Saturday, August 27, 2016

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.

 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Homiletics - Romans 5


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

1
1-5
Therefore, since we justified thru faith, we have peace w/God thru Christ; thru whom we gained access by faith into grace, we boast in hope of glory of God; we also glory in sufferings, produces perseverance ® character ® hope; hope not put us to shame, bec God’s love poured into our hearts thru H.S. given to us.
2
6-8
@ just right time, while we powerless, Christ died for ungodly; very rarely anyone die for righteous person, tho for good person someone might die; God demos his love for us: while we sinners Christ died for us.
3
9-11
Since we now justified by His blood, we save from God’s wrath thru Him; if while we enemies, we reconciled to him thru death of Son, how much more we saved thru His life; We also boast in God thru Christ thru whom we recd reconciliation.
4
12-13
Therefore, just as sin entered world thru 1 man & death thru sin, death came to all ppl bec all sinned; sin was in world before law given, sin not charged against anyone’s acct where there is no law.
5
14
Nevertheless, death reigned from time of Adam to Moses even over those who did not sin by breaking cmd, as did Adam, who is pattern of one to come.
6
15
Gift not like trespass, if many died by trespass of 1 man, how much more did God’s grace/gift came by grace of 1 man (Jesus) overflow to many.
7
16
Nor can gift be compared w/result of 1 man’s sin: judgment followed 1 sin, brought condemnation, gift followed many trespasses & brought justification
8
17
If by trespass of 1 man, death reigned thru that man, how much more will those who receive God’s provision of grace reign in life thru Jesus.
9
18-19
Just as 1 trespass resulted in condemnation for all, 1 righteous act resulted in justification & life for all ppl; thru disobedience of 1, many made sinners so thru obedience of 1, many will be made righteous.
10
20-21
Law brought so trespass might increase, where sin increased, grace increased; just as sin reigned in death, so grace might reign thru righteousness to bring eternal life thru Jesus.

 


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

1
1-5
Justification brings peace and grace and we boast in the glory of God and our sufferings which produce perseverance, character and hope which doesn’t put us to shame.
Principle:
Christ justifies us through faith.
Our sufferings ultimately produce hope.
God pours His love into us through the Holy Spirit when we receive Him.
2
6-11
While we were sinners, Christ died for us, demonstrating God’s love for us and justifying us by His blood, saving us from God’s wrath and reconciling us to Him.
Principle:
Christ’s death is a demonstration of God’s love.
Christ died for sinners to spare them from God’s wrath.
Christ’s death pays the penalty for our sin and reconciles us back to God.
3
12-21
Sin and death entered the world through one man and reigned from time of Adam to Moses and God’s gift of grace came by Jesus Christ.
Principle:
 

 

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

Sin and death came through Adam and justification through Jesus.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK we can be reconciled to God through the blood of Christ, Who died for us while we were still sinners to spare us from God’s wrath.

 

Application:

1
Describe the process of being justified by faith as detailed in Romans 5:1-5.
Where does our peace come from and how do we receive it?
What does glorying in your sufferings accomplish?
Describe a time when you have gloried in your sufferings and experienced the perseverance – character – hope cycle.
How does God’s love find its way into our hearts?
2
What does it mean that “very rarely will anyone die for righteous person, but for good person someone might die”?
For what or whom might you be willing to die?
3
 

 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

No Way Up by Mary Connealy


No Way Up by Mary Connealy
After ranch patriarch Chance Boden is wounded in an accident, he demands that the conditions of his will go into effect immediately: His children must reconcile and live at home for a full year or forfeit the ranch. He trusts hired hand Heath Kincaid to see it done. But when Heath suspects foul play, his desire to protect Chance’s daughter goes beyond duty.

Here's my review of this western adventure:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Mary Connealy and her publisher for sending me a copy of "No Way Up" 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.

“No Way Up” is the mildly suspenseful kickoff to the new Cimarron Legacy series by Mary Connealy.  Just like Mary Connealy’s other books, “No Way Up” is filled with likeable characters, humor, action, romance and an amazing western landscape.  And even with all this going for it, I struggled to really enjoy this book.

Chance Boden has just been seriously injured in an accident.  He uses the seriousness of the incident to draw his three children back under the roof of the family’s ranch for one year or they forfeit their inheritance.  After saving Chance’s life, trusted ranch hand, Heath Kincaid, sets his eye on protecting Boden’s daughter Sadie and solving the mysterious circumstances surrounding Chance’s accident.

I love Mary Connealy’s writing enough to grab the next book in this series despite this read not being one of my favorite books.

 
 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Homiletics - Romans 4


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

1
4:1-3
What we say Abraham discovered in this (justification by faith & upholding law); if A justified by works, he had something to boast – not before God; Scripture: “A believed G, credited to him as righteousness.”
2
4:4-5
To one who works, wages obligation; to one who trusts G, faith credited as righteousness.
3
4:6-8
David:  “blessed those whose transgressions forgiven, sins covered, the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”
4
4:9-10
Is blessedness only for circumcised, A’s faith credited as righteousness; after he circumcised or before?  Not after, before!
5
4:11-12
A rec’d circumcision as sign/seal of righteousness by faith, so he=father of all who believe but not circumcised that righteousness credited to them; he also father of circumcised who follow in footsteps of faith the A had before he was circumcised.
6
4:13-15
Not through law A & offspring rec’d promise he be heir of world but thru righteousness by faith; if those who depend on law=heirs, faith means nothing/promise worthless bec law brings wrath & where there’s no law, there’s no transgression.
7
4:16-18
TF promise come by faith so it be by grace & guaranteed to A’s offspring – not only to those of law, but those who have faith of A, he father of us all; It written: “I made you father of many nations”; he=our father in sight of G who gives life to dead & calls into being things that were not; A believed, became father of many nations: “so shall your offspring be”.
8
4:19-22
w/o weakening his faith, he faced that body as good as dead since he about 100 y.o. and Sarah’s womb also dead; yet he not waver regarding promise, was strengthened in faith & gave glory to G; fully persuaded G had power to do what promised; this why “credited as righteousness”.
9
4:23-25
“It was credited to him as righteousness” not written for him alone, but also us who believe in Him Who raised J from dead; He delivered to death for our sins, raised to life for our justification.

 


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

1
4:1-10
Faith credited as righteousness
Principle:
Faith is the only way to be justified before God.
2
4:11-25
Abraham is the father of many nations
Principle:
Having the same sort of faith as Abraham makes us his offspring.

 

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

Sharing Abraham’s faith, credited as righteousness, makes us his offspring.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK Jesus died for our sins and was raised to life for our justification and when we have faith in Him, God credits it to us as righteousness, making us heirs.

 

Application:

1
What action will you take to stop justifying yourself by works?
How will you thank God for crediting you with righteousness?
In what ways have you trusted God?
What blessings have you received as a result of your transgressions being forgiven and your sins being covered?
What is the significance of Abraham’s faith being credited as righteousness before he was circumcised?
2
What role did circumcision play in the process of being made righteous in God’s sight?
Who are Abraham’s offspring?
How does Ephesians 2:8-9 clarify what Paul is saying in Romans 4?
How has God delivered you when you’ve been tempted to waver regarding His promise to you?

 

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Homiletics - Romans 3


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

1
3:1-2
What advantage in being Jew? What value circumcision? Much, 1st, entrusted w/very words of G.
2
3:3-4
What if some not have faith, will lack nullify G’s faithfulness?  No.
3
3:5-6
If our unrighteousness brings out G’s righteousness, shall we say G unjust in bringing wrath? No.  If so, how G judge world?
4
3:7-8
“If my falsehood enhances G’s truthfulness/increases glory, why I condemned?”  Some claim we say: let’s do evil that good result; condemnation deserved.
5
3:9-12
We better? No, Jews and Gents all under sin, no one righteous/understands/seeks G; all turned away, bec worthless, no one does good.
6
3:13-18
Throats=open graves; tongues practice deceit, viper poison on lips; mouths full cursing & bitterness; feet swift shed blood; ruin/misery mark ways, way of peace not known; no fear of G.
7
3:19-20
Law says to those under law so every mouth silenced, world accountable to G; no one righteous by observing law; thru law we conscious of sin.
8
3:21-24
Righteousness of G made known – prophets/law testify; righteousness comes thru faith in JC; all sinned/fall short of glory of G, justified by grace thru redemption.
9
3:25-26
G presented Him as sacrifice to demonstrate justice bec He left sins beforehand unpunished to demo justice @ present time.
10
3:27-28
Where boasting? Excluded? On observing law? No.  On faith.  Justified by faith apart from observing law.
11
3:29-31
Is G of Jews only? Gents too; only 1 G justify circumcised/uncirc thru same faith; do we nullify law by faith? No, uphold.

 


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

1
3:1-18
Questions about Jewish status and God
Principle:
God doesn’t require our unrighteousness to be glorified.
2
3:19-26
Statements about God’s righteousness
Principle:
The law makes us conscious of our sin.
3
3:27-31
Teaching about justification
Principle:
There is only one true God and He is the God of both the Jews and the Gentiles.

 

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

Paul writes about Jews, Gentiles, God’s righteousness and our justification.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK We are all precious to God, Who justifies Jew and Gentile alike through faith, upholding the law.

 

Application:

1
What advantage is there in being a Jew according to v. 2?
If my unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness and increases His glory, why am I condemned?
According to Romans 3:9-18, why are Jews no better than Gentiles?
Which of these verses (9-18) represents the greatest struggle for you, today and how will you give that over to God?
2
How does the law silence every mouth and hold the whole world accountable to God?
According to Romans 3:20, what is the purpose of the law?
In what way has the law made you conscious of your sin?
How has God’s righteousness been made known through the law and the prophets?
How and why are we justified by God according to Romans 3:22-26?  Have you personally received that justification?
3
In what should our boasting be?
What does it mean to you that God is both the God of the Jews and the God of the Gentiles?
How might Paul explain that we uphold the law rather than nullify it by our faith?