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April 1st, 2018, Easter

Galatians 2:20

April 1, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff • Resurrected: Are you really living?

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?

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?

Kids January 13th, 2019

Unit 16 - Session 2 • January 13, 2019

Bible Passage: Daniel 3 Main Point: God was with Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego in the fire. 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 6, 2019

The Glory of God Revealed • January 6, 2019 • Pastor Phil Burggraff

Passage: Ezekiel 1–3 Theme: The Glory of God Revealed We need a fresh vision of God’s glory if we are to carry out God’s plan for our lives and for this ministry. 1. The appearance of God’s glory (1:4–28) a. What the vision represents about God i. His transcendence ii. His holiness iii. His sovereignty b. What the vision implies for God’s servants i. He accommodates to communicate with his people. ii. He meets us where we are, no matter how dire the circumstances. iii. He will judge sin and fight on behalf of his people for his name’s sake. 2. The call of God’s glory upon his servants (2:1–3:15) a. The call of God’s glory and the empowerment to carry out his mission come completely from God. b. The call of God’s glory comes to his followers where they are. c. The call of God’s glory demands faithful obedience to his word. Main Idea: A clear vision and understanding of God’s glory motivates his servants to carry out the ministry he has planned for them. Application Questions: • What does Ezekiel’s vision of God’s throne-chariot teach us about God? Go through the various descriptions of the elements of this vision in chapter 1 and indicate what they communicate about God. • What’s so important about the fact that this vision came to Ezekiel while he and the other exiles from Israel were dwelling in Babylon? • What indications found in chapters 2 and 3 demonstrate that successful ministry depends on God and not our own talents? • According to God’s messages for Ezekiel in chapters 2 and 3, how does God measure success in ministry? • What does the eating of the scroll by Ezekiel mean? • How did Ezekiel respond to God’s glorious call on his life according to 3:12–15? What does this mean for us today?