Theme: Resurrected: Are you really living? Passage: Galatians 2:20 How to truly live: 1. Be crucified with Christ. a. Why? i. Who we are does not matter (2:15) ii. What we do does not matter (2:16a) iii. Apart from Christ, we fall short no matter how much we do (17–18). b. How? i. Recognize what Christ accomplished (19a). ii. Trust what Christ accomplished (16b). 2. Allow Christ to be first in your life. a. You no longer live. b. Christ lives in you. 3. Continue to approach life by trusting and modeling Christ. a. You still have to live life. b. Follow Christ’s example by doing what he did. Main Idea: We can live resurrected life now because of what Jesus has done for us and is doing in us. Application Questions: • Look back at Galatians 1 and 2 up to this point in the letter. How does what Paul says here in 2:19–20 fit into this context? • How does the world define and describe really living? • Why do we as humans struggle so much with trying to work for our salvation or right standing with God? What are the problems with this? • How should Christ living in you affect the decisions and choices that you make? • In what ways can we model Christ’s example found at the end of v. 20?
April 1st, 2018, Easter
April 1, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff • Resurrected: Are you really living?
July 29, 2018
A Giant Staircase to Heaven • July 29, 2018
MAIN IDEA: Sprouts: I need a rescuer. Saplings: I need God to rescue me from sin. MEMORY VERSE: Sprouts: Gen. 1:1 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth Saplings: Gen. 6:5 – The LORD saw that the human heart was only evil Q5: What else did God create? A5: God created all things and all his creation was very good.
August 5, 2018
1 Peter 2:13–17 • August 5, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: 1 Peter 2:13–17 Theme: Living Submissively We are commanded to submit to the authority structures established in this world. To whom (13–14)? All human authorities, especially those governing us Why (15)? This is God’s will to address the ignorance of this age. How (16)? We use our freedom to serve as God’s bondservants. Application (17): Give both peers and authority figures the honor they are due. Main Idea: God’s children are to use their freedom to good by living submissively with one another in whatever context they find themselves. Application Questions: • When you hear the command to submit to every human institution, what goes through your mind? What is submission? Why does it have such negative connotations today? How should Christians view submission? • Does v. 14 imply that Christians should do things that may be considered wrong if the governing authorities command it? Discuss your response. • How do we obey the command in verse 16 without turning the Christian life into a drudgery? • What can we do to practically live out verse 17?