Gripped By Glory
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?
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?
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?
December 24, 2018
Christmas Eve Outdoor Candlelight Service • December 24, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
CHRISTMAS EVE :: Monday, Dec. 24th Time :: 6:00-7:15pm Location :: Dunedin Community Center Outdoor stage 1920 Pinehurst Rd. Dunedin, FL 34698 Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. This candlelight service will take place at the stage attached to the building, not the wooden pavilion we have been to in the past.
December 23, 2018
Matthew 2: 1-12 • December 23, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: Gripped by Glory: The Wise Men Matthew 2:1–12 Main Idea: The revelation of God’s glory in his Son Jesus produces a response in us. Three Responses to Glory Revealed: 1. Opposition: Seeks to destroy it (Herod) 2. Apathy: Doesn’t affect life in any way (Leadership in Jerusalem) 3. Worship (Wise Men): a. A willingness to go whatever distance necessary to pursue God’s glory b. A desire to find God’s glory c. A giving of one’s best for God’s glory Application Questions: • How have you seen these responses evident in your life at different times? Describe what this looked like in your life. • Where do we find responses similar to Herod today? Where do we find responses similar to the leadership in Jerusalem? Can these responses be seen in the church? • What can we do to cultivate the willingness and desire that we find in this text? Is that something that we can even do? • What is God calling you to give of your best in response to his glory?
December 16, 2018
Luke 2:8-21 • December 16, 2018 • Pastor Josh Kee
Passage: Luke 2:8-21 Title: Gripped by Glory: Shepherds Summary: This week we will look at the most magnificent birth announcement ever made. We learn a great deal about how God has chosen to relate with humanity through this heavenly pronouncement to a group of humble, ordinary shepherds. Outline: I. The Greatest Birth Announcement Ever Made (2:8-14) a. The Recipients (2:8-9) b. The Pronouncement (2:10-12) c. Heaven's Joy (2:13-14) II. The Response of Those Who Hear (2:15-20) a. Shepherds Confirmation (2:15-17) b. Wonder by All (2:18) c. Mary's Pondering (2:19) d. The Shepherd's Joy (2:20) III. The Word Fulfilled (2:21) Discussion Q's: 1. What do the shepherds teach us about who Jesus came for? Do you share God's heart for those for whom he came? 2. What is your personal response to the coming of Jesus? 3. Do you share heaven's joy over Christ? 4. How are you being gripped by God's glory (his majestic "otherness" and his goodness to give mercy and grace)? 5. Is God's glory producing joy in your life? 6. Who needs to hear this good news in your life? Pray for them. Pray for opportunities to speak with them about why Jesus came. Take whatever opportunities you have.
December 9, 2018
Matthew 1: 18-25 • December 9, 2018 • Pastor Josh Kee
Summary: God initiated, in his love and by his grace, to extend mercy to humanity through Christ in order to redeem us, but his means of salvation involved real, normal people. The proclamation of Christ's birth wrecked the "normalcy" of their lives and required tremendous faith, but through these humble and faithful ones, God lavished the glory of his grace on humanity. Join us this week as we look at Joseph's response to Christ's coming. Outline: I. Joseph's Dilemma (v. 18) a. The significance of betrothal b. The problem of a pregnancy II. Joseph's Plan (v. 19) a. Joseph is Righteous b. Joseph is Kind III. Joseph's Dream and God's Plan (vv. 20-21) a. A supernatural conception b. A relentless zeal for redemption c. An ordinary man IV. Prophecy Fulfilled (vv. 22-23) a. The faithfulness of God to keep his promises b. The precision with which God works V. Joseph's Response (vv. 24-25) a. Humble faith b. Bold obedience POINT: Obedience is the evidence that our hearts are gripped by God's glory. God chooses to make his glory known through the humble who will trust him. His salvation comes through the most extraordinary act, carried out through the least extraordinary of circumstances and people. Discusion Q's: 1. How seriously do you take God's commands? Is there an expectation of aligning your life to what God says? 2. How is your desire for what pleases God? Are you living righteously? 3. Does your righteousness make you kind? Do you delight to shame others or spare them with compassion? (Your spouse, children, coworkers, neighbors, people online, etc.) 4. What do you base your obedience to God's word on? Is it Human logic, rationality, convenience, consequences, or faith? 5. Obedience is the evidence that your heart is gripped by God's glory and is replacing the glory of lesser things. What areas do you struggle to obey God? Make these areas points of prayer and confession, and ask God to displace their glory with his own in your heart.
December 2, 2018
Luke 1 • December 2, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: Luke 1 Theme: Gripped by Glory: Elizabeth 1. Before God’s glory revealed: Elizabeth’s reality (1:5–7): a. Faithful Follower b. Yet Barren Wife 2. God’s Glory Revealed a. The visitation by Gabriel announcing God’s glory to come (1:8–23) b. Fulfillment: God’s glory in Elizabeth’s life through a miraculous child (1:24–25) 3. Gripped by God’s Glory a. Elizabeth’s Response 1: Prophetic Blessing (1:39–45) b. Elizabeth’s Response 2: Submissive Obedience (1:57–66) Main Idea: As we faithfully remain loyal to him, God can use even the most frustrating of circumstances in our lives to reveal his glory. Application Questions: • Have you ever experienced times in your life in which you were seeking to please God but were frustrated by the seeming absence of him in the circumstances of your life? Write them down or share these with one another. Looking back, how did he reveal himself powerful and present through this trial? • What does the scene with Mary in 1:39–45 reveal about Elizabeth being gripped by God’s glory? How can we live this out today? • How does Elizabeth display submission throughout this story, but especially in 1:57–66? What does this teach us about submission in our own lives?