Category: Bible Study

What does the Bible teach? How do those teachings hold up, centuries after it was written? And what does the Bible’s words mean for you and I are to live?

When Christians Face Hardships, Trials, And Tribulations

When Christians Face Hardships, Trials, And Tribulations

You won’t find ‘utopia’ in a warzone.

So many people misunderstand their reality. They think that this world is their home, irrespective of how little time they’ll spend here. They think this world is great, irrespective of the landmines going off around them. Conversely, the Bible says that this world is filled with trials and hardships. And so, our hope is not found in this ‘valley of death,’ but in the Shepherd that leads us to someplace better.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) What words of encouragement did Peter have to the suffering?

B) Why does God allow His children to be tested and tried?

C) How do we know that our story ends well? How can we be sure?

 

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What Is Love: A Story Of Passion And Sacrifice

What Is Love: A Story Of Passion And Sacrifice

What makes ‘love’ greater than faith or hope?

In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul said “now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” So, why is ‘love’ superior? Well, for starters, it is the only one of those three words that applies to God. God does not have ‘faith.’ God does not hope. But HE DOES LOVE – in fact, HE IS LOVE!

Questions That We’ll Consider:

A) What mess was Corinth in, that they needed a primer on love?

B) How does love motivate us in ways that no other emotion can?

C) What sets love apart (both now and on Heaven’s shores)?

 

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The Desert: Salvation Comes To The Wasteland

The Desert: Salvation Comes To The Wasteland

The desert is home to some of the Bible’s most fascinating stories.

In Acts 8, there was a caravan traveling in the desert of Judea. At its head was a pagan eunuch – someone well outside of the covenant community, but not outside of God’s plan of salvation. And in order to reach this man, God sent an evangelist into the wasteland. His name was Phillip, and this is his story.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Why does God care for rebels, pagans, and sinners?

B) What book was the Ethiopian reading when Philip found him?

C) What hope does Acts 8 give for the ‘lost people’ in our lives?

 

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Why Do The Nations Rage Against God

Why Do The Nations Rage Against God

Rebellion. Rejection. Disdain.

The nations have long rejected God’s rule in favor of their own. But why? What causes the nations to rage against God, and to plot so many vain things? In today’s sermon, we’ll consider mankind’s ongoing rebellion and God’s response.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) How do nations and leaders foment their insurrection?

B) What does it mean that God ‘sits’ in Heaven and laughs at them?

C) In what way is Psalm 2 a ‘Messianic’ Psalm?

 

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Behold What Manner Of Love!

Behold What Manner Of Love!

God does not have any ‘peons’ in Heaven. He has family.

Your salvation accomplishes so much more than just ‘punching your ticket’ to Heaven. Rather, it includes this wonderful outcome: you are treated as family when you get there! God has no peons in Heaven, but He does have sons and daughters. “Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us, that we should be called children of God.”

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) What does it mean for God to be our Heavenly ‘Father?’

B) Why was John so amazed that we are called God’s ‘children?’

C) What is your value in God’s eyes? How does He see you now?

 

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Mustard Seed (This Is How The Church Grows)

Mustard Seed (This Is How The Church Grows)

Mustard seeds are small. But they don’t stay that way!

In Matthew 13, Jesus shared the parable of the ‘mustard seed’ in describing the kingdom’s growth. Mustard seed start small. But in time, they grow upward and outward. Now, who did Jesus share this parable with? He shared it with a smattering of disciples on the shoreline. They were few. But fast forward to our day, and the kingdom now fills the entire planet (2.38 billion professing believers).

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) What can local churches learn from the ‘mustard seed’ parable?

B) Is growth the church’s objective? What about transformation?

C) What should the church focus on in a time of cultural upheaval?

 

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Hope For Grieving Hearts (Life After Death)

Hope For Grieving Hearts (Life After Death)

If you have lost someone that you love, it is natural to grieve.

With that said, GRIEF is NOT the same as DESPAIR.

In 1 Thessalonians 4, the Apostle Paul makes this distinction. Specifically, he says that although it is OK to lament the loss of a loved one, we do not sorrow as those who have no hope. Reunions are coming. And because of that, our ‘grief’ is tinged with expectation.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Why were the Thessalonians so confused about life after death?

B) Will Christians see (and recognize) our loved ones in eternity?

C) How can we be sure of this? What is the basis of our hope?

 

 

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The Night Is Spent, The Day Is At Hand

The Night Is Spent, The Day Is At Hand

How much time do you have left?

In Romans 13, the Apostle Paul answered that question this way – not much. Specifically, Paul said that “the night is far spent, the day is at hand.” Paul wanted his readers to understand the value of today. He wanted them to live as if their time was both short and precious.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) What other passages refer to ‘night and day’ in a similar way?

B) What are the concepts of ‘inner peace’ and ‘inner war?’

C) What is holding us back? What’s keeping us from living in the ‘day?’

 

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The Whole Counsel Of God (Preaching And Teaching)

The Whole Counsel Of God (Preaching And Teaching)

How much of God’s Word should we preach?

To the Apostle Paul, the answer was ALL OF IT. And that’s just what he told the Ephesian elders in Acts 10. He told them that he had not refrained from preaching and teaching the whole counsel of God, and he expected them to do the same.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Why did Paul invite the Ephesian elders to meet with him?

B) Why did Paul tell the elders they’d never see his face again?

C) What other points did Paul emphasize during their last visit?

 

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Intercession: Jesus And The High Priestly Prayer

Intercession: Jesus And The High Priestly Prayer

As Christians, we often remember the things that Jesus has done.

With that said, have you ever wondered: what is He doing now?

Among other things, Jesus is interceding on behalf of His people. You have a divine advocate that is (even now) seeking your welfare! And that should be an encouragement during these difficult days.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Why is John 17 referred to as the ‘high priestly prayer?’

B) Who did Jesus pray for in this text? And what did He say?

C) In what way is Jesus interceding for you this very moment?

 

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