Summer Playlist a Series on the Psalms

7/23/17 Sermon Questions

SUMMER PLAYLIST – Week 8

Psalm 27

Life Group Questions:
  • What are the circumstances in my life that are most likely to distract me from my future?
  • How can I look at those circumstances from a Heavenly perspective?
  • How do you find safety and refuge in God?
  • From Pastor Luke’s sermon, how can you wait on the Lord? What does that look like?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

OVERCOMING FEAR:

  1. EXAMINE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES FROM A HEAVENLY PERSPECTIVE. (Psalm 27:1-6)

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?  When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. – Psalm 27:1-6

 

  1. SURRENDER YOUR FEARS TO AN EVER-PRESENT HEAVENLY FATHER. (Psalm 27:7-10)

Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. 10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. – Psalm 27:7-10

 

  1. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE PRESENT WILL BRING, BUT CHRIST IS MY FUTURE. (Psalm 27:11-14)

11 Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. 12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. 13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:11-14

Summer Playlist a Series on the Psalms

7/16/17 Sermon Questions

SUMMER PLAYLIST – Week 7

Psalm 146

Life Group Questions:
  • Share a time this week that you reacted without thinking.
  • How have you focused on the eternal this week? How can you do that this coming week? (reference Psalm 146: 1-4)
  • Pastor Luke said, “There is no greater thief to joy, than comparing ourselves with someone else, and there is no greater fullness of joy than celebrating our life in Christ.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  • Pastor Luke shared this thought, “During his ministry on earth, Jesus revealed God’s love by helping people who were hungry, sick, crippled, blind, bowed down, and otherwise unable to help themselves.” How are we following His example?
  • How can you improve to continue God’s work in your vocation?

 Recap of previous weeks in the sermon series:

  • Psalm 1 – When we’re connected to God’s Word and other followers of Christ, we’ll have what we need when we need it.
  • Psalm 51 – As followers of Christ, we need to value what God values.
  • Psalm 46 – God is… in those times of difficulties, we need to remember that God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.
  • Psalm 15 – How are we living the Christian life that Christ has called us to live? How are we measuring up to God’s greatness?
  • Psalm 19 – David asking… How big is your God?
  • Psalm 23 – A Psalm that is all about the Shepherd, not the valleys.
Sermon Notes and Scripture:

TWO WAYS TO LIVE A LIFE OF PRAISE:

  1. A LIFE OF PRAISE FOCUSES ON THE ETERNAL, NOT THE TEMPORARY. (Psalm 146:1-6) 

Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes,  in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—he remains faithful forever. – Psalm 146:1-6

 

  1. A LIFE OF GRATITUDE CONTINUES GOD’S WORK. (Psalm 146:7-10)

He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free, 8the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, 

the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. 10 The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord. – Psalm 146:7-10

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, – Luke 4:18

19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” – Galatians 2:19-21

 

FINAL THOUGHT:

SALVATION CHANGES BOTH OUR DESTINATION AND VOCATION.

 

Summer Playlist a Series on the Psalms

7/9/17 Sermon Questions

SUMMER PLAYLIST – Week 6

Psalm 23

Life Group Questions:
  • Read Psalm 23:1. Allow that verse to sink in a moment. How does that truth fuel your faith?
  • Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you thought God was punishing you, but in retrospect He was really protecting you?
  • Pastor Luke shared about why sheep do not like to go to water. What limitations or weakness is God taking into account for you right now, and gently leading you through?
  • What do you know about God and His will for your life? How well do you know the Word of God?
  • How have you sensed the Shepherd leading you?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:

KEY THOUGHT: THIS IS NOT A PSALM ABOUT VALLEYS; IT’S A PSALM ABOUT THE SHEPHERD!

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. Psalm 23:1

  1. SOME FRUSTRATION AND CONFUSION. (Psalm 23:2)  He makes me lie down in green pastures.
  2. TO BE LED GENTLY. (Psalm 23:2b)  He leads me beside quiet waters.
  3. A BLESSING NOT A BEATING. (Psalm 23:3a)  He refreshes my soul.

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

  1. TO BE LED CLEARLY. (Psalm 23:3b) He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6

33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33

  1. EVERY VALLEY TO EVENTUALLY LEAD TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP. (Psalm 23:4-6)

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 

Summer Playlist a Series on the Psalms

7/2/17 Sermon Questions

SUMMER PLAYLIST – Week 5

Psalm 19

 Life Group Questions:

  • How would you answer the question that Pastor Luke posed in his sermon, “How big is your God?”
  • Where in nature do you sense the presence of God? (the beach, the woods, by a lake?)
  • What area of your life do you need to acknowledge the greatness of our God?
  • Where do you need to be reminded that no matter what you’re going through God is bigger than that?
  • As a group read through Psalm 19. What stands out to you?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

DAVID’S THREE CONCLUSIONS REGARDING:

 NATURE:

  1. A CREATION ALWAYS REVEALS SOMETHING ABOUT ITS CREATOR. (Ps. 19:1-6)   

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course . It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.

 Isaiah writes about the creator in 40:12-15  

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? 13 Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counselor? 14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding? 15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.

 WORD:

  1. OUR GOD HAS A WORD THAT IS: (Ps. 19:7-11)
  • PERFECT
  • TRUSTWORTHY
  • RIGHT

 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

 HUMANITY:

  1. OUR GOD LOVES AND REDEEMS. (Ps. 19:12-14)   

12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Summer Playlist a Series on the Psalms

6/25/17 Sermon Questions

SUMMER PLAYLIST – Week 4

Psalm 15

Life Group Questions:
  • Pastor Luke preached last week on being still and knowing that God is God. Have you practiced that discipline over the last week?
  • Pastor Luke defined being blameless like this, “Blameless does not mean that we are sinless. Instead it means that there is soundness of character, integrity, and complete loyalty to God.” Who in your life would you describe like this? Why?
  • Share with the group one way you have learned to control your tongue.
  • Are people in your life able to rely on your word when you give it? (family, friends, church, work)
  • How can we as a life group love and serve the helpless?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:

THREE QUESTIONS WORTH ASKING:

  1. DO MY WORDS LIFT UP OR TEAR DOWN? (Psalm 15:2-3)

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?   Psalm 15:1

The one whose walk is blameless who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others;   Psalm 15:2-3

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. – James 1:26

 

  1. DO I DO WHAT I SAY I’M GOING TO DO? (Psalm 15:4)

who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts.   Psalm 15:4

12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.   James 5:12

 

  1. DO I LOVE AND SERVE THE HELPLESS? (Psalm 15:5)

who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.   Psalm 15:5

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’   Matthew 25:44-45

Summer Playlist a Series on the Psalms

6/18/17 Sermon Questions

SUMMER PLAYLIST – Week 3

Psalm 46; 2 Kings 18-19

Life Group Questions:
  • Pastor Luke shared that sometimes we have great intentions of starting something, and don’t finish. (he shared about journaling) Is there a time in your life that this has been true for you?
  • Read 2 Kings 18:28-35. Can you think of anyone that has ridiculed God like this commander is doing?
  • What was your response? What was Hezekiah’s response?
  • What are the things in your life that are tempting you to give up hope?
  • In your life, where are you able to confidently say: “God is?”
  • Now knowing the context of the verse, “Be still and know that I am God,” (Psalm 46:10) how does that change your perspective?
Sermon Scripture and Notes:

28 Then the commander stood and called out in Hebrew, “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria! 29 This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you from my hand. 30 Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’

31 “Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, 32 until I come and take you to a land like your own—a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey. Choose life and not death!

“Do not listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’ 33 Has the god of any nation ever delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria? 34 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivvah? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand? 35 Who of all the gods of these countries has been able to save his land from me? How then can the Lord deliver Jerusalem from my hand?”2 Kings 18:28-35

 

1 When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the temple of the Lord. He sent Eliakim the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary and the leading priests, all wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. They told him, “This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength to deliver them. It may be that the Lord your God will hear all the words of the field commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, has sent to ridicule the living God, and that he will rebuke him for the words the Lord your God has heard. Therefore pray for the remnant that still survives.”2 Kings 19:1-4

 

14 Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God.

17 “It is true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. 18 They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. 19 Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God.”2 Kings 19:14-19

 

35 That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.2 Kings 19:35-36

 

GOOD NEWS:
1. GOD IS.  (Psalm 46:1)  

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

BAD NEWS:
2. LIFE WILL BRING STORMS AND REASONS TO FEAR. (Psalm 46:2-3)

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 MOVING FORWARD:
3. DON’T LET THE PRESENT STORMS BLIND YOU FROM YOUR PAST AND YOUR FUTURE. (Psalm 46:8-11) 

Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 

Summer Playlist a Series on the Psalms

6/11/17 Sermon Questions

6/11/17  Sermon Questions

SUMMER PLAYLIST – Psalm 51 –  Week 2

Life Group Questions:

  • What do you value in a relationship? (i.e. friendship, marriage)
  • Why would God’s mercy have been so significant to David?
  • What did Josh say was the root of our sin problem? Do you agree or disagree?
  • A question that we need to ponder is do you have intimacy with God? What is the temperature of that relationship? Are you firing on all cylinders? Are you in a season where you are incredibly intimate? If not, why not?
  • A really important question we can ask ourselves is, what hinders me from being honest? Is it pride? Is it appearance?
  • What are you valuing right now in your life? Are the things you are valuing the same as those that God values?

Sermon Notes:

  1. A pure heart is an undivided heart.
  2. Intimacy only comes with honesty.
  3. Being fully known and loved by God, inspires us to share what God has done in our lives.

Psalm 51

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth,

sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Summer Playlist a Series on the Psalms

6/4/17 Sermon Questions

SUMMER PLAYLIST – Psalm 1 – Week 1

Life Group Questions: 

  • In his sermon, Pastor Luke talked about the natural progression of relationships- walking, standing and finally sitting. Have you ever thought of relationships with the ungodly in terms of this progression?
  • What does that mental picture change for you and how you look at your relationships?
  • Who do you go to in your life for wise counsel?
  • Read the “Key Thought” of the sermon. Do you agree or disagree? How have you seen this to be true in your life?
  • Re-read the passages of Scripture from this sermon. What kind of person do you want to become?

Sermon Notes:

 KEY THOUGHT:  IF WE’RE CONNECTED TO GOD’S WORD AND OTHER CHRISTIANS, WE’LL HAVE WHAT WE NEED WHEN WE NEED IT.

 Psalm 1 is a wisdom psalm and it focuses on God’s Word, and God’s blessing on those who obey and meditate on it, vs. God’s judgement on those who rebel against it. 

 

  1. DOING WHAT OTHERS DO WILL GET YOU WHERE OTHERS ARE. (Ps.1:1)

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. – Proverbs 13:20

 

  1. DOING WHAT GOD SAYS WILL GET YOU AN ABUNDANT LIFE. (Ps. 1:2)

2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his Law day and night. – Psalm 1:2

indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. – Proverbs 2:3-11

 

  1. A LOVE FOR AND OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD PRODUCES FRUIT IN OUR LIVES. (Ps. 1:3-6)

3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction– Psalm 1:3-6

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. – John 15:1-9

5/28/17 Sermon Questions

MISSION POSSIBLE | WHY?

Acts 1:1-11;  Matthew 28:19-20

Life Group Questions:

  • Pastor Luke asked us to practice telling our story. Please take time as a life group to share your personal testimonies with one another.
  • Imagine the time the disciples spent with Christ in between His resurrection and His ascension. It says in Acts 1:3 that he gave them many “convincing proofs” that He was alive. Why do you think He did this?
  • Look at the text for the disciple’s response when Jesus ascended into Heaven. What do you think your response would have been?
  • How often do you think about the Lord’s return?
  • Pastor Luke said, “We should be ready for his sudden return, not by standing around “staring at the sky,” but by working hard to share the Good News so that the others will be able to share in God’s great blessings.” How are you doing that? How could you be doing that?

 Sermon Scriptures:

1) I BELIEVE IN, AND HAVE LIFE BECAUSE OF THE RISEN CHRIST.  (Acts 1:1-5)

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 1:1-5

2) WE ARE TO: GO AND TELL OTHERS ABOUT THE HOPE OF CHRIST.

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”– Acts 1:6-8

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me [He is ruling]. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.””- MATTHEW 28:18-20

3) JESUS IS RETURNING TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT.

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” – Acts 1:9-11

 

 

 

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5/21/17 Sermon Questions

TABITHA:  Abigail – Week 5

1 Samuel 25:1-39

Life Group Questions:

  • As a group, please take time to read the text aloud together.
  • What surprised you about this portion of Scripture? What stood out to you? What did you learn?
  • Have you ever had anyone talk you out of making a foolish decision, as Abigail did for David? What happened?
  • Why do you think God included this particular story into His Word?
  • What kind of people do you allow to speak into your life?
  • How can we pray for you this week?

 Sermon Scripture:

1 Samuel 25:1-39

1 Now Samuel died, and all Israel assembled and mourned for him; and they buried him at his home in Ramah. Then David moved down into the Desert of Paran. A certain man in Maon, who had property there at Carmel, was very wealthy. He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which he was shearing in Carmel. His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings—he was a Calebite.While David was in the wilderness, he heard that Nabal was shearing sheep. So he sent ten young men and said to them, “Go up to Nabal at Carmel and greet him in my name. Say to him: ‘Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours! “‘Now I hear that it is sheep-shearing time. When your shepherds were with us, we did not mistreat them, and the whole time they were at Carmel nothing of theirs was missing. Ask your own servants and they will tell you. Therefore be favorable toward my men, since we come at a festive time. Please give your servants and your son David whatever you can find for them.’” When David’s men arrived, they gave Nabal this message in David’s name. Then they waited. 10 Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? Many servants are breaking away from their masters these days. 11 Why should I take my bread and water, and the meat I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where?” 12 David’s men turned around and went back. When they arrived, they reported every word. 13 David said to his men, “Each of you strap on your sword!” So they did, and David strapped his on as well. About four hundred men went up with David, while two hundred stayed with the supplies. 14 One of the servants told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, “David sent messengers from the wilderness to give our master his greetings, but he hurled insults at them. 15 Yet these men were very good to us. They did not mistreat us, and the whole time we were out in the fields near them nothing was missing. 16 Night and day they were a wall around us the whole time we were herding our sheep near them. 17 Now think it over and see what you can do, because disaster is hanging over our master and his whole household. He is such a wicked man that no one can talk to him.” 18 Abigail acted quickly. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahs of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys. 19 Then she told her servants, “Go on ahead; I’ll follow you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal. 20 As she came riding her donkey into a mountain ravine, there were David and his men descending toward her, and she met them. 21 David had just said, “It’s been useless—all my watching over this fellow’s property in the wilderness so that nothing of his was missing. He has paid me back evil for good. 22 May God deal with David, be it ever so severely, if by morning I leave alive one male of all who belong to him!” 23 When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground. 24 She fell at his feet and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, and let me speak to you; hear what your servant has to say.25 Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name—his name means Fool, and folly goes with him. And as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my lord sent. 26 And now, my lord, as surely as the Lord your God lives and as you live, since the Lord has kept you from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal. 27 And let this gift, which your servant has brought to my lord, be given to the men who follow you. 28 “Please forgive your servant’s presumption. The Lord your God will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my lord, because you fight the Lord’s battles, and no wrongdoing will be found in you as long as you live. 29 Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the Lord your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling. 30 When the Lord has fulfilled for my lord every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him ruler over Israel,31 my lord will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the Lord your God has brought my lord success, remember your servant.” 32 David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. 33 May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.34 Otherwise, as surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, who has kept me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, not one male belonging to Nabal would have been left alive by daybreak.” 35 Then David accepted from her hand what she had brought him and said, “Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request.” 36 When Abigail went to Nabal, he was in the house holding a banquet like that of a king. He was in high spirits and very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until daybreak. 37 Then in the morning, when Nabal was sober, his wife told him all these things, and his heart failed him and he became like a stone. 38 About ten days later, the Lord struck Nabal and he died.39 When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Praise be to the Lord, who has upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt. He has kept his servant from doing wrong and has brought Nabal’s wrongdoing down on his own head.” Then David sent word to Abigail, asking her to become his wife.

 

TWO INTELLIGENT TRUTHS FROM ABIGAIL:

  1. WISDOM SPEAKS TO THE FOOLISHNESS IN OTHERS. (1 Samuel 25:14-19)
  2. HUMILITY CAN BRING OUT THE GREATNESS OF OTHERS. (1 Samuel 25:20-35)