The Gospels: Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16)

August 12, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

Laborers in the Vineyard

Matthew 20:1-16

 

“For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [that is] an householder, which went out early in the morning” (Matthew 20:1)

 

  1. The HOUSEHOLDER goes out

 

“to hire laborers into his vineyard.” (Matthew 20:1)

 

  1. The Householder is looking for LABORERS

 

“And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.” (Matthew 20:2)

 

  1. The OFFER of the gospel is clear

 

“And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; ‘Go also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you.’ And they went their way.” (Matthew 20:3-4)

 

  1. What God has chosen to give you is RIGHT

 

“Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and said unto them, ‘Why do you stand here all the day idle?’ They say unto him, ‘Because no man has hired us. He said unto them, ‘Go also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, [that] shall you receive.’” (Matthew 20:5-7)

 

  1. The un-HIRED ones

 

“So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard said unto his steward, ‘Call the laborers, and give them [their] hire, beginning from the last unto the first.’” (Matthew 20:8)

 

  1. The day of JUSTICE is coming

 

“And when they came that [were hired] about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received [it], they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, ‘These last have wrought [but] one hour, and you have made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.’” (Matthew 20:9-12)

 

  1. Do for the ONE what you wish you could do for everybody

 

“But he answered one of them, and said, ‘Friend, I do you no wrong: did you not agree with me for a penny? Take what is yours, and go your way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?’” (Matthew 20:13-15)

 

  1. Is your God FREE?

 

“Is thine eye evil, because I am good?” (Matthew 20:15)

 

  1. Is your God GOOD?

 

“So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” (Matthew 20:16)

 

  1. God’s JUSTICE is different than ours

 

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  1. Begin studying - An Awkward Request - Mark 10:35-45
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Follow-up Discussion Questions

  1. How does it change the mindset of evangelism to know the “householder” goes out to hire laborers?
  2. How do we keep a healthy balance between resting in the grace of God and keeping the mindset of a laborer in the vineyard?
  3. What is the gospel? If somebody asked you to share the gospel with them right now, what would you say?
  4. Why is comparing ourselves to others (successes, finances, family, relationship with God) dangerous?
  5. Why is operating on the basis of “fairness” limiting?
  6. Where do you struggle with being content with what God has seen fit to give you?
  7. Is your God free?
  8. Is your God good?
  9. How is God’s justice different than ours?
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The Gospels: The Rich Young Ruler - Matthew 19:16-26; Mark 10:17-27; Luke 18:18-27

August 9, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

Rich Young Ruler

Matthew 19:16-26; Mark 10:17-27; Luke 18:18-27

 

And, behold, when he was gone forth into the way, a certain ruler came running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may receive by inheritance eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16; Mark 10:17; Luke 18:18)

 

  1. Great QUESTION … I think
    1. Good “teacher”
    2. What “good thing” shall I do
    3. That I might “receive by inheritance” eternal life

 

And he said unto him, “Why do you call me good? [There is] none good but one, [that is], God:“ (Matthew 19:17)

 

  1. Only God can CALL you good

 

“but if you want to come into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:17)

 

  1. God is no respecter of PERSONS

 

He said unto him, “Which?” (Matthew 19:18)

 

  1. Avoiding the QUESTION

 

Jesus said, “You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, you shall not defraud, Honor your father and your mother: and, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 19:18-19; Mark 10:19)

 

  1. An interesting ADDITION

 

The young man said unto him, “All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?” Then Jesus beholding him unconditionally loved him, and said unto him, “If you want to be perfect, there is one thing you lack.” (Matthew 19:20-21; Mark 10:21)

 

  1. If you want to be PERFECT

 

“Go [and] sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven:” (Matthew 19:21)

 

  1. I didn’t SIGN up for that

 

 

“and come, take up the cross [and] follow me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he was sad and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. (Matthew 19:21-22; Mark 10:21)

 

  1. The call to POVERTY

 

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.” And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again, and said unto them, “Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! And again I say unto you, ‘It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.’” (Matthew 19:23-24; Mark 10:24)

 

  1. RESEARCH before you pass it on

 

When his disciples heard [it], they were exceedingly amazed, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:25-26)

 

  1. The REAL question

 

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  1. Begin studying - Laborers in the Vineyard - Matthew 20:1-16
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  1. Why was the question of the Rich Young Ruler “misguided” at best?
  2. Biblically speaking, is there such a thing as a “good person?” Why or why not?
  3. If Jesus were to speak to you, what things might he know about you that you don’t want anybody to know about? (For private reflection)
  4. How does Jesus deal differently with “sinners” than those who want to be “perfect?”
  5. How do we know which commands and principles to apply when reading Scripture and which ones are not meant for us?
  6. How is the call to follow Jesus a call to poverty? What have you had to give up in order to follow Jesus?
  7. Why is passing on mis-information about Jesus and the Bible harmful?
  8. Why is it hard for those who have a lot in this world to follow Jesus?
  9. Why should we focus on questions like “Why does anybody end up in heaven?” rather than “Why do bad things happen to good people?” or “How can a loving God send anybody to hell?”
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The Gospels: Marriage, Divorce, Singleness, Gender

July 29, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

Marriage, Divorce, Singleness, Gender

Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12

 

And it came to pass, [that] when Jesus had finished these sayings, he arose from there, departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan; And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there. The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, “Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?” And he answered and said unto them, “What did Moses command you?” (Matthew 19:1-3; Mark 10:1-3)

 

  1. What’s your view on DIVORCE, Jesus?

 

And he answered and said unto them, “Have you not read,” (Matthew 19:4)

 

  1. Have you not READ?

 

“that he which made [them] at the beginning of creation made them male and female,” (Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6)

 

  1. There is no GENDER or MARRIAGE without creation

 

And said, “For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, (Matthew 19:5)

 

  1. LEAVE

 

and shall cleave to his wife: (Matthew 19:5)

 

  1. CLEAVE

 

and the two shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:5)

 

  1. REPRESENT

 

“Wherefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:6)

 

  1. SECURE

 

And they said, “Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?” He said unto them, “Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” (Matthew 19:7-8)

 

  1. Divorce isn’t the UNFORGIVABLE sin

 

And I say unto you, “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery: and whoso marries her which is put away commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:9)

 

And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same [matter]. And he said unto them, “Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, commits adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she commits adultery.” (Mark 10:10-12)

 

  1. But it is still SIN, and is caused by SIN

 

His disciples said unto him, “If the case of the man be so with [his] wife, it is not good to marry.” But he said unto them, “All [men] cannot receive this saying, save [they] to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from [their] mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive [it], let him receive [it].” (Matthew 19:10-12)

 

  1. Being SINGLE is good too

 

 

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  1. Do you struggle with the Bible’s teaching on:
    1. Marriage
    2. Divorce
    3. Gender
    4. Creation
  2. Why is Scripture our only perfect guide for faith and conduct?
  3. In your marriage (relationships), do you struggle most with leaving, cleaving, or securing?
  4. Was marriage as a representation of the nature of God and his plan of salvation a new concept for you?
  5. Why is it important to not make singleness, marriage, divorce or gender the central issue or unforgivable sin when talking to unbelievers?
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Was Creation “Good,” But Not Perfect? - Response to Paul Copan on Unbelievable Podcast

July 29, 2017

Paul Copan, in answering a skeptic's issues with the biblical account of the Fall on the Unbelievable podcast, discussed how creation was called "good" by God, but that doesn't mean it was perfect. That doesn't mean there wasn't death of both animals and humans. It doesn't mean that was the end all of existence. In fact, Paul quotes N.T. Wright as teaching that if Adam died, he would have gone to Paradise like everybody else. 

But is all of that true? What does the Bible mean when it uses the word "good?" What are the thoological ramifications of death before the Fall? How then can Revelation use "Edenic" language to refer to heaven? 

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The Gospels: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

July 22, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Luke 18:9-14

 

And he spake this parable with regard to certain people (Luke 18:9)

 

  1. How CLOSELY do you read God’s word?
    1. Did he speak “to” certain people, or “about” certain people?
    2. Show me your view of the Bible and I will show you how effective it will be in your life
      1. Genesis 1-11 - Pre-scientific?
      2. Biblical Prophecy - apocryphal
      3. Heaven and hell - metaphorical
      4. Contradictions or no contradictions?
      5. Culture of the day or relevant to us?
    3. Do you take the Bible “seriously?”
    4. I have found that nothing is in the Bible by accident
      1. Numbers
      2. Colors
      3. Names
      4. Symbols
    5. The deeper you dig, the more you will find
      1. Prepositions

 

And he spake this parable with regard to certain people which trusted in themselves, trusting that they were righteous, and despised others: (Luke 18:9)

 

  1. PRIDE or DESPAIR

 

“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed this way with regard to himself,” (Luke 18:10-11)

 

  1. WHO are you praying to?
    1. Does your God speak Elizabethan English?
    2. Does your God only respect the prayers of the Puritans?
    3. Does your God only answer prayers said having the right posture?
    4. Is your God only pleased if you say what he wants to hear?
    5. Are you praying for the benefit of others around you?
    6. Are you only interested in material answers to prayer?

“God, I thank you, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.” (Luke 18:11)

 

  1. Except by the GRACE of God go I
    1. There’s one sense in which this is not a bad prayer
      1. The heart behind the prayer makes all the difference
    2. When you see a good man seek to emulate him. When you see a bad man, thank God for his grace

 

“I fast twice per Sabbath,” (Luke 18:12)

 

  1. The role of FASTING

 

Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? [is it] to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes [under him]? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? [Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? [Is it] not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when you see the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? (Isaiah 58:5-7)

 

Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which sees in secret, shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:16-18)

 

So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. (Luke 17:10)

 

“I give tithes of all that I possess.” (Luke 18:12)

 

  1. The role of TITHING
    1. Leviticus 27

 

But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. (Luke 11:42)

 

    1. The Pharisee presents his resume before God, and you can almost hear God, Jesus and the prophets sigh simultaneously saying, “Who cares?”

 

“And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner.’” (Luke 18:13)

 

  1. What God is LOOKING for
    1. Depart from me, I am a sinful man - Luke 5 - Peter
    2. I am not worthy - Luke 7 - Centurion
    3. Have mercy on us - Luke 17 - 10 lepers
    4. Tax Collector
      1. Stands at a distance
      2. Can’t bring himself to look up in God’s direction
      3. “God be merciful to me a sinner”
    5. From this sinner came the same response as the likes of Isaiah, Daniel, Ezra, etc…
    6. This man’s response is the blank slate that becomes an awesome resume that God writes

 

“I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other:” (Luke 18:14)

 

  1. JUSTIFIED
    1. The difference between these two
      1. The Pharisee declared himself and thought himself to be righteous
      2. The Tax Collector was actually declared righteous by God
    2. What does justification mean?
      1. the legal and formal acquittal from guilt by God as Judge
      2. Not guilty
      3. Paid in full
        1. The payment was Jesus
          1. Redemption
          2. Propitiation
    3. The larger picture
      1. Justification - freedom from the penalty of sin
      2. Sanctification - freedom from the power of sin
      3. Glorification - freedom from the presence of sin

 

for every one that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted. (Luke 18:14)

 

  1. Don’t play the GAME

 

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  1. Begin studying - Divorce - Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12
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  1. How does our belief and approach toward God’s word alter it’s effectiveness in our lives?
  2. How does religion lead to pride or despair? What difference does grace make?
  3. In what ways does the way we pray reveal our beliefs about God?
  4. Do you believe that you are capable of any and every sin? Why or why not?
  5. Why was the Pharisee not justified before God?
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The Gospels: As in the Days of Noah and Lot

July 15, 2017

Sermon Notes

Pastor Jason Oakes

Emmanuel Baptist Church

July 16, 2017

 

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

As in the Days of Noah and Lot

Matthew 24:36-44; Luke 17:20-37

 

 

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of God comes not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21)

 

  1. An earth-shattering STATEMENT

 

“But of that day and hour knows no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, not even the Son, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32)

 

  1. Why didn’t Jesus KNOW?

 

And he said unto the disciples, “The days will come, when you shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you shall not see [it]. And they shall say to you, ‘See here; or, see there: go not after [them], nor follow [them].’” (Luke 17:22-23)

 

  1. False CHRIST

 

For as the lightning, that lights out of the one [part] under heaven, shines unto the other [part] under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.” (Luke 17:24)

 

  1. RAPTURE vs. second COMING
    1. Rapture
      1. Christ comes in the air
      2. Only his own see him
      3. Prior to wrath
      4. Can happen at any moment

 

    1. Second Coming
      1. Christ comes to the earth
      2. Every eye shall see him
      3. After wrath
      4. Scheduled and precise

“But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.” (Luke 17:25)

 

  1. Stealing their THUNDER

 

“But as the days of Noah [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:37-39)

 

  1. The days of NOAH

 

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they [were] fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were nephilim in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare [children] to them, the same [became] mighty men which [were] of old, men of renown. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repents me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6:1-8)

 

“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” (Luke 17:28-30)

 

  1. The days of LOT

 

And the men said unto Lot, “Do you have any here besides yourself? Son in law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whatsoever you have in the city, bring [them] out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.” And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, “Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city.” But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, “Arise, take your wife, and your two daughters, which are here; lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city.” And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. (Genesis 19:12-16)

 

“In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife.” (Luke 17:31-32)

 

  1. Don’t look BACK

 

And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, “Escape for your life; look not behind you, neither stay in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed” …. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:17, 26)

 

“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Then shall two men be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two [women shall be] grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord comes. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ready also: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes.” (Matthew 24:40-44; Luke 17:33-36)

 

  1. RAPTURE or JUDGMENT

 

And they answered and said unto him, “Where, Lord?” And he said unto them, “Wheresoever the body [is], there will the eagles be gathered together.” (Luke 17:37)

 

  1. NEAR and FAR
    1. Possible interpretations
      1. The judgments of God fall where they are needed
      2. Where there is the most guilt and wickedness - Eagles gather where there is a prey
      3. Christ’s glorious coming at the judgment
      4. Romans coming to destroy Jerusalem in AD 70 - Eagle symbol of Rome
        1. The proverb has a far wider significance, and is illustrated by the rush of avenging forces whenever the life of a nation has fallen into dissolution and decay.
      5. Rapture - Body is Christ; Eagles are the church
      6. Harvest - Eagles are interchangeable with angels
    2. Seeing two sets of mountains in the distance

 

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  1. Begin studying - Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican - Luke 18:9-14
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  1. What is the significance of Jesus saying the Kingdom of God is “within” you?
  2. Do you understand the distinction between Jesus’ statements as a man while remaining fully God?
  3. How can we spot a false Christ?
  4. What are your beliefs regarding the rapture and Second Coming? Do you have questions regarding this?
  5. How does our day compare to the days of Noah and Lot? How do we as individuals compare with Noah and Lot?
  6. How can we keep from looking back? How can we keep our eyes looking forward?

 

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The Gospels: Gratefulness

July 9, 2017

 

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

Gratefulness

Luke 17:5-19

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  1. Begin studying - As in the Days of Noah and Lot - Matthew 24:36-44; Luke 17:20-37
  2. Pray for an opportunity to invite a friend to church or share the gospel with them

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  1. Is the concept of praying for God to increase your faith, desire, love, hope, etc… a new concept, or a familiar one?
  2. How do we keep a proper balance in our prayer life and perspective between “Everything is possible ….. within God’s will”
  3. From the last few weeks: How do we keep a proper balance between our relationship with God as “son” and “servant?” 
  4. Why is doing things out of “duty” a bad thing?
  5. How does mercy and grace keep us from going down the road of entitlement?
  6. How can we become better at thanking God and people?

1.  You impose unrealistic demands onto your family, children, friends, acquaintances, lovers, employees, and/or employers.

 

2.  You tend to feel sorry for yourself if things don’t work out the way you wanted (self-pity), and openly advertise this in melodramatic, attention-seeking ways.

 

3.  People have called you a “bully”, “manipulative”, “ruthless”, “egotistical”, “vain”, or a “liar”.

 

4.  You believe that you deserve happiness and go to great, sometimes extreme lengths to ensure that happens, often at the expense of others.

 

5.  You punish people when they don’t do what you want either passively (e.g. silent treatment, gossiping, spreading rumors) or aggressively (e.g. shouting, verbally/physically abusing).

 

6.  In order to “succeed” in life, you believe in going to any lengths.

 

7.  You constantly see other people as competition or “threats”.

 

8.  You tend to exhibit many double-standards in the way you behave/interact with other people, e.g. I can be late and forget my duties and commitments, but YOU can’t; I can treat myself, but YOU can’t; I can abuse or disrespect you, but YOU can’t.

 

9.  You tend to take more than you give in friendships and relationships.

 

10.  You tend to look out for yourself, your needs and desires more than anyone else almost 100% of the time.

 

11.  You have a hard time negotiating or compromising.

 

12.  You have a deep-seated conviction that you have priority and should always come first, even at the expense of stepping on others.

 

13.  People always seem to be offended or upset by what you do or say.

 

14.  You generally think that you are better, or more important, than other people and other people should see this and unquestioningly respect you.

 

15.  You crave admiration and adoration.

 

16.  You like to assert your dominance or superiority over other people, finding it second nature.

 

      1. The power of “thank you”
        1. People are 50% more likely to offer more help
        2. Directly tied to how somebody feels about their relationship with you
        3. Motivates
        4. Creates good will
        5. Makes peace
        6. Solidifies love and commitment
      2. The Thanker
        1. Produces positive emotional state
        2. Increases sense of well being
        3. Triggers ‘feel good’ hormones
        4. Re-enforces virtuous cycle in your brain
      3. The Thankee
        1. Feels higher levels of self worth
        2. Triggers greater desire to help Thanker
        3. Triggers helpful behaviors toward others
        4. Appreciate being needed
        5. Feel more socially valued
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The Gospels: Rich Man and Lazarus

July 1, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

Rich Man and Lazarus

Luke 16:19-31

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  1. Begin studying - Gratefulness - Luke 17:5-19
  2. Pray for an opportunity to invite a friend to church or share the gospel with them

Follow-up Discussion Questions

  1. True or false, and why? “This is not a parable”
  2. Do you understand the distinction between Hades/Sheol and Gehenna/Heaven?
  3. Do you understand the distinction between Abraham’s Bosom and “the place of torment” in Hades/Sheol?
  4. Let’s have an honest discussion about the concept of “torment” and “flames” in connection with “the place of torment” in Hades/Sheol and Gehenna.
  5. True or false, and why? “There is no salvation after death”
  6. Why is a proper belief about the afterlife important as a Christian?
  7. Why is a fascination with the dead harmful to your Christian life?
  8. True or false, and why? “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

 

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The Gospels: A Lesson in Stewardship

June 24, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

A Lesson in Stewardship

Luke 16:1-15

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  1. Begin studying - The Rich Man and Lazarus - Luke 16:19-31
  2. Pray for an opportunity to invite a friend to church or share the gospel with them

Follow-up Discussion Questions

  1. What does it mean to be a steward?
  2. What are we a steward over?
  3. How do you feel you are doing as a steward?
  4. How can we as a church help you in your stewardship?
  5. What do you think of Jesus’ use of this parable to teach stewardship?
  6. What can we learn and apply from this parable of the unjust steward?
  7. How can we grow in our faithfulness “now?”
  8. What is the proper balance between watching your wallet and watching your heart?

 

 

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