Sermons by Jack Abels

Evil Is Judged by Nineveh and Sheba

MATTHEW 12:38-45 An evil generation asks for a miraculous sign (v.38-39). What is so wrong about asking for a miraculous sign? What should we be doing instead of asking for a sign? Jesus declared that Jonah was in a huge fish for three days (v.39-40). Why do people find it so hard to believe the…

Transforming Followers

MARK 2:13-22 Levi/Matthew was transformed by a call to follow Jesus (v.13-14). What would motivate a successful man to leave his profession to follow Jesus? What will lead us to leave anything that hinders us from following Jesus? Transformed Levi/Matthew wanted all of his friends to meet Jesus (v.15). When he was leaving his job,…

Praying like Daniel

DANIEL 9:1-23 Spending time in God’s word motivated Daniel to pray (v.1-3). Why is it so important for us to let God’s word motivate us to pray? What are you going to do today and this week to let that happen for you? Daniel prayed with praise and confession (v.4-11a). Why is it so important…

We Do Not Inherit Sin!

EZEKIEL 18 God purposely taught that we do not inherit sin (v.1-4). Why was it important in Ezekiel’s day for them to know this? Why is it so important in our day for us to know this? (Psalm 51:5; 71:6) A righteous man will surely live (v.5-9). Why aren’t the righteous punished for the sins…

There Is Hope for the Hurting

LAMENTATIONS 3:1-26 Jeremiah in experiencing terrible anguish says, “I hurt!” (v.1-18) How badly was Jeremiah hurting? (2:11-12; 3:48) Why is it so important for us to take our anguish to God in prayer? Jeremiah, still in terrible anguish says, “I remember!” (v.19-21) Besides his past trials, what else does Jeremiah remember? Besides our past trials,…

The High Cost of Trying to Save Yourself

II KINGS 25:1-7 Zedekiah had been told how to be saved (Jeremiah 21:8-9, 38:2). Why would the king choose rebellion instead of surrender? Why do we choose rebellion instead of surrender? Zedekiah was afraid of the cost of obeying God (Jeremiah 38:17-20). What was the basis of Zedekiah’s fear? What is the basis of our…

Standing in Awe of the God of Israel

ISAIAH 29:13-24 When people only honor God outwardly, they need to be awed (v.13-14). What is incomplete about honoring God only with our lips? When have you allowed God to ‘astound you with wonder upon wonder?’ Those who think they can sin secretly are rejecting the creator (v.15-16). What do our attempts to hide our…