20
Aug
2012

Words of Eternal Life

Sermon on John 6:51-69 for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, on Jesus' teaching that He is the Bread of Life, and that we must eat His flesh and drink His blood to have eternal life.

Sermon Talking Points

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  1. What do various New Testament passages mean by contrasting milk and solid food? 1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Peter 2:2-3. Why are we to grow in maturity, and not remain in childish ways? 1 Cor 13:11

  1. Why is Jesus’ teaching in John 6 an example of “solid food?” How did many of His followers react to this teaching? See John 6:52, 60-61, 66-67. What are the confusing or seemingly offensive points about it?

  1. How does Jesus here, (cf. Proverbs 9:4-6) talk about another kind of “eating” than with our mouth? What is the kind of food that is meant in both passages? Why did Jesus not give them something “easier to swallow?” John 6:63; 68.

  1. What are the two types of eating that take place when we receive the Lord’s Supper? Why is the spiritual eating of faith, taught in John 6, the essential precursor to the right reception of the Lord’s Supper? When is eating without faith be harmful? 1 Corinthians 11:27-32; Matt. 5:23-24

  1. Why is it necessary to have Christ’s flesh and blood as our spiritual food and drink? What role does His flesh and blood play in our salvation? John 19:18, 34; 1:29. Why must we look nowhere else for eternal life?
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13
Aug
2012

Put on the New Self!

Sermon on Ephesians 4:17-5:2, for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, on the contrast between the old way of life we leave behind with its sinful desires, and the new life of the Spirit in which we live.  What's life like, living with this tension?

Sermon Talking Points

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  1. Although the Ephesians that Paul wrote to were also Gentiles (non-Jews), in what sense were they now different, that Paul calls on them not to walk any longer as the Gentiles do? Eph. 4:17-21
  2. What is our natural state of being, or our old way of operating, apart from God? Eph. 2:1-3; 2:17-19; 4:17-19; 5:8. How does one become “callous” or “hard of heart”?  What is the impact of continual sinning and rejection of God on one’s conscience? Titus 1:15-16.
  3. How does one “put off [their] old self”? Col. 2:13; 3:3-10. What new life or new self does Christ give us? Describe the contrast between the sinful nature and the new spiritual nature. How are you  “renewed in the spirit of your minds” (4:23)? Romans 12:1-2; Col. 3:10
  4. How does this renewal of our minds, and the putting on of the new self  begin to change our behaviors in regards to speech, anger, work and integrity? What reality do we face with the continued “survival” of our old sinful self? Romans 7.
  5. What is the great comfort in knowing that Jesus’ gift and supply for us was not a “one-time deal” in securing our justification (God’s declaration that we are innocent by the forgiveness that is in Jesus), but that His grace applies (and supplies) our ongoing Christian life in sanctification (making us holy)? Romans 7:25-8:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30. Describe what it means to you that your salvation is by grace alone, from start to finish, and does not depend on your works, but on Jesus Christ. Give thanks!!
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6
Aug
2012

The Body of Christ

Sermon on Ephesians 4:1-16, for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, on the church as the body of Christ. How does Paul teach about the unity, health, and cooperation of the body of Christ, as concerns its internal and external relations? What does it mean for us that the Church is a work and creation of God, and not man?

Sermon Talking Points

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  1. Paul urges us in Ephesian 4:1 to “walk in a manner worthy of [your] calling.” What is your calling as a “saint” or “holy one” in the Lord? What is a “worthy manner of life?” Colossians 1:10; Philippians 1:27; 1 Peter 1:13-2:3; 4:12-19.
  2. What fruits of the Spirit or virtues does Paul name in Eph. 4:1-3 as essential to the life of a Christian as a member of a congregation? How do they serve the unity and building up of the body? What are the contrary works of the flesh that are destructive to the same? Gal. 5:19-26.
  3. In verses 4-6, what are the seven “ones” that describe the unity of Christ’s church? How is that unity founded and established by Christ Himself? John 17. How are spiritual gifts given in different measure to different Christians? Eph. 4:7; Rom. 12:3; 1 Cor. 12:12-31
  4. What “ascent” and “descent” did Christ Jesus undergo for us and our salvation, and what sort of victory and triumph did He display as He rose and ascended to God? Psalm 68:18; John 1:51; Rom. 10:6-8; Col. 2:15
  5. What special callings does Christ supply His church with, to equip the saints and build up the church? Eph. 4:11-13; Rom. 10:14-17
  6. How do Christians individually and also as group (in the body) go through stages of maturity and growth? What supplies our growth? Eph. 4:12-16; 1 Peter. 2:2-3; Heb. 5:11-14. What can threaten and unsettle those who are weak in the faith? Eph. 4:14; 1 Tim. 1:3-7; Matt. 24:22-27
  7. How does the human body physically depend on healthy nourishment and the smooth interaction of its parts? How is it harmed or affected by malnutrition or injury? How does it repair? How do these analogies apply to the healthy growth and functioning of the Christian Church? Why can’t the body survive without Christ, its head?
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