From the Archives! Luke Sermon Manuscripts: Luke 9:21 and 22

I like reading sermon manuscripts! So, I thought it might be helpful for some if I shared some various manuscripts of messages I have preached from time to time. Now, I am not going to do the work of editing … Continue reading From the Archives! Luke Sermon Manuscripts: Luke 9:21 and 22

Titus Study Guides #1

Getting Started: 1. Read Titus 1:1-4. What one truth stands out to you from this passage? 2. Think about the word Savior. What does it mean to call someone a Savior? Can you think of a good synonym for the word Savior? Who does Titus call our Savior? What does calling Him our Savior say about us? Why do you need a Savior? The Big Idea: The goal of our study together is to be more deeply impressed by the fact that God is our Savior. Unfortunately, all too often, we take the great salvation He has provided for us … Continue reading Titus Study Guides #1

Titus: A Study Guide

Titus 1:1-4 1. What is the author doing in this portion of Scripture? How would you describe what is happening here? 2. There are three components to this section. 1. The author 2. The person being written to and 3. A greeting. Which of these three components receives the most attention? 3. Who is the author? What are some of the things you know about him from your study of Scripture? What does Paul say about himself here? 4. Compare what Paul says about himself here with the greetings in 1 and 2 Timothy. What are some of the similarities? … Continue reading Titus: A Study Guide

How to Get the Most from the Bible

We recently went on our first “mens” retreat as a church. It was a fantastic time, talking about how to benefit from the Bible. I thought I could pass along the study guide we handed out in case it would be of help to anyone. Aims of the Weekend * To help you learn basic principles for interpreting the Scripture competently. * To help you develop a great love for God and His Word. * To give a plan for understanding and applying God’s Word to your everyday life. Why do I need to learn how to study the Bible? … Continue reading How to Get the Most from the Bible

1 Peter 1:17 Outline and Thought Questions

1 Peter 1:17ff Theology Makes a Difference Part Three          1.        What we believe should make a difference on the way we look to                        the  future.  v.13                  “Be hopeful”          2.         What we believe should make a difference on the way we live in                         the present.  v.14-16          “Be holy”  In verse 17 and following we will see:          3.         It should make a difference on the way we feel about                      … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:17 Outline and Thought Questions

1 Peter 1:14-16 Outline and Thought Questions

Theology Makes A Difference! part two In verses 1-12 Peter launches into theological orbit discussing doctrines such as election, foreknowledge, regeneration, perseverance of the saints, the relationship between the Old Testament and the New, and even angelology.  In verse 13 and following he comes hurtling down to earth showing us the difference this theology should make on our lives. 1.            It has got to make a difference on the way we look to the future. v. 13 We need to fix our hope in the grace to be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 2.            It has … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:14-16 Outline and Thought Questions

1 Peter 1:1 and 2 part two

Peter gives us a second key phrase to help us understand what is happening in our lives. It’s found toward the end of verse 1. We are chosen. We are rejected by this world, yes.  But two, we have been selected by the ruler of the universe. 2.   Being a Christian means being selected. Peter writes, “To those who reside as aliens…who are chosen…” Which is a fair translation as long as you understand that in the original the word chosen isn’t so far from the word for aliens.  It in fact describes it.  We are chosen strangers. When we … Continue reading 1 Peter 1:1 and 2 part two