As a followup to our lesson on the Fellowship of Giving, we stay in 2 Corinthians 8-9 to examine the motivation this text uses to spark purposed, regular, liberal, and cheerful giving habits in the lives of Christians.
Imagine Cinderella did not end w/ “Happily Ever After.” Imagine Cinderella, after being married to the finest man in her world and receiving the finest clothing, jewelry, and food, taking all the gifts from her husband and using them to pay other lovers as she chases after them. The story would shock us. Yet that ending would approach the twist in an even more gut-wrenching story in Ezekiel 16. And here’s the ultimate twist: this is your story, my story, our story.
In the 3rd of three sermons on The Ten Commandments, we explore how the New Testament handles the 10 which were the basis of Israel’s Ethical Standards. Do they have relevance to the Christian? And if so, then what advantage do we have of living them out?
Your very being is contingent on God’s being. Every breath you take is a gift from Him. We explore the implications of this truth.
We tackle the following questions:
If it were not for your faith in the Bible, then what other convincing reasons do you have for why it is unwise or wrong to live together with a partner without being married first?
What is grace?
What is faith?
What does Paul mean when, in Romans, he speaks of “saving faith”?
How does the Gospel change the rich? How does it change the poor? What trials and temptations do each group face? And what does it all mean for relationships between those from different economic backgrounds now in the Kingdom?
Psalm 107 gives us four pictures that capture our experience of lostness and brokenness until God intervened: Desert Wanderers, Guilt-Bound Prisoners, ......
Deuteronomy walks us through the dangers of comparisons and conclusions we may draw. We examine the pitfalls of thinking in terms of numerical, economic, or moral superiority over others.
God's answer to Moses about what we need to understand about His character manifests itself completely in the person of Jesus Christ
The dangers involved in offering forgiveness...and how Jesus shows us His willingness to offer it even in the face of consequences