ we will humble ourselves toward other people and God, because God opposes the proud (1 Peter 5:5) One important aspect of humility in a follower of Christ’s life is that we see ourselves appropriately and correctly in the Body of Christ. We do not raise ourselves up in importance, because God will humble us (1 Peter 5:5). We also do not lower ourselves, because self-deprecation and self-hatred are just forms of pride as well. We want to handle our relationships with each other and with God appropriately in a God honoring way.

Peter sees something I still have a hard time grasping in times of anxiety and stress. Often when I am stressed or anxious, I have not been relying on God, but on my own power or strength. I haven’t been going to Him in prayer and seeking Him in His Word. Often when anxiety crops up from relationships or other things happening in my life, my personality naturally has me springing into action to fix things and take control. Yet, God designed us all to come to Him and to rely on Him. Peter shows us that our pride and anxiety are linked together. When we rely on ourselves for the conflicts of this life, our pride produces anxiety.

Peter calls us to cast our anxiety on God because He cares for us. In using this word for casting,[1] Peter states that he wants us to forcefully throw our anxieties at God with great energy. Use your effort to give our anxiety over to God. One of the marks of a humble believer is the ability of relying on God through prayer and relinquishing our meager control on the situation. We serve a sovereign God who knows exactly how things will happen for His glory. We may not always like the outcome, but God calls us to hand our problems and anxieties over to Him, because He cares for us.

In using this word for cares,[2] Peter states with confidence that God is concerned for you and interested in you. God doesn’t want you stressed or anxious. God wants us to humble ourselves and rely on Him in faith through Jesus Christ by truly casting our anxieties on Him. This doesn’t mean we stop being responsible or stop planning when things are on the line. It doesn’t mean we stop seeking repentance, reconciliation or forgiveness when there is conflict in a relationship. It means that when it comes down to the endless list of things that can make us anxious, we trust God in all of it.

So when you are anxious with your work and career, your home or your possessions, your bills or your health, your children and grandchildren, your school work or future, your friends or reputation, or maybe even a lifestyle choice you have, trust God in His sovereignty that He will humble or exalt you in His perfect timing for His glory. We serve and worship a God who truly cares intimately for His creation. His Son humbled himself and took on the baggage of flesh and became a human, a lowly human at that. He died for His people, exhibiting the life of humility He calls all His followers to as well. Come, let us all put our pride to death and partake in this Christlike humility of casting our anxieties on God!

For the Glory of God,

Pastor Derek


[1] Strong’s Greek #1977: ἐπιρίψαντες

[2] Strong’s Greek #3199: μέλει

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Sermon: “White Blood Cells” From I Cor 5


In our sermon series “First Corinthians,” the Church of Jesus faces many questions and challenges. This chapter asks Christians to consider a hard truth, that sin must be purged from the body. Do you know how to do this God’s way?!

First Corinthians
“White Blood Cells”
I Corinthians 5:1 – 13
March 17, 2019

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An Amazing Rescue: Help From the Canons of Dort

DoctrineSalvation_BannerIn the adult Sunday school class, we have been working through the redemption from our Triune God. Our redemption is appointed by the Father, accomplished by the Son, and applied by the Spirit. And to help us talk about some of what Christ accomplished in His atoning death, we turned for some help to the Canons of Dort. No, not those cannons…cannon

 

These are the “canons” or “rules” that God’s people used to declare the truth of sacred Scripture.

If you would like to learn more about where the Canons of Dort came from, what they mean, and how they can encourage Christians, this article by Dr. R. Scott Clark at Ligonier Ministries will be very useful to you.

But even better is to have a copy of the Canons of Dort for yourself. You can download a free PDF of the Canons here.

When you have a copy, you will read some marvelously encouraging things. Truth like the Gospel “with the command to repent and believe, ought to be declared and published to all nations, and to all persons promiscuously and without distinction, to whom God out of His good pleasure sends the Gospel” (II.5).

You will also find that Jesus’ work on the Cross did not just make salvation possible, it was actually accomplished! So the Canons can say, ” God the Father has ordained His Son to the death of the cross with a certain and definite decree to save, so that the necessity, profitableness, and worth of what Christ merited by His death might have existed, and might remain in all its parts complete, perfect and intact, and merited redemption that in fact is applied to His people” (II, Rejection 1). After all, Jesus didn’t say that He made salvation hopeful, He declared “It is finished!” (John 19:28 – 30). He has not merely begun to save us, but is even now bringing to completing His saving work for the Day of Christ (Philippians 1:6)!

So there is VERY good news for Christians, and the Canons help us remember, confess, and believe these biblical truths. Download your copy here.

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Community Worship Services 2019

“Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!” Very soon, we will once again be celebrating a central event for our faith and the blessed hope of believers – the Resurrection! To help us prepare for this exciting time, we want to make sure we “keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). As we ponder our the last day of Jesus before He died as an eternal sacrifice, we will ask God to bring us deeper into Christ by faith as we gather with other congregations in town. Continue reading

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Church Office Closed Feb 25

Due to inclement weather and harsh conditions, the church offices will be closed today, Monday, February 25th. Because of the plowing schedule, even getting to the church building is unadvised.

If you have an emergency, please contact Pastor Brian or one of the elders. Blessings in Christ, and please stay safe and warm!

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Sunday Morning Canceled For Feb 24

Zion services on Sunday morning of February 24, 2019, are canceled due to inclement weather. Sunday school, the worship service, and committee meetings, are canceled.

You can find the announcement at KIMT, KIOW, and on our social media channels. Please feel free to share this information with others.

Please trust the Lord and stay safe during this winter time!

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