Snakes on a Plain

Pastor Jay continues his summer meandering with this weeks sermon “Snakes on a Plain” from Numbers 21:4-9.

Numbers 21:4-9 (ESV)

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

  • We sin.
  • We experience the venom of our sin.
  • We have to repent.
  • God has to make a remedy.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What are your feelings about snakes? Like them or hate them?
  • Satan tempted Adam and Eve as a snake. As a result, what do we all have in our hearts?
  • Is there anything we can do to remove sin from our hearts?
  • What is the only way we can remove sin from us?

Isolation

Pastor Jay begins his summer meandering with this weeks sermon “Isolation” from Proverbs 18:1.

Proverbs 18:1 (ESV)

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.

Isolation is a dangerous choice to make.

  • Isolation is a choice to reject needed input.
  • Isolation negates faith in God.
  • Isolation is a warning sign we need to address.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you want with you?  Why?
  • Why don’t most people like to be alone?  Why do we need friends?
  • What does Proverbs 18:1 say about being alone?  Why isn’t it always good?
  • Think of a way to be there for someone else this week!

K.I.S.S.

Pastor Jay continues his sermon series, Be Encouraged, Brothers with “K.I.S.S.” or: Read, Pray, Love from 1 Thessalonians 5:25-28.

1 Thessalonians 5:25-28 (ESV)

Brothers, pray for us. Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. I put you under oath before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

At the end of the day, do the simple things you know to do and trust the grace of Christ. (Keep it simple, saint.) 

  • P ray
  • L ove
  • R ead

Parent Connection Questions:

  • If you had to explain what prayer is, how would you say it?
  • Paul tells us to pray for each other.  Why is this important?  Doesn’t everyone have their own problems?
  • Paul also says we’re to love one another.  What does that look like at your house?
  • Finally, Paul says we’re to read the Bible.  How can you set up a daily schedule to read this summer?

The Blessing of Sanctification

Pastor Jay continues his sermon series, Be Encouraged, Brothers with “The Blessing of Sanctification” from 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (ESV)

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

We need the blessing of sanctification. 

  • We need sanctification completely in every part of our being.
  • We need sanctification, because we are going to stand before Christ at His coming.
  • God will meet the need for our sanctification.
  • Because He is the God of peace.
  • Because he is the God who is faithful.
  • Because we cannot in our own strength.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • On a scale from 1-10 (10 being really good), how good do you think you are?
  • How would you feel to know we’re all less than 1 on that scale?
  • From today’s passage, who makes us a 10 in God’s eyes?
  • Even though we’re made new by God, we still sin.  How can you work on that this week?