Church and Religion
Confessing Our Sin: Isaiah 53:6 Promise of Forgiveness: Isaiah 53:11 Tithe Reading: Proverbs 3:9-10 Sermon Text: John 10:11-18 Sermon Topic: The Good Shepherd
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Galatians 4:12-20 A Perplexed Pastor Summary: The greatest thing we hope for you as you grow up at NCPC is that you would grow up to love Jesus and His Gospel. Today as we hear again from Paul, we hear of his desire that “Christ would be formed in us” which is his way of saying that he wants us to grow up to love Jesus and walk with him. But there were enemies of Jesus in the church of Galatia that wanted to undo all this! Let’s think about it: Outline: 1. Follow Gospel leaders as they follow Jesus 2. Beware of Gospel enemies who want your allegiance 3. The goal of our ministry is to have Christ be formed in us Verse: Galatians 5:1 (ESV): For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Discussion Questions: 1. How does Paul beg his hears to “become as I am, for I also have become as your are”? What does this mean? 2. How does this passage reveal the history between Paul and the Galatians? How would you describe it? Why did it change? 3. What are the tactics of the false teachers described here in Galatians 4? 4. How does this passage help us as we think about the relationship between the church and her leaders? Paul’s hope is that “Christ is formed” in us. What does that mean?
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Galatians 4:1-7 No Longer a Slave Summary: Today as we read Galatians, Paul is going to tell us about how God sent Jesus to redeem us out of slavery and adopt us as His Sons and daughters. Let's listen to this great news! Outline: 1. Life in slavery 2. The coming of the Son 3. The fulness of our sonship Verse: Galatians 4:4-5 God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law... Discussion Questions: 1. What is the picture Paul gives in this passage of life as a young heir in his father's household? How is it like us being under the law? How is the law like slavery in this way? 2. How does Paul describe the coming of Christ in vv.4-5? 3. How does it help you to know that God's adoption of you is sealed by the Spirit in us? How should the Spirit of adoption shape your own identity? How could it fuel your faith this week?
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Galatians 3:26-29 One in Christ Summary: If you look around at our church you will see people from many different places in the world, and different backgrounds. But we share one thing: we are all children of God through faith in Jesus! This breaks down the walls between us so we can love one another no matter what are differences are. Let's think about it: Outline: 1. In Christ we are sons of God 2. In Christ we are united to one another 3. In Christ we are connected to the church throughout history Verse: Galatians 3:28 (ESV)28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Discussion questions: 1. Notice how many times Paul speaks about being
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Galatians 3:19-25 Law and Promise Summary: Why do you think God gave us His laws, like the Ten Commandments? Is it so we can try hard to obey God and earn His love? NO! God gave us the law for a much better reason. He knew we could not obey him perfectly, but the law shows us our sin and how much we need Jesus. Let's think about it: Outline: 1. The law is a mirror to show us our sin 2. The law is a prison to restrain our sin 3. The law is our teacher to lead us to Jesus Verse:Galatians 3:21a
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Galatians 3:15-18 An Unbreakable Promise Summary: Do you know what a
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See how many times you can find the name of Job in this puzzle
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Galatians 3:10-14 Blessings and Curses Summary: Today, listen for two really important words: Blessings and curses. Blessings are words of hope, promise and comfort for us from God. God has given us the blessings of eternal life when we trust in Jesus by faith. But curses are words of judgment. If we try to earn our salvation by our good works, we will never succeed, and instead we'll only receive a curse, not a blessing. Let's think about it: 1. Don't rely on your works, they only bring a curse 2. Live by faith in Jesus who redeemed us from the curse Verse: Gal. 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us... Discussion questions: 1. Read Galatians 3:10-14 again, and then read over all of the Old Testament passages (in context) that Paul quotes: Deut. 27:26, Hab 2:4, Leviticus 18:5, Deuteronomy 21:23. Try to read the surrounding context of each passage to get the full sense. Why do you think Paul quotes the Old Testament so much here? 2. Why does relying on the works of the law bring us under a curse? In what ways might you be relying on the works of the law? 3. How did Jesus redeem us from the curse of the law? In what sense did He
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Galatians 3:10-14 Blessings and Curses Summary: Today, listen for two really important words: Blessings and curses. Blessings are words of hope, promise and comfort for us from God. God has given us the blessings of eternal life when we trust in Jesus by faith. But curses are words of judgment. If we try to earn our salvation by our good works, we will never succeed, and instead we'll only receive a curse, not a blessing. Let's think about it: 1. Don't rely on your works, they only bring a curse 2. Live by faith in Jesus who redeemed us from the curse Verse: Gal. 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us... Discussion questions: 1. Read Galatians 3:10-14 again, and then read over all of the Old Testament passages (in context) that Paul quotes: Deut. 27:26, Hab 2:4, Leviticus 18:5, Deuteronomy 21:23. Try to read the surrounding context of each passage to get the full sense. Why do you think Paul quotes the Old Testament so much here? 2. Why does relying on the works of the law bring us under a curse? In what ways might you be relying on the works of the law? 3. How did Jesus redeem us from the curse of the law? In what sense did He
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Galatians 3:6-9 Father Abraham Summary: Do you know this song?
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Galatians 3:1-5 Faith Alone Summary: I love the game of golf. I love being outside, playing with friends or family, and I really love the feeling of hitting a great golf shot. Of course that doesn't happen as often as I'd like! In golf you have to hit several good shots in a row to score well. You can start off well, but if you don't finish by putting the ball in the hole, you'll never get a good score. Today, let's listen to Paul in Galatians again. He was worried that his friends started the Christian life well, (accepting Jesus by faith), but were trying to finish by their own good works. Let's listen in: Outline: 1. Beware of the
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Text: Exodus 26:1,31-35, 27:1-2, 27:9-10, 20-21 Title: The Path to Heaven: Jesus, the Mediator 1-2 Sentence Summary: Sometimes when we get something for free, we treat it like costs like $0. Because our ticket into heaven, the Holy Place of God,is for free, we sometimes treat it like a mere piece of paper; however, let us remember how much it cost to get into heaven and give thanks to Jesus Christ for paying it all! Outline: 1. In order to get into Heaven, God requires blood to cover our stench 2. In order to get into Heaven, God requires holiness as your permission to enter. 3. In order to get into Heaven, God requires complete obedience for you to stay there. Memory Verse:
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Galatians 2:17-21 Crucified With Christ Summary: Being a Christian means that we have given up trying to earn God's love by our own good works and trying to obey God's law. We can never work enough! God saves us as a free gift through faith in Jesus. Today listen as talk about what it means to be
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Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to worship the king's golden statue. They trusted God to bring them out of the fiery furnace alive. They knew they could only worship the one true God. Daniel 3
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Galatians 2:1-10 Preserving the Gospel Summary: The great news of the Gospel is that God saves us by faith in Jesus ALONE. Our good works do not earn us eternal life. In Galatians, Paul is unwilling to let anyone change that simple, wonderful Gospel message. Let's listen to Paul's defense today and pray that we might hold on to the good news as well: Outline: 1. Gospel fruit 2. Gospel preservation 3. Gospel partners Verse:
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Galatians 1:11-24 A History of Grace Summary: Have you ever bought something used? Some stores buy and sell used items, and we often call it a
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Psalm 4 “Show Us Good” Memory Verse: In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)
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When Jonah saw God pour out his mercy and forgiveness on the city of Nineveh he became angry. He wanted those evil people punished. But God wants us to show mercy and forgiveness to others, just as He has shown us. Jonah 3:10-4:11
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Luke 7:1-10 Faith Unexpected Intro: • What is this story about? • Describe the different ways to view the kingdom of God. (Hint: listen for the verbs.) • What does this story persuade the reader to do? • What do the four “movements” in the text explain about our expectations? Transition (7:1) • Which chapters fit into the wider unit of Luke’s narrative? • Which OT scroll does Jesus read from in Nazareth? • What does the scroll outline? • Luke 4-8 narrates Jesus’ provocative claim that the kingdom of God especially benefits whom? • Who, in our story, qualifies as the “poor”? Why? Plot (7:2-3) • What is the basic plot? • What are the two-character descriptions given about the centurion? • What is the “heightened” plot within these social dynamics? Rising Tension (7:4-8) • What is the “surprising interruption” in the middle of this scene? • What did the Jewish elders focus on while misrepresenting the centurion’s message? • What do the Jewish elders mean when they say the centurion “loves our nation”? (Hint: record the mainverb.) • What do the Jewish elders mean when they say the centurion “built a synagogue”? • How does this scene drip with irony? • What are the two ways to approach Jesus? (Hint: listen for the verbs.) Resolution (7:9-10) • What is Luke and Jesus’ message in the resolution? • Why does Jesus put the priority on faith? • What does this text require of us? Memory verse: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 6:20b)
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