1 John 4
Questions to ponder when reading:
verses 1 thru 6
How do we know if a spirit is from God? What does a false prophet look like? Who is the "he" in "for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world? Why does the world listen to the antichrists? Why do we listen to God? Why do we listen to his pastors and teachers today?
verses 7 thru 12
Why should we love one another? What does the lack of love tell us about a person? Could we love God without Jesus? How does God abide in us?
verses 13 thru 21
What does it mean that God is love? Where does our confidence come from? Is there any room for hatred in us? What does hatred tell us about a person? Is this why the world is full of hate? What is the true remedy?
12 -11 Frist John Chapter 5
1-11-17 Philippians Chapter 4
The Practice of Faith
Why is Paul mentioning Euodia and Syntyche? Why does Paul want them to reconcile? Who is Paul asking to help them with this? What does it matter if everyone is not getting along? What happens when the congregation is united? Why does Paul write, “Rejoice in the Lord always” and why is it repeated? Why does Paul connect the conflict between Euodia and Syntyche with rejoicing? What keeps from rejoicing in the always? Why? Why do congregations not rejoice in the Lord always? What makes joy possible?
The Common Doxology
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise him all creatures here below
Praise him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Why do we praise God? Should we not always be rejoicing because all of these gifts?
Jeremiah 32, Jeremiah imprisoned by King Zedekiah (beginning at verse 17) Why did Jeremiah trust in the Lord? What was the Lord’s response? Why was Jeremiah being besieged? King Jehoshaphat prayed, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
It is hard not to be anxious. I know that I should not be anxious, but I am. Why should we not be anxious? The Lord is at hand (4:5). What does this mean? What should we do when times of anxiety are upon us (4:6)? “Pray and let God worry.” (Martin Luther). “In Everything…with thanksgiving” (4:6). Can we thank God for everything, even in the worst of times? What else should we do when we are anxious? What is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and worthy of praise? (4:8-9)
Creeds of the Church
Personal, what I believe, not what others mean
Not the faith of others, but mine
What does it mean to me?
Confess Christ Before Men ( Matthew 10:32-23)
32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
How does the Father reveal Christian faith to others?
Why do we use creeds today in the Divine Service?
The Creed (Luther’s Small Catechism)
As the head of the family should teach it in a simple way to his household.
The First Article.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
What does this mean?--Answer.
I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my limbs, my reason, and all my senses, and still preserves them; in addition thereto, clothing and shoes, meat and drink, house and homestead, wife and children, fields, cattle, and all my goods; that He provides me richly and daily with all that I need to support this body and life, protects me from all danger, and guards me and preserves me from all evil; and all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. This is most certainly true.
The Second Article.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
What does this mean?--Answer.
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won [delivered] me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, in order that I may be [wholly] His own, and live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.
The Third Article.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; one holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
What does this mean?--Answer.
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Ghost has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith; even as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith; in which Christian Church He forgives daily and richly all sins to me and all believers, and at the last day will raise up me and all the dead, and will give to me and to all believers in Christ everlasting life. This is most certainly true.
2-8-17 James 3
3 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.
Why should people not rush to be teachers in the church?
Why will teachers be judged by God with great strictness?
Why is it important to control our tongues?
Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
How is the tongue like a fire?
Why should wordsof our mouths be consistent?
What does faith have to do with our tongues?
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest
Is someone wise because he can quote the bible?