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Burial Preparations John 12:1-8 Summary: Have you ever broken something really expensive? I broke a vase that belonged to my mom once (not a really expensive one, but still it was nice!). What would you think of someone who did that intentionally? That would seem wasteful. Today we're going to start getting ready for Easter by looking at the moment when Mary broke open a really expensive bottle of perfume and poured it on Jesus. Why would she do this? Let's find out together: Outline: 1. Judas: a heart of stone 2. Mary: A heart of worship 3. Jesus: the One at the heart of it all Verse: John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. Discussion Questions: 1. Think about Judas' response in this scene in John 12. How might you have responded to Mary's act? What is he missing? 2. Why would Mary have done this? What would lavish devotion look like in your life? 3. How might this account in John 12 help you today as you prepare for Good Friday and Easter?
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The Pharisees had Jesus arrested and taken to the Romans to be put on trial. Pilate ordered Jesus to be crucified. Every one of our sins died on that cross with Jesus. Matthew 27:11-66
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From up in a tree the tax collector Zacchaeus learned that Jesus came to save and love all people, even the worse of sinners. Luke 19:1-10
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Philippians 1:11-21 Partners in the Gospel Summary: We are in a strange time, not having Sunday worship together right now. I know it may seem strange and even scary. But God is on the throne and loves us still! He has a plan for us. Today let's look at Philippians 1 and think about how God is at work in us, even in difficult times. Let's think about it for a few minutes: Outline: 1. The Gospel is the foundation of our life together 2. Jesus will finish what He started in us 3. The Gospel strengthens us to suffer well Verse: Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Discussion questions: 1. How does Paul feel about the Philippian Christians? How should the Gospel be the foundation of our life as a church? What ought to be different about the way we relate? 2. What hope does verse 6 give you in the middle of all this uncertainty we are experiencing? 3. How does Paul describe his own suffering in all of Philppians 1? How does the Gospel give you the grace to
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Jesus tells His disciples that He is the Good Shepherd. John 10:1-18 David explains the comfort and goodness of the true shepherd. Psalm 23
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Mark 12:1-12 NIV
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Go to the Ant Proverbs 6:6-11 Summary: Did you know that doing work is a very good thing? I know it may not feel like it, because there is some work that is hard or boring or we just don't like it sometimes. There will always be some parts about work that we don't enjoy, because we live in a sinful world, and we are sinful people. But God made meaningful work for us all to do. Today in Proverbs we are going to think about work, and take a lesson from an unlikely creature: the ANT! Outline: 1. Consider the ant 2. Consider the sluggard 3. Consider yourself 4. Consider the Lord Verse: Proverbs 6:6–8 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. 7 Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, 8 she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. Discussion questions: 1. What is the main work God has given you to do, and what is your general attitude about it? 2. Take some time for self evaluation: would you tend toward the temptations of laziness or being a workaholic? How might they have similar sinful roots? 3. What are the lessons we learn from the ant? From the sluggard? 4. How does the Gospel inform the motives for our work? How does God's character inform our work?
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Mark 10:46-52 NIV
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Jesus teaches the disciples about prayer and gives them the model of the Lord's Prayer. Luke 11:1-13
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Sermon Text: Ephesians 3:20-21 Sermon Title: To God be the Glory Confessing Our Sin: Isaiah 50:10 Promise of Forgiveness: Isaiah 53:5 Tithe Reading: Proverbs 11:25 Children’s Memory Verse: Romans 11:36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen
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In the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus challenges us to love our neighbor just as He first loved us. Luke 10:25-37
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Jesus showed compassion on the deaf man, touching his ears and tongue to bring physical and spiritual healing. Mark 7:31-37
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Proverbs 4:20-27 Guard Your Heart Summary: What do you do to take care of something valuable and important? Do you put it in a safe place? Do you keep a close watch on it so nothing happens to it? Did you know that the Bible tells us that guarding your heart is kind of like that? Proverbs tells us to guard (or keep) our hearts, to protect our relationship with God. But what does it mean to guard our hearts? Let's think about it: Outline: 1. Our actions shape our hearts 2. Our heart shapes our actions 3. Guarding the heart is God's work 4. Guarding the heart is our work Verse: Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Discussion Questions: 1. Read Proverbs 4:20-27. What are some of the actions in your life that are currently shaping the spiritual health of your heart? Remember the heart is the
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Honor the Lord with Your Wealth, Part 2 Proverbs 28 Summary: Money is one of God's gifts to us. But like all His gifts, we can misuse it if we are not careful. The book of Proverbs is full of teaching on how to handle our money well. Last week we saw that we are to honor the Lord with our wealth. Today we are going to look again at the topic of wealth in Proverbs, and see the danger and the purpose of money. Let's listen carefully to God's Word! Outline: 1. Wealth can be dangerous 2. Wealth is for doing Kingdom good 3. There is mercy for the wealthy Verse:Proverbs 28:25 A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched. Discussion Questions: 1. Read Proverbs 28 again, and also read Proverbs 27:23-27. What are the dangers of riches that are described in these verses? 2. How can riches lead to self-deceit in your life (Prov. 28:11)? How might you be tempted to treat others differently by their financial status (vv. 3-9)? 3. Why might it be dangerous to
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Jesus fed the 5000 men and their families with 5 barley loaves and 2 fish. He provided for their physical needs, just as He will do for us. John 6:1-15
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Mark 6:1-29 NIV
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Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord With Your Wealth Summary: Did you know that everything you own is a gift from God? How do you think it might change our attitude toward our money and the things we own if we knew they were a gift from God? Today we're going to think about what it means to honor the Lord with our wealth (our money and our possessions). Let's think about it as we study Proverbs again: Outline: 1. The command - honor the Lord with your wealth 2. The promise - overflowing blessing Verse: Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce... Discussion questions: 1. Why do you think Solomon tells us to honor God with our wealth and firstfruits? Why two different categories? 2. As a believer in Christ, this command is not lessened, but heightened for us. So, how are you approaching your use of your wealth and resources? What would it look like to honor God with these things God has given you? 3. How should we interpret the promise of verse nine? Is God promising to make us wealthy if we keep the command of verse nine? 4. How does the generosity of God the Father, and the self-giving of Jesus help you think differently about how you use your resources?
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Proverbs 16 Commit Your Work to the Lord Summary: Today we begin a time of praying for wisdom for our church and our future together. It is always good to pray. But there are times when it is good to devote ourselves to seeking God for big decisions. Today let’s listen to wisdom from Proverbs so we can seek God and commit our plans to Him. Outline: 1. Commit your work to the Lord 2. Commit yourself to contentment 3. Commit yourself to the righteous King Verse: Proverbs 16:9 (ESV): The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Discussion questions: 1. Read Proverbs 16 again. What are the major themes you see? 2. How do you see the sovereignty of God and the plans of man interact in the chapter? How do you see this in your life? What plans do you have and how might they be shaped by this chapter? 3. Why do you think he spends so much time speaking about a righteous king? 4. How can we seek to commit our plans and work to the Lord as a church?
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Mark 5:1-20 NIV
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