Bible Passage: Matthew 18: 21-35 Main Point: God shows mercy to us so that we will show mercy to others. Key Passage: Mark 6:34 Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom. - 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?
Kids June 30, 2019
Unit 22 Session 2
June 30, 2019 • The Unmerciful Servant
July 21, 2019
Gospel of John • July 21, 2019 • Pastor Josh Kee
Passages: selections from the Gospel of John Title: Confronting Doubt Summary: Doubt is an unwelcome, and oftentimes unsettling, reality for Christians. Our faith, at some point and to some degree, will be tested if we are truly following Jesus. The problem is that doubt tends to cast its sinister shadow over everything we think we know. How is the genuine Christian supposed to think about and deal with their doubt? How is the skeptic, who is unsure about matters of faith and salvation, supposed to deal with their doubt? Does the presence of doubt indicate that we don't have enough faith, or that we are not truly saved? This week we will look at the Gospel of John to see how we can think biblically and respond faithfully when doubts assail us. Outline: /// When Jesus seems unconcerned (Luke 8:22-25) Q: "Where is your faith?" /// The danger of unbelief (John 3:16-21, 36) /// Two kinds of doubt: - Doubt that is condemned (John 5) - Doubt that is rebuked (John 20:24-29) /// Encouragement for doubters (John 6:35-59) /// Two responses to doubt: John 6:66-69 - Turn away from Christ (v. 66) - Turn to Christ (vv. 68-69) /// Factors that nurture doubt: - Satan - the Deceiver and Accuser always seeks to call God's goodness and faithfulness into question - Ignorance of God's word - "Ignorance is the soil in which doubt flourishes." - Isolation - not being connected to the body of Christ - Sin - cherishing some sin(s) robs your of assurance /// Practical helps to fight doubt: - Worship - Gather with the church to worship - Teaching - Let your mind and heart be shaped by sound teaching - Fellowship - Share your life with other Christians so you can bear each other's burdens - Spiritual growth - Read the Bible, Pray, Confess sin, Meditate on the promises of God, Obey what he has said Discussion Q's: 1. What causes you to question God's faithfulness and goodness? 2. Where is your faith? Where are you placing it, now? 3. Why is it so important to battle unbelief? What does it lead to ultimately? 4. Where do you need to confess unbelief and take hold of God's promise(s) to you? (Philippians 3:12-14) 5. How do you respond to others who struggle with doubt? Are you merciful, or merciless? (1 Thessalonians 5:14; Jude 22)
Kids July 21, 2019
Unit 22 Session 5 • July 21, 2019
Bible Passage: Luke 18:9-14 Main Point: God rejects the proud but gives grace to the humble. Key Passage: Mark 6:34 Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom. - 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?
July 14, 2019
Hebrews 11:1–7 • July 14, 2019 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: Hebrews 11:1–7 Theme: Faith in an Age of Cultural Chaos Faith Defined (11:1–2): • Possession of assurance or the title deed to what we hope to attain in God’s kingdom • Proof or Decisive evidence of divine realities, especially the things to come Faith Exemplified (11:3–7): • The Creation of the Universe (3): God’s word remains the ultimate power in the universe • Abel’s Sacrifice: God renders the ultimate verdict • Enoch’s Walk: God rewards those who please him • Noah’s Ark: God saves those who renounce worldly opinion to obey his word. Thrust of this passage: God requires that we trust him at his word by ordering our lives according to his realities no matter what the world may say or do to us. Application Questions: 1. What are the elements of the definition of faith found in Hebrews 11:1? What elements are missing from the typical NT definition of faith? Is it adequate to use this definition as the definition of faith? 2. What seems backwards in this definition of faith (hint: think about the ideas of evidence and proof)? Although there may seem to be backward logical in this definition, why can it still be said that divine reality produces human faith? How have you seen this worked out in your own faith experience? 3. What does 11:6 teach us about faith? How does this challenge the wisdom of our age? What does the last clause of v. 6 add to our understanding of faith? 4. What lessons do we learn from examples of faith that the author provides in vv. 3, 4, 5, and 7? How can we apply these to our lives today?