We’ve Come to Worship! Part 2: Worshipful Expression! | John Black | 12-10-17

December 11, 2017

Date:  December 10, 2017

Text:  Matthew 2:1-10 (HCSB)

Title:  Worshipful Expression!

Series:  We’ve come to Worship!

Pastor John Black


Listening Guide


Opening Reflection Question:

When Jesus receives my worship, what does He experience?

  • A Heartfelt Expression
  • A Willful Suppression

Three reasons we suppress our worship:

1. We Harden our Hearts

2. We Push the Spirit back

3. We Hold our Pain in

How do we move from suppression to expression in our worship?

1. Show Jesus you Love Him!

2. Pour out your Heart to Jesus.


Closing Reflection Question:

What will you do this Christmas Season to Express your Love to Jesus?


We’ve Come to Worship! Part 1: Preparing for Christmas! | John Black | 12-03-17

December 4, 2017

Date: December 3, 2017

Series: We’ve Come to Worship!

Title:  Preparing for Christmas!

Text:  Matthew 2:1-3 (HCSB)

Pastor John Black


Listening Guide


I. What does Jesus want from me this Christmas season? 

  • My Worship!


  • Worship is a reverent recognition of God that produces a personal response from me.

II. A recipe to produce Worship

  • Recall what Jesus has done!
  • Remember who Jesus is!
  • Reflect on what Jesus will do!


The Bottom Line

Jesus Christ is Worthy of our Worship!


Living in the Presence of God | John Black | 11-26-17

November 27, 2017

Date:  November 26, 2017

Title:  Living in the Presence of God! 

Text:  Psalm 15 (NIV)

Pastor John Black


Listening Guide


 I. The Question:

  • Who may live in the continual presence of the Lord?

 II. The Answer:

  • The one whom the Lord approves!

III. The Criteria:

  • We must live a life of complete and total holiness.

    • Holy Character
    • Holy Speech
    • Holy Values
    • Holy Integrity
    • Holy use of Money

IV. The Result:

  • We become immovable from God’s Presence!


Reflection Questions:

  • What would your spouse or your children say about your outward characteristics?
  • What would God say about your inward characteristics?

The Blessed Life: Proper Priority! | John Black | 11-19-17

November 20, 2017

Date:  November 19, 2017

Title:  Proper Priority!

Series:  The Blessed Life

Text:  Proverbs 3:9-10; Malachi 3:10-11

Pastor John Black


Listening Guide

I. What is the Tithe?

 Tithing is....

  • Returning 10% of our income to God’s Church.
  • Giving God our First and our Best, trusting that He will bless the Rest!
    • Our giving is to be a Priority.
    • Our giving is to be done Proportionately.
    • Our giving is to be done Sacrificially.

II. Why should I Tithe?

Because my Tithe ….

  • Enables God’s Mission to be accomplished through the church.
  • Ensures that I keep God First in my life.
  • Will produce significant blessings for my life.


The Bottom Line:

Put God to the Tithe Test, He won’t let you down!


Reflection Questions:

  • Is God pleased with my Giving?
  • Am I robbing God and therefore giving up His blessing?

The Blessed Life: Proper Plans! | John Black | 11-12-17

November 14, 2017

Date:  November 12, 2017

Title:  Proper Plans!

Series:  The Blessed Life

Text:  Hebrews 13:5

Pastor John Black

Listening Guide


The Blessed Life!


We can expect blessings from God when we live our life with a proper . . .

  1. Perspective of our money
  2. Plan for our money
  3. Priority with our money


The Plan:

  • Give Generously                 Give 10
  • Save Wisely                        Save 10
  • Live Appropriately               Live on the rest


The How:

If we are going to live out this plan in our lives, it will require that we . . .


  • Exercise some Self- Control!

    • S – Say no!
    • T – Think things through
    • O – Observe what you have
    • P – Pray before you pay
      • <$100 – Pray for a Day
      • $100 - $1,000 – Pray for a Week
      • >$1,000 – Pray for a Month


  • Embrace an attitude of Sacrifice!

    Sacrifice . . .

    Giving up something you love for something you love more


  • Engage in annual Planning!

    • Create a Budget!

      • Start by Giving
      • Build up Savings
      • Manage all Spending
      • Eliminate Debt


Reflection Questions:

  • What is the Lord calling you to give in 2018?
  • What needs to happen for you to be obedient?

The Blessed Life: Proper Perspective! | John Black | 11-05-17

November 6, 2017

November 5, 2017

Series: The Blessed Life

Title:  Proper Perspective!

Text:  Matthew 6:24

Pastor John Black


The Blessed Life!


We can expect blessings from God when we live our lives with a proper . . .

     1. Perspective of our money

     2. Plan for our money

     3. Priority with our money


What perspective must we embrace when it comes to our money? 


I. Biblical Principles

  • Everything belongs to God, including our money.
  • Money should serve us so that we can serve God.

II. Practical Application

  • Avoid the temptation to serve money.
  • Escape the trap of loving money.


The Bottom Line:

We are here to serve God, not money!


Weekly Reflection:

What needs to change in my life so that I can serve God faithfully and obediently as I am called to do? 


I’m In! Member Mobilization 2018: International Missions | John Black, Moderator | 10-15-17

October 16, 2017

Mrs. Judith Gonzalez

Ms. Emily Sheeley

Pastor Gary Longenecker


I’m In! Member Mobilization 2018: Where Are We Headed? | John Black | 10-08-17

October 9, 2017

Date:  October 8, 2017

Text:  Romans 10:9-15 (HCSB)

Title:  Where Are We Headed?

Series:  I’m In!  Member Mobilization 2018

Pastor John Black


Listening Guide

Where are we (South Gate Baptist Church) headed?


I. Humanity’s Problem: Sin & Condemnation           

             Romans chapters 1-3


II. Humanity’s Solution: Justification & Sanctification

            Romans chapters 3-8

III. God’s Plan:   Go & Tell       

  • Salvation requires Faith
  • Faith requires Hearing
  • Hearing requires Telling
  • Telling requires Sending!

          Romans chapter 10:14-15


South Gate’s Vision

Transforming Lives.  Advancing the Gospel!


South Gate’s Mission

Equipping every believer to Go and Make Disciples!


Are you in?


I’m In! Member Mobilization 2018: Where Are You Headed? | John Black | 10-01-17

October 2, 2017

Date:  Oct 1, 2017

Text:  1 Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 28:19-20

Title:  Where Are You headed?

Series:  I’m In!  Member Mobilization 2018

Pastor John Black



Listening Guide


Where am I headed?


This is the call I have accepted for my life.


God’s calling on my life is to . . .


  1. Glorify Him
  2. Make Disciples


The calling we embrace determines the choices we make!


Reflection question:

  • Am I living out God’s call on my life? If not, what needs to change?

Diakonos | John Black | 09-24-17

September 25, 2017

September 24, 2017

Title:  Diakonos

Text:  Acts 6:1-7, 1 Timothy 3:1-12 (HCSB)

Pastor John Black


Listening Guide

 I. What is the Biblical purpose and function of a deacon? Acts 6:3

      A. To Serve!


II. What are the Biblical qualifications for a deacon? 1 Timothy 3:8-12


  1. Worthy of Respect
  2. Not Double-Tongued
  3. Not drinking much Alcohol
  4. Not greedy for Money
  5. Sound in Faith and in Life
  6. Tested
  7. Godly Wife
  8. Husband of one Wife

Why We Do What We Do | Dr. Mark Milioni | 09-17-17

September 18, 2017

Why We Do What We Do

Dr. Mark Milioni

September 17, 2017

Listening Guide



1. Because God Wants Us To

         2 Corinthians 5.9


2. Because What We Do Will Last

         2 Corinthians 5.10


3. Because Eternity is Real

         2 Corinthians 5.11


4. Because Christ Deserves It

         2 Corinthians 5.14-15 


5. Because Lives Can Be Made New

         2 Corinthians 5.17


6. Because It Is Up to Us

         2 Corinthians 5.18-21


How is the world going to be any different because of you?




The Joy Formula! (Part 4) | John Black | 09-03-17

September 5, 2017


Date:  September 3, 2017

Title:  The Joy Formula! Part 4

Text:  Philippians 4:1-9 (HCSB)

Pastor John Black


Joy Insurance!

How do we protect the joy in our lives?


  • In our church life, we must . . .

    • Protect relational unity with one another! (Philippians 4:2)


  • In our personal lives, we must . . .

    • Rejoice in the Lord Always! (Philippians 4:4)
    • Worry about nothing; Pray about everything! (Philippians 4:6)
    • Think Right to avoid Responding Wrong! (Philippians 4:8)
      1. Seek out what is True and Honorable.
      2. Determine what is Righteous and Holy.
      3. Consider first what is Best for Others.