Ezekiel: A Man with a Message for Our Time

Ezekiel, Sermon Preparation

February 14, 2016 – Morning Worship

MondayEzekiel 1

What is the significance of God appearing to Ezekiel in exile in Babylon? Why might the vision of God’s glory (v. 28) be so important for the exiles? For you?

TuesdayEzekiel 1:3; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2 Peter 1:16-21

What is the significance of the Word of the Lord coming to Ezekiel and the exiles? How does his Word come to us today? What ought that mean for us?

WednesdayEzekiel 2; 3:16-27

Consider Ezekiel’s call from God. If you were Ezekiel would you feel that you were being called to a successful and prosperous ministry, or to a failing endeavor? How might this apply to how you view God’s calling on your life? The church’s calling?

ThursdayEzekiel 11

This passage is a great snapshot of God’s message through Ezekiel — both warning of judgment for sin but also promise grace and forgiveness to those of faith? How do both of these messages apply to you, and how can they change your life today?

FridayEzekiel 37; Philippians 3:12-21

How does the promise of resurrection foreshadowed in Ezekiel’s vision and inaugurated by Jesus Christ empower our life as “aliens and exiles” in this world? How should it shape our thinking about our possessions, our relationships, our fears, our dreams, our careers?

SaturdayEzekiel 10:18-22; 11:22-25; 43:1-12; Mark 11:1-19; 13:1-2; 14:26

Ezekiel sees a vision of God’s glory departing and pausing on the mountain to the east of Jerusalem (Mt. Olives) and then departing. Later he sees the glory return to a newly promised greater temple? How do we see all this fulfilled in Jesus Christ, and how ought it make us view him as our God and Savior?

Timothy’s Good News

I Thessalonians, Sermon Preparation

January 24, 2016 – Morning Worship

MondayI Thessalonians 1-3 (focus on 3:6-10)

Read chapters 1-3 of I Thessalonians to refresh your memory as we return to our series through Paul’s epistle. How does I Thessalonians 3:6-10 illustrate Proverbs 25:25?

TuesdayI Thessalonians 2:17-3:5; Acts 15:36; Nehemiah 1:1-11; II Corinthians 8:1-5

What was Paul so desperate to find out (“when we could bear it no longer”)? Why? What is the application for you?

WednesdayI Thessalonians 1:8-10; 2:7-12; 3:6-8; Romans 16:13; Psalm 19:7-11; John 13:1; 21:15-17

I Thessalonians 3:6 has two reasons for Paul to be greatly encouraged by Timothy’s report. What are they? What does that teach us about the gospel and Christian ministry?

ThursdayI Thessalonians 3:8; Deuteronomy 7:1-16; Psalm 73:25-26; Philippians 1:3-11

“For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord.” Paul’s life, his greatest joy and happiness, is clearly connected to the spiritual health of the Thessalonian church. Why do you think that is? What is the application to you?

FridayI Thessalonians 3:9; Luke 2:10; Psalm 4:7; 21:6; 30:4-5; 92:4; John 15:11; 16:24; 17:13; I John 1:4

Paul is full of joy when he hears Timothy’s good news about the Thessalonians—because to know and serve Christ brings great joy. Is that your experience? Why or why not?

SaturdayI Thessalonians 3:10; Colossians 4:2-4; Luke 18:1-8; Acts 18:24-28; Galatians 2:11-14

Timothy’s good news gave Paul renewed zeal in his prayers so that he could visit the Thessalonians and make up for what was lacking in their faith. How might that apply to your life?

Great Joy to You and Me

Luke, Sermon Preparation

January 17, 2016 – Morning Worship

MondayLuke 1:46-47; 2:8-38 (esp. v. 10); Matthew 1:1-12; Isaiah 53:1-12

See how much joy there is in the Christmas story. Why is that? What is the application for you?

TuesdayLuke 2:10; Isaiah 2:1-5; 56:1-11; Zechariah 8:20-23; Mat- thew 28:18-20

Christ’s birth: “good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” How should that affect our relationships with others?

WednesdayLuke 2:10; Psalm 9:14; 35:9; 43:4; 73:25-26; Romans 5:11; Philippians 3:1; 4:4

Our true joy is found in the Lord, God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ! This is what is most important to understand as Christians. Why?

ThursdayLuke 2:10; Psalm 16; 21:6; 23; 84; Acts 5:40-42; Romans 8:28, 37-39

Joy, for the Christian, is always present. That is why Paul can say “rejoice in the Lord always.” Joy transcends our circumstances. Why is that? Is that your experience?

FridayMatthew 1:21; Luke 1:46-47; 2:11; Leviticus 16; Matthew 9:5-6; Romans 3:9-31

We also are joyful because of the glorious gospel, the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ through faith alone. Why does that lead to such joy?

SaturdayPsalm 36:7-9; 103; 116; Philippians 3:7-11

Would those around you say that you are a joyful Christian? Why or why not? What could you do to be more joyful?

The Paradox of Christ’s Birth

Luke, Sermon Preparation

December 20, 2015 – Morning Worship

MondayLuke 2:1-20

What are the paradoxes (mysteries) of Christ’s birth? Are there any personal applications?

TuesdayLuke 2:7; Exodus 3:7-12; 4:10-13; I Samuel 16:10-11; Luke 19:35-40; Philippians 2:5-8

The King of Kings, the Lord of Glory, the Son of God Jesus Christ who is born in a manger and enters Jerusalem on a donkey! Paradox? What is the application to you?

WednesdayLuke 2:7; Matthew 8:18-22; 19:16-22; John 1:11; Isaiah 30:8-17

There is a sense in which we could say Jesus was “homeless” – Israel, like Bethlehem, had no place for him. How does that apply to our world? To the church? To you?

ThursdayLuke 2:8-20; Ezekiel 16:1-14; Luke 19:1-10; John 4:1-30

The announcement of Christ’s birth by the angels comes first to lowly shepherds. This too, is an amazing paradox. Why? How is that an encouragement to you? To everyone?

FridayLuke 1:26-38; 2:15-20; Psalm 119:10-48

What can we learn from Mary and the shepherds with regard to how we should respond to the announcement of Christ’s birth? The gospel? How to celebrate Christmas? How to respond to God’s word?

SaturdayLuke 1:19-20; Joshua 1:7-8; Psalm 1:1-2; 119:97-112

Mary “pondered these things in her heart” and the shepherds “returned praising God for all they had seen and heard.” What is the application to you?