Saturday, March 28, 2015

Homiletics: Numbers 21


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                                                                Who?

1
1-2
When Canaanite king Arad heard Israel coming, he attacked & captured some; Israel vow to L: if you deliver these people into our hands, we destroy their cities.
2
3-4
L gave Canaanites to them, they destroyed them & their towns, place named Hormah (destruction); traveled from Mt. Hor to Red Sea to go around Edom, ppl grew impatient.
3
5-6
Spoke vs. God&M: why you brought us out of E to die in wilderness, no bread, no water, we detest this miserable food; L sent venomous snakes, many died.
4
7-8
ppltoM: we sinned, pray L take snakes away, so M prayed; LtoM: make snake, put on pole, anyone bitten can look at & live.
5
9
M made bronze snake, put on pole, anyone bitten looked & lived.
6
10-13
Is moved, camped at Oboth, set out, camped at Iye Abarim (wilderness that faces Moab toward sunrise), moved, camped in Zered Valley, set out, camped along Arnon (border of Moab, betw Moab & Amorites)
7
14-15
That why Book of the Wars of the Lord says: Zahab in Suphah and ravines, Arnon & slopes of ravines that lead to settlement of Ar & lie along border of Moab.
8
16-20
They cont’d to Beer, the well where L said to M: gather ppl & I give water; Is sang: Spring up o well, sing about well princes dug, that nobles of ppl sank; went to Mattanah, to Nahaliel, to Bamoth, to valley in Moab where Pisgah overlooks wasteland.
9
21-23
Is sent msgrs to Sihon king of Amorites: let us pass thru country, we not turn into field or vineyard or drink water, we travel along King’s Hwy; Sihon not let Is pass, mustered entire army vs. Is, when he reached Jahaz, he fought Is.
10
24-25
Is put him to sword, took over land from Arnon to Jabbok as far as Ammonites bec border fortified; Is captured all cities of Amorites & occupied incl Heshbon & surrounding settlements.
11
26
Heshbon was city of Sihon who fought vs. former king of Moab & taken all land as far as Arnon.
12
27-30
That why poets say: come to Heshbon, let it be rebuilt, let Sihon’s city be restored; fire went out from Heshbon, consumed Ar of Moab; woe to Moab, you destroyed ppl of Chemosh, he given up sons as fugitives & dtrs as captives to Sihon; we’ve overthrown. Heshbon’s dominion destroyed all the way to Dibon, as far as Nophah to Medeba.
13
31-33
Is settled in land of Amorites; after M sent spies to Jazer, Is captured surrounding settlements, drove out Amorites; went up toward Bashan, Og (king) & whole army marched to battle at Edrei.
14
34-35
LtoM: do not be afraid, I delivered him into your hands w/army & lands; do what you did to Sihon; they struck him down leaving no survivors, took possession of land.

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
1-9
Israel conquers Arad and destroys Canaanite cities
Principle:
When the Lord is on your side, you’re undefeatable.
Looking to and believing in the sacrifice of Christ saves the lost.
2
10-30
Israel conquers Sihon and the Amorites
Principle:
We can proceed confidently when God is directing our steps.
3
31-35
Israel conquers Og and Bashan
Principle:
Doing God’s will equals to victorious living.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

God conquers Arad, Sihon and Og and Israel occupies Canaan.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK the Lord directs the steps of His people to our benefit and His glory.

 

Application:

1
How do you react when you are attacked for being God’s people?
What would your reaction be if some of your spiritual siblings were captured by an enemy?
When has the Lord given an enemy over to you?  How did you respond?
How does impatience hurt your relationship with God?  With others?
What might be the best way to deal with impatience or frustration?
Describe the snake built by Moses to save Israel.  What significant things does Scripture ay about this snake, what it’s made from and how it works?
How does the snake remind you of the cross of Christ?
2
Plot out the course taken by Israel on a map.  What do you learn by doing this?
What is the Book of the Wars of the Lord?
Why might Israel have sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites?
Why did Israel fight the Amorites when they turned away from the Edomites in Numbers 20?
What might occupying all the cities of the Amorites mean to Israel?
What is being said in the poem of Numbers 21:27-30?
3
What was different about Israel’s approach to king Og?
What makes you confident that you are obeying God’s will?
What direction did Israel receive from the Lord regarding Og?
How does being confident in your direction from the Lord affect your behavior?
According to Numbers 21:34-35, what happened to Sihon and Og?

 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Homiletics: Romans 6


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                                                                Who?

1
1-5
Shall we go on sinning that grace may increase? No.  Those who died to sin, how can we live in it?  Don’t you know all baptized into Christ baptized into His death?  We buried w/Him in order that as Christ raised from dead, we too live new life; we united w/Him in death, we certainly united in resurrection.
2
6-11
Our old self crucified w/Him so we no longer slaves to sin bec anyone who died =free from sin;  if we died w/Christ, we believe we live w/Him; since Christ raised, he cannot die again; He died once for all, He lives to God; in same way, count selves dead to sin, alive to God in Christ.
3
12-13
Do not let sin reign in your body so you obey evil; do not offer self as instrument of wickedness, offer selves to God as those brought from death to life; offer self as instrument of righteousness.
4
14-15
Sin no longer your master, you not under law but grace; shall we sin bec we not under law?  No!
5
16-18
When you offer selves as obedient slaves, you slaves of one you obey – sin leads to death, obedience leads to righteousness; thanks to God though you used to be slaves to sin, you come to obey from heart pattern of teaching that claimed your allegiance; you set free from sin, slaves to righteousness.
6
19
I use ex from life bec of human limitations; just as you offer selves as slaves to impurity & wickedness, now offer selves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness.
7
20-23
When you slaves to sin, you free from control of righteousness; what benefit you reap @ time from things you now ashamed of? Those result in death; now you set free from sin & slaves to God, benefit you reap leads to holiness, result=eternal life; for wages of sin=death, gift of God=eternal life in Christ.

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
1-11
We have been crucified with Christ
Principle:
Christ’s death counts as our death if we put our faith in Him.
2
12-23
We are slaves to God and righteousness in Christ
Principle:
We are slaves to what we obey.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

Christ makes us dead to sin and slaves to righteousness.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT

 

Application:

1
If the practice of sin allows grace to increase, why would we not want to live a life of sin?
In what way have you experienced or witnessed death to sin?
How might you pray for or encourage those who haven’t experienced death to sin?
How are believers baptized into Christ’s death?
At what point do believers die to sin?
What hope do you have as a believer because of Christ’s resurrection?
2
Explain how the dead are free from sin.  How do we experience this as a living member of the body of Christ?
What action are you taking to offer yourself as an instrument of righteousness?
What does it mean to you that you are under grace, not the law?
To what are you a slave?  How will you encourage or break this habit?
How are you offering yourself as a slave to righteousness with the same fervor you used to offer yourself as a slave to sin?
How is the control of righteousness over your life different from being enslaved to sin?
Describe the differences between being a slave to sin and being a slave to God.

 

Homiletics Gensis 41-45

16 April 2013

Contents:            Where?                  Egypt, Canaan                 Who?  Joseph, Pharaoh, Joseph’s sons, bros, Israel

1
41:1-13
Two years later, no one could interpret Pharaoh’s dreams about cows and grain and the cupbearer told Pharaoh about Joseph’s interpretation of his & the baker’s dreams.
2
41:14-24
Pharaoh sent for Joseph, who credited God with interpretation and heard dreams.
3
41:25-37
Joseph said dreams are same: 7 years abundance followed by 7 years famine; seek discerning, wise man to oversee saving 1/5 produce during abundance so Egypt won’t perish and Pharaoh liked proposal.
4
41:38-49
Pharaoh set 30 y.o. Joseph over Egypt, gave him Egyptian name and wife and he stored grain in great abundance.
5
41:50-57
Joseph had 2 sons (Manasseh, Ephraim) then famine came and Joseph sold grain to Egyptians and the people of all the earth.
6
42:1-8
Jacob sent sons (minus Benjamin) to buy grain in Egypt but they didn’t recognize Joseph.
7
42:9-20
Joseph remembered his dreams, called them spies and imprisoned them, keeping one until they brought Benjamin to him.
8
42:21-28
They talked about what they did to Joseph, were given grain and their money and departed leaving Simeon, hearts sinking when they found their money.
9
42:29-38
They told Jacob what happened and he grieved Joseph and Simeon and said Benjamin would not go.
10
43:1-15
When food ran out, Jacob sent them to buy more and they took a present, double the money and Benjamin and stood before Joseph.
11
43:16-25
Joseph saw Benjamin and had meal prepared, brothers afraid when brought to J’s house and Simeon joined them.
12
43:26-34
They gave present to Joseph and bowed, he asked about Jacob and left to weep over Benjamin who received 5x the portion of the others.
13
44:1-34
He filled their sacks and had his cup planted in Ben’s bag, let them leave, had them chased down and Ben accused of stealing and Judah pleaded with Joseph that he remain instead.
14
45:1-15
Joseph reveals himself and tells them to get their families and come back to Goshen and they wept.
15
45:16-28
Pharaoh offered the best Egypt to Joseph’s family, his brothers leaving to get their families and Jacob revived when he learned Joseph was alive.


Divisions:

1
41
Two years later, the cupbearer remembered Joseph to Pharaoh, who summoned Joseph to interpret his dreams and rewarded him with power and a wife.
Principle:
God’s timing is perfect.
Our rescue will come in God’s timing and not a moment before.
Interpretation of dreams belongs to God.
We should always give God the credit for our abilities – He gave them to us.
God gives us knowledge of the future for a reason.
Our rewards come from God.
God places us in positions and circumstances purposefully.
We should work at our jobs as if we are working directly for the Lord.
Storing up for times of famine is a smart idea.
2
42
Joseph accuses his brothers of espionage, “sells” them grain and he throws Simeon in prison.
Principle:
When God brings to fruition what He said would take place, we should worship Him.
Sometimes, our sins come back to haunt us.
When your child (loved one) is in prison, go to him.
Grieving the living is counter-productive.
3
43-44
The brothers return to Egypt with Benjamin to buy more grain, are reunited with Simeon, Benjamin is accused of stealing and Judah offers to take his brother’s place in prison.
Principle:
Taking a risk and trusting God has surprising and life-changing results.
Judah learned humility and compassion in the years since he recommended selling Joseph.
Brother should protect brother.
4
45
Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, Pharaoh offers the brothers a place in Egypt and Jacob is revived when he learns Joseph is alive.
Principle:
Sometimes genuine forgiveness is mistaken for manipulation and plotting.
Restoration of relationship is a beautiful thing.
Good news revitalizes a person.

 

Subject Sentence:

Pharaoh’s dreams release Joseph, give power and reunite brothers.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT realize that we should protect our brothers and seek restoration of broken relationships.

 

Application:

1
How have you experienced God’s perfect timing?
When and how has God rescued you?
What abilities has God given you and what opportunities has He given you to use them?
If God has ever given you a glimpse of the future, how did it change your relationship with Him?
What rewards has God blessed you with?
What positions and circumstances has God placed you in and what were the results?
What job does God have you working for Him and how are you working it for Him?
How might you store up for times of famine in a spiritual sense?
2
When have you experienced God fulfilling a promise?
How did you react when God fulfilled the promise you experienced?
How might we avoid our sins coming back to haunt us?
What action would you take if you learned your child (loved one) was in prison?
When is grief necessary and when is it counter-productive?
How do you celebrate those you know?
3
What life-changing results have you experienced because of trusting God and taking a risk?
What lessons of humility have you learned recently?
What have you learned about compassion this week?
What practical advice would you give someone who desired to protect their brother?
4
Describe a situation when you mistook genuine forgiveness for manipulation or plotting.
In what way have you experienced the restoration of relationship?
Under what circumstances have you been revitalized by good news?