Motivation for Giving (2 Corinthians 9:6-15)

Motivation for Giving (2 Corinthians 9:6-15)

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.

Responses to Questions: Part 14

Responses to Questions: Part 14
  1. What does "Fear and Trembling” mean (Psalm 2:11; 1 Samuel 12:24)?

  2. The Bible says we are to fear God (Psalm 2:11; 1 Samuel 12:24). In light of this, please explain 1 John 4:17-19.

The Fellowship of Giving (2 Corinthians 8:1-15)

The Fellowship of Giving (2 Corinthians 8:1-15)

As we focus on enhancing our Fellowship in 2019, we explore how our Giving is related to our understanding of Christian Fellowship.

Does God Use Deception? (1 Kings 22:13-28)

Does God Use Deception? (1 Kings 22:13-28)

Does God ever approve of us using deception? Does God Himself ever use deception? And if there’s a yes to either of those, how do we reconcile that with the command not to bear false witness? Do we have inconsistencies here?

From Rags to Riches to Rags (Ezekiel 16:1-25)

From Rags to Riches to Rags (Ezekiel 16:1-25)

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.

Family History (Matthew 1:18-25)

Family History (Matthew 1:18-25)

Do you have some dirt in your family tree? Did you have any troubling childhood experiences? Do you feel doomed to follow in the footsteps of the worst vices of your parents? Matthew’s Gospel presents us with a “Genesis” of the human Jesus, and it’s full of scandal, trauma, and shame.

Fellowship and Encouragement (Philippians 1:1-11)

Fellowship and Encouragement (Philippians 1:1-11)

We often skim through the greeting of a letter to get to the “meat.” But the greeting of Philippians 1 sets up the rest of the book. It’s a powerful example of Fellowship-Based-Encouragement. We briefly hit 10 principles of encouraging fellow Christians by walking through this text.

Responses to Questions: Part 13

Responses to Questions: Part 13
  1. How do you explain Genesis 6:3 that says the lifetime of man will be 120 years when Noah lived to be 950 and even later Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and others all lived many years more than 120?  It seems that the 120 restriction wasn’t put into effect until the time of Moses.

  2. I believe in 1945 95% of the people believed and called on the name God the father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I believe in 2018 40% of the people believed and called on the name of God the father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. What changed? The Lord is the same today, tomorrow, and forever. What changed?

  3. Can you expound on our responsibility to orphans and widows as stated in James 1:27?

Blessing Your Children (Genesis 49:22-26)

Blessing Your Children (Genesis 49:22-26)

Most of our pray for our families. But the biblical idea of “blessing” goes deeper. We explore Jacob’s blessing of his adult son Joseph to see if we can apply some principles in our relationships with sons and daughters of all ages.

Believing Thomas (John 20:19-29)

Believing Thomas (John 20:19-29)

Perhaps we’ve been unfair to Thomas. Thomas is not so different from the rest of the apostles. He just desired the experience of sense verification which they received first. But there are some powerful lessons here about the role of doubt in the journey of faith. In this sermon, we use 3 accounts of Thomas in John’s Gospel to discuss outlook, courage, uncertainty, skepticism, and faith.