THE SOLUTION To A Pervasive Problem (Currently Not Available)

 
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We've had numerous requests for Shane Wood's last sermon, The Solution To a Pervasive Problem from April 8, 2018.

Unfortunately, due to copyright material in a forthcoming book from Shane Wood, this sermon is not yet available. As soon as we are able, we will post the sermon. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to the release of the book in summer of 2018!

 
Posted on April 19, 2018 and filed under Sermons.

Upcoming Events (April 18)

 
 

Treasure: An 8th Grade Girl’s Event

6:00-8:30 PM, Friday, April 20, Chapel

Come discover the treasure of a lifetime!

Please bring your mother or mentor as a guest. Dinner provided. Tickets may be purchased for $10 at the Sign Up Counter in the Atrium or by calling the Youth Office, 417.624.6915 x151. 

 

Clothing and Toy Swap

10:00 AM, April 21, Atrium

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Start sorting through closets for children’s clothing and toys you no longer want or need. Bring them to the Atrium on Saturday, April 21, at 10 AM. Leave what you don’t want and take what you need. Please do not bring broken toys or clothes with significant stains or holes. Invite friends, family and neighbors; this is an easy way to express hospitality and generosity. Contact Ann Wolfe, Children’s Minister, at x130 or awolfe@chjoplin.org.

 

Parenting Workshop

9:00 AM-12:30 PM, Saturday, April 28, Atrium 

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Cost: $25 Individual/$35 Couple

Ever wonder if being a “good” parent raising “good” kids is really what God designed? What if God’s plans for parents erased guilt and gave freedom? Is there really hope for every parent?

Find encouragement at this workshop. Register at the Sign Up Counter in the Atrium or at chjoplin.org/register.

 

Car Care

9:00 AM-Noon, Saturday, April 28

Qualified volunteers provide basic car service (oil change, check fluid levels, tire pressure, etc.) for single parents, the elderly, and those experiencing financial difficulty. Please contact Chris at 417.291.6819 to schedule an appointment.

 

2018 Senior Trip

May 31 - June 1, St. Louis, MO 

Cost of $75  includes a St. Louis Cardinals game on Thursday night, Six Flags on Friday, three meals, and a hotel room Thursday evening. 

 
Posted on April 18, 2018 and filed under Events, Updates.

THE SOLUTION: To A Communal Problem

April 15, 2018

 

THE SERMON

 

In our series on sin entitled, "The Solution," Sy Huffer teaches that sin is never purely individual, but is always communal.

Luke 16: 19-31


THE QUESTIONS

Use these questions to further explore the topic of the message.

Use these questions on your drive home, at lunch, or with your small group to further explore the theme of today’s message:

Pray: Sy said that sin is never purely individual, but always communal. Do you believe this? Is there sin in your life that you have previously thought that only affected you? Ask the Lord to reveal to you the affects and ramifications of that sin on people.

Speak: Who can you talk to about your sin? What community are you engaged in today that would allow you to have those tough, hard conversations? Commit today to opening up and begin talking to others close to you about your struggles. 

Grow: Who do you know that is without community? Who do you know that feels alone and doesn’t feel like they have people that can help be part of the solution to their sin struggles? What does it look like to invite them into your community? 

Love: How can you love others by overcoming the sins of your heart? What “individual” sins do you need to confess and ask for forgiveness out of an attempt to love others the way Jesus does? How can you learn from Jesus’ way of life lived in community?

 
Posted on April 18, 2018 and filed under Sermons.

Holy Week: Resurrection Sunday!

 

Reflect

As you read this, try putting yourself in the difference scenes of Luke 24. Take time as you go through it. Ask God to reveal Himself as you do. 

 

Read: Luke 24:1-49

But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what He told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that He would rise again on the third day.”

Then they remembered that He had said this. So they rushed back from the tomb to tell His eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.

That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?” They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

“What things?” Jesus asked. “The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and He was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed Him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified Him. We had hoped He was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

“Then some women from our group of His followers were at His tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said His body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive!  Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, His body was gone, just as the women had said.”

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering His glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if He were going on, but they begged Him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So He went home with them. 

As they sat down to eat, He took the bread and blessed it. Then He broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. And at that moment he disappeared!

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as He talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”

Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized Him as He was breaking the bread. And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” He said. But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost!

“Why are you frightened?” He asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” As He spoke, he showed them His hands and His feet.

Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then He asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave Him a piece of broiled fish, and He ate it as they watched. Then He said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 

Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And He said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of His name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: “There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.” You are witnesses of all these things.

“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”

 

Pray

Pray that God will help you understand the magnitude of the resurrection!

 
Posted on April 1, 2018 and filed under Devotional.

Holy Week: Saturday

 

Read: Matthew 27:62-66

The next day, on the Sabbath, the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise from the dead.’  So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he was raised from the dead! If that happens, we’ll be worse off than we were at first.” Pilate replied, “Take guards and secure it the best you can.” So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.

 

Reflect

Notice the name the religious elite call Jesus? Why would they think that? 

 

Observe

The priests went to Pilate the next day with a request that shows their defiance. In order to make certain that Jesus was finally out of the way, they were willing to break their own most sacred laws concerning the Sabbath. What they didn’t realize is that there was not a tomb in the world which could imprison the risen Christ. God is in control and nothing will hold Him back from his purposes. 

 

Pray

Surrender the areas in your life that you want to control and allow God to take over.

 
Posted on March 31, 2018 and filed under Devotional.

Good Friday: Jesus Is For The Sinner—Mark Scott

March 30, 2018

 

THE SERMON

 

On Good Friday, Dr. Mark Scott reminds us that Jesus is FOR us.


What do you think that sinners like you and me need from a Savior? More than anything else we need a clean slate and a place to go.
— Dr. Mark Scott

THE PLAYLIST

  • How Deep The Father's Love For Us
  • The Old Rugged Cross
  • Hallelujah What A Savior
  • Lead Me To The Cross
  • It Is Finished

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Posted on March 30, 2018 and filed under Sermons.

Holy Week: Friday Part 2

 

Read: Matthew 27:27-54

Some of the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters and called out the entire regiment. They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on His head, and they placed a reed stick in His right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before Him in mockery and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!” And they spit on Him and grabbed the stick and struck Him on the head with it. When they were finally tired of mocking Him, they took off the robe and put His own clothes on Him again. Then they led Him away to be crucified.

Along the way, they came across a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. And they went out to a place called Golgotha (which means “Place of the Skull”).  The soldiers gave Jesus wine mixed with bitter gall, but when He had tasted it, He refused to drink it.

After they had nailed Him to the cross, the soldiers gambled for His clothes by throwing dice.

Then they sat around and kept guard as He hung there. A sign was fastened above Jesus’ head, announcing the charge against Him. It read: “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” Two revolutionaries were crucified with Him, one on His right and one on His left.

The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. “Look at you now!” they yelled at Him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. Well then, if you are the Son of God, save yourself and come down from the cross!”

The leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders also mocked Jesus. He saved others, they scoffed, “but He can’t save himself! So He is the King of Israel, is He? Let Him come down from the cross right now, and we will believe in Him!  He trusted God, so let God rescue Him now if He wants Him! For He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” Even the revolutionaries who were crucified with Him ridiculed Him in the same way.

At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought He was calling for the prophet Elijah. One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to Him on a reed stick so He could drink. But the rest said, “Wait! Let’s see whether Elijah comes to save Him.”

Then Jesus shouted out again, and He released His spirit. At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.

The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!”

 

Observe

On the cross, the weight of the world’s evil really did converge upon Jesus, blotting out the sunlight of God’s love as surely as the light of the day was blotted out for three hours. Jesus “gave His life as a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28). The sin of the “many,” which He was bearing, for the first and only time in His experience, caused a cloud to come between Him and the Father He loved and obeyed, the Father who had been delighted in Him. And because Jesus was God’s Son, He had to stay on the cross. That would be the way the world would be saved. That would be how death was defeated. That would be how He finished the work the Father had given Him to do. That would be how the Father’s delight would be complete. 

 

Reflect

As you read this passage of Scripture, take your time with it. Reading Scripture isn’t just for information but for transformation. Allow the Holy Spirit to communicate to you through His Word. 

 

 

Pray

Pray for a sincere sense of repentance from sin. Offer thanks and praise to Christ for remaining on the cross and completing the work of the Father.

 
Posted on March 30, 2018 and filed under Devotional.

Holy Week: Friday Part 1

 

Read: Matthew 26:36-44

Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and He became anguished and distressed.  He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

He went on a little farther and bowed with His face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Then He returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?  Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” When He returned to them again, He found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open.

So He went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Then He came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. 

But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the 

hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”

 

Reflect

Put your devotional down. Take time to pray to God. 

Whatever is on your heart, our loving Father wants to hear it. 

 

Observe

Jesus could see, as though it was before His eyes, the cup (v. 39). This was not the cup of the Last Supper but the cup He had mentioned to James and John in Matthew 20:22-23, the cup the prophets had spoken of, the cup of God’s wrath. Here for the second time in the Gospel narrative (the first time being the temptation story in Matthew 4:11) we see 

Jesus fighting in private the spiritual battle He needed to win. As He prepared to stand in public and speak, and live, and die for God’s kingdom. 

 

 

Pray

Worship the Lord and thank Him for drinking the cup of God’s wrath for you. Pray that you will not abandon Him when things are tough. Thank Him for seeing His mission through to the end.

 
Posted on March 30, 2018 and filed under Devotional.