Lessons from Jonah

Lesson on Compassion

Group Discussion // May 4, 2022 This is a lesson I prepared for a community group discussion. I have reworked it a bit to provide a summary of the discussion points during our time spent together in Jonah chapter 4. Jonah 4 4:1-4 Self-righteous Anger (v1) Anger…What should have been a moment of joy and praise about the relenting of the promised destruction of a city, Jonah finds himself exceedingly displeased with the outcome that led to anger. Anger with the Lord for not destroying this enemy of Israel and by extension an enemy of God. (v2) Prayer of accusation,… Continue reading Lesson on Compassion

Mercy Not Destruction

Group Discussion // April 27, 2022 This is a lesson I prepared for a community group discussion. I have reworked it a bit to provide a summary of the discussion points during our time spent together in Jonah chapter 3. Jonah 3 3:1-5 Take two… with an amendment God gives Jonah the same message as in the beginning except that instead of focusing on the sin of Nineveh, he focuses on Jonah’s faithfulness. God seems a little more direct with Jonah this time as he specifically commands Jonah to give the message he is told. Jonah’s response is obedience. There… Continue reading Mercy Not Destruction

Waiting in Sheol

Group Discussion // April 20, 2022 This is a lesson I prepared for a community group discussion. I have reworked it a bit to provide a summary of the discussion points during our time spent together in Jonah chapter 2. Jonah 2 2:1-2  Prayer During Distress Assuming this is day three in the belly, What do you think it’s Jonah’s current state of mind? What is he feeling? Jonah had to be feeling desperation, hopelessness, helpless. He doesn’t have any indication of how long he has been in the bell of the fish. In the darkness, the days all seem… Continue reading Waiting in Sheol

Fleeing His Presence

Group Discussion // April 13, 2022 This is a lesson I prepared for a community group discussion. I have reworked it a bit to provide a summary of the discussion points during our time spent together in Jonah chapter 1. Jonah 1 1:1-3  Fleeing the Presence of the Lord Think about God giving you this calling to go to the epicenter of the country that is the sworn enemy of your home. Not only the enemy that wants to destroy you, but you and your fellow countrymen hate them as well. For Jonah, it was even more than that. Nineveh… Continue reading Fleeing His Presence

Pursuit of Holiness

Holiness in an Unholy World

Men’s Small Group // May 2, 2022 This is a lesson I prepared for a men’s small group and is based on the book “Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges (Chapter 16) John 17:14-17 ESVI have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. [15] I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one*. [16] They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. [17] Sanctify… Continue reading Holiness in an Unholy World

Holiness and Our Wills

Men’s Small Group // April 11, 2022 This is a lesson I prepared for a men’s small group and is based on the book “Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges (Chapter 13) Philippians 2:12-13 ESVTherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, [13] for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Holiness in Spirit

Men’s Small Group // April 4, 2022 This is a lesson I prepared for a men’s small group and is based on the book “Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges (Chapter 12) 2 Corinthians 6:16 – 7:1 ESV[6:16] What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [17] Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no… Continue reading Holiness in Spirit

Help in the Daily Battle

Men’s Small Group // February 21, 2022 This is a lesson I prepared for a men’s small group and is based on the book “Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges (Chapter 7) Romans 6:5-11 ESVFor if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. [6] We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. [7] For one who has died has been… Continue reading Help in the Daily Battle

The Holiness of Christ

Men’s Small Group // January 31, 2022 This is a lesson I prepared for a men’s small group and is based on the book “Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges (Chapter 4) 2For our sake 1he made him to be sin who knew no sin, 3so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV 1This means that God the Father made Christ to be regarded and treated as “sin” even though Christ himself never sinned. 2That is, God regarded and treated “our” sin (the sin of all who would believe in Christ) as if our… Continue reading The Holiness of Christ

Holiness is not an Option

Men’s Small Group // January 24, 2022 This is a lesson I prepared for a men’s small group and is based on the book “Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges (Chapter 3) Necessity of Personal & Practical Holiness Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.(Hebrews 12:14) Main point of this chapter is that there is a holiness we have in Christ before God, and a holiness which we are to strive after. These two aspects of holiness complement each other. Our salvation is a salvation to holiness. We are through… Continue reading Holiness is not an Option

Lessons from the Sermon on the Mount

Life with the Father pt.2

Men’s Small Group // November 8, 2021 This is a lesson I prepared for a men’s small group working through the Sermon on the Mount and is based on the book The Sermon on the Mount by Sinclair Ferguson. Matthew 6:19-34 Introduction Hypocrite -> Deliberately  uses religion to cover up his sins and promote his own gains. First step in battling hypocrisy is to be honest with God in our private life. This is also the first step in all of life. Today we are going to look at our anxious heart.

Life with the Father pt.1

Men’s Small Group // November 1, 2021 This is a lesson I prepared for a men’s small group working through the Sermon on the Mount and is based on the book The Sermon on the Mount by Sinclair Ferguson. Matthew 6:1-18 Introduction Just like any sermon preached today, this sermon from Jesus builds on itself as it progresses. It expands and develops the central them of the message – The counter-cultural, righteous life of the Kingdom. We have just finished working through Jesus expounding the law and calling us to a righteousness of the heart. A righteousness that goes deeper… Continue reading Life with the Father pt.1

Law & Relationships pt.3

Men’s Small Group // October 18, 2021 This is a lesson I prepared for a men’s small group working through the Sermon on the Mount and is based on the book The Message of the Sermon on the Mount by John R. W. Stott. Matthew 5:38-48 Review of Last Week We are at the end of a 6 part interpretation of the law by Jesus, where he is explaining how Righteousness Works in Daily Life. We need to remember that this righteousness Jesus is talking about centers on  Relationships. The commandment always promotes the righteous opposite. Not Murder –> Reconciliation… Continue reading Law & Relationships pt.3

Law & Relationships pt.2

Men’s Small Group // October 11, 2021 This is a lesson I prepared for a men’s small group working through the Sermon on the Mount and is based on the book The Sermon on the Mount: The Message of the Kingdom by R Kent Hughes. Matthew 5:31-37 Review of Last Week We are in the middle of a six part interpretation of the law by Jesus, where he is explaining how Righteousness Works in Daily Life. We need to remember that this Righteousness Jesus is talking about centers on  Relationships. The commandment always promotes the righteous opposite. Not Murder –>… Continue reading Law & Relationships pt.2

Law & Relationships pt. 1

Men’s Small Group // October 4, 2021 This is a lesson I prepared for a men’s small group working through the Sermon on the Mount and is based on the book The Sermon on the Mount: Kingdom Life in a Fallen World by Sinclair B Ferguson. Matthew 5:21-30 Fulfill the Law Christ came to fulfill the law. All of the law finds its ultimate fulfillment in Christ. “You have heard that it was said” (v.21 & 27) Notice that Jesus did not say, “It is written.” This is Jesus expanding on verse 20. He is speaking directly to the oral… Continue reading Law & Relationships pt. 1