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Proverbs 6:6-11

Lord's Day Update Dec 29, 2015 Comments Off on Proverbs 6:6-11

The sermon text for this coming Lord’s Day is Proverbs 6:6-11. Here are some questions to assist you in preparing for the sermon.

1. What is it about the ant that Solomon is promoting as a virtue worthy of emulating? See also Proverbs 30:25. How would you summarize the sermon text into one sentence?

2. Solomon identifies the person who fails to be productive as a sluggard. Can you think of others biblical descriptions of how non-productivity manifests itself in people’s lives?

3. In consideration of verses 10 and 11, is poverty always the result of laziness?

4. Does God call people to be productive their entire life? What about youth? What about retirement? What about vacations? What about taking time away for recreation and entertainment? What can you cite as biblical support for your answers to these questions?

5. In what way(s) does Solomon charge to be productive challenge you to change the way you live?

Proverbs 6:1-5

Lord's Day Update Dec 24, 2015 Comments Off on Proverbs 6:1-5

Having completed our Advent series, we’re going to return to the sermon series through the book of Proverbs. The sermon text for this Sunday will be Proverbs 6:1-5.

Here are some questions to help you prepare for this sermon.

1. What does it mean to put up security or give your pledge? See Genesis 43:9; 44:32; Neh 5:3; etc.

2. Should we understand these verses to be teaching that a person should never co-sign on another person’s loan? See also Proverbs 11:15; 17:18; 22:26-27.

3. What remedy does Solomon give for those who have already given their pledge for another?

4. How does this principle of pledging oneself as security for another apply to our relationship with the triune God? See Isaiah 38:14; Heb 7:22

5. How does Judah, in Genesis 44:32-33, serve as a type of Jesus?

Advent: Matthew 1:1-17

Lord's Day Update Dec 15, 2015 Comments Off on Advent: Matthew 1:1-17

This will be the fourth Sunday in Advent. The sermon text is Matthew 1:1-17.

1. Compare the genealogy of Jesus from our sermon text with the genealogy in Luke 3:23-38. What differences do you detect? What explanation can you provide for these differences?

2. Excluding the mention of Mary in verse 16, Matthew references four other women in this genealogy. Who are they and why do you think he mentions them?

3. Since two of the four Gospel writers include the genealogy of Jesus, there must be an importance for people to know Jesus’ ancestry. Why are these genealogies important? How does verse 1 contribute to answering this question?

4. What importance do the words “as was supposed” hold in Luke 3:23?

Advent: Romans 8:1-4

Lord's Day Update Dec 09, 2015 Comments Off on Advent: Romans 8:1-4

This will be the third Sunday in Advent. The sermon text will be Romans 8:1-4. The focus will be on verses 3-4.

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

1. The word “law” is mentioned several times in these verses. In verse 2, it would appear that two different denotations of the law are listed. There is the “law of the Spirit” and the “law of sin.” Is there a difference between these laws? If so, what’s the difference and what significance does this difference make in the lives of believers and non-believers?

2. Verse 3a states that the law has been weakened by the flesh. What was this mean?

3. Verse 3b states that Jesus was sent into this world in the likeness of sinful flesh. Does this mean that Jesus was born in sin, just like every other person who descended from Adam? If so, then how is it that He is the perfect and spotless lamb? And if not, then why not?

4. Verse 4a tells of the righteous requirements of the law being fulfilled in us. How is this possible? What must a person do in order for the righteous requirements of the law to be fulfilled?

5. What obligation do Christians have to Christ? (see verses 12-13)

Romans 7:13-25

Lord's Day Update Dec 02, 2015 Comments Off on Romans 7:13-25

Elder Dave Langley will be bringing us the word of God this week. His sermon text is Romans 7:13-25.

Here are a few questions to assist you with preparing for this sermon.

1. What statements does Paul make here that sound like he is speaking of his life as an unbeliever?

2. What statements does Paul make here that sound like he is speaking of the real life struggle as a believer?

3. In what ways can you identify with Paul’s struggle as a believer?

4. Why is it hard to be honest with ourselves and others about our struggles with sin?

Advent: John 7:37-43

Lord's Day Update Nov 26, 2015 Comments Off on Advent: John 7:37-43

We will begin a four week Advent series this coming Lord’s Day. The sermon for the first Sunday in Advent will focus on the identity of the promised Messiah. the sermon text will be John 7:37-43.

Here are some questions to help you prepare for this sermon.

1. Verse 43 tells us that there was division among the people. Why was there division?

2. The people John identifies in verses 41b-42 obviously knew the Bible and were committed to allowing the Bible guide their thoughts. Yet they still questioned whether Jesus was the Messiah. Why? What could they have done differently to avoid being mistaken?

3. Do we make similar mistakes in the way we apply the Bible to circumstances in our lives?

4. What two prophecies were the people speaking about in verse 42? Where do we find these prophecies first given? Why are each of these prophecies important to the identify of the Messiah?

5. Why do you think God gave prophecies for identifying the Messiah long before Jesus was born? What purposes did/do these prophecies serve? Why didn’t God just wait until Jesus became incarnate and then make His identity so vividly clear that nobody would be able to mistake Him?

Colossians 3:14-17

Lord's Day Update Nov 19, 2015 Comments Off on Colossians 3:14-17

The sermon this Sunday will be on the topic of showing gratitude to God. The sermon text will be Colossians 3:14-17. Here are some questions to help you prepare for this sermon.

1. Notice that thankfulness is stated three times in these four verses. Contemplate what Paul is saying with each of these three statements. What does this tell you about being thankful?

2. List at least a dozen reasons for giving thanks to God. See Ps 7:17; 28:7; 35:18; 52:9; 106:47; Neh 12:27; Jer 30:19; Jonah 2:9; Isa 12:1; Matt 11:25; Luke 2:38; Mark 8:6; John 11:41; Acts 28:15; Rom 1:8; 1 Cor 1:4ff; 2 Cor 4:15; 2 Thess 2:13; 1 Tim 1:12; 2 Tim 1:3; Heb 12:28; etc.

3. What insight does Romans 1:21 provide into our consideration of showing gratitude to God? See also Psalm 50:14,22-23; Hosea 2:8ff and 1 Thess 5:18.

4. Read Luke 17:15-18. What’s the difference between possessing gratitude and demonstrating gratitude?

5. Read Psalm 92:1. What is the correlation between giving thanks and praising God? What implication does this have on the way you worship God? (Eph 5:19-20)

Acts 24:24-2

Lord's Day Update Nov 12, 2015 Comments Off on Acts 24:24-2

The sermon text for this coming Lord’s Day is Acts 24:24-25. From this text, I’ll be specifically addressing the challenge of self-control.

Here are some questions to help prepare for this sermon.

1. Notice that Paul speaks to Felix about “self-control.” How do you define self-control? What relationship does self-control have with righteousness and the coming judgment (vs 25). Why was Felix so alarmed by Paul’s statements?

2. If you are unfamiliar with Pelagianism, please review the Wikipedia article and/or other resources for familiarizing yourself with this ancient heresy.

3. How is self-control produced in the life of Christians? (Gal 5:23; 1 Cor 9:24-27; Titus 2:12) Why is it so difficult to attain and maintain?

4. Can you think of Biblical examples of people who did or did not exercise self-control? How did this effect their life?

5. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? “Christian liberties cannot exist where self-control is lacking.” Explain you agreement or disagreement.

Orphan Sunday – James 1:27

Lord's Day Update Nov 05, 2015 Comments Off on Orphan Sunday – James 1:27

This coming Lord’s Day is Orphan Sunday. As part of the Challenges to Christianity sermon series, I’ll be preaching on the church’s challenge of caring for orphans. More specifically, I’ll be focusing on unborn children who are orphans as a result of their parents do not wanting them. The sermon text will be James 1:27.

The outline for this sermon is:
1. Prevention
– The need for training in righteousness.
2. Intervention
– The love shown to those involved in an unwanted pregnancy
3. Redemption
– The hope of forgiveness and restoration in Christ

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

1. What does it mean to “visit” orphans in their affliction? According to James 1:27, how important is this task?

2. God’s prophets and apostles have always been open and discrete when proclaiming God’s righteous standards of sexuality. For example, the book of Proverbs deals extensively with fornication and adultery (2:16-19; 5:3-15; 6:24-32; 7:5,27; etc.). Many of the epistles that were read aloud in the local churches dealt openly and discretely with sexuality (Rom 13:13; 1 Cor 5:1; 6:9,18; Heb 13:4; Col 3:5; Eph 5:3-5; 1 Pet 4:2-3 etc.). Has the American church been faithful in preaching and teaching on matters of sexuality? (1 Sam 3:13; 1 Pet 2:12) What are the likely consequences if the church neglects to address this area of life? (1 Thess 4:1-8)

3. What unique aspect of sexual sin separates it from all other forms of sin? (1 Cor 6:18) Why is this important to know?

4. In Matthew 25:34-46, Jesus describes how the people of this world either love Him or fail to love Him when they love or fail to love the vulnerable people in this world. What implications does this have on how we treat those who are involved in an unwanted pregnancy? As you answer this question, consider how love can be shown to the mother, the father, and the child.

5. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is powerful! How can this truth be communicated to men and women who regret past decisions? (1 Jn 1:8-9; 2 Cor 7:1; Titus 2:11-14)

Hebrews 11:1-3

Lord's Day Update Oct 30, 2015 Comments Off on Hebrews 11:1-3

As we continue in our sermon mini-series on Challenges to Christianity, this coming Lord’s Day the sermon text will be Hebrews 11:1-3. During this sermon, I’ll be preaching on the role and nature of faith in the Christian’s life. What is faith? How does it operate in our lives? Is faith a blind commitment to accept the miracles and truth claims of the Bible regardless of how absurd they seem to be? Is faith contrary to rational reason?