The Reality of God’s Judgement and Grace

Judges, Sermon Preparation

November 20, 2011 – Morning Worship

Monday Judges 20, 21
What do we learn about God’s judgment and grace in these two chapters?

Tuesday Judges 20:35a; 2 Kings 25; 2 Chronicles 36:15-21; Hebrews 12:3-11
Our gracious God brings judgment upon His people whom He loves. Why? For what purpose?

Wednesday Judges 20:18-28; Psalm 40:1, 2; Hebrews 10:19-22
No matter how we might suffer we still have hope. How do these passages show us this truth?

Thursday Judges 20:48-21:15; Ephesians 4:1-6; Colossians 3:12-14
There is an amazing and unexpected about-face when we go from Judges 20 to Judges 21. What is it? How does it apply to us?

Friday Judges 20:48-21:24; Genesis 19
Some scholars see an interesting similarity between the story of Sodom and that of the destruction of the tribe of Benjamin in Judges 20, 21. What do you think? What’s similar and what’s different? Do you see evidence of God’s mercy anywhere?

Saturday Psalm 78; Hosea 11:7-11; Romans 8:31-39; Philippians 1:6
Bottom line, God will not give up on His people – He will not let them go and will complete the work He started – in the church and in each of our lives.  Praise the Lord!  What’s the difference? Do we see God’s mercy in Benjamin’s situation?

Pervasive Perversity

Judges, Sermon Preparation

November 13, 2011 – Morning Worship

Monday Judges 19
The writer of Judges is beginning to wrap things up. He’s making one of his main themes very clear – what is it? What can we learn from it?

Tuesday Genesis 6:5; Psalms 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Romans 3:1-20
It’s not just in Judges, it’s throughout the Bible – what is it? How can we apply it?

Wednesday Genesis 19:1-22; Judges 19
Compare Genesis 19 with Judges 19: note the similarities. What might the writer of Judges be teaching us?

Thursday Judges 19:22-30; II Samuel 12:1-23
In this horrible story it’s easy to feel sorry for the concubine. Should we? Why or why not? What can we learn from this?

Friday Genesis 3; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:21-31; 7:7-25
Underneath the particulars is the basic fundamental problem that all men have. What is it? What or who is the answer?

Saturday Judges 17:6; Isaiah 30:1-17; Ezekiel 36:22-32; Luke 19:1-27 (esp. vs. 14)
Basically the natural man does not want to do something or have something – what is it? What do we all need?

No King = A Mess!

Judges, Sermon Preparation

November 6, 2011 – Morning Worship

Monday Judges 17-18
What do these two chapters teach us about Israel without a king? How does it apply to us?

Tuesday Judges 17:6; Genesis 12:10-20; Proverbs 14:12; Jeremiah 17:9; Luke 12:13-21
What’s wrong with “everyone doing what is right in his own eyes”? How does it apply to you?

Wednesday Judges 17-18
Read these two chapters again. Notice that both Micah and the Danites believe that they are, and/or will be, blessed by God. Why? What do you think? What can we learn from this?

Thursday Judges 18:24; Isaiah 44:9-20; Acts 17:16-34
Gods that can be made and stolen! How absurd, ironic, even humorous! How does this apply to you?

Friday Exodus 32; Matthew 15:1-20; Acts 20:28-31; Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 5:14
One of the main themes in Judges and all of scripture is the danger and sin of false religion. What has God provided to protect His people from this danger?

Saturday Judges 17:3; Ezra 4:1-6; Acts 15:1-21
The false religion of Judges is not paganism per se, but syncretism (i.e. the mixing of paganism with the worship of the Lord). How do we do that today? How do we keep from doing that?

Samson – God’s Servant?

Judges, Sermon Preparation

October 16, 2011 – Morning Worship

Monday Judges 16; Acts 9:1-22
God chose Samson to “begin to save Israel” from the Philistines. What do you think of God’s choice? How does it apply to you?

Tuesday Judges 16:1, 4; II Samuel 11; Galatians 2:11-14
God’s servants can do some really sinful things. What can we learn from this?

Wednesday II Samuel 12:1-15; Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 18:9-14
A lot of the stories, illustrations, and parables in Holy Scripture function as mirrors to show us what we are really like. The basic message is essentially the same in all of them. What is it?

Thursday I Samuel 17; Psalm 74
When God and His name is dishonored, blasphemed, mocked, how do you feel? What do you think? How does it affect you? How should we respond?

Friday Psalm 25; Romans 5:6-11; 7:21-25
Even in the midst of our sinfulness, faithlessness, and waywardness, we can still cry out to the Lord and he will hear. Is this true? How should this affect how we live?

Saturday II Kings 5:1-14; John 4:1-42; 6:1-15
See more examples of God using unexpected and surprising people to glorify His name. Is this truth an encouragement to you? How so?

Jawbone Hill

Judges, Sermon Preparation

October 9, 2011 – Morning Worship

Monday Judges 15
This is another possible example of God having a sense of humor. What’s so funny here? Any applications for us?

Tuesday Psalm 2; 37:12, 13; 59:1-10
What makes God laugh in these passages? What can we learn from this?

Wednesday Judges 15:11; Numbers 11:1-6; John 19:12-16
In these passages – we see the Israelites more comfortable in bondage. How could this be? How can we do the same thing?

Thursday Psalm 5; 75; Ephesians 4:17-5:21; 6:10-20; I Thessalonians 5:21, 22
We are to love what is good and hate evil. We are called to wage war against evil. How do we do that?

Friday Exodus 16:1-17:7; I Kings 17:1-16; 19:1-8
The Lord will provide what we need. How have you experienced that wonderful truth in your life?

Saturday Judges 14:6 15:14-16; Acts 2; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Galatians 5:16-26
When the Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson he did mighty things. What can we expect the Holy Spirit to do in our lives?

What People Do Not Know

Judges, Sermon Preparation

October 2, 2011 – Morning Worship

Monday Judges 14
Judges 14 is about what people do not know. What examples can you find there? How does this apply to us?

Tuesday Genesis 50:15-21; Acts 2:17-25; Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:6
God will accomplish His purposes in us, with us, in spite of us, without us, etc. How should that affect us?

Wednesday Exodus 14; Acts 17:1-9 (esp. vs. 6)
God’s power is great and sufficient to save us, use us, and bring us through any difficult circumstance. Do you believe that? How does it affect your daily life?

Thursday Exodus 4:10-17; I Samuel 17:41-54; II Corinthians 11:16-12:10
Our powerful God uses “the weak to shame the strong”! How does that encourage you to live for Christ?

Friday Judges 7; I Samuel 14:6; Acts 2:37-41; I Corinthians 3:1-9
God can save “by many or by few”! How does that apply to us?

Saturday Ezra 3:8-13; Zechariah 4:1-10; Exodus 16:1-8; Matthew 19:16-30; I Peter 4:12-14
How do we, like Israel, despise the day of small things? (Zechariah 4:10) Why do we do that? What can we do to stop?