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?
October 21, 2018
1 Peter 5: 6-9 • October 21, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: 1 Peter 5:6–9 Theme: Humility before God and Standing Firm against the Devil As we face difficulty, suffering, and frustration in life, we must 1. Accept them as part of God’s plan to mature us (6–7). • Purpose of acceptance: You will be exalted at Christ’s appearance • Manner of acceptance: You can presently cast your anxiety on a caring God. 2. Remain alert to the true reality of what is happening (8a). 3. Stand firm against the devil (8b–9). • Why? Your adversary wants to destroy you. • How? Hold fast to the faith. Remember and pray for those suffering similarly. Application Questions: • Why does it prove so difficult to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand? According this text, when will we see results? • How can we cast our anxieties upon God (Don’t stop after listing only prayer)? In what ways do you struggle believing that he actually cares for you? • How can we remain alert to the reality of what is happening to us as we go through times of suffering and doubt? • In what ways does Satan destroy us today? Discuss applications for the ways that we can stand firm against him.
October 14, 2018
Caring For Christ's Flock - • October 14, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: 1 Peter 5:1–5- Theme: Caring for Christ’s Flock 1. Church leadership must care for Christ’s flock well (1–4). a. Leadership is part of Christ’s plan for his church (1). b. Leadership primarily involves member care (2a). c. Leadership that cares for church members must be characterized (2b–3) i. by a willingness to follow God’s design ii. by an awareness to serve rather than receive iii. by an example for others to follow d. Leadership serves Christ to bring him glory (4). 2. Church members must submit to this leadership (5a). 3. Church community must act in humility towards one another (5b). Main Idea: We must humbly submit to one another to glorify Christ as he shepherds his church according to his design. Application Questions: • How would you describe effective leadership in any aspect of life? How might that be similar to what we see here, and how might that differ? • According to vv. 2–4, list and describe the characteristics of effective church leadership. • How do we measure successful church leadership according to v.4? How might that differ from the way in which effective church leadership is measured according to typical church standards? • What should submission to church leadership look like in your life (5)? • How can we foster genuine humility at all levels within the church community?
October 7, 2018
1 Peter 4: 12-19 • October 7, 2018 • Pastor Josh Kee
Passage: 1 Peter 4: 12-19 Theme: Persecution of the Church. This week we will study 1 Peter 4:12-19, where Peter reminds us that to suffer for Christ is to be expected and that those who suffer are blessed in his kingdom. The worship service will focus in on the persecuted church, dedicating some time to consider the reality for many of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world, and to pray for those who are suffering for the sake of Christ. Discussion Q’s: 1. Why do you think suffering surprises so many of us, especially in the West? 2. What does suffering prove about us according to Peter? 3. Why can we rejoice in the midst of suffering in light of God’s promises? 4. How can you become more engaged with the sufferings of Christians around the world?