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Preparing for Sunday - Isaiah

Carefully Think This Sunday we pick up again with our summer tour in the Old Testament and our focus will be on the Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. We begin with Isaiah. Our aim in these "preparing" posts is to make you familiar with the major themes running through the book. In that light, read through Isaiah 1:1-31. This is a good...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 9:35-38

Carefully Think Read Matthew 9:35-38 How does this compare to 4:23? What do these two bookends reveal to us regarding the content of Matthew 5:1-9:34? Read 9:35. What was Jesus teaching? What was it about the gospel of the kingdom that Jesus was preaching? In light of what we have studied in Matthew 8-9, why was Jesus healing? Read 9:36. What was Jesus' response to t...

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O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

In the Morning Gathering this Sunday, we will take together the Lord's Supper. Each time we take the elements together, we sing hymns and songs that serve to focus our thoughts and attention to the cross. This time of singing has become a rich opportunity for us, as the body of Christ, to express together the extent, sufficiency, and wonder of the atonement and our anticip...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 9:18-34

Carefully Think Read Matthew 9:18-34 This section contains three healing events (with 5 different people being healed). List each of these three events. Where was Jesus when the first healing event began? Who approaches Jesus and what does he want? What does this first individual think about Jesus? How would you describe his interest in Christ? What is the differenc...

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Preparing for Sunday - Titus 2:1-10

Carefully Think Read Titus 2:1-10 What three groups of people does Paul center upon in this passage? With each group. list those characteristics Paul gives that mark a gospel-centered people? Based on that list, what should characterize a gospel-centered family? Prayerfully Meditate In what category of people listed in Titus 2:1-10 would you place yourself? Do ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 9:14-17

Carefully Think Read Matthew 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22; Luke 5:33-39. Who came to Jesus and what were they wanting to know from him? What does Jesus' answer teach you about what should motivate fasting? Read 9:16-17 carefully and think through how these illustrations speak to the issue brought up in vv 14-15 (also keep in mind what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount...

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