Weekly Bible Reading Plan – May 24 – May 31

Snow Globe Kingdom Week 6 Reading Plan - 5.24 - 5.31

 Questions to Guide You:
  1. Why do you think Jesus was baptized, even though he was sinless? Who is he surrounded by in the river? What kind of attitude is this?
  2. What happens when Jesus comes out of the water? Who are the active parties? How is this similar to “baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit?”
  3. What does God the Father say to his Son? What does the Father give his Son? These are the same things said to us and given to us by faith?
  4. In Acts, who is invited to be baptized?
  5. According to Colossians, what does baptism represent? How is baptism like a funeral? Like a birth?
  6. Colossians also mentions circumcision, as the old sign of the covenant. What did circumcision do? How is baptism the “new circumcision?”
  7. When you are baptized and trust in Jesus, God says to you, “This is my child, my beloved, who pleases me greatly.” How does that make you feel? How would you live, if you believed that?

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SERMON – Matthew 2:1-23 – The Snow Globe Kingdom (Part 4) – Us at Our Best and Worst

 

Matthew 2:1-23 - The Snow Globe Kingdom (Part 4)

Humanity at Our Best and Worst

Preached by Andrew Ruth
Matthew 2:1-23

(Wonder why we call this "The Snow Globe Kingdom?" We explain it here.)

At Our Best

The Pagan Magicians from the East, show us that at our best, humans are very, very lost, worshipping things that are not God (stars) as God. Still we see that God is generous enough to use even our idols to lead us to the thrown of King Jesus. 

At Our Worst

The murderous King Herod shows us humanity at our worst, hostile to God and to one another, murderously protecting our rights and comforts as self-appointed kings. Even so, Emmanuel, God with Us, Jesus comes to the earth and suffers the greatest extremes of human cruelty in order to rescue and redeem those in the worst possible scenarios.  

Weekly Bible Reading Plan – May 3 – May 10

Snow Globe Kingdom Week 3 Reading Plan - 5.3 - 5.10

 Questions to Guide You:
  1. How did the Magi find out about Jesus? Has God ever led you to worship through nature?
  2. Why do you think Herod and Jerusalem where terrified? Why do you think Herod and the Priests didn’t go with the Magi to Bethlehem? When is it terrifying to hear about King Jesus?
  3. How did the Magi feel when they found Jesus? What did they do when they found him? Who are human beings supposed to worship?
  4. How is Jesus’ birth like Moses’ birth (compare Pharaoh and Herod)? What did Moses do for Israel? How will Jesus be like Moses?
  5. Herod’s murder of the babies is horrible. Stop and pray for those violent places where kids are soldiers, refugees, or murdered? How hard is it to believe that God wants to save a world that kills babies?
  6. Thinking about the Jesus Star and about Ps 19, what can we learn about God from the world? How does God’s Bible in Ps 19 and Matt 2:6 clarify and go beyond what we learn in Creation?
  7. What encouragement do Psalm 37 and Psalm 42 give us when we are victims or when we’re just saddened?

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SERMON – Matthew 1:18-23 – The Snow Globe Kingdom (Part 3) – Born of the Spirit

 

Matthew 1:18-25 - The Snow Globe Kingdom (Part 3)

Born of the Spirit

Preached by Andrew Ruth
Matthew 1:18-25

(Wonder why we call this "The Snow Globe Kingdom?" We explain it here.)

3 Things the Holy Spirit does.

Story shows us 3 things the Holy Spirit does. 

We see that the HOLY SPIRIT,
1.) Brings order out of chaos.
2.) New Creation of brokenness.
3.) Conceives Jesus as a human, and in human hearts and minds. 

2 Names of Jesus

2 Names tell us who Jesus is and what Jesus will do.

1.) Jesus - Because He, Himself, will save his people from their sins.
2.) Emmanuel - God With Us.

Joseph’s 1 Choice

Joseph still has a choice.
1. Will Joseph abort the King or will he humiliate himself to welcome God's Kingdom?

Weekly Bible Reading Plan – April 26 – May 3

Snow Globe Kingdom Week 2 Reading Plan - 4.26-5.3

 Questions to Guide You:
  1. Reading Matthew 1:18-25 for the second time, what stands out?
  2. “Jesus” is the Greek version of the Hebrew “Joshua,” which means “God Saves.” From Deut 31 and Josh 1, how is Jesus like Joshua?
  3. Joshua led Israel into the Promised Land, where does Jesus lead us?
  4. Why do think Moses and God tell Joshua to be “strong and courageous” so many times?
  5. Where are places you need to be “strong and courageous” to follow your Joshua/Jesus?
  6. What does the child in Isaiah 9 accomplish? How has Jesus increased your Joy (v3)? What burdens do you need Jesus to lift off you (v4)? Can you let Jesus fight your battles from now on (v5)?
  7. What are his names? Think through them slowly. What do they each mean and why are they good news?
  8. In Is 11, what “Spirits” will Jesus, the “shoot of Jesse” possess? As followers of Jesus, how should these characterize us?
  9. What will the “Shoot of Jesse” (Jesus) accomplish? Good news?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – April 19 – April 26

Snow Globe Kingdom Week 1 Reading Plan - 4.19-4.26

 

Questions to Guide You:
  1. After hearing a sermon on Matt 1:1-17, what stands out in this list?
  2. Seeing Jesus embarrassing family tree, what parts of your family’s story do you hope to see God redeem?
  3. How does the Spirit do the same thing in Gen 1 and Matt 1? Gen 17 and Matt 1? How does Jesus fulfill the promise in Gen 12?
  4. What do you think Joseph and their families thought when Mary was found to be pregnant?
  5. Why did Joseph want to divorce her quietly? What does it say about marriage, that even engaged people needed a “divorce”?
  6. The name Jesus is Greek for the Hebrew name Joshua, which means “The LORD saves.” Who was Joshua in the OT and how is Jesus like him and better than him?
  7. How do you think God would feel if he had to live your life with your family, friends, and job? How would God respond to the pain you’ve suffered? If Jesus is “God with Us”, how was his life like yours?
  8. What does it mean to be “human”? How was Jesus human?

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SERMON – Matthew 1:1-17 – The Snow Globe Kingdom (Part 1)

Matthew 1:1-17 - The Snow Globe Kingdom (Part 1)
Jesus 2 Titles

Preached by Andrew Ruth
Matthew 1:1-17

God's Plan, Jesus' Fulfillment: One Forever King For Everyone

The Son of David

God promised King David that one of his descendants would reign forever and establish justice, peace, mercy, security, and a new covenant for the forgiveness of sins.

The Son of Abraham

God promised Abraham that through his "offspring" all the nations of the earth would be blessed, and Paul says that in Abraham, all the Gentiles have been blessed with salvation by faith in Jesus.