Jun 5, 2022
Genesis 18-19 “Sodom and Gomorrah”
Series: Apologetics
  • Jun 5, 2022Genesis 18-19 “Sodom and Gomorrah”
    Jun 5, 2022
    Genesis 18-19 “Sodom and Gomorrah”
    Series: Apologetics
  • May 29, 2022Genesis 17 & 21 “God’s Covenant with Abraham: Part 2”
    May 29, 2022
    Genesis 17 & 21 “God’s Covenant with Abraham: Part 2”
    Series: Apologetics
  • May 22, 2022Genesis 15 “God’s Covenant with Abram: Part 1”
    May 22, 2022
    Genesis 15 “God’s Covenant with Abram: Part 1”
    Series: Apologetics
  • May 15, 2022Genesis 13-14 “Abram & Lot”
    May 15, 2022
    Genesis 13-14 “Abram & Lot”
    Series: Apologetics
    Thoughts for Reflection:
    The first section of the book of Genesis chronicles God’s perfect creation of the universe and its subsequent spiral downward following the fall of humanity. Sin’s presence expands ever-outward, eventually infecting and affecting every aspect of the world and the results are disastrous. Yet, even in the midst of it, God is working out His plan of salvation and redemption, the fulfillment of the promise that He made in the Garden to Eve that her offspring would crush the serpent's head.
    When God calls Abram, it marks the beginning of a new movement of God in His redemptive plan. He will use a family and eventually a whole people/nation to eventually bring about His Messiah. Abram responds in obedience and worship, packing up his family and moving to Canaan. That, however, is not the end of Abram. As the “CALLED ONE”, God has chosen Abram to be the fulfillment of His redemptive plan, and now we follow Abram’s life as he tries, in obedience, to choose to trust and follow God.
    Questions to take home:
    1. Read Genesis 12:10-13:18. Contrast the way that Abram acts in Egypt to how he interacts with Lot. What is different? What are the effects of these decisions on Abram and on the people around him?
    2. Lot chooses a land that looks physically good but is woefully full of sin and the impact of that choice is seen for many chapters to come. What are some ways that we are faced with similar choices (benefits at the expense of morals, truths, etc.) in our lives, work, families, education, entertainment, etc. today?
    3. Consider Abram’s response to the victory that he has over the kings that took Lot and plundered the cities where he was living. How does this contrast to the decisions in question 1? How does it show Abram’s priorities and obedience? What can we learn from this?
  • May 8, 2022Genesis 12:1-8 “God Calls Abram”
    May 8, 2022
    Genesis 12:1-8 “God Calls Abram”
    Series: Apologetics
  • May 1, 2022Genesis 10 “One Race: The Human Race”
    May 1, 2022
    Genesis 10 “One Race: The Human Race”
    Series: Apologetics
  • Apr 24, 2022Romans 10 “How Can They Believe If They Have Not Heard?”
    Apr 24, 2022
    Romans 10 “How Can They Believe If They Have Not Heard?”
  • Apr 17, 20221 Corinthians 15:1-8 “Easter: Did it Happen? Does it Matter?”
    Apr 17, 2022
    1 Corinthians 15:1-8 “Easter: Did it Happen? Does it Matter?”
    Series: Apologetics
    Thoughts for Reflection:
    Easter is, without a doubt, the most important day of the Christian year and it marks the most important event in all of history. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross was a once-for-all sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, effective for those who believe in Him and confess Him as their Lord and Savior. It is the Resurrection of Jesus, though, that confirms who Jesus, God’s one and only Son, our Savior, and confirms that His Sacrifice is worthy in God’s sight.
    The natural question that we all face though is fairly obvious: “Did it actually happen?” It isn’t everyday that we see people coming back from the dead… in fact it pretty much isn’t any day that we see that happening. So we are forced to grapple with this question and seek evidence for its happening. As Scripture says, “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” “But,” Scripture follows, “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead!” Scripture says it, people testify to it, and history confirms it. Christ is RISEN!
    Questions to take home:
    1. Have you ever been presented with the question of whether Jesus Christ actually came back from the dead? Think about that for a minute. What would you say to someone who is questioning that?
    2. Read John 3:16-17. What does this say about Jesus’ mission in the world? How is this passage affirmed and confirmed by Jesus’ death? Why, then, is the Resurrection of Jesus so important?
    3. John 20:30-31 says that all of these things are written down so that you may believe. Romans 10:9-13 tell us what we need to do to be saved. If you were to die today and stand before God and He asked you “why should I let you into my heaven?”, what would your answer be? If you have questions or are unsure about how to answer this question, any of our Pastors or Elders would love to talk to you about it!
  • Apr 10, 2022Genesis 11:1-9 “Confusion: Dispersion at Babel”
    Apr 10, 2022
    Genesis 11:1-9 “Confusion: Dispersion at Babel”
    Series: Apologetics
    Thoughts for Reflection:
    Genesis 11 marks the end of the first section of the opening book of the Bible chronicling humanity’s spiral downward from paradise into a world filled with sin. The Tower of Babel is the final corruption is a series that has taken us from the effects of sin in individuals to family, leaders to society, and now finally even to religious practices. Even after the flood, sin’s presence and corrupting influence is like a metastatic cancer in the world leaving nothing uninfected.
    The story of Babel seems very distant from our contemporary context. Towering structures are a fact of life; fame and notoriety are things easily followed from anywhere in the world. We look at them and are quick to judge. Yet the sin of Babel is all too familiar. Pride and presumption are just as easy to fall to today as they were 4,000 years ago. Worse though, can be the religious and idolatrous notions of seeking to reduce and control God or, worse yet, to make a god of ourselves.
    Questions to take home:
    1. What do you think about when you hear the story of the Tower of Babel? Why do you think God took such a great interest in this work of humans? Why was their work so bad?
    2. Why do you think God chose the judgment that He did? What was it’s purpose? Do you think the judgment fits the crime?
    3. How do we participate in our own modern day “Babels”? What are some things in our lives that could act like the tower of Babel in our world? What might our response be to those things?
  • Apr 3, 2022Genesis 9 “God’s Covenant Relationship”
    Apr 3, 2022
    Genesis 9 “God’s Covenant Relationship”
    Series: Apologetics
  • Mar 27, 2022Galatians 5:6 “The Only Thing That Counts”
    Mar 27, 2022
    Galatians 5:6 “The Only Thing That Counts”
  • Mar 20, 2022Genesis 6-9 “The Worldwide Flood”
    Mar 20, 2022
    Genesis 6-9 “The Worldwide Flood”
    Series: Apologetics
    Thoughts for Reflection:
    Almost every culture in the world has, in their history, a story or myth about a worldwide flooding event. Many of them are very similar in nature, though the characters and severity do differ in a variety of ways. Yet, despite this near worldwide agreement of ancient tradition, the story of Noah’s flood has been met with more criticism than most others in the Bible. In fact, nearly 50% of Millennials think that Noah’s Ark is only a myth and did not actually happen. Sadly, this may be due, in large part, to the way we present and portray both the Ark and the Flood in silly drawings, toys, and fairytale-type stories.
    In our Apologetic study of the Bible, we have proceeded on the premise that the Bible is the Absolute Truth of God, the foundation for our faith and life. How then could we approach it as anything but the Truth? And if it is true, could it be possible that there is evidence to support it? The answer is, YES! More important, though, than this question, is what the story of Noah, the Flood, and God’s Goodness points us to as we consider its relationship to God’s greater work of Salvation through Jesus Christ.
    Questions to take home:
    • One of the questions that is commonly asked of the flood narrative is whether it was a local flood or a global flood event. Which one do you think it is? Why do you think that? As you read Genesis 6 and 7, what does the Bible say about the flood that God sent?
    • What does the flood teach us about the character of God? How does it better help us to understand the character of God?
    • The Ark is a beautiful picture of God’s grace, mercy, and salvation. How does the story of Noah’s Ark mirror the greater narrative of salvation history throughout the Bible?
  • Mar 13, 2022Genesis 7-8 “God Saves Noah”
    Mar 13, 2022
    Genesis 7-8 “God Saves Noah”
    Series: Apologetics
  • Mar 6, 2022Genesis 6:5-22 “Catastrophe: The Flood”
    Mar 6, 2022
    Genesis 6:5-22 “Catastrophe: The Flood”
    Series: Apologetics
    Thoughts for Reflection:
    The story of Noah’s Ark is one that even those who have never stepped foot in the church have heard at least once in their lives. It is so familiar and yet rather… obscure. We know the details like a big wooden boat, animals coming two by two, and the rainbow at the end. But as we begin to look at the details of the story, we are plagued with questions and confusion about God’s character, judgment, and the reality of sin in the world.
    As we begin to look at the flood narrative, something we will be doing for the next month, we start by looking at the conditions and context in which this story takes place. We will also see the effect it has on God. Like a parent watching a child make a bad choice, so too is God grieved by the situation and moved to take action against the proliferation of sin in humanity and in the world. All of this, however, is seen in the greater story of redemptive history, pointing to the greater work to bring restoration to His once perfect creation.
    Questions to take home:
    • The story of Noah and the Flood runs parallel with the Story of creation. What connections do you see between these two narratives? Why do you think those connections are there and what do they communicate?
    • How do you understand God’s justice and mercy in this story? Do God’s actions seem justified given the amount of sin that the Bible says was present at that time? What new things about God have you learned from this?
    • Where do you see hints and foreshadowing of God’s redemptive work in this story? How do the contrasts between Noah and the people of His time speak to us? How has God called us to live within/among the worldliness of our day and age?
  • Feb 27, 2022Genesis 6:1-5; Romans 5:12-21 “The Hearts of Mankind”
    Feb 27, 2022
    Genesis 6:1-5; Romans 5:12-21 “The Hearts of Mankind”
    Series: Apologetics
    Thoughts for Reflection: The early chapters in Genesis document the creation, fall, and expansion of humanity on the earth. Along with the increase of the human population comes a marked increase of sin as well. From individuals, to family, and ultimately into the early society that existed, sin’s presence is everywhere and its effects are universally evident. Even as I write these words on Thursday, the evidence of sin in the world is seen all around us and will be seen even more in the days to come as countries are subject to violence and war. In his letter to the church in Rome, Paul points out that sin is a reality, not just that we deal with, but that we are born into. Sin has been passed down from person to person from the time of Adam and Eve. It is an almost inescapable bondage against which we have but one Hope for freedom: Jesus Christ. His love for us, His sacrifice for sin, and the Grace of God the Father provide the Way to true freedom: Salvation by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Questions to take home: Read Psalm 51:5-6. Taking into consideration Romans 5:12-21, how would you describe your understanding of “original sin”? How does the world try to blind us to this truth? Read 1 Corinthians 15. Verses 21-22 make a connection between Jesus, Adam, and the condemnation of sin. How do these verses relate to the Romans 5 passage from today? How would you explain this connection to a non-believer? What are some of your go-to verses to remind you of hope in Jesus Christ? How do they speak to the presence of sin in our lives and in the world around us?