Romans 10:16-11:6; 1 Samuel 12 Key verse: 1 Sam 12:24-25 Big idea: Saul starts his kingship well, but Samuel warns the people that he isn’t a replacement for God. The people have sinned in asking for him, but God can bless them through kingship if they turn to him. Will the people be able to trust […]
Deuteronomy 17:14-20; 1 Samuel 8 Key verse: 1 Samuel 7:12 Big idea: Chapter 7 gives us an ideal picture of the people turning to God, led by a godly prophet, priest, and king (aka judge), and then being delivered by God. However, this doesn’t last, and in chapter 8 the people turn away from God […]
1 Samuel 5; 1 Samuel 6:13-7:1 Key verse: 1 Sam 6:20 Big idea: Israel, Philistia and Beth Shemesh all treat the ark of the covenant like a trophy, not as holy. God won’t stand for it. In the same way, Christians can treat God in the same way, forgetting his holiness to our own peril.
1 Samuel 2:12-26; 1 Samuel 2:27-4:1a Key Verse – 1 Sam 3:13 Big idea: This passage alternates between condemnation of Eli’s sons and glowing reports of Samuel. It sets up for Samuel to be the next priest, prophet and judge of Israel. God will put his man in the job, a theme that will be drawn […]
1 Samuel 2:1-11; 1 Samuel Ch.1; Luke 1:46-56 Big idea: What are your heart’s desires? Why do you desire that? Hannah desired a son, but not so she could compete with her rival. She wished instead to be used by God.
Luke 24:33-53; Psalm 16:8-11; Hosea 5:14-6:3 Key verse: Luke 24:39 Big idea: The disciples are shocked at Jesus’ resurrection, but they shouldn’t be. The purpose of Jesus advent was to suffer and rise from the dead so that forgiveness might be offered in his name. What do you make of the resurrection?
Ephesians 5:8-15; Isaiah 1:10-17 Key verse: Ephesians 5:11 Big idea: As Christians, we’re called to live godly lives, exposing the secret sins of others. For child abuse to occur in our midst brings the name of Christ into disrepute. We should lament, repent, and apologise. We should be serious about putting this sin to death in […]
Psalm 8; Philippians 3:1-11 Key verse: 2 Cor. 5:17 Big idea: Humans have been created in God’s image and find our true identity and acceptance in him, not in human relationships or sexuality. As Christians, and as a church, how can we show God’s love and acceptance to people identifying as homosexual?
Matthew 12:9-13; Matthew 22:41-46 Key verse: Matt 22:42a: “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” Big idea: We know the importance of “Always be[ing] prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you” (1 Pet. 3:15) but is the best answer always an answer?
Daniel 3:1-19; Daniel 3:19-30 Key Verse – 2 Corinthians 10:5 Big idea: A worldview’s a set of beliefs and values that govern the way we understand and interact with our world. But if salvation through Jesus Christ isn’t at the centre of someone’s worldview, it’s wrong. How can you play your part in challenging world views […]