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Psalm 73:1-28

Lord's Day Update Jun 08, 2016 Comments Off on Psalm 73:1-28

The reading of God’s law will be Ephesians 4:17.

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.

I will be concluding the Questions People Ask God sermon series this Sunday. The sermon text is Psalm 73:1-28 with the focus on the question asked in verse 25, “Whom have I in heaven but You?”

1. Can you think of an incident recorded in the Gospel of John in which a similar question is asked of Jesus? (Jn 6:68)

2. The question in Ps 73:25 is followed by the statement, “And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You.” Notice how the Psalmist mentions both heaven and earth in this verse. Why is this significant?

3. In ways does this verse speak of contentment? Security? Delight?

4. What does the context of chapter 73 contribute to your understanding of verse 25? What expressions of sin does the Psalmist confess to the Lord? How did the Psalmist rise above the temptations to sin?

5. In what ways does this chapter embolden your faith in God?

Matthew 21:1-11

Lord's Day Update May 31, 2016 Comments Off on Matthew 21:1-11

The reading from God’s Law will be a responsive reading from Exodus 20:1-17 along with various passages from the epistles.

The sermon text will be Matthew 21:1-11.

Here are some questions to assist you in preparing for this sermon:

1. Are there any differences in detail between the four accounts of Jesus’ triumphal entry? Why do you think each Gospel writer focuses on slightly different things?

2. What prophecies was Jesus fulfilling when He rode into Jerusalem? How did the people interpret His arrival?

3. Is there any historical significance to this day that Jesus enters Jerusalem? What time of year is it?

4. Do you have any clues from the passages to know what the disciples thought of all of these events?

5. Jesus had just spent the day before with Lazarus, Mary, and Martha and during the travel from Jericho to Jerusalem had told the disciples more about His imminent death. What was Jesus thinking about? Do you have any clues from the verses surrounding this passage?

6. The people ask, “Who is this?” What would be your answer?

Isaiah 58:1-14

Lord's Day Update May 18, 2016 Comments Off on Isaiah 58:1-14

We will continue with the Questions People Ask God sermon series through the end of May. The sermon text will be Isaiah 58:1-14. The question we will focus on is in verse 3.

Why have we fasted, and You see it not?
Why have we humbled ourselves, and You take no knowledge of it?’

1. Who asked this question of God? From the context, how would you describe the spiritual life and practice of the people who asked this question?

2. Read verses 4b-5. Who gets to decide what the fast ought to be like?

3. In what way were these people misunderstanding what God wanted from them?

4. How should this passage inform the way you worship God? And the way you treat others?

5. What does this passage reveal about the relationship between your worship of God and your treatment of others?

Mark 5:1-20

Lord's Day Update May 05, 2016 Comments Off on Mark 5:1-20

The reading of God’s law will be from Numbers 11:26-30.

We will have two sermon texts this Lord’s Day. The primary sermon text will be from Mark 5:1-20 and the secondary sermon text will be from Matthew 8:28-34.

1. What do you know about the country of Gerasenes (aka, Gadarenes or Gergesenes)? Where is it located? Who lived there during the early first century? Were they Jews or gentiles? What was their history?

2. Mark provides a description of the demon possessed man. What was his name? See if you can identify at least five characteristics of this man.

3. How did this man approach Jesus differently than he approached other people? What accounts for this difference?

4. Why did the demons not want to be sent out of the country? Why did they request to be sent into the herd of pigs, instead? How many pigs were there? What does this tell you about the number of demons that were in the man?

5. How did the man respond when the demons were sent out of him? How did the pigs respond when the demons entered into them? How did the herdsmen respond? How did the people in the city and the country respond? How did Jesus respond?

Acts 1:1-11

Lord's Day Update Apr 27, 2016 Comments Off on Acts 1:1-11

The reading from God’s law for this coming Lord’s Day is 1 Thessalonians 5:15. The sermon text is Acts 1:1-11.

1. What were the apostles asking Jesus in verse 6? What did they mean by “restore the kingdom to Israel”?

2. What is the kingdom of God? (v. 3) How do you define it? Is the “kingdom of God” the same thing as the “kingdom of heaven”? Compare Matthew 13:11 with Luke 8:10, Matthew 11:11 with Luke 7:28, and Matthew 19:14 with Luke 18:16 and Mark 10:14-15.

3. What is the timing of the kingdom? When does it start and end? Is it here now or do we expect it to arrive some time in the future?

4. Did Jesus actually answer the apostle’s question? If so, what was His answer?

5. How does your understanding of the kingdom impact your everyday life? Or does it? Or should it?

Exodus 3:1-12

Lord's Day Update Apr 21, 2016 Comments Off on Exodus 3:1-12

The reading of the law for this coming Lord’s Day will be Deuteronomy 20:19-20.

The sermon text will be Exodus 3:1-12. We will be considering the question Moses asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

1. This question reveals Moses’ hesitation to do the work God had assigned to him. Why was Moses hesitant? Consider Exodus 2:11-15. Consider also the other responses Moses gave to God (Exodus 3:13; 4:1,10,13).

2. How often do Christians hesitate to do the work God assigns to them? What drives this hesitation?

3. Was Moses qualified to do the job God was calling him to do? Explain your answer. What qualifies you to do the jobs God has called you to do?

4. What’s the difference between somebody who’s unqualified and somebody who’s disqualified?

5. What specific promises does God make to Moses?

Genesis 1:1-27

Lord's Day Update Apr 12, 2016 Comments Off on Genesis 1:1-27

Bill Heyne will be preaching this Sunday. The sermon text is Genesis 1:1-27.

The reading of the Law will be the responsive reading from Exodus 20:1-17 as well as selected texts from Psalms and Proverbs.

Genesis 18:22-33

Lord's Day Update Apr 06, 2016 Comments Off on Genesis 18:22-33

The sermon text will be Genesis 18:22-33. We will be considering the question Abraham asked God, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?”

1. Why did Abraham ask this question? What was his concern?

2. Why was God going to bring judgment upon Sodom and Gomorrah?

3. Was it appropriate for Abraham to continue to inquire of God how many righteous people were necessary for Him to spare destroying Sodom and Gomorrah? Explain your answer.

4. Do you share any of the same concerns that Abraham did? Is there any reason to believe that the answers God gave to Abraham’s questions are the same answers He gives to us today?

5. Who did God spare from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah? Were they all righteous? How did He spare them? Does this provide any comfort for you?

Genesis 4:1-16

Lord's Day Update Mar 31, 2016 Comments Off on Genesis 4:1-16

We’re going to take a short break from the Proverbs sermon series. In 2012, I preached a mini-sermon series entitled, “When God Asks Questions.” Beginning this Lord’s Day, I’m going to preach a new mini-sermon series that reverses the direction of inquiry. The series is entitled, “When People Ask God Questions.”

During this series, I’ll be focusing on questions such as the one Abraham asked God when he learned about the impending destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, which is where Lot and his family were living.

“Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” (Gen 18:25)

Or the question Moses asked when God commissioned him to deliver the Israelites from Egypt.

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Ex 3:11)

On May 1, which is the Sunday before Ascension Day, I’ll preach on the question the disciples asked Jesus just moments before He ascended into heaven.

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6)

The first question I’ll be addressing in this new mini-sermon series is the question Cain asked God, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Please read Genesis 4:1-16 in preparation for the sermon this Sunday. Here are some questions to assist you.

1. What did Cain intend to communicate by asking God the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” In what way was Cain spurning the grace of God?

2. What is your responsibility to be a “keeper” to your brother? (Phil 2:4)

3. Does it seem foolish for Cain to have attempted to lie to God? In what ways do sinners today attempt to lie to God?

4. How did God respond to Cain’s question?

5. Why didn’t God punish Cain by killing him? (Gen 9:6)

John 20:1-21:25

Lord's Day Update Mar 24, 2016 Comments Off on John 20:1-21:25

The sermon text is John 20:1-21:25. We’ll be looking at three appearances the resurrected Jesus made: (1) Mary in the garden, (2) the eleven disciples in the locked room (which is really two different appearances), and (3) the seven disciples by the Sea of Tiberias.

Here are some questions to assist you in preparing for this sermon.

1. In 20:1-18, notice how Peter & John reacted differently to the empty tomb than Mary Magdalene did. What was commendable about Peter & John’s reaction? What was commendable about Mary’s reaction?

2. Who did Mary initially think Jesus was? When did Mary realize she was speaking to Jesus? What did Jesus say that caused her to recognize Him?

3. What was the emotional state of the disciples who had gathered in the locked room? What was the purpose of Jesus appearing to the disciples in the locked room?

4. What was the purpose of Jesus appearing to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias? How would you characterize the conversation between Jesus and Peter?

5. Where do you see the restoring work of Jesus being applied to the lives of His people? What assurance and comfort does this provide to you?