Lenten Devotional #13 • Josh Sugg

Keeping the Law Read Deuteronomy 4:1-9 and Matthew 5:17-1 You must obey. Those are three very difficult words to hear. They’re repulsive. Because of sin, we’re naturally hardwired to fight back against ultimatums like this. Why would you blindly obey someone just because they told you to? Were it a teacher or a boss who demanded your obedience, no matter …

Lenten Devotional #12 • Justin Whitener

Read Psalm 25:1-10 & Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness is defined as “the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven.”  Christians and non-Christians alike understand that the process of forgiveness implies the work of two people to reconcile a relationship.  It should not come as a surprise that God created us and desired a relationship with us, but as soon as …

Lenten Devotional #11 • Jennifer Primm

Outsiders Being Healed Over Insiders Read 2 Kings 5: 1-15 and Luke 4: 16-30 Jesus changed things.  When Jesus left heaven to come to earth, the people of Israel had been through hundreds of years of silence from God.  Crickets.  This left plenty of time to envision what the long-awaited Messiah would look like and what He would do for …

Galatians 1:10-24 Discussion Guide

Galatians 1:10-24 Paul’s great concern in writing to the churches of Galatia is the purity of the Gospel as itwas handed to him and as he gave it to them. As with nearly every generation ofChristians since, the churches were being tempted to add to the Good News ofsalvation by grace through faith.Paul is adamant that if you add anything …

Lenten Devotional #10 • David Murphy

We learn in the New Testament that Jesus used stories on a regular basis to teach eternal lessons.These stories are called parables, and one such parable is found in Matthew 21:33-46. This storyis known as The Parable of the Tenants (see also Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-18; Isaiah 5:1-7). InMatthew 21:23, we read that the chief priests and elders questioned Jesus’ …

Lenten Devotional #9

Read Psalm 1 The introduction to the entire Book of Psalms just seems to roll off tongue. What a beautiful summary of what it looks like to be a child of God! We are not walking,standing, or sitting in the same way as everyone else. Our lives look very different because theyare very different!From where is the source of this …

Lenten Devotional #8 • Tom Dyson

Read Matthew 20:17-23 Something that all of us with zero combat experience should realize is that we really have no clue what combat veterans have really been through (for which I am deeply grateful).   Historical records prove this, as some have worried that “their generation’s great war” would end before they “got a chance to get in it”.     The combat …

Lenten Devotional #7 • Josh Sugg

Read Psalm 50 and Matthew 23:1-12 Talk is cheap.” “Actions speak louder than words.” “Do as I say, not as I do.” “Don’t talk about it, be about it.” You’ve no doubt heard or said some version of these phrases and we all understand their meaning. Though they may not be explicitly Scripture-based, these types of phrases are certainly in …

Lenten Devotional #6 • Jennifer Primm

Read Daniel 9: 4-10 and Luke 6: 36-38 Webster’s Dictionary defines humility as “a modest or low view of one’s own importance”.  C.S. Lewis once said “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less”.  As followers of Christ, both of these definitions have relevance.   Humility is a tricky characteristic.  Saying, “I am a humble person” seems …

Distorting the Gospel

Galatians 1:6-9 As stated in last week’s discussion guide, turning aside from the true Gospel- the oneproclaimed by Jesus and the apostles- to a different gospel was a concern for the church from avery early time. Keeping the purity of the Gospel is a challenge to which every single generationof Christians has had to rise.Austin’s sermon challenge zeroed in on …