Saturday, September 27, 2014

Homiletics Exodus 2:11-25

Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                 Egypt, Midian  Who?  Moses, Reuel, Zipporah, Gershom

When Moses grown, went unto brethren, looked on burdens, spied Egyptian smiting Hebrew, looked this way and that, saw no man, slew Egyptian/hid him in sand.
2nd day, behold two Hebrews strove: “Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow”;  “Who made thee judge over us?  Intendest thou kill me as Egyptian?”  Moses feared: “thing is known”.
P heard/sought to slay M, M fled, dwelt in Midian/sat by well.
priest of Midian 7 daughters, drew water, filled troughs, water father’s flock; shepherds drove them away, M helped/watered flock.
Reuel (father): “How ye come so soon today?” They: “Egyptian delivered us of shepherds, drew enough/watered flock.”
“Where he?  Why ye left the man?  Call him, that he may eat bread”
M content dwell w/man, gave Moses Zipporah (daughter), she bare son: Gershom, M: “I have been stranger in strange land.”
King of Egypt died, Israel sighed by reason of bondage and cried, cry came unto God, He heard groaning/remembered covenant w/A,I & J; God looked upon Israel, had respect.

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

M spied Egyptian smiting Hebrew, slew/hid him; 2nd day, 2 Hebrews strove: “Wherefore smitest fellow?”, “Who made thee judge? Intendest thou kill me as Egyptian?” M feared: “thing known”; P heard/sought slay M, M fled Midian/sat by well.
Our most carefully hidden sins are already known.
Our brothers don’t always want (or need) our help.
Sometimes running away from a bad situation can bring blessing.
Priest Midian 7 daughters, water father’s flock, shepherds drove away, M helped/watered flock; Reuel: “How ye come so soon?” “Egyptian delivered us,watered flock”; “Call him, he eat”; M content dwell w/man, gave M Zipporah, bore son Gershom: “I’ve been stranger in strange land.”
When we’ve been delivered, we have courage and strength to stand up for others.
When someone stands up for us, we should offer our thanks and hospitality.
All human beings are strangers in a strange land – our true home is not of this world.
KoE died, Israel cried, cry came unto God, He heard/remembered covenant w/A, I & J, looked upon Israel, had respect.
God hears our cries.
God remembers His promises.
God watches over us.

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

Moses killed an Egyptian and fled; God heard Israel’s cry.

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT know that we cannot hide anything from God nor can we flee from Him.  He always hears our cries, keeps His promises and watches over His children.


In what way are you tempted to hide your sins?
What is your reaction to the fact that God already knows what your sins are?
How have you attempted to help a brother who didn’t want or need your assistance?
How do you react when a brother attempts to help you when you don’t want or need his assistance?
When have you run away from a bad situation and it turned out to be the best course of action?
How has your salvation given you courage and strength to stand up for someone else?
How do you treat those who stand up for you?
How have you been treated when you stood up for someone else?
What does it mean to you that you are a stranger in a strange land?
What evidence do you have that God hears your cries?
What experience have you had that proves God remembers His promises?
What observations might God make about you as He watches over you?


Friday, September 26, 2014

Homiletics Genesis 1

Written 4 March 2013

Contents:            Where?                  Earth                                   Who?  God, Spirit of God

In the beginning God created heavens and earth and Spirit moved over water’s surface.
God said, “Let there be light” and there was and it was good and He separated light from darkness.
God called light “day” and darkness “night”, evening/morning, first day.
God said, “Let there be expanse to separate waters” above and below called heaven, evening/morning, second day.
God said, “Let waters gather and dry land appear” – seas and earth – “Let earth sprout vegetation/seed/fruit” – evening/morning, third day.
God said, “Let there be lights”: greater - day, lesser – night, stars – evening/morning, fourth day.
God said, “Let waters teem with creatures and birds fly – be fruitful/multiply”, evening/morning, fifth day.
God said, “Let earth bring forth cattle, beasts” and it was good.
God said, “Let us make man in our image, be fruitful/multiply, rule creatures”, male/female.
God gave every plant for food to men and beast, it was good, evening/morning, sixth day.



God created the heavens, earth and light, day and night and separated waters with heaven on 1st and 2nd days.
God is a methodical planner, creating the foundation of His creation on the first and second days.
God created seas, earth and plants, sun, moon and stars on 3rd and 4th days.
God built upon the foundation, creating the elements that were required to sustain life on days three and four.
God created sea creatures, birds, cattle, beasts and man (in His image) and gave them all plants to eat on 5th and 6th days.
God’s creation is perfectly planned and executed, culminating in the forming of man in God’s own image from dust.
God wanted relationship with man so He labored for six days to create the perfect environmental and atmospheric conditions to sustain the life of the one created in His own image.


Subject Sentence:

God created all things in six days.


Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMCAT see the remarkable power and creativity of God.



What aspect of creation that took place on days one and two impacted you most and why?
How does the earth, heavens and light reflect God’s creativity?
In what way has the creation of the 1st and 2nd days drawn you closer to God?
What is significant about the order in which God created on the 1st and 2nd days?
What aspect of creation that took place on days three and four impacted you most and why?
How do the seas, plants and celestial lights reflect God’s creativity?
In what way has the creation of the 3rd and 4th days drawn you closer to God?
What conditions had to exist before God could create what He did on the 3rd and 4th days?
What aspect of creation that took place on days five and six impacted you most and why?
How do creatures reflect God’s creativity?
In what way has the creation of the 5th and 6th days drawn you closer to God?
What conditions had to exist before God could create what He did on the 5th and 6th days?


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 23 – Revelation 20

After a brief reminder about the hermeneutics possibilities, we dive straight into the gospel of Luke and our interpretation of God’s promise to give Jesus the throne of David as proof of our literal interpretation if we take the promise seriously.  Other promises are discussed as is the Bride - the church.

Once again, Dr. Missler runs us through the key aspects of the Jewish wedding ceremony.  It’s nearly impossible not to feel chills running down your spine as you come to the understanding that we, as believers, are actively involved in this series of blessed events!  What a thrill to be the Bride of Christ!

So, it looks like Jesus will rule from David’s throne during the millennium.  Other key happenings during this time frame include Satan being bound in the bottomless pit for the 1000 years.  We’ve repeatedly heard Chuck say that there are some people out there who believe that the Millennium has already begun.  If that’s the case, Satan’s chain is too long!  I think that’s all the proof we need to realize that the Millennium is yet to come.

The beast and the false prophet are already in the lake of fire.  They were cast there in Revelation 19:20.  After Satan is loosed for a time to deceive the nations, he is cast into the lake of fire as well.  The three of them will be tormented there forever.

The Great White Throne judgment follows, where the dead are judged by their works.  The fact that they’re being judged by their works says that they have no hope of eternity with the Lord.  It is the work of Christ that saves us, not our own works.  These will be cast into the lake of fire also.  The thought of this convicts me to share my faith with as many people as possible.  It also convicts me to pray that unbelievers will receive God’s message and respond to it.

When Chuck reminds us what this torment means to the consciousness of those doomed to experience it, I feel compassion rather than apathy like I used to.  I used to feel like I don’t care if it doesn’t affect me.  Maybe that’s still true.  But I’m widening my circle of observation and I can see that it does affect people that I know.  And as a Christian I should care about them.  Shouldn’t I?

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 21 & 22.  Review your notes.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Homiletics How To and Exodus 1:1-2:10

There are tons of methods for doing homiletics.  All you have to do is type “homiletics” into Google and tons of links and files pop up with information on the execution of the exercise.  If you’re reading this post, you probably already know that homiletics is a method of Bible study designed to take a passage of Scripture and transform it into a sermon or lesson.  You don’t have to be a preacher to study the Bible using homiletics techniques.  You can do it for your own personal study or to prepare a Bible study lesson.

One bit of advice: it’s not necessarily bad to learn from several different teachers several techniques for homiletics, but I think you need to work with one set of guidelines for a while to develop your own style and confidence.  Otherwise, you might get frustrated and quit using homiletics altogether.  Homiletics is very personal.  It’s how God talks to you.  No two people will have the same homiletics when they’re done, but I have seen very similar themes come from individuals.

Before we get started on steps, I want you to close your eyes (read what I want you to imagine BEFORE you close them) and imagine that you are sifting your fingers through sand.  You are unearthing beautiful, bright, bold and shiny gemstones.  That sand and the treasure is God’s Word and your fingers are the tool of homiletics.  The gemstones are the amazing things you’re going to learn.  OK.  Here we go…

The Steps:  There are 7 steps to studying the Bible using homiletics.  First,


You get so much more out of Bible study when you engage the Holy Spirit as your personal Tutor!  Second,


Read the passage you’re studying in its entirety.  This will give you a complete picture of your study.  You’ll get an overview of themes and you won’t take verses out of context.  Now, the process of “Shrink and Think” begins:  third,


This is your first sift through that sand with your fingers.  Group 2-4 verses together, summarizing the content of those verses using words directly from Scripture.  Write as short a summary as possible.  I struggle with this, myself, but doing this will help you boil things down later.  The “Contents” portion should be comprised of 10-20 summaries.  Fourth,


This is your second sift.  You’re starting to feel those gemstones rising to the surface.  Group your “Contents” together in 2-4 ideas, events, themes or concepts.  Write one run-on sentence to summarize the verses in each group using words directly from Scripture.  Again, make this as short as possible.  It’ll help you with the next step.  I usually take a moment to perform a third sift at this point by identifying “Principles” from Scripture for each “Division”.  Principles are absolute truths that provoke thought and encourage.  Gemstones seem to pop to the surface for me at this time.  Fifth,


In this fourth sift, more treasure is becoming visible.  Using your “Divisions,” create a sentence of no more than 10 words to summarize the entire passage you’re studying.  This sentence should have proper structure and it should identify where in Scripture the passage is located.  Sixth,


This is the goal of your teaching.  I always begin this section with “TCMAT” (To Cause My Audience To…).  This section can be one sentence or several.  Seventh,


Create open-ended (can’t be answered “yes” or “no”) questions for each of your “Divisions”.  If you’ve taken the time to identify “Principles,” you may want your application questions to relate directly to them.  Crafting and answering these questions usually brings lots of little treasures to the surface in my experience.

So, there you have it.  Your homiletics is complete.  Since it is a personal method of study, you may get a flood of treasure from the Lord while you work on “Contents” or in crafting your “Aim”.  Don’t be discouraged if you don’t unearth treasure right away.  Keep praying and keep practicing your homiletics.  I’ve included a sample of my homiletics for you below.  I use the KJV as my text in case you want to compare my homiletics to the original passage.  I’m still working on tightening my “Contents” and “Divisions” summaries.  Both are too long in my opinion.  I also struggle at times with the “Subject Sentence” being decisive enough to identify exactly where in Scripture the passage I’ve studied is, but the sentence in my sample below is pretty good.

Have fun with this!  I’m going to start posting my homiletics here every Saturday.  So, if you need more samples, this is where they’ll be.  God bless you as you study.


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                 Egypt   Who?  Children of Israel, Pharaoh, Hebrew midwives (Shiphrah and Puah), Levite couple, child (Moses), child’s sister, Pharaoh’s daughter

Children of Israel in Egypt: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher.
Souls out of Jacob = 70; Joseph died and brethren and all that generation; Israel fruitful, multiplied and mighty, land filled with them.
New king over Egypt knew not Joseph: “children of Israel more and mightier than we, let us deal wisely lest they multiply, when war they join our enemies and fight us.”
They set taskmaster to afflict them, they built cities Pithom and Raamses; the more afflicted, the more they multiplied, they grieved because of children of Israel.
Egyptians made children of Israel serve w/rigour; made lives bitter w/hard bondage, mortar, brick, service in field.
King to Hebrew midwives (Shiphrah, Puah): “when ye midwife Hebrew women, if son – kill him, if daughter – she live”; midwives feared God, did not as king commanded, saved men children.
King called midwives:  “Why ye done this?”  Midwives: “Hebrew women lively, delivered ere midwives come.”
God dealt well w/midwives, people multiplied, waxed very mighty; because midwives feared God, he made them houses; pharaoh charged all his people: “Every son ye cast in river, every daughter save alive.
Man of Levi took wife of Levi; woman conceived, bare son, hid him 3 months; when could no longer hide, took ark of bulrushes daubed w/slime and pitch, put child in, laid in flags by river’s brink; his sister stood far off to wit what would be done to him.
Daughter of Pharaoh came to wash, maidens walked by river’s edge; she saw ark, sent maid to fetch; she opened, saw child, babe wept, she had compassion: “This of Hebrews’ children.”
Sister to Pd: “Shall I call nurse?”  Pd: “Go.”  Maid called child’s mother; Pd: “Take child, nurse, I give thee wages.”  Woman took child, nursed; child grew, she brought to Pd, he became her son, called his name Moses: “Because I drew him out of water.”

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

Israel in Egypt; Joseph died (and all that generation); new king, knew not Joseph: “Israel more/mightier than we, when war they join enemies/fight us; set taskmasters to afflict, the more afflicted, more they multiplied; Egypt made Israel serve w/rigour, made lives bitter w/hard bondage, mortar, brick, service in field.
People fear what seems too large to control, and that fear unleashes cruel treatment.
Man’s plan to oppress will not thwart God’s will to prosper.
God’s children are often punished by man because they are blessed by God.
King to midwives: “when ye midwife Hebrew women, son-kill, daughter–live”; midwives feared God, saved men children; king: “why ye done this?” Midwives: “Hebrew women delivered ere midwives come;” people multiplied, because midwives feared God, he made them houses; pharaoh charged all his people:  “Every son, cast in river, daughter save.”
It is always better to fear God than it is to fear men.
God rewards those who fear Him.
Man/wife of Levi conceived, bare son, hid him 3 months, took ark of bulrushes, put child in, laid in flags by river’s brink, sister stood to wit that be done to him; dP came, saw ark, opened, saw, babe wept, she had compassion: “this of Hebrews’ children;”  sister: “I call nurse?” dP: “go” maid called child’s mother, dP: “nurse, I give thee wages;” child grew, brought to dP, called his name Moses: “I drew him out of water.”
Sometimes the protection from a bad situation exists right in the enemy’s household.
Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

Fearing Israel, Pharaoh charges: “kill boys,” while daughter saves Moses.
Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT know that God’s plans are never thwarted, delayed or interrupted and that He rewards those who fear Him, sometimes using the most unlikely people and circumstances.

How do you react when you are afflicted?
What do you admire about how Jesus responded to affliction and how might you adopt His behavior?
What do you do when you receive a request from someone in power over you that conflicts with what God wants you to do?
In what way does your behavior reflect that you fear God?
What change can you make in your life today to show that you fear God?
What blessings have you received from God for your faithfulness and reverence?
What is the oddest rescue operation you’ve ever seen or heard about?
When have you experienced God using an unusual person or situation for your good?