Expositional Preaching

Pastor Jay begins his “Vital Signs of a Health Church” series this week with a message titled “Expositional Preaching,” from 2 Timothy 4:2-3.

2 Timothy 4:2-3 (ESV)

“…preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions…”

We should choose a steady diet of expositional preaching.

  • We accustom ourselves to listening to God’s word.
  • People need to hear the whole counsel of God.
  • People need to hear the preponderance of scripture.
  • People need to avoid the danger of warping scripture.
  • People need to avoid the danger of replacing scripture with the doctrine of men.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • How can you tell if a picture is real or fake?
  • How can you tell if something is true or not?
  • What is the best source of truth?  What makes it such a good reference point?
  • The best way to know the truth is to study it. What is one way you could study the Bible  more this summer?

The Foolish Heart

Pastor Jay continues his “Guard Your Heart” series this week with a message titled “The Foolish Heart,” from Psalm 53:1.

Psalm 53:1 (ESV)

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good.

The foolish heart is obvious.

  • The foolish heart rejects God.
  • The foolish heart is sinful.
  • The foolish heart hates needed discipline.
  • The foolish heart teaches falsehoods about God.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
  • What is the difference between crazy and foolish?
  • God mentions fools a lot in the Bible, and it’s never good. Why is that? Why is foolishness so dangerous?
  • List two of foolish things you can work on stopping this summer.

The Envious Heart

Pastor Jay returns to his “Guard Your Heart” series this week with a message titled “The Envious Heart,” from Proverbs 23:17.

Proverbs 23:17 (ESV)

Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.

An envious heart is hostile to our faith.

  • Envy is a matter of the heart’s sinful inclinations.
  • Envy is rooted in a distrust of God’s sovereign will.
  • Envy questions God’s goodness.
  • Envy questions God’s justice.
  • Envy is rooted in self-deification.
  • Envy values the wrong thing.
  • Envy is a lifelong sentence to dissatisfaction.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • If you could get ONE thing in the world, what would it be?
  • Do you think that thing would make you happy?  For how long?
  • How can wanting something you don’t have hurt your faith in God?
  • What’s one way you could be thankful this week?

The Final Countdown

Pastor Jonathan Phillips brings a message this week titled, “The Final Countdown” from Matthew 24:3-14.

Matthew 24:3-14 (ESV)

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Jesus prepares us for events leading up to the end of this age.

  • There will be false teachers, we must discern.
  • There will be turmoil, we must trust.
  • There will be trials, we must endure.
  • There will be testimony, we must engage.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • If you could ask Jesus one question, what would it be?
  • What helps you when you feel afraid?
  • Do you know anyone who has been in trouble for following Jesus?
  • What is one way your family can help people in other parts of the world hear about Jesus?