Church and Religion
Psalm 75 Singing Praise for God's Justice Summary: Do you know what a judge is?  When someone breaks the law, they often have to face a judge in court who decides if they are guilty.  That judge then sentences them for their crime. The Bible tells us that God is the ultimate judge, and that is a good thing!  Why is that good?  Why should that give us hope, and even make us praise Him?  Let's find out: Outline: 1. God is the judge, and that is good news 2. God's comfort and warning 3. God's justice deepens our reasons for worship Verse: Psalm 75:7  But it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another. Discussion Questions 1. Author/Speaker Paul Tripp says that
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Luke 2:41-52 Jesus, the Son of God Jesus shows that He is the Son of God by redefining His relationships and people’s responses to Him. 1. The Son who redefines family 2. The Son who redefines obedience 3. The Son who redefines wonder Memory verse: And He said to them, “Why were you looking for Me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49)
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Revelation 21:1-6 NIV
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Revelation 19:1-9 NIV
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Revelation 19:1-9 NIV
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Revelation 22:1-5 Joy to the World! Summary: It's just a few days before Christmas! I hope you are excited. The song,
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Revelation 4:1-11
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Philippians 2:5-11 Veiled in Flesh Summary: One of the most amazing things about celebrating Christmas is remembering that Jesus, the God of the whole universe, took flesh like you and me! Christmas is great because God became a man, all to save us. That is a great reason to celebrate! Let’s think about it more: Outline: 1. The glory Jesus left… for you. 2. The humbling Jesus endured… for you. 3. The honor Jesus deserves… from you. Verse: (John 1:14) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory… 1. What does Philippians 2:5-11 tell us about Jesus’ attitude toward His mission to take flesh and save us? 2. Why is it so important to believe that “God became man?” Why is this so central to the Christian faith? 3. Study again the humiliation of Christ in vv 7-8. How does it strike you? What should such a truth produce in you? 4. How can this passage help fuel your wonder and worship this Christmas? Think about practical ways to keep these truths before you over the next few weeks.
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Luke 2:15-20 What Child is This? Summary: It's getting close to Christmas! I hope you're excited - I know I am. But can you imagine the excitement of the shepherds when they were visited by angels in the field, telling then of Jesus' birth? Those shepherds were amazed! They probably ran to Bethlehem to see the baby, and to tell everyone what they had seen! Today, let's pray that God would fill us with that kind of excitement that God has sent us a Savior! Outline: 1. How can we be silent? 2. What should kindle wonder? 3. How do we slow down and ponder? 4. What should bring us to worship this Christmas? Verse: Luke 2:14 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Discussion Questions: 1. As you read this passage and remember the moment of the angelic visit, what might have been your response if you heard the reports of the shepherds? Would there be skepticism? 2. What are the things that tend to quench rather than kindle wonder at Christ's coming? What are some realistic steps you can take to change that this Christmas? 3. Why do you think Mary is described the way she is in verse 19? What would
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All words about Krampus and Krampus customs
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Christmas is about Jesus coming to earth to save us from our sins.
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Revelation 1:9-19 NIV
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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Luke 1:76-79 Summary: It is time to celebrate Christmas again! One of the great songs we sing at Christmas is
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Psalm 74 Arise O God! Summary: When hard things happen in your life, did you know that God WANTS you to cry out to Him for help? Psalm 74 is an example of someone doing that very thing. When we don't understand what is happening, when things are scary or confusing, God wants us to come to Him! Let's see five ways He prays: Outline: Five Prayer Requests that are always acceptable: 1. Why God? 2. Remember your people, O God 3. How long, O God? 4. Remember Your Covenant, O God 5. Arise, O God! Verse: Psalm 74:1212 ... God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. Discussion Questions: 1. Why was this psalm writer so distraught? Can you think of a time when it seems like God has forgotten you? 2. How does this Psalm wrestle from confusion to faith? 3. How does this Psalm point us to Christ and His work? 4. How can this Psalm help you as you pray for the circumstances in your own life this week?
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1 John 1:1-2:6 NIV
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Psalm 136:1-9 NIV
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Psalm 136:1-9 NIV
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Psalm 73 Does it Pay to Serve God? Summary: Sometimes life seems backwards to us. It seems like those who do wrong are not punished, and those who do right suffer. Sometimes it seems like those who rebel against God prosper, while being a Christian brings hardship! Does the Bible help us understand this! Yes! Let's look to Psalm 73 for help: Outline: 1. Confusion 2. Clarity 3. Comfort Verse: Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:25-26) Discussion Questions: 1. What are some ways in which you see the wicked prospering in your world? 2. How are you tempted to envy them? 3. Think of a time when you’ve given into the temptation to live like those who don’t believe. How would this Psalm and the hope described in it have impacted your decisions in that situation? 4. Read 1 Peter 2:21-25. How does Christ’s response during his suffering help us understand how we ought to navigate trials?
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Matthew 24:35 NIV & Hebrews 4:12 NIV
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Psalm 50 God the Judge Summary: God gave us the Psalms to help us as we learn to love, obey and worship God. For the next few weeks we'll study Psalms written by a man named Asaph. He was a man who led music for God's people in the temple during the time of King David. Today in Psalm 50 we will hear God encourage us to worship and obey God from the heart, not just on the outside. Let's listen! Outline: 1. The summons: God calls His people to court 2. The charges: Charge #1: Your god is too small Charge #2: You have forgotten your God 3. The gracious call to repent Verse: Psalm 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. Discussion Questions: 1. What are the ways this psalm confirms God's right to be the judge of the universe? 2. Verses 7-15 detail God's indictment against formalism, the temptation for the believer to worship outwardly, but not from the heart. Where do you see this lurking in your own worship? How do these verses elevate our view of God to draw us toward Him? 3. Verses 16-21 are God's rebuke of the hypocrite who claims obedience outwardly but in reality lives in disobedience. Where might you need to confess such hypocrisy in your life? 4. It may be difficult to find evidence of God's grace in this psalm. Where do you see mercy, pointing us toward the Gospel of Jesus?
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