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

  • The Cost of Discipleship (Matthew 13:44-46)

    Matthew 13:44-46: "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it."

    The Kingdom is PRECIOUS

    Lives are given in the pursuit of hidden treasure & fine pearls.

    The gates of the new City of God in Revelation are made of pearl.

  • Shouts of Joy, Feet of Clay (Matthew 21.1-11)

    Palm Sunday 2014

    Skin Deep Fans

    Within a few days the shouts would change  to “Crucify!”

    Faithful Followers

    Yet some were there who would not be scattered.

    Why So Few Followers?

    It costs more to be a follower than a fan.

    Three Kinds of Fan

    Easy Listening Fan
    Hears every word—they want to hear.
    “Man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut 8.3b)

  • The Sower's Seed (Matthew 13.1-9,18-23)

    Seed & Soil

    Growth requires both good seed and quality soil.

    The seed—the message of Jesus—is always good.

    The soil—our hearts—unfortunately, is not always ready.

    Four Soils, Four Hearts

    The Hard Path: Does not even consider the message.
    The message goes in one ear and out the other.

    The Rocky Soil: Hears & receives, but can’t take the heat.
    The stones of persecution and sacrifice prove too much to bear.

  • Hidden in Plain Sight (Matthew 13.10-17)

    Matthew 13 is a compilation of wonderful parables. Before we dive into them in the coming weeks, I want to jump ahead to Jesus' explanation for His use of parables.

    What is a Parable?

    Literally, it means to “throw at” -- basically throwing to seemingly disconnected ideas together.

    A parable takes something familiar and compares it to something unfamiliar.

    It is the original “mashup!”

    Why Parables?

    Why not simply explain everything literally and be done with it? Here are just a few potential reasons ...

  • We Are Family (Matthew 12:46-50)

    A Few Points of Interest:

    1. Jesus had brothers and sisters. (v46)
    2. Spiritual family is more important than physical family to Jesus. (v48,50)
    3. Obedience is the primary requirement Jesus gives for belonging. (v50)
    4. Jesus doesn’t seek to dishonor earthly family, but to give God priority.

    Family Privileges

    Acceptance—No matter who you are or where you’ve been.
    “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5.8)

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  • Seeking a Sign

    When the Levee Broke

    Many Seek Signs -- Few Seek Truth

    In the life of faith, signs are window dressing; truth is the foundation.

    The Problem with Signs

    Even the most convincing signs do not produce faith for someone who doubts.

    Signs and wonders may encourage faith, but they are not meant to be the basis of it.

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  • Say What

    Like a Boomerang

    Jesus teaches that we will be judged according to our own words. If we speak condemnation, we will be condemned. If we speak encouragement, we will be encouraged.

    “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”
    (Matthew 7:2)

    The Great Evangelical Mistake

    "Wait a minute -- I thought salvation was by faith alone?"

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  • Unforgivable

    What it ISN’T

    Murder (Moses), Adultery (David), etc. Even denying Christ (Peter)! There are examples of each of these among people of faith.

    What it IS

    A Persistent and Stubborn Refusal to Believe in God in the face of Overwhelming Evidence presented by the Holy Spirit.

    The Problem: Grapevine Theology

    Tradition can be an acceptable influence on our faith, but Scripture must come first.

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  • A Divided House

    The Blind, Mute and Demonized Man

    Represents the Gentiles (us)

    Blind (We do not recognize God)

    Mute (We do not acknowledge God)

    Demonized (We are prey to every howling wind of false doctrine)

    The Pharisees, rather than rejoicing, accuse Jesus of being Satan's servant.

    A Divided House Cannot Stand

    Jesus makes the simple point: You don't cut off the branch you are sitting on.

    Satan can't be in the exorcism business any more than a general can be in the business of shooting his own soldiers. It just won't last.

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  • Bruised Reed, Smoldering Wick

    The Gentleness of Christ

    Now mortally opposed by the Pharisees, Jesus could have fought His case (and won) but He instead withdrew to the quiet places, followed by the hungry and hurting masses.

    The Bruised Reed

    Useless, worthless, and pointless, the bruised reed is only fit to be discarded...

    Until Christ enters in and restores what everyone else rejects, that is.

    The Smoldering Wick

    Exhausted, noxious, and darkened, the smoldering wick is only fit to be snuffed out...

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