Posted by: Ben Whipple | March 30, 2010

Practical Wisdom for Living Out a Christ-Centered Life

Joel Brovont taught this past Sunday on James 1:19-27, and several of you asked for a copy of his notes…here they are!

Joel’s teaching notes

Posted by: Mikel Berger | February 27, 2010

Success

This weekend we’ll study one of the most successful guys in all of Scripture, Naaman. He was a manly man – a warrior, a political powerhouse, and he had a big fat bank account. But he had a problem that all of that success just couldn’t solve. You can read more about his story in 2 Kings 5.

Bonus video from The Resurgance: How To Build A God

Posted by: Mikel Berger | February 18, 2010

Love and Money

Last week on Valentine’s day we looked at the idol of love. We mainly studied the story of Jacob and Leah from Genesis 29. Here is the handout from class with a few questions to think about this week.

This Sunday will study the idol of money by looking at the life of Zacchaeus.

Bonus: Here’s a good video of a sermon by C.J. Maheny about The Idol Factory.

Posted by: Mikel Berger | February 11, 2010

The Idol Factory

A few resources from our first look at the idols of our heart this past Sunday.

The book I’m leaning heavily on is Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

Our “theme” verses:

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Romans 1:24-25

A short clip of Mark Driscoll explaining an idol worship conversation he had in India.

This week we’ll look at the idol of love by studying Jacob and Leah.


Posted by: Ben Whipple | October 30, 2009

Daniel: In Pursuit of God’s Pleasure

[I’m posting this, but Darion wrote it.]

For those of us that are non-prophetically inclined, what can the book of Daniel offer us besides, maybe, a source of interesting names for male children? Well as Christians with a desire to grow in serving and pleasing God we often encounter challenges that shape our Christian character. Our quick study through Daniel will focus on some principles that might be of assistance even in our times as we pursue God’s pleasure. Will you prayerfully read the following passages in preparation for next Sunday’s ABF?

Reading for Preparation

–       Daniel 1:3-16: see v8,

–       Daniel 3:8-30: see v17,18

–       Daniel 6:9-28: see v10

Passages to ponder

  • Philippians 4:7 – peace available in all situations
  • Isaiah 26:3,4 – call to complete trust in Jehovah
  • Isaiah 43:1-3 – God’s promised presence
  • Psalm 23:4 – fearless living
  • John 16:33 – source of peace
  • John 11:40 – the power of belief in God

Songs to ponder

  • We are Listening
  • ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
  • Jesus I am Resting, Resting

As you read the passages and ponder the reference passages and songs consider the following:

  • What was the source of the Hebrew men’s confidence, boldness and fearlessness?
  • What areas in your life can you please God more by improving in confidence/boldness/fearlessness?

 

Posted by: Charlie Armstrong | September 22, 2009

Who cares about worldviews?

Most, if not all, of us have heard the term worldview.  But we may not know what a worldview really is, why it matters, or what a Christian worldview, in particular, looks like.  My aim this Sunday is to help us all answer these questions.  Our time together will be a working application of Colossians 2:8:

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Preparing for this Sunday

Full Version

  1. Write out a short definition of the term worldview.  Don’t consult any websites, references, etc.  Just jot down your own working idea, if you have one.  And especially don’t read further below before you do!
  2. Take this Christian worldview quiz: http://www.christianet.com/bible/worldview.htm (Please forgive the visual “noisiness” of the site.)
  3. A world view answers seven questions.  During our ABF time, we will only have time to look at the Christian worldview in brief and two alternative worldviews in super-brief!  So I encourage you to follow my notes here (Christian Worldview – Pre-Study Notes) and track down the appropriate references, in context, for a more detailed look at the Christian worldview.  Approach this like a Berean (Acts 17:11), asking, Is this complete?  Is this biblical? I especially encourage you to meditate on Col 2:8, and consider how your own thinking has been shaped, for good and for ill, by the thinking, teaching, etc. of others.
  4. Come with questions to help focus our discussion and make it more practical/relevant to your life.

Short Version

  1. Take this Christian worldview quiz: http://www.christianet.com/bible/worldview.htm (Please forgive the visual “noisiness” of the site.)
  2. Meditate on Col 2:8, and consider how your own thinking has been shaped, for good and for ill, by the thinking, teaching, etc. of others.
Posted by: Mikel Berger | September 16, 2009

Community

I love Purdue in the summer time. There’s plenty of places to park, the sidewalks aren’t crowded, and there’s never a wait or a line at restaurants. Purdue is a great place when most of the students are gone!

Sometimes I have similar thoughts about church. Church would be awesome if there weren’t all us sinners around messing things up.

Of course both of these ideas are ridiculous because they go against the very reasons each of the institutes exist.

We will wrap up our study of Colossians by looking at what Paul has to say about living in community with each other. Read Colossians 3:18 – 4:6.

Posted by: Mikel Berger | September 12, 2009

It’s all about you

This Sunday is all about you. OK, not really. It’s all about Christ. But we will talk about how all of your life can and should be about Christ.

Sorry for not getting anything posted earlier. So I’ll just keep this brief for now and ask you to head on over and read Colossians 3:1-17.

Posted by: Mikel Berger | September 3, 2009

Delusion

This Sunday we’ll hit the midpoint of our study of Paul’s letter to the Colossians. I know what you’re thinking, we’re still in chapter 1! I promise we’re picking up the pace from here on out.

This week we’ll look at a verse, that at least upon my initial reading, was pretty confusing.  In Col 1:24,  Paul says he is “filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions”. What do you think this means? I think this is where Peter would chime in and say that some of Paul’s writings are hard to understand. I’m praying for the Lord to open our eyes to the true meaning behind Paul’s claim and that we won’t be ignorant and twist its meaning for our own gain.

This leads us to the bulk of chapter 2 where Paul gets to the reason he is writing the Colossians. There is a controversy in the church and their pastor, Epaphras, has gone to Paul because of his concern that his people are being deluded by false teachers. There are many theories as to what the false teachers were promoting. One thing is clear, they weren’t glorifying the Jesus that Paul described earlier in his letter.

See you Sunday at 9:30 am!

Posted by: Mikel Berger | August 27, 2009

The Main Character

Last week we started our series in Colossians by looking at the individuals mentioned in the book. We talked about major players like Paul and Ephahras and also those that played smaller roles, like Ty the Mailman.

I left out the real main character in the story (and every story really), Jesus Christ. This week we’ll look at Paul’s amazing description of Jesus and compare that with some other people’s views of him.

We’re on this journey through Colossians to become more complete christians (i.e little Christs). From last week I hope we have a better understanding that we’re much like the individuals mentioned in Paul’s letter. After this week, Lord willing, I pray we’ll more fully understand Christ so that we can become better imitators of him.

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