These sketches/outlines are taken from messages delivered in SVCC's Sunday morning worship services.

  • Already, Not Yet


    “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
    (John 10.10)

    Not Yet

    “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
    (Philippians 3.13-14)

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  • Judge Not

    Your Yardstick is Broken

    1. It’s Not Long Enough
    Our concept of God’s righteousness is simply not high enough. Our concept of humanity’s brokenness is simply not deep enough. To condemn another is to play God.
    “There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?”
    (James 4.12)

    2. It’s Really a Boomerang
    “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
    (Mt 7.2, Mk 4.24, Lk 6.38)

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  • Simple Gifts

    Better Gift Ideas

    Based on Scripture
    Last forever

    Five Simple Gifts

    These are modeled on God’s love for us.
    Words of Affirmation
    (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Proverbs 12.25)

    Quality Time
    Romans 1:8–12, Hebrews 10:25

    (Matthew 2:11; Matthew 7:9–11)

    Physical Touch
    (1 Peter 5:14; Luke 7:38)

    Acts of Service
    (James 2.14-18, James 2.26)

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  • Worry

    A Believers First…

    Food is God's Kingdom “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
    (John 4:34)
    Clothing is Righteousness
    “I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,”
    (Isaiah 61:10a)

    Jesus does not condemn ambition; He puts ambition in its place.

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  • Two Masters

    The Myth of Freedom

    We may think we are free — and on some level we are — but each of us is ultimately mastered by something.

    “Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord But you’re gonna have to serve somebody”
    (Bob Dylan, Gotta Serve Somebody)

    Who Owns You?

    Jesus is right, we cannot have two masters. (More like marriage or country — not simply working two jobs)

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  • Fast to Please God

    Jesus continues against hypocrisy, now focusing on fasting. Fasting is not commanded, but it’s a given that Jesus’ disciples will fast.

    When Fasting Falls Apart

    Over-doing it (Pharisees)
    This is the heart of today’s passage: Fasting must not be superficial or self-glorifying, but God-glorifying. Religious hypocrites love to over-do it: Pharisees fasted twice a week (only required once a year for Israel) They wear a “fasting face” (to gain the approval of men)

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  • Pray to Please God Part 2

    Last week Jesus taught against praying hypocritically (as the Pharisees)

    This week Jesus teaches against praying mechanically (as the “Pagans”)
    This is when the mouth is engaged but the heart and mind are not. Prayer wheels, flags and beads — even our bedtime prayers easily slip into error.

    In opposition to the shellac of hypocrisy, God desires authenticity.

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  • Eye for Eye (Matthew 5:38-42)

    We love to retaliate; God loves to redeem

    Retaliation = Slavery
    Living according to others is a hopeless kind of bondage.

    Christ is challenges us to end the slavery of retaliation by dying to ourselves—by returning blessings for curses.

    We are to turn this world's chaos on its head by not merely tolerating a thump on the cheek, but by offering the other cheek as well…


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