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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?

Proverbs 15:30

Lord's Day Update Mar 10, 2016 Comments Off on Proverbs 15:30

The sermon text for this Lord’s Day will be Proverbs 15:30.

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
and good news refreshes the bones.

1. By “light of the eyes,” Solomon is referring to the things seen with our eyes (Eccl 11:7). What are some things your eyes see that brings joy to your heart?

2. In the second sentence, Solomon is referring to favorable reports that are heard with our ears (Prov 25:25). What type of things do you hear that refresh your bones?

3. In Matthew 13:16, Jesus says to His disciples, “But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.” What did Jesus mean by this? What is the context in which Jesus made this statement?

4. Why do some people “see” but not perceive and “hear” but not understand? (Is 6:9; Jer 5:21; Ezek 12:2; etc.)

5. How does James 1:22-25 instruct you to use your sense of sight and hearing? In what ways does this challenge you to live differently than you have in the past?

Proverbs 14:4

Lord's Day Update Mar 03, 2016 Comments Off on Proverbs 14:4

The sermon text for this Lord’s Day is Proverbs 14:4.

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

In preparing for this sermon, please consider two questions. What’s the point that Solomon is driving at here? In what ways do Christians exchange the strength of the ox for a clean manger?

Proverbs 13:12 and 13:19

Lord's Day Update Feb 17, 2016 Comments Off on Proverbs 13:12 and 13:19

The sermon texts for this Lord’s Day is Proverbs 13:12 and 13:19.

Proverbs 13:12
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:19
A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.

Proverbs 12:16

Lord's Day Update Feb 10, 2016 Comments Off on Proverbs 12:16

The sermon text for this Lord’s Day will be Proverbs 12:16.

The vexation of a fool is known at once,
but the prudent ignores an insult. (ESV)

A fool’s wrath is known at once,
But a prudent man covers shame. (NKJV)

1. The ESV translators rendered the second sentence of this proverb differently than the NKJV translators did. This difference actually helps us better understand the second sentence. In your own words, how does the prudent man respond to provocation?

2. Why is it foolish to vent your anger? (Prov 29:11; Eccl 7:9; Job 5:2)

3. Can you think of any biblical characters who vented their anger and received judgement from God? (Examples: Num 22:29; 1 Sam 25:10-11, Est 3:5; etc.)

4. Is it ever proper for a Christian to express his anger? (Ps 4:3-4; 37:8; Eph 4:26) Was Jesus expressing anger when He cleansed the temple? (Matt 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48; John 2:13-17) What Jacob justified in his anger against Laban? (Gen 31:36) Was Moses justified in his anger against those who worshiped the golden calf? (Ex 32:19) Was Nehemiah justified in his anger with the Jews? (Neh 13:25)

5. Read Proverbs 15:28. What are some practical steps that will guard a righteous person’s response to provocation? (Prov 15:2; 16:23; 17:27; 29:20; 1 Pet 3:15-16, 1 Tim 2:8; etc.)

Proverbs 11:25

Lord's Day Update Feb 04, 2016 Comments Off on Proverbs 11:25

The sermon text for this Lord’s Day will be Proverbs 11:25.

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.

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

1. Solomon describes the person who “brings blessing” and “waters.” Consult different translations. These are verbs; they define action. List twelve different categories of action that “bring blessing” and “water” in the manner that Solomon is describing.

2. Can you remember anything Jesus spoke in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) that parallels the message of Proverbs 11:25?

3. Consider the application of this verse at three different levels: (1) the individual, (2) the local church, and (3) the universal church. How does “watering” and “being watered” apply at each of these levels?

4. How does faith/trust in God factor into this Proverb?

5. Can you cite a few real-life examples of this Proverb being fulfilled in your life?

Proverbs 10:20

Lord's Day Update Jan 28, 2016 Comments Off on Proverbs 10:20

The sermon text for this coming Lord’s Day is Proverbs 10:20. We will be looking at the righteous and wicked ways people use words.

Acts 25:23-26:32 (Frank Erb from Capitol Commission)

Lord's Day Update Jan 21, 2016 Comments Off on Acts 25:23-26:32 (Frank Erb from Capitol Commission)

Frank Erb from Capitol Commission will be our guest speaker this Sunday. He will be preaching on “The Gospel and Politics” from Acts 25:23-26:32. During DiscipleMakers, Mr. Erb will introduce us to his ministry at our state capitol.

Proverbs 9:1-18

Lord's Day Update Jan 13, 2016 Comments Off on Proverbs 9:1-18

We’re going to cover several chapters from the book of Proverbs this Lord’s Day. The primary sermon text this Sunday is Proverbs 9:1-18. The secondary sermon texts are Proverbs 5:1-23; 6:20-35; 7:1-27 and 8:1-36.

Since there is so much Scripture content here, only the primary text will be read aloud on Sunday. The secondary sermon texts will be cited heavily during the sermon, however. Therefore, please make sure you read through the primary and secondary sermon texts at least once before Sunday. Familiarity with the contents of these chapters will help you benefit from the sermon.

1. When reading the sermon texts, compare and contrast the description of Woman Folly with the description of Lady Wisdom. What activities are they both engaged in? What people to each of them address? What promises do each of them make?

2. Remember that the content of all these chapters is a father’s instruction to his son. Does it seem peculiar (or even inappropriate?) that a father would speak to his son about the seductive nature of an adulteress? Do these warning about the adulteress reveal a weakness in the father’s character? What does this tell us about a father’s duty in training his children in righteousness?

3. Why is it so important for us to be able to discern the voices of these two women? What is the end of those who embrace either of these women?

4. Beyond the obvious and literal application of these chapter, what is the more broad connotation? (Prov 8:13a,35-36)

5. Where do we hear the voice of Lady Wisdom today? How do we guard ourselves from the overtures of Woman Folly?

Proverbs 6:12-19

Lord's Day Update Jan 06, 2016 Comments Off on Proverbs 6:12-19

The sermon text for this coming Lord’s Day will be Proverbs 6:12-19. Here are some questions to assist you in preparing for this sermon.

1. In the ESV and NKJV, verse 12 begins by describing the man under Solomon’s scrutiny as a “worthless person.” The KJV translates it as a “naughty person.” The Hebrew word used here is Belial. Click here to do a brief word study. What connection, if any does the “worthless person” have with the sluggard in verses 6-11?

2. Compare the behaviors of the worthless man (vs. 12-14) with the list of abominations that follow (vs. 16-19). What patterns or correlations do you find? What specific manifestation of sin stands at the end of both of these lists?

3. Define “discord,” as it used in verses 14 and 19. Why is discord such an abomination to the Lord? (Proverbs 17:14; Galatians 5:20)

4. What sins often precedes discord? (Proverbs 10:12; 15:18; 16:28; 28:25; 29:22). How does the Bible tell us to deal with the man who creates discord? (Proverbs 22:10; 26:20; Romans 16:17; Titus 3:10)

5. What is the only remedy for the worthless man who sows discord? (Titus 3:3-5ff)