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

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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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  • Adultery

    Lust is sustained desire for a thought, person or object.
    (Luke 15:16 | Luke 22:15 | Matthew 17:37)

    The Nature of Lust:

    You may object: "How can something that goes on in the privacy of my own mind be a sin? Who is harmed?"

    Lust is a sin against:

    Others -- it dishonors living souls by treating them as something to be consumed

    God -- it scorns God's holy design and breeds the opposite of worship: ingratitude

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  • Murder

    To illustrate what he had just said about going beyond “skin-deep” faithfulness in (Matthew 5:16-20), Jesus gives six examples. The first is about anger and murder.

    Natural Born Killers

    According to Jesus’ standard, we are all murderers at heart. Jesus expects us to be peacemakers instead. (Matthew 5:9)

    It is not enough to God if we simply manage to avoid killing others— we must actively pursue peace with enemies; inwardly and outwardly.

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