Review:

God has a for our lives and His church

God is to His promises

Overall Theme:

The of God will be done by the of God when they respond to the of God in their hearts

When God moves your heart:

  • You will
  • You will
  • You will get

Sermon Talks

  1. What caught your attention in this week’s message? Was there something you had never heard before or something you had a question about?
  2. What are some ways that you have seen the providential hand of God at work in your life? At Washington Alliance Church?
  3. Our overall theme in our study today was “The work of God will be done by the people of God when they respond to the move of God in their hearts” What does that statement mean to you? Does it challenge you in any way? If so, how?
  4. It is believed that twice or even 3 times as many people that came back to Israel stayed in Babylon. What does that say about the people who stayed in Babylon? What does it say about those who made the long journey back to Israel?
  5. Have you ever felt that God was calling you to something, but you ignored it because you were too comfortable? If so, explain.
  6. Ezra 2:68-69 says that the people gave freewill offerings to the rebuilding of the house of God according to their ability. What does “according to their ability” mean? How does that apply to us? Are you a generous person who gives according to your ability?
  7. Are there any ways that you have been moved by God to get involved in ministry? What are some examples of ways you are serving the Lord both in the church and outside the church?
  8. How has Washington Alliance Church equipped you to serve the Lord?

Pray about it: Meditate on God’s Word (Ezra 2) and this week’s message.

Adoration: What can I praise God for in light of what this teaches me?

Confession: What sin can I confess because of what this teaches me?

Thanksgiving: What can I thank God for in light of what he has done?

Supplication: What do I need to ask of God in order to grow in light of this?

 

God purged His people of two things:

    • Elevating a leader above God
    • Worshiping people and things above God

Key Point 1: The Israelites were the pagan people around them

Key Point 2: God His people

Key Point 3: God will move in the of His people

Key Point 4: God’s touch for His people is marked by and

Overall Theme: God has a for our lives and His church

 

Sermon Talks

  1. What caught your attention in this week’s message? Was there something you had never heard before or something you had a question about?
  2. What are some ways that you have seen the providential hand of God at work in your life?
  3. Have you ever found yourself elevating a leader (or even another person) above God?
  4. Idolatry is having an extreme admiration, love, or reverence (worship) for something or someone above the Lord. What are some examples of people or things that are placed above God? Do any of these examples apply to you?
  5. So often we get in trouble by imitating the pagan practices of the world around us. Have you seen this to be true in your life? Explain
  6. What are ways that God disciplines His people? What are some examples of how He has disciplined you? What are some reasons that God disciplines?
  7. Why is it important to realize that God is more apt to move in the hearts of people rather than in their heads?
  8. How has your faith and trust in the Lord increased because of the ways you have seen the hand of the Lord at work in your life?
  9. Read Psalm 139. What do these verses say about how God knows us? What does verse 16 mean to you?

Pray about it: Meditate on God’s Word (Ezra 1:1-6) and this week’s message.

Adoration: What can I praise God for in light of what this teaches me?

Confession: What sin can I confess because of what this teaches me?

Thanksgiving: What can I thank God for in light of what he has done?

Supplication: What do I need to ask of God in order to grow in light of this?

 

  • in Victory
  • Careful Where You Seek
  • You Are Your

“Christ says, ‘Give me All. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down. I don’t want to drill the tooth, or crown it, or stop it, but to have it out.'” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Sermon Talks:

  1. What caught your attention in this week’s sermon? Was there something you had never heard before or something you had a question about?
  2. Was there anything in this week’s sermon or referenced scriptures that challenged the way you worship through intentional praise, prayer, and pursuit of unbelievers? Explain.
  3. How might this week’s sermon or referenced scriptures impact the way you serve, whether in our church, in your community, or in our world? Explain
  4. As we seek to connect, first and foremost with God and secondly with our community here at Washington Alliance, does this week’s sermon or referenced scriptures spark any new ideas about the importance of connecting and how to go about it? Explain.
  5. Was there anything from this week’s sermon or referenced scriptures that you would like to take action on in your own life this week, or was there something that you would like to pursue through prayer?

Pray about it: Meditate on God’s Word (Matthew 21:1-11) and this week’s message

Adoration: What can I praise God for in light of what this teaches me?

Confession: What sin can I confess because of what this teaches me?

Thanksgiving: What can I thank God for in light of what He has done?

Supplication: What do I need to ask God in order to grow in light of this?

When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.

3 Types of Humility

  1. Humility
    • “I will serve to benefit others”
  2. Humility
    • “I will serve so others will notice what a servant I am”
    • “I will serve because I am afraid of what people will think if I don’t”

3 Types of Hypocrisy

  1. Hypocrisy Towards
    • What you expect of yourself versus what you expect of others
  2. Hypocrisy Towards
    • What you believe and think and say versus what you do
  3. Hypocrisy Towards
    • What you believe is right and wrong versus what God says is right and wrong
    • Absolute vs Relative Truth

Sermon Talks

  1. What caught your attention in this week’s message? Was there something you had never heard before or something you had a question about?
  2. Look at the three types of humility again. Do you ever find yourself serving under the perception of false humility or insecurity?
  3. In verse 12, Jesus said, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” What did He mean by that?
  4. Isaiah 9:17 says, “For everyone is a hypocrite and an evildoer.” 1 Peter 2:1 says, “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.” How do these verses make you feel? What is the challenge here? How do you go about following through with what Peter says?
  5. Is there a standard of hypocrisy that you have for others but not for yourself?
  6. Is there any hypocrisy in your life where you believe and say the right things, but your actions contradict those beliefs and words?
  7. Is there any hypocrisy in your life towards God?
  8. In what ways does Jesus’ criticism of those appearing righteous externally but are internally corrupt challenge us to cultivate inner righteousness?
  9. Pray and ask God to reveal in you any hypocrisy that might exist. Pray with David who says in Psalm 51:10-12, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

Pray about it: Meditate on God’s Word (Matthew 23) and this week’s message.

Adoration: What can I praise God for in light of what this teaches me?

Confession: What sin can I confess because of what this teaches me?

Thanksgiving: What can I thank God for in light of what he has done?

Supplication: What do I need to ask of God in order to grow in light of this?

Encounter with Jesus: Broken or Crushed (Matt 21:33-46)

  • Culture broken things
  • God sees great value in
    • Broken from
    • Broken from
    • Broken from

Give to God what is His (Matt 22:15-22)

  • We are made in the and of God
  • Since we bear the image God, we will only find our fulfillment and purpose God through a relationship God.

Love God, Love Others (Matt 22:34-40)

  • Love God , you won’t sin against Him
  • Love your neighbor , you won’t sin against him/her
  • Love others, not as love ourselves, but as has loved us (John 13:34)

Sermon Talks

  1. What caught your attention in this week’s message? Was there something you had never heard before or something you had a question about?
  2. What is a parable? Why did Jesus use this form of teaching so frequently?
  3. What was Jesus’ point in the Parable of the Tenants? Who were represented by each of the characters?
  4. Reread Matthew 21:42-44. Who is the cornerstone Jesus speaks of?
  5. When someone has an encounter with Jesus, they will either be broken or crushed. What is the difference? Why does our culture devalue broken things? Why does God value brokenness?
  6. Go back and read about Jesus’ encounter with the Pharisees and Herodians concerning paying taxes. What did Jesus mean in His statement, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s?”
  7. What is the significance of being created in the image and likeness of God? What does it mean to give your life to God?
  8. In the Greatest Commandment, Jesus challenges us to love Him and then love others. Why is it so hard to love others? What kind of love should we show others (see John 13:34)?
  9. Read Philippians 2:3-5. How can we apply these verses to the Great Commandment?
  10. In Matthew’s account, Jesus says, “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” In Mark’s account (Mark 12:30) Jesus includes strength. How do you love Jesus in all these areas?

Pray about it: Meditate on God’s Word (Matthew 21:33-46, 22:15-22, 34-40) and this week’s message.

Adoration: What can I praise God for in light of what this teaches me?

Confession: What sin can I confess because of what this teaches me?

Thanksgiving: What can I thank God for in light of what he has done?

Supplication: What do I need to ask of God in order to grow in light of this?

Physical: Matt 20:29-34

  • Open my that I may

Spiritual: Matt 21:12-17

What Angers God

  1. When we to do what He is asking of us (Exodus 4:14, James 4:17)
  2. When we (Numbers 11:1, Philippians 2:14-15)
  3. When we create (Exodus 20:3-4, Deuteronomy 32:21a, 1 John 5:21)
  4. When we His Word (Isaiah 5:20, 24-25, 1 John 5:3)

Good News

  1. God is to anger (Psalm 103:8-12)
  2. God’s anger is compared to His (Psalm 30:4-5)
  3. God’s anger towards us was by Christ’s death on the cross (Romans 5:8-9)

Sermon Talks

  1. What caught your attention in this week’s message? Was there something you had never heard before or something you had a question about?
  2. In Matthew 19:29-34, what did the two men want from Jesus? Why did the crowd rebuke them? How did Jesus respond? Once their request was granted, how did the men respond?
  3. What can we learn from this story? What step of trust in God do you need to take today regardless of how foolish others might think it to be?
  4. Reread Matthew 21:12-13. What led Jesus to do what He did in the temple? Explain.
  5. Is anger a sin? Explain. What did you learn about God’s anger?
  6. Go back and look at the four things that anger God. Were you convicted in any of those areas? Has the Holy Spirit been working in your life in any of those areas?
  7. What is so important to understand about the good news of God’s anger? What do these things mean to the believer?
  8. How is your spiritual sight? Do you have a heart that is affectionate for God? Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to make you inwardly strong today.

Pray about it: Meditate on God’s Word (Matthew 20:29-34, 21:12-17) and this week’s message.

Adoration: What can I praise God for in light of what this teaches me?

Confession: What sin can I confess because of what this teaches me?

Thanksgiving: What can I thank God for in light of what he has done?

Supplication: What do I need to ask of God in order to grow in light of this?

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