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Delight in the Law of the Lord

Friday, November 18, 2016

During November, we’re talking about developing an appreciation for God’s word. On Sunday, we’ll continue with our series Making Scripture Personal. We’ll look at Psalm 1. How is your walk with God? Are you making the most out of it? In Psalm 1, we have a plea for a deeper, more solid, and more productive walk with God. In our lesson, we’ll answer three questions by looking carefully in three directions:

  • Psalm 1.1-2 - Looking around
  • Psalm 1.3-4 - Looking inside
  • Psalm 1.5-6 - Looking ahead

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • What things most influence you in life?
  • Do you see a progression in verses 1-2? What are the three verbs in 1.1?
  • In what does the blessed person delight?
  • How has God’s word made you a fruitful person?
  • How can you stand confident in light of the judgment to come?

Hear the Words of the Wise

Friday, November 11, 2016

TEXT: Proverbs 22.17-21

During November, we’re talking about how we can make Scripture personal. During 2016 we’ve been talking about life in a changing world. It’s a struggle for many. That struggle can be made worse by an anemic intake of God’s word. Scripture is not intended to be relegated to an obscure part of our life. It is to be front and center. God’s words call the shots in daily life. Sunday’s lesson will focus on Proverbs 22.17-21. These verses teach us three important truths:

  • 22.17 - listening to God’s wisdom.
  • 22.18 - why we listen to God’s wisdom.
  • 22.19-21 - the result of God’s wisdom at work.

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • Inclining your ear to God’s word involves slowing down and really listening. How much of a problem is it for you to do this?
  • How many distractions keep you from focusing on Scripture? How can you eliminate/remove these?
  • How have the truths of God’s word impacted your heart? Write down a few.
  • What kind of pleasure does God’s word bring you?
  • How has God’s word strengthened your trust in Him?

How Could God Reject Two People Who Love Each Other?

Friday, October 28, 2016

TEXT: Matthew 19.1-8

On Sunday, we’ll wrap up our tough questions series. We began the month in Psalm 19 discussing how we can trust God’s word. The lesson is on a topic on which God has spoken clearly.  It’s one wrapped in emotion, intertwined in politics, and all over the culture with strong opinions on both sides. It touches the most intimate and sacred of relationships. The matter of same-sex marriage seems settled - according to popular opinion. But what does the Bible say?

Our lesson will look at:

  • How the gay agenda appeals to emotion.
  • A Biblical definition of marriage.
  • Three conclusions we draw about marriage from Matthew 19.4-6.
  • Whether there is validity to the it doesn’t affect me argument.

For Your Thought and Reflection

  • When asked about marriage and divorce, to where does Jesus point? Why do you think it is so important to look at God’s original intent at creation?
  • In reading the Genesis account (Genesis 1.26-31; 2.18-25), what is the main purpose for marriage?
  • Reading Genesis 2.24, what is God’s created norm for marriage?
  • What is a conclusion we can draw from Matthew 19.6-8 regarding marriage?
  • What are some things that could happen when mankind seeks to redefine marriage?

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?

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