December 10, 2017

Sermon Discussion Questions Jeremiah 33:10-16 GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES Share what you know about the context of this passage. Who wrote it? When was it written? What was going on in Jerusalem at the time? As you read verse 10 what is the perspective of the people regarding their current situation? [What does the LORD say that people have said?] Does the LORD rebuke the … Continue reading December 10, 2017

November 26, 2017

How Then Are Freed Slaves to Live? Exodus 16:1-21 Discussion Questions Read Exodus 16:1-3. What were the Israelites longing for? What were they afraid of? What am I tempted to grumble about? What things seem attractive from my past life before receiving Christ? What fears are distracting me from Jesus and his promise of eternal life? Read verses 4-8. Did Moses have to present the … Continue reading November 26, 2017

November 19, 2017

Boasting in the Cross Galatians 6:6-18 We will consider this passage under two headings which I am borrowing from Tim Keller’s Galatians commentary:  #1 Paul’s Final Warning (v.6-10) and #2 Paul’s Final Invitation (v.11-18). #1 Paul’s Final Warning 6Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever … Continue reading November 19, 2017

November 5, 2017

The Gospel Fight Galatians 5:16-25 Last week Paul expounded on one of the central themes of Galatians–Christian freedom.   He instructed the Galatians to stand firm in the freedom that Christ earned for them, but later warned them not use their freedom as an “opportunity for the flesh.”  That is to say, that the Galatians (and all who are in Christ) are free from sin, but not … Continue reading November 5, 2017

Reformation 500

October 31, 1517 has been called the birthday of the Protestant Reformation, though the Augustinian monk and theology professor Martin Luther never imagined it as such at the time. It was on this day that he posted ninety-five theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany, a normal procedure in academic circles for obtaining discussion. The theses mainly protested against indulgences, which had originated in the eleventh and twelfth centuries as a supposed way to draw on the treasury of the saints to forgive the temporal penalties for sin for souls in purgatory. Luther said that indulgences did not remove guilt, he denied that the saints had accumulated surplus credits, and argued that the Germans didn’t need to pay for the construction of St. Peter’s in Rome, since few Germans could worship there. To Luther’s surprise, the theses created an immense sensation, being translated from his original Latin into vernacular German and read across the country. In the course of the debate with Rome he was led on step by step until he had declared that both Popes and general councils of the Church could err, that only the Scriptures are authoritative, and that he would concede that he was in error only if convinced that what he held was contrary to the Bible and to sound reason. In 1520 he wrote in his tract The Freedom of the Christian Man: “One thing and one thing alone is necessary for life, justification, and Christian liberty; and that is the most holy word of God, the Gospel of Christ….To preach Christ is to feed the soul, to justify it, to set it free, and to save it, if it believes the preaching. For faith alone, and the efficacious use of the word of God bring salvation.” These views led to what are often called the 5 solas (or solae) of the Reformation: We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone according to Scriptures alone for the glory of God alone. Continue reading “Reformation 500”

October 22, 2017

The Tale of Two Mothers Galatians 4:21-31 From our “guest” preacher  Tim Malone Galatians 4:21-31 Ok, now that I have your attention, we will examine how Paul uses the story of two mothers, Hagar and Sarah, to contrast being under law and being under promise. We will look at his introduction verse, then break his argument into three points. Paul begins with the excellent question … Continue reading October 22, 2017