Stonebridge Church

[Sermon Series] God’s Expanding Grace

GOD’S EXPANDING GRACE
Romans 9-11

Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany on September 24, 1517 and launched the Protestant Reformation. His Bible-based teaching brought a new understanding of the justifying grace of God through the person and work of Jesus Christ. He emphasized the spiritual authority of Scripture. Sadly, the Reformation is connected to the persecution of Jews and Anabaptists.

Romans 9-11 will enhance our understanding of God and his plan for the ages. It will give us greater confidence in the gospel as we share it with others. It will clarify God’s role and ours in the plan of salvation. Worship the God of expanding grace!

October 14-15  “The Mystery of God” Romans 9:1-13

October 21-22 “Misunderstanding God” Romans 9:14-29 

October 28-29 “How Big Is God?” Romans 9:30-10:4

November 4-5 “How Big is God’s Heart?” Romans 10:4-13

November 11-12 “What Does God Want from Me?” Romans 10:14-21

November 18-19  “Surprises of Heaven” Romans 11:1-10

November 22 – Thanksgiving Eve Service

November 25-26 “Don’t Give Up Hope” Romans 11:11-32

December 2-3 “Our Gift to God” Romans 11:33-36

HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF

We grieve with the people in Texas and surrounding areas over the damage and loss due to recent flooding.  We encourage everyone to continue to lift up this situation in prayer.  In addition, we invite all who wish to give to relief efforts to consider donating to the groups who are already set-up with emergency workers and systems in place.  Our recommended agencies include:
RED CROSS:  call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
SAMARITANS’ PURSE: Hurricane Harvey Donation Page
EFCA: ReachGlobal Crisis Response
(this site includes information on the ways in which your donation will provide aid)
Take a moment now to pray that those affected will feel God’s presence and take comfort in this verse:
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am you God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

God’s Grand Story

Find Joy in God’s Word

The Bible, even in the very first book of Genesis, gives us the answers to our deepest questions like, ‘Why do we exist’?, ‘Where did we come from?’, and ‘What is our purpose?’ And it shows us the promise of our future in Christ. Join us for our message series:
September 2-3 –  “The God Who Delivers” Exodus 14:5-31
September 9-10 –“Taking Ground for the Kingdom” Joshua 1:1-9
September 16-17 – (Communion) Mission Chemnitz Report
September 23-24 –“The Heart Matters” 1 Samuel 13:14; 16:1-13
September 30-October 1 – “A Very Vocal God” Amos 3:7; Joel 2:12-14
October 7-8 –  “Knowing God” Zechariah 8:1-17
What you will learn:
  • Week 1 — God is trustworthy/Faith is how we build our relationship with Christ (Genesis)
  • Week 2 — God is our deliverer (Exodus 14:5-31)
  • Week 3 — God blesses us when we obey His Word and follow His lead (Joshua 1:1-9)
  • Week 4 — God wants our whole heart / purity of heart (1 Samuel 13:14; 16:1-13)
  • Week 5 — How do we respond to God’s calling on our lives? (Amos 3:7; Joel 2:12-14)
  • Week 6 — God works all things together for the good of those who love Him (Zechariah 8:1-17)

During this series you will also have the opportunity to join a 6 week LIFE Group experience. LIFE Groups are a great way to connect with others. It’s a place where you can laugh together, learn from scripture and experience God’s love

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What to Expect

 

Warm Welcome

When you arrive at a weekend service, you’ll be greeted with a smile.  Our ushers will provide you with a program and help you find a seat.  If it’s your first time visiting us, we invite you to stop by our Ministry Desk so we can give you a small gift as our way of saying thanks for being our guest.

Casual & Family-Centered Atmosphere

Stonebridge is a relaxed environment where we invite you to come as you are. We care about who you are, not how you’re dressed.

Worship Services

When you join us for worship on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. you’ll experience God’s truth revealed through contemporary-blended music, sincere and authentic prayer and relevant Biblical teaching designed to help you grow in your knowledge of who God is and His purpose for your life.

Giving

As part of our worship service, we take time to give back to God a portion of the blessings he’s given us. The offering is for those who are part of the Stonebridge family. As our guest, we want to you sit back and enjoy the service — to receive rather than give. Please freely pass the plate along without feeling any obligation to contribute.

Connect

Get Connected to our Community! At Stonebridge Church we know that life is better when we share it with others. We believe LIFE Groups are key to developing as a Christian and taking your next step toward Jesus!

Take a moment to view our welcome video to see how we live life together

The Book of Esther

The book of Esther shows how God places people in particular places, at particular times, to accomplish His particular plans. It doesn’t reveal its author so we’re left to speculate who it might be, but one thing we do know is that the book clearly displays the providence of God. The story of this young woman’s courage is inspiring and encouraging! Join us as we take a journey through the Book of Esther this summer! 

June 3-4      “Denied!”              Esther 1

June 10-11   “Opportunity”    Esther 2

June 17-18    “Vengeance”      Esther 3

June 24-25   “Choices”             Esther 4

July 1-2          “Courage”          Esther 5

July 8-9         “Promoted”        Esther 6

July 15-16     “Exposed!”         Esther 7

July 22-23    “Reversal”          Esther 8

July 29-30    “Triumph”          Esther 9-10

Ever had to miss church and wish you could have been there?  Have a friend you want to invite who is hesitant to step foot into a church? Suffering from a long term illness and can’t attend? We want to help.

To reach more people with the good news of Christ, Stonebridge Church will now be live streaming the message portion of our services every Sunday morning. Tune in at 11:05A ~ the replay is available hourly throughout the week, visit stonebridge.LIVE

Imagine: Zero Prayer

As our three-year IMAGINE campaign draws to a close we rejoice that we have received more than 100% of the amount pledged. Now we only have 10% of the mortgage left to pay, just over $600,000. We as a congregation can now begin to IMAGINE ZERO debt. Our goal is to have the remaining mortgage completely paid by our 60th anniversary as a church in September 2018.

As we prayerfully consider what part God wants us to play in this endeavor, we want to think carefully about our participation in this campaign. The Imagine Zero (debt) campaign will culminate in September 2018. To help us as we commit this goal, a prayer guide has been written based on the most perfect prayer ever prayed:

THE LORD’S PRAYER

This prayer was given by Christ to us “to teach us the manner and method of how to pray and the matters for which to pray.” The first three petitions are requests on behalf of God’s glory for the triumph of His Kingdom and the last four are requests and intercession for our own needs and others.

Please check back each week between April 1 – May 20 for daily prayer ideas and periodic devotional videos from our equipping staff. 

Download the Imagine Prayer talk guide Mar 2017

Week 7: For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”  (Matt 6:13)

Sunday 5/14: This is an expression of holy and joyful praise. Pray “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Eph. 1:3). This is also an expression of confidence that our prayers will be heard.

Monday 5/15: Prayer and praise are continually joined together. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Phil 4:6).

Tuesday 5/16: The more God’s perfections are before our hearts, the more spiritual our worship will be and our requests will be more fervent and reverent. Pray “May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us” (Psa. 67:5-6).

Wednesday 5/17: God’s glory is the grand goal of all His works and ways. To Him belongs the exclusive glory of being the answerer of prayer. “For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another” (Isa. 48:11).

Thursday 5/18: This final sentence of the Lord’s prayer is an acknowledgement of God’s perfections and a powerful plea as to why our prayers should be heard.  He is able to grant our requests because it is His kingdom and He is all-powerful.

Friday 5/19: God is willing and He is able to answer our prayers. We raise our   petitions by drawing from His perfections, we are to join in petition and praise     together, we are to pray with reverence, we are to fully surrender and subject     ourselves to Him, and we are to make His glory our chief goal.

Saturday 5/20: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or IMAGINE, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Eph. 3:20-21, NIV 1984).

 

Week 6:   “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matt. 6:12)

Sunday 5/7: This comes right after asking for our daily bread and is a reminder  that our sins are so many that we do not deserve a mouthful of food but God     forgives our sins. As often as we pray “Give us” we must also pray “Forgive us.”

Monday 5/8: Our debts are our failures to give God His lawful due. We owe Him perfect worship and obedience and we fail to do this so we need to request God’s mercy in forgiveness.

Tuesday 5/9: To be forgiven we must realize that God extends us mercy and if  God extends us mercy we can extend mercy and forgiveness to others. To pray       correctly to God for pardon we must pardon those who wrong us. (See Joseph      in Gen. 50:14-21 & Stephen in Acts 7:60)

“And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” (Matt. 6:13)

Wednesday 5/10: With our sins pardoned we pray for grace to abstain from sin and avoid repeating them. It is also a prayer to detect Satan’s devices. “…in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes” (2 Cor. 2:11).

Thursday 5/11: God gives us trials to reveal to us our weaknesses and He tests  us to teach us the need of watchfulness and prayer. Pray for continued attention   to weaknesses and ask for strength to meet the challenges.

Friday 5/12: God puts us to the test to show us the importance and value of the armor He has provided for us in Eph. 6:11-18. If we forget to put the armor on and go out in our own strength we won’t do well.

Saturday 5/13: We are to go to God for grace “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Phil. 2:13). Pray that he will work in us according to His purpose.

 

 

Week 5: Give us this day our daily bread (Matt. 6:11)

Sunday 4/30: When we are willing in prayer to promote God’s glory, advance His kingdom, and do His will then we are permitted to ask Him about our own needs. God gives us the physical needs in this life that we may do our spiritual work. Pray “…give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread” (Prov. 30:8b).

Monday 5/1: Even though many of us have more “bread” than we need we understand that it is only by God’s grace that we have it. We must acknowledge our complete dependency on Him.

Tuesday 5/2: As we ask for our own needs we should ask for the needs of others. “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal: 6:10).

Wednesday 5/3: When we are humbly requesting “our daily bread” we are reminded of our frailty. We cannot remain healthy for 24 hours unless God allows it. “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Prov. 27:1).

Thursday 5/4: In this petition we are taught not to be anxious about tomorrow but live one day at a time. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34).

Friday 5/5: This also includes a lesson in moderation. We need to pray for just enough strength for the day and not worry about tomorrow’s strength.

Saturday 5/6: Our confidence is in God alone. He supplies all our needs. Thank Him for His loving care

Week 4:  “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10)

Sunday 4/23: Thy will be done on earth…Our first concern should be for God’s glory, which requires our personal obedience. We pray for acceptance of God’s will not our will in our lives.

Monday 4/24: Thy will be done on earth…We understand that there is much within us that is in conflict with God. We cannot do His will on earth without the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Pray that His will be revealed to us through the Scripture and that we carry out His will.

Tuesday 4/25: Thy will be done on earth…Pray “Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders…Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end” (Psa. 119:27 & 33).

Wednesday 4/26: Thy will be done on earth…Pray “Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain” (Psa. 119:36).

Thursday 4/27: as it is in heaven…How is God’s will done in heaven? Think about it. It certainly isn’t done reluctantly, sullenly, or hypocritically. It is performed gladly and joyfully. In heaven God is praised continually. Pray for joy as we do God’s will on earth.

Friday 4/28: as it is in heaven…”Praise the Lord, you angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word” (Psa. 103:20). Can God require less of us than he does of the angels? Paul wrote of Epaphras “He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully  assured” (Col. 4:12b). Pray that we may stand firm in the will of God on earth, as we will in heaven.

Saturday 4/29: as it is in heaven…This standard is given to us to teach us what to do and how to do it. We are to imitate the angels in their obedience even though we cannot attain their perfection in this present world. Pray that we become more mindful of as it is in heaven. “

Week 3: “Thy Kingdom Come” (Matt. 6:10)

Sunday 4/16: God cannot be honored unless we submit to His rule. Pray that we will set up His kingdom to rule in our hearts.

Monday 4/17: Our Father’s Kingdom is His universal rule and absolute dominion over all creatures and things. Pray as David prayed, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the majesty and the splendor: for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; and you are exalted as head over all” (1 Chron. 29:11, NIV).

Tuesday 4/18: The kingdom of God is in the future a sense that God’s reign of grace is to be consummated in the eternal glory of His kingdom in the new heavens and new earth. In the present sense a person experiencing the reign of grace is characterized by the righteousness imputed by Christ to those of us who believe in His name. “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men” (Rom. 14:17). Pray for God’s kingdom to come and that we as Christians will display his kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in our lives.

Wednesday 4/19: Pray that the gospel be preached in our church and by our daily communication with others to advance the kingdom of God.

Thursday 4/20: Pray for God’s spiritual reign of grace within our hearts and that His name be magnified by the way we interact with others.

Friday 4/21: In praying, “Thy Kingdom come” we ask for the blessing and the power of the Holy Spirit to attend us as we live in the world and that God’s grace be extended until all who are to be saved will be saved and then God will establish His kingdom.

Saturday 4/22: In the Westminster Shorter Catechism it is phrased “we pray, that Satan’s kingdom may be destroyed; and that the Kingdom of grace may be advanced, ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it; and that the Kingdom of glory be advanced.”

Week 2: “Hallowed be Thy name” (Matt. 6:9)

Sunday 4/9: Our primary purpose in prayer is to disregard ourselves and to give  God the preeminence in our thoughts, desires, and supplications. We must pray     for a longing to honor God. We cannot ask for anything that would contradict His holiness.

Monday 4:10: Hallowed is a term, which means to set apart for sacred use. Our desire should be to elevate God’s name so that it might be reverenced, adored, and glorified. His name needs to be held in the utmost respect and honor and His fame be          magnified.

Tuesday 4/11: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Prov. 18:10). “And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God…’” (Ex. 34:6a, NIV, 1984). God’s divine name sets before us all that God has revealed to us concerning Himself. He is the Almighty, the Lord of Hosts, Jehovah, the God of peace, and our Father.

Wednesday 4/12: We are exhorted to “Ascribe to the Lord the Glory due unto His name” (Psa. 96:8). God’s name is to be “hallowed” among His people and on this earth. The only way to accomplish this is through God Himself and through prayer we receive the empowering of the Holy Spirit to hallow and glorify God in our own thoughts, words, and deeds.

Thursday 4/13: Prayer is preaching to ourselves in God’s hearing. We give God the supreme place in our thoughts, affections, and lives. Peter commands us, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord” (1 Pet. 3:15). Prayer also voices our longing that others may know, adore, and glorify Him.

Friday 4/14: Hallowing or making God’s name Holy in our lives provides the only legitimate basis for all our other requests. “Whatever comes to me, however low I may sink, no matter how deep the waters through which I may be called to pass, Lord, magnify Thyself in and through me.”

Saturday 4/15: The Father’s glory was Christ’s great concern. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).

 

Week 1:    “Our Father which art in heaven” (Matt. 6:9, KJV)

Sunday 4/2: Our Father” We are directed to address Him as our Father. Meditate on the assurance He gives us of His love and power. The object of our prayer is God our Father and not our circumstances.

Monday 4/3: Our Father” As we pray we need to have intensity, reverence, and  confidence in our Father. Ask that God will give us the awe and humility we need as we come into His heavenly presence.

Tuesday 4/4: Our Father” Remember as we come to God in worship that we must “believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).

Wednesday 4/5: which art in heaven” Concentrate on the fact that God is infinitely above us. Think about God’s goodness and grace, His greatness and majesty, and the nearness and dearness of His relationship to us.

Thursday 4/6: “which art in heaven” Contemplate the mercy and might of God, His unfathomable love and His immeasurable loftiness.

Friday 4/7: “which art in heaven” God is not confined to heaven or earth “But will  God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. Yet you give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, O Lord my God. Hear the cry and prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day”  (1 Kings 8:27).

Saturday 4/8: which art in heaven” He is directing all from on high. These words proclaim His ability to undertake for us “Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.” (Ps. 115:3). These words remind us that we are journeying to heaven for that is our home.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or IMAGINE, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Eph. 3:20-21, NIV 1984).

Celebrate Easter with us!

You’re Invited!

Easter is a special time to celebrate with family and friends. No matter where you’re at in your faith journey, we’d love to have you join us as we celebrate the hope, joy and new beginnings found in the message of Easter.

Good Friday, April 14 — 6:30P
Saturday, April 15 – 5:00P
Sunday, April 16 – 9:00A & 10:45A

 

LIFE Groups

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Kids

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