Church and Religion
Exodus 15:1-18
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Ezekiel 37:1-14 When bones come to life 1. Godís Call 2. Godís Man 3. Godís People 4. Godís Message 5. Godís Power Kidís Bulletin Summary: Have you ever seen a skeleton? Maybe it was around Halloween, on TV, or in your science class. What are they? Nothing but bones! Can bones do anything? No! Without someone or something moving them all they do is lay in a pile on the ground. In this weeks sermon we are going to hear how the people of God are like a big pile of bones, and yet, God calls a man, to deliver a message to those bones, and they come to life! Now, donít get me wrong, it had nothing to do with the man, it has everything to do with the God who sends him. We get to install Pastor Mike this week, God has called him to serve NCPC, to bring to NCPC the message of resurrection life! Scripture Memory: Ephesians 2:4Ė6
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Acts 15:36-41 Beauty In the Messes of this Life (letís go with this updated title) Summary: Can you remember the last time you had an argument with someone? Sometimes we have disagreements and it is hard to love each other. But The gospel is powerful to bring peace and God is sovereign even over our struggles with each other. Let's listen today as Paul and Barnabas have a similar struggle: 1. Even godly people can make messes 2. God makes something beautiful out of our mess. Verse: Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Discussion questions: 1. What is the cause for the disagreement between Paul and Barnabas? Can we tell who is right and who is wrong? 2. How did God sovereignly make something beautiful out of the disagreement between these two leaders? How can God do that in your life? 3. What disagreements or strife are you currently encountering? How can the power of Jesus in the Gospel work to bring peace? Who do you need to reconcile with today?
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Title: Freedom to Share the Gospel Verse: Acts 1:8 Outline: I - Lev 11 - The limit II - Acts 1:8 - The bridge III - Acts 10 - Now possible IV - Your Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria Verse: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8) Summary: Today we get to hear from missionary Mike Pettingill. Mike will share from Acts 1:8 about sharing Christ with others. Who do you know that needs to hear about Godís love? Discussion questions: 1. How does the promise of the Holy Spirit in Acts 1 help us today? How can we expect the power of the Spirit? How is it different or similar today? 2. How can this passage in Acts 1 give you hope for Godís cause in the world? How does it help you to know that Jesus is ascended and ruling and will return? 3. Who is in your life that you could pray for and share Christ with?
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Acts 15:1-35 Preserving the Truth, Reaching The World Summary: Today we are back in Acts! We pick up the story with a time where Godís true Gospel is being questioned: are we really saved by faith in Jesus alone, or must we do works of the law to be loved by God? What do you think? Letís look in Godís Word today and remember that God freely saves us through faith Jesus alone! Outline: 1. God preserves His Gospel 2. God rebuilds the ruins 2. God reaches the world Verse: Ephesians 2:8Ė9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithóand this not from yourselves, it is the gift of Godónot by works, so that no one can boast. Discussion Questions: 1. What is the matter being debated by the church in Acts 15? Why is it important? How does this passage show us the place and mission of the church in controversy? 2. In the debate, why does James quote from Amos 9:11,12? 3. How is God ďrebuilding the ruinsĒ of peopleís lives at NCPC to reach the nations for Christ? How can you be part of it in 2018?
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Genesis 1:1-5 -- Creation Day 1
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Daniel 10:1-11:1 -
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Luke 14:15-24 -
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John 7:37-39 Living Water Summary: Do you know what is like to be true thirsty - even dehydrated? It happened to me once - I got sick (a lot!) and ended up in the hospital. It wasnít fun! In John 7 Jesus is at a great Jewish feast (the Feast of Booths), and says ďIf anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drinkÖĒ What did he mean? We are all spiritually thirsty people, and Jesus himself promises us Living Water so our spiritual thirst can be satisfied. But what does that mean? Letís listen in and see: 1. A universal thirst 2. A river of Living Water Verse: John 7:37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ďIf anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Discussion questions: 1. Why does Jesus say ďif anyone is thirsty?Ē What are the things in this world that you hunger and thirst for other than God? 2. What does Jesus mean when he promises a river of living water coming out of our hearts? 2. How does Jesus fulfill the spiritual hunger and thirst in all of us? (Read also John 4:7-14, 6:35). How can you drink deeply from this fountain in 2018?
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Sermon Text: John 13:1 Sermon Title: Immeasurable Love Points 1. Immeasurable Love 2. Unending Love 3. The gift of Love Summary: What do you want for Christmas? You may want a video game, or some clothes, a book or if you are like me just some time with your family. We are all looking forward to opening our gifts and feeling the love that comes with gift giving. This Sunday we will hear about the best gift of all time, the never ending love that Jesus has for us. This love moved Jesus to be borne as a man so that he could die for us and it should move us to love one another. Memory Verse: John 13:1b Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. Question: How do you see Jesusí love for you this Christmas season? How can you show Jesusí love to others this Christmas season?
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Acts 14 Suffering and Fruit Summary: In the days of the Apostle Paul, sharing the Gospel of Jesus was often dangerous business. Today we see in Acts 14 how he was violently opposed and his enemies tried to kill him by stoning him (a terrible way to die!). But Paul survived and boldly continue to tell of Godís grace. There are still places in the world where it is dangerous to be a Christian. But even when we arenít in danger like that, we should still ask: How can God give me courage and use even my suffering to share Jesus with the world? Outline: You can have courage and even willingness to suffer for Christ, because He suffered before you, and promises to build His church through you. 1. Proclaim the Gospel 2. Share in the sufferings of Christ 3. Trust Godís care for His church Verse: Acts 14:22bÖ
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Acts 13:13-52 Preaching Christ Summary: Today we get to listen in on Paul the Apostle as he tells the good news of Jesus to a group of people. We need to hear the good news of Jesus dying and rising to forgive our sins, just like they did! Letís listen in and hear again of all that God has done to save us. Outline: To reach people for Christ, Paul preached: 1. The history: God promised a Savior would come 2. The focus: Jesus died and rose to justify us before God 3. The call: do not reject Godís Messiah 4. The response: God is calling some, while others walk away Verse: Acts 13:23 Of this manís offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised. Discussion questions: 1. What would you want to include in any presentation of the Gospel that you give? Why? What did Paul see as vital? 2. How does Paul show that salvation is by grace and not by works in this sermon? 3. Why does Luke tell us that ďas many as were appointed too eternal life believedĒ? Why is that important for our evangelism? Who can you pray for and speak to about the Gospel this week?
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Acts 13:1-12 The First Missionary Journey Summary: Our church sends and supports many missionaries around the world. It is exciting to be part of Godís mission to reach the whole world for Christ! Today we will see the very first missionaries sent out from the church in Acts 13. Letís look and see how God calls missionaries, and how he saves people through their labors: The point today: Our great Savior Jesus calls missionaries by His Spirit, through the church, to bring the nations to Himself. Outline: 1. Godís missionary call - The Spirit and the church 2. Godís superior power: The Master vs. the magician Verse: Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ďSet apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.Ē Discussion Questions: 1. Have you ever felt an inward call to missions? Have you ever prayed and asked God for direction on how to be involved in His missionary work around the world? 2. How were Saul and Barnabas called and sent off to their missionary work? How should that influence how NCPC does missions? 3. How does Godís power triumph over Satanís power in Elymas the magician? What do we see in this passage that helps us understand the Gospel more?
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A Tale of Three Angels Acts 12 Summary: Today I want you to imagine being in prison like Peter, and being met in the night and rescued by one of Godís mighty angels. What a night that must have been! Peter was in prison for preaching about Jesus, but God cannot be stopped! Letís listen to this powerful story and see why Godís power is still unstoppable today. Outline 1. The angel of mercy 2. The unexpected angel 3. The angel of death Verse: Psalm 34:7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. Discussion questions: 1. Peter was delivered from death at the eleventh hour. How could that powerful rescue from God encourage you today? 2. Why do you think the disciples were so surprised to see Peter? How might we pray for things and then be shocked when God answers? 3. The deliverance of Peter and the judgment upon Herod are both powerful testimonies to Godís unstoppable purpose and care for His church. Where do you see the evidence of that today in the church? In your own life?
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Gladness and Grace in Godís Global Work Acts 11:19-30 Summary: Today we get to hear more in Acts about the Gospel coming to new cities, this time a place called Antioch. Weíll see a faithful God saving people, and sending servants like Barnabas and Saul to teach them. This is the first city where believers in Jesus were called Christians! Letís listen in and hear about Godís great work: Outline: 1. A faithful God 2. A faithful servant 3. A faithful people Verse: Acts 11:26b ...For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. Discussion questions: 1. How is Godís faithful hand at work in different ways in this passage? How did God bring the Gospel to them? How do you see him at work in our city? 2. How does Luke describe Barnabas? How did God use him in Antioch? Why might this be significant for us? 3. How did the Gospel shape these new Christians in Antioch? What are the effects of Jesusí work in them?
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Jesus Is Born
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Do Not Stand in Godís Way! Acts 11:1-18 Summary: Today we learn how Godís free grace in salvation should change us. His grace saves, His grace brings people together, and His grace should make us praise Him. Today, listen to how God gives His grace to people from all different cultures: Outline: 1. Godís free grace among the nations should break down barriers between people 2. Godís free grace among the nations should fuel our worship Verse: Acts 13:47 ...I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth. Discussion questions: 1. How do you see God moving in the world today? How might you be tempted to be critical or make judgments about other groups who are sharing the Gospel? What dangers should we guard against here? 2. How was God breaking down barriers between people in this passage? What might it have been like for new Gentile Christians and Jewish Christians to develop fellowship in those early days? How might we also encounter similar struggles or joys today? 3. How should this account lead us to understand the free grace of the Gospel better? (see esp vv 17-18) How should it shape our worship?
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Acts 10 God Shows No PartialityÖand Neither Should We (AKA Bacon Sandwiches and Global Fellowship... :) Summary: Have you ever been tempted to avoid someone just because they were so different from you? Sometimes it is hard to be friends with people who come from a different culture or background. But we have to be careful not to look down on someone else just because they are not like us. Today we will see how Jesusí perfect sacrifice breaks down all the barriers between people and creates one Body in Him. Listen today to the story of Cornelius, an unlikely person whom God saved by His grace: Outline: 1. Examine your heart: Do not call common what God has made clean 2. Prepare to GO: God is drawing people to Himself from the nations 3. Believe in Jesus: He is the true cleansing for ALL people 4. Rejoice at Godís work: The Holy Spirit makes us one body Verse: Acts 10:43b
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Acts 9:19-31 Counting the Cost in a New Life Summary: Have you ever started something new? A new school, a new neighborhood, or a new city? Every time we start over or start something new, it comes with new fears and struggles, but also new joys and adventures. Saul (Paul) in Acts 9 begins a whole new life as a Christian. For him all the zeal to punish Christians becomes zeal to tell people about Jesus and His Gospel! But it also comes with new struggles. Letís think about how our life as Christians is like this: Outline: 1. The new life brings a new calling 2. The new life brings new suffering 3. The new life brings a new family Verse: 2 Timothy 3:12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecutedÖ Discussion Questions: 1. How does Saulís life radically change after the Damascus road experience? How would you describe his new calling? What is the calling you have as a Christian and how is it similar or different? 2. How did Saul suffer in these early days as a Christian? How can you be prepared to suffer for Christ in our day? Where have you experienced it? How has the prospect of suffering for Christ affected your actions as a Christian? 3. How does Saul press in to be part of the family of God in his first days as Christian? Are you seeking to ďlive in communityĒ at NCPC? Why or why not?
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