Christ, Who is your Life!

April 28, 2011

Sermon on Colossians 3:1-4 for Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Easter News is Life-changing News!

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1. Were the lives of the women and the disciples who were eyewitnesses to Jesus’ resurrection changed by it? Matt. 28:8-10; John 20:11-23; Acts 4:7-21. Though resurrection was certainly not a regular human experience, how was it completely understandable and recognizable within human experience? (i.e., how did they know He was really alive?) Luke 24:36-43; John 20:24-29

2. Has your life been changed by Jesus’ death and resurrection? Where would you be, or what would be different if you hadn’t believed?

3. How have we been raised with Christ? Colossians 2:11-12. How did we die with Him? Galatians 5:24 How do we continue to die to sin?

4. How do we grasp our new life? Colossians 3:2; Phil. 4:8; Matt. 16:23. How does “elevating” our thoughts help us to focus on living the new life? Who is our new life? Colossians 3:4 How does hope take hold of our lives?

5. What are the signs of a life set on earthly things? Why will such a life remain unchanged? What’s the danger of setting our mind on earthly things? Who wins the war of sin going on inside us?

6. How does the example of the palm leaf warn or help you about what happens when we remove ourselves from Christ the living Vine?

7. Our changed and new life in Christ will be fully seen when? How?


My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

April 28, 2011

Sermon on Psalm 22 and Mark 15:34, for Good Friday. The cry of Jesus from the cross, and how Psalm 22 was fulfilled in Jesus' crucifixion. Reflections on how Good Friday is not a funeral, but praise to the best life ever lived, and how Jesus accomplished our salvation and will be living and with us to enjoy it one day.


Last Will and Testament

April 22, 2011

A sermon for Maundy Thursday about Jesus' last will and testament--the Lord's Supper. How Jesus fulfilled all the examples of the Old Testament sacrifices in His death on the cross for our forgiveness. Hebrews 9:11-22


The Blame Game

April 18, 2011

Sermon on Matthew 27:11-66, for Palm Sunday. About how we play the "blame game" and how the people at Jesus' death attempted to excuse, accept, or pass the blame. Contrast to the only way to truly be free of blame.

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1. How do we try to play the “blame game” when it comes to acknowledging or denying our sin? What are our tactics? Why does it ultimately never work? Jeremiah 2:22; Romans 3:3-6; 3:19-20; cf. John 9:41; Romans 6:23

2. What various events or statements at Jesus’ trial and death showed Him to be innocent? Who tried to escape blame at His death? Who apparently “accepted” the blame? (Matt. 27:25). How did Jesus maintain His innocence? Who else recognized His innocence?

3. How is our guilt like a debt that we could never pay? Matt. 18:21-35. Why is it one of the greatest mistakes of religious belief (Christian or otherwise) to think that our “good works” count as “good credit” to repay our “debt” or earn grace from God? Isaiah 64:6; Romans 4:4-5; Gal. 2:16

4. What is the “price tag” for the worldwide, accumulated debt of humanity? Romans 6:23; 1 Peter 1:18-19. Why was only Jesus able to pay it? Why is it so important that He be true God and also true man?

5. How is repentance like making a claim of “spiritual bankruptcy” for ourselves before God? We are unable to pay our debt, and are placing ourselves completely at God’s mercy. How do we share in the blame for Jesus’ death? How are we spared or forgiven that blame?

6. Consider what it means to have Jesus’ blood “on you and your children.” Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Acts 18:6; 20:28; Ephesians 1:7; 2:3

7. Instead of playing the “blame game”, what is Jesus’ motive in showing us our sin by the Word of Law? What does that lead us to, and instead of blame, what does Jesus speak over us? Luke 23:34; Hebrews 12:24


Respect Property

April 14, 2011

A sermon on the 7th Commandment (and by extension the 9th-10th Commandments on Coveting) based on Exodus 20:15, 17, and 1 Kings 21:1-16; Ephesians 4:17-32. How we are commanded not to steal or deprive our neighbor of their property unjustly, and what Jesus teaches us to do with our possessions and property, and how He Himself used His riches.


Worship God and Honor Authority

April 12, 2011

Sermon on the 3rd & 4th Commandments, Exodus 20:8-12.


Not Too Late for God!

April 12, 2011

Sermon on John 11:17-53 for the 5th Sunday in Lent, on Jesus' raising of Lazarus from the dead.

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1. What motives lurked behind the plot to kill Jesus? Why was He such an offense or threat to the Sanhedrin (Jewish Ruling Council)? John 11:47-53; 5:18; 6:41-42; 7:1-52; etc.

2. What was the Old Testament basis for faith in the resurrection of the dead? Exodus 3:6, cf. Matt. 21:32; Job 19:23-27; Psalm 16; Ezekiel 37

3. How is this story one of the greatest pictures of Jesus’ humanity? What made His emotion so strong at the death of Lazarus? Hebrews 4:15; Phil. 2:7-8; Luke 19:41-44; Matt. 9:36;

4. How do we grieve at funerals? What kind of grief is appropriate? When do we in unbelief silently give death more power than God? 1 Thess. 4:13-18; John 11:21-27.

5. How is the Christian hope in the resurrection different from the religious belief in “reincarnation?” Why does that belief ultimately give no hope, and make everything dependent on our works? How does the Bible teach differently? Hebrews 9:27; Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Job 10:20-22; 16:22; 19:23-27.

6. Why is physical death for the Christian not too late for God? 1 Cor. 15. How is that the ultimate hope and confidence for a believer in Christ? Even better, it doesn’t depend on us and how good or bad we’ve been!

7. How was Lazarus’ resurrection a foreshadowing of Jesus’ own resurrection. What was similar? What’s significantly different? What’s that mean for us when Jesus comes to raise our bodies from the grave?


Respect Marriage

April 7, 2011

Sermon on the 6th and 10th Commandments. Exodus 20:14, 17; Genesis 39:1-23; Matthew 5:27-32; Psalm 127.


Lord, I Believe

April 5, 2011

Sermon on John 9, the healing of the man born blind. Physical and spiritual blindness, and restoration of sight.

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1. Read all of John 9, and see the full “investigation” that was undertaken by the Jews about the healing of this blind man.

2. What types of “blindness” are discussed in this passage? Elsewhere in the Bible? Cf. Exodus 4:11; 23:8; Psalm 146:8; Isaiah 6:10; 35:5; Matt. 15:12-14; John 12:35-43; 2 Corinthians 4:4

3. What is remarkable and yet also very earthy about how Jesus healed the man? What does this indicate about Christ’s willingness to enter into the brokenness of this sinful world? What does the miracle of the incarnation (that “God became flesh”) teach us about God’s love for mankind and the fallen world? Phil. 2:5-11; John 1:1-18

4. The irony of this passage is that a man goes from physical darkness into physical and spiritual light—while the Pharisees go deeper into their spiritual darkness/blindness because of their unbelief in Jesus.

5. Why was Jesus’ healing on the Sabbath day not a violation of the Sabbath commandment? Exodus 20:8-11; Mark 2:27-28; Matt. 12:10-12

6. Why was it so important that the man healed of blindness confessed Jesus to be the Christ, the Savior? What hardship did it cause him to make that confession of faith?

7. How did this bring him greater healing than his physical restoration of sight? What was the natural response of his newborn faith? John 9:38. How does our faith give rise to this same response? O, come let us worship Him—Christ the Lord!