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Church Office Closed Friday, Jun 18 - All Day
Church Office Closed Friday, Jun 18 - All Day
Discipleship Classes Sunday, Jun 20 @ 9:00 AM
Morning Worship Service Sunday, Jun 20 @ 10:15 AM
Building & Grounds Committee Meeting Sunday, Jun 20 @ 12:00 PM

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  Date: Sunday, May 10, 2020       Teacher: Dr. Cory Gonyo    
Passage: James 2:12-13       Series James
  Description: Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment James 2:12-13 Purpose: Speak and act mercifully because we are all judged by the law of liberty! 1. Talk the Walk & Walk the Talk! James 2:12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. “Speak and Act” = Talk the Walk & Walk the Talk! Don’t pretend to be what you don’t intend to be! Matthew 7:15-23; Luke 6:43-45 James 1:25 “Law of Liberty” 2. Triumphant Mercy! James 2:13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. Meditating on Judgment and mercy, mercy and forgiveness Micah 6:8; Matthew 6:14-15; Zech. 7:9 Matthew 18:21-35; Matthew 5:7 Mercy triumphs over judgment! If we claim to be people of Jesus, we must let His law of liberty fill our being, actions, intentions, heart, and words so as to show the love of God as He loved us.
  Date: Sunday, May 03, 2020       Teacher: Dr. Cory Gonyo    
Passage: James 2:8-11       Series James
  Description: Being a Whole Christian James 2:8-11 Purpose: James’ Bible Lesson #2 - Being a whole Christian following the whole of God’s Word 1. Begin by Loving Your Neighbor Thus Fulfilling the Royal Law… James 2:8 If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well. Royal Law Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount Matthew 5-6 The Great Commandments upon which the whole law and prophets hang Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 10:25-28 2. Then Follow Through by Living the WHOLE Royal Law because it comes from God James 2:9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. 11 For He who said, “DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY,” also said, “DO NOT COMMIT MURDER.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. We must forsake partiality because it is a ___________ What does lawlessness say about one’s respect for the Lawgiver? James 2:1 – this is all tied to our “faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ” So this is OT Law finding its true fulfillment in Jesus Christ
  Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020       Teacher: Dr. Cory Gonyo    
Passage: James 2:5-7       Series James
  Description: God Chooses the Poor James 2:5-7 Purpose: Bible Lesson Concerning Partiality #1, seeing people with God’s eyes 1. God Chooses the Poor James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? Luke 4:18; Luke 6:20; James 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Because God chooses the poor, we are living in God’s will when we accept and do not discriminate against the poor brother or sister in Christ. 2. Showing Partiality Makes Us No Different Than the World James 2:6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? 7 Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called? The “rich” are characterized as: First, exploitative Second, dragging members of the church into court Third, by blaspheming the name of Christ Because God chooses the poor, we are NOT living in God’s will when we fail to accept or discriminate against the poor brother or sister in Christ. We cannot carry the partiality of the world into the church.
  Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020       Teacher: Dr. Cory Gonyo    
Passage: James 2:1-4       Series James
  Description: “No Partiality” James 2:1-4 Purpose: for us to be like God, not showing partiality or favoritism 1. The Command: Love Equally and Unconditionally James 2:1 My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. Deuteronomy 10:17 Galatians 2:6 Implications for the society called the church Implications for the ministry and mission of the church Loving others unconditionally is not the same as condoning sin 2. A Test Case James 2:2 For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, 3 and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” 4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? What motivates partiality? Partiality based on others’ outward appearances reveals your inward motives
  Date: Sunday, April 12, 2020       Teacher: Dr. Cory Gonyo    
Passage: John 20:1-18       Series Easter
  Description: “Jesus is Alive!” John 20:1-18 Purpose: To believe in, and follow, the resurrected Savior Jesus Christ I. Jesus is Alive! Do you understand the Scriptures? (20:1-10) Psalm 16:8-11 & Acts 2:27, 31 Psalm 49:15 Psalm 86:13 II. Jesus is Alive! Has He called you by name? (20:11-18) Isaiah 40:26 Isaiah 43:1 John 10:3 If you now understand the Scriptures, and if you now know Jesus and He knows you, then how will you follow Him the all the days of your life?
  Date: Sunday, April 05, 2020       Teacher: Dr. Cory Gonyo    
Passage: John 12:12-26       Series Easter
  Description: “Palm Sunday: The Call of Discipleship” John 12:12-26 Purpose: To Join Jesus in His Salvation Plan 1. God’s Prophecy Fulfilled In Jesus Christ (John 12:12-19) Psalm 118 approximately 1,000 B.C. Zechariah 9:9-13 prophesied between 500 and 470 B.C. When, exactly, did the disciples figure this out? (v. 16) So how should we read this today, for us? 2. Following Jesus Christ Wherever He Leads Us! (John 12:20-26) a. Jesus’s “hour” coincides with Passover! This is God’s Providential & Eternal Plan Jesus’ “hour” is "not yet" John 2:4; John 7:6, 30; John 8:20 Jesus’ “hour has come" 12:23; 13:1;16:32; 17:1 b. “The Son of Man” is from Daniel 7:13-14 Daniel is a 6th century B.C. prophet in Babylon c. “Follow Me” in John 1:43; 10:27; 12:26; 13:36; 21:19; 21:22 d. Lose yourself in Jesus Christ (John 12:25-26) Jesus is calling you today to “Follow Me”! What is your answer?
  Date: Sunday, March 29, 2020       Teacher: Dr. Cory Gonyo    
Passage: James 1:18-26       Series James
  Description: Good Fruit v. Bad Fruit James 1:18-26 Purpose: we are brought forth to live a life of pure (not worthless) religion 1. Good Fruit = “Pure and Undefiled Religion” James 1:18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. 19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word… 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does…27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. What is the instrumentality of the change?______________________ (James 1:18) How are we to receive it, in what state?_____________________________ List the “good fruit” What is pure and undefiled religion? 2. Bad Fruit = “Worthless Religion” James 1:22b and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was… 26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Jesus’ teaching about good fruit versus bad fruit (Matthew 7:13-27) As yourself, “Which one of these descriptions am I most like?”
  Date: Sunday, March 22, 2020       Teacher: Dr. Cory Gonyo    
Passage: James 1:12-18       Series James
  Description: Passing the Test of Trials James 1:12-18 Purpose: to trust God in spite of the trials, a.k.a. check your “sources”! 1. Don’t Blame God! James 1:12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. Can God be tempted by evil? ___________________ Does God tempt anyone? ____________________ 2. Know the Source of Your Temptation James 1:14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. What is the source of our temptations? _________________________________ 3. God is the Source of Truth and Life James 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. Source of all good gifts is ________________________, especially endurance in trials Who does the action? ___________________ Why?_______________________ Who receives the result of the action? _____________________ What is the outcome of the action? __________________ How is the action carried out? ___________________________
  Date: Sunday, March 15, 2020       Teacher: Dr. Cory Gonyo    
Passage: James 1:9-11       Series James
  Description: Poverty and Riches James 1:9-11 Purpose: to see and value our lives by God’s measure, not the world’s 1. God’s Poor People, Glorified James 1:9 But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position; Blessed are the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3) A biblical reality-check between the rich and the poor (Luke 12:13-21) 2. The World’s Rich, Humbled James 1:10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away. Isaiah 40:6-8 and 1 Peter 1:24 Where’s your treasure? Where’s your heart? (Matthew 6:19-21) Who’s your master? What is the first thing you seek? (Matthew 6:24-34)
  Date: Sunday, March 08, 2020       Teacher: Dr. Cory Gonyo    
Passage: James 1:5-8       Series James
  Description: Faith and Wisdom James 1:5-8 Purpose: pursuing wisdom with single-minded faith 1. A Picture of Faithful Wisdom James 1:4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. Are you lacking wisdom? Then ask God! God is the source of wisdom True wisdom is seen when a Christian considers it all joy! (James 1:2-3) 2. A Picture Showing Lack of Faith and Wisdom James 1:6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. Is your faith driven by the fads or by the Word? God wants you to be single-minded, trusting in Him Are you stable or unstable in your faith?


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