Sermons from January 2017

Sermons from January 2017

Blessings: Chosen

Ephesians 1:4 Sermon Application Questions  Paul begins the first chapter of Ephesians with an introduction and then immediately writes of the blessings of God. From there he describes, one by one, the blessings that we have in Christ, starting with God’s choosing of the saints “before the foundation of the world.” Why does Paul start with this? What is…

Blessings

Ephesians 1:1-3 Sermon Application Questions Is Paul an “apostle of Christ Jesus” by his own will? Whose will, then? Why do you imagine that Paul felt this was significant enough to write in the very first sentence? On whose authority does he write, and why should we care? What is a “saint” according to the world, and what is a “saint”…

The Cosmic and The Common: Introduction

Life is hard. Sometimes our marriages are in bad shape. Sometimes we as parents drop the ball. Children rebel. Jobs can be difficult. And, even in the church, even in what is supposed to be a place of grace and a symbol of unity in Christ, there can be divisiveness and pain. As if all these things weren’t enough, we have an enemy, a very old enemy who would love to…

A Life Worthy of the Gospel of Christ

Philippians 1:27-30 Sermon Application Questions In Philippians 1:25-26, Paul is convinced that he will “remain and continue” with the believers, and he asks them to live in a particular way. What way is that? (hint: verse 27) What is a life that is “worthy of the gospel of Christ?” What does that look like? How would thinking about the gospel, and…

The Foundation of Christian Community

Joshua 2:1-24 Sermon Application Questions Joshua’s instructions in Joshua 2:1 should remind us of a similar story in Numbers 13.  What is similar about these two accounts? What is different? Why do you think there was a different outcome when Joshua gave the same instruction? What are the key elements found in Rahab’s profession of faith? What does her profession of…