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Preparing for the Gathering - 1 Cor. 9:1-14

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 9:1-14

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - 1 Cor. 8:6-13

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 8:6-13

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - 1 Cor. 8:1-6

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 8:1-6

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 10)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 10)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 9)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 9)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 8)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 8)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 7)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 7)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Solus Christus

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Solus Christus

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 6)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 6)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 5)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 5)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 4)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 4)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Sola Fide

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Sola Fide

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Sola Gratia

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Sola Gratia

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 3)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 3)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 2)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis: In the Beginning (Part 2)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Genesis: Book of Beginnings (Part 1)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis: Book of Beginnings (Part 1)

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - 1 Cor. 7:36-40

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 7:36-40

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - 1 Cor. 7:25-35

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 7:25-35

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - 1 Cor. 7:17-24

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 7:17-24

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - 1 Cor. 7:12-16

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 7:12-16

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - 1 Cor. 7:6-11

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 7:6-11

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - 1 Cor. 7:1-5

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 7:1-5

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - 2 Timothy 3:14-17

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - 2 Timothy 3:14-17

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. &nbs...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Romans 6:8-11

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Romans 6:8-11

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - 1 Cor. 6:12-20

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 6:12-20

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Hebrews 12:1-3

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Hebrews 12:1-3

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Adam...

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Preparing for the Gathering - Selected Texts from the Bible on Homosexuality

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - Selected Texts from the Bible on Homosexuality

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the topic of homosexuality, meditating on the passages from the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the topic to be preached t...

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Preparing for the Gathering - 1 Cor. 6:9-11

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Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing. Please see the P...

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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 6:9-11

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday. Care...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Cor. 6:1-8

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 5:...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Cor 5:6-13

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 5:...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Cor 5:1-5

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 5:...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Cor. 4:6-13

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 4:...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Cor 4:1-5

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 3 ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Mark 10:17-27

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Briefly skim through ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Psalm 8

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Psalm 8 in its e...

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Preparing for Sunday - The Way to Appreciate Preaching

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Thessalonians ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Acts 2:42-47

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Acts chapter 2 f...

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Preparing for Sunday - Philippians 2:1-11

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Philippians 2:1-...

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Preparing for Sunday - Colossians 1:15-20

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Colossians 1:15-...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Cor. 3:18-23

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Last week we sat unde...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Cor. 3:16-17

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read through the text...

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Preparing for Sunday - Philippians 1:3-11

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Philippians 1:1-...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Cor. 3:10-15

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 3:...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Cor. 3:1-9

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 2:...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Cor. 2:6-16

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 2:...

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Preparing for Sunday - 2 Timothy 2:2

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 2 Timothy 1:1-2...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Cor. 2:1-5

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 1...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 1...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Cor 1:1-25. P...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 1...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Corinthians 1:4-9

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 1...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Corinthians 1:1-3

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think If you have time, it...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Corinthians

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think We start a new serie...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 & 2 Chronicles Part 4

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Click here to listen...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 & 2 Chronicles Part 3

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Click here to listen...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Corinthians 5

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read or listen to th...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 & 2 Chronicles Part 2

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Click here to listen...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Chr. - Part 1

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Briefly skim the boo...

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Preparing for Sunday - Esther: Part 2

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read all ten chapter...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read the text for th...

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Preparing for Sunday - Esther: Part 1

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read all ten chapter...

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Preparing for Sunday - Samuel Nelson

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Samuel Nelson This Sunday morning we welcome Samuel Nelson to our pulpit. Samuel and his wife Joy were former members of Summit Woods. While attending here, Samuel was able to participate on the worship team; he and Joy served together in the children’s ministry, and Samuel later became an interim leader in the junior high and high school student ministries. F...

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Preparing for Sunday - Nehemiah: Part 3

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Review Nehemiah 1-7;...

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Preparing for Sunday - Nehemiah: Part 2

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Re-read Nehemiah cha...

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Preparing for Sunday - Nehemiah: Part 1

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Nehemiah chapte...

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Preparing for Sunday - Ezra: Part 2

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Ezra 6:19 throu...

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Preparing for Sunday - Ezra: Part 1

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Ezra, it has on...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matt. 28:16-20

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Matthew 28. &nb...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 28:1-15

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Matthew 28:1-15...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matt. 27:57-66

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read through Matthew...

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Preparing for Sunday - Romans 12:3-13

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Rom 12:1-21. Th...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matt. 27:45-56

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Read Matthew 27:45-5...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matt. 27:27-44

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Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together. You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body. Carefully Think Glance through Matth...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Peter 5:1-5

        Carefully Think Read 1 Peter 5:1-5 What commonality does Peter claim with the people to whom he is writing? Who specifically is he addressing in this passage? What commands does he give them? What implications does that have for the church of those whom he is addressing? What does Peter say about the attitudes and intentions of those i...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 27:11-26

Carefully Think Read Matt 27:11-26, this is the text for Sunday’s sermon. NOTE: Pilate and the governor are the same person (27:2). “You have said so” (v.11). Jesus said this before in 26:25 and 26:64. Who were the questioners? Did having the right answer help them? Why or Why not? “At the feast” (v.15); Which feast? (If you don’t ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 26:57-75

Carefully Think Read Matthew 26:47-75. Recall the events of Jesus' betrayal in 47-56 that we studied two weeks ago. If you have the time it may be helpful to listen to the sermon again: A Blessed Betrayal. Why is it significant that Jesus was led away to the high priests and not the Roman authorities first? What is significant about the fact that the priests and elders...

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Preparing for Sunday - John Powell

This Sunday, John Powell will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. John will be the main teacher for our students during their Discple Now activities this weekend. He'll be teaching on creating "Your Future Self," guiding them to see how decisions and disciplines they develop as young people will greatly influence their future; with a focus on their practical ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 26:47-56

Carefully Think Read Matthew 26:1-56 focusing on 26:47-56 to understand the context. Why do you think so many came to arrest Jesus? What does Jesus mean in verses 52-54? Consider the chain of events that brought Judas to these actions. Prayerfully Meditate What is our reaction when God does other than we think is good? How can we walk in trust with God as Jesu...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 26:36-46

Carefully Think Read Matthew 26:36-46.  Read Matthew 26:1-46 to re-trace the events that are leading up to this passage to keep the picture of the day in mind. Where is the placed called Gethsemane?  Who is with him as Jesus enters Gethsemane?  Who does He take with Him to pray?  Is this signficant? How do you understand what the ESV translates as ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 26:31-35

Carefully Think Read Matthew 26:31-35 What was the reason the disciples would “fall away” from Jesus that night? How significant is the metaphor of shepherd and sheep? How closely was this group tied to Jesus at this point? Skim 10:1-25. How had Jesus prepared them for opposition in his name? How much opposition do you think the disciples might have expec...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 26:26-29

Carefully Think Read Matt 26:26-29 Jesus explains almost nothing about the bread except “this is my body.’’ Does he do so because they already know what he means? Read Matt 14:19; Mark 8:6-9; think about the known symbolism of the Passover meal. “Drink of it, all of you”- Does this sound optional? What if they don’t? “my bloo...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 26:1-25

Carefully Think  If you are able, it would be helpful to go back and listen to the last message on Matthew to remember the context: Click Here Quickly look through chapters 23-25 to refresh your mind on what led up to this passage. Read Matthew 26:1-25. As you read, what is the common driving force in this passage?  What are all the events in this passag...

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Preparing for Sunday - How to Give God Glory

Carefully Think Listen to the previous Sermon Audio on God's glory here. Why is God's glory so important? What is it? Review the last Preparing for Sunday post on God's Glory here.  Look at specifically the fourth and fifth bullets under Carefully Think.  Dig back into verses you found last time or from the sermon on who gives God glory. When we understand t...

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Preparing for Sunday - Biblically Understanding Church Membership

Carefully Think Read through all four chapters of Colossians.   Re-read chapter 3.  What is the focus of chapter 3?  Summarize each section of the chapter into a 2-3 word description.   Focus on verses 12-17.  How did you summarize these verses?  How does Paul start verse 12? How does verses 12-17 related to 1-11?  Is there a relati...

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Preparing for Sunday - God's Glory

Carefully Think How do you use these posts to prepare your hearts each Sunday? How would you prepare for something on a topic, rather than specific, consecutive verses? What is God's glory? Why is it so important? How would you be able to find out? What does the word glory mean?  Look to define how we use it today?  How is it used in Scripture? Using a conc...

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Preparing for Sunday - Sanctity of Human Life

Carefully Think Read Psalm 139:13-16. From these verses, list why life, even life in the womb, is important. List, from the passage mentioned above, what God had done with the psalmist. When did God do these things? Read Genesis 1:26-28. Why is a human's life most important? Why is it different from the animal world, according to this passage (and the verses preceding...

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Preparing for Sunday - The Importance of Expository Preaching: An Annual Reminder

Carefully Think We hear a lot of preaching at our church. How would you describe the purpose of preaching? Where would you go in the Bible to describe to a person why preaching is so important. List as many reasons as you can as to why expository preaching is essential to a Christian's growth? To a congregation's health? Read 2 Timonty 4:1-5. Why is preaching the Bib...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Thessalonians 5:14

Carefully Think Read the entire letter of 1 Thessalonians for context.  It is only 5 chapters, try to read it in one setting.  Do chapters 4 and 5 remind you of anything else we have been recently studying?  How has the emphasis directed us to live?  Expectantly and Faithfully? The sermon text is 1 Thessalonians 5:14.  What part of the letter ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 25:31-46

Carefully Think Read Matthew 25:31-46. Read Matthew 24:36-25:46.  What is the unity between Jesus' explanation of the timing of his return and the two parables in verses 24:36-25:30 and the sheep and the goats in 25:31-46? When Jesus does come what does He say His primary role will be?  How does he explain this? Why does Jesus use the example of the sheep a...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 25:1-30

Carefully Think Read Matthew 24:36–25:30 Think back on Pastor Bret’s sermon from last week focusing on Matthew 24:36–51. Find the two descriptions Jesus gave about how we are to live in light of his return: we are to live expectantly (36–44), and we are to live faithfully (45–50). The two parables in our passage this week (25:1&nd...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 24:36-51

Carefully Think Read Matthew 24:36-51 Re-read the first part of Matthew 24 for context. What do you think of the end times date setting movement in light of verse 36? Prayerfully Meditate As we consider verses 44-46, what can we do to be ready? Consider your expectation of the Lord's return. Is your expectation that His return could be imminent, and how do you ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 24:29-35

Carefully Think Read Matt 24:29-35 Re-read Matt 24 for context and for perspective continue through chapter 25 to finish “all these sayings” (26:1) "This generation will not pass away until all these things take place” (24:34 ESV). See Matt 12:45; 16:4; 17:17; 23:36 for Matthew’s other uses of generation and consider what he means when he uses ...

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Preparing for Sunday - 2 Corinthians 4:7-12

Carefully Think Read 2 Corinithians 4:7-12.  Reflect on your current understanding of this verse. Read 2 Corinthians 1.  How is Paul framing this letter?  What is are a couple of his main points in this letter's introduction?  Read 2 Corinthians 4.  Do you see any themes related to chapter 1?  In 2 Corinthians 4:7, what treasure is Paul ...

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Preparing for Christmas and Advent

This Sunday marks the first Sunday of Advent, and our anticipation, personally and corporately, begins to look forward to our celebration of Christmas.  Christmas, more than any other annual celebration in the Christian calendar, has such a rich tradition of corporate and family singing.  Singing Christmas carols and hymns can evoke such wonderful memories of our...

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Reminder - Prepare for Sunday Matthew 24:16-28

Remember to begin preparing yourself and your family for the gathering of believers tomorrow to worship, instruct and fellowship, giving honor and glory to our Great God.  Take some time to review the Preparing for Sunday post this week. You can find it in your weekly email newsletter or on the church website. Read through the Bible text for tomorrow, review the pos...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 24:16-28

Carefully Think Read Matt 24:1-31, focusing on 16-28 Review last week's sermon to remember a biblical context of "let the reader understand" in verses 15.  What is Christ saying about the abomination of desolation? What is the difference between the tribulation of v. 4-14 and the tribulation of v. 15-28? How does v. 21 lead us to believe these are future events?...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 24:15-28

Carefully Think Read Matt 24:1-31, focusing on 15-28 What is the difference between the tribulation of v. 4-14 and the tribulation of v. 15-28? How does v. 21 lead us to believe these are future events? What/who is the abomination of desolation in v. 15? See Daniel 9:27, 11:31, 12:11, and 2 Thess 2:3-4 in their contexts for possible help in understanding. Are these p...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 24:4-14

Carefully Think Read Matt 24:1-14. How many questions do the disciples ask Jesus in v.3? Are any of them answered here? Who is in danger of being deceived in v. 4? How successful are the false Christs in their deception? (see v. 5, 9, 10, 11, 12) Do you consider yourself at risk for deception? Should you? What is the final display of going astray? (v. 12) Prayer...

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Reminder - Prepare for Matthew 24:1-14

Have you made time to review the Preparing for Sunday post this week?  You can find it in your weekly email newsletter or on the church website. Take time today to read through the Bible text for tomorrow and review the post to help stir your heart, increase our understanding of our great God and prepare to gather together as one body, one mind and one voice tomorrow...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 24:1-14

Carefully Think Read Matt 24:1-14. How many questions do the disciples ask Jesus in v.3? Are any of them answered here? Who is in danger of being deceived in v. 4? How successful are the false Christs in their deception? (see v. 5, 9, 10, 11, 12) Do you consider yourself at risk for deception? Should you? What is the final display of going astray? (v. 12) Prayer...

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Preparing for Sunday - Titus 3

Carefully Think Read Titus 1–3 for a full context. Re-read Titus 3:1–8. Who is this section being addressed to? In verse 3, what does the “for” tells us about how the preceding and current verses relate to one another? In verse 4, how does the verse transition? What significance is that? Why would Paul remind us here of salvation? This thought...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 23:37-24:3

Carefully Think Quickly review Matthew 23. Carefully read Matthew 23:37-24:3 What was the scene prior to Jesus’ statement in 23:37? How does that add to the intensity of his statement? What does Jesus mean by his statement in vs. 38? What did Jesus teach regarding the temple in previous passages? What do you think the disciples have in mind as they ask their q...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 24-25

Carefully Think Read Matthew 23 for remembering the context of where we have been; place special emphasis on verses 36–39. Read Matthew 24–25. Watch for repeated keywords or ideas through 24 and 25. What do you think the focus is in each section? What is Jesus warning against in chapter 24:4–13? What does verse 14 show in relation to the previous ve...

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Preparing for Sunday - Expository Listening

Prayerfully Meditate What is your typical approach to preparing your heart to hear from God through his word on Sunday? How would the following passages assist you in preparing yourself to hear from God on Sunday: James 1:19-25; 1 Peter 2:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 3:1. What role should confession of sin and prayer play in your preparation to listen? Make a list of what you...

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Preparing for Sunday - Job: Part 3

Carefully Think Read chapters 38-42. How does the Lord respond to Job? What is Job’s response? Does God explain to Job why he suffered as he did? Prayerfully Meditate What should the book of Job tell us about the sovereignty of God and our suffering? Is God still good in our suffering? Does he have a purpose for it? How can we cultivate a heart that woul...

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Preparing for Sunday - Job: Part 2

Carefully Think Read Job 1 and 2 How is Job described in these first two chapters? Does the Lord give a reason for the suffering that was inflicted upon Job? Pay special attention to the way Job responds to the suffering. Who’s hand does Job ascribe his sufferings to in 1:21 and 2:9? What does the narrator say about Job’s comments in 1:22 and 2:10? What sh...

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Preparing for Sunday - Job

Carefully Think Read Job 1 and 2 How is Job described in these first two chapters? Does the Lord give a reason for the suffering that was inflicted upon Job? Pay special attention to the way Job responds to the suffering. Who’s hand does Job ascribe his sufferings to in 1:21 and 2:9? What does the narrator say about Job’s comments in 1:22 and 2:10? What sh...

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Preparing for Sunday - Lamentations

Carefully Think Read the book of Lamenations, all 5 chapters. Why is the book callend Lamentations?  What time frame was this book written?  What event is being described? Who is the author ascribing this judgement and destruction to?  Why was this judgement being poured out? What happens in 3:21ff?  Does this reconcile with the one who was the ca...

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Preparing for Sunday - Song of Solomon

Carefully Think Read the Song of Solomon. (It’s only 5 pages in most Bibles.) Who are the characters in the story? Is the shepherd the same as the king? Is he Solomon? Can you find the following points in the story: 1)They meet 2) They marry 3) They have conflict 4) They reconcile? There are many interpreters who hold Song of Solomon as only an allegory for the...

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Preparing for Sunday - Ecclesiates

Carefully Think Read Ecclesiastes, focusing on chapters 1, 11, and 12. Also read1 Kings 1:1-8 How did Solomon's unfaithfulness affect his outlook? What areas of life are addressed? What passages were particularly applicable to aspects of modern culture? Which warnings are particularly applicable to you in your current circumstances or stage of life? Prayerfully Me...

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Preparing for Sunday - Samuel Bierig

This Sunday, Samuel Bierig will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Sam serves as the Director of Student Life and Events at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sam pastored in Arkansas for six years and now regularly preaches in churches around the Kansas City area. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from Ouachita Baptist University and has almost...

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Preparing for Sunday - Psalm 73

Carefully Think Read Psalm 73. Where is this psalm in relation to the five books found in the Psalms? Book 3 could be entitled “My Sin is Against God Alone”. Look at the first heading verse and determine the author. Skim the next 11 psalms, 74-89, who is the author? Does that help with unifying them? Consider these psalms in light of man’s sin against...

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Preparing for Sunday - Proverbs, Part 2

Carefully Think Read Proverbs 25 and skim chapters 26-31. What words or phrases stood out as repeated or emphasized? What kinds or categories of people are mentioned? Which metaphors or illustrations stood out as particularly helpful in explaining a truth? What areas of life are addressed? What passages were particularly applicable to aspects of modern culture? Which...

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Preparing for Sunday - Proverbs, Part 1

Carefully Think Read Proverbs 1-3:12. Who was this portion of Proverbs written to? What words or phrases are repeated or emphasized? What topics or life issues are addressed? What warnings are given? What is said about wisdom or attaining wisdom? What are wisdom and knowledge linked with according to 1:7, 1:29, and 2:5? How are the actions of the wise distinctly diffe...

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Preparing for Sunday - Psalms, Part 3

Carefully Think This week we will continue to look at how the book of Psalms affects our faith. We will look specifically at the imprecatory and messianic psalms.  Read through the following psalms: 7, 35, 58, 69, 85, 109, 137. What does the psalmist say about his enemies? Why does this not contradict the gospel of Jesus in the New Testament? Or does it? If you th...

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Preparing for Sunday - Psalms, Part 2

Carefully Think Last week we considered the book of Psalms as a whole. This week we will focus on how the Psalms affects our faith in God. Look through several headings of several psalms in each of the five sections of the book. List some of the musical terms that you see referred to (i.e.., "to the choirmaster," "maskil," "mahalat," etc.). While it is difficult (if no...

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Preparing for Sunday - Psalms 1-150

Carefully Think This Sunday we pick up with our summer tour through the Old Testament. This summer we will be concentrating on the poetic books. This week we will look at Psalms. Psalms is divided into five sections. Glancing through the chapters, you can locate all five divisions. Book I: 1-41; Book II: 42-72; Book III: 73-89; Book IV: 90-106; Book V: 91-150. Read the...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 23

Carefully Think Read Matthew 23:1-36 What is the major critique Jesus is leveling at the Pharisees and scribes? How might verses 6-12 apply to the modern church? Was Jesus criticizing the attempts at piety by the Pharisees or their attitudes which drove them? Prayerfully Meditate Pray that you might avoid the pitfalls that the religious leaders of Jesus' day fe...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 22:41-46

Carefully Think Read Matthew 22:41-46. How is this encounter between Jesus and the religious leaders different than the previous scenes recorded in this chapter? Who or what might the Pharisees have thought of when Jesus referred to "the Christ"? Read Psalm 110, from which Jesus quotes.  Based on this Psalm, what were some things the Jews were expecting the Lord...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 22:34-40

Carefully Think Read Matthew 22:34-40. What silenced the Sadducees? Read Matthew 22:29-33. Why were the Pharisees gathering after the Sadducees were silenced? (22:15) Is the lawyer similar to what we find today? (22:35)? How does he address Jesus and why was he asking this question? How does Jesus respond? What is his reason for his answer? (22:40) What is meant by...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 22:23-33

Carefully Think Read Matthew 22:23-33. How is this question similar and different in content and intention from the previous question asked of Jesus (22:15-22)? What are the Pharisees implying about Jesus by their question about resurrection and marriage? Read Deuteronomy 25:5-7 to see what Moses said about this issue in marriage. What does Jesus state is the error ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 22:15-22

Carefully Think Read Matthew 22:15-22 How do you engage those who want to discuss Christianity with malice?  What does rendering to Ceaser and rendering to God look like for us in the church today?  What are issues where the church at large today may be testing God? In what ways can flattery be dangerous? Prayerfully Meditate Pray that God would help us to...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 22:1-14

Carefully Think Read Matthew 22:1-14 What strikes you as the most surprising aspects of this parable? Reread the previous passage; The Parable of the Tenants (21:33-41). What similarities or differences are there between the responses of the master (ch 21) versus that of the king (ch 22)? How would you catagorize the different responses or attitudes of the people in ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 21:33-46

Carefully Think Read Matthew 21:33-46. Read Matthew 21:1-46. Thinking through the setting and previous verses what do we see Jesus doing in verses 33-46 as compared to verses 1-32? What is the primary issue Jesus is trying to illustrate? In verse 41, the Pharisees respond to Jesus parable strongly, what is their response? Why do they respond now but they did not in ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Selected Scriptures

Carefully Think What would you think are the biblical marks that define who is a part of the church of Jesus Christ? Where would you go in the Bible to answer the question above? How would you describe to a non-Christian what it means to be converted to Christ? How would someone know that they are "converted?" Read Acts 2:42-47. How did people identify themselves as ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 21:23-32

Carefully Think Read Matthew 21:23-32. How does this passage relate to the previous events in Matthew 21? In a word, what is the primary issue of conversation between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders? Why would the religious leaders ask Jesus this particular question (v 23)? Why would Jesus ask them to describe the source of John the Baptist's ministry before ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 21:18-22

Carefully Think Read Matthew 18:18-22. What kind of connections can you see between what takes place with the fig tree and what just happened in the temple (18:12-17)? What astonishes the disciples? Why would Jesus do this to a tree that did not produce fruit? What is Jesus indicating about the kind of authority he exercised over the tree and the kind of authority t...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 21:12-17

Carefully Think Read Matthew 21:12-17; Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 8 In the context of Matthew 21, when does verse 12 begin?   What were the tables setup for that Jesus was overturning? How do Jesus actions in 12-13 compare to his "coronation" in verses 1-11?   What is the emphasis of the healings in verse 15?  Why would the chief priests and scribes respo...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Corinthians 15:12-19

Carefully Think Read through 1 Corinthians 15:1-19. List what you learn about the work of the gospel from 15:1-2. List what you learn is essential to the gospel in 15:3-5. How important is the written word of God to the integrity of the gospel? Who did the risen Christ appear to? Why would they be important? According to 15:12, what were some in Corinth saying about...

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Preparing for Sunday - Lee White

This Sunday, Lee White, Minister to Students at First Baptist Church Ellisville, MO, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Lee White ministers to students as a part of the staff at FBCE. Prior to his work at FBCE, Lee served as Bible teacher at Legacy Christian Academy in California and he has been working with students for over 12 years. Lee graduated Sou...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 21:1-11

Carefully Think Read Matthew 21:1-11 and Zechariah 9 Considering the quote from Zechariah in v. 5, how can the humility of Jesus be compared to that of the mother of James and John (Matt 20:21)? Looking at Zechariah 9:16-17, what is the aim of Jesus' triumphal entry? Prayerfully Meditate Consider the humility of Christ in verse 5. Compare the reaction of the cr...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 20:17-34

Carefully Think Read Matthew 20:17-34 What do you recall about the previous references Jesus made regarding his upcoming death? See 16:21 and 17:22-23. What details does he add in the current passage that were not in the previous references? Do you think the mother of the two disciples was aware of Jesus’ previous announcement when she made her request? What is...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 20:1-16

Carefully Think Read Matthew 20:1-16. Read Matthew 19:16 - 20:16. How does the previous text on the rich young ruler and the disciples response relate to the parable of the laborers in the vineyard? How do we know they relate? Look at Matthew 19:30 and 20:16. How much does the master of the house agree to pay each of the workers through the day? What order does the m...

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Preparing for Sunday - John 3:16-21

Carefully Think Read John 3:1-21. Read John 3:16-21 again. How does this section relate to Jesus' encounter with Nicodemus in 3:1-15? What does "the world" refer to in 3:16? How do you know? How is this word used in John's Gospel to give you some ideas of what it refers to? How has God shown love to the world? Why did it need to be in this way? What does it mean to ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 19:23-30

Carefully Think Read Matthew Matthew 19:23-30 How does this passage relate to the passage preached last week (19:16-22), and even with the rest of Matthew 19? According to Jesus, how difficult is it for a wealthy person to have eternal life? In light of what happened with the Rich Young Ruler, why is it so difficult? Why does Jesus use the illustration of a camel try...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 19:16-22

Carefully Think Read Matt 19:16-22. What would be a common response, from today’s culture, to the man’s initial question? Read Exodus 20:3-17. What commandments were missing from the list Jesus gave? What is most common among those that Jesus did not include? Why do you think the man responded the way he did in verse 20? Why does Jesus mention “per...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 19:13-15

Carefully Think Read Matthew 19:13-15.   Look for transition from the issue of divorce to the children.  Was there a scene change?  Was there a time change? Why were people bringing children to Jesus? What were the disciples responses to the children?  In what manner does Jesus repond to the disciples about the children?   Jesus has used chi...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 19:1-12 - Part 2

Carefully Think Read Matthew 19:1-12 again. Remember context from last week's sermon.  Review the change in Jesus' location and meaning, what were the Pharisees doing and why by asking Jesus this question.   What was the source of the Pharisees arguments?  What was the source of Jesus' teachings? How did Jesus respond to the Pharisees in vv 4-6? How do...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 19:1-12

Carefully Think Read Matthew 19:1-12. What has changed about the location of Jesus' ministry (v 1)? Why is this important to note? What do the Pharisees ask Jesus? Are they seeking his opinion or challenging his source of authority? How do you know? What was the motivation behind the Pharisee's question to Jesus about divorce? Why would the Pharisees bring up this i...

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Preparing for Sunday - John 1:1-5, 9-14

Carefully Think Read John 1:1-5, 9-14. How does John describe Jesus? Who does John intend us to understand that Jesus is by this description? Why would John call Jesus "the Word"? What does that title suggest Jesus' relationship to God is? What was Jesus' role in creation? What does this suggest about Jesus' identity? What kind of life is being referred to (v 4)? If...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 18:21-35

Carefully Think Read Matthew 18:21-35. What is the main idea of this passage? Write it out in one sentence. In light of Matthew 18:15-20, what would motivate Peter to ask the question he does in 18:21? Why would Peter suggest "seven times" for forgiveness? What was Jesus' response? What did Jesus mean by his response? Read the parable in 18:23-35 again in light of Pe...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 18:15-20

Carefully Think Read Matthew 18:15-20 several times. (Perhaps using various translations). How do these verses relate to the parable of the lost sheep just before, in 18:10-14? What are the key “steps” outlined in this passage? What do these verses teach about the role of discipline in the Church? What authority does a local church have among members who...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 18:1-14

Carefully Think Read Matthew 18:1-14. Review Matthew 17 for context. How long after Jesus addressing paying the temple tax is this section? (v1)  How does that impact what this text means? Why does Jesus use a physical child to relate who is the greatest, cutting off your hand, and searching for a lost sheep?  Who is Jesus calling a stumbling block?  (...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

Carefully Think Read 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 For whom does Paul express thanks? Who is the object of thanksgiving? What reasons does Paul give for his thanksgiving? How would you characterize the quality of these reasons? Prayerfully Meditate Are your prayers for Summit Woods permeated with thanksgiving to the Lord? Are you regularly moved by specific evidences ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 17:24-27

Carefully Think Read Matthew 17:24-27. Summarize the main idea of this section in one sentence. Who approaches Peter? Why do they focus on Peter (especially in light of recent events with Peter - Matthew 16:13ff)? What kind of tax is being referred to? When does Jesus respond to Peter? In Jesus’ parable in verse 25, who do “the kings of the earth refer t...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 17:14-23

Carefully Think Read Matthew 17:14-23 Whose lack of faith was Jesus lamenting? (v. 17, 19-20) What attribute is Jesus demonstrating in v. 18?  Given the previous text we covered last Sunday (Matthew 17:1-13), why do you think Jesus is frustrated with His disciples? Prayerfully Meditate How has the glory of God been revealed to you? Think on what God has r...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 17:1-13

Carefully Think Read Matthew chapter 17:1-13. When did this occur? Why is the timing significant (why would Matthew draw attention to it)? Where did Jesus go and who did he take with him? Why do you think he took only these three disciples? How does the transfigured Jesus differ from the Jesus the disciples knew and were familiar with? Who did Jesus converse with du...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 16:21-28

Carefully Think Read Matthew 16:21-28.  Reread Matthew 16:13-28.   After Peter's confession to build the church what is Jesus telling the disciples is to come? (v21) Why would Peter "rebuke" the one he called the "Christ, the Son of the Living God?" Is Jesus addressing Peter as Satan? What does Jesus think it should look like to follow him?  Health an...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 16:17-20 (Part 2)

Carefully Think Read Matthew chapter 16, focus on verses 17-20 Why was Peter called “blessed”? How was Jesus’ response to Peter different than his response to the group of the disciples in 16:8? Why? From these verses, what are the connections between heaven and earth? What was Peter’s role to be in the church? Why? What were the disciples t...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 16:17-20

Carefully Think Read Matthew 16:13-20. Focus on 16:18-20. Why does Jesus name Simon as Peter? What is "the rock" upon which Jesus will build his church? How does Jesus describe the "church?" What do "the gates of hell" refer to? What do "gates" on a city do/what are they used for? What do "keys of the kingdom" refer to? What do these keys do; what are they used for...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 16:13-17

Carefully Think Read chapter 16 of Matthew and focus upon Matthew 16:13-17 (perhaps using various translations). Where are Jesus' and the disciples in Matthew 16:13? Locate it on a map at the back of your Bible. Where had Jesus been ministering previously? What is Jesus saying about himself in the question he asks the disciples? What do we learn about Peter and the d...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 John 2:15-17

Carefully Think Read 1 John 2:15-17 What is "the world" in this context? From what you learn in this passage, what is the danger of loving the world? What is true about "the world" that would create such severe spiritual consequences? Why is it more valuable to have the love of God the Father than to love the world? Prayerfully Meditate How can you be a loving...

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Preparing for Sunday - Worship (Part 2)

Carefully Think 1 Corinthians 14. What is repeated in this chapter as the most important value to pursue as a gathered congregation? Read Acts 2:42-47. What did the early church focus on in their gatherings? Read Ephesians 5:19. What is the relationship of this verse's content to 5:18? What is the result of the filling of the Holy Spirit according to these two verses?...

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Preparing for Sunday - Worship

Carefully Think Make a list of all of the ways in the Old Testament you can think of that are public occasions and/or expressions of worship to God. What kind of words are used to describe acts of worship in the Old Testament? What sort of images were used in the Old Testament to describe acceptable acts of worship to God? Make a list of all of the ways in the New Test...

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Preparing for Sunday - Malachi

Carefully Think Read the book of Malachi in one sitting. What are the key doctrines that God illustrates in this prophecy? What is the core message of Malachi’s text? How were some of Malachi’s prophecies fulfilled in the New Testament? (3:1, 3:3, 4:2, 4:5) In what ways does John the Baptist fulfill Malachi’s prophecies about the coming of Elijah? ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Zechariah

Carefully Think Skim through the book of Zechariah. Read chapters 1-2 From 1:1-6: Who is being addressed? What warnings were given to Zechariah to pass on? What had been happening in Israel up to the time of this writing? (hints in 1:12 and 7:12-14) What was God’s perspective on Jerusalem and the surrounding nations? What ultimate hope is given to Jerusalem? ...

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Yours is the Kingdom & But God

Sunday evening, the worship team will introduce 2 new songs for our corporate gatherings.  Over the next few months, these songs will be incorporated into our song selections.  As each song is introduced, a blog post will be posted with lyrics, links to purchase and view the song, and a brief synopsis.  We hope these resources will not only assist our gather...

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Preparing for Sunday - Haggai

Carefully Think Read both chapters of Haggai 1-2 in one sitting.  Try to read through it several times. What is the time frame of this book? Read 1:1, 1:15, 2:1, 2:10, 2:18, 2:20 What is the main theme of this book?  Who are the recipients of the prophecy? How are the people's hearts towards God in chapter 1?  How do they respond to Haggai's message? ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Zephaniah

Carefully Think Read the book of Zephaniah in one sitting. Consider Zephaniah's lineage (1:1) What is the prophet's overall message in the two sections of 1:1 to 3:8 and then 3:8 to 3:11? What were some of the offenses decried by Zephaniah? (1:3, 1:9, 1:12, 2:10, 3:4 What does the prophecy advise the people to do? (2:3, 2:8) What is the Lord going to do for the Isr...

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Preparing for Sunday - Isaiah 55:6-7

Think carefully Read Isaiah 55 and skim Chapters 1, 5 and 6. What is the key issue facing the southern kingdom of Judah? What is God’s desire for the people of Judah? How are they to respond to the prophet Isaiah’s message? How does Isaiah’s message to Judah compare to the message of the NT apostles? What are the key elements of 55:6-7? Prayerf...

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Preparing for Sunday - John Mark Yeats

This Sunday, Dr. John Mark Yeats, Dean at Midwestern Baptist College, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Dr. John Mark Yeats serves as the undergraduate dean for Midwestern Baptist College. Dr. Yeats earned his Ph.D. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also holds degrees from Southern Seminary, Oxford University, and Criswell ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Habakkuk

Carefully Think Read the book of Habakkuk in one sitting. Who is this prophecy about? Who is the actual audience of this book? Who do you believe initiated this dialogue? What are the key doctrines that God illustrates in this prophecy? What is Habakkuk’s first complaint? (1:2-4) What is God’s answer? (1:5-11) What is Habakkuk’s second complaint (...

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Preparing for Sunday - Nahum

Think carefully Read the book of Nahum in one sitting. Observe the attributes of the Lord revealed throughout the book, specifically in 1:1-8. How will God go about destroying the city of Nineveh (Read 2:3-12)? What are the charges against Nineveh; why is God against them (3:1-4)? How are the Ninevites described throughout the book? What does Nahum prophesy about Go...

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Preparing for Sunday - Micah

Carefully Think Read Micah 1-7 in one sitting. What are the major themes that run thoughout this book? Where is Moresheth and what is the time frame of this book in relation to the exile of Israel to Assyria [2 Kings 16-17]? Who are the recipients of the prophecy? What is the coming judgment and is there any hope for God's people? What is the false hope of the peop...

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Preparing for Sunday - Jonah

Carefully Think Read Jonah 1-4. List what you learn about Jonah. What is his fundamental problem with God? What does God do in this book. List what you see. What is God doing with Jonah? How do the pagan people typically respond to God in this book (1:7-16; 3:6-10)? How is this similar or different to Jonah's responses to God? Where do you find Jonah obeying God? Ho...

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Preparing for Sunday - Obadiah

Carefully Think Read Obadiah 1:1-21 (the whole book). Who is this prophecy about? Who is it actually delivered to? Read Genesis 25; 27; 28:6-9; 32:3; 36:1 for some background on where Edom comes from. What did Edom think of themselves (1:2-9)? What did Edom do with Jerusalem/Judah (1:10-14)? What would God's response be to Edom (1:15-18)? What would God's response...

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Preparing for Sunday - Amos

Carefully Think Read Amos 1-9 in one setting. How would you sum up the themes you see in this book? Read Amos 1:1; 7:14, 15. What do you learn about who Amos was and when he prophesied? Read Amos 1-2 and list the various nations addressed. Who is speaking to these nations? What kinds of things are they being held accountable for? Who receives the most rebuke? Why? Re...

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Preparing for Sunday - Joel

Carefully Think Read through Joel 1-3 in one sitting. List a few of the major themes you see emphasized in the book. What sort of event is 1:4-7 describing? What response should God's people have to this event (1:13-14)? What is this event called (1:15)? What does this suggest as to why the event is happening? What sort of event is 2:1-11 describing? Is it the same e...

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Preparing for Sunday - Hosea

Carefully Think If you can make time, try to read through all of Hosea (14 chapters). Read Hosea 1:2-3. What did God ask Hosea to do? Why would he do that? Read 1:4-11 to read the names of the children and why they wee named as they were. What does it say about Israel's spiritual state and the physical illustration Hosea was to be to Israel. Read 3:1-5. What does God ...

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Preparing for Sunday - How the Gospel Helps Our Hearing

Carefully and Prayerfully Consider List the major points of the gospel of Jesus Christ? What is necessary to believe and what does a saving response to the gospel of Jesus look like? This Sunday we will consider how this message and a saving response to it should continually drive and impact how we listen to God's Word taught each week when we gather. How could the go...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 16:1-12

Carefully Think Read Matthew 16:1-12. How would you sum up this passage in one sentence? Compare this passage with Mark 8:11-21. What is similar/different? Read verses 1-4. What do the Pharisees and Sadducees ask of Jesus? Why?  What is Jesus' response? Read verses 5-12. What are the disciples concerned with?  What is Jesus' response? What is Jesus trying ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 15:29-39

Carefully Think Read Matthew 15:29-39. How would you sum up this passage in one sentence? Compare this passage with Mark 7:31-8:10. What is similar/different? Read Mark 7:31. What information about Jesus' location does Mark add? Find that place on a map of Palestine in Jesus' time. What is significant about his location? What is the response of the crowds to Jesus' h...

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Preparing for Sunday - Proverbs 31:10-31

Carefully Think Read Proverbs 31:10-31. What is the purpose of this passage (v 10)? After reading through the passage, what is this woman's greatest focus? Why?  List as many areas of responsibility and actions this woman has and does. How would you assess this woman's joy? Is she satisfied, fulfilled, and enjoying her life? What motivates this woman to live i...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 15:21-28

Carefully Think Read Matthew 15:21-28. Find a map of Palestine (back of your Bible). Find the region of Tyre and Sidon and notice its location to Galilee. From where was the woman who came up to Jesus? Why is this significant? How did she address Jesus? How is that significant? What did she want from Jesus? How did Jesus respond to the woman's request? How did the di...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 15:1-20

Carefully Think Read Matthew 15:1-20. What were the Pharisees and Scribes concerned about? How did they view the authority of their traditions? How did they view the effect their traditions would have on a person? What did Jesus say about their concern? What problem did Jesus specifically identify as problematic with the Pharisees and Scribes? What connection does Je...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 14:22-36

Carefully Think Read Matthew 14:22-36 How does this relate to the feeding of the 5,000 (Matt 14:13-21)? What lessons should the disciples learned from that episode that would have helped them in 14:22-36? What was Jesus' purpose for sending the disciples and the crowds away? What was the reaction of the disciples when they saw Jesus walking on the water? How would y...

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Preparing for Sunday - Ephesians 4:11-16

Carefully Think Read Ephesians 4:11-16. How would you sum up this passage in one sentence? What is the purpose of "apostles, prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers"? Who gave them and to whom were they given? How would you define and describe "the work of ministry?" Who does this work and what does this work accomplish? What does spiritual maturity loo...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 14:13-21

Carefully Think Read Matthew 14:13-21. Sum up the main idea of this passage in one sentence. How does this passage relate to the events that precede it (14:1-12)? How does this help to understand one of the reasons Jesus goes to a desolate place? From what you read in this passage, what words would you use to describe the crowd's interest in Jesus?  What was Jes...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 14:1-12

Carefully Think Read Matthew 14:1-12. Summarize the main idea in one sentence. What about Jesus caused Herod to assume Jesus was a resurrected John the Baptist? What was bothering Herod's conscience? Describe John the Baptist's relationship with Herod. What was Herod's sin? Why was John put in prison? What was the occasion of John's death? How would you describe He...

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Preparing for Sunday - Lou Priolo

We welcome to our pulpit this Sunday, Lou Priolo. Mr. Priolo is the Director of Biblical Counseling at Valleydale Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a graduate of Calvary Bible College and Liberty University, and is the author of several books, including The Heart of Anger, The Complete Husband, Teach Them Diligently and Pleasing People. In addition to his books, Lou ha...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 13:53-58

Carefully Think Read Matthew 13:53-58. Where does Jesus leave (13:36) and to what town does he go (13:54)? What does he do there? What was the response of those in attendance? Compare this to when Jesus finished the sermon on the mount (7:28, 29). What is similar? What is different? What does the audience find so odd about Jesus' teaching? Why would they think this w...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 13:44-52

Carefully Think Read Matthew 13:44-52 List the parables described here. What are the similarities between each of the parables? What are the differences? What is the emphasis of the first two parables that do not have a stated explanation? What is the emphasis of the thrid parable that is explained? What are the new and old things that Jesus is referring to in the ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 13:31-35

Carefully Think Read Matthew 13:31-35. How are the two parables in this section different and alike? How would these parables be similar to the parable of the weeds just before (13:24-30)? What is the comparison being made between the mustard seed and the kingdom of heaven? How would this be helpful and instructive to the crowds and the disciples in light of the oppo...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Carefully Think Read Matthew 13:24-30, 33-36. Make a list that compares the telling of the parable (13:24-33) and the explanation of the parable (13:36-43). List things like the setting of both sections, the characters involved and what they refer to, etc. In one sentence, how would you summarize the main idea of this parable? How does this parable speak to the situa...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 13:10-17

Carefully Think Read Matthew 13:10-17. How would you summarize this passage in one sentence? What is the relationship of this passage to 13:1-9, 18-23? What reason(s) did Jesus give for speaking to the crowds in parables? What is the contrast between the disciples' spiritual state and the majority in the crowds? What in the passage tells you that? What did the Jewi...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 13

Carefully Think Read all of Matthew 13. List all of the parables you find. What is similar about them? What phrases and words do you see repeated often? Read Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Make a list of the different soils and how the seed sown in them responds. What is the main point of this parable? Are each of the soils a different type of Christian? False-Christians? How ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 12:46-50

Carefully Think Read Matthew 12:46-50. Summarize this passage in one sentence. Where does this take place (see Mark 3:20; Matthew 13:1)? How does it related to the context of the previous paragraphs in chapter 12? Who is Jesus speaking to? Where are Jesus' mother and brothers? Are they referenced as his disciples in this passage? Read Mark 3:21. Why would Jesus' fa...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 12:43-45

Carefully Think Read Matthew 12:43-45. Summarize the section in one sentence. What is the main idea here? In what ways does this passage relate to what has preceded it? What is Jesus saying here about the system of righteousness advocated by the Pharisees? What would have avoided the "last state of this person" being worse than the first? Prayerfully Meditate ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 12:38-42

Carefully Think Read Matthew 12:38-42. Sum up this passage's main idea in one sentence. How does this passage fit specifically within Matthew 12? Why would the scribes and Pharisees be seeking a sign? Why does Jesus refer to Jonah?  Solomon? What would his answer have indicated about the heart of the religious leaders?  In what ways were they failing to a...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 12:33-37

Carefully Think Read Matthew 12:33-37. Sum up this passage's main idea in one sentence. How does this passage fit specifically with Matthew 12:22-32? What does the analogy of good and bad trees/fruit suggest about Jesus' main idea? Why does Jesus refer to what a person says, rather than what a person does, as a key indicator as to what is in their heart? What does ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 12:22-32

Carefully Think Read Matthew 12:22-32. How would you sum up this passage in one sentence? How does this passage continue the theme of opposition introduced in Chapter 11? What was the crowd's reaction to Jesus' healing the demon-possessed man? What was the Pharisee's response to the crowd? What were the Pharisee's saying about the authority of Jesus, as expressed i...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 12:15-21

Carefully Think Read Matthew 12:15-21. Summarize the main point of this passage in one sentence. How does it related to his struggles with the Pharisees in the preceding sections (12:1-14)? What are the differences between the character of the Pharisees as seen in 12:1-14 and Jesus, as described in this passage (12:15-21)? Why would Jesus not want the crowds to make ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 12:9-14

Carefully Think Read Matthew 12:9-14. How is this passage related to the scene just before (Matthew 12:1-8)? Who is it asking the question of Jesus in Matthew 12:10? What was their motive for asking Jesus what they did? Why did Jesus give the answer to their question as he did? What lesson was he teaching the Pharisees about the Sabbath? How was the man with the wit...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 12:1-8

Carefully Think Read Matthew 12:1-8 How would you sum up this passage in one sentence? How does this passage relate to 11:25-30 (can you see what Jesus was referring to as "labor" and "being heavy laden")? What is the primary problem the Pharisee's had with Jesus' disciples? Why do they bring it up to Jesus and not his disciples? In what ways were the disciples actua...

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Preparing for Sunday - 2 Thessalonians 1:3

Carefully Think Read 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12. Make a list of characteristics you see that describe the spiritual life of the church of the Thessalonians. How often does Paul find himself giving thanks for the Thessalonian church? For what is he most thankful for in this church? How does 1:3 describe their spiritual depth and its progress? How does 1:3 describe their...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 11:20-30

Carefully Think Read Matthew 11:20-24. How would you sum this section up in one sentence? Read Matthew 11:25-30. How would you sum this section up in one sentence? How do these two sections relate to one another? How do they complement 11:1-19? This is the only occasion in the New Testament that "Chorazin" is mentioned. Find Bethsaida, Tyre, Sidon, Sodom, and Capernau...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 11:1-19

Carefully Think Read Matthew 11:1-19. Sum up this passage in one sentence. Why would John the Baptist ask the question about Jesus identity in light of his confession of Christ in John 1 and John 3? How does Jesus answer John's question and why is it significant? What does Jesus tell the crowds about the significance of John and his ministry? How and why can the "l...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 10:40-42

Carefully Think Read Matthew 10:40-42. Sum up this passage in one sentence. In light of the entire passage (10:4-42), who does the "you" refer to in v 40? What does Jesus have in mind when he refers to someone "receiving" you? Why would Jesus link someon's reception of "us" to their reception of him and the Father? What is a prophet and what sort of reward will a p...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 10:34-39

Carefully Think Read Matthew 10:34-39. Sum up the main idea of this passage in one sentence. How does this passage relate to the what has come before it in 10:1-33? What kind of "peace" is Jesus speaking about in this context? How do you know? List the relationships affected by Jesus' coming. Why would he mention these relationships? What is it about relating to Je...

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Preparing for Sunday - Acts 13:1-3

Carefully Think Read Acts 13:1-3. With it being Missions Sunday, consider what this passage indicates about the role of the local church in recognizing and sending missionaries. Read Acts 11:19-30. When and how was the church at Antioch founded and under what kind of circumstances? Who were the primary leaders in the church in Antioch? What do you learn about them? Wh...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 10:26-33

Carefully Think Read Matthew 10:26-33. Sum up the main theme of this passage in one sentence. How does this passage fit with the previous verses (primarily 10:24-25 and the theme of persecution for disciple-making)? Make a list of reasons why disciples of Jesus should not be fearful of persecution. What is it (based on this context - look primarily at vv 32-33 for h...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 10:16-25

Carefully Think Read Matthew 10:16-25 What is the overall main idea of these verses? How do these verses compliment the theme of the instructions given in chapter 10? In light of the main idea of this passage, in regard to what should we be wise and innocent? Make a list of what the disciples of Jesus should expect to happen to them. Can you think of instances in th...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 10:5-15 (Part 2)

Carefully Think Read Matthew 10:5-15. List the various instructions Jesus gives to the 12. Who were the 12 to focus their ministry on? Who were they not to focus on? What was the relationship between the activities of the 12 and Jesus’ activity (Matt 9:35-38)? What does Matt 10:10 suggest is reason why the 12 were not to acquire gold, silver or copper, or take...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 10:5-15

Carefully Think Read Matthew 10:5-15. List the various instructions Jesus gives to the 12. Who were the 12 to focus their ministry on? Who were they not to focus on? What was the relationship between the activities of the 12 and Jesus’ activity (Matt 9:35-38)? What does Matt 10:10 suggest is reason why the 12 were not to acquire gold, silver or copper, or take...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 10:1-4

Carefully Think Read Matthew 10:1-4. List what those who are mentioned were called to do. How do these activities relate to what Jesus was doing in Matthew 8 & 9? How are they different? What titles are used to describe the men Jesus called to him? What does each title suggest about their responsibilities? From what you have read in Matthew's Gospel thus far, whe...

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Preparing for Sunday - David M. McAlpin

This Sunday, Dr. David M. McAlpin, Vice President for Student Development and Associate Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. He comes to Midwestern with over 25 years of experience as a senior pastor, having served churches in Tennessee, Florida, and Missouri. During his 14+ ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Daniel 7-12

Carefully Think Read through Daniel 7. How was the imagery of Daniel's vision interpreted for him in 7:15-27? Make a list of what you learn? What is God's role in the events described in this vision? What phrases do you see in Daniel 7 that would give any indication as to the timing of these events? Read Daniel 8 - how does this vision differ from the one in chapter ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Daniel 1-12

Carefully Think Read Daniel 1:1; 2:1; 5:1, 30, 31; 6:1; and 10:1. Where is Daniel? How many kings does he interact with? Read Daniel 1:1-20; 2:26-28; 6:1-10. Why is Daniel where he is and how would you characterize his character? Glance through the headings in your Bible of Daniel 1-6. Make a list of the sort of events recorded about his life. Glance through the head...

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Preparing for Sunday - Ezekiel 1-48 (Part 3)

For our final message in our series on Ezekiel: Carefully Think What are some of the first things that come to your mind when you think about the book of Ezekiel? Read 1:1-3. What time period in Israel's history is Ezekiel's ministry? Where is Ezekiel? How does this compare to when and where Jeremiah was ministering? Read Ezekiel 36. What does God promise Judah and I...

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Preparing for Sunday - James 5:19-20

This Sunday, Dr. Ben Awbrey, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Dr. Awbrey teaches expository preaching at Midwestern Seminary, and served as Interim Preacher for Summit Woods from September 2009 until October 2010. He received a Doctor of Theology in preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Divinity from Southwest...

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Preparing for Sunday - Acts 18:24-28

This Sunday, Ryan Bowman, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Ryan was raised in Friendswood, TX and came to know the Lord as a fifth-grader at Sagemont Baptist Church in Sagemont, TX. He is a 1993 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas (Bachelor of Arts – Sociology) and graduated cum laude from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Mast...

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Preparing for Sunday - Ezekiel 1-48 - Part 2

Carefully Think What are some of the first things that come to your mind when you think about the book of Ezekiel? Read 1:1-3. What time period in Israel's history is Ezekiel's ministry? Where is Ezekiel? How does this compare to when and where Jeremiah was ministering? Read 1:4-28. What do you learn about God in this vision? What is being communicated about his attri...

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Preparing for Sunday - Ezekiel 1-48

Carefully Think What are some of the first things that come to your mind when you think about the book of Ezekiel? Read 1:1-3. What time period in Israel's history is Ezekiel's ministry? Where is Ezekiel? How does this compare to when and where Jeremiah was ministering? Read 1:4-28. What do you learn about God in this vision? What is being communicated about his attri...

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Preparing for Sunday - Jeremiah 1-52 - Part 3

Carefully Think How did Judah respond to Jeremiah (26:7-19; 37:11-15; 38:1-6)? Read 30-33 - What are these chapters about? Read 46-51 - What are these chapters about? What reasons can you discern in these chapters as to why God treats the nations as he does? Read 48:46-47; 49:5, 6, 39 - Which nations receive these promises? What does this indicate about God's ultimat...

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Preparing for Sunday - Jeremiah 1-52 - Part 2

Carefully Think What was Judah's chief problem (2:4, 11-13)? How deeply affected was Judah in their sin (5:1-6)? In what was Judah falsely trusting (7:1-4)? How did Jeremiah's life serve as an illustration for Judah to see their sin and God's judgment (16:1-9)? How did Judah respond to Jeremiah (26:7-19; 37:11-15; 38:1-6)? Read 30-33 - what are these chapters about...

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Preparing for Sunday - Jeremiah 1-52

Carefully Think The following suggestions are to help you get a glimpse of the book as a whole. Read Jeremiah 1:1-19. This chapter is a good overview of many of the themes in the book. What themes do you see emphasized? What do you learn about Jeremiah in this chapter? What do you learn about God in this chapter? What do you learn about Judah in this chapter? What ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Jude 3-7

Carefully Think Read the book of Jude. Who is Jude speaking to in this letter?  For what purpose does he say he is writing? Read Jude 3-7 How does Jude address his audience? Where are those whom Jude is warning the "beloved" about? What are the works of Jesus that Jude mentions by way of reminder?  What is the consequence for rejecting Christ? Prayerfu...

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Preparing for Sunday - Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Carefully Think Read Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 Make a list of everything you learn about what God, the Father does or is like. Make a list of everything you learn about God's "servant." What does he do and why? What is he like? Who is speaking in 52:13-15? Who is speaking in 53:1-12? How do the speakers of 53:1-12 feel about what the servant of God did and went through? ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Isaiah 40-66

Carefully Think Read Isaiah 40. What do you learn about God? Why would Israel need this vision of God? Read Isaiah 45. According to this chapter, who is Cyrus and how does God use him? Read Isaiah 52:13-53:12. What do you learn about the Lord's Servant? Read Isaiah 55. How does God describe salvation? Read Isaiah 58. What is God looking for in genuine fasting? Read...

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Preparing for Sunday - Isaiah 1-39 (Part 2)

Carefully Think Last week we entered back into our Touring the Old Testament series and the book of Isaiah, specifically, focusing on God's judgment of sin and his confrontation of his own people (chapters 1-12). This week we will focus on chapters 13-39. Read through or briefly skim through chapters 13-24. What is God doing in these chapters and why? What nations are ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Isaiah

Carefully Think This Sunday we pick up again with our summer tour in the Old Testament and our focus will be on the Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. We begin with Isaiah. Our aim in these "preparing" posts is to make you familiar with the major themes running through the book. In that light, read through Isaiah 1:1-31. This is a good...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 9:35-38

Carefully Think Read Matthew 9:35-38 How does this compare to 4:23? What do these two bookends reveal to us regarding the content of Matthew 5:1-9:34? Read 9:35. What was Jesus teaching? What was it about the gospel of the kingdom that Jesus was preaching? In light of what we have studied in Matthew 8-9, why was Jesus healing? Read 9:36. What was Jesus' response to t...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 9:18-34

Carefully Think Read Matthew 9:18-34 This section contains three healing events (with 5 different people being healed). List each of these three events. Where was Jesus when the first healing event began? Who approaches Jesus and what does he want? What does this first individual think about Jesus? How would you describe his interest in Christ? What is the differenc...

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Preparing for Sunday - Titus 2:1-10

Carefully Think Read Titus 2:1-10 What three groups of people does Paul center upon in this passage? With each group. list those characteristics Paul gives that mark a gospel-centered people? Based on that list, what should characterize a gospel-centered family? Prayerfully Meditate In what category of people listed in Titus 2:1-10 would you place yourself? &nb...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 9:14-17

Carefully Think Read Matthew 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22; Luke 5:33-39. Who came to Jesus and what were they wanting to know from him? What does Jesus' answer teach you about what should motivate fasting? Read 9:16-17 carefully and think through how these illustrations speak to the issue brought up in vv 14-15 (also keep in mind what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 9:9-13

Carefully Think Read Matthew 9:9-13; Mark2:14-17; Luke 5:27-32. What are the similaries and differences? List everything you learn about Matthew. What do you learn about the disciples? Why are they mentioned? Why do the Pharisees target them for their questions about Jesus? Who attends the meal with Jesus? Why is this significant? What title do the Pharisees use for...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 8:23-9:8

Carefully Think Read through Matthew 8:23-9:8 What are the 3 miracles performed by Jesus in this section? Which verses correspond to each of them? What examples of strong faith do you find in these 3 miracles? What examples of weak or no faith do you find? List all the titles used to address Christ in the passage. Who uses which title? What do you learn about who Ch...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 8:18-22

Carefully Think Read Matthew 8:18-22 What did Jesus command his disciples to do? What motivated him to command this? What does "the other side" refer to? Where is this? How do you know? Where have we seen "scribes" mentioned thus far in the book of Matthew? From these places, what do we know about them, especially in relation to Jesus' ministry? What does the scribe...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 8:1-17

Carefully Think Read Matthew 8:1-17. What are the three specific acts of healing? Note any similarities between the healings in this section. What is different about each one? What sort of people are healed in this section? Why is that significant? Read Leviticus 13 & 14 for background about the OT view of leprosy and being cleansed from it. What is significant ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 8-9 & Resurrection Sunday

Carefully Think Read Matthew 8-9. Make a list of who is healed, of what they are healed, how they were healed, is anything about their faith described, and what was the response (if any is listed). What do these chapters teach about what it means to follow Jesus? Find all the references made to Jesus' authority. What do you learn? List all of the titles used to desc...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 7:28-29 & Chapters 5-7

Carefully Think Read Matthew 7:28-29. What was the crowd's response to Jesus sermon? Why? What was it about this sermon that separated Jesus' authority from that of the scribes? Who are the scribes? Read back through the Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 5-7. What are the major sections of this sermon and can you summarize each section? What are the themes emphasized ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 7:24-27

Carefully Think Read Matthew 7:24-27. How does this passage relate to the previous three sections in 7:13-23? Two men who build a house are given as examples. What is similar between the two? What is different between the two men? In this context, what do "these words of mine" (vv 24, 26) refer to? How does this definition of "these words of mine" define what kind o...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 7:21-23

Carefully Think Read Matthew 7:21-23 What is the connection of this passage with the others in this section of 7:13-29? Why would "Lord" be repeated twice in how someone addressed Jesus? What is Jesus saying about himself when he indicates that some are calling him "Lord, Lord?" From reading this passage, when does this interchange between Jesus and a professing bel...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 7:15-20

Carefully Think Read Matthew 7:15-20. What are the characteristics of the False Prophets mentioned? What is "sheep's clothing" referring to? How do you know? Where in their lives(v 15) does the False Prophets "ravenous" nature exist? How does this fit with looking at the external fruit of the False Prophets? What is a False Prophet? What is most important to pay at...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 7:13-14

Carefully Think Read Matthew 7:13-29. List the different analogies Jesus uses in these verses? What is he teaching through each of them? How do they relate to each other? Read Matthew 7:13-14 Why should we seek to enter through the narrow gate? What is this narrow gate leading to? How do you know from this context (cf. 5:20; 7:21)? What are the characteristics of th...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 7:7-12

Carefully Think Read Matthew 7:7-12. How does this section on prayer fit in this context? How do you know?  Compare this with the similar account in Luke 11:9-13. Read John 1:12 and Matthew 7:11. What do these verses say about how God views those who are His children? What do these encouragements to pray say about our relationship with the Heavenly Father? What ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 6:25-34

Carefully Think Read Matthew 6:25-34. What is the connection between this passage and Matthew 6:19-24? What is the "therefore" referring to in 6:25? What issues of life does Jesus bring up over which we should not be anxious? What is the point behind the illustrations of the birds of the air and the flowers of the field in 6:26-30? According to 6:30, what is misplac...

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Preparing for Sunday - Critical Questions Concerning the Lord's Supper

Preparing Your Heart for the Table Read 1 Corinthians 10:16-17. What does the cup at the Lord’s table suggest? What does 1 Corinthians 10:17 suggest about us when we take the bread together? Read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. What does it mean to “remember” the Lord when you take of the elements? How are you examining yourself and your relationship to the...

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Preparing for Sunday-The Gospel and Abortion

Carefully Think Read through Psalm 139. What details do you see in this psalm that speak to the issues involved in the subject of abortion? Read Psalm 139:13-16 again. How much is God involved in life even before conception? Read Jeremiah 1:5. What does it mean that God "knew" Jeremiah before he was formed in the womb? What else had God determined for Jereimaih befor...

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Preparing for Sunday - 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Carefully Think Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 How does Paul describe God's wisdom and what role does preaching play in it? What do Jews and Greeks seek in distinction from what believers seek (1:22-23)? What is Christ to those who believe (1:24). What characterized Paul's preaching when he came to the city of Corinth (2:1, 4)? What did Paul avoid in his preaching (2:...

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Preparing for Sunday - Paul Meinsen

This Sunday, Paul Meinsen, Missouri State Director for Capitol Commission, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Paul is a native Missourian; born in Joplin and raised in Springfield. He is the oldest of four boys who grew up in a Christian home that taught the importance of honoring God and loving His people. After graduating from Central High Schoo...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 6:16-18

Carefully Think Read Matthew 6:16-18 How would you define biblical fasting? List as many biblical examples as you can of people who fasted. Why did they fast? What did they do when they fasted? How long did they fast? Did it ever include anything other than abstaining from food? What emotions were present as people fasted? List what Jesus says not to do when fasting ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Jason K. Allen

This Sunday, Dr. Jason K. Allen, President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering. Dr. Allen was elected by the Midwestern Board of Trustees as the Seminary’s fifth president on Monday, Oct. 15. Most recently, he was the vice president for Institutional Advancement at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 6:11-15

Carefully Think Read Matthew 6:5-15. Remind yourself of the main idea Jesus is promoting in the entire section. How does it relate to the main principle in 6:1? What is the difference in emphasis between 6:9-10 and 6:11-15? Why is the focus on "daily" bread? • What does Jesus suggest motivates us praying for forgiveness (v 12). If God does not tempt us (James 1...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 6:9-10

Carefully Think Read Matthew 6:9-15. Recall last week's message; what are we praying for when we ask for God's name to be hallowed? What does it mean to "hallow" God's name? Who is being asked to "hallow" God's name? What is God's kingdom and when is it "coming?" How is God's will done in heaven? What are we praying when we ask for it to be done on earth? Prayerf...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 6:9-15

Carefully Think Read Matthew 6:9-15. Think back on the points from last week's sermon on what should not mark righteous praying. How does this prayer in 6:9-15 counter what Jesus warned against in 6:5-8? List each request you see in 6:9-15. Look carefully at vv9-10 and vv 11-13 - what are the differences between these two portions of the prayer? What do the plural p...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 6:2-4

Carefully Think Read Matthew 6:2-4 How does this illustrate the principle given in 6:1? Why is giving to the needy emphasized? What would the purpose be of announcing someone’s giving by trumpet? Why would the synagogues and the streets be the place for the hypocrites to announce their giving? What is the key motivation of the hypocrites for drawing attention ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 6:1

Carefully Think Read Matthew 6:1-18 What are the similar phrases and terms used in this section? What religious practices does Jesus highlight in this section? Why? How does 6:1 related to what Jesus said in 5:16? How are these passages similar and different? How are they not contradictory? In what ways does 6:1 serve as a general pricinple for 6:2-18? How is 6:1-1...

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Preparing for Sunday - Romans 15:22-29

Carefully Think Read Romans 15:22-29. Who is Paul writing to (Rom 1:7)? Why does Paul now feel he has the ability to go to Rome? In addition to visiting with the saints in Rome, what does Paul want to accomplish while with them? What ministry is he presently involved in as he writes to the Romans? When he finishes his present ministry task, what does he want to do? ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 5:43-48

Carefully Think Read Matthew 5:43-48. Sum up the main idea in one short sentence. What is 5:43 referring to? Where was this taught? If Jesus did not come to do away with the law, how does his statement of 5:44 fit with what was taught in 5:43? What reasons does Jesus give for praying for your enemies and persecutors (5:45)? What does He mean by these illustrations? ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 5:38-42

Carefully Think Read Matthew 5:38-42. Summarize in one sentence what the main idea is. How does Matthew 5:38-42 fit with the idea Jesus expressed in 5:17-20? Read Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20; and Deuteronomy 19:21. What are these passages teaching about retaliation? Why would the OT emphasize this? How do these OT passages help you understand what Jesus is referrin...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 5:33-37

Carefully Think Read Matthew 5:33-37. Summarize in one sentence what Jesus’ main point is. How does this passage relate to what Jesus said in 5:17-20? What are the similarities and differences between this passage and the previous sections (anger: 5:21-26; lust: 5:27-30; divorce: 5:31-32)? Read through the following OT passages: Exodus 20:7; Leviticus 19:12; Nu...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 5:31-32

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 5:27-30

Carefully Think Read Matthew 5:27-30. How does this passage describe what Jesus was talking about in Matt 5:17-20? Who gave the teaching, “You shall not commit adultery?” How does Jesus see his words in comparison to what was taught? What does Jesus liken to adultery in the passage? Why? In verses 29-30 Jesus advocates some radical actions. Why do you t...

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