Church and Religion
1 Corinthians 1:18-31 NIV
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Acts 20:13-27 A Fond Farewell, Part 1 Summary: What is it that pastors and leaders in our church DO? One time a non-Christian asked me:
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Saving Eutychus Acts 20:1-12 Summary: Have you ever fallen asleep in church? Most of us have been that tired at one time or another! Today we hear the amazing story of a man who fell asleep listening to the apostle Paul preach and fell out of the window and died! But God use Paul to raising from the dead. Why is this important for us? Let’s find out: Outline: 1. Life together 2. Life resurrected 3. Comfort for life and death Verse: John 11:25 (ESV): I am the resurrection and the life. Discussion Questions: 1. What do you see in the passage that tells us the commitments and values of the early church? What can we learn from this? 2. How does the raising of Eutychus show us parallels to Elijah, Elisha and Jesus’ own ministry? How does this miracle affect the church in this city? 3. What should this miracle do in us as God’s people? What comfort and encouragement might it bring you today?
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Acts 19:21-41 The Great Gospel Taking Hold in a Great City, Part 2 Summary: Today we get to continue to see God's amazing history of the Gospel going into all the world. In Ephesus Paul and his friends met fierce enemies of the Gospel, but God took care of them and they were able to bring the good news to many. What does that mean for us? Let's find out: Outline: 1. The Gospel challenges our idols 2. The Gospel draws the enemy's fire 3. The Gospel sometimes gets an unlikely defense Verse: Matthew 16:18b ....On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Discussion Questions: 1. What is the substance of Demetrius' accusation against Paul in this chapter? Is it accurate? What might happen in our city if God broke through people's idolatry on a massive scale like this? 2. How does God enable Paul to continue to minister in Ephesus? How does God sometimes use unbelievers to keep His Gospel going out? 3. What idols might God want to shatter in your life? Pray with someone about this this week.
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Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, Ruth 1:15-22 NIV
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Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, Ruth 1:15-22 NIV
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Acts 19:1-20 The Great Gospel Takes Hold in a Great City, Part 1 Summary: Today as we join Paul again in his missionary journey, we get to see how the power of God and His Gospel take hold in a new city. What should we expect when God starts to move in a new place? Let’s think about it: Outline: What happens when the Gospel comes to a new place? 1. Jesus’ Spirit comes down 2. Jesus’ name is honored 3. Jesus’ Word prevails Verse: Acts 19:20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily. Discussion questions: 1. What is the significance of the Holy Spirit coming down on these first people in Ephesus? What should we expect today when God moves in people’s hearts? 2. Why do we have this account of the sons of Sceva? How does it show us the power of God, even when a demon possessed person seems to gain the upper hand? 3. Discuss the response of the people in vv. 17-20. When “the name of Jesus is extolled” (v.17) and “the Word prevails mightily” (v.20) what should be the result in our lives? What might this look like for you?
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Joshua 24:14-28
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Text: Psalm 77 Title: Remembering Outline: I. Has God remembered me? II. Does God remember who he is? III. Remembering God's redeeming power IV. God remembers you in the storm Discussion Questions: - In times of grief and lament, who or what do I trust in? How does the cross and resurrection change my perspective? - How has God proven his steadfast love for you? How does that comfort you in the midst of despair? - The psalmist doesn't write that his situation gets any better. But what changes in the psalmist? How might God be transforming you in the midst of your circumstances? Kid's Bulletin and Memory Verse: Has someone ever forgotten about you before? Maybe they forgot to pick you up from school, or they didn't remember to invite you to a party. It's hard when people forget us. Sometimes we wonder if they really care about us. But God keeps remembering us even if it seems like he's not there. Listen to hear how he will always remember his promises to us because he's given us Jesus! Matthew 28:20b -
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Romans 16:25-27 NIV
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Luke 24:1-12 Resurrection Wonder Summary: Welcome to Easter Sunday! Jesus is Risen! Today let's listen again to the story of Jesus' resurrection and why it matters so much: Outline: 1. Confusion and doubt 2. Wonder and worship 3. Resurrection power Verse: Luke 24: 5b-6a “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6He is not here, but has risen.
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Acts 18:18-28 "Strengthening the Disciples" Summary: Have you ever planted a garden? If so, you know that without a few important things, your garden won't last long. Plants need sunlight, and water or they will die! Like a garden, we need to be spiritually "watered" as well. Today we will see how God uses people (like Paul and others) to give spiritual help and encouragement to us so we can grow in grace. Let's think about it together: Outline: God uses people to water the seeds of the Gospel in our hearts, so He can grow and use us for His kingdom: 1. Paul waters, where he has planted 2. Apollos is watered, so he can be used 3. Apollos waters, and God causes the growth Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:6 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. Discussion Questions: 1. How does God cause spiritual growth in us? What are the various ways? 2. Who has God used in your life to water the seeds of the Gospel? Do you have anyone who is pouring into you? What might happen over time without this in your life? 3. How could God use you to water the seeds of the Gospel in someone else's life?
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Psalm 32
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Psalm 32
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I Have Many in this City Who Are My People Acts 18:1-17 Summary: Today we continue to hear of Paul's travels as a missionary for Jesus. I know it might be surprising to hear that Paul sometimes was afraid as he thought about his mission and the danger he faced! Have you ever felt afraid when speaking about Jesus to someone? Let's listen in today and hear God's promise of help along the way: Outline: Expect opposition where God has placed you Expect God’s help where He has placed you Expect God to work where He has placed You Love the city where God has placed you Verse: Acts 18:9b–10a...“Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you... Discussion Questions: 1. Why do you think God came to Paul and encouraged him to not be afraid? What fears do you have about sharing Christ with others? 2. How does God's promise that
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Acts 18:1-11
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REVIEW 12
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1 Corinthians 12:27
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Hebrews 10:25
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Psalm 118:24
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