Theme: Gripped: Powerful Glory in Fragile Jars Passage: 2 Corinthians 4:7–12 God can powerfully reveal his saving glory in our most seemingly vulnerable times (7a). Why? • The powerful work of salvation belongs to God, not us (7b). • In our suffering for the gospel, the resurrecting life of Jesus manifests itself (8–11). Result: The suffering and dying that the minister of Christ experiences produces life in the recipient (12). Main Idea: We need to allow God to powerfully display his glory in our lives by continuing to trust and obey the gospel no matter the circumstances we are experiencing. Application Questions: • Why has God chosen to reveal his power through our weakness? List biblical examples in which we see this. • How have you seen this displayed in your own life? • What is Paul indicating in v. 11 by the contrasting imagery of alive, death, and the life of Jesus on display in our bodies? How can we apply Paul’s switch from “us” to “you” language in v. 12? What might this teach us about ministering to one another?
November 11, 2018
Church In The Park
November 11, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
January 20, 2019
God's Glory Removed • January 20, 2019 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: Ezekiel 10–11 Theme: The Glory of the God Departed Notice the themes concerning God’s glory that emerge from Ezekiel 10–11: 1. God’s glory requires that he judge sin (10:1–22). 2. Life’s circumstances don’t serve as a barometer for the glory of God (11:1–13). 3. God removes his glory from sinful people (10:4, 18–19; 11:22–24) 4. God displays his glory by transforming abandoned sinners into his faithful people (11:14–21). Main Idea: God’s glory takes up residence among those whom he has transformed to become his people. Application Questions: • This text marks the end of the vision that began back in chapter 8. In Ezekiel 8–11, what specific actions or attitudes led to the departure of God from Jerusalem? • How might there be both similarity and difference between the abandonment of his people in this OT era and what the church experiences now in relation to God? Can we experience this kind of abandonment today? • Describe the attitude of the people in 11:1–13. What is it that they are presuming concerning God? How does this differ from God’s evaluation of them? Do we misinterpret how God sees us today? How so? • In what ways do you see the Gospel in Ezekiel 11:14–21? What should our response be according to this passage?
Kids January 20th, 2019
Unit 16 - Session 3 • January 20, 2019
Bible Passage: Daniel 6 Main Point: Daniel was faithful to God, and God rescued him. Key Passage: Daniel 2: 20-21 Big Picture Question: How can we obey God? We trust God to give us strength to obey Him. - Be sure to pick up your Big Picture Cards off the chicken wire display in the hallway - Have you done the Weekly Family Activity Idea from the handout given in class?
January 13, 2019
The Glory of God Offended • January 13, 2019 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: The Glory of God Offended Passage: Ezekiel 8–9 1. The glory of God is offended by our sin (chapter 8). a. Types of Sin i. Sin of False Worship: Worshipping God according to our standards and ideas rather than who he is and what he has done ii. Sin of Immoral Behavior: Violent treatment of others and degeneration of personal character b. Offense to God i. Sin provides us with false security that we are getting away with it without God seeing or caring. ii. Sin arouses God’s anger. 2. The glory of God requires the judgment of sin (chapter 9). a. God treats all of humanity fairly for their committing sin and rejecting the truth of his word. b. God will ultimately destroy those who reject him by going their own way. c. God will chasten and discipline his own people for their sin as well. d. God saves those who faithfully commit themselves to him. Main Idea: We need to understand that our sin stands diametrically opposed to God’s glory. Application Questions: • From the description in chapter 8, what were the sins that the people were committing that grabbed God’s attention? How might we commit similar sins today? • While the people had a false sense of security that God wasn’t seeing what they were doing and had abandoned the land, why do you think that God had waited as long as he did to bring judgment for their idolatry and violence? • What do you learn about God from his interaction with the prophet and his response to the people’s sin in chapters 8 and 9? How does this affect your understanding of him? • How would you respond to someone who was offended by what God does in bringing judgment the way he did in chapter 9? • What do these two chapters challenge you to do?