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Even though King Saul has been hunting David to kill him, David showed mercy to Saul by not killing him when he had the chance, leaving the timing of Saul's death in God's hands. 1 Samuel 26:5-25
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1 Timothy 4:11-16 The Best Workout Plan Summary: Do you like to exercise or play sports? Anyone who wants to be good at a sport needs to train and exercise to get better. But did you know that we need spiritual exercise and training also? Paul tells us that this is even more valuable for us to grow in godliness! Let's think about it more: Outline: What do we need to grow in grace? 1. Good teaching 2. Godly training 3. A great hope Verse: 1 Timothy 4:7b-8a Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way... Discussion/study questions: 1. Outline the passage. What some main themes and the structure for these verses? How does it relate to what Paul has already said in this letter? 2. How does Paul describe the value of physical training vs. spiritual training? Why might each be important? 3. How is Jesus the Savior of all men? 4. What steps can you take to be trained in good doctrine? To discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness?
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1 Timothy 4:1-5 Life in the Last Times Summary: God's Word is full of rich promises. But God warns us that there will always be people who teach lies instead of God's truth. Let's think about it today from 1 Timothy chapter 4: Outline: 1. Beware of false teachers 2. Embrace God's good creation Verse: 1 Tim 4:4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving Discussion Questions: 1. What is the source of the false teaching of which Paul speaks in this passage? What is the content of some of this teaching? 2. How might we see some of these false teachings today in the world or the church? How can we guard against it? 3. How does Paul want us to think about God's good gifts (especially marriage and food)? How can we foster a proper, thankful use of them?
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1 Peter 1:1-9 NIV
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King Saul was determined to kill David, but his son Jonathan remained a loyal friend to David.
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1 Timothy 3:14-16 Life in God's House Summary: Have you ever tried to change a habit in your life, but failed? We have all probably had this happen. God wants us to live lives that please him, but we cannot do that without the power of Jesus. Let's think about it today. Listen as we talk about what
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David trusts in God as he faces the giant Goliath. While the Israelite soldiers shook with fear David knew his God would protect him and give him victory. 1 Samuel 17:1-50
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Blessed Assurance Summary Because God refuses to hold your sins against you, you donít have to fear coming into Godís presence, even when you sin. Outline: 1) Define: What does it mean that God is greater than your heart? 2) Two practical benefits of assurance 3) Living faithfully in light of these great truths Verse: 1 Jn. 3:19-20 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before Him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and He knows everything. Discussion questions: 1) The word
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Galatians 2:15-21 NIV
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God sends Samuel to Jesse and anoints his son David as the next King of Israel. God shows he doesn't look at a person's outside appearance but at his heart. 1 Samuel 16:1-13
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God sends Samuel to Jesse and anoints his son David as the next King of Israel. God shows he doesn't look at a person's outside appearance but at his heart. 1 Samuel 16:1-13
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1 Timothy 3:8-13 God's Leaders: The Deacon Summary: God has blessed our church with many different leaders, and many people with wonderful gifts. Each of you have gifts and abilities that God has given you! Some in our church called to be deacons. What are deacons? God has called some men to lead our church in service, showing mercy and giving help to those in need. Let's listen more to 1 Timothy to find out more: 1. The calling of the deacon 2. The character of the deacon 3. The convictions of a deacon 4. The capability of the deacon Verse: Mark 10:45 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.Ē Discussion questions: 1. How does the description of the deacon in this passage differ from that of the elder? 2. How should the ministry that characterizes the deacon also be reflected by all of us? What is your attitude toward sympathy, service and help? Do you struggle to do these things? 3. How Does the office of deacon reflect the character and work of Jesus? How was he the perfect Servant for us?
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Ephesians 2:1-9 NIV
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King Saul became worried and impatient and decided to take matters into his own hands rather than being obedient to the instructions God had given to him through Samuel. 1 Samuel 13:1-14
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1 Timothy 3:1-7 God's Leaders: The Elder Summary: God has given many gifts to the church, and one of them are her leaders. Being an elder or pastor in the church is not easy, and not everyone is called to do it. But it is also a role of joy to serve God's people. Let's listen today to learn what God thinks of elders: Outline: What is an elder in the church of Jesus? 1. He is a man who is called 2. He is a man of character 3. He is a man of conviction 4. He is a man who is capable Verse: 1 Timothy 3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Discussion questions: 1. Why do you think Paul gives such a detailed set of criteria for those who serve as elders in the church? What is at stake? 2. What should this set of qualifications do in YOU, even if you are not called to be an elder? 3. With such a high set of qualifications, how should this shape our search for elders at NCPC? Will you commit to pray for this process at our church?
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They lived it and these are the places it happened.
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His word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.
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1 Timothy 2:11-15 Men and Women in God's Church, Part 2 Summary: God a GOOD plan for His church! Today we'll listen again to Paul talk about God's plan for the church from 1 Timothy 2. Today we'll ask questions like this: What are women called to do in God's church? Who should preach? Who should be pastors? Let's listen and let God teach us today. Outline: 1. The discipleship role of women in God's church 2. The creation order that guides our ministry Verse: 1 Timothy 6:12a Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called... Discussion questions: 1. Why do you think the question of women's role in the church is such a divisive one? How has the church often misunderstood or misapplied the Bible's teaching about women's roles? 2. How does Paul and the New Testament actually elevate the status of women compared to the culture? How does the calling to learn with submissiveness apply to all people, not just men? 3. Why does Paul refer to the creation order to explain the unique roles of men and women? How can we as a church be even more faithful to the Bible's teaching on men's and women's roles?
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A few good men.
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Seek and ye shall find.
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