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Exodus 20:7

Lord's Day Update Sep 14, 2017 Comments Off on Exodus 20:7

Sermon Text: Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

Exodus 20:4-6

Lord's Day Update Aug 18, 2017 Comments Off on Exodus 20:4-6

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Exodus 19:1-25

Lord's Day Update Aug 04, 2017 Comments Off on Exodus 19:1-25

I’ll begin a new sermon series through the Ten Commandments this Sunday.  The sermon text will be Exodus 19:1-25.

1 In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. 2 For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Israel camped there before the mountain. 

3 And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” 

7 So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the Lord commanded him. 8 Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” So Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord. 9 And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.”

So Moses told the words of the people to the Lord. 

10 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. 11 And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. 13 Not a hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain.” 

14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. 15 And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.” 

16 Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. 19 And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. 20 Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. 

21 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to gaze at the Lord, and many of them perish. 22 Also let the priests who come near the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.” 
23 But Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it.'” 

24 Then the Lord said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.” 25 So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.

Sermon Text Mark 9:14-29

Lord's Day Update Jul 27, 2017 Comments Off on Sermon Text Mark 9:14-29
This Sunday’s Sermon Text will be on Mark 9:14-29
14 And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. 15 Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. 16 And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?”
17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”
19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.”  20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.
21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”
And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”  26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.
28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”
29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”

Proverbs 16:31

Lord's Day Update Jun 22, 2016 Comments Off on Proverbs 16:31

We will be returning to our sermon series through the book of Proverbs. The sermon text for this coming Lord’s Day is Proverbs 16:31.

Gray hair is a crown of glory;
it is gained in a righteous life.

Here are some questions to assist you in preparing.

1. In what ways does the world honor the elderly? In what ways does the world dishonor the elderly?

2. Consider Leviticus 19:32. In what ways does the church honor the elderly? How does the church’s attitude toward the elderly distinguish us from the world around us? Is the church in America really living out this distinction? See also 1 Timothy 5:1-2.

3. Does Proverbs 16:31 teach that every elderly person is crowned with glory? Why or why not?

4. What is the biblical description of a righteous older man? (Titus 2:2) Or of a righteous older woman? (Titus 2:3-5)

5. In what ways does the command to honor our father and mother apply to the elderly? Is there an age restriction upon that command? In other words, does this command apply to adult children who are grown and out of their parents’ homes?

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?