Jul 31, 2022
Genesis 37 “Joseph Becomes a Slave”
Series: Apologetics
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  • Jul 31, 2022Genesis 37 “Joseph Becomes a Slave”
    Jul 31, 2022
    Genesis 37 “Joseph Becomes a Slave”
    Series: Apologetics
  • Jul 24, 2022Genesis 33-34 “Jacob Returns to Canaan”
    Jul 24, 2022
    Genesis 33-34 “Jacob Returns to Canaan”
    Series: Apologetics
  • Jul 17, 2022Genesis 28-31 “Jacob’s Family Grows”
    Jul 17, 2022
    Genesis 28-31 “Jacob’s Family Grows”
    Series: Apologetics
  • Jul 10, 2022Genesis 26-27 “Jacob Steals Isaac’s Blessing”
    Jul 10, 2022
    Genesis 26-27 “Jacob Steals Isaac’s Blessing”
    Series: Apologetics
  • Jul 3, 2022Genesis 25:19-34 “Esau Sells His Birthright”
    Jul 3, 2022
    Genesis 25:19-34 “Esau Sells His Birthright”
    Series: Apologetics
  • Jun 26, 2022Genesis 24 “A Bride for Isaac”
    Jun 26, 2022
    Genesis 24 “A Bride for Isaac”
    Series: Apologetics
  • Jun 12, 2022Genesis 22:1-19 “Abraham’s Test”
    Jun 12, 2022
    Genesis 22:1-19 “Abraham’s Test”
    Series: Apologetics
    Scripture Passages: Genesis 22:1-19; Hebrews 11:17-19 Message Title: Abraham’s Test Thoughts for Reflection: One of the great refrains of the past 2 years has been the desire to “get back to normal”.  People all over the world pushed hard for the return to in-person events, all of the things that we knew before the pandemic shut-downs.  COVID-19 shook everything to its foundation and, if we’re honest, we didn’t like the discomfort that it brought.  Humans are creatures of habit, so the saying goes, and we pined for balance and equilibrium, for the known and the comfortable. Genesis 21 ends with Abraham settling into ‘normal’ life, having Isaac and, for the first time, really seeing the promises of God coming to be in his family.  “Some time later”, the Bible says, all of that changed and Abraham found himself in the middle of a very extreme test from God.  The big question at hand: “Does Abraham love God more than the present/future blessings promised by God?”  Abraham once again mounts the Roller Coaster of life following God’s call in faith, trusting that God would provide, just as He always does. Questions to take home:
    1. The Hebrew word for ‘test’ literally means “to evaluate a quality by stretching it to its limits”.  Have you ever felt like you were going through a test in your life?  What happened?  How did you respond?  What did God teach you through it?
    2. Can you imagine how Abraham must have felt on this three day journey to the place where he thought he would have to kill his son?  Read John 3:16 in this context.  Can you imagine how God must have felt, sending His Son knowing that He would suffer and die?
    3. Read John 21:15.  What is Jesus telling Peter to do here?  How does it relate to this narrative of Abraham’s test?  Read Matthew 28:18-20.  What is Jesus telling His disciples, followers, and us to do here?  How does it relate to this narrative of Abraham’s test?
  • 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 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?