Sunday Overviews

Mark 2:18-22: Parables for Legalists (Dec. 18, 2022)
Mark 2:18-22: Parables for Legalists (Dec. 18, 2022)

McMicken Heights Church • January 07, 2023

Worship Service

This Sunday we looked at Jesus’ answer to the question: why don’t your disciples fast? In Mark 2:18-22, he replied with a couple of parables that point to a new kingdom that’s coming.


Watch it here: https://youtu.be/NuNMkRlAiuA?t=293


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Sunday School

This week the kids learned that God parted the Red Sea.


Summary


  • God led His people toward the Red Sea.
  • Pharaoh’s heart became hard again, and he decided to go recapture the Israelites.
  • Moses reminded the people that God would fight for them.
  • God parted the Red Sea for His people to cross, but He destroyed Pharaoh’s army in the sea when they followed.


Christ connection

Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, and God provide a way for them to escape through the Red Sea. The Bible says that Jesus is greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:3). People who trust in Jesus escape the penalty of sin and have eternal life.


Key Passage

God is not man, that he should lie,

    or a son of man, that he should change his mind.

Has he said, and will he not do it?

    Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

Numbers 23:19


Big picture question

Does God keep His promises? Yes, God always keeps His promises because He is faithful.


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Mark 2:13-17: A Motley Crew (Dec. 11, 2022)
Mark 2:13-17: A Motley Crew (Dec. 11, 2022)

McMicken Heights Church • January 03, 2023

Worship Service

This Sunday we looked at Mark 2:13-17, when Jesus called another disciple to his motley crew: Levi the tax collector. 


Watch it here: https://youtu.be/5GX8c1Bzyxw


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Sunday School

This week the kids learned that God delivered His people.


Summary


  • Moses and Aaron told Pharoah to let the Israelites go free, but Pharaoh refused.
  • God sent plagues to judge Egypt.
  • God spared Israel from the tenth plague because they spread the blood of spotless lambs on their doorposts.
  • All the firstborn sons in Egypt died, so Pharaoh sent the Israelites away.


Christ connection

By His grace, God spared the Israelites from judgment by requiring the blood of a lamb. Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. His death was the ultimate sacrifice, and those who trust in Jesus are under His saving blood and will be passed over in the final judgment.


Key Passage

God is not man, that he should lie,

    or a son of man, that he should change his mind.

Has he said, and will he not do it?

    Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

Numbers 23:19


Big picture question

Does God keep His promises? Yes, God always keeps His promises because He is faithful.


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Mark 2:1-12: Your Sins are Forgiven (Dec. 4, 2022)
Mark 2:1-12: Your Sins are Forgiven (Dec. 4, 2022)

McMicken Heights Church • December 30, 2022

Worship Service

This Sunday we looked at Mark 2:1-12, which is when Jesus healed a paralytic. We were left with an important question: does my life cause a rumor that Jesus lives in me?


Watch it here: https://youtu.be/OiJ5MDhGIp4?t=269


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Sunday School

This week the kids learned about about when God called Moses.


Summary


  • The Israelites were enslaved by the Egyptians. 
  • Pharaoh ordered the Israelites’ baby sons to be killed, but God protected Moses.
  • Moses fled Egypt after killing an Egyptian for beating an Israelite.
  • God called Moses to lead his people to freedom.


Christ connection

God saved Moses’ life and called him to rescue God’s people from slavery. The calling of Moses points to a greater calling and rescue–the call of Jesus to come to earth to save God’s people. Jesus gave up His life to save us from slavery to sin.


Key Passage

God is not man, that he should lie,

    or a son of man, that he should change his mind.

Has he said, and will he not do it?

    Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

Numbers 23:19


Big picture question

Does God keep His promises? Yes, God always keeps His promises because He is faithful.


Prayer Requests or Questions?

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Mark 1:40-45: He is Willing (Nov. 27, 2022)
Mark 1:40-45: He is Willing (Nov. 27, 2022)

McMicken Heights Church • December 27, 2022

Worship Service

This Sunday we looked at Jesus’ interaction with a leper in Mark 1:40-45 and the growing tension between people’s understanding of the law and Jesus’ authority.


Watch it here: https://youtu.be/3zGAGnssAGo?t=154.


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Sunday School

This week the kids learned that God controls everything.


Summary


  • God had blessed Job with wealth and a large family, and Job trusted God.
  • Sata claimed Job had faith only because of God’s blessings to him.
  • God allowed Satan to take Job’s blessings and health.
  • Job questioned God, but learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good.


Christ connection

Job learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good. When we face suffering, we can hope in God. God sent Jesus, the only truly innocent One, to suffer and die so that everyone who trusts in HIm can have forgiveness and eternal life.


Key Passage

I know that the Lord is great,

  that our Lord is greater than all gods.

The Lord does whatever pleases him,

    in the heavens and on the earth,

    in the seas and all their depths.

Psalm 135:5-6


Big picture question

Who is in control of everything? God is in control of everything in heaven and on earth. Nothing is outside of God’s good plan.


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Mark 1:29-39: Sabbath Afternoon (Nov. 20, 2022)
Mark 1:29-39: Sabbath Afternoon (Nov. 20, 2022)

McMicken Heights Church • December 23, 2022

Worship Service

This Sunday we looked at Mark 1:29-39, which was Jesus’ sabbath afternoon. Through the events of that afternoon, evening, and the following morning, we can see how Jesus modeled letting God set the framework for our day, keeping the mission firmly in focus. 


Watch it here: https://youtu.be/ELPZNDuD75g?t=236


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Sunday School

This week the kids learned that God had a plan for Joseph.


Summary

  • Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son, but Joseph’s brothers hated him.
  • Joseph’s brothers sold Joseph into slavery.
  • God used Joseph’s suffering to eventually place Joseph in a position of power in Egypt.
  • Joseph saved his family from famine and forgave his brothers for harming him.


Christ connection

God had a plan for Joseph’s life. He allowed Joseph to suffer in order to rescue a whole nation. God planned for Jesus to suffer so that many–people from all nations–would be saved.


Key Passage

I know that the Lord is great,

  that our Lord is greater than all gods.

The Lord does whatever pleases him,

    in the heavens and on the earth,

    in the seas and all their depths.

Psalm 135:5-6


Big picture question

Who is in control of everything? God is in control of everything in heaven and on earth. Nothing is outside of God’s good plan.


Prayer Requests or Questions?

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Mark 1:21-28: A Perfect Sunday (Nov. 13, 2022)
Mark 1:21-28: A Perfect Sunday (Nov. 13, 2022)

McMicken Heights Church • December 19, 2022

Worship Service

This Sunday we looked at Mark 1:21-28, which showed us how Jesus spent a Sabbath in Capernaum, teaching in the synagogue and rebuking an unclean spirit, commanding it to come out of a man.


Watch it here: https://youtu.be/uHvsnMPueyo?t=278


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Sunday School

This week the kids learned about God changing Jacob.


Summary

  • Jacob stole his brother’s blessing and fled from him.
  • Twenty years later, Jacob’s family grew and Jacob decided to go home.
  • On the way, Jacob wrestled with a man who crippled Jacob’s hip. Then he blessed Jacob and changed his name to Israel.


Christ connection

God changed Jacob’s life and gave him a new name, Israel. Jesus came so that we might have a changed life, forgiven of sin. Jesus’ death and resurrection provided sinful people the way to be adopted into God’s family. When we trust in Jesus, we also receive a new name–children of God.


Key Passage

I know that the Lord is great,

  that our Lord is greater than all gods.

The Lord does whatever pleases him,

    in the heavens and on the earth,

    in the seas and all their depths.

Psalm 135:5-6


Big picture question

Who is in control of everything? God is in control of everything in heaven and on earth. Nothing is outside of God’s good plan.


Prayer Requests or Questions?

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Mark 1:14-20: Message and Mission (Nov. 6, 2022)
Mark 1:14-20: Message and Mission (Nov. 6, 2022)

McMicken Heights Church • December 17, 2022

Worship Service

This Sunday we looked at Jesus’ message and mission in Mark 1:14-20. In this passage, we discussed the gospel of God, what it means to commit to Jesus, and Jesus’ mission of pursuing people.


Watch it here: https://youtu.be/HkBDY7MLmy4?t=282


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Sunday School

This week the kids learned that God provided Isaac.


Summary

  • After many years, God kept His promise and gave Abraham a son, Isaac.
  • God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.
  • Abraham had faith; even if Isaac died, God could raise him from the dead to keep His promise.
  • God provided a ram for the sacrifice to keep Isaac safe.


Christ connection

Abraham showed his love for God by being willing to sacrifice his son Isaac. God provided a ram instead. This is how God showed His love for us: He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross so that we could have eternal life through Him.


Key Passage

I know that the Lord is great,

  that our Lord is greater than all gods.

The Lord does whatever pleases him,

    in the heavens and on the earth,

    in the seas and all their depths.

Psalm 135:5-6


Big picture question

Who is in control of everything? God is in control of everything in heaven and on earth. Nothing is outside of God’s good plan.


Prayer Requests or Questions?

How can we be praying for you? Please contact us with your requests and praises! We’re also happy to answer any questions you might have. 

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Temptation+ (Oct. 23, 2022)
Temptation+ (Oct. 23, 2022)

McMicken Heights Church • October 25, 2022

Worship Service

This Sunday we look at the temptation of Jesus in Mark 1:12-13. Mark's account is very brief, leaving us to wonder what happened when Jesus was tempted? His account highlights the fact that spiritual conflict is inevitable for those who follow Jesus. We digress into the other accounts and look at how Jesus was tempted by Satan and some ways that he experienced in life.


Watch it here: https://youtu.be/9ite2jpnZGY?t=188


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Sunday School

This week the kids learned about when God made a covenant with Abraham.


Summary

  • God chose a man named Abram to use in His plan.
  • God promised Abram to make his family a great nation and bless the whole world through his family line.
  • God changed his name to Abraham and promised a family more numerous than the stars.


Christ connection

God promised to bless all the world through Abraham. God sent Jesus from His home in heaven to be born on earth into Abraham’s family. Through Jesus, all the nations of the earth are blessed because Jesus saves people from their sins.


Key Passage

I know that the Lord is great,

    that our Lord is greater than all gods.

The Lord does whatever pleases him,

    in the heavens and on the earth,

    in the seas and all their depths.

Psalm 135:5-6


Big picture question

Who is in control of everything? God is in control of everything in heaven and on earth. Nothing is outside of God’s good plan.


Prayer Requests or Questions?

How can we be praying for you? Please contact us with your requests and praises! We’re also happy to answer any questions you might have. 

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The Baptism of Jesus: Why be Baptized? (Oct. 16, 2022)
The Baptism of Jesus: Why be Baptized? (Oct. 16, 2022)

McMicken Heights Church • October 22, 2022

Worship Service

This Sunday we looked into the baptism of Jesus in Mark 1:9-11. If people were being called to repentance and seeking the forgiveness of sins, why did Jesus need to be baptized? He was without sin as our Savior. We dove into this as well as the unbelievable packed words of God the Father at Jesus' baptism.


Watch it here: https://youtu.be/fGXDhG6W53g?t=304


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Sunday School

This week the kids learned about people rebelling against God.


Summary

  • God commanded people to fill the earth and glorify Him.
  • People decided to settle in one place and build a tall tower to glorify themselves.
  • God confused their language so they were forced to stop building and obey God by scattering around the earth.


Christ connection

People wanted glory for themselves instead of God. They ignored God’s plan, so God confused their language and scattered them all over the earth. One day, Jesus will gather together all of God’s people–from every tribe and language–and they will worship Him together.


Key Passage

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Romans 3:23


Big picture question

What does it mean to sin? To sin is to think, speak, or behave in any way that goes against God and His commands.


Prayer Requests or Questions?

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Repentance Leads the Way: When Did the Gospel Begin? (Oct. 9, 2022)
Repentance Leads the Way: When Did the Gospel Begin? (Oct. 9, 2022)

McMicken Heights Church • October 20, 2022

Worship Service

This week we began a new sermon series on the Gospel of Mark: The Journey of Jesus. In the beginning . . . since the beginning of creation the gospel of Jesus Christ has been at the center of everything. Mark began his gospel account with a prophetic tone.


Watch it here: https://youtu.be/EkxASDoSTx4?t=284


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Sunday School

This week the kids learned that God spared Noah.


Summary

  • Sin spread and people grew so wicked that they only thought about evil.
  • God planned to destroy the earth with a flood to judge sin.
  • God told Noah to build an ark and fill it with animals.
  • The flood covered the world, but Noah and his family were saved from the flood.


Christ connection

God rescued Noah and his family from the flood. The story of Noah points ahead to a greater rescue. God’s Son, Jesus–the only perfectly righteous One–came to take the punishment for our sin. By trusting in Him, we are saved from the punishment our sin deserves.


Key Passage

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Romans 3:23


Big picture question

What does it mean to sin? To sin is to think, speak, or behave in any way that goes against God and His commands.


Prayer Requests or Questions?

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