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Life in an Entertainment-Saturated Culture

Friday, January 06, 2017

TEXT: Psalm 101.1-4

Is Hollywood driving our culture, or is it a reflection of our culture? While that is certainly debatable, there are many forces emphasizing casual sex, homosexuality, rampant divorce, and abortion rights. On December 20, Lena Dunham said, I can say I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had. On ABC-TV the hit show The Real O’Neal’s is in the middle of it’s second season. It portrays what it is like to be a gay kid in a religious family. All of this is a reflection of our fallen world. It’s all over society. Hollywood is giving people what they want.

The prevailing immorality portrayed in the entertainment media - is like water erosion over a rock. Over time, these secular ideas at first influence, then control the thinking of many unsuspecting Christians who expose their families to this type of corruption.

In our lesson, we’ll discuss:

  • Genesis 13; 2 Peter 2.7-8 - the story of Lot
  • Ten passages that should serve as a guide on what we choose to be entertained by.

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • So what do you think? Is Hollywood driving the culture, or is it just giving the culture what it wants?
  • Why is the passage in Genesis 13.12 so significant? What does it tell us about friendship with the world?
  • As you read Genesis 19, what can you speculate about the spiritual condition of Lot’s family?
  • How does 2 Peter 2.7-8 change your perspective of Lot?
  • How can Psalm 101 spurn you to making better choices on what you choose for entertainment?

Follow the Voice of Jesus

Friday, December 30, 2016

During January, our Sunday worship lessons will focus on a great contrast. Not only does Jesus call us to accept His invitation for salvation, but Satan and his forces call us to turn away and go down our own path. Satan’s voice can be very convincing. We must learn to apply the wisdom we gain from God’s word. Whose voice are you listening to?

In John 10, Jesus speaks of Himself as the true Shepherd. This is in comparison to the false shepherds who were leading God’s people away from Him. They left the flock vulnerable to attack. They didn’t care about the sheep. But yet, Jesus calls out saying, I am the door, John 10.9. His sheep know His voice. He sheep follow Him. They’re humble and come to God dependent on grace - realizing they can’t possibly save themselves. These are the ones who have made the right choice.

What choice will you make?

In our lesson, we’ll discuss:

  • John 10.9-21 - Salvation is in view.
  • Matthew 4.1-11 - Even Jesus had to make a choice.
  • The key to your success.

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • What do you think the main message is in John 10.9-21?
  • How is Jesus in contrast to the spiritual leaders of His day? What’s the point for us today?
  • What was the choice the people of Jesus’ day had to make?
  • How did Jesus find success in resisting Satan in Matthew 4.1-11?
  • How can you win in the battle with self control?

Matthew Allen

Rest for the Weary

Friday, December 23, 2016

TEXT: Matthew 11.25-30

Our God is amazing! He is the saving God. It’s why He sent His Son to be born and ultimately die for us. Passages like Isaiah 45.22-25 and 55.1-3 tell us who God is. “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22, ESV). In Jesus’ ministry, the invitation for salvation was everywhere: John 6.35, 7.37-38; 8.12. In every case, the admonition was, “Come.” 

On Sunday, we’ll look at another invitation. It’s Matthew 11.25-30. Maybe you have part of this text memorized. It is a beloved text and it is rich with information. In it, Jesus offers us rest, which is a “refreshing,” or “reviving.” It is ultimately, salvation! In our time together this Lord’s day, we’ll examine the passage in depth. After we consider the context (11.20-24), we’ll examine five important components that are inherent in this great personal invitation from our Savior.

We’ll see:

  • Humility in 11.25-26.
  • Revelation in 11.27.
  • Repentance in 11.28a.
  • Faith in 11.28b.
  • And submission in 11.29-30.

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • Read 11.25. Why do you think certain things were hidden from the wise and understanding? What can we learn from this?
  • Jesus mentions little children in 11.25. What are some other passages where Jesus uses similar terminology and how is it applied to those who wish to be in the kingdom?
  • Read 11.27. Focus on the words My Father. What is a key component every person must believe about Jesus?
  • In 11.28 Jesus speaks of being weary and heavy laden. What do these concepts mean to you?
  • What is so special about being under the yoke of Jesus? How does it differ from your previous condition?

If Anyone Would Come After Me

Friday, December 16, 2016

TEXT: Luke 9.21-26

Our text for Sunday could be likened somewhat to a confrontation. Jesus calls and commands us to come. He exhorts us to believe in Him and turn from our sin. And, He urges us to embrace Him as our Lord. This is the heart of the gospel. Receiving salvation, forgiveness, and eternal life requires a willingness to embrace suffering, persecution, and even execution. We need to be careful that when sharing the gospel we do not lure people into deception. Salvation is comforting. Experiencing love and compassion are part of it. But before embracing those things, people need to understand sin, wrath, and the judgment to come. As we strive for a balanced approach, we need to be sure not to do those we teach a disservice. The matter of salvation is very serious. It is not all easy and smooth. There will be great difficulty in fighting and succeeding against temptation, our flesh, and all sorts of outside influences.

On Sunday, we’ll examine Luke 9.23-26 in depth. The passage can be neatly divided into three areas of emphasis:

  • 9.23 - a principle.
  • 9.24-25 - a paradox.
  • 9.26 - a prediction.

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • What do you think the principle is in Luke 9.23?
  • What if you could possess the entire world? Would it be worth it?
  • What does it mean to deny yourself?
  • Why do you think casual Christians might be potentially threatened by this text?
  • Read Revelation 20.11-15. What gets your attention in this passage? What do you intend to do about it?

Come and See

Friday, December 09, 2016

Text: John 1.38-51

Why is it so important to hear and heed the voice of Jesus? What did people see in Him? What made them want to follow, in many cases without hesitation? This month, we talking about how to make this happen today. Last week we examined John the Baptist’s testimony concerning Jesus in John 1.19-37. It’s a great summary of his entire ministry. We have three days, three messages that are given to three different groups. Sunday’s lesson will continue our look into what else happened on that third day, as well as the fourth. These are the first disciples who are called into Jesus’ ministry. The story of these disciples and how they came to heed Jesus’ invitation is worthy of our examination today. We’ll look at the two primary sections in this passage, and then wrap up the lesson with why this matters.

  • 1.38-42 - Andrew and Simon (and John).
  • 1.43-51 - Philip and Nathanael.
  • Why this matters.

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • Why were the Jews so hungry for a messiah?
  • What would John the Baptist’s message have centered on? Where would the message of a messiah fit in?
  • What did Jesus tell Simon about the future? Can you find a passage in Matthew’s gospel that connects to this?
  • What is an important thing we learn about spreading the gospel in this text?
  • What Old Testament passage is in view in 1.50-51 and how does it apply here?

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