Sunday in Review – 8/12/18

Hello! Today the Wolfe’s hosted church, Justin read the story, and Simeon preached the sermon.

First we read about Hannah giving her son, Samuel to God so Samuel could do work for Him.

Simeon continued preaching from The Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight and talked about some of the characters in the Gospel story.

First We talked about John the Baptist first – what do people know about John?

  • He’s Jesus’ cousin
  • A prophet (the first in a long time)
  • An odd character — he ate crickets and wore camel hair
  • He baptizes people
  • He also baptized Jesus

Tracy then read Matthew 3 out loud and we talked about why God has prophets. The Prophets declare God’s will to the people and frequently warn them and call them to repent. What is John the Baptists message?

  • That things are about to change
  • Repent — he is the prophet of repentance
  • Which means people should change their ways

Then we talked about Jesus’ disciple, Peter. What do people know about Peter? Before Jesus’ resurrection Peter is great but flawed:

  • When Jesus was betrayed, Peter cut off the ear of a soldier
  • But then he betrayed Jesus at the trial
  • Peter walked on water, but took his eyes off Jesus and fell
  • His name was Simon, but Jesus named him Peter when he confessed Jesus – but right after that he rebuked Jesus
  • His character seems kind of impulsive

We read some passages about Peter

  • Mary read Luke 5:1-11
  • April read Matthew 16:13-20
  • Jude read John 21:3-19
  • Eliza and I split reading Acts 2:1-24

We had a discussion after all those readings – Peter’s conversion process is a long one of growth by being with Jesus. McKnight says that we can also be shaped by the stories of the Gospel.

Sunday in Review – 8/5/18

Today the Franklin’s hosted, Simeon read the kids story, and Justin preached from Galatians!

The story today was about Mary and Joseph forgetting Jesus when they left Jerusalem. They had gone a day’s journey already and then discovered that there was no Jesus with them. Back to Jerusalem they went and found Jesus studying with the rabbis — “doing His Father’s business”

For the sermon we read Galatians 6 and an essay by John MacArthur.

Justin lead us in a discussion and shared his thoughts with us. Our minds can become trapped by making burdens we don’t have to bear!

Sunday in Review – 7/22/18

Happy Sunday everyone! A small gathering was hosted today by Amanda. Simeon read the Bible story and also preached the sermon through the book Jesus Creed

This week we continued reading about Jesus going with His family to Jerusalem for Passover and talking to the rabbis and priests. They were amazed at His knowledge!

Simeon also kept going through the book Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight.

Some things we talked about…

  • The different approaches to reading and studying the Bible
  • Different themes in the Gospels
  • Recognizing that God is our Father and He loves us!
  • How Jesus almost always refers to God as Father while praying
  • We read through a few parables like the story of the Prodigal Son
  • We discussed participating in the feast at the end of history – celebrating the Kingdom of God.

 

Sunday in Review – 7/15/18

This week the Franklin’s hosted.

The story for the children was about Joseph, Mary, and Jesus traveling to Jerusalem for the Passover feast.

For the sermon we read through James 5 and the theme of the sermon was confessions.

We talked about…

  • How confessions happen
  • Which religions take part in them
  • The rules of confession

Then Justin read a Lutheran confession and we had a silent moment of confession and prayer.

Lastly, we had an anointing service for Josh and his recent back pains. Get well Josh!

Sunday in Review – 7/8/18

We are officially half way through the year. How crazy is that. 😛

This week Amanda hosted us.

Today we read the story about Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus fleeing to Egypt because Herod ordered all babies under two killed.

Not the most lovely story… 🙁

We are now done with studying Mark and switching over to a more topical sermon for a bit.

Simeon is using a book to base his sermons off of. The book is called “Jesus Creed” by Scot McKnight. (Goodreads)

We talked about…

  • What the word ‘creed’ means
  • Some religious habits of the Jews that Jesus would have practiced
  • The similarities and differences between the Lord’s Prayer and the Kaddish
  • We read over Mark 12:28-34 and talked about how to understand the “greatest command”

 

Sunday in Review – 6/24/18

Hello, today the Wolfe’s hosted us.

Justin read the story of Sampson to the kids.

In the sermon, we studied Mark 16 — the last chapter of Mark

We talked about…

  • The empty tomb and the fear among those who discovered it
  • The message of the angel
  • The reactions of Jesus’ friends to the resurrection
  • Do we believe in this improbable event? Why do we believe? How are we affected?

Sunday in Review – 6/17/18

Hello! Happy Father’s Day! 🙂

Today Amanda hosted church, Simeon read the story, and Justin preached.

The story was about the wise men following the star, meeting Herod, and visiting and worshiping Jesus.

Justin wanted to talk about God as our Father for Father’s day and read a few passages about that. Here are the ones we read…

  • The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
  • Matthew 7:7-12
  • Matthew 10:19-20
  • Galatians 4:4-7
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
  • Proverbs 3
  • Malachi 2:10
  • Psalm 68:5

Sunday in Review – 6/10/18

Hello! Today church was at the Franklin’s, Simeon read the kids story and also preached the sermon.

The story – this week we read about Mary and Joseph taking newborn baby Jesus to the temple.

For the sermon we read Mark 15:15-47 (end of chapter)

Some things we talked about:

  • The many ironies in the story: Jesus’ crown, title, and royal robe
  • The meaning of crucifixion – torture, shame, spectacle.
  • The cross changed form a symbol of death to life

 

Sunday in Review – 6/3/18

Today church was hosted by the Wolfe’s.

Simeon read to the kids about the angels appearing to the shepherds and telling them to visit Baby Jesus.

In today’s sermon Justin read the story of the death of Polycarp, a 2nd century martyr. Then Eliza, Jude, and Tracy read Acts 5. We talked about the the attitude of the early Church in rejoicing in suffering for Christ.

Some things that were brought up in our discussion:

  • Jesus says all the trials we face will be made up for in the Kingdom of Heaven.
  • It should be a joy to serve Jesus and come to shame for Him.

Sunday in Review – 5/27/18

Today services weres at the Franklin’s and Simeon preached the sermon.

For the children’s story we read about  Mary and Joseph completing their journey to Bethlehem, and finding the inn full. The innkeeper offered them lodgings in his stables instead and baby Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger.

We picked back up in Mark for the sermon and Jude, Gideon, and Eliza took turns reading Mark 14:53-72 and Mark 15:31-15.

This passage covered the two trials of Jesus that Mark tells us about. We discussed

  • Peter denies knowing Jesus three times before the rooster crows twice, just like Jesus predicted.
  • Jesus is put on trial but he’s not really saying anything. We read from Isaiah 53 about the silent lamb..
  • When the witnesses don’t agree with one another Jesus implicates himself – the time for secrecy about his identity is over.
  • Pilate knows Jesus isn’t guilty and tries to release him – asking the crowd whether Jesus or Barabbas should be released. The crowd wants Barabbas freed.

At the end we talked about how the story is one of wrongdoing by the courts, the leaders, even the mob as an innocent man is condemned to death.. And yet despite all the corruption and failure Jesus turns out to be the most significant fact that is related…  There is something encouraging in that for us today…

Thank you for reading! 🙂