Category: Christianity

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Genesis: The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah

Genesis: The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah

Sodom and Gomorrah are the poster children for God’s wrath.

In Genesis 19, we read of a cautionary tale to a world hellbent on offending a holy God. Specifically, Genesis 19 describes the destruction of these two cities. The destruction was horrific. It was severe. And yet, in Matthew 10, Jesus says that an even worse judgment will befall those places that reject the Gospel.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

1) What was the sin (or sins) of Sodom and Gomorrah?

2) Why was God willing to relent if 10 righteous were found there?

3) What did Jesus mean in Matthew 10 (when He referred to Sodom)?

 

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Genesis: Abraham, Sarah, And God’s Big Promise

Genesis: Abraham, Sarah, And God’s Big Promise

In Genesis 18 made a promise so outrageous that Sarah laughed.

The promises that He has made you are bigger.

Throughout Scripture, God has promised to save and sanctify you, to wipe away all your tears, and to dwell with you in Paradise for eternity. Now those are promises! But how can we be sure they apply to us (and that they will be fulfilled)? That will be the focus of today’s sermon.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

1) Who were the three men that appeared to Abraham in the desert?

2) What promises did One of the men make to Abraham and Sarah?

3) Why did Sarah laugh, and what was God’s reaction to that laughter?

 

 

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Genesis: Abraham, The Friend Of God

Genesis: Abraham, The Friend Of God

God made Abraham mind-boggling promises. Abraham believed Him.

In Genesis 12, Abraham was introduced with little fanfare. He was a man from a pagan family and a pagan background. And yet, God was going to make this nobody a series of incredible promises – promises that Abraham believed in, and then acted accordingly.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) What were these amazing promises? And how many were there?

B) Who are the true children of Abraham? Are you one of his children?

C) What does it mean to be called a ‘friend’ of God?

 

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Genesis: The Tower Of Babel

Genesis: The Tower Of Babel

God told the people to go outward. Instead, they went upward.

“Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth,” God told the people. But they said no – in their minds, it was safer and smarter to stay in one place. And so, they built a formidable ‘tower’ in Genesis 11. In today’s study, we’ll read about that tower (and God’s response).

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Why was God angered by the building of this tower?

B) Why did God confuse the language of the builders?

C) What relationship does Genesis 11 have with Acts 2 (Pentecost)?

 

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Genesis: Noah And The Great Flood

Genesis: Noah And The Great Flood

The wrong question: how did all the animals fit in the ark?

The most crucial question of Genesis 6 is NOT about the animals. Not at all. Rather, it is this: why was an ark needed in the first place? In other words, why was God willing to flood the entire globe, only six chapters after creating it? Seems drastic. So why did God do it, and what does it tell us about the future?

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) In what way did the flood typify the wrath of God ‘poured out?’

B) In what way did the ark typify Jesus Christ? Is Jesus in this text?

C) Why did Christ refer to future days as being ‘like the days of Noah?’

 

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Genesis: A Murder East Of Eden

Genesis: A Murder East Of Eden

That didn’t take long, did it?

You might have thought Genesis 4 couldn’t go worse than Genesis 3 – that mankind would have learned its lesson. Surely man would do better! Surely he’d turn away from sin! However, before Genesis 4 was over, a blood soaked corpse proved otherwise.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Why did Cain kill his brother? What was wrong with his sacrifice?

B) Why did God warn Cain that ‘sin lay at his door?’

C) Is it possible that sin is at our door as well? What should we do?

 

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Genesis: Temptation And Fall In The Garden

Genesis: Temptation And Fall In The Garden

One sin. That’s all it took.

In our day, sin is treated casually – as a marketing device (think ‘Sin City’) and rarely as a spiritual anchor. But one sin is all it took for man to be thrown out of the garden, and for chaos to sweep the created realm. This tells us two things: 1) sin must be really bad, and 2) God must be really holy.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) What ‘tool’ did the serpent use to attack Eve in the garden?

B) What is the purpose of the fiery sword at the garden’s edge?

C) Why are the words ‘Genesis 4’ the best words in any language?

 

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Genesis: In The Beginning (Creation)

Genesis: In The Beginning (Creation)

There is a God, and you are not Him.

The starting point for all correct theology or philosophy is found in Genesis 1, which declares God’s existence and transcendence over that which He has made. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Why do people argue for ‘evolution’ or the ‘big bang’ instead?

B) Are those theories consistent w/ the Bible’s teaching on creation?

C) How do we explain the apparent age of rocks, stars, and so forth?

 

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He Is Risen: Witnesses To The Resurrection

He Is Risen: Witnesses To The Resurrection

Witnesses, proof, evidences – it was all there.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most heavily reported, historically verified events of antiquity. And that’s a good thing, since the fate and future of billions hangs in the balance. Today, we’ll consider the implications of the empty tomb.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Why were the apostles so anxious in Luke 24?

B) Why is the best news often the hardest to believe?

C) If Jesus is alive, then what is He doing right now? Do we know?

 

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Behold The Lamb: Why Jesus Was The Lamb Of God

Behold The Lamb: Why Jesus Was The Lamb Of God

On the day the people were looking for a perfect lamb for their Passover celebration, the ‘lamb of God’ approached. It wasn’t a coincidence.

In today’s study, we will consider the events of Palm Sunday through an unusual set of eyes – those of John the Baptist. Why did John call Jesus the ‘lamb of God?’ Why didn’t anyone else see Him that way?

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) What is the connection between the Passover and ‘Palm Sunday?’

B) What is the difference between appeasement and atonement?

C) Can you be saved by appeasing God? Why or why not?

 

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