Sermons on Devotion

The Hope of Israel

MATTHEW 21:1-11 Jesus was fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah (Matthew 21:1-5). How can we learn to trust Jesus enough to do what is uncomfortable? Mark 11:4-6 How amazing was the scene coming down the side of the Mt. of Olives? How does Jesus’ fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9 affect you? The people were also looking for…

The Lifestyle of Hope

ROMANS 15:1-4 Everything written before was for our learning so we can have hope (v.4). What lessons have we usually taught from this verse? Why is context so important to the study of scripture? The context of verse 4 begins with helping the weak (v.1). Since the paragraph begins with helping the weak, what can…

Hope and Its Related Blessings

EPHESIANS 1:18-21 We need to pray for enlightened hearts to know the hope of our calling (v.18). What enlightenment will help us better know the hope of our calling? Why is it important that our hope is not separated from our calling? Our hope is related to the glorious riches of His inheritance (v.18b). Why…

Hope Explained

ROMANS 8:18-25 This life’s trials are incapable of being compared to our hope of glory (v.18). What weight of suffering could compare to the weight of the glory that is coming? Why would God want us to think about this comparison? (2 Cor. 4:17) This creation has become the very definition of hope for us…

The Realization of Our Hope

LUKE 23:40-43 When life is as bad as it can get, with Jesus there is hope (Luke 23:40-43). What was the only hope for the thief on the cross? What is the greatest and the only hope for us? (I Peter 1:8-9) We have already been seated with Christ (Ephesians 2:6). How can a realization…

The Real Lord’s Prayer

JOHN 17 This is how Jesus prayed for Himself (v.1-5). For what purposes was Jesus praying for Himself? For what purposes should we be praying for ourselves? This is how Jesus prayed for His disciples (v.6-19). Why does Jesus choose to not pray for the world? Why pray for protection, unity, joy and sanctification? What…

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…