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Author: Evan Bartholomew

04
Feb

What’s Your Escape?

Opening Question: What do you do to cheer yourself up when you’re down — or when you need an escape? I Samuel 16:14-23 – Saul disobeys God in chapter fifteen. – His consequence is that God’s spirit is taken away from him, and now he’s feeling tormented in his life. Question:…

17
Jan

Giving Under Compulsion

II Corinthians 9:7 – People mistakenly take this to mean, “If I’m not happy about giving, I shouldn’t give.” – This interpretation would contradict many scriptures, including the very core message of discipleship — denying self. (Luke 9:23) – What Paul is actually saying is, “If you’re not happy about…

17
Jan

Breaking Through

Opening Question: What is the most valuable thing you’ve ever broken in your life? Mark 2:1-12 – Jesus was teaching in a house. Everyone wanted to hear what He was saying. So they crowded around Him, to the point where there was no more room. – It’s at this point,…

03
Jan

Head Coverings

I Corinthians 11:3-16 – It sounds like the Bible is saying that women must cover their heads when they pray. – This is a very misunderstood scripture. – There are two possible interpretations: Cultural Modesty I Corinthians 11:2 – The word “teachings” in Greek is paradoseis. It means can also…

01
Jan

Liar Liar Liar

Opening Question: What is something that people commonly lie about? Question: What do you think influences people to lie? – Going to look at three different types of liars. – All three types of liars are going to be from the book of I John. I John 1:5-10 Question: What…

01
Jan

Marijuana A Sin?

Drug Use: Proverbs 31:4-7 – Drugs, alcohol, and specifically, marijuana, can lead to poor decision making. – These substances can damage our memories and lesson our senses. – However, alcohol was encouraged for those “who are perishing” or “are in anguish”. Example:  Most Christians would not have a problem with someone…

31
Dec

How Smart Are You?

Opening Question:  If you could learn one thing and become a master of it by the snap of your finger, what would that one thing be? – Going to talk about being smart today! – The Bible has some interesting perspectives on what it means to be smart. Question:  What…

28
Dec

The Perfect Gift

Opening Question:  Describe your idea of the perfect gift. Question:  What’s the worst gift you’ve ever gotten? Question:  What do you think makes a gift a good gift? Acts 17:24-25 – God has given all mankind life and breath.  Those are some very good gifts!  There’s nothing more valuable than…

27
Dec

Wanna-Be Popular?

Opening Question: What do you think makes people popular in today’s society? Question: If Jesus were alive today, do you think He’d be popular? Why? Luke 4:14-15 – Jesus begins His ministry of preaching and teaching right here in Galilee. – At this point, there wasn’t a whole lot of…

21
Dec

Good Intentions

Opening Question:  What is something you would do if you had more time? II Samuel 6:1-8 – David is trying to bring the Ark of the Covenant back into Israel. – The Ark of the Covenant was a symbol of God’s presence with His people.  It was very important to…

20
Dec

Muslim Study

Key Facts About Islam Key Scriptures From The Qur’an Introduction: *Sura 59:23-24 – Muslim Claim There is no god but Allah. Sovereign, Holy, Peace-Giver, Faith-Giver, Overseer, Almighty, etc… Shahadah: “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His messenger.” Isaiah 40:28-31 – Christian Claim The God of the Bible…

20
Dec

Repentance

Matthew 7:13-14 Only two roads: Wide or Narrow. Only one road leads to life. Very few people find the road that leads to life. Luke 13:1-9 The two options we have in life are to repent or to perish. God gives each person a “window of opportunity”. (II Peter 3:9)…