Saturday, July 30, 2016

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.

 

Monday, July 25, 2016

HCSB Illustrator's Notetaking Bible

 
A Bible that combines two hot trends: Bible journaling and adult coloring. Each Bible spread contains a line-drawn illustration that can be filled in by the reader with whatever colors they choose. Includes three varieties of illustrations: (1) filigree, (2) Scripture quotes, and (3) drawings that illustrate the topic of the corresponding Bible text.

Here's my review of this wonderful Bible:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to B&H/Lifeway for sending me a copy of "HCSB Illustrator's Notetaking Bible" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
 I was so excited to receive my HCSB Illustrator's Notetaking Bible!  I have made several attempts at Bible journaling with limited success.  My mental idea doesn’t always translate well to the margins of my Bible.  I have also enjoyed coloring since I was a child and have plunged full on into adult coloring.  This wonderful version of the Scriptures has lots of room in the margins for original drawings or actual notes.  There is also lots of pre-printed art in the margins to color.  The pre-printed art is pale enough that if you really want to design your own artwork, you can draw right over it.

My only issue with this book is that the lines where they appear in the margins are fairly dark.  If they were as light as the pre-printed drawings, I would be able to draw right over them after using them to line up my lettering.
In any case, this is a wonderful Bible.  It’s not just for journaling.  It has maps and a mini concordance and other tools as well.  What a great way to record your journey through the Word of God!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Homiletics - Romans 1


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

1
1:1-4
Paul, servant of Christ, apostle, set apart for gospel of God promised through prophets & Scriptures regarding Son, earthly descendant of David, through Spirit appointed Son of G in power by resurr: Jesus Christ our Lord.
2
1:5-7
Thru him we rec’d grace/apostleship to call Gentiles to obedience for his name; you among Gentiles called to JC; to all in Rome loved by G, grace & peace to you from G & JC.
3
1:8-12
1st, I thank G thru JC for all you, your faith reported all over; G my witness how I remember you in prayers, I pray now at last by G’s will way opened me come to you; long to see you the I impart spiritual gift, make you strong, you and I encouraged by each other’s faith.
4
1:13-15
I don’t want you to be unaware I planned many times come to you (prevented until now) the I might have harvest among you like other Gents; I obligated to Greeks & non-Greeks, wise & foolish; that’s why I eager to preach gospel to you in Rome.
5
1:16-17
I not ashamed of gospel, it is power of God brings salvation everyone who believes, 1st Jew, then Gent; in gospel righteousness of G revealed, the righteous live by faith.
6
1:18-20
Wrath of G revealed against all godlessness and wickedness of people who suppress truth by wickedness since what know about G plain to them bec G made it plain; since creation G’s invisible qualities (eternal power, divine nature)clearly seen understood from what made so people w/o excuse.
7
1:21-23
Although they knew G, they neither glorified nor gave thanks, thinking became futile, foolish hearts were darkened; they claimed to be wise, became fools, exchanged glory of G for images like human, birds, animals, reptiles.
8
1:24-25
Therefore, G gave them over sinful desires of hearts to sexual impurity for degrading bodies; exchanged truth og G for lie, worshiped/served created things rather than Creator who is forever praised.
9
1:26-27
Bec of this, G gave them over to shameful lusts, women exchanged natural sex for unnatural; men abandoned natural relations w/women, inflamed w/lust for one another, committed shameful acts, received in selves due penalty for error.
10
1:28-32
They not think it worthwhile retain knowledge of G, G gave them over to depraved mind, so they do what ought not be done; they become filled wickedness, evil, greed, depravity, envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, boastful, invent ways doing evil, disobey parents; no understanding, fidelity, love, mercy; they know those who do such deserve death, not only continue but approve of practice.


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

1
1:1-7
Paul’s Greeting
Principle:
First impressions are important for establishing relationships.
2
1:8-17
Paul’s Desire to Bring the Gospel to the Church in Rome
Principle:
Thank the Lord for those to whom and with whom we minister.
Remember those to whom and with whom we minister in your prayers.
Believers should encourage each other with their faith.
3
1:18-32
Paul’s Warning Against Godlessness and Wickedness
Principle:
God has made Himself known to mankind; it is up to us to decide whether to acknowledge Him and live for Him or not.

 

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

Paul shares the gospel and warnings with the Roman church.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK God has revealed Himself to all men and those of us who respond to His call are ministers of the gospel who should encourage godly behavior is others.

 

Application:

1
How might you introduce yourself to an audience of believers?
How would you introduce Jesus to someone who didn’t know Him?
2
To whom are you eager to minister?
How have you been made strong and encourage by another’s faith?
In what way have you shared your faith to encourage someone else?
How would you describe the gospel?
3
Which of God’s qualities have you seen through Creation?
What does Paul mean when he writes “so that people are without excuse”?
How do you glorify God and give Him thanks?
How might you pray for or minister to those who have exchanged truth for a lie?
How do you reconcile God’s goodness with Him giving people over to their sinful desires?
In what way would you respond to someone who didn’t think it worthwhile to retain knowledge of God?
What form of wickedness will you eradicate from your life this week?
How might you help or encourage someone to discontinue a life of wickedness?

 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Homiletics - Daniel 2


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                  Babylon              Who? Neb, astrologers, Daniel, Arioch, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), Azariah (Abednego)

1
2:1-3
2nd yr reign, Neb dreams, mind troubled, could not sleep; summoned mag/ench/sor/astrol; “dream troubles me, want know what means.”
2
2:4-6
Astrol: tell dream, we interp; king: I firmly decided if you not tell dream & interp, you cut into pieces, houses to rubble; if you tell dream/explain, you receive gifts/rewards/honor.
3
2:7-9
“Tell dream, we interp”; king: you trying gain time; if you not tell dream, one penalty, you conspired to tell misleading/wicked things, tell dream & I know you can interp.
4
2:10-13
Astrol: no one can reveal except gods; king angry, ordered execution of wise men; decree issued, men sent to D and friends to put to death.
5
2:14-16
Arioch, cmdr, out to put to death, D spoke w/wisdom/tact; “why such harsh decree”, Arioch explained; D to king, asked for time, interp dream.
6
2:17-23
D explained to HM&A, urged them plead for mercy from God, so not executed w/wise men; mystery revealed to D in vision, D praised God: praise name of God forever, wisdom & power His; changes times/seasons, deposes kings/raises up, gives wisdom/knowledge; reveals hidden things, knows what lies in darkness, light dwells w/Him; praise You, you given me wisdom/power, made know what we asked, dream of king.
7
2:24-25
D to Arioch: do not execute wise men, take me to king, I interp; Arioch took D to king: I found man among exiles who tell king dream.
8
2:26-30
K ask D: you tell dream/interp?  D: no man can, God reveals mysteries, has shown Neb days to come; mystery revealed not bec I greater wisdom, but so YM understand.
9
2:31-35
“Lg statue, head gold, chest/arms silver, belly/thighs bronze, legs iron, feet iron/clay; rock cut not human hands, struck feet/smashed; all broken, wind swept w/o trace, rock huge mt/filled earth.
10
2:36-40
“Now interp; you k of ks, God given you dominion/pwr/might/glory; you head gold; after kingdom arise inferior; 3rd kingdom bronze rule; finally 4th strong as iron, crush/break.
11
2:41-44
“Feet/toes clay/iron divided kingdom, part strong/part brittle; people mixture, not remain united; God set up kingdom never destroyed, endure forever.
12
2:45-49
“This meaning of rock, God shown future”; Neb fell before D: your G is G of gs, Lord of ks, revealer of mysteries; lavished gifts, (D) in charge wise men; @ D request, appt SMA admins.

 


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

1
2:1-13
Nebuchadnezzar’s dream troubles him, astrologers make him angry and he orders the execution of the wise men.
Principle:
Troubled, angry people make troubling decisions.
2
2:14-25
Daniel asked for time to interpret the dream, urges his friends to pray, receives a vision, praises God and is taken to the king.
Principle:
Prayer is the best way to face a problem.
Seeking prayer from friends is a valuable battle tactic.
Praying in concert for the same thing is powerful.
Praise is an appropriate response to receiving an answer to prayer.
3
2:26-35
Daniel reveals God and the dream to King Nebuchadnezzar.
Principle:
God uses His people to reveal Himself to others.
4
2:36-49
Daniel reveals the interpretation to the king who glorifies God and rewards Daniel and his friends.
Principle:
When we do God’s will, His glory will be a result.

 

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

God reveals Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to Daniel, who praises God.

 

Aim:

TCMATK God actively reveals truth to those who ask

 

Application:

1
What action do you take when your dreams trouble you?
In what ways are you like Nebuchadnezzar’s wise men and how might you make those characteristics godly?
When have you made/been the victim of an impulsive or rash decision and how would you handle the same situation today?
2
What changes will you make today to deal more effectively with frightening situations?
What part does prayer play in your daily life?
How do you respond to God when He reveals something to you?
What revelation has God given you recently?
What does praising God look like for you?
3
What was your last witnessing experience like?
What will you start doing to reveal God to others more regularly?
4
How do you reveal God to others?
When was the last time God revealed Himself to you as the God of gods?
What sorts of things lead you to praise God?
How might you reward those who reveal God to you?