Acceptable Worship – Only Through a Mediator

Leviticus, Sermon Preparation

September 21, 2008 – Morning Worship
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MondayLeviticus 4, 16; Psalm 5
So many sacrifices to approach the Holy God – why?

TuesdayHebrews 9, 10
What can we do that Old Testament saints couldn’t do?

WednesdayJohn 5:19-46; I John 2:18-29
Can anyone love God the Father and not love Jesus the Son?

ThursdayRomans 3; Ephesians 2
See how pervasive and powerful sin is, that we are helpless and hopeless without a mediator to redeem us and bring us to God.

FridayIsaiah 53; Ephesians 2
Man is helpless and guilty in his sin, “but God” has done something – what did he do?

SaturdayJohn 3; 14:6; I Timothy 2:5-6
Who is the only way to God? Are you sure? Why?

The Way We Worship

Exodus, Sermon Preparation

September 7, 2008 – Morning Worship

MondayExodus 20:4-5; Leviticus 26:1-2; Romans 1:18-25
What do these verses teach us about worship?

TuesdayExodus 32; Jeremiah 2:9-13
See how easily God’s people can fall into what?

WednesdayDeuteronomy 6:10-15; Leviticus 23
Worship is not only inward and private, but also outward and public. Why?

ThursdayActs 2:42; I Kings 8
In Acts 2:42 we see the main elements of New Testament worship – what are they?

FridayPsalms 149, 150; Ephesians 5:19-20; James 5:13
Singing praises and thanksgivings, etc. to God is part of worship. Why?

SaturdayRomans 10:8-17; II Timothy 4:1-8; I Timothy 4:13
Why are preaching, teaching and the public reading of Scripture so central to our worship of God?

He Who Must Be Obeyed

Exodus, Sermon Preparation

August 31, 2008 – Morning Worship


MondayExodus 20:1-21 (esp. vss. 1-2); John 14:15-24
Why should we obey the Lord?

TuesdayJeremiah 10; Acts 17:16-31
Why is idolatry so wrong in God’s eyes?

WednesdayGenesis 17:1-21; 15:12-21; John 10:1-30
We see here the covenant relationship we have with God; how should that affect our obedience to God?

ThursdayExodus 20:1-2; II Peter 3
Since we are saved by grace, not by works, we can live anyway we want to – or can we?

FridayEphesians 2; Romans 6:1-14; Galatians 2:20
Life in Jesus Christ – how should this glorious truth motivate us to a life of obedience?

SaturdayPsalm 15; I John 3
Is obedience to God’s word “necessary” for the Christian life?

Paul Before Festus

Acts, Sermon Preparation

June 15, 2008 – Morning Worship

MondayActs 25:1-12; Job 35
Now we see Paul before Festus – What do we learn from this passage?

TuesdayIsaiah 1; Luke 18:9-14
Some say “it doesn’t matter which religion, just so you do religious things.” How should we respond?

WednesdayExodus 23:1-9; Luke 23:1-25; Galatians 1:10
What is one of the most common impediments to true justice?

ThursdayDaniel 3; Acts 25:1-12
Reread these familiar passages. How are Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego like Paul?

FridayDeuteronomy 7; I John 4:4
When facing injustice, powerful enemies, trials, etc. what should we

Paul’s Prison Ministry

Acts, Sermon Preparation

May 25, 2008 – Morning Worship

MondayActs 22:23-23:11
Consider Paul’s situation – anything surprising? What can we learn from this?

TuesdayExodus 22:1-23:9; Romans 13:1-7
In general, according to these passages, what is the role of civil government?

WednesdayActs 21:27-23:11; Ezra 6:1-12
Re-read this passage. Who cares more about truth and justice, Romans or Jews? What can we learn from this?

ThursdayActs 23:1, 24:16; II Corinthians 1:12, 4:2; I Timothy 1:3; Hebrews 13:18-19; Job 27:5-6
Paul, the foremost of sinners, had a clean conscience! How could this be?

FridayI Corinthians 15; II Corinthians 4:7-18
Why is the resurrection so crucial to us?

SaturdayDaniel 2; Ephesians 6:5-9; I Peter 3:15
Wherever we are, whatever we are doing, we should bear witness to Christ by word and deed. Are you aware of this? How can you apply this in all of your callings?

Paul’s Testimony

Acts, Sermon Preparation

May 18, 2008 – Morning Worship
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MondayActs 21:27-22:22
Surprising opposition! Why surprising? (See 21:26) Consider Paul’s testimony – lessons for us?

TuesdayGenesis 13:1-13; 19:1-29; 50:1-21; Philippians 1:12-30
Why should we be slow to evaluate the rightness, success, usefulness, failure, etc. of our decisions and/or circumstances?

WednesdayNumbers 16; Matthew 12:22-32; I Peter 2:18-25
How should we respond when we are misunderstood, falsely accused, or slandered?

ThursdayActs 22:1-5; Philippians 3:3-11
Paul regularly refers to his past zeal for the law and his persecution of the church – why?

FridayExodus 3; Jeremiah 1; John 15:16
Ultimately what is it that radically changed Paul’s life and ours?

SaturdayJeremiah 26:1-15; 38:1-6; Mark 5:1-20; Matthew 27:1-30
Jeremiah and Jesus – God’s messengers! The people’s response was “go away” or “they do not deserve to live”, etc. Why such deep hostility?

Paul Heads to Jerusalem

Acts, Sermon Preparation

May 11, 2008 – Morning Worship
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MondayActs 21:1-26; Genesis 32:1-21
How can we apply the lessons here to our lives?

TuesdayActs 5; Jeremiah 15; II Timothy 3:12
The Apostles saw the suffering in the name of Christ as an honor – do you? Why or why not?

WednesdayPhilippians 1; Isaiah 50
From Philippians 1, what was Paul’s greatest desire?

ThursdayLuke 11:1-13; Matthew 26:36-46
Jesus desired above all that God’s will be done. How can we desire His will above our own?

FridayIsaiah 2:1-5; Micah 4:1-5; Ephesians 2:11-22
What should we pray for and praise God for?

SaturdayI Corinthians 8-10
In 1 Corinthians 9:22, Paul says, “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some”. What did he mean? What didn’t he mean? How can we apply it?

Paul and the Ephesian Elders

Acts, Sermon Preparation

May 4, 2008 – Morning Worship
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MondayActs 20:13-38
What lessons do we learn here as Paul addresses the Ephesian elders?

Tuesday Genesis 32; I Peter 5:1-11
How can we grow in humility? Humble ourselves?

WednesdayActs 20:19, 31; II Corinthians 2:4, Philippians 3:18
What does Paul mean, serving, writing, thinking of enemies of the gospel “with tears?”

ThursdayActs 20:20, 27; II Samuel 1:1-15a; Ezekiel 3
Paul did not shrink from declaring anything profitable, the whole counsel of God, etc. How can we apply this to our lives?

FridayI Samuel 17; Philippians 3
What should our priorities look like according to these passages?

SaturdayActs 20:28; Deuteronomy 4:1-40
Paul says, “watch over yourselves and the flock of Christ”. Is there an application, not only for Elders, but for all Christians?

The Song of Moses: A Song of Covenant

Deuteronomy, Sermon Preparation

April 27, 2008 – Morning Worship

MondayDeuteronomy 31:30-32:47
Why is this Song of Moses included here at the end of Deuteronomy?

TuesdayExodus 17:1-7; 1 Corinthians 10
Throughout Moses’ song God is called a “Rock.” What significance did this have for the Israelites standing right outside the Promised Land? What significance does this have for us?

WednesdayPsalm 18; Matthew 7:21-29
How does knowing God as our Rock bring us comfort, peace, and/or hope?

ThursdayPsalm 78; Mark 12:1-12
How was Israel to hear the chilling prophecies of judgment in the Song of Moses and elsewhere in the OT? Are we to hear them differently, and if so, how?

FridayRomans 2:1-11; 9:30-10:21; 12:17-21; 15:8-13
How do we, following Paul’s example in Romans, hear and apply the Song of Moses to our lives in light of Christ’s coming and the New Covenant in his blood?

SaturdayDeuteronomy 31:30-32:47
What sins does this passage expose in your heart and life? How does this song change or correct your view of God? How does this passage offer comfort and hope to sinners?

The Riches of Union with Christ

Conferences, Sermon Preparation, Union with Christ

April 20, 2008 – Morning Worship
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MondayJohn 14:15-20; 15:1-11
Jesus would go, but not leave His disciples as orphans; He is the vine, believers are the branches.

TuesdayEphesians 1:1-13
God chose us in Christ.

WednesdayPhilippians 3:7-11
I want to be found in Christ.

ThursdayRomans 8:28-30
Christ is the firstborn among many brothers.

FridayHebrews 2:10-18
God perfected His son through sufferings.

SaturdayI Corinthians 15:20-49
We are one with Christ in His Resurrection