Church and Religion
Exodus 11 The Firstborn Summary: Today in our sermon on Exodus we hear God give warning of a final plague: all of the firstborn sons in Egypt will die. This sounds pretty terrible! But let’s think about it today, and remember why God brings judgment for sin: Outline: 1. Plundering the Egyptians 2. The wages of sin is death 3. God protects His people from death Verse: Exodus 11:1 The Lord said to Moses, “Yet one plague more I will bring upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt. Afterward he will let you go from here.” Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. Why do you think God brought this last plague of killing the firstborn in Egypt? Do you think they deserved this? Why or why not? Read Exodus 1 again to remember Pharaoh’s sin against Israel. 2. How did God show great mercy to Israel in this chapter? How does he protect us from the wages of sin? 3. Why do you think God allowed the Israelites to plunder the Egyptians? What does this teach us about God?
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Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 NRSV
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Exodus 10:21-29 Darkness Summary: Have you ever been afraid of the dark? If so, you might be able to imagine the fear that came upon the Egyptians when God blocked out the sun for three days in their land. It was so dark, no one could even leave their homes! God was showing His ultimate power to Pharaoh. But He protected his people and gave them light. Let's listen in today, and remember that, if we know Jesus, we have the Light of the World: 1. The defeat of the sun god 2. The darkness of sin 3. The Light of the world Verse: John 8:12 (ESV)...“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Questions for personal and family worship. Use these questions for your own devotions this week, or for family worship at home with your children: 1. Have you ever been afraid of the dark? Why do you think darkness is so frightening? Why might God have cast Pharaoh and his people into this long, dark night? 2. What does darkness signify in the Bible? Read what the Bible says about darkness in Matthew 25:30, John 3:19-21, and John 8:12. See also Revelation 16:10-11. 3. How does Jesus overcome the darkness that is in this world? How does he want to cast His light into the darkness in your own heart?
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Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14 NRSV
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Exodus 10:1-20 The Swarm Summary: Did you know that part of our job as adults and parents is to tell you about God's greatness and about His Son Jesus? Today as we come to the plague of locusts on Egypt, God tells them that this story of His great salvation is to be told to the children. So don't ever forget: the great drama of God's salvation is FOR YOU! Outline: 1. Tell our children the old story 2. Humility or humiliation 3. The swarm descends, but God's people are saved Verse: Deut. 6:6-7a And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children.... Discussion Questions: 1. In this plague we learn that part of God's purpose is so that following generations will hear of God's greatness and
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Jeremiah 36:1-31 NRSV
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The Preaching of God’s Word: Zechariah 3:1-10; 6:9-15 Westminster Seminary Graduate Calvin Kim The Priest Who Would Be King Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 And the LORD said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. 4 And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.” 5 And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD was standing by. 6 And the angel of the LORD solemnly assured Joshua, 7 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: If you will walk in My ways and keep My charge, then you shall rule My house and have charge of My courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are standing here. 8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who sit before you, for they are men who are a sign: behold, I will bring My servant the Branch. 9 For behold, on the stone that I have set before Joshua, on a single stone with seven eyes, I will engrave its inscription, declares the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day. 10 In that day, declares the LORD of hosts, every one of you will invite his neighbor to come under his vine and under his fig tree.” 9 And the word of the LORD came to me: 10 “Take from the exiles Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon, and go the same day to the house of Josiah, the son of Zephaniah. 11 Take from them silver and gold, and make a crown, and set it on the head of Joshua, the son of Jehozadak, the high priest. 12 And say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Behold, the Man whose name is the Branch: for He shall branch out from His place, and He shall build the temple of the LORD. 13 It is He who shall build the temple of the LORD and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on His throne. And there shall be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”’ 14 And the crown shall be in the temple of the LORD as a reminder to Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Hen the son of Zephaniah. 15 “And those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the LORD. And you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. And this shall come to pass, if you will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.” Memory verse: Zechariah 6:13 It is He who shall build the temple of the LORD and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on His throne. And there shall be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
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Jeremiah 18:1-11 NRSV
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Call To Worship Revelation 19:11-16 Confessing Our Sin Isaiah 66:15-16 Promise of Forgiveness Psalm 18:3, 6, 10-12, 17-18 Tithe Reading Hebrews 13:16 Sermon Text Zechariah 1:1-17; 2:1-13 Topic The Horse and His Rider Preacher Calvin Kim
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Exodus 9:13-35 Judgment Raining Down Summary: If you have ever been in a hailstorm, you know that they can be pretty scary...and painful! I grew up in Iowa where hailstones could be big. People can get hurt and property can get destroyed. When God called Pharaoh to repent and let the children of Israel go from slavery, a giant hailstorm was one of the demonstrations of His power. Let's think about it today, and see God's power at work: Outline: 1. The Lord of the storm at work: a. There is none like me b. I will proclaim my name c. The earth is mine 2. The response of the heart Verse: Exodus 9:16 16 But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth. Discussion Questions: 1. What were the purposes that God gave to Pharaoh for all these plagues? What do we learn about God, His character, and His ways in each of these? How might they point us to Jesus and His work? 2. Why do some of the servants of Pharaoh shelter their animals before the storm? What does the text tell us about the state of their hearts (vv.2-21)? 3. What should we make of Pharaoh's confession of sin? What is present and what might be missing? 4. How might this plague point us to the Good News of the Gospel?
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Luke 7:1-10 NRSV
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Exodus 9:1-12 I Have Overcome the World Summary: It is hard to imagine the plagues that God brought on Egypt to show His power and lead Pharaoh to let God's people go from slavery. Today we'll see two more: sickness on the animals and sickness on the people as well. God had a plan to save His people. Let's think about it: 1. A mighty hand 2. A divine shield 3. A heart of stone Verse: Exodus 9:12 (ESV)12 But the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he did not listen to them, as the Lord had spoken to Moses. Discussion Questions: 1. What do we learn in these two plagues (livestock dying and the boils on the people) about God's power? Why do we often shy away from speaking about these acts of judgment that God sent? 2. What do we learn about the state of Pharaoh's heart? 3. How might the sickness God sent on Egypt represent the spiritual condition of the people? How do the miracles of Jesus healing people give us hope when we consider the parallels between them?
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Exodus 8:16-32 Lord of the Flies Summary: We're back in Exodus! Today we pick up the drama of God's power shown to Egypt through two more plagues. To show His power and convince Pharaoh to let God's people go, the Lord sends powerful swarms of gnats and flies throughout all Egypt. This sounds pretty gross! But God is at work to save His people. Let's think about it: Outline: 1. The finger of God destroys the power of Satan 2. God redeems His people from the wrath to come 3. God calls His people to a complete break with Egypt Verse: Exodus 8:20b ‘Thus says the Lord, “Let my people go, that they may serve me...
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My text: Mark 6:14-29 Sermon Title: Clash of the Kingdoms Sermon Q & A Intro (1) What do we have to do if we want to read the bible well? (2) What is this brilliant literary technique called in movies? (3) What does Mark accomplish by telling his story in this way? Strategic Location (4) Why is Mark's lingering over John the Baptist's death a strange thing for Mark to do? (5) What does the strange collision of these two events - John the Baptist's death and Jesus' sending of the aposltes - suggest? (6)What does the location of this text tell us? Theme #1: Messianic Identity (7) What is one of the main questions Mark poses in his narrative? (8) What are we supposed to do as Mark's audience? (9) Why does Mark intentionally link ch. 6 & ch. 8 together? Theme #2: Political Hostility (10) What does Mark uniquely highlight? (11) What movement has Jesus been building? (12) What is at stake on the cross?
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Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21 NRSV
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Acts 15:1-18 NRSV
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Call to Worship: Isaiah 12:3-6 Confessing our Sin: 1 John 1:8-9 Promise of Forgiveness: 1 John 2:1-2 Tithe: Isaiah 60:4-5 Sermon Text: John 6:48-60 Sermon Title: The Heavenly Meal
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Acts 8:26-39 NRSV
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Call to worship Psalm 145: 1-3 Humbling Ourselves in God's Presence: Galatians 5:22-24: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Rejoicing in God's Mercy: Isaiah 53: 5-6: But he was pierced for our transgressions; / he was crushed for our iniquities; / upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, / and with his wounds we are healed. / All we like sheep have gone astray; / we have turned—every one—to his own way; / and the Lord has laid on him / the iniquity of us all. Tithe: Proverbs 11:24-25 The Passage for my sermon: Isaiah 54: 1-10 Title: Eternal Covenant of Peace Outline: • A Barren Church • A Redeeming Husband • A Steadfast-loving God
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Psalm 4 (NRSV)
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