Archive for June, 2018

God’s Leaders in the Church: The LEADING Functions of a Pastor

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
God’s Leaders in the Church: The LEADING Functions of a Pastor
From our summer study of “God’s Leaders in the Church,” we looked at two areas of pastoral responsibility: leading and feeding. In this study, we examine 15 biblical leading responsibilities assigned to pastors.

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Jesus Reviews the Primary Purpose of His Coming (Luke 18:31-34)

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Jesus Reviews the Primary Purpose of His Coming (Luke 18:31-34)

What appears to be a more matter-of-fact statement by Jesus is actually profound in several ways. We first briefly identify the elements of this passage. We then look at four key lessons that we can take away from Jesus’ prediction of His death and resurrection, and the apostles’ inability to comprehend it.

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God’s Leaders in the Church: Why Be a Bi-Vocational Pastor?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
God’s Leaders in the Church: Why Be a Bi-Vocational Pastor?
Adding to our Wednesday series, we examined a chapter written by our pastor relating to bi-vocational ministry – pastors who work part-time or full-time while serving as a pastor. We discuss the Biblical logic for bi-vocational ministry as the norm. We then look at numerous benefits as well as some drawbacks. This presentation is not the end of the discussion, but it certainly helps to get it started.

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God’s Leaders in the Church: What Is a Bishop?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
God’s Leaders in the Church: What Is a Bishop?
We begin a topical series for our combined Wednesday evening study sessions. In this first study, we examine the title of “bishop,” its meaning, and the two other words that relate to the same position. We also briefly look at why the three terms – bishop/overseer, pastor/shepherd, and elder are all terms that identify the same leadership position in the church.

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Timeline of Truth: Joshua Review (Joshua 1-24)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Timeline of Truth: Joshua Review (Joshua 1-24)
In this lesson, the focus is on eight practical lessons which the book of Joshua offers to us as believers today. God’s word is completely true and profitable to us and we would do well to learn the lessons which God is teaching through His word.

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Jesus Promises Great Compensation for Kingdom Sacrifice (Luke 18:28-30)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Jesus Promises Great Compensation for Kingdom Sacrifice (Luke 18:28-30)

Peter hinges on the conversation Jesus just had with the rich young ruler. That interaction focused on salvation, where the rich young ruler needed to understand his sinfulness in order to seek his salvation. Peter’s statement concerns service and sacrifice after salvation. Jesus outlines the expectation of sacrificing for the kingdom of God and the great repayment for doing so in this life and in eternity.

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Timeline of Truth: Israel Reaffirms the Covenant (Joshua 24:1-33)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Timeline of Truth: Israel Reaffirms the Covenant (Joshua 24:1-33)
Joshua presents the most important choice that anyone must make: Serve God or something else. Joshua shows the nation that the only reasonable choice is to serve God and makes his commitment to serve God himself. We are encouraged to echo Joshua’s response, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” You are serving God or you are serving something that replaces God. What have you chosen?

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Jesus Schools a Rich Man on His True Sinfulness (Luke 18:18-27)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Jesus Schools a Rich Man on His True Sinfulness (Luke 18:18-27)

Riches cannot buy heaven, but they can keep you from it. Jesus is approached by a young ruler who is very rich, and very concerned about his eternal destiny.  He asks Jesus what he can do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answers the rich man based upon the man’s question, listing 5 of the 10 commandments. The rich man affirms his lifelong compliance with these 5 commandments. Jesus then instructs him to sell all that he has and give the proceeds to the poor. Do we have to give everything away to gain eternity? No. Jesus was seeking to help this young man see that nothing he was, he had, or could do would work to secure his eternal future. The law was given to show us our helpless, sinful state. Regardless of our status – rich or poor, educated or not, tall or short, talented or accomplish or having nothing to show – anything – is useless to us. Our only hope is God’s salvation, and nothing we are, we have, or that we can do can save us. We can only believe in God’s loving Sin Bearer – Jesus. What are you trusting in to get yourself into the kingdom of God? There is only one way, and that is Jesus’ payment for your sins.

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Jesus Corrects the Disciples’ View of Children (Luke 18:15-17)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Jesus Corrects the Disciples’ View of Children (Luke 18:15-17)

Much of the world now sees children as a bother – a distraction from our passions and pursuits.  Even the Church is deeply immersed in this viewpoint. The disciples acted on the basis of this view. Jesus – greatly troubled by this – indicates that this anti-child view is 180 degrees off from what is true. Children are to be allowed and encouraged participate, and all people can only enter the kingdom if they become as little children. Children are not a distraction from the Gospel – they are the very illustration of what is required to embrace the Gospel. This has clear implications regarding the need for salvation and the simplicity of salvation. Have you become as a little child, simply believing the truth of our Sin-bearer, Jesus?

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Timeline of Truth: Joshua’s Farewell Address (Joshua 23:1-16)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Timeline of Truth: Joshua’s Farewell Address (Joshua 23:1-16)
It has been several years since God has given Israel the land that He promised to them, and Joshua is nearing the end of his life. In one of his final addresses, Joshua encourages the people to continue to follow the Lord and to beware of the consequences if they turn away from them.

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