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How Could God Let My Loved One Die?

Friday, October 21, 2016

How Could God Let My Loved One Die?

TEXT: John 11.17-36

Early in October, I planned a number of sermons that would coincide with Ed Sanderson's series on Tough Questions. One of the topics I wanted to cover was on coping with the loss of a family member. Little did I know that our family would go through that experience this past week. Death is a part of this world - and has been ever since the advent of sin. It is terrible. There is nothing good about it. It pulls every heart string. It brings grief & hurt that we may never get over completely. When we talk about death and try to deal with tough questions, I think it is very important to go back to the beginning and work our way through Scripture to see how God feels about death.

Our lesson will cover three things:

  • A look at God's creation in Genesis 1. Everything was very good, Genesis 1.31.
  • A reminder of when and why death entered our world, Genesis 3.
  • An examination of old and new testament passages that show us how God feels about death.

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • How was God's creation described in Genesis 1? What are some repeating phrases & sentences you see throughout the chapter? What do these things tell you about God?
  • Read Genesis 3.13 and 16-19. With what kind of emotion would God have said these things? Would He have said these things out of a broken heart or out vengeance?
  • What can Hosea 13.14 teach us about God's feeling toward death?
  • What can John 11.17-34 teach us about God's feeling toward death?
  • What has God done for you personally to help you escape death?

Why Has God Revealed Himself?

Friday, September 23, 2016

TEXT: John 15.12-17

On Sunday, we’ll continue our series on God’s revelation. From almost the beginning, God’s standard has been resisted. The first attack of the tempter was to question the word of God. It has been that way ever since. Satan works thru man to challenge the word of God. This tells us what is happening today is not new. God gave us His word to show His purpose for mankind and His greatest desire for you.

Our lesson will discuss three reasons why God gave us His word:

  • For Salvation
  • For Growth
  • For Blessing

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • What do we mean by the term revelation?
  • How did God reveal Himself in Jesus?
  • Why are friendship, family, and fellowship so important?
  • What are some ways God’s word has transformed you?
  • How have you been blessed by God’s word?

God's Revelation

Friday, September 09, 2016

TEXT: Hebrews 1.1-2

On Sunday, we’ll reacquaint ourselves with the fact that Christianity is a revealed religion. It is vital that we understand the credibility and believability of the Bible. There is no knowledge of God from reason alone, 1 Corinthians 2.14. God must disclose Himself to us. We believe the Bible to be that disclosure document.

Our lesson will discuss:

  • The doctrine of revelation.
  • What we can learn about the Revealer.
  • And, we’ll wrap up the lesson by looking at two types of revelation: natural and special. What can we learn about these things?

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • In what ways has God spoken? See Hebrews 1.1-2.
  • How is God different from the idols? See Isaiah 46.5-7, 9-10.
  • What does nature reveal about our Creator? See Psalm 19.1-2; Romans 1.18-21.
  • Can you think of some things we learn about God through special revelation (i.e., the content in Genesis-Revelation?)

The God Who Speaks

Friday, September 02, 2016

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 2.1-12

On Sunday, we’ll be talking about what God has revealed to us and our perspective in delivering His message to the world. As we do so, what we study should build our faith, fill our hearts with confidence and create joy and excitement. We have something very reliable in our hand.

When we consider the lengths that God has gone to preserve His word, the sacrifices men have made in copying it, translating it, and printing it, our hearts can be filled with thankfulness as we have the tool that will help us make sense of our purpose here and our existence in the next.

Our lesson will discuss:

  • What we believe about God’s word.
  • How this makes us stand out.
  • We’ll look at a warning in the book of Amos.
  • We'll talk about beginning at a different starting point - such as where Paul did in 1 Corinthians 2.
  • And, we’ll wrap up the lesson by looking at Hebrews 1.1-2. These verses contain the message of Christianity. God has spoken, revealing who He is and what His purpose is for us. Will we accept his message in faith?

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • What is one important thing you believe about God’s word? How does this fact help your faith?
  • What is the world’s viewpoint on the Bible? Has this ever affected your faith? How?
  • What does 1 Corinthians 2 teach us about the role of the Spirit in convincing men and women to believe?
  • What does Hebrews 1.1-2 tells us about God?

Faithful Mothers

Friday, August 12, 2016

Faithful Mothers

TEXT: Titus 2.3-5

On Sunday, we’ll revisit Titus 2 and focus on women/mothers and their role inside the family. God has a magnificent and wonderful design for women. It will make them a blessing to the world and bring fulfillment to their life.

On Sunday, we’ll examine verses 4-5 in depth and learn these four essentials:

  1. Faithful mothers love their husband and children.
  2. Faithful mothers are self-controlled and pure.
  3. Faithful mothers are workers at home.
  4. Faithful mothers are kind and subject to their husbands.

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • What are some reasons the traditional role of the wife and mother are being diminished in society?
  • What are some ways a mother loves sacrifically?
  • How can we avoid extremes on both sides on the workers at home issue?
  • What would your family be like without the warm and tender care of a loving wife and mother?
  • What are some ways you can verbalize your thankfulness and appreciation to your wife and/or mother?

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