12.3.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes Predicament & Promise Genesis 3:8-21 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: It’s the most wonderful time of the year. So goes the song that rings over airwaves and throughout department stores during December (or earlier in the year). Sure, this is a season of joy. But for many, this is a time when sorrow takes… Continue Reading

11.12.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes The Way of Peace Matthew 18:15-20 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: The question is not if but when. As redeemed sinners, we will sin against each other. We will say and do hurtful things. We will fall short of others’ expectations of us. As one old-time theologian wrote: “Hurts must happen in a rebellious… Continue Reading

11.5.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

11.5.2017 When Angels Stare into the Face of God Matthew 18:7-14 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: Five seemingly disconnected stories and admonitions. That’s what Jesus strings together in his fourth sermon to his disciples (and onlookers). But behind the ostensible randomness is a very intentional point that Christ is making: he is revealing something essential about… Continue Reading

10.22.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Become Like Children Matthew 18:1-6 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: In a moment of candor and intimacy, Jesus informs his disciples, who have been traveling with him for three years, that he will soon die. Specifically, he will be delivered into the hands of men and they will kill him. Naturally, upon hearing the news, the… Continue Reading

10.1.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Engulfed in Glory  Matthew 17:1-8 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: As human beings, we long for the day when glory will come. Rightly so, our hearts yearn for an end to suffering and pain. The prophet Isaiah says that when glory comes, the eyes of the blind will be opened, the ears of the deaf unstopped, the… Continue Reading

9.3.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

The Satisfied Christian Matthew 15:29-39 Taylor Mendoza, Director of Student Ministries Introduction: At the root of our dissatisfaction is a never-ending thirst that nothing in this world can satisfy. Every person in the world wants to know what will make him or her happy. We’re all desperately seeking for the person, place, or thing that… Continue Reading

8.27.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes Table Scraps Matthew 15:21-28 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: Dry lips. Lightheadedness. Muscle soreness. Difficulty concentrating. These are all signs of extreme fatigue. In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus has tried to get alone to rest (and pray) multiple times but with each endeavor he is “recognized” and greeted by needy people, and sometimes thousands of… Continue Reading

8.13.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes Two Strolls on a Furious Lake Matthew 14:22-33 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: The term “storm” has become a metaphor for difficult times in our lives. And rightly so. When tragedy strikes it can feel like we’re being tossed around, beaten by the waves of change, and nearly submerged by unexpected pain. When a… Continue Reading

8.6.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

8.6.2017 Sermon Notes Wilderness Feast Matthew 14:13-21 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: “Are you sitting down?” This is the question typically asked by the bearer of really bad news. There’s an understanding that the reception of calamitous information can have a physical and emotional impact on the hearer. Well, when Jesus heard about the death of… Continue Reading

7.30.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Behind the Scenes at a Beheading Matthew 14:1-12 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: Anger. It is one of the most powerful and vitriolic of emotions. It causes brawls in the bedroom and fights in the middle of the street (hence the well-worn phrase, “road rage”). Unbridled, it can even lead to murder. What is striking about… Continue Reading