1 Samuel 15; Joshua 6:20-7:1 Key verse: 1 Sam. 15:23 Big idea: As reformed Christians, we know that sin is serious, but do we know how serious? In this dark passage we see how God views sin. It challenges us to be humble and sober minded. Sermon Link https://youtu.be/yiNr53T7rr8
Jonah 3; Isaiah 58:1-9 Key verse: Jonah 3:4-5 Big idea: The hardened sinners of Nineveh repent after the briefest preaching of Jonah, and God was quick to forgive them. We have the message of the resurrection – a message even more powerful than Jonah’s. Who can imagine what God might do with such a powerful […]
Jonah 1; Luke 8:22-25 Key verse: Jonah 1:15-16 Big idea: In this chapter we see God’s justice directed towards a wayward prophet and his punishment brings salvation to, and worship from the nations. Jesus wasn’t a wayward prophet, but his punishment also brings salvation to, and worship from the nations. SERMON LINK
1 Corinthians 11:17-34; James 2:1-17 Key verse: 1 Cor 11:20-21 Big idea: The communion meal is meant to be something we share in equally together. If there’s discrimination, it’s not communion at all. There are two applications. Firstly, our communion ‘meals’ tend to be very personal introspective affairs – this isn’t what Paul had in mind. […]
1 Corinthians 11:2-16; Genesis 1:26-29, 2:18-25 Key verse: 1 Corinthians 11:10 Big idea: This is an extremely difficult passage to understand. What is clear is that God’s designed a difference in the sexes: men are worship leaders, women are helpers. We should express this in our gatherings. Sermon Link
1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1; Romans 14 Key verse: 1 Corinthians 10: 31-32 Sermon Link https://youtu.be/6uXLnM_RHhQ
Exodus 32:1-20; 1 Corinthians 10:1-22 Key verse: 1 Corinthians 10:21 Big idea: Paul warns the Corinthians to flee from pagan idolatry, because it is incompatible with Christian fellowship and arouses God’s anger. We may not live in a society with many explicit temples, but idolatry still exists, and we must flee from it.
Readings: Leviticus 19:9-18; 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 Key verse: 1 Cor 9:22b: I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.
1 Corinthians 9:1-18; Luke 10:1-16 Key verse: 1 Corinthians 9:18 Big idea: Having told the Corinthians to consider giving up their rights to eat meat, Paul now gives an example and defence of his own right not to not work!
Lamentations 5; Mark 14:32-36 Key verse: Lamentations 5:21-22 Big idea: The final lament ends the book on a note of hope mixed with sharp, even impious questions. It challenges us to come to God as our Father, and be honest with him.