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Serving Christ where God has called me

November 10, 2017
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Serving Christ where God has called me – 1 Cor. 7:17; Col. 3:23-24

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • Where did “work” come from? What does this say about the nature/value of work?
  • Why is it important for a Christian to do good works?
  • What does it look like to do all things to the glory of God?

Other passages to consider: Gen 2:15; Ps 90:12-17; 1 Cor 7:17-24; 10:31; Eph 4:1; 1 Peter 2:4-12; Rom 12:1; Jam 1:17.

Digging Deeper:

  • How should I view my “job/work”?
  • What are good reasons for wanting to change jobs? What are bad reasons?
  • Why is being a garbage man just as much a service to Christ as being a pastor?
  • How does God often provide for us?

Reforming to the glory of God in our Worship

November 03, 2017
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Reforming to the glory of God in our Worship – 2 Timothy 3:16-4:4; Eph 5:18-20

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What does the word “worship” mean?
  • Why is corporate worship important?
  • What should our corporate worship look like? How do we know?

Other passages to consider: Ps 95; John 3:1-8; 4:24; Rom 11:36; 1 Cor 11:23-29; Eph 5:18; Col 3:16-17; 1 Tim 4:13.

Digging Deeper:

  • Why do we need to be “always reforming”?
  • How can I prepare (and help my family prepare) for corporate worship?
  • Why should worship remain simple? What kinds of things could make it too complex?
  • What role does the Holy Spirit play in our worship?

Glory to God Alone

October 27, 2017
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Glory to God Alone – Romans 11:33-36

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • How do the first four solas we studied relate to “Glory to God Alone”?
  • In what ways might the church rob God of His glory?
  • What is God’s ultimate purpose in saving sinners?

Other passages to consider: Ps 19; Isa 43:1-7; 46:5-13; 48:11; Jonah 2:9; 1 Cor 10:31; Eph 1:3-14; Col 1:15-20

Digging Deeper:

  •  How is God-glorified through all His creation?
  • What is the difference between a man-centered Gospel and a God-centered one?
  • What does it look like to do all things to the glory of God?
  • What other reforms to corporate and individual life flow out of the five solas?

Faith Alone

October 20, 2017
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Faith Alone – Romans 3:21-28

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What is biblical faith?
  • How can God declare us righteous when we are sinners?
  • What do you need to know in order to be saved?

Other passages to consider: Gen. 15:1-6; Gal 2:15-21; James 2:14-26; Rom 4:1-5:2; 8:28-30

Digging Deeper:

  • How are works related to our salvation?
  • How should we respond to someone who claims that all that matters is that you have some kind of faith?
  • What is the difference between justification, sanctification, and glorification?
  • How does the doctrine of faith alone magnify Christ?

Christ Alone

October 13, 2017
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Christ Alone – Romans 4:24-5:11

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • How is Jesus Christ uniquely qualified to reconcile sinners to God?
  • Why did Jesus live for 30+ years before dying on the cross?
  • What is significant about Jesus saying “It is finished” on the cross?

Other passages to consider: Isa. 53:4-5; Acts 4:12; Rom. 5:18-21; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; Phil 3:9; Heb 10:10-14; 1 Pet. 3:18; 1 Tim 2:5

Digging Deeper:

  • How does the resurrection of Christ give the believer confidence?
  • In addition to having my sins forgiven, why do I also need perfect righteousness credited to me? Where does this righteousness come from?
  • What does it mean that Christ is our mediator?
  • What else do people look to besides Christ to be accepted by God?
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Grace Alone

October 05, 2017
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Grace Alone – Ephesians 1:3-2:10

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What is the grace of God? What does it do?
  • How does the Bible describe man’s condition by nature?
  • Is God obligated to show grace? Why or why not?

Other passages to consider: Isa 6:1-7; 1 Pet 1:1-12; Titus 2:11-3:7; Rom 3:21-25; 5:1-21

Digging Deeper:

  • What would be true of you were it not for the grace of God?
  • What distortions or substitutes of grace should I guard against?
  • How has the grace of God been manifested in your life?
  • Why should grace humble us and also encourage us?
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Scripture Alone

September 28, 2017
By Pastor Jathan

Sermon – Scripture Alone – 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What value did Moses, David, and Jesus put on the Word of God? Why?
  • What role does the Word of God have in my daily life?
  • What areas of my life still need to be brought under the authority of God’s Word?

Other passages to consider: Ps 19:7-14; 119; 138:1-2; Matt 4:1-11; 2 Pet 1:3-4, 21; Heb 4:12

Digging Deeper:

  • How is the doctrine of inspiration related to the inerrancy & trustworthiness of Scripture?
  • How is the ministry of the Holy Spirit connected to the Word of God?
  • If I really believed that I desperately needed God’s Word, what habits would I pursue?

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