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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 6:6Ė8 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 Childrenís 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 letís 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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Proverbs 3:1-8 Who Will you Trust? Summary: Have you ever felt like it is hard to trust God? We wonder if He is really caring for us sometimes, especially when life is hard. We hope we can figure out problems on our own and fail to realize that God calls us to lean on Him. Today weíll see in Proverbs 3:5-6 that our own wisdom often fails, but God calls us to trust Him with our whole heart. Letís think about it: Outline: 1. The folly of independence from God 2. The wisdom of dependence on God 3. The spiritual health God promises Verse: Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart... Discussion Questions: 1. What are the areas in life where you feel ďcompetent?Ē Where do you feel the weakest? Where might you be tempted to ďlean on your own understanding?Ē 2. How does leaning on your own understanding cause you to live by works instead of by faith in Jesus? 3. Since Proverbs 3:5 tells us to trust in in the Lord with your whole heart, spend time praying about situations in your life where you are not trusting God. 4. Spend time this week meditating on the character of God, the power of the Gospel, and how He is worthy of your trust
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Proverbs 1:8-19 Fatherly Wisdom Summary: Do you remember a time when you got into trouble for doing something that your parents said not to do? Did they warn you of the dangers? God gives parents the job of teaching their kids the way of godliness and wisdom. Today our passage in Proverbs 1 tells us all about this, so let's listen in! Outline: Godís plan for kids (and adults!): Hear and heed your parentís wisdom A fatherís wisdom: run from sinful influences A fatherís warning: Unrepentant sinners get what they deserve Your parentís hope: a victory of Godís grace in your life! Verse: Proverbs 1:8 Hear, my son, your fatherís instruction, and forsake not your motherís teaching, Discussion Questions: 1. What is the role of parents as you read Proverbs 1:8-19? What is the role of children? 2. How do you see the enticements of sin in this passage? What is enticing you currently (or your kids?) 3. What is the positive motivator to embrace wisdom in this passage? How do we balance the warnings with these motivations? 4. Where might you see Jesus through this Proverb? 5. If you are a parent, how can this passage shape your parenting?
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Matthew 1:1-21 NIV
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Jesus calls His first disciples to follow Him and become fishers of men. Luke 5:1-11
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Proverbs 1:1-7 The School of Wisdom Summary: Every single day, we need wisdom from God; wisdom on how to live, how to serve God, and how to worship Him with our lives. As we start a new year together, let's seek wisdom from God as we study the book of Proverbs. Let's begin by understanding why God gave us this book of the Bible: Outline: 1. The subject of the Proverbs: We need wisdom 2. The two paths in Proverbs: the way of wisdom or the way of folly 3. The goal of Proverbs: to worship JESUS, the source of wisdom Verse: Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Discussion questions: 1. What are the areas of life where you need wisdom the most? Where do you tend to go for wisdom? 2. What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? 3. According to Proverbs 1:1-7, what might be the goal of the book? 4. Read Colossians 2:1-3. How is Jesus described? How then should we read the Proverbs?
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