Giving for God
to the sermon on Sunday 29th January 2012
book of Psalms
is Hebrew poetry which became the hymn/prayer book of the Jews. As we see
it now, it is the final stage in a process of collecting and selecting that
spanned centuries, and probably took this form in the third century BC.
whole book of Psalms is divided into five books
read Psalm 24 and Matthew 6 v 19-34
What does it mean in Psalm 24 verses 3-6 to have “clean hands and a
pure heart?” How should this
affect how we live today?
do you understand by “heaven?”
Matthew 6 v 19-21)
In Matthew 6 v 22, why does Jesus say “The eye is the lamp of the body?” In
what ways can our eyes become darkened?
Matthew 6 v 25-34 can be summarised as “don’t worry, but seek God first and
everything you need will be given to you.”
What is the
difference between the kind of worry that Jesus warns against and prudent
planning for the future?
the next 7 days think about one area with God and consider what you need to do
with God and consider what you need to do
read Haggai 1 v 1-15 and Luke 14 v 28-30 and note the immediate context of the
verses, especially those from Luke 14.
What connection can you identify between the readings from Haggai and Luke? What
challenges and/or encouragements do you see?
What is the value of 'giving careful thought' in ordinary daily life? When is it
most important and why? What is the importance of the phrase in the book of
Haggai? (See Haggai 1:5,7;2:15,18)
What does Haggai 1:9 say about the place God has in the lives of the people?
What priorities in our own lives might distract us from God's priorities? How
can we keep ourselves focussed on God's priorities?
The new temple was to honour God (1:8). What do you think this means? It was
also a sign of the obedience of the people (1.12). ln what identifiable ways can
our obedience honour God?
the next 7 days give careful thought to the priorities in your life and consider
what you need to do to align them with what you understand as God's priorities.
might like to read the whole book of Haggai on your own and see how our passage
fits in to the rest of his message.
to the sermon on 12 February 2012
one of the Pastoral Letters (1 +2 Timothy and Titus) which were special because
they were written to individuals not churches. The letters date from about the
time of the events recorded in Acts chapter 28, around AD 63. Timothy played a
significant role in Paul’s missionary work and is mentioned often and with
affection in a number of Paul’s letters. It
is thought that Paul may well have been instrumental in Timothy’s conversion
letter from Paul to the church in
read 1 Timothy 6 v 17-21 and Romans 12 v 1-8
richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment”
verse 20, Paul exhorts Timothy to “turn away from godless chatter and the
opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge”.
What does this mean? Share
what helps you to manage this type of
discussion and stand firm for biblical truths.
at Romans 12, what is the “pattern of this world” to which we should not
conform? What makes it difficult to
be a “living sacrifice”?
have different gifts, according to the grace given us”. (Romans
12 v 6) What gifts (spiritual and otherwise) are represented in your group?
Are they being used in the service of God in St Barnabas?
Does the Church Leadership Group know about them?
the next 7 days, identify one area of life
Linked to the sermon on Sunday 19 February 2012
with James, 2 Peter and 1, 2, 3 John form a group of letters in the New
Testament which are known as the general or universal epistles. They were
written to be read by a wide range of people hence universal. 1 Peter is
addressed to Christians scattered throughout Asia Minor who were facing the
threat of persecution, probably during the reign of Nero. (AD 54-68)
The final book of the New Testament was almost certainly written by the Apostle
John and probably during the later part of the reign of Domitian (AD 81-96) Like
1 Peter, the book is written to encourage Christians facing persecution and it
does this by giving a vivid account of what history will be like until the final
victory of God's kingdom. To express its message it makes extensive use of
symbolic and metaphorical language based on the old testament prophets and in
particular on the second half of the book of Daniel.
read 1 Peter 4 v 7 -11 and Revelation 21 v 22-27