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Scripture Reading for September 20: Hebrews 5

 

Faith Of A Patriarch….Or Works?
           (James 2:18-23)

 

Verse 18

      The battle - Faith vs. Works, or is there another option?

      Works began the moment of salvation

1.     ___________

2.     ___________

3.     ___________

Verse 19

      Reference Deuteronomy 6:4 - Verses 4-9 known as the ________ to the Jews, which is Hebrew for _________

      God is One - Hebrew 'echâd’ which means _______

      Not about the Trinity, rather about exclusivity (Isaiah 43:10)

      Demons Shudder - Matthew 8:29 is 3 part recognition

1.     Recognized Jesus as the _______________

2.     Recognized the superior ________ of God

3.     Recognized future __________

Verse 20

      Faith by itself is as useless as works by themselves

Verse 21

      Martin Luther understood Pauline teachings (Romans 3:23, 4:1-4, 5:1)

      Clearing up the confusion (Galatians 2:16)

      So what really happened with Abraham?

Verse 22

      Active Faith = Good Works       Dead Faith = Useless Works

Verse 23

      Friend of God (2 Chronicles 20:7)

      God gets glory in true faith and good works (Matthew 5:16, Ephesians 2:10)

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Scripture Reading for September 13: Genesis 27

 

Dead Faith

(James 2:14-17)

 

Dead Faith

      Faith that is not accompanied by good works

True Saving Faith

      Works are a manifestation (by product) of genuine faith

      James has been pointing these validating actions out all along the way

1.     Remaining ________ under trials and tests (James 1:2-4, 1:12)

2.      Resisting _________ (James 1:13-15)

3.     Being not only _________ but also _________ (James 1:22-25)

4.     _______ our tongue (James 1:26)

5.     Caring for _________ and ________ (James 1:27)

6.     Showing no _________ (James 2:1-13)

Can someone have a Faith in God that does not save?

      John 2:23-25, John 3:1-2, Matthew 7:21

Can someone have Saving Faith but not have good works?

      Hypocrites (James 2:15-16)

      No fruit, no change, no difference, this kind of life is not honoring to God

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Scripture Reading for September 6: Hebrews 4

 

The Danger Of Partiality Part 2
         (James 2:5-13)

 

Verse 5

      What does being rich in faith give you that earthly riches do not?

1.     True __________ _________ (Romans 15:13, 1 Peter 1:3)

2.      _________ __________ (1 John 2:24, 1 Corinthians 2:9)

3.     ___________ (Hebrews 13:5)

4.     Unmatched _________

      ________ of the kingdom (James 2:5)

      ________ (1 Peter 2:5, 2:9, Revelation 1:6)

      __________ of God (Romans 8:4, John 1:12, 1 John 3:1)

      __________ (Titus 2:14, Galatians 2:20)

      ________ (Romans 1:17, 1 Corinthians 1:12)

Verse 6

      BUT, showing partiality is contrary to Godly character

      Seeking riches spares no expense

Verse 7

       Why cater to those who oppose? 

Verse 8

      Royal Law - Greek ‘basilikon’ best understood as ________ or connected with the _______

      Love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18, Mark 12:31, John 13:34)

Verse 9

      God’s law reveals transgressions & God deals with the outcome (Deuteronomy 1:17)

Verse 10

      Universality of sin (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8, Ecclesiastes 7:20)

Verse 11

      10 Commandments - Exodus 20

Verse 12

      James 1:25 Law of liberty liberates us from the ______ of ____

Verse 13

      God is merciful

      God is also a Just Judge (Psalm 7:11)

      If mercy has been given to you, be a doer and show mercy to others

 

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Scripture Reading for August 30: Genesis 26
 
The Danger Of Partiality Part 1
               (James 2:1-4)
 

Verse 1

     My brothers (defining audience, important to context)

     Show no partiality, contradictory to Godly character

     God does not show partiality (Romans 2:9-11, Deuteronomy 10:17, Acts 10:34-35, Leviticus 19:15)

     Partiality is shown because of age, race, gender, economic status, family, social status, education, etc.

     Jews should have understood this (Deuteronomy 7:6-7)

Verse 2

     Two characters of very different appearance 

Verse 3

     Response created from appearance

Verse 4

     Jesus looked at the motive of the heart (Mark 12:41-44) and so should we

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Scripture Reading for August 23: Hebrews 3

 

Caring About What God Cares About 
                  (James 1:27)

Verse 27

     Pure - Godly product (2 Timothy 2:22, Titus 1:15)

     Orphans and widows - Visit?

     Greek word for visit is ‘episkeptomai’ means to _________ or _________ for the purpose of _________ for one’s ___________ (Hebrews 2:6)

     This is an action.  Continuation of being a doer and not just a hearer. 

     Orphans and widows - vulnerability  - Compassion of God (Isaiah 1:17, Psalm 82:3, Psalm 146:9)

     God has adopted us (Ephesians 1:5, Galatians 4:4-7)

     Unstained from  the world (1 John 2:15, John 15:19, Romans 12:2, Johon 18:36)

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Scripture Reading for August 16:  Genesis 25
 
 
Reflecting Christ
(James 1:23-26)

 

Verse 23

●      A purposeful gaze from an unbiased source

●      Greek ‘katanoeo' means ______, ________ or ___________

Verse 24

●      Absurdity ties into verse 22

●      Not logical

Verse 25

●      What is the perfect law?

●      God's word is freedom for those who are hearers and doers (Galatians 5:1, 1 Peter 2:16, John 8:30-38)

●      Blessings come through God being exalted not self glorification

Verse 26

●      Being religious will not __________ you! (Acts 26:4-5)

●      Did Jesus teach people to be religious? (Matthew 4:17, Luke 13:3, Luke 5:32, Mark 1:15)

●      Strong biblical emphasis on the tongue (our words) - (Proverbs 21:23, Ephesians 4:29, Psalm 141:3)

●      Bridling one's tongue is a mark of being self controlled (Galatians 5:22-23)

●      Deception of strange doctrine (Colossians 2:8, Romans 16:17-18, 2 Timothy 3:13)

●      Universal error of Universalism (John 14:6)  

 

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Scripture Reading for August 9: Hebrews 2 

 

A Call To Action Part 2
       (James 1:22)

Verse 22

1.     What Does This Say About God's Word

●      God's word is more than useful, it is vital (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

●      God's word is a call to action (John 21 Restoration of Peter)

●      We are workers for the Lord (2 Timothy 4:5)

●      Matthew 28:16-20 The Great Commission - command to perform not just hear

●      Love in action (1 John 3:18)

●      Being a hearer and not a doer is failure to act, which is ______(James 4:17)

●      God's Word Commands Action

2.     What Does This Say About The Church?

●      Who or what is the church/body/bride?  (Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 5:25-27)

●      Growing through hearing and doing (Acts 2:42)

●      We herald, defend and support the truth (1 Timothy 3:15)     

 

Several Functions Of The Church (Notice the actions)

1.     The church is to equip the saints for ministry (Ephesians 4:10-12)

2.     The church has a responsibility to care for the poor (1 John 3:17-18, Proverbs 21:13)

3.     Share the gospel and reach the lost (Acts 1:8)

4.     Function as a cohesive and unified body for the glory of the Lord (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

5.     To be lights in a dark world (Matthew 5:14-16, Ephesians 5:8)

6.     Pray for, edify and uphold one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Romans 12:15)

 

●      The church is a collection of hearers who are also doers.  

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Scripture Reading for August 2: Genesis 24

 

A Call To Action Part 1
       (James 1:22)

  

Verse 22

1.    What Does This Say About God

●     Luke 6:46 - Acknowledging the Lord for who He is, a God of action

●     John 14:36 - Requirements are made by God

●     Ephesians 2:8-9 - The God of salvation

●     1 John 1:9 - The God of forgiveness

●     Titus 3:5 - The God of Mercy

●      2 Corinthians 5:17 / Galatians 2:20 - The giver of new life

●     Matthew 4:4 - The God of provision

●     God is a God of action

●     What do our actions say about God?

2.    What does this say about us

●     Matthew 7:15-20 - Are we bearing fruit, how do we know?

●     Momentary stumbles or life of sinful rebellion?

●     Living testimony or walking contradiction? Romans 12:1

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Scripture Reading for July 26, 2020: Hebrews 1

 

The Proper Approach To Scripture
             (James 1:19-21)
 

Verse 19

●     Quick to hear - Put on (Hebrews 10:14, Matthew 11:15, Romans 10:17, Matthew 13:13-15, John 8:47, Psalm 17:4)

●     Slow to speak - Put off (Proverbs 25:28, 2 Timothy 1:7, Proverbs 21:23, Ephesians 4:29)

●     Slow to anger - Put off (Proverbs 14:29, Ephesians 4:31, Colossians 3:8, Psalm 103:8)

Verse 20

●     What then produces the righteousness of God?

●     Our attitude and reaction to scripture should never be anger

●     Reverence has no room for anger

Verse 21

●     Not just put off but put ______

●     Filthiness - Greek ‘rhuparia' means to make _____ or to ________

●     Instead be clean (Psalm 51:10), pure (1 John 3:3), and spotless (2 Peter 3:14)

●     Rampant wickedness - Greek for wickedness ‘kakia' also used for ________     (1 Corinthians 5:8)

●     Received with meekness the implanted word - Received is a passive verb

●     Meekness and humility (Colossians 3:12)

●     Which is able to save your souls - God's word has the power to __________ __________

 

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Scripture Reading for July 19: Genesis 23
 
 

Unchanging God Of Salvation
           
(James 1:16-18)
 

Verse 16

●     Deception is the defining characteristic of Satan

Verse 17

●     Good in Greek ‘agathos' - Gift ‘dosis', is the act of _________

●     Perfect in Greek ‘teleios' - Gift ‘dorema' is the _______ itself

●     Father Of Lights (3 camps of interpretation)

●     God is unchanging

Verse 18

●     4 important truths of salvation

1.    It is God's ______ to save His ________from their ________ (Ephesians 2:8, Ephesians 1:11, Psalm 115:3)

2.    We are ________ in need of _________ (Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23)

3.    We are ______ through the ______ of God's _______, the ________ of Jesus Christ

       (Romans 1:16, John 17:17, John 8:31-32, Hebrews 4:12, Matthew 4:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Timothy 3:15

4.    God's _______ are set ______ for His ______ and His ________ (Deuteronomy 14:2, 1 Peter 2:9)

 

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Scripture Reading for July 12: Philemon 1

 

The Life Cycle Of Sin
         (James 1:13-15)

 

Verse 13

●     Heart produces desire, which manifests into temptation

●     Heart is the core (Matthew 6:21)

●     God does not tempt us (1 Corinthians 10:13)

●     He is not the source but the cure, not the cause but the escape

●     We have to own temptation and sin (Isaiah 59:2)

●     Blaming God is the ______________ of sin

●     Temptation and Christ are antithetical (Matthew 4:10)

Verse 14

●     Individualizing temptation

●     Lured, Satan is an avid fisher of souls (1 Peter 5:8, John 8:44)

1.     ___________ Temptation (Matthew 26:41)

2.    ___________  Temptation / Let us not be a stumbling block (Romans 14:13,

1 Corinthians 8:9,13)

Verse 15

●     The life cycle of sin

●     What defines us?

●     Unresolved sin leads to spiritual death (Romans 6:23, 1 John 3:8)

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Scripture Reading for July 5: Genesis 22
 
 
Crowning Achievement Of God
                      (James 1:12)
 

Verse 12

●     Trials should not be viewed as punishment

●     Crowns are a further expression of the grace that God lavishes on His children

●     Crown - Greek word ‘stephanos' which means _______________________

Crowns

1.     The ____________ Crown

●     1 Corinthians 9:24-25 , everlasting vs. temporal (worldly riches - Matthew 6:19-20)

2.     The Crown of __________

●     1 Thessalonians 2:19

●     We have a reason to rejoice (Revelation 21:4)

3.     The Crown of ____________

●     2 Timothy 4:8 (delighting in His return)

●     __________ Righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21)

●     Glorification (Galatians 5:5)

4.     The Crown of _____________

●     1 Peter 5:1-4 (more specific crown that comes with stricter repercussions - James 3:1)

5.     The Crown of ________

●     Revelation 2:10  

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Scripture Reading for June 28: Titus 3

 

Wellspring Of Wisdom
      (James 1:5-11)

 

Verse 5

●     Wisdom is something we all must seek

●     How do we seek wisdom?  (Philippians 4:6, 1 Kings 3:3-15)

●     Wisdom is from the Lord (Proverbs 2:1-8)

Verse 6

●     How we approach the Lord makes a difference

●     The Lord has given us reason to trust Him and we should be confident in that (1 Corinthians 15:58, 1 Corinthians 16:3, 1 Timothy 3:15)

Verse 7

●     Doubting does not equate to wisdom

Verse 8

●     Double-minded Greek ‘dipsuchos' (dip-so-khos) means _______________

●     Who is this verse talking about?  Believer, unbeliever?  (James 4:8)

Verse 9

●     Lowly Greek ‘tapeinos' (tap-i-nos) meaning _____________

●     What does he have to exalt about?  Unbelievers do not understand this (1 Corinthians 1:18-19)

Verse 10

●     Familiar theme of unfulfillment in the pursuit of riches (Ecclesiastes 5:10)

Verse 11

●     The flesh is weak and the word of God is strong (Isaiah 40:6-8)

 

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Scripture Reading for June 21 - Genesis 21

 

   Faith Test
(James 1:1-4)

 

 

Background

●     Who is the book of James written to? 

●     Chronologically the __________ book in the New Testament

Verse 1

●     Servant (typical epistle verbiage, Gr. doulos - bondservant or slave)

●     12 Tribes (Jew) - Dispersion (scattered through persecution)

Verse 2

●     Trials are good?  (2 Timothy 3:12)

●     Straight forward direct teaching of James

Verse 3

●     Positives of tests/trials/persecution are echoed throughout New Testament

 (1 Peter 4:12-14)

●     Three common realizations we make through trials and tests

1.    (Acts 2:42)    

2.    (Psalm 66:18)

3.    (Proverbs 19:21)

Verse 4

●     Striving for completeness in Christ, a sanctified walk. 

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Scripture for June 14: Titus 2 

The Way Of The Master
   (Matthew 25:14-30)

 

●     Parable Greek ‘Paravoli' meaning _________ (Mark 4:10-12)

●     What are some things that God has entrusted you with?

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●     Good stewardship is God honoring (1 Corinthians 4:2)

●     Servants are to respect and work diligently for their master (1 Peter 2:18)

●     We are servants of God (1 Peter 2:16)

●     Our response in service will look like one of the three servants.  Which one are you?

●     Are there responsibilities and opportunities in your life that you have been squandering?

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Scripture for June 7: Genesis 20

 Bookends Of Grace
    (1 Timothy 6:17-21)

 

Verse 17

●     Potential tendencies associated with wealth - haughty, high-minded, arrogant

●     Hope fixed on riches is of no value (Proverbs 11:28)

●     Trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5)

Verse 18

●     Doing good apart from Christ is impossible (John 15:5, Psalm 16:1-2, Jeremiah 17:9)

●     Goodness happens through the Lord alone (Romans 8:28, Psalm 34:8, Matthew 19:17)

●     The error in selfishness (Mark 10:17-25 the rich young ruler, 1 John 3:17)

Verse 19

●     Good works + right heart motive = wise investment

Verse 20

●     Avoid irreverent babble/vain discussions (1 Timothy 1:6)

●     False knowledge leads to a real hell

Verse 21

●     Pursuing false teachings will lead one further away from the truth

●     God's grace is more than enough (2 Corinthians 9:8)

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We regret that due to technical difficulties, the sermon for May 31st will not be digitally available. 
 
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Scripture for May 24: Genesis 19
 
 
Character Worth Pursuing
        (1 Timothy 6:11)

  

Verse 11

●     ‘O man of God' - unique title Paul gives Timothy

●     Flee these things?  What things?  (1 Timothy 6:3-5, 1 Timothy 6:9-10)

●     List of things to pursue

Righteousness

●     Greek word ‘Dikaiosune' which means ________ of God or the condition that is ____________ to God

●     Righteousness of God (Psalm 11:7)

●     We are made righteous through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9)

●     So how do we pursue righteousness like we see in Proverbs 15:9?

Godliness

●     Honoring God through growing in the image and likeness of Christ (Romans 8:29)

Faith

●     Where does faith come from? (Hebrews 12:2)

●     Faith is made visible through actions

Love  

●     Love drives godly action (1 Timothy 1:5)

●     God loves us, we are to love God as well as others (Romans 5:8,1 John 4:7-8, Matthew 5:44)

●     Importance of love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Steadfastness

●     Greek word ‘hypomone' which means _________, ___________, ___________ 

(2 Thessalonians 3:5)

●     Example in Job (James 5:11)

Gentleness

●     Man up and be known for gentleness (2 Peter 1:5-7, Colossians 3:12-15) 
 
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Scripture for May 17: 2 Timothy 4 

 

Satisfying The Moths
   (1 Timothy 6:6-10)

 

Verse 6 -

●     Godliness and contentment complement each other

●     What makes us content?

●     In Christ we are to be content in every circumstance (Philippians 4:11-13)

Verse 7 -

●     The temporal nature of things

Verse 8 -

●     Contentment in the Lord is harder to find when we can't see past the stuff

Verse 9 -

●     Wrongful pursuit

●     Unhealthy desire of wealth (Ecclesiastes 5:10, Matthew 6:24, Hebrews 13:5)

●     What do we do with the propensity or temptation toward this unhealthy desire? _____ (1 Corinthians 6:!8, Matthew 26:41, 2 Timothy 2:22)

●     How are we tempted?  (James 1:14)

●     How do we overcome? (James 4:7, Psalm 119:33, Galatians 5:16)

Verse 10 -

●     You can't buy peace, joy, or hope

●     The love of money is the core of many problems

●     Choosing a golden idol over God? (sound familiar)

●     A regenerate heart is a one of eternal riches (Matthew 6:19-21)

 

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Scripture Reading for May 10 is Genesis 18. There is no outline this week.

   

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Scripture reading for May 3: 2 Timothy 3

 

Character That Points To The King
         (1 Timothy 5:21-6:2)
 

Verse 21 -

●     Elect - Gr. ‘elektos' meaning _______ ones

●     Israel (Deuteronomy 7:6)

●     Saints (1 Peter 1:9, John 15:16, Ephesians 1:1-5)

●     Fallen angels (2 Peter 2:4)

Verse 22 -

●     The sin of not doing due diligence

Verse 23 -

●     Fermentation for digestion

Verse 24 -

●     Glorifying God in the process

Verse 25 -

●     The nature of sins manifestation

Verse 1 -

●     Bondservant - Gr. ‘doulos' which means ________

●     Honoring God through this service (Ephesians 6:5, Colossians 3:22, Titus 2:9-10)

●     Our conduct should show Christ to others (Philippians 2:12-16)

Verse 2 -

●     Don't take advantage of your brother

 

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Scripture Reading for April 26: Genesis 17

 

An Honor To Serve
(1 Timothy 5:17-20)
 

Verse 17 -

●      Well - Greek ‘kalos' which means _________________

●     An elder/overseer that serves with excellence

●     Honor - Greek ‘time' means to highly value

●     The other meaning to ‘time' has a financial component (Acts 4:34, 1 Corinthians 6:20)

●     Especially those who labor at teaching and preaching (Timothy)

●     Compensation for those who have a life of full time ministry

●     Preaching and teaching even when it isn't popular or well perceived (2 Timothy 4:2)

●     The high cost of teaching and preaching (James 3:1)

Verse 18 -

●     OT reference (Deuteronomy 25:4)

●     NT reference (1 Corinthians 9:9)

●     Ties in with Luke 10:7

Verse 19 -

●      Same protocol as Matthew 18 (Restoration-gaining back your brother)

Verse 20 -

●      The seriousness of sin needs maintained at all times