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“Moving Through Problems” sermon outline, 03/29/202

“Moving Through Problems”

James 1:2-8, 17

 

(Word Study) The word “problem” in the Greek language is “piro-blemma”, and it comes from a verb and preposition combined, which can be translated “a throwing forward, or casting forward, or forward looking.

 

James 1:2-4, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

 

  

  1. Rejoicing In Problems, Verses 2-4
 
(Word Study) “…come your way…” Also “encounter”, “Peripesete”, speaks of falling into the midst of people, objects, or circumstances.  The picture is that of being surrounded with trials.
 

(Word Study) Endurance, “Hupomone”. This is not simply the ability to bear things; it is the ability to turn them toward something good and useful for us.

 

(Quote) Barclay, “Hupomone is the quality which makes a man able, not simply to suffer things, but to conquer them.”

 
 
2.God’s Helping Hand
 

James 1:5-8, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and [God] will give it to you. [God] will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask…be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.”

 

(Word Study)Ask God” is in the present tense which means the person is to ask repeatedly.  As we go through situations, we continually ask God for wisdom. 

 

(Word Study) The word for double-minded is “dip-sychos”.  It really means double souled.

 

 

Conclusion
 

James 1:17, “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.”

 

(Word Study) Various, “Poikilos”, can also be translated manifold and literally means many colored

 

I Peter 4:10, “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
 


“We Shall Not Lack” sermon outline

Psalm 23: “We Shall Not Lack”
Psalm 23:1-6
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s
sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You
are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my
head with oil; My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will
dwell in the house of the LORD forever. NASU
I. The Lord Is Our Shepherd
The name “Lord” means “I am who I am.”
(Definition) Chiefly, the name refers to God’s timelessness, on the one hand, and to his self-sufficiency, on the other.
Timelessness means that God is always the same in the characteristics or attributes which he alone possesses. He will be unchanged and unchangeable forever.
Self-sufficiency means that God needs nothing.
Luke 15:4-5
John 10:2-4,14
A. We Will Not Lack…
1. …Rest – v. 2
Psalm 23:2, “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.”
 
(Quote) Keller, “It is almost impossible for sheep to be made to lie down unless four requirements are met.”
Freedom from fear.
Freedom from friction with other sheep.
Freedom from flies.
Freedom from feeling hungry.
2. A Restored Soul – v. 3a
Psalm 23:3, “He restores my soul…”
3. Guidance – 3b
Psalm 23:3b, “He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”
4. Peace & Comfort – v. 4
Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
(Grammar Study) We see in the language of David that he now replaces the third person pronoun “He” for the second person pronoun “You” and “Your”.
He begins by saying; “He makes me lie down,” “He leads me”, “He guides me”; and once the shadow of the valley begins to show, David says, “You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
5. Provision – v. 5
Psalm 23:5, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.”
6. Goodness and Lovingkindness – v. 6a
Psalm 23:6a, “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life…”
7. An Eternal Home – v. 6b
Psalm 23:6b, “…And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”


Announcement from Pastor Kevin, March 17, 2020

Dear Valley Community Church Family,

 

As events develop regarding the national and state official response to COVID-19, along with the request by officials to not gather even in groups as small as 10 people for the next 15 days, we are recognizing the need to comply with these regulations.  Therefore, we will be discontinuing all VCC gatherings (Sunday School, Sunday Service, Wednesday Bible Study, Youth Group, and Choir practice) beginning today and running through the end of March. This also includes the cancellation of the Ladies Brunch coming up this Saturday, March 21st along with Precept classes which are set to resume on Friday, April 17th.

 

We are planning to resume our regular Sunday schedule on April 5th.

 

I will be posting two Sunday messages for March 22nd and 29th online and you will be able to access them via our church app, church website, or our church Facebook page.

 

Allow me to encourage you with this passage of Scripture from Galatians 5:22-23, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (NLT) These fruits of the spirit are what we bring into this world whether times are good or times are difficult.  I encourage each of us to allow these fruits of the spirit to flow through our lives to others even as we practice what is now termed “social distancing”.

 

We as a church staff are praying for each one of you in our church family and trusting that the Lord will provide for you in every way during this season. Should you have a need of some kind please feel free to call the church, 916-383-0775.  If you call, please leave a message and I will get right back with you as soon as possible. Perhaps you just want prayer or you need to talk with someone about the events unfolding around us…feel free to call me and I would be glad to listen and pray along with you.

 

I also want you to know that we are praying for those of you who are impacted financially with reduced hours or having your income reduced because of business closure or diminished revenue.  If you should find yourself short on funds for necessities please let me know and we will help as we are able.

 

May the Lord Bless You and Keep You!

May the Lord Give You Peace!

 

Pastor Kevin Newton

Valley Community Church



Announcements, February 9, 2020

Matt Lucas Memorial Camp Scholarships
Applications for the Matt Lucas Memorial Camp Scholarship for children and youth are available at the Information Counter. The due date for turning in your completed application for consideration is Sunday, March 1st. Please be sure to read the eligibility requirements at the top of the application. All students must have their camp spot reserved and deposit paid before applying for the scholarship funds. Funds have been given throughout the year in loving memory of Matt, and the scholarship awards remind the recipients of a young man who “walked by faith” and used his gifts to bless so many in our church family. If you would like to make a donation to this special fund, please mark the “Matt Lucas Camp Scholarship Fund” line on your giving envelope.
 
Nominating Committee
There is a board member position to be filled at our Annual Business Meeting on March 15th, following the morning service. If you have someone you would like to nominate, please give your suggestion to one of the committee members : Andrew Cabrera, Chris Finarelli, Pat Grant, Marlene Lebeck or Pastor Kevin. The last day to submit names is Sunday, February 16th.
 
Ladies’ Prayer & Breakfast
Ladies’ Prayer & Breakfast is Saturday, February 15th, at 8:30 am in the Conference Room (102). Join us as we pray for the needs of our church family and friends, followed by breakfast at a nearby restaurant.
 
Easter Choir Practice
It’s not too late to join the Easter Choir. Practices are on Wednesday evenings at 8:00 pm following Bible Study. We need all previous choir members and new members who would like to join. If you are interested, please sign up today at the Information Counter.
 
Our Daily Bread
There are copies of the new March – May edition of “Our Daily Bread” devotional available at the Information Counter. Pick up your free copy this Sunday.


Announcements, February 2, 2020

Matt Lucas Memorial Camp Scholarships
Applications for the Matt Lucas Memorial Camp Scholarship for children and youth are available at the Information Counter. The due date for turning in your completed application for consideration is Sunday, March 1st. Please be sure to read the eligibility requirements at the top of the application. All students must have their camp spot reserved and deposit paid before applying for the scholarship funds. Funds have been given throughout the year in loving memory of Matt, and the scholarship awards remind the recipients of a young man who “walked by faith” and used his gifts to bless so many in our church family. If you would like to make a donation to this special fund, please mark the “Matt Lucas Camp Scholarship Fund” line on your giving envelope.
 
Easter Choir Practice
Easter Choir Practice will begin Wednesday, February 5th at 8 pm following Bible Study. We need all previous choir members and new members who would like to join. If you are interested, please sign up at the Information Counter.
 
Our Daily Bread
There are copies of the new March – May edition of “Our Daily Bread” devotional available at the Information Counter. Pick up your free copy this Sunday.