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Sermon Notes for Sunday May 20, 2018

Pastor Troy Martin

Text: Acts 2:1-21

Pentecost 2018

Humans were made for meaning, and language is the economy of that meaning. When God constructed the world He did it by language. He gave humanity the ability to use language, and when humanity misused it, God scattered their language. That is the history of meaning. That is... until we come to Acts 2 where what was scattered at Babel is reunited in the gospel. Pentecost gives meaning to God’s Word, God’s worship, and our Witness...

   

Overview

v. 1-4    Pentecost is the Old Testament’s Feast of Weeks. Traditionally it celebrated the descent of the Law onto Sinai, but now God is not sending down his Holy Law, but rather, His Holy Spirit.

v. 5-8    The Spirit comes ‘lingulate’ - tongue-shaped - and gives people the linguistic skill to tell the gospel in every language. Like at Babel, it confounds people. Unlike Babel, it is because they understand one another.

v. 9-13    Just like in the story at Babel a table of nations is listed. Luke says it is every nation under heaven! Pentecost is a missionary event; the spread of the gospel  to every tongue, tribe, and nation on earth.

v. 14-21      Yet, for all the words they do understand, they don’t understand the meaning. And so Peter opens with the first sermon ever given in the New Testament Church.  God works through that sermon.


Application

Meaning abounds at Pentecost.  The Spirit gives meaning to the Word of God. Even though the Word is understood, the Spirit goes on to give the expanded meaning through the sermon of Peter. Ultimately, the Spirit gives meaning to the lives of everyone there, for he is giving the gospel. So let's look at each of the meanings given at that first Pentecost.

   

Pentecost means...

The Word ____________________________. Not all things in Scripture are obvious or easily translated 2 Pe 3:16. Yet, whatever needs to be known and believed for salvation is made clear by the Spirit so that every tribe, tongue, and soul will understand.

Worship _____________________________.  In Acts 10, God could have saved Cornelius by His Spirit, or by the angel. Yet, the angel sends him to hear Peter’s sermon. From Pentecost on, the church grows through preaching. After Acts, every book in the Bible is a sermon.

Our Witness __________________________. Before Jesus’ ascension, he gives the Great Commission Mt 28:18-20. But before the Commission, the church celebrates Pentecost. Those fiery tongues do not promise to make our evangelism clever, just to make it meaningful.

 

Questions for Household Growth

How are the stories Pentecost and Babel related?

What does the perspicacity of Scripture mean?

Why is Pentecost important to the Christian?

Church Events Post for the Week of May 13, 2018

Lectionary Reading:
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104
Romans 8:22-27

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Ladies Book Study, last date before summer break is  5/18. Contact Brittany for more info!

Psalm Sing is cancelled for May, due to the busyness of end of the school year activities, we will be back on for June.

Youth Night, May 18, 6-10 p.m. at the Brownlee home. This will be an end of the school year celebration, with a soccer game, dinner and outdoor movie night. We would love to invite the incoming 7th graders to join us (yay for Ryle, Jake, C.J., Libby)! Please send along $5/kid to cover the cost of pizza/drinks/dessert.

Annual Pentecost BBQ, May 20 after church.

Graduation celebration, rescheduling due to a conflict with original date, will update soon!

Quarterly Parish Meals, weekend of June 10/11, your parish elder will contact you with details.

Events Post for the Week of May 6, 2018

Lectionary Reading:
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Psalm 1
1 John 5:9-13
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Ladies Book Study, last 2 dates before summer break are 5/11 and 5/18. Contact Brittany for more info!

Mother's Day, May 13, special refreshments after the Worship Service.

Youth Night, May 18, 6-10 p.m. at the Brownlee home. This will be an end of the school year celebration, with a soccer game, dinner and outdoor movie night. More info to come!

Annual Pentecost BBQ, May 20 after church, more info below.

Graduation celebration, on May 27 after the service; a short opportunity to honor our graduates (Catie Odegaard, Nainoa Johsens, Vince Paradiso).

Church Events Post for the Week of April 24, 2018

Lectionary Reading:
Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 22
1 John 4:7-21

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Ladies Book Study, April 27, 7:30 p.m. at the Martin home. Come at 6:30 if you would like dinner. Last 2 dates before summer break are 5/11 and 5/18. Contact Brittany for more info!

Fellowship Meal will be postponed from May 6 to May 20, due to the upcoming Pentecost celebration.

HOH Meeting, May 3, 7 p.m. at TCC.

Graduation Party for Vince Paradiso, HERE is a link to evite with more info.

Mother's Day, May 13, special refreshments after the Worship Service.

Youth Night, May 18, 6-10 p.m. at the Brownlee home. This will be an end of the school year celebration, with a soccer game and outdoor movie night!

Annual Pentecost BBQ, May 20 after church, more info below.

Graduation celebration, on May 27 after the service; a short opportunity to honor our graduates (Catie Odegaard, Nainoa Johsens, Vince Paradiso).

Sermon Notes for Sunday, April 15

Pastor Troy Martin

Text: Genesis 24:1-10

The Final Wisdom

 

Genesis 24 records the last words of Abraham. In the chapters ahead we will learn more about his life. But Chapter 24 records the last things he said. We can look at this section as the final instruction given by an paragon of faith. And if Abraham had any last wishes, these are what they are...

   

Overview

v. 1-2    The first thing to see is that Abraham is fully blessed. He has everything he could wish. So everything that follows is not self-centered but other-centered.

v.  3-4     Abraham’s concern is for his son’s spouse. He charges a servant to solve this central concern. Abraham is probably getting too old to do it himself.

v. 5-6      This looks like a tricky solution to the servant. If no one local is faithful, why not take Isaac somewhere else? But Abraham knows God’s promises are here.

v.7-8     Isaac is stuck between faithfulness and singleness. But Abraham trusts that God will work everything out, so he extends himself and his household in that trust. 

v. 9-10     So with everything understood and settled, the servant swears to step out in Abraham's faith. He loads ten camels up, and the great adventure begins.


 

Application

God has made Abraham full with everything he could want v. 1, yet we still see him acting on his faith in several ways. Abraham’s final concern reveals several important values for us also to keep. These form the final Abrahamic wisdom.

 

Dedicate yourself to...

pursuing_____________________________. “Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?” Pr 20:6. When thinking of marriage, the biblical norm is not fall in love, but find a faithful partner.

pursuing_____________________________. Take Hezekiah as a example. 2 Ki 20:19 and 2 Ch 32:25. The men and women in the Bible who do not care about the generation to come lose Scripture’s esteem.

pursuing _____________________________. “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Ja 1:22. Our thinking must become action if it has value. We are called to live our faith.

 

Questions for Household Growth

What are “final words?” Why can they be important?

What is the difference between faith and presumption?

What does C. S. Lewis’ character Screwtape claim to be a demonic influence on the concept of marriage?