Monday Morning Ministry: Together Again

Title: Together Again Scriptures: Genesis 46:1-47:12 Speaker: Bauer Evans Date: March 19, 2017 Introduction: Now, as we take up chapter 46, Jacob sets out by way of Beersheba, at the beginning of the desert expanse that extends to Egypt. God is not finished with an old, weak and broken man, whom He dearly loves, and neither are His purposes finished with us. The structure of the narrative is simple: Jacob stops to worship God in Beersheba (v. 1-7), Jacob brings his entire family to Egypt (v. 8-27), Jacob is reunited with Joseph in Egypt (v. 28-48:12) Main Point: For broken people, the God of Jacob is our hope! God gives us His reasons not to be afraid (46: 1-7): Jacob leaves for Egypt with his family, but he stops in Beersheba to worship God. Why did Jacob stop? There are many reasons he is leaving the promised land. He may feel helpless, even hopeless, possibly afraid to begin his journey south. God reassures him that he has more reasons not to fear than reasons to fear. Beersheba was the same place, years ago, during another journey, that God spoke to him in the night (28:12-15). God promised him then, and He reiterated it again in vs. 4: “I will go down with you to Egypt and I will also bring you up again.” (cf. 28:15.) How reassuring these words would have been for him, and for the nation of Israel in their wilderness sojourning about to occupy the promised land. God was with them. Dear friends, how reassuring are God’s promises to us in Christ today? God, by His Spirit is with us....

Weekly Announcements – March 12th

GO Team The GO Team is meeting next Sunday at 12:00pm. Bring a lunch and join the discussion about gospel outreach in our neighborhoods. All are welcome to participate. The Reformation Class Join us on 4th Sundays, beginning March 26th at 12:00pm for our Reformation class. This class will answer the question: After 500 years why is the Protestant Reformation still important for us? Easter Choir All are welcome to participate in the Easter Choir. The rehearsals are: Sunday, April 2nd at 12:30-2:00pm and Friday, April 14th at 7:30-9:00pm Participants need to be available for at least one full rehearsal as well the short warm-up on Resurrection Sunday. If you have any questions, please speak to Abby Magoon....

Monday Morning Ministry: From Reunion to Reconciliation

Title: From Reunion to Reconciliation Scriptures: Genesis 45 Speaker: Dan Roca Date: March 12, 2017 Main Point: God is bigger than our betrayals and sins and He will bring about reconciliation so that we will have life. A soft heart begins a turning point (1-3): When Joseph first saw his brothers back in chapter 42, he spoke very roughly with them. But the more Joseph interacts with them, the more his heart softens. Remember how seriously he was sinned against: His own brothers sold him into slavery and told his father that he was dead. They kept up this lie for decades and never attempted to find Joseph. Joseph has every right to imprison them for the rest of their lives. But what does Joseph do here? Joseph covers his brothers’ sin, keeping their great evil from being made known. When Joseph tells them who he is, his brothers can only think of their guilt before him. A forgiving heart dramatically changes the fate of God’s chosen people (4-24): Rather than being harsh with his brothers or making them grovel for forgiveness, Joseph forgives them before they even apologize. What God has done in Joseph’s heart is apparent in his perspective. Note in verses 5-9 all the times that Joseph highlight’s God’s activity in the events of his life. Not only is God in control of history, but He can even use His people’s sin and turn it around for good. This does not mean that God commits evil or that we should sin in order to somehow bring God more glory. But how encouraging is it to know that God uses...

Weekly Announcements – February 26th

Corporate Prayer Corporate prayer is this Saturday, March 4th at 8:00am. We would love for you to join us! Care Groups Care Groups meet this week. If you have any questions, please contact your care group leader. Reformation Class This class will look at questions such as: After 500 years why is the Reformation still important? How is it still relevant to us? This class will meet on the 4th Sunday of the month at 12:00pm. The first class will be March 26th. Foundations 1 Sign up for Adult Sunday Classes today! It will cover the foundations of our faith and will meet for four weeks starting March 12th at 9:00am. You can purchase the book at the resource table today. Please work on chapter 1 Snow White Script update: Thank you for praying! The brainstorming session was incredibly productive. The script is now almost complete. Snow White next step: Auditions! We have a lot of super fun roles to fill. If you would like to act, please join us after the service on Sunday, March 5th for some fun, informal auditions. Prayer request: Please pray for wisdom in casting and in finishing the...

Monday Morning Ministry: Famine and the Family

Title: Famine and the Family Scriptures: Genesis 42:1-43:15 Speaker: Bauer Evans Date: February 26, 2017 Introduction: Reunions of family, friends, or classmates can be times of incredible joy and celebration. Not so the reunion of Joseph and his brothers. It was unexpected, but in the providence of God, purposeful in its timing We come to a climactic turning point event in our story. This is the first installment of a much larger unit that stretches through chapter 45. Main Point: God brings about true transformation in us in order to accomplish our salvation and His glory. The Story: In vs. 1-5, we are reintroduced to Joseph’s family, twenty years after he had been sold into slavery. A famine engulfed “all the earth” (41:57), therefore Jacob commands his sons to go to Egypt to purchase grain. Beginning in vs. 6, we read of the unexpected meeting between Joseph, now a governor in Egypt, and his brothers. They do not recognize him, but Joseph recognizes them. This is the moment God had foretold in Joseph’s dream: “And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.” (Gen. 37:7). When his brothers first heard Joseph’s dream, they were filled with hatred. Now, they bow before this powerful Egyptian governor. When Joseph accuses them of being spies, their response is dubious: “we are honest men.” Joseph puts them to the test, (vv.12-38) to determine whether they have changed from twenty years before when they sold him into slavery. Have they learned to love one another as brothers, or do they still hate? Do the unloving actions of their past continue...

Weekly Announcements – February 19th

Tools Talk: Parenting This class will be held this Wednesday, February 22nd, at 7:30pm. The focus will be on tools for parenting. Celebration Northeast Celebration Northeast is July 13-15, 2017. Join hundreds of other Sovereign Grace Church members as we come together for three days to hear God’s Word proclaimed, worship together, and have a ton of fun. Kids, Teens, Singles, Couples are all invited to this extraordinary event where we celebrate our great salvation and our partnership in the gospel. Speakers include Mike Bullmore, Mickey Connelly, Mark Prater, and Tim Shorey. Other events include an Ice Cream Social, Movie Night, Concert, Sports Activities, exciting Children’s MinistryClasses and many other fun activities. This is one summer event you won’t want to miss. So, join us for Celebration Northeast 2017 on July 13-15 at Lancaster Bible College in beautiful Lancaster, PA. Costs: Housing: $60 per person | $150 per family (Deadline for reduced dorm pricing: Feb 24th) Registration: Single Registration- $30 Couple Registration- $45 Teen Registration (incoming 7th grade up to 17 yrs old)- $15 per teen Children Registration (3yrs old to 6th grade)- Free How to get the reduced housing? Email rebekah@crosswayma.org and let Bekah know you are interested. Adult Sunday Class Adult Sunday Classes will start March 12th at 9:00am. The focus of these classes will be the foundations of our faith. This will be a four week...

Monday Morning Ministry: From Prison to Palace

Title: From Prison to Palace Scriptures: Genesis 41 Speaker: Bauer Evans Date: February 19, 2017 Main Point: God is exalted when we suffer by sight in view of His presence, promises, and purposes for our lives. Introduction: We continued in our series on the life of Joseph taken from the book of Genesis. It is important to understand the storyline before we consider why God preserved this chapter in scripture for us to apply it to our lives. We have arrived at a dramatic turning point in Joseph’s life. He is remembered (vs. 1-14) by the cupbearer and released from prison in order to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams (vs. 15-36), and is subsequently elevated in in Egypt to save the world from famine (vs. 37-57). We suffer by sight as we live aware that God is with us and working: Joseph’s life helps us understand God’s purposes in our suffering. Joseph knew that God was with him in his suffering during imprisonment (40:8) and he is still following the Lord in Pharaoh’s presence too. (41:16). He is an example of suffering by sight. Although released from prison, he remains a slave in Egypt, separated from his family and land. Joseph doesn’t yet know the whole story, but I believe he knew the promises God gave Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He knows he is not outside of God’s care and God’s fulfillment of His plan for him. Friends, when we live aware that God is with us and is working, even in affliction, we suffer by sight. And what happens when we suffer by sight? First, we live by faith in...

Weekly Announcements – February 12th

Tools Talk: Parenting This class will be held on February 22nd at 7:30pm. The focus will be on tools for parenting. Celebration Northeast Celebration Northeast is July 13-15, 2017. Join hundreds of other Sovereign Grace Church members as we come together for three days to hear God’s Word proclaimed, worship together, and have a ton of fun. Kids, Teens, Singles, Couples are all invited to this extraordinary event where we celebrate our great salvation and our partnership in the gospel. Speakers include Mike Bullmore, Mickey Connelly, Mark Prater, and Tim Shorey. Other events include an Ice Cream Social, Movie Night, Concert, Sports Activities, exciting Children’s MinistryClasses and many other fun activities. This is one summer event you won’t want to miss. So, join us for Celebration Northeast 2017 on July 13-15 at Lancaster Bible College in beautiful Lancaster, PA. Costs: Housing: $60 per person | $150 per family (Deadline for reduced dorm pricing: Feb 24th) Registration: Single Registration- $30 Couple Registration- $45 Teen Registration (incoming 7th grade up to 17 yrs old)- $15 per teen Children Registration (3yrs old to 6th grade)- Free How to get the reduced housing? Email rebekah@crosswayma.org and let Bekah know you are interested. GO Team The GO Team is meeting next Sunday at 12:00pm. Bring a lunch and join the discussion about gospel outreach in our neighborhoods. Brainstorming Session Do you want to help brainstorm ideas for our upcoming Snow White drama? Are you interested in seeing how our shows take shape? Join the writing crew for a creative brainstorming session next Sunday at 12:00pm. Our goal for this meeting is not to write...

Monday Morning Ministry: When Hope Gets Put on Hold

Title: When Hope Gets Put on Hold Scriptures: Genesis 40-41 Speaker: Bauer Evans Date: February 12, 2017 Introduction: Our scripture is taken from Genesis, chapter 40. This chapter in Joseph’s story is remarkable: not many of us have been sold into slavery by our siblings or falsely accused and sent to prison. But many of us have experienced disappointing experiences that have shaped our lives for a long time. Despite Joseph’s unfulfilled dreams, feelings of being forgotten, and possibly even doubts about God’s promises, He remained faithful to the Lord. What was the source of his confidence? What did he understand about God’s work, purposes, and presence in his life that we are to understand for ours? Main Point: God works in His people His character to prepare us for His purposes. God is building Joseph’s character: In terms of the overall story, the time for Joseph’s exaltation into Pharaoh’s presence has not yet arrived. But God is working in his life so that he will be exactly the kind of man God can use. Even now, we notice there is something different in his character. When we meet Joseph at the age of 17, he was insensitive to others and self absorbed. He interprets the dreams given by God without asking God. Here, in chapter 40, when the cupbearer and baker share their dreams, he tells them “interpretations belong to God” (vs. 8). Do you see the difference in Joseph’s response? God has worked into him a deeper dependency on the Lord. Providentially, God used years of delays to forge the character he now possesses. Friends, when Christ...

Weekly Announcements – February 5th

Women’s One Day Retreat Registration is now open for the one day women’s retreat on February 11th! The retreat will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm, with lunch provided. The cost to register is $25. However, if you have food allergies and plan to bring your own lunch, base registration is $10. You can register online HERE. Tools Talk: Parenting This class will be held on February 22nd at 7:30pm. The focus will be on tools for parenting. Celebration Northeast Celebration Northeast is July 13-15, 2017. Join hundreds of other Sovereign Grace Church members as we come together for three days to hear God’s Word proclaimed, worship together, and have a ton of fun. Kids, Teens, Singles, Couples are all invited to this extraordinary event where we celebrate our great salvation and our partnership in the gospel. Speakers include Mike Bullmore, Mickey Connelly, Mark Prater, and Tim Shorey. Other events include an Ice Cream Social, Movie Night, Concert, Sports Activities, exciting Children’s Ministry Classes and many other fun activities. This is one summer event you won’t want to miss. So, join us for Celebration Northeast 2017 on July 13-15 at Lancaster Bible College in beautiful Lancaster, PA. Cost of housing: $60 per person | $150 per family (not including registration cost) Deadline for reduced dorm pricing: Feb 24th How to get this? Email rebekah@crosswayma.org and let Bekah know you are interested. Drama Interest Update Praise God! All of the leadership needs have been filled for the spring drama, so we are ready to take the next step. We will be holding a story brainstorming session that is open for everyone!...