6.18.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

SermonNotes Mixed Produce Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: The kingdom of heaven is too complex, too glorious to be described in a single definition. Consequently, Jesus sheds light on this realm through a series of stories, or parables. And Jesus is not simply talking about or illustrating the kingdom. By his miracles and… Continue Reading

6.11.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes 1. How much can a relationship be affected by good or bad communication? If our communication with God breaks down, in what ways can this affect our relationship with him? 2. Think of a verse or passage from Scripture that God used to tell you something personally. How would you respond to God… Continue Reading

6.4.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes Secret Sins (and the Wounds That Cleanse Them) Proverbs 20:9-30 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: In literature, a rhetorical question is one that is asked where the answer is self-evident. It’s the same way when such questions appear in the Bible. When Solomon, the great wise one, asks, “Who can say, ‘I have made… Continue Reading

5.28.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes Closer Than a Brother Proverbs 18 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: Americans are the loneliest people in the world. Thus revealed a study in one of our country’s most trusted journals. But what’s the source of the problem? Is it Facebook, as some contend, and the freedom it affords to have connectivity without intimacy?… Continue Reading

5.7.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes The Rewards of Righteousness Proverbs 11:1-10 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: “And his commands are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3). Because God loves us, he wants us to thrive. And as our Creator, he has the wisdom to know how we should live and what actions usher in the greatest delight. Consequently, his commands… Continue Reading

4.30.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes The Cistern of Marriage and the Pit of Sexual Sin Proverbs 5 Pastor Brent Whitefield Introduction: The Proverbs remind us to heed the teachings of the wise, this time in the area of sexual ethics. To avoid falling into self-destructive sin, there is a role for instruction and discipline. But the strength to… Continue Reading

4.23.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes The Beginning (and End) of Wisdom Proverbs 1:1-7 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: In ancient tradition, wisdom is personified as a woman who walks down the street pleading to be heard. “In the markets she raises her voice”—the invitation is to all—but only a few will embrace her. Many reject her. Others scoff at… Continue Reading

4.9.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes Face Turned Toward the Cross John 18:1-11 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: Lanterns, torches, and weapons. Brandished by a band of soldiers. Not the sort of tools one would think necessary for the “capture” of a compassionate teacher and leader. Why in the middle of the night? Why the need for such artillery? The… Continue Reading

4.2.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes No Sign Will Be Given Matthew 12:38-45 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: Some eight hundred years before Jesus was born, the wicked, cruel, and altogether perverse people of Nineveh heard the preaching of the prophet Jonah, “turned from their evil ways” and “cried out mightily to God” (Jonah 3:8-10). Conversely, after watching Jesus cast… Continue Reading

3.26.2017 Sermon Notes & Slides

Sermon Notes What Words Reveal Matthew 12:33-37 Pastor John Sloan Introduction: Should I listen to my heart or my mind? We often ask ourselves this question before making a decision, assuming that from the heart come our emotions while sound reasoning comes from the mind. But in the culture in which Jesus lived, the heart… Continue Reading