Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Stronger by Angela Thomas – Week 6


God is Stronger than Every Broken Thing in Me

I am broken…but not destroyed.  I struggle with broken relationships.  We all do.  In the few severed ties I’ve experienced, it has been necessary to remove poison from my life.  That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been painful.  Sometimes what is good for you can hurt.

When I was a teenager, I read the book “The Friendship Factor”.  It changed my life.  I was a popular girl in school, but my friendships turned out to be pretty superficial.  When I moved away from my classmates in my senior year of high school, I kept in touch for a while but I made new friends.  Two pals from New York flew out to Las Vegas when I got married (three years after graduation).  But I’ve pretty much lost touch with everyone.  There’s no one in my life (besides my husband, kids and a couple of extended family members) I would think to call if something tragic happened.  I know that appears sad on the surface.  But it’s actually drawn me closer to Christ because I wasn’t calling on someone else to replace Him.

The place where I really want to be broken is where sin still lingers.  I want those ties to temptation to be severed.  I want to experience the power of Christ’s victory.  That’s what being stronger is all about.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Homiletics: Romans 2


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                  To Rome, from Corinth                                Who?  Paul, Roman Church

1
2:1
You have no excuse, you pass judgment on someone, whatever pt you judge, you condemn self bec you do same.
2
2:2-3
God’s judgmt based on truth; when you pass judgmt yet do same, you think you escape G’s judgmt?
3
2:4
Do you show contempt for His kindness, forbearance, patience, not realizing intended to lead you to repentance?
4
2:5-6
Bec of your stubbornness/unrepentant heart, you storing up wrath for day of G’s wrath when His righteous judgmt revealed; G repay each according to what they done.
5
2:7-8
To those doing good, seek glory/honor/immortality, He give eternal life; those self-seeking who reject truth/follow evil, there be wrath/anger.
6
2:9-11
There trouble/distress for who does evil, 1st Jew then Gent; glory/honor/peace for who does good, 1st Jew then Gent; G not show favoritism.
7
2:12-13
All who sin apart frm law perish apart frm law; all who sin under law judged by law; not those who hear law righteous in G’s sight but those who obey.
8
2:14-16
When Gents who have not law do (by nature) law, they are law for selves; they show law written on their hearts, consciences bearing witness, thoughts accusing/defending; this take place when G judges people’s secrets thru Christ.
9
2:17-21
If you call self Jew, rely on law, boast in G, know His will, approve what’s superior bec instructed by law, convinced you guide blind, you light for those in dark, instruct foolish, teach children bec you have law, do you not teach self; you who preach against stealing, do you steal?
10
2:22-24
You who say people not commit adultery, do you commit; you who abhor idols, do you rob temples: you who boast in law, do you dishonor G by breaking; it written, G’s name blasphemed among Gents bec of you.
11
2:25-26
Circumcision has value if observe law, if break you become as not circ; so if those not circ keep law, they regarded as circ.
12
2:27
The one not circ physically yet obeys will condemn you who have code and circumcision.
13
2:28-29
Person not Jew only outwardly; nor circ merely outward & physical; person=Jew inwardly; circ=of heart, by Spirit not code; such a person’s praise not from people, but G.

 


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

1
2:1-8
Man’s Judgment v. God’s Judgment
Principle:
God’s judgment is righteous and true but man’s judgment condemns himself.
2
2:9-29
Jews v. Gentiles
Principle:
God’s people obey the law and are circumcised spiritually regardless of their state of physical circumcision.

 

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

God’s judgment is based on truth, not physical circumcision.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK Membership in God’s family is not based on being physically circumcised and having the law, but on hearts, where God places the law and circumcises us spiritually.

 

Application:

1
How might you curb your judgment of others?
If you continue to judge others as you do, how might you be judged?
What truth is God’s judgment based on?
Define forbearance.
In what way are God’s kindness, forbearance and patience considered riches?
How do God’s kindness, forbearance and patience lead people to repentance?
What will you do to remove stubbornness and unrepentance from your heart?
What might you say to someone who rejects truth to encourage them to do good?
2
What Scriptures might you refer to support the fact that God doesn’t show favoritism?
How might someone obey the law if they are not under it?
Explain the relationship Gentiles have to the law.
How do you feel, and what changes will you make, knowing that God will judge your secrets?
How might you pray for (and counsel) someone who teaches one thing but does another?
In what way are you obedient to keep God’s law?
How does the Gentile condemn the Jew according to Romans 2:27?
Describe the difference between being a Jew outwardly and being one inwardly.

 

Homiletics Genesis 16-17

2 April 2013

Contents:            Where?                  Canaan                               Who?  Abram/Abraham, Sarai/Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael

1
16:1-3
After 10 years in Canaan, childless Sarai gave her servant Hagar to Abram to have children.
2
16:4-6
After Hagar conceived she despised Sarai, Abram said treat her as you want, Sarai treated her harshly and Hagar fled.
3
16:7-9
Angel of the Lord found Hagar by spring and she confessed to fleeing; He told her to return and submit to Sarai.
4
16:10-12
He promised to multiply her descendants and instructed her to name her son Ishmael and prophesied about him.
5
16:13-14
Hagar called Him “a God who sees” and the well was called Beer-lahai-roi.
6
16:15-16
When Abram was 86, Hagar bore his son and he called him Ishmael.
7
17:1-4
At 99, Abram fell on his face as God appeared and promised to establish His covenant and multiply him.
8
17:5-8
He changes his name to Abraham and says kings will come from him and promises to establish covenant with his descendants, promising land of Canaan.
9
17:9-14
Abraham, descendants and born or bought servants would keep covenant with circumcision as a sign at 8 days old, but the uncircumcised will be cut off.
10
17:15-16
He changed Sarai’s name to Sarah, promising to bless her with son, that she will mother kings.
11
17:17-19
Abraham laughed and spoke up for Ishmael and God said His covenant would be through Sarah’s son Isaac.
12
17:20-22
God heard Abraham’s plea for Ishmael and promised to make him a great nation, but his covenant would be with Isaac then He left.
13
17:23-27
Abraham (99) took Ishmael (13) and every male in his household and circumcised them on the same day.

 


Divisions:

1
16:1-6
Childless Sarai gives her servant, Hagar, to Abram to build a family but treats her harshly and she flees.
Principle:
Waiting on God is better than taking things into our own hands.
2
16:7-16
Hagar encounters the Angel of the Lord, receives instruction and prophecy and returns to bear her son, Ishmael.
Principle:
We should submit to the authority God places over us.
Encounters with God are awe-inspiring.
God sees us.
3
17:1-27
Abram and Sarai receive new names and the covenant from God, and Abraham circumcises all of his household’s males in one day.
Principle:
You are never too old to enter into relationship with God.
God makes covenant with and promises to His people.
Circumcision is the sign of God’s covenant with His people.
God’s covenant had a specific path.

 

Subject Sentence:

Sarai gives Hagar to Abram and the men are circumcised.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT know that God is active in the lives of His people.

 

Application:

1
When have you experienced the blessing of waiting on God for something rather than taking matters into your own hands?
What experience have you had with taking matters into your own hands rather than waiting on God?
How would you advise a loved one who is tempted to take matters into their own hands rather than waiting on God?
2
What practical advice would you give to someone who is attempting to submit to the authority placed over them?
How would you describe your last encounter with God?
3
How has the path of God’s covenant affected your relationship with Him?
How has God performed circumcision on you?

 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Stronger by Angela Thomas – Week 5


God is Stronger than My Attitude

Oy!  Jesus soooo has my number!  I am a moody person.  But I’ve been taught well about “maintaining my composure”, aka MASKING MY BEHAVIOR.  The sole benefit I see to this activity is this:  only God knows I’m sinning because He knows my heart.  I still need to confess and apologize.  Praise Jesus, He offers me a new attitude.  He promises a renewing of the mind when you wash in His Word.  I need a nice, long bath EVERY day!

I’ve also been a prideful person.  In fact, I’ve buried a few of my talents in the sand because of pride.  Now, I’m dusting those talents off and giving them back to Him to use. Hallelujah!  I’m taking more time to use His Word like a mirror as I wash in it.  I’m applying its principles to my life – not as well as I’d like, but one bit at a time still makes forward progress.  I’m giving myself and others more freedom to make mistakes and exercising greater forgiveness afterward.

I want to please my heavenly Father rather than men.  I want to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant” when I meet my Savior face-to-face.  I don’t want my reward to be the praise of people. I still need to remind myself of this sometimes.  I need to point to Christ rather than steal His glory.  I suppose if I’m more focused on Him, this behavior will become as natural as breathing.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Homiletics Genesis 15

2 April 2013

Contents:            Where?                  Promised Land                                Who?  Abram, God

1
1
After rescuing Lot and meeting Melchizedek, God told Abram in a vision not to fear, God is his shield and his reward shall be very great.
2
2-4
Abram said he was childless so his servant would be his heir and the Lord said he would have an heir from his own body.
3
5-6
God said, count the stars – so shall your descendants be and Abram believed and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.
4
7-8
God said, I am the Lord Who brought you out of Ur to give you this land and Abram asked how he may know that he will possess it.
5
9
God said, bring a 3-y.o. heifer, female goat, ram, a turtledove and young pigeon.
6
10-11
Abram cut them in two and laid the pieces opposite each other except the birds and drove the birds of prey from the carcasses.
7
12
A deep sleep fell upon Abram as the sun was going down and terror and darkness fell upon him.
8
13-14
God said, your descendants will be strangers enslaved and oppressed 400 years, but I will judge the nation they serve and they will come out with many possessions.
9
15-16
You shall go to your fathers in peace at an old age then they will return here in the 4th generation for the iniquity (wickedness) of the Amorite isn’t complete.
10
17
When the sun set, it was very dark and a smoking oven and flaming torch appeared and passed between the pieces.
11
18-21
The Lord made a covenant with Abram giving the land (of the Kenite, Kenizzite, Kadmonite, Hittite, Perizzite, Rephaim, Amorite, Canaanite, Girgashite, Jebusite) from the river in Egypt to the river Euphrates to his descendants.

 


Divisions:

1
1-6
God appears to Abram in a vision and tells him that the descendants of his body will be numerous as the stars and Abram believed.
Principle:
The Lord is the shield of His people.
The Lord gives very great reward to His people.
God’s people can trust Him to keep His promises.
2
7-11
God has Abram bring and prepare the animals for the covenant He is about to make with him.
Principle:
The Lord brings His people to Himself.
The safest place to be is wherever the Lord is leading you.
Entering a covenant relationship with God involves sacrifice.
3
12-16
While Abram sleeps in terror-filled darkness, God prophesies about his long life, his descendants’ 400 year captivity and their return to this land.
Principle:
God’s prophecies for the future may seem terrifying, but if we are His, we need not fear those things.
4
17-21
When the sun set, a smoking oven appeared and a flaming torch passed between the animals, making the covenant between God and Abram for the land.
Principle:
God’s covenant promises to His people are for their benefit.

 

Subject Sentence:

God makes the covenant promising land to Abram’s blood descendants.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT know that God keeps His promises and that His Word is filled with promises for His people – including us today – and that this knowledge would encourage them to investigate what His promises to them are.

 


Application:

1
How has the Lord been your shield?
What very great rewards have you received from God’s hand?
How does God’s promise to Abram that he will have a son from his own body comfort you in something you are trusting God for?
What impact does Abram’s belief in God and it being reckoned to him as righteousness have on your personal relationship with God?
2
Where has the Lord brought you out of and where has He brought you to?
How do you know that this is where He brought you?
What have you had to sacrifice to enter into covenant relationship with God?
What have you had to protect to enter into covenant relationship with God?
3
What prophecies of God have sobered or terrified you and how are you responding to them?
What assurances have you received from God and His Word that bring you comfort and let you know that you’re traveling in the right direction?
4
What covenant promises has God made to you?
How have God’s covenant promises to you changed how you live?
How will God’s covenant promises continue to change you?