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Church Events Post For the Week of 9/17/17

Lectionary Reading
Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105, 145
Phillippians 1:21-30

 


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Psalm Sing, this Wednesday, 6 p.m. for dinner, 7 for the music. RSVP to tccsantacruz@gmail.com if you would like to come for the meal. Even if you can't make it to the weekly Bible study, try to come on out and work on part-singing/new music for the Worship service. It is a lot of fun!

Ladies Book Study begins this Friday, September 22. Contact Brittany at (teammartin03@gmail.com) if you would like her to order you a book.

PRC Walk for Life is Saturday, September 30, 9:30 am at the Shrine of St. Joseph on West Cliff Drive. Register online at www.prcwalk.org NOW!

Monthly Fellowship meal is on October 1, directly following the Worship Service.

Baby Shower celebrating the arrival of Silas Palmer and Afton Davis, October 8, 1 p.m., at the Myers home. More info to come!

Sermon Notes for Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

Preaching: Pastor Troy Martin

Text: Genesis 10:32–11:9

Title: A Mercy of Judgement

 

In the last section of Genesis we read the Table of Nations. It shows the lineage of people groups and countries that came from Noah and his sons. Today’s section is anachronistic - it must actually have happened before much of the last chapter. For in Chapter 11 we learn why there are different people groups with different languages.   

 

Overview

v. 1    The center of this section is speech. The words people say, the words God says, and even the word “word,” is a play on words, and leads to the conclusion. 

v. 2    Humanity is operating en masse as they travel to Mesopotamia and begin to counsel together.

v. 3-4     Tradition holds that Nimrod lead the campaign to build the tower, but the text here shows shared agreement between all people in this project.

v. 5      Then the Lord comes to evaluate the work of humanity, and the text drips sarcasm. 

v. 7-9     While humanity is completely unified, they are not unified with God. They are using different words than God’s, so He gives them different words than each other.  

 

Application

The tower of Babel, and all that transpired there teaches some profound lessons on wisdom and words. In wisdom God took from the men of that age their shared words. Why? What is it that makes that fitting and fruitful? Consider these three things...

Failure can be _________________________. What is it that causes us to cry out to God so often but that our lives are not working without him. We ought to be grateful every time God gives His will and nothing less, even if that means a “no” to our aspirations.

Words are ____________________________. You can talk yourself into almost anything because every word gives us a vision of the world. Therefore it is most critical to watch your words in light of His Word.

Pentecost is ___________________________. What happened at Babel is undone, in part, in the book of Acts. The ministry of tongues, which started there, continues down to the present - the gospel is going out.

 

Questions for Household Growth

1. What is the pattern of each “toledoth”?

2. Is sarcasm wrong? How is the text using it?

3. Can judgement be mercy? Are there any examples?

Events Post for the Week of Sept. 10, 2017

Lectionary Reading
Exodus 14:19-31
Psalm 103
Romans 14:1-12

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Wednesday Night Study, 6 p.m. for dinner, 7 for the study. RSVP to tccsantacruz@gmail.com if you would like to come for dinner.

Ladies Book Study will begin this month at the Martin home. Start date is delayed until the 22nd. Contact Brittany at (teammartin03@gmail.com) if you would like her to order you a book.

HOH meeting is tonight, September 11, 7 p.m. at TCC.

Youth Night will be on September 15, 7-9 p.m. at the Brownlee home. Troy will be sharing his testimony with all the 7-12 graders. We will be celebrating Curran's 16th birthday with some ice cream sundaes; please send a topping to share, ice cream will be provided!

Pastor Troy's birthday fiesta is on September 16, 5 p.m. at TCC. See Brittany for more details, everyone is invited!  Also, if you are able to show up at 4:30 to help set-up, let Brittany know!

Psalm Sing is on September 20, 7 p.m. at TCC. Even if you can't make it to the weekly Bible study, try to come on out to work on part-singing and new music for the Worship service.

Events Post for the Week of 9/3/17

Lectionary Reading
Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 149
Romans 13:8-14

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Wednesday Night Study, 6 p.m. for dinner, 7 for the study. RSVP to tccsantacruz@gmail.com if you would like to come for dinner.

Ladies Book Study will begin this month at the Martin home. Start date is delayed until the 22nd due to a scheduling conflict. 
Contact Brittany (teammartin03@gmail.com) for more info!

HOH meeting on Monday, September 11, 7 p.m. at TCC.

Youth Night will be on September 15, 7-9 p.m. at the Brownlee home. Troy will be sharing his testimony with all the 7-12 graders. More info to come!

Pastor Troy's birthday fiesta is on September 16, 4 p.m. at TCC. See Brittany for more details, everyone is invited!

Psalm Sing is on September 20, 7 p.m. at TCC. Even if you can't make it to the weekly Bible study, try to come on out and work on part-singing and new music for the Worship service.

Sermon Notes for 9/3/17

Genesis 9:19-29

Sons of Noah

 

In the beginning of Genesis 9, Noah and his family receive a blessing, a commissioning, and a covenant. The whole chapter starts with goodness given. Then the chapter ends with the response of Noah’s sons to that goodness.

The goodness of God goes out to all 8 humans left on earth. Most of those present will pursue that goodness by turning from dishonor and shame, yet one will turn from that goodness by pursuing dishonor and gain. Then and now, life is shaped by what makes us turn, what catches our attention. That is largely what is at view at the end of Genesis 9. The sons of Noah are known by what they look at and what they do with it.

   

Overview

v. 19    In v.1 God blessed Noah and his sons to replenish the earth. Now we learn that the earth was replenished by those sons. God’s blessings achieve their end.  

 

v. 20    Just like the first world, In this vineyard, there is both a new garden and a new Adam-like man to dress and keep it.  This is a story of second chances.

 

v. 21-22      This is also a story of second chances to fall. Implied in this new garden and new Adam, is also the probability of a new snake and a new fall.

 

v. 24-27      What happens when Noah is “drunk” divides his three sons. One gains for himself and his descendants a new curse. The other two leave this incident with new blessings for them and theirs.

 

Application

No sooner is Noah and his family saved to a new earth under a new covenant, than striking ingratitude is displayed; Noah lies uncovered in a swoon, Ham plans rebellion. There are reasons to be amazed at sin. But scripture does not give sin as an object for our amazement. Instead, it centers our attention on our Lord and his amazing grace. Our practice should be the same

 

  1. Be _____________________________. When the disciples were amazed at their power, Jesus told them to rather be amazed at their salvation - Lk 10:20 It is a corrective we need too. Are sinners saved? Amazingly, yes!

 

  1. Don’t be ______________________________. It needs no honor, yet in our popular culture it is obvious that evil is more honored than virtue. When did the good get so boring? When we gave our hearts to its opposite.

 

  1. Rejoice ______________________________. It is the most appropriate way to display our amazement. While the worst way to treat our sin is to stare at it and grow depressed.  It is where we stare that shapes our state.

 

  1. Consider _____________________________. For sin can be incredible. But it may not catch our respect. It was for this that God sent his Son into the world.

 

Questions for Household Growth

  1. Is wine good? When can it be bad? Eph 5:18

 

  1. Why are Ham’s brothers blessed?

 

  1. Why is grace amazing?