God’s Big Story 23: Judgement Day

16/11/2015

SERMON NOTES: “Judgement Day” – Matthew 25:31-46 (page 995)PPP ICON7

1. WHEN? (The Time of Judgement) Vs 31

2. WHO? (The Extent of Judgement) Vs 32

See also Rev 20:11-12; Rom 14:10-12; Heb 9:27

3. HOW? (The Criterion for Judgement) Vv 34-36, 41-43

See also Matt 7:21-23; Eph 2:8-9; James 2:11

“…justified only by faith in Christ, yet we shall be judged by our works” (Stott)

4. WHAT? (The Result of Judgement) Vs 46

See Jn 5:24; Rom 8:1; 2 Cor 5:10; Matt 13:40-43

“Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Gen 18:25 cf Ps 96:13)

 

Questions for Discussion

1. What should be our reaction to the certainty of Judgement Day?

2. How do we reconcile the teaching of this passage with the fact that we are saved by grace through faith alone?

3. How do you answer those who think that everyone will be saved?

4. Who are we especially called to care for? How and why?

5. What does the Bible teach re rewards & responsibilities in heaven?


God’s Big Story 22: Jesus’ Return

11/11/2015

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A sermon by Ben Burge. Audio is available here

SERMON NOTES: Jesus’ Return: Matthew 24: 29 – 44

Until Christ’s return we should be:

* Waiting (Matthew 24: 29 – 35)

* Watchful (Matthew 24: 36- 44)

* Well-Prepared (Matthew 24: 40-41, 44)

Questions:

1. What should a Christian’s attitude towards the return of Christ be? How does that fit with our own views? Why might this be?

2. What should we do when hear about predicted dates of Jesus’ return? Why is this important?

3. If we are to be well prepared, what might you personally need to make a priority rather than putting off?


God’s Big Story 21: A Letter to Encourage

11/11/2015

“A Letter to Encourage” – 1 Thessalonians chapter 1 (page 1186)

Sermon Audio available here

 

Background – see Acts 17:1-10.

How was Paul to encourage the Thessalonians? Reminded them of:

1. THE SOURCE OF BLESSING (vv 1-2,4)

“In God” (vs 1) and “Chosen” (vs 4) cf. Eph 1:4; 1 Pet 2:9-10

2. THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL (vv 3-6)

Faith, hope and love (vs 3) cf 5:8; 1 Cor 13:13; Heb 10:22-24

3. THE SPREAD OF FAITH (vv 7-9)

Cf Rom 1:8; 15:20

4. THE PROMISE FOR THE FUTURE (vs 10)

Cf 2:19; 3:13; 4:13-18; 5:1-11,23-24

 

Questions to consider

1. Christians are both in the world and in Christ. How should this both encourage us and challenge us? What should be seen in our lives?

2. How can we encourage other Christians, especially those with problems?

3. How did the Thessalonian Christians seek to spread their faith? What would you consider the most effective ways of spreading the Gospel today?

4. What “idols” do we face in the world today, & how can we deal with them?

5. How should we act knowing that one day the risen Jesus is going to return?

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God’s Big Story 20: Jesus’ Church – Acts 2

11/11/2015

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SERMON NOTES: Jesus’ Church (Acts 2:36-47)

Receive (v 36, 39, 40)

 

Respond (v 37-38, 41)

Reorder (v 42-47)

 

Questions for Discussion

1. What does it mean to you that Jesus, who was crucified, is Lord and Christ? (v36)

2. Tell of your experience of the actions required in

verse 38.

3. Of the activities or characteristics of the early Church, what would you like to see in your life? (v42-47)?


God’s Big Story 19: Jesus – Risen

11/11/2015

SERMON NOTES: Luke 24: 1-12 – Jesus is Risen!

Costly devotion:

 

Misplaced devotion:

 

Redirected devotion:

 

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Where and in what ways do people look for God?

Where do the women in Luke 24: 1-12 find confirmation of Jesus’ resurrection?

What is it that convinces them that he has risen from death?


God’s Big Story 18: Jesus Came to Die – Isaiah 53 & Luke 18

11/11/2015

“Jesus came to die” – Luke 18:31-34 (p.1053) & Isaiah 53:3-6 (p.740)

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Sermon Audio unfortunately not available.

 

The Problem of Suffering – see the Book of Job – and Job’s “comforters”

Only understand in the light of Jesus and why He came :

1. THE REJECTION (Isaiah 53:3; John 1:10-11; Luke 18:31-32)

 

2. THE REASON (Isaiah 53:5a,6; 1 Pet 2:24; Gal 3:13; 1 Jn 3:5)

3. THE RESULT (Isaiah 53:5; Luke 18:32-33; John 3:16)

Suffering – do we understand? See Luke 18:34 cf Job 19:25-27

 

Questions for Discussion

1. How would you answer someone who asks you how can you believe in God when there is so much suffering in the world?

2. How can we help people (both practically and spiritually) who face suffering (whether illness, bereavement. etc – or because of their faith)?

3. Who was responsible for Jesus’ death – both at the time and now?

4. Have you ever faced a sense of being rejected – and how did you feel?


God’s Big Story 17: A Promised Saviour – Luke 4.14-21

11/11/2015

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A sermon preached by Todd Mallonée. Audio recording is available here

SERMON NOTES: “Down to Earth”

(a) Verses 14-15 (Setting)

Reputation

(b) Verses 16-20 (Rising Tension)

Declaration

(c) Verses 21-22 (Conflict)

Initiation

Questions for home discussion:

a. Do you delight in Jesus?

b. Do/will you listen to Jesus?

c. Do/will you believe in Jesus?

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