2.11.2018 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes A Purchased Freedom Matthew 20:17-28 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: With his face turned toward the cross, Jesus provides a veritable table of contents for his passion experience: first, the entrance into Jerusalem, followed by the indictment and condemnation by the Jewish and then Gentile authorities. Next would come the mocking and floggings. And finally,… Continue Reading

2.4.2018 Sermon Notes & Slides

2.4.2018 Begrudged Generosity Matthew 20:1-16 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: Five times in one day, a vineyard owner circles the marketplace looking for, and eventually hiring day laborers. And he agrees to pay them a fair wage for their efforts. First at 6:00 a.m., then at 9:00 a.m., noon, and 3:00 p.m., and finally at 5:00 p.m.,… Continue Reading

1.28.2018 Sermon Notes and Slides

Sermon Notes Easier for a Camel   Matthew 19:23-30 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: Hiking to the top of a formidable mountain. Completing a marathon. Recovering from invasive surgery. Some of life’s hurdles are known to be so difficult they’re considered virtually insurmountable. Nevertheless, with a well-devised plan, a steely resolve, and the help of friends, such… Continue Reading

1.14.2018 Sermon Notes & Slides

What God Has Joined Together (Part 2) Matthew 19:7-15 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: Jesus’ words on marriage and divorce represent some of his most controversial sayings. One woman and one man united together for life? It seems so antiquated, people retort. Because Jesus’ teaching is so counter-cultural and addresses a subject, particularly divorce, that brings… Continue Reading

1.7.2018 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes What God Has Joined Together (Part I) Matthew 19:1-6 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: Some questions don’t really deserve an answer. Either because they are asked insincerely, or with a desire to gather ammunition against the one being questioned. But to the Pharisees ill-devised inquiry, Jesus offers some of the clearest and pointed instruction… Continue Reading

12.3.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes – 12.24.2017 God with Us Matthew 1:18-25 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: Someone has said that the season of Advent is like getting a flat tire on the middle of the busy freeway: it forces us to reluctantly slow down, reflect, and wait. With the world whizzing around us and the frenetic pace of… 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