"Enter His Rest" (Hebrews 4:1-11), Pastor David Doster, November 19 2017

"Enter His Rest" (Hebrews 4:1-11), 

I. Living too close to the freeway

II. Don't miss out

     A. Reject passivity

     B. Take action

III. What is the nature of this rest?

     A. Entry point

     B. Origin of rest

IV.. Its availability 

     A. Still remains

     B. Bell tolling

     C. Sabbath rest

V. Are you choosing Christ's rest?

"Holding Fast for the Journey" (Hebrews 3:1-17), Pastor David Doster, November 12 2017

"Holding Fast for the Journey" (Hebrews 3:1-17)

I. Holding on!                        (Introduction)

II. Positive example

III. Negative example

     A. Crisis of belief

     B. Disposition of the heart

IV. Staying faithful to the end                        (Application)

What hinders you from holding on?

•Prefer the familiar, known

•Comfort and ease

•Pain and suffering

•Confusion

•Compromise

•Cheap/Shallow version of grace

•Specific battle with sin

 

What fortifies your grip?

•Feeding on the Word

•Quiet consecrated prayer

•Viable, meaningful connection with the body of Christ

•Willingness to be tested in your walk

•Rich, full grip of Christ-centered grace

"Peeling Back the Layers of Christ's Incarnation" (Hebrews 2:10-18), Pastor David Doster, November 5 2017

"Peeling Back the Layers of Christ's Incarnation"

I. Diving into the fish tank

Critical layers of truth:

•He was our filling founder

•Our solidarity is with Christ

•Why the incarnation was essential

•He became our merciful and faithful high priest

•He enables us to face our final foe

II. Our fitting founder

III. Our solidarity with Christ

     A. Source of our connection

     B. Cost of our connectionI

IV. Why the incarnation was essential

     A. Demonstrates Christ's identification with humankind

     B Destroyed the power of the devil over believers

     C. Delivers us from the fear of death

V. Merciful and faithful High Priest

VI. Facing our final foe

 

"Pay Attention" (Hebrews 2:1-4), Pastor David Doster, October 15 2017

"Pay Attention"

I. Watch out!                                                                           (Introduction)

Critical Truths:

1..In the midst of proclaiming the superiority of Christ above the angels, the writer inserts this sobering warning.

2.The truth and consequences of their response to God’s message of salvation.

3.The clear call to personal commitment and responsibility.

II. Truth and consequences

     A. Danger of neglect

     B. Painful consequence

III. Our commitment and responsibility

"Better Than Angels" (Hebrews 1:5-18), Pastor David Doster, October 8 2017

"Better Than Angels"

I. Touched by an angel                                                                           (Introduction)

Chain of truths showing the superiority of Christ to angels:

1..Unique relationship to the Father (Sonship)

2.Son is above the angels (status)

3.Son will reign forever (eternality)

4.Son seated at the highest place

II. Chain of truths                                                                                         (verses 5-14)

     A. Unique relationship with the Father

     B. Above the angels

     C. Will reign forever

     D. Highest place

III. Securing our reference point                                                                 (Application)

"His Final Word: Exalting Christ"(Intro and Hebrews 1:1-4), Pastor David Doster, October 1 2017

"His Final Word: Exalting Christ"

I. Jesus is better

II. Stepping into their world

     A. Context

     B. Composer

III. God has spoken

     A. Final Word

     B. Worthy to be exalted

IV. Exalting Christ through our lives

"Gleaning a Harvest of Grace"(Ruth 2:1-13), Pastor David Doster, August 20, 2017

"Gleaning a Harvest of Grace" (Ruth 2:1-13)

I. Surprised by grace                                                               (Introduction)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…”                                                                                                                    Ephesians 2:8

“Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God."                                                             Romans 5:2

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.                                                                               2 Corinthians 12:9

II. Finding favor                                                                                                        (Verses 1-3)

     A. Man of honor

A “Kinsman Redeemer” was the nearest adult male blood relative who served as an advocate for any vulnerable and/or unfortunate clan member in order to correct any disruption to clan wholeness and well being (especially through the redemption or restoration of property, persons, or lineage.)                                                                    R.L. Hubbard

     B. Gracious initiative

III. Bountiful benevolence                                                                                     (Verses 4-12)

     A. Amazing timing

     B. Foreman's feedback

     C. Extra mile

“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings…    Psalm 17:8

IV. Gripped by grace                                                                                             (Application)

"Extraordinary Allegiance" (Ruth 1:7-22), Pastor David Doster, August 13 2017

"Extraordinary Allegiance" (Ruth 1:7-22)

I. Consumed by suffocating suffering                             (Introduction)

     Compelling Truths

          •Defining dialogue points to the sovereignty of God

          •Living loyalty that reaches beyond logic

          •Grip of bitterness distorts perspective

          •Grace-filled grit from an unsuspecting source

II. Defining dialogue

     A. Heart to bless

     B. Logical and practical argument

III. Living loyalty

     A. Rational response

     B. Relational response

IV. Grip of bitterness

     A. Is this Naomi?

     B.  Descent into grief

“As God lives, who has taken away my right,
and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter, as long as my breath is in me,
and the spirit of God is in my nostrils…” Job 27:2-3

“For the arrows of the Almighty are in me;
my spirit drinks their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.” Job 6:4

V. Grace beyond the logic                                                  (Application)

4 Descriptions of a Good Comforter

 

1.A witness who sees us when we’re stricken;

2.An advocate who defends us when we’re abandoned;

3.An intercessor who prays for us when our prayers have run dry;

4.A friend who hopes for us when we no longer have hope for ourselves.

                                                                                                                 Glen Scrivener

 

"Grace Filled Grit" (Ruth 1:1-6), Pastor David Doster - August 6 2017

"Grace Filled Grit" (Proverbs 1:1-6)

I. Diamond in the darkness                                             (Introduction)

II. Left without                                                                (verses 1-6)

     A. Difficult dilemma

     B. Painful predicament

     C. Glint of life

III. Multi-faceted evidence of grace                                 (Application)

"Choice of Two Banquets" (Proverbs 9), Reverend Don Windmiller July 30 2017

"Choice of Two Banquets" (Proverbs 9)

I. The banquet that leads to life  (verses 1-12)

     A. Wisdom house - verses 1-6

     B.  Teaching at wisdom's banquet -(verses 7-10)

          1. Do not rebuke a mocker - (verses 7-8)

         2. Rebuke a wise man - (verses 9-10)

         3. Wisdom rewards you - (verses 11-12)

II. The banquet that leads to death (verses 13-18)

     A. Folly's house (verses 13-16)

     B. Teaching at folly's house (verses 17-18)

          1. Stolen water is sweet (verse 17)

          2. Folly rewards you (verse 18)

     

     

 

"Preparing to Seek the Lord" (Proverbs 3:1-10)... Dr. Christopher Matthews, July 23 2017

Preparing to Seek the Lord (Proverbs 3:1-10)

I. Introductory background about Solomon and Rehoboam

II. A father's instruction to his son  (verses 1-4)

III. A son's privilege to confidently lean on God (verses 5-6)

IV. A son's challenge to fully reverence God   (verses 7-8)

V. A son's freedom to joyfully honor God (verses 9-10)

"Wisdom Delivers from Death" (Proverbs 2:1-22), David Tyrrell, July 16 2017

"Wisdom Delivers from Death" Proverbs 2:1-22

I. Introduction and Context: What is wisdom?

II. Seek wisdom earnestly                                                                    (Proverbs 2:1-4)

III. God transforms those who seek wisdom                                       (Proverbs 2:5-11)

IV. God delivers those who seek wisdom                                           (Proverbs 2:12-19)

V. God blesses the righteous and destroys the wicked                      (Proverbs 2:20-22)

"Averting Disaster" (Proverbs 1:20-33)... Pastor David Doster - July 9 2017

"Averting Disaster"

I. Never saw it coming                                                             (Introduction)

Lady wisdom cries out for wisdom!

•Exposes and exhorts the foolish

•Results from rejecting her rebuke

•Sobering and contrasting consequences

II. Lady wisdom cries out

     A. Exposes and exhorts the foolish

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers…” Psalm 1:1

     B. Results from rejecting her rebuke

     C. Sobering and contrasting consequences

III. Will you heed her counsel?                                                         (Application)

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”   Galatians 6:7-8