Wednesday Night Study Guide

Wednesday Night Study Guide

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on October 17, 2018

Sermon Title: Why We’re Here: Becoming Disciples Text: Acts 2:42-47  (ESV) Resources: Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s printable study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) It’s important for churches to ask themselves the question in the sermon title: Why are we here? And it’s important for members of churches to ask themselves a similar question: Why am I a member of this church? What is God doing through this church and…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on October 10, 2018

Sermon Title: And Change the World Text: Acts 3:24-25; 17:6 (ESV) Resources: Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s printable study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) Our theme for 2018 has been “Love God. Love People. Change the World.”This past Sunday we turned our attention to the last of those three descriptions of what we are called to do: Change the World. Few would disagree with the fact that the world is…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on October 3, 2018

Sermon Title: Courage to Walk on the Spiritual Waters of Faith Text: Matthew 14:26-33  (ESV) Resources: Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s printable study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) For anyone to Walk on the Spiritual Waters of Faith, they must have courage . . . Courage is the mental or mortal strength to venture, persevere, withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. In a world full of Hypocrisy, with so many engulfed…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on September 26, 2018

Sermon Title: Walking with Abraham: God’s Test Text: Genesis 22 (ESV) Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s printable study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) In so many ways Abraham’s life has always been moving here. It’s been 40+ years since God first appeared to him, making him the promise about a land, a nation, and a blessing. It’s been 15+ years since the promised son Isaac was born, and Abraham and Sarah…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on September 19, 2018

Sermon Title: Walking with Abraham: Are You Serious? Text: Genesis 17:1-27 (ESV) Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s printable study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) It had been almost a quarter of a century since God promised Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation. Now he’s 99 years old, and (one would think) he’s pretty much given up hope. What 99-year-old man and 89-year-old woman are able to…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on September 12, 2018

Sermon Title: Walking with Abraham: The Ups and Downs of Faith Text: Genesis 16:1-16 (ESV) Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s printable study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) What do we do when we face unfulfilled dreams? When life doesn’t turn out the way we want? When God doesn’t seem to be doing the things that he said he would? Sometimes we “help” God. We do his work for him to “encourage”…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on September 5, 2018

Sermon Title: Walking with Abraham: Faith, not Sight Text: Genesis 13:1-18 (ESV) Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s printable study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) Broadly speaking, we look at the world in two ways: by sight and by faith. Looking by sight is viewing the world around us in an unspiritual way—the way most of the world looks at things. So we make decisions based on what makes us most comfortable,…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on May 30, 2018

Sermon Title: Dead Bones that Live Text: Hebrews Ezekiel 37:1-14(ESV) Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s printable study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) Judah was in a truly desperate situation—exiled in Babylon with no hope of ever getting home (from a human perspective, at least). To illustrate their situation, God took Ezekiel and by the Spirit put him in a valley of dry bones. There was no sign of life in…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on May 23, 2018

Sermon Title: From Calm to Chaos Text: Hebrews 2:14-18 (ESV) Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s printable study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) What should we do when life goes from calm to chaos in an instant? The answer and point of the lesson is this: In our darkest hour we can approach God’s throne of grace with confidence knowing that we will be received not with judgment, but with sympathy and…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on May 16, 2018

Sermon Title: Let the little children come to me Text: Matthew 19:13-15 (ESV) Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s printable study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) In the month of May we’re having a “Train up a Child” campaign—we’re hoping to be able to fill all of our children’s Bible class rotations with teachers through May 2019. In conjunction with this emphasis, we studied the text above. We discussed how children…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on May 9, 2018

Sermon Title: Love People: Do Unto Others Text: Matthew 7:1-12 (ESV) Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s printable study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) Jesus’ command to “love others” is simple and generic and something that obviously most people agree with. We ought to love people, whatever that means. But with this—like with all things—Jesus doesn’t leave us with some sort of ambiguous moral platitude that allows us to love people…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on May 2, 2018

Sermon Title: Ambassadors of God’s Kingdom Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (ESV) Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s printable study guide Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) Nic took Paul’s use of “ambassadors” in 2 Corinthians 5 and illustrated how Christians are ambassadors of God’s kingdom in the world today. Just as different cultures have different values and different ways of prioritizing their values, so God’s kingdom has a structured value system. Christians go…