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This Week’s Bible Readings Feb. 15 - 21, Matt. 22-25
- Where’s your space to read?
- What’s your time to study?
- What are the key words?
- What was God saying to them? What’s God saying to you?
- What’s the Holy Spirit going to show throughout the day?
- For what are you grateful?
- For what are you concerned?
- Who needs you today?
Next Week’s Bible Readings Feb. 22 - 28, Matt. 26-28
Guest Speaker/Blogger - Allen Todd
Texts: Matthew 25:45-46; 2 Thess. 1:8-9; 2 Peter 2:4-9; Rev. 20:10-15; 21:1-8; John 14:1-3
IN A NUTSHELL Either your eternal destination will affect your present decisions, or your present decisions will affect your eternal destination?
ICE BREAKER Have you ever wondered if Christianity and the Bible were true? Have you wondered if other world religions are equal to Christianity, or if they are right and Christianity is wrong? What was the main reason for your questioning? (e.g. You met nice, moral people who weren't Christians. You are uncomfortable about something in the Bible that seems unpopular in our culture. You have doubt in general about what is true.) ?
1. Since Jesus is the author of all Truth, we must especially regard his teaching as the authority on any subject. Read Matt. 25:31-46 and note what is Jesus says about how the way someone lives determines their eternal destination.
2. What was so seriously wrong with the "goats" that eternal punishment was the King's reaction? What did they have in common with the devil and his angels?
3. Read these other texts that seem pretty clear about the reality of heaven and hell. 2 Thess. 1:8-9; 2 Peter 2:4-9; Rev. 20:10-15; 21:1-8; John 14:1-3.
1. Looking at the criteria on the basis of which the King Jesus judged all the nations, would you fall into the sheep or the goat category? Discuss each area of love and compassion and how it must be an intentional way of life.
2. Encourage one another to meet the needs of those in our community. Ask these questions with Gal. 6:10 in mind. Who is hungry? Who is thirsty? Who is sick? Who needs clothes? Who is in prison? Who is needing a place to stay?
1. If our worldview does not include any eternal consequences, then the rest of the gospel is less than urgent and maybe even unnecessary.
1. Though we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, it is clear that a person's lifestyle will be judged to determine if their faith is a saving faith (James 2:14), seen by the way we live and love and care for those around us.
- CARE Sheet
- Erasing Hell by Francis Chan
- 2016 MOSAIC series and Bible Readings
- Scriptures about Heaven
- Scriptures about Hell
- 12 Francis Schaeffer Quotes That Will Challenge the Way You Engage Culture (Relevant Magazine)
- Inspired Evidence – a good devotion book for 2016
- Timber Lake Christian Church Website
- Timber Lake Live! (simulcast)
- Timber Lake’s past videos (Vimeo)