A Firm Hope and A Sure Song

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Pastor Steve Thomas

Daniel 2

A Firm Hope and Sure Song_Sermon Notes

Going Deeper:

  1. Read Daniel chapter 2. Who are the main characters? What roles do they play?
  2. Based on this account, what words would you use to describe the king, the king’s advisors, Daniel (and the guys), and God?
  3. The author of the book of Daniel intended for this account to provide something needed for God’s people to live faithfully in a mostly “God-less” society. What are some ideas the author conveys? Do you need to hear these in your life?
  4. Where do you see the end of “Babylonian” thinking? When it comes to fully knowing life, the future, and who we are and God is, what is needed?
  5. How does this story challenge you or comfort you?
  6. Spiritual Exercise: Reflect on what gave Daniel the confidence to sing worship while in exile. Read the “song” a few times in Daniel 2:20-23. How is God
    encouraging you to live firmly and faithfully in your experience of “exile’? How can you act in faith?

 

Wisdom in Resistance

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Pastor Steve Thomas

Daniel 1

Wisdom In Resistance_ Sermon Notes

Going Deeper:

  1. Read Daniel chapter 1 and Matthew 22:15-22. Does anything stand out to you? What are some ways these two passages connect with each other?
  2. Daniel’s resolution to temporarily abstain from food from the king’s table, yet submitting to (and utilizing parts of) secular education, appearance, and names in service to the king, is an example of his resolve not to defile himself. Why do you think he made this choice? How does that help inform you about living for God in our cultural moment?
  3. Neither the author of Daniel, nor Jesus in Matthew, provides a clear list of “do’s” and “do nots” when it comes to living faithfully in a corrupting culture. What might the reason be? How does this challenge you to live?
  4. Where do you see Daniel demonstrating Christ-likeness in his act of resistance?
  5. Spiritual Exercise: Read Daniel’s resolve and Jesus’ exhortation again. Pray about them. Listen to the Holy Spirit prompting you. Is this resolve of heart one you share with Daniel? Do you need to make it? Do you need to honor it today?

 

Exile As Opportunity

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Pastor Steve Thomas

Daniel 1:1-7; Jeremiah 29:1-7

Exile as Opportunity_Sermon Notes

Going Deeper

  • Read Daniel 1:1-7 and consider their experience of entering exile. What did they lose and find? How would exile challenge their faith?
  • Can you identify with any of the experiences of “exile” in your life? How? What are some reasons our experience is not a direct parallel with Daniel?
  • How would you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the various paradigms of exile? Have you experienced any of these for good or ill?
  • Read Jeremiah 29:1-7. What did God call the exiles to do in Babylon? How does this inform your perception of being a Christian in Corvallis?
  • Where is God in both Daniel 1:1-7 and Jeremiah 29:1-7? How does this give you hope in your “exile”?

Spiritual Exercise: The word “welfare” (ESV) or “peace” (NIV) is the Hebrew word “shalom”. Shalom means “wholeness” or “flourishing fullness”. Pray for wisdom to find a way you could help bring shalom into Corvallis this week and then follow the Spirit’s leading in faithful obedience.

 

Summer in the Psalms

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Jerome Wernow

Psalm 139

Psalm 139_Sermon Notes

DIGGING DEEPER as YOU DIG THE PSALMS this SUMMER:

  1. How does any psalm you read relate to the purpose and message of the whole collection, summarized in Psalms 1 & 2?
  2. Is there any indication of what occasion or author or time period this prayer came out of?
  3. How is this a Messianic Psalm? How do we read it as followers of Jesus?  Does it predict Jesus, tie into His life, reflect a prayer He could have prayed or we could pray to Him? How does it connect to the kingdom of the Son and the promised blessing that God will pour into it?
  4. How could you pray this prayer or sing this song? Does it remind you of a song you know that you could sing right now?
  5. THE BLESSED LIFE: How are you blessed? How can you seek God’s blessing?  How can you bless God’s name, the name of Yahweh, where you are in your life, dry or abundant?

 

 

Summer in the Psalms

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Jerome Wernow

Psalm 121

Psalm 121_Sermon Notes

DIGGING DEEPER as YOU DIG THE PSALMS this SUMMER:

  1. How does any psalm you read relate to the purpose and message of the whole collection, summarized in Psalms 1 & 2?
  2. Is there any indication of what occasion or author or time period this prayer came out of?
  3. How is this a Messianic Psalm? How do we read it as followers of Jesus?  Does it predict Jesus, tie into His life, reflect a prayer He could have prayed or we could pray to Him? How does it connect to the kingdom of the Son and the promised blessing that God will pour into it?
  4. How could you pray this prayer or sing this song? Does it remind you of a song you know that you could sing right now?
  5. THE BLESSED LIFE: How are you blessed? How can you seek God’s blessing?  How can you bless God’s name, the name of Yahweh, where you are in your life, dry or abundant?

 

 

Summer in the Psalms

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Todd Miles

Psalm 108

Psalm 108_Sermon Notes

DIGGING DEEPER as YOU DIG THE PSALMS this SUMMER:

  1. How does any psalm you read relate to the purpose and message of the whole collection, summarized in Psalms 1 & 2?
  2. Is there any indication of what occasion or author or time period this prayer came out of?
  3. How is this a Messianic Psalm? How do we read it as followers of Jesus?  Does it predict Jesus, tie into His life, reflect a prayer He could have prayed or we could pray to Him? How does it connect to the kingdom of the Son and the promised blessing that God will pour into it?
  4. How could you pray this prayer or sing this song? Does it remind you of a song you know that you could sing right now?
  5. THE BLESSED LIFE: How are you blessed? How can you seek God’s blessing?  How can you bless God’s name, the name of Yahweh, where you are in your life, dry or abundant?

 

Summer in the Psalms

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Chuck Kelley

Psalm 149

Psalm 149_Sermon Notes

DIGGING DEEPER as YOU DIG THE PSALMS this SUMMER:

  1. How does any psalm you read relate to the purpose and message of the whole collection, summarized in Psalms 1 & 2?
  2. Is there any indication of what occasion or author or time period this prayer came out of?
  3. How is this a Messianic Psalm? How do we read it as followers of Jesus?  Does it predict Jesus, tie into His life, reflect a prayer He could have prayed or we could pray to Him? How does it connect to the kingdom of the Son and the promised blessing that God will pour into it?
  4. How could you pray this prayer or sing this song? Does it remind you of a song you know that you could sing right now?
  5. THE BLESSED LIFE: How are you blessed? How can you seek God’s blessing?  How can you bless God’s name, the name of Yahweh, where you are in your life, dry or abundant?

 

Summer in the Psalms

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Len Andyshak

Psalm 23

Psalm 23_Sermon Notes

Digging Deeper as YOU DIG THE PSALMS this SUMMER:

  1. How does any psalm you read relate to the purpose and message of the whole collection, summarized in Psalms 1 & 2?
  2. Is there any indication of what occasion or author or time period this prayer came out of?
  3. How is this a Messianic Psalm? How do we read it as followers of Jesus?  Does it predict Jesus, tie into His life, reflect a prayer He could have prayed or we could pray to Him? How does it connect to the kingdom of the Son and the promised blessing that God will pour into it?
  4. How could you pray this prayer or sing this song? Does it remind you of a song you know that you could sing right now?
  5. THE BLESSED LIFE: How are you blessed? How can you seek God’s blessing?  How can you bless God’s name, the name of Yahweh, where you are in your life, dry or abundant?

Summer in the Psalms

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Pastor Russ Richmond & Will Richmond

Psalm 71

Psalm 71_Sermon Notes

Digging Deeper as YOU DIG THE PSALMS this SUMMER:

  1. How does any psalm you read relate to the purpose and message of the whole collection, summarized in Psalms 1 & 2?
  2. Is there any indication of what occasion or author or time period this prayer came out of?
  3. How is this a Messianic Psalm? How do we read it as followers of Jesus?  Does it predict Jesus, tie into His life, reflect a prayer He could have prayed or we could pray to Him? How does it connect to the kingdom of the Son and the promised blessing that God will pour into it?
  4. How could you pray this prayer or sing this song? Does it remind you of a song you know that you could sing right now?
  5. THE BLESSED LIFE: How are you blessed? How can you seek God’s blessing?  How can you bless God’s name, the name of Yahweh, where you are in your life, dry or abundant?