25
Feb
2010

I’m Being True to Myself!

Sermon on 1 Peter 1:22-25 for Lent 2, based on a sermon Series by Concordia Seminary.

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22
Feb
2010

Devil’s Food?

Sermon on Luke 4:1-13 for the 1st Sunday in Lent

Sermon Talking Points:

Read past sermons at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com

Listen to audio at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

  1. How does Romans 2:12-16 (esp. vs. 14-15) show that we all know the difference between good and evil? Why does the logic of saying “there’s no right and wrong” fail?

  1. How does the Bible affirm that no one is perfect, but in fact we are all sinners from birth? Read Romans 3:10, 23; Romans 5:19; Psalm 51:5. What does this imply about our responsibility for our actions? What’s the penalty? Rom. 6:23

  1. Read a description of temptation in James 1:12-15. How does temptation lure us? Why is “devil’s food” an appropriate label for temptation? What’s the result of falling into temptation?

  1. How does Jesus’ facing of temptation aid us in our struggle against sin? Hebrews 4:14-15; Hebrews 2:14-18. What experiences does He share with us? In what way is He different?

  1. What did Jesus use to resist temptation? Is it available to us or not? How can we put it into use? Read Ephesians 6:10-20.

  1. How is the Word of God our food and our “bread”? Matthew 4:4; John 6:22ff.

  1. What was Jesus’ finally victory over evil? Romans 5:12-21. What does this victory mean for us? What good is brought to us through His victory, that was inaccessible to us?
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18
Feb
2010

Life’s Better in My Hands!

Sermon for Ash Wednesday on 1 Peter 2:13-25.

Based on a sermon series from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

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15
Feb
2010

The New Exodus

Sermon on Luke 9:28-36 for the Transfiguration of Our Lord.

Sermon Talking Points:

Read past sermons at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com

Listen to audio at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

  1. Read the account of the Transfiguration from Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:2-9; Luke 9:28-36. What unique information does each Gospel writer add to the account?

  1. What can we learn from Jesus’ habit of constantly setting aside time for private prayer? Luke 5:16; 6:12; 9:18, 28; 11:1; 22:31ff. What does it tell us about the need for prayer? When are some times that you can designate for prayer alone?

  1. Read 2 Peter 1:16-21. What did God the Father and the Apostle Peter say deserved the greatest attention?

  1. Moses and Elijah represent the Law and the Prophets, and so figuratively stand for all the Old Testament revelation that points forward to and culminates in Christ. How did the Exodus foreshadow Jesus’ new exodus? 1 Cor. 10

  1. Describe where you are on your spiritual exodus. What trials do you face? When have you doubted? When have you seen God’s hand active in your life? Where does your trust lay?

  1. What did Jesus accomplish on His New Exodus? How did He achieve it? What is our Promised Land? How are we brought as members into His covenant?

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8
Feb
2010

Captain or Lord?

Sermon on Luke 5:1-11 for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon Talking Points:

Read past sermons at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com

Listen to audio at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

  1. Is it true that we answer to no one, and that we’re the “captain of our soul”? Hebrews 9:27; 2 Corinthians 5:10

  1. What was Peter’s assessment of Jesus at first? How did the title he first addresses Jesus with in v. 5 reflect this? What was the point at which Peter felt self-confidence or pride?

  1. What area of life do you protect as “your own,” and try to keep separate from God? How did Jesus show a need for Peter’s help? How did he respond? What part of our life are we reluctant to turn over to God?

  1. What are some of our talents and abilities (great or small) that can be turned over from ordinary purposes to service to God? What do you see in a fellow Christian that can be also?

  1. Why did fear strike Peter after the miracle of the fish? God’s Word of Law acts like a mirror to show our sin. What response to this realization should we have together with Peter?

  1. How does Jesus turn us forgiven sinners into live catch fishermen? Does the fact that we’re sinners mean that we should keep Jesus at a distance in our life? How does He accomplish forgiveness for us?

  1. Who is the true captain—even LORD of our soul? 1 Corinthians 2:8; Hebrews 12:2; Romans 10:12.
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4
Feb
2010

What is this Word?

Sermon on Luke 4:31-44, for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany.

Sermon Talking Points: Read past sermons at:   http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com Listen to audio at:   http://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

1. Where should we expect that the devil will be most active? Why does evil flee at Jesus’ Word? Read John 3:16-21. Why were demons fearful of Jesus? Revelation 20:10, 13-15

2. How was Jesus’ Word different from what the people were accustomed to? What did it have? See Mark 1:27; 4:39-41; Matt. 7:28-29; (note in Matt. 5 the pattern: “you have heard it said…but I say to you…”)

3. For more stories like the man from Korea, go to the website www.persecution.com For information about writing letters of encouragement to Christian prisoners, go to www.prisoneralert.com

4. How does the Word confront evil in our own hearts, as well as around us? Rom. 7:14ff; Matt. 15:18-19; John 2:23-25 What response should we have when the Word lays open our sin?

5. What was the perceived victory of evil over the Word? Who had the real victory instead? When will only glory surround the Word, and not suffering and evil as it is now?

6. How does the Word aid us in our facing sin and evil? What necessity moves us to speak the Word in “other towns as well?” Where in our “neighborhood” has the Word not been heard?

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