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10 Apr 2012

Paul Sees Jesus!

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Easter Sunday 2012 | Selected Texts | Pastor Duane Smets

This year’s Easter sermon follows the experience and eyewitness account of Paul beginning with his reflections on life before believing in Jesus, which included hatred for Jesus and his church, all the way through his conversion and life lived for Jesus until his death. This sermon was originally preached April 8th, 2012 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.


28 Mar 2012

How I Came To Embrace The Doctrine Of Predestination

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Blog | Pastor Duane

I grew up in a home where we were in church every Sunday as a family. We had a plaque with the ten commandments hanging on our wall, prayed before every meal and were taught the Bible as the Word of God.

In my teenage years I rebelled against God and tried to one up the prodigal son the best I could. After nearly four years of eating the pig stie-food of the world my restless heart came to rest in the gracious arms of the Savior.

It was my freshman year of college. I had never read the Bible before, didn’t know anything about God other than what I had heard growing up and I literally cut out cussing, smoking, drinking, and drugs over night. It was as if Holden Caulfield got saved.

I’ll never forget that first year as a new Christian. Everything about Jesus seemed easy back then. The Bible was new and exciting to me, filled with a ton of stories and every one of them seem full of life and immediately relevant to me. I found deep and close friendships with other Christians, many of whom I’m still close with today.

The next year wasn’t quite the spiritual joy ride, though the college years are nevertheless still the easy ride in comparison to the responsibilities of “real life.” As my new found faith began to mature I soon discovered there were a lot of different types of Christians out there and not every one of them believed the same thing.

In regards to the topic of this blog I remember one pointed conversation I had with a surfing buddy of mine. It was after a Bible study from a ministry called “surf ‘n’ serve” I was a part of. I don’t remember how we got talking about it but he brought up the doctrine of predestination and was showing me some verses in the Bible about it. I had never heard of predestination before in my entire life and the mere idea of it just made me angry.

My buddy and I ended up in a shouting match and I remember yelling at him and saying, “I don’t care what you say or what you think the Bible says, but I know that I CHOSE TO PUT FAITH IN CHRIST!” And then I went back to my dorm room, got a hold of a concordance and looked up every verse I could that talked about making choices to live for God. Verses like Joshua 24:15 “Choose this day whom you will serve” and Deuteronomy 30:19 “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life…”

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26 Dec 2011

The Dual Advent of Christ

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This series looks at the connections between the first and second coming of Christ as found in each of the advent weeks of Hope, Humility, Joy and Peace. In total there are 4 sermons preached in December of 2011 at The Resolved Church, San Diego, CA.

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The Prophecy Candle of Hope
The Bethlehem Candle of Humility
The Shepherds Candle of Joy
The Angels Candle of Peace

31 Oct 2011

When Strivings Cease: The Law and the Gospel

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Reformation Sunday 2011 | Galatians 3:10-14 | Josh Feil

This is a topical sermon preached by relief-preacher/seminary-student/Resolved-leader-in-development Josh Feil, as part of The Resolved Church’s Reformation Sunday.  This sermon was originally preached on October 30th, 2011 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.

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26 Oct 2011

On Being A Wife And Mother

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Blog | Tracy Martin

By Faith Sarah became a mother and believed the promise that God had given her many years earlier. I feel a sense of kinship with the matriarch of our faith. When I was a young girl, God placed in my heart a desire to be a wife and mother. Not only that, but a particular desire to be with my children daily, to care for them, as well as support and care for my husband and our home. I actually remember the day after school, the crisp autumn air and the peace in my heart at my calling. I spent the next 13 years planning my wedding!


20 Oct 2011

Children’s Catechism

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Blog | Pastor Duane

Catechisis is a form of question and answer teaching used for training the mind to think and understand properly. The word “catechism” literally translated means “to sound down” into the ears, a metaphor for indoctrination.

For hundreds of years Christians have prescribed to and used catechism as a method of learning for both children and adults. Some of the most well known Catechisms are the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Westminster Confession and the London Baptist Confession.

Since they were babies fresh out of the womb, I have informally practiced catechisis with my children teaching, them basic things about who God is, the word he has given and the gospel he has provided for our salvation. As time has progressed I discovered the need for a more comprehensive program to assist me in the spiritual leadership of my home. I discovered an old catechism for children written in 1840 by Joseph Engles, but in some parts the language was outdated. So I have updated that catechism and also included at least one Scripture verse (ESV translation) for each answer which can be used for memorization.

Feel free to download it and use as you please: Children Catechism

Joseph Engles word to Fathers in his introduction is one of the most humbling and weighty things I have ever read about the responsibility I have before my God regarding my children. May it inspire you and encourage to lead your children in knowing God’s Word which heralds the Gospel.

You have an awfully responsible office in being entrusted with the training of immortal spirits for the service of God on earth and for glory in heaven.  The temporal welfare and the eternal salvation not only of your own children, but of future generations, may depend upon your faithfulness in the discharge of this duty.  The prosperity, and even the continuance, of the church of God on earth are connected with the religious education of the rising generation. 

Be admonished then to enter on this work of faith and labor of love with diligence, preparation and prayer.  Endeavor to impress the minds of the dear children with the importance of understanding what they learn.  Be not satisfied with the verbal accuracy of their answers.  Encourage them to ask and be ready to answer questions for information, while you gently check a spirit of idle curiosity.  Endeavor to make what most children consider an irksome task a pleasing and profitable study.  Be not discouraged nor chafed in your minds if you find that “ line upon line and precept upon precept” are required to overcome the dullness or heedlessness of your youthful disciples.  Remember the words of the divine Teacher, who, when inviting sinners to become his disciples, said, ‘Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart (Mt. 11:29).

07 Sep 2011

Resolved Vision

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Blog | Pastor Duane

A few weeks ago at the leaders conference our church put on our keynote speaker Dave Kraft he pressed us on having a clear vision for the future of our church. He gave examples from Scripture, Christian history and current movements who had a vivid, detailed picture of what God had put on their heart and what it would look like when it happened.

Many have noted having and communicating a clear vision often involves answering three questions: “Where are we going? Do I belong? What’s in it for me?” I’ve touched on a few of these elements here and there in member meetings, sermons and blogs but never clearly and simply addressed it outright out of insecurity, fear, and a long period of questioning my own personal motives since my chief desire is to see Jesus glorified and not Duane Smets or The Resolved Church.

I asked Dave Kraft how you know whether the vision in your heart is from God or just from yourself and he replied, “a good indicator is whether you would be okay with someone else accomplishing your vision without you.” It was an immediate point of clarity when I heard that because I know I would be completely happy if the things you are about to read happened even if I was never a part of them. Since then, several of you from the church have asked me to write more on my vision for our church. So here it is…

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30 Aug 2011

If You Love Jesus You’ll Love His Church

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If You Love Jesus You’ll Love His Church | Selected Texts | Pastor Duane Smets

This an topical sermon rooted in Hebrews 10:23-27 addressing the need, importance and centrality of the local church. It looks at what the church is, who the church is, how a church works and why the church exists. In addition, it provides some biblical basis and background for the installation of a new elder, two new deacons and the move to two Sunday morning services. This sermon was originally preached on August 28th, 2011 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.


23 Aug 2011

The Gospel, Grace & Our Kids

Blog, By Topic, Family, Parenting 2 Comments

Blog | Amy Smets |

After reading and seeing various quotes and blogs from my mommy friends on the book Give them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson, I decided to read it myself and see what it was all about. Just the fact that a mother and a daughter wrote a book about parenting together grabbed my attention from the start. This happened about the same time I had my second daughter, so I was somewhat (ok all the way) sleep deprived, and at somewhat (ok all the way) at a loss of how to love two children at the same time with patience and grace.

With both of these things going on, I was blown away. There were definitely points that I was floored and humbled as a mom. First, floored that God in His graciousness has even allowed me to be a mom, and second humbled that I had been thinking I knew what I was doing as that mom. And then I started to notice my language and attitude in the way I parent.

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29 May 2011

Discipleship: The Sermon

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Discipleship: The Sermon | Selected Texts | Pastor Duane Smets

This sermon looks at what discipleship is, what it isn’t, why it’s important and what it looks like in practice. Particular attention is paid to the historical and cultural backgrounds of discipleship, modern day forms, and how discipleship is what undergirds the way the Christian life is meant to be lived. This sermon was originally preached May 29th, 2011 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.


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