Sunday July 31st 2016

Text:  Jonah 4:1-11

Sermon Title: “We are Jonah”

Theme Jonah was a reluctant prophet who was given a mission he found distasteful. He chose to run away from God rather than obey. Like Jonah, we may have to do things in life that we don’t want to do. Sometimes we find ourselves wanting to turn and run. Often, in spite of our defiance, God in his mercy will give us another chance to serve when we return to the Lord.

Questions to Think About as You Read:

1) Can you think of a time when you knew deep down you had to do something you knew God wanted you to do but deep down you didn’t’ want to do it?

2) What was your response?

3) What things tempt us and make it so easy to turn and run from God?

 

Sunday July 17th, 2016

Text:  Job 1:13-22;38:1-11,16-18

Sermon Title: “The Practice of Feeling Pain: Breakthrough”

Theme Pain pushes people to the edge, causing them to ask fundamental questions such as: Why is this happening and how can this be fixed. Pain begs for change, and when those in its grip find no release on earth, plenty of them look to heaven.

Questions to Think About as You Read:

1) Why is Job in pain?

2) What did Job do wrong?

3) What is God’s answer to Job?

Sunday July 10th, 2016

Text: Exodus 3:1-6

Sermon Title:  “Moses, Pay Attention!”

Theme Reverence is the recognition of something greater than the self. If we encounter a burning bush will we stop in wonder or hurry on?

Questions to Think About as You Read:

1) What is Moses doing in the Wilderness?

2) Who spoke to Moses from the bush?

3) Why do you think Moses was afraid to look at God?

Sunday July 3, 2016

Text:  Galatians 6:7-16

Sermon Title:  “Freedom Not Legalism: Free to Serve”

Theme People often choose a certain principal or prohibition and make it the measure of faith in Christ. The Bible in its entirety is our guide.

Questions to Think About as You Read:

1) Why do we sometimes become weary of doing good?

2) How would you explain to someone what it means to be a new creation in Christ?

Sunday, June 26th 2016

Text:  Galatians 5:1, 13-25

Sermon Title: “Freedom Not Legalism: The Discipline of Freedom”

Them: Paul contrasts the ongoing battle between “the acts of our sinful nature” and “the fruit of the spirit.” True freedom understands
responsibility rather than freedom being that we can do whatever we want — others be darned!
Questions to Think About as You Read:
1) How do we keep this passage about freedom rather than legalism?
2) What habits/attitudes are you a slave to which you’d like to be free from?
3) How do we know The Spirit is leading us rather than our subjective feelings?

 

 

Sunday, June 19th

Text: Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon Title:  “In the Name of the Father”

Theme Giving thanks for Father figures in our lives and what Fathers have to teach and show us about God’s love.

Questions to Think About as You Read:
1) Who has been a Father figure in your life?
2) Does calling God heavenly Father feel comfortable or uncomfortable?
3) What do you think of Joseph’s role in the life of Jesus’ and Mary?

 

Sunday June 5, 2016

Text:  Galatians 2:15-21

Sermon Title:  “Freedom Not Legalism: Wow!”

Theme:In this packed section of Scripture Paul contrasts God’s grace with legalism. Placing legalism ahead of grace is like putting the cart
before the horse.

Questions to Think About as You Read:
1) Can following traffic laws make a person want to be a safe driver?
2) What is the difference between a “have to” and a “want to”?
3) Does freedom in Christ mean “anything goes”?