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Elder's Prayer - Discipleship Now Weekend 2017

Please find below Rob Stouffer's notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday. Good to recognize the obvious this is not a normal Sunday, nor is this normal elder attire. More than 50 students and leaders have been together since Friday at 5pm. We have enjoyed excellent teaching, terrific times of singing, serious conversations about Gods word. Additionally, we worked...

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Worship and our Affections


This past Sunday, the sermon focused on the importance of Worship in the context of Israel's return from exile as found in the books of 1 and 2 Chronicles. As we centered our attention on the sole purpose and focus of worship, God alone, and took thefocus away from ourselves, Pastor Bret quoted a section of Jonathan Edwards writings, concerning preaching and the response o...

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Sunday Review - Matthew 27:45-56

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Looking Back Last Sunday we spent time together gaining insight into the final moments of Jesus' death on the cross and the unfathomable work accomplished in satifying God's furious wrath against sin. Pastor Bret broke the text into two scenes; the first scene is divine fury revealed, and the second scene is divine fury satisfied. The wrath poured out on Christ displays f...

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Sunday Review - Matthew 27:27-44

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Looking Back This past week we were led through Matthew 27:27-44. It was striking that the crucifixion of Jesus was not what was highlighted in this passage, but it was the mocking/shaming of Jesus. We saw three different categories of the way Jesus was mocked: he was mocked as powerless, as foolish, and as Godless. Pastor Bret demonstrated that this is the way the world ...

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Sunday Review - 1 Peter 5:1-5

Looking Back We are so thankful for the group of elders that we have here at Summit Woods and their desire and ability to preach on Sunday morning. Thank you Adam Nahler for drawing our hearts to another characteristic of a healthy church, Glorifying God through Biblical Church Order, from Peter's first letter, 1 Peter 5:1-5. The text was a convicting text in Peter exhort...

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Sunday Review - Matthew 27:11-26

Looking Back As we gathered Sunday, we heard from Matt 27:11-26 the description of the condemnation of Jesus in three phases: suppression of the truth with lies, choosing sin above justice, and condemning the innocent and not the guilty. Pastor Bret then pointed out the same pattern in Romans 1, and in our society today. Pastor Bret then reminded us that this is the norma...

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Sunday Review - Matthew 27:1-10

Looking Back The exposition of Scripture last Sunday examined the false repentance of Judas in light of his repentant actions. The parallels to Peter in his betrayal of the Savior were staggering in that Judas seems to be more repentant than Peter, yet we know the outcome of both Judas and Peter beyond this passage. The most critical element in repentantance and faith is ...

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Sunday Review - Matthew 26:57-75

Looking Back This past Sunday we were reminded of the various ways people responded, and still do respond to our Savior. By looking at the trial of Jesus we saw his rejection, denial, and exaltation. The unbelieving high priest along with the other Jewish leaders entirely rejected and condemned the innocent Christ. Peter was an unfaithful disciple who emphatically denied ...

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Sunday Review - Matthew 26:36-46

Looking Back Last Sunday we went with the disciples and Jesus into the garden of Gethsemene. Pastor Bret exposed us to the text to help us appreciate our Savior in vivid ways as Jesus tells of the weightiness, perfect love and obedience to his Father, moments before the weight of judgement and wrath would come pouring over him. Remember, there were four ways to appreciat...

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Sunday Review - Matthew 26:31-35

Looking Back This past Sunday pastor Bret preached from the Matthew account of Jesus' announcement to the disciples that they were about to walk away from Him. Their response exposed the reality that they did not realize the turn Jesus' earthly ministry was about to take. The title of the sermon, When God's Unwanted Ways Expose Our Unseen Weakness, strikes to the core of ...

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