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                            STUDY QUESTIONS

Questions on January 7 Sermon from Isaiah 6:1-7



1. What is the significance of the year in which Uzziah died?



2. Describe in your own words the demonstrations of the holiness of God in verses 2-4.



3. How are the individual and corporate effects of God’s holiness portrayed?



4. Has the divine holiness ever had such an impact on your life?

    If so, when and in what ways.



5. What is the prism through which we must view and understand ourselves?



6. How are the doctrines of justification and sanctification shown in this passage?


Questions on January 14 Sermon from Isaiah 6:8-13



1. How did the prophet know that he should answer God’s questions, "Whom shall I send, and who        will go for us?", when the text does not say that he was specifically addressed?



2. What is the character of Isaiah’s prophetic ministry?



3. What is the essential nature of Isaiah’s prophetic ministry?



4. Explain the meaning of the Lord’s answers, verses 10-12, regarding the duration of his ministry



5. How and where is the promise of hope declared in this passage?



6. How is God’s Self-revelation being shown to us in corporate worship?



7. How has God’s Self-revelation been impacting our sanctification?



8. How has God’s Self-revelation been impacting our call to evangelism and                                            discipleship in this ministry?


Questions from January 28 sermon on Jeremiah 7:1-8

 


1. How is the truth of the knowledge of God’s holiness a living reality in our lives?

 


2. How is it impacting our day-to-day decisions?

            

    How are we loving our neighbors?

            

    How are we letting our light shine, recall Mt 5:14-16?

 


3. How much do we meditate on the holiness of God?

    

    What theological and practical benefits are we gaining from such a discipline?

 


4. What are the 3 most important priorities governing our lives?

            

    In other words, what impels us in all our decisions, attitudes, etc.?

            

   What are the people or things that energize, encourage, and equip us to think, act, feel, etc., 

   the way we do about life?

            

   Other persons? Ultimate matters? Etc.

 


5. What is the focus of our prayers?

            

    For material things or for eternal, spiritual privileges and responsibilities?

            

    Are we praying for him to try us more? To transform us increasingly into his image?

 

Questions are based on our February 4 sermon on Jeremiah 7:1-8  

 


1. What is the meaning of the phrase/formula “the word of the Lord… came to …”?

 


2. What are the consequences of the phrase/formula “the word of the Lord… came    to …”?

 


3. What is the ultimate occasion of God’s Word coming to his people?

 

    What are its ongoing consequences upon your life?

 


4. What is the relationship between “Sunday religion” and daily living/life?

      

    Scriptures?

 


5. What concrete effects has corporate worship been having on your sanctification this year?

 


6. What is the link between salvation/sanctification and evangelism/discipleship?

 


7. In what ways are you a “temple of the Lord, temple of the Lord, temple of the Lord” person?

 


8. In what ways are you [must you be] a “temple of the Lord” person? Note, there is only one

    occurrence of “temple of the Lord”.

Questions are based on our February 11 sermon from Jeremiah 7:9-16

 


1. What is the significance of Shiloh?

 



2. What attributes of our God are revealed in his destruction of Shiloh?

 



3. What are the implications of God’s destruction of Shiloh?

 

Study Questions on February 18 Sermon from Romans 8:31-39

 

1. To what does “these things” in v. 31 refer?

 

2. Why must v. 32 be thought of as the most convincing proof of God’s grace?

            

    In the non-sparing of Jesus, did God the Father hate our him? Explain your answer by Scripture and

            by reason/logic.

 

3. Who are the “us all” in vv. 33-39?

 

4. What High Priestly ministry is our Lord Jesus currently carrying out in heaven?

            

    Why should this ministry encourage and motivate us to endure all hardships and suffering for the          sake of Christ?

 

5. According to v. 36, how should believers consider themselves?

            

    In what ways does this perspective conflict with your view of yourself?

           

    In what ways does this perspective conflict with the world’s teaching regarding ourselves?

            

    How do we resolve these conflicts?

 

6. Give an overall summary of the way the 4 big questions in vv. 31, 33, 34 and 35 are answered?

 

7. What is the greatest divine blessing described in vv. 31-39?

           

    What is the only way in which this blessing is given to us?

 

8. What impact has these verses been having on your Christian life, especially regarding this year’s          corporate emphases on sanctification and evangelism/discipleship?

 

9. How can we use these verses to encourage a backsliding brother or sister?

 

Study Questions on February 25 Sermon from Exodus 32:7-14


The exercise below is designed to trace the corporate/ family solidarity in Jacob’s cursing of Levi in Gen 49:5-7; Aaron’s apostatizing anti-leadership, Ex 32; and their fulfillment in the High Priest’s and Priestly involvement in our Lord’s crucifixion. Their implications and applications will also be drawn out


1. Describe the events in Gen 49:5-7.

2. Explain the events in Gen 49:5-7.

3. What are the likely connections of these events with Ex 32?

4. What are the likely connections of these events with Lev 10:1-2?


For further connections between Gen 49:5-7 and the rest of Scripture, please read and meditate upon the following texts and events.


Note the covenant or family solidarity of the above events with the following:


  • Num 12:1-15 Aaron and Miriam charged Moses with folly, and Miriam was struck with leprous uncleanness
  • Num 16:1–33 Korah led a rebellion against Moses, and was swallowed up by Sheol.
  • 1 Sam 3:12–14 Eli refused to rebuke his sons, and there was no atonement for his sin.
  • 1 Sam 4:17 Eli’s sons Hophni and Phineas treated the holy ark of God as a totem, and they were slain upon the field of battle.
  • 1 Ki 2:26-27 Abiathar helped Adonijah in his wicked revolt, and was dispossessed from his priestly office.
  • Jer 2:8 The priests of Jeremiah did not know the Lord.
  • Eze 22:26 the priests of Ezekiel profaned the temple and God’s holy sabbaths.
  • Mal 2:2 the continuing sins of the priests required a holy God to curse their very blessings.
  • Jn 11: 43-50 In the culmination of Jacob’s curse on Levitical cruelty and violence, Annas and Caiaphas offered up our Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God, for the Passover slaughter.

The annual slaughter of the Passover Lamb is to be properly seen as a yearly rehearsal for the culminating cruelty of the priests of Levi, that is, of the entire Levitical priesthood, who sacrificed Christ, the Lamb of God.


Note: the above is adapted from Warren Austin Gage, Milestones to Emmaus: The Third Day Resurrection in the Old Testament (Fort Lauderdale, FL: Warren A. Gage, 2011), 31.


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Note the explicit role of the chief priests and priests in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ


Mt 20:19

 


Mt 26:2-4

 


Lk 24:18-20

 


Jn 19:14-21

     

 

QUESTIONS

What impact has the principle of covenant/family solidarity had or has been having on your life?

 


What should be your greatest concerns?

 


What actions have you been taking to prevent these consequences?

 


What actions should you be taking in order to prevent these consequences?

 


How does this principle also affect the peace, prosperity, unity, and purity of your local church?

 


What actions should you be taking in order to prevent such a decline in your church?

 





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Study Questions on March 4 Sermon on Exodus 32:15-24  



1. Verses 15-16 state that the tablets were written on both sides. What is the significance of this truth?

 


2. What comforts do we have in knowing that Yahweh is the author of Scripture? 

 


3. How did Moses react to the noise that he heard in the camp?

    

    Were his reactions impulsive and hasty? Please explain your answer, whether yes or no.

 


4. In what ways have/do we become upset, angered, outraged, etc., when we see and hear others            profaning the Person of God and disrespecting his people, things, etc.?

 


5. What were the results of our reactions?

    

    To whom did they draw attention?

    

    How have they contributed to our sanctification?

    

    In what ways did you use these situations as opportunities for evangelism/discipleship?

 


6. List and explain some of the characteristics of an impenitent heart that are taught in this passage of

    Scripture?

 


7. How should we respond to the sin of impenitence in our lives?

    How will these responses help to sanctify us (draw us closer to Christ)?

 

Study Questions on March 11 Sermon on Exodus 32:25-35  

 


1. What is the theological significance of Israel’s sinning a great sin, v. 30?

 


2. Why did the Lord reject Moses’ request to atone for the sins of Israel?

 


3. The text tells us that the Lord judged Israel by having Moses and the Levites kill about 3,000 men,        vv. 27-28. It also tells us that the Lord later sent a plague upon his people, v. 35. Is this a case of          double jeopardy? Please give a detailed response.

 


4. What principles do we learn from the ordaining of the holy soldiers in vv. 26-28?

    

    Where does Jesus teach these principles?

 


5. Describe some of your experiences when taking a stand for Christ caused conflict with your close

    relatives and friends.

 

    How did they end?

    

    How have these experiences contributed to your sanctification?

 


6. List the similarities between Aaron’s idolatry (Exodus 32:1-8) and Jeroboam’s,1 Kings 12:25-33.

 


7. What lessons are we to learn from the “legacies” of:

    Aaron and the golden calf, Ex 32; Dt 9:7-8; Ps 106:19-23; Acts 7:41

    

   and Jeroboam and the effects of his idolatry, 1 Ki 15:30; 2 Ki 10:29, 31; 13:2; 14:24; 17:22; etc.

   

   In what ways do these examples inspire us to live holy lives?

 

Study Questions on March 18 Sermon:

   Text: Exodus 33:1-11

   Title: Dwelling under Divine Disfavor



1. What does the term “a land flowing with milk and honey mean”?

   

    What are its New Testament equivalents?



2. Describe the full ramifications of the Lord’s refusal to lead his people into the Promised Land.



3. How are we to understand the statement that the people stripped (stripped = snatched) themselves      of their ornaments? See vv. 4-6.


    What lessons regarding our sanctification do the Israelites teach us?



4. In what ways does the tabernacle of Moses, vv. 7-10, point to our Lord Jesus Christ?


    In what ways it does not?



5. List and describe some of the divine attributes that are stated in vv. 1-11.



    Discuss ways in which you will use these attributes in your evangelism and discipleship activities.


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