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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?

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.