Archive for April 2018

Topics for 04/24/18

Passage: Romans 9:14-23

  • It has been said that the "it" in--So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God--could refer to our salvation, God's predestination of believers, or God's mercy in general. What do you think "it" refers to, and why?
  • We read a poetic summation of the doctrine of election in general and this passage in particular...can you write four lines of original poetry about any facet of our passage?
  • We read in 2 Corinthians 4 about Christians being jars of clay. Expand on that thought through the use of another similar passage.

Published on April 24, 2018 at 12:24 am |

Study Questions for 4/17/2018

Please read our text from Sunday and be prepared to answer these questions:

  1. What are some possible explanations for Paul's "great sorrow and extreme anguish" for his people, Israel?
  2.  We cannot fully understand the purposes of God in election.  However, the Bible does give us some ideas as to God's purposes in election.  Describe one of these and support it from Scripture.
  3. How does the doctrine of election change the way you give the gospel?
  4. BONUS: Which part of our passage is part of a christological controversy?  Why is it controversial?

Published on April 16, 2018 at 4:13 am |

Study Questions for 4/3/2018

Our service on Sunday was themed around "The Sacrifice of the Messiah" and "I Have Seen The Lord!"

Jesus' resurrection does not stand alone as an event apart from his life and death. His mission to redeem us was fulfilled by his life, death, and resurrection all working together. Even coming to earth and becoming a human was, in itself, a sacrifice for Jesus, not to mention his work on the cross.

  • How does the knowledge that Jesus experienced humanity and its struggles provide inspiration and encouragement for your daily life? (Narrative examples from Jesus' life would be good discussion points here.)

The people who saw Jesus after his resurrection were profoundly impacted by the experience.

  • Which is your favorite post-resurrection encounter, and why?
  • We sang that "the same power that raised Jesus from the grave lives in us." How does the power of Jesus resurrection enable you to live for Christ?

Published on April 2, 2018 at 7:07 pm |