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Sermon Recap for January 1 2017

Can you believe it’s already 2017? Seems like just yesterday we were all expecting the world to end with the Y2K bug. Or something else like that.

We just had one service today. We’ll be back up to full speed this week!

For quick reference, here is a link to the church’s Bible reading plan for this year:

Morning Sermon: Ecclesiastes 12:11-14

Audio Link Here

Video Link Here


Ending and Beginning

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14

Ending One Year


Beginning Another


I. The Text:


  Ecclesiastes as the pursuit of wisdom


  Ecclesiastes as the  frustrated  pursuit of wisdom


II. The Wise One Recognizes the  Wisdom of Others


    a.    Prior Generations


    b.    Devotional Books


      My Utmost for His Highest, For the Love of God (vols 1 &2), New Morning Mercies (trying this one this year), Robert J. Morgan's Hymn books or On this Day/From this Verse, Morning/Evening with Spurgeon (Biblegateway.com)


    c.    Learning Books


      Mere Christianity, Cost of Discipleship, The Rest of God, God in My Everything


  Audio/Visual Resources as well


  (Podcasts)


  These are the well-driven nails that hold life together.


  Matthew 7:24–27 NASB95
 
    “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
    “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
    “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
    “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

 

  How do you build the house?  WITH NAILS!


III. Most critical? The Word of God


IV. Fear God


  1.    Judgment


  2.    Commandments


  3.    Salvation


  4.    Serve God


  5.    Serve Others

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