Wednesday Night Study Guide

Wednesday Night Study Guide

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on February 21, 2018

Sermon Title: Trust Changes Everything Text: 2 Kings 18:1-18 Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) This idea permeates Scripture: the basis of our relationship with God—at least on our part—is learning to trust him completely and unreservedly. Most of us struggle at times with doubt, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty: anxiety over a health problem, struggles with relationships, difficulties in child-rearing, doubts about the future…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on February 14, 2018

Sermon Title: Atonement: Covered by the Cross Text: 1 John 1:7-2:2 Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) This was the last sermon in a four-part series on biblical words/themes that help us understand the overall Story of Scripture. The first three were Glory, Holiness, and Covenant, and Sunday’s sermon was on Atonement. “Atonement” is based on a Hebrew word group that has “cover” as…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on February 7, 2018

Sermon Title: Love God. Love People. But How? Text: 1 John 4:7-21 Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) As you know, our theme for 2018 is Love God. Love People. Change the World. That’s easy enough to say, and it’s so obviously taught in Scripture that none of us would argue against its importance. But still, this question remains: we want to do it,…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on January 31, 2018

Sermon Title: God’s Covenant with You Text: Genesis 15:1-21 and Luke 22:14-23 (Please read) Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) At the end of 2017 Chuck preached two sermons on key concepts that help us see the Bible’s storyline more clearly. The first focused on holiness and the second on glory. In this sermon we studied a third idea: covenant. In one sense, a…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on January 24, 2018

Sermon Title: How to Grow a Loving Church Text: Romans 12:9-16 Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?): A study of 39 churches was done once to determine why some churches grow and some don’t. The conclusion? Growing churches have an attitude of love toward one another and toward those outside the church. Dale’s question in this sermon was: How do we grow a loving…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on January 17, 2018

Sermon Title: Love God. Love People. Change the World. Text: Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide. Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?): Every organization…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on January 10, 2018

Sermon Title: Living in Unity and Peace Text: Psalm 133:1-3 Click here to review the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide. Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) David uses two analogies to describe why unity among brothers is both good and pleasant: (1) The anointing oil of the high priests; (2) The dew of Mount Hermon. He tells us that unity “is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard.”…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on January 3, 2018

Sermon Title: Your Identity in Christ Text: 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Click here to review the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide. Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) There’s a tendency for us as Christians to hide the things we’re struggling with, especially the sins that are often considered to be particularly “bad.” In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Paul mentions many “bad” sins that these Christians had formerly practiced: sexual immorality, idolatry, homosexual practices, theft, drunkenness, etc. Many of these…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on December 27, 2017

Sermon Title: Immanuel: God With Us Text: Matthew 1:18-25 Click here to review the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide. Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) The birth of Jesus gets a lot of attention this time of year, and that’s good: Scripture strongly emphasizes it, including a lengthy account in Luke, a shorter one with different details in Matthew, and a deeply theological one in John. When cultures appropriate biblical stories, though—especially with something as commercialized as…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on December 20, 2017

Sermon Title: The Glory of God Text: 1 Corinthians 10:31, 2 Corinthians 3:18 Click here to review the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide. Class Discussion Questions Based on the sermon and the texts used in it, what does it mean to bring glory to God? Think back on the last seven days. How did you bring glory to God in the different spheres of your life? Work? School? In your marriage? With the person you’re dating? With your children?…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on December 6, 2017

Sermon Title: Please, Lord. When, Lord? Text: Isaiah 64:1-12 Click here to review the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide. Tonight’s Discussion Questions In what areas of life do you find it most difficult to wait on God to act? Below are a few possibilities: In the life of your child (faith struggles, rebellion, etc.) With health problems in your life or in someone you love In response to evil in the world (terrorism, violence, etc.; Why doesn’t God punish…