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The God Who Is There
Written By D. A. Carson

Chapter One: “The God Who Made Everything”

Introduction

  • Rise of biblical illiteracy
  • Bible: collection of Christianity’s foundation documents
  • Bible is a diverse collection of documents
  • The Bible reveals “the God who is there”


Genesis 1-2

  • Record of the creation of the universe by God
  • God creates an orderly world and fills it with living creatures
  • The climax of God’s creation is human beings, made in His image


Genesis 1-2 & Science

  • More ambiguity in the interpretation of these chapters than some Christians recognize
  • More ambiguity in claims of science than some scientists realize
  • Challenge of “irreducible complexity” points to Designer
  • “However complex the debates over Genesis 1-2…there is an irreducible minimum that these chapters must be saying for the Bible to have any coherence at all…”


Some Things about God

  • God simply is.
  • God made everything that is non-God.
  • There is only one of Him.
  • God is a talking God.
  • Everything God makes is good.
  • God comes to an end of his creative work, and he rests.
  • The creation proclaims his greatness and glory.


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19:1, NIV)

Some Things about People

  • We are made in the image of God.
    • In a finite way, we reflect God.
    • Creativity
    • Capacity to work
    • Capacity to rule
    • Capacity to serve as God’s stewards
  • We were made male and female.
  • The man and his wife were innocent.


Some things about How Genesis 1-2 Fits into the Bible

  • Form necessary background to Gen. 3 and rest of Bible
  • Doctrine of creation recurs throughout the rest of the Bible and finds fulfillment in “new creation”
  • Shapes our worldview
  • Grounds human accountability


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"A Lamentable Legacy" (Genesis 19:30-38)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, February 7, 2016

Genesis 19:30–38 (NIV)

30 Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. 31 One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth. 32 Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.”

33 That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.

34 The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.” 35 So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.

36 So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. 37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab; he is the father of the Moabites of today. 38 The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites  of today.



Main Ideas:

When you live comfortably in this world, the pleasures and values of the world may invade your heart and the hearts of your family members.

God’s sovereign grace can turn any situation into good for his glory.



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"Bitter and Sweet Providence" (Ruth 1)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, February 7, 2016

Ruth 1:1–22 (NIV)

1 In the days when the judges ruled,  there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.

Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.

When Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there. With her two daughters-in-law she left the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah.

Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.”

Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud 10 and said to her, “We will go back with you to your people.”

11 But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? 12 Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons—13 would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!”

14 At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.

15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”

16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.

19 So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?”

20 “Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty  has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”

22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.



1.    Pain and suffering are a part of this life (vv. 1–5).
  • Sometimes we experience suffering because of our own bad choices.
  • We also experience suffering because we live in a sin-cursed world.
  • Ultimately, everything that happens is a part of God’s plan.

2.    We must respond with trust in God in the midst of our suffering (vv. 6–21).

  • We must not respond with bitterness.
  • Instead, we should trust in God.

3.    Everything that God does is for our good and for his glory (vv. 6, 18, 22).

Main Idea: In the midst of the trials of life, we need to respond with trust in God because everything he does is for our good and for his glory.

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"Everyday Christian Ethics" (1 Thessalonians 5:12-28)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Wednesday PM, February 3, 2016

1 Thessalonians 5:12–28 (NIV)

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.


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“A Just and Righteous King” (Psalm 72)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, January 31, 2016

Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

Endow the king with your justice, O God,

the royal son with your righteousness.

May he judge your people in righteousness,

your afflicted ones with justice.

May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,

the hills the fruit of righteousness.

May he defend the afflicted among the people

and save the children of the needy;

may he crush the oppressor.

May he endure  as long as the sun,

as long as the moon, through all generations.

May he be like rain falling on a mown field,

like showers watering the earth.

In his days may the righteous flourish

and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

May he rule from sea to sea

and from the River  to the ends of the earth.

May the desert tribes bow before him

and his enemies lick the dust.

10 May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores

bring tribute to him.

May the kings of Sheba and Seba

present him gifts.

11 May all kings bow down to him

and all nations serve him.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,

the afflicted who have no one to help.

13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy

and save the needy from death.

14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,

for precious is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live!

May gold from Sheba be given him.

May people ever pray for him

and bless him all day long.

16 May grain abound throughout the land;

on the tops of the hills may it sway.

May the crops flourish like Lebanon

and thrive like the grass of the field.

17 May his name endure forever;

may it continue as long as the sun.

Then all nations will be blessed through him,

and they will call him blessed.

18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,

who alone does marvelous deeds.

19 Praise be to his glorious name forever;

may the whole earth be filled with his glory.

Amen and Amen.

20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.



1.    Prayer for God’s Anointed King (1)

2.    A Just and Righteous Kingdom (2–4)

3.    An Enduring Kingdom (5–7)

4.    A Universal Kingdom (8–11)

5.    A Compassionate Kingdom (12–14)

6.    A Prosperous Kingdom (15–17)

7.    Praise to God the Universal King (18–20)

Main Idea: God’s ideal anointed King would rule his people with justice, righteousness, and compassion, and the kingdom would flourish forever under his rule. This kingdom will ultimately come in the reign of Jesus the Messiah, and the whole world will be blessed under his reign.

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"Sons of the Light" (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Wednesday PM, January 27, 2016

1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 (NIV)

5 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.


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"Justice and Mercy" (Genesis 19:1-29)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, January 24, 2016

Genesis 19:1–29 (NIV)

19 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”

“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”

But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”

Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”

“Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.

10 But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.

12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 13 because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.”

14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.

15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”

16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”

18 But Lot said to them, “No, my lords, please! 19 Your servant has found favor in your eyes, and you have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die. 20 Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.”

21 He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 22 But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar. )

23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

27 Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.

29 So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.



1. Lot's Insistent Hospitality (1-3)
2. Sodom's Wicked Violence (4-9)
3. The Angels' Insistent Hospitality (10-22)
4. The LORD's Righteous Violence (23-29)

Main Idea: In his holiness God judges the wicked, but in mercy he saves a remnant. Those whose hearts remain loyal to the world will perish with the world.

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“Christian Gratitude and Unity” (Philippians 4:14–23)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, January 24, 2016

Philippians 4:14–23 (NIV)
14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21 Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.



Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27, NIV)

1.    When we are helped by fellow believers, we should express heartfelt gratitude.

2.    When we help other believers or are helped by other believers, it demonstrates our unity as one body of Christ and our partnership in the gospel mission.

3.    When we help other believers, it is an opportunity to grow in the fruit of Christian character.

4.    When we give to other believers, we are also giving to God in worship.

5.    When we give sacrificially to help other believers we can trust God to supply our needs.

6.    As fellow brothers and sisters, we should exhibit genuine love and unity.

Main Idea: We bring glory to God when we live in gratitude, unity, and love with one another in the body of Christ.

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"The Christian Hope" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Wednesday PM, January 20, 2016

1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 (NIV)

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.


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"Abraham the Intercessor" (Genesis 18:16-33)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, January 17, 2016


Genesis 18:16–33 (NIV)

16 When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”

20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”

22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”

“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”

29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”

He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”

30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”

He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”

He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”

32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”

He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”

33 When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.



1. The Lord reveals his righteous and merciful character to his covenant people (16-21).

2. The Lord's covenant people should intercede before the Lord on behalf of those who stand in danger of judgment (22-33).

Main Idea: As his redeemed covenant people, we have been given the privilege of knowing the righteousness and justice of God; let us then be faithful in interceding before our God on behalf of those who are in danger of his judgment.

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“Christian Contentment” (Philippians 4:10–13)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, January 17, 2016

Philippians 4:10–13 (NIV)
          10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.



1. Contentment arises out of a thankful spirit (v. 10 and context).

2. Contentment comes from a transformed way of thinking (v. 11) .

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-- his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2, NIV)

But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. (1 Timothy 6:6-8, NIV)

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." (Heb. 13:5, NIV)

3. Contentment must be learned over time and through experience (vv. 11-12).

4. Contentment is often learned through adversity and need (vv. 11-12).

5. Contentment is empowered by the strength of the Lord Jesus Christ (v. 13).

Main Idea: Contentment is a mark of Christian maturity. It flows from a transformed mind and a thankful spirit. It is learned over time and through adversity. And it is empowered by the strength of Christ.

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"Living to Please God" (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Wednesday PM, January 13, 2016

1 Thessalonians 4:1–12 (NIV)

4 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body  in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.  The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.

Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.


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"Is Anything Too Hard for the LORD?" (Genesis 18:1-15)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, January 10, 2016

Genesis 18:1–15 (NIV)

18 The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.

He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.”

“Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”

So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.”

Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.

“Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.

“There, in the tent,” he said.

10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”

Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”

13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”

But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”



1. God assures his people of a relationship of peace through a covenant meal (1-8).

2. God calls his people to trust in him, because nothing is impossible with God (9-15).

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“Right Thinking and Right Living” (Philippians 4:4­–9)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, January 10, 2016

Philippians 4:4–9 (NIV)
          4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
          8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.




1.   A Christian Way of Thinking
  • Joy in all circumstances
  • Prayerfulness and peace, not anxiety
  • The landscape of Christian thinking

2.   A Christian Way of Living

  • Gentleness toward all
  • Living in light of the Lord’s soon return
  • Imitating and practicing Christian virtues

Main Idea: The Christian should be characterized by a transformed mind, which will lead to transformed behavior.

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"Growing in Faith and Love" (1 Thessalonians 3:6-13)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Wednesday PM, January 6, 2016

1 Thessalonians 2:17–3:13 (NIV)

17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.

3 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them. In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.

But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.

11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.


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“The Sign of the Covenant” (Genesis 17:1–27)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, January 3, 2016


Genesis 17:1–27
(NIV)

17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham,  for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”

Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring. 13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. 14 Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”

15 God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”

17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” 18 And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”

19 Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac.  I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. 21 But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” 22 When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.

23 On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them, as God told him. 24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised, 25 and his son Ishmael was thirteen; 26 Abraham and his son Ishmael were both circumcised on that very day. 27 And every male in Abraham’s household, including those born in his household or bought from a foreigner, was circumcised with him.



1.    God obligates himself in covenant to his people (1–8).
2.    God’s people are called to obligate themselves in covenant to God through covenant signs (9–14).
3.    God honors his covenant obligations by keeping his promises (15–22).
4.    God’s people honor their covenant obligations through obedience and participation in the covenant signs (23–27).

Main Idea: God graciously enters into covenants with his people and obligates himself to fulfill his promises. God’s people must respond in faith and obedience by obligating themselves to God’s covenant and its accompanying signs.

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“Standing Firm Together” (Philippians 4:1–3)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, January 3, 2016

Philippians 4:1–3
1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!  2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.  3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.



1.    Stand firm in the Lord in the midst of opposition and trial.
a.    A plea to fellow members of the family of God
b.    A plea flowing from Christian love
c.    A plea to resist false teaching and press on toward Christlikeness, living as citizens of heaven

19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?  20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy. (1 Thess. 2:19-20, NIV)

13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.  14 Do everything in love. (1 Co. 16:13-14, NIV)

2.    Stand firm together in Christian unity.

a.    Christian unity is important enough to warrant an apostolic plea.
b.    Christian unity is important enough to preserve in sacred Scripture.
c.    Christian unity is important enough to name names and call Christians to unite.

27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27, NIV)

2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. (Philippians 2:2, NIV)  

3.    Stand ready to work together and help one another grow in Christ.

a.    We are called to help one another.
b.    We are called to not only provide physical help, but also spiritual and moral help, including loving accountability and discipline.
c.    We are called to give up selfish, petty arguments for the sake of the larger cause of the body of Christ.
d.    We are called to live in light of our eternal salvation.

Main Idea: As members of the family of God, we must stand together in unity in the Gospel, ready to labor together to help one another grow to Christian maturity.

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“The Lord Reigns” (Psalm 96)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, December 27, 2015

Psalm 96:1–13 (NIV)

Sing to the Lord a new song;

sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, praise his name;

proclaim his salvation day after day.

Declare his glory among the nations,

his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;

he is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the nations are idols,

but the Lord made the heavens.

Splendor and majesty are before him;

strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

bring an offering and come into his courts.

Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;

tremble before him, all the earth.

10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”

The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;

he will judge the peoples with equity.

11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;

let the sea resound, and all that is in it.

12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;

let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.

13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,

he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness

and the peoples in his faithfulness.


The Gospel (Good News) is not just about the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The full Gospel message must include the declaration of the glorious reign of Messiah.

1.    The Lord’s Reign is Universal (1–3).
2.    The Lord’s Reign is Victorious (4–6).
3.    The Lord’s Reign is Glorious (7–10).
4.    The Lord’s Reign is Righteous and Just (11–13).

Main Idea: The Good News (the Gospel) is that the Lord has come in the person of Jesus the Christ to conquer all evil powers and rule over the whole world in splendor and righteousness.

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“The Lord Our Righteous Savior” (Jeremiah 23:5–6; 33:14–16)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, December 20, 2015

5 "The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.  6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior. (Jer. 23:5-6, NIV)

14 "'The days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.  15 "'In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David's line; he will do what is just and right in the land.  16 In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior.' (Jer. 33:14-16, NIV)



1.    He is a Branch from the line of David.

2.    He will be called the LORD = the covenant name of God.

3.    He will be called the Righteous One.

4.    He will be called the Savior.

21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." (Matt. 1:21, NIV)

Main Idea: Jesus, the child born in Bethlehem, is the long awaited Son of David, our Righteous Savior, and God in the flesh…. Let us Worship and Adore Him!

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"Fruitful Labor" (1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:6)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Wednesday PM, December 16, 2015

1 Thessalonians 2:17–3:13 (NIV)

17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.

3 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them. In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.

But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.

11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.


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