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Monday, March 30, 2015

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (4/5/15)

Holy Week Schedule
1. Maundy Thursday, April 2nd, Communion Service 6:00 PM
2. Good Friday, April 3rd, Tenebrae Service 7:00 PM
3. Saturday, April 4th, Men's Breakfast 8:00 AM
4. Easter Sunday, April 5th, Easter Egg Hunt During the Sunday School Hour

We will have our annual Easter Egg Hunt during the Sunday School hour on Easter Sunday. Please bring some cookies to share for fellowship time. The High School Youth will be stuffing the Easter Eggs during our Wednesday Night fellowship so please bring plastic eggs and candy to the church office by Wednesday afternoon.

Scripture
Matthew 21:1-17 (ESV)  
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth-phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, [2] saying to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. [3] If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once." [4] This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 
[5] "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.' "  [6] The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. [7] They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. [8] Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. [9] And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" [10] And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" [11] And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee." 
[12] And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. [13] He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you make it a den of robbers." 
[14] And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.  [15] But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant, [16] and they said to him, "Do you hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, " 'Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise'?" [17] And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Questions for Reflection
1. Jesus sent two of His disciples to find and return with what? Why? (21:2-3)
2. Why was this incident significant? (21:4-5)
3. How did the two disciples respond to Jesus’ instructions? (21:6)
4. When the men returned with the donkey and colt, what did Jesus do? (21:7)
5. What did the gathered crowd place on the road? Why? (21:8)
6. What size crowd participated in welcoming Jesus? (21:8)
7. What did the crowds shout as Jesus entered Jerusalem? (21:9)
8. How did this “parade” affect those living in Jerusalem? (21:10)
9. How much do you think “the crowds” today understand Jesus’ purpose and mission?
10. In what ways do we simplistically “cheer” Jesus?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week Schedule

1. Maundy Thursday, April 2nd, Communion Service 6:00pm
2. Good Friday, April 3rd, Tenebrae Service 7:00pm
3. Saturday, April 4th, Men's Breakfast 8:00am
4. Easter Sunday, April 5th, Easter Egg Hunt During the Sunday School Hour

Palm Sunday is this Sunday, March 29th , during  Sunday school beginning at 9:45 a.m. There will be fellowship and breakfast served to all. We will then have a short devotional, and our children will present a youth choir special. Parents please have your children there at 9:30.

Scripture for Sunday (3/29/15)

Scripture
Matthew 21:1-17 (ESV)  
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth-phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, [2] saying to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. [3] If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once." [4] This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 
    [5] "Say to the daughter of Zion,
    'Behold, your king is coming to you,
        humble, and mounted on a donkey,
        and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.' "
[6] The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. [7] They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. [8] Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. [9] And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" [10] And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" [11] And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee." 
[12] And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. [13] He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you make it a den of robbers." 
[14] And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.  [15] But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant, [16] and they said to him, "Do you hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read,
    " 'Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies
        you have prepared praise'?"
    [17] And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (3/22/15)

Sunday March 22 we will have a clean up day following morning worship. Please bring a bag lunch and come to church in work clothes.

Scripture
Matthew 25:31-46 (ESV)  
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. [32] Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. [33] And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. [34] Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. [35] For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, [36] I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' [37] Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? [38] And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? [39] And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' [40] And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' 
[41] "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. [42] For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, [43] I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' [44] Then they also will answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' [45] Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' [46] And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." 

Questions for Reflection
1. What are some common examples of separating clean from dirty, fresh from spoiled, or good from bad?
2. What criterion will Christ use to judge people? (25:40)
3. Why will the group on Jesus’ right be blessed? (25:35)
4. What defense will those on Christ’s left use to justify themselves? (25:44)
5. How do people usually determine whether they will be nice to somebody?
6. How would your behavior change if you treated each person in your life as if he or she were Jesus?
7. What change does true faith make in a person’s life?
8. In what specific ways has your faith in Christ changed you?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Announcements / Scripture for Sunday (3/22/15)

Announcements:

  • Session meeting Tonight @ 6:00 PM
  • Sunday March 22 we will have a clean up day following morning worship. Please bring a bag lunch and come to church in work clothes.
  • The Session and Education committee recently voted to begin having 5th Sunday special Sunday school events. The first event will be Palm Sunday, March 29th , during  Sunday school beginning at 9:45 AM.   There will be fellowship and breakfast served to all.  We will then have a short devotional, and our children will present a youth choir special.
  • Please keep KK Allen and the Marble Falls High School Choir in your prayers as they are traveling to Germany and Austria.
  • Henry Whitworth is on a mission trip in Panama please keep him and his group in your prayers. 
  • Come to Fellowship Hall for donuts and coffee then prayer @ 9:15 each Sunday then stay for Sunday School.
  • After School Program for grades k-5 – Tuesday, at 3:30-5 PM. 
  • Youth Group for grades 6-12 – Wednesday, 6-7:30 PM.  If you are interested in providing dinner, there is a sign-up sheet in the back of the church  
  • New Flower Calendar is in the bulletin board in the hallway. 
  • The Lenten luncheons continue each Wednesday and are held at 1st Baptist church.  We are responsible for the entire meal March 4th. If you are willing to help provide food please contact Linda Johnston.

Scripture
Matthew 25:31-46 (ESV)  
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. [32] Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. [33] And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. [34] Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. [35] For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, [36] I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' [37] Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? [38] And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? [39] And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' [40] And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' 
[41] "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. [42] For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, [43] I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' [44] Then they also will answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' [45] Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' [46] And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Announcements, Scripture & Questions for Sunday (3/15/15)

Announcements:

  • Sunday March 22 we will have a clean up day following morning worship. Please bring a bag lunch and come to church in work clothes.
  • Sue Beth Lewis Gipson - Visitation will be Sunday, March 15th from 5 - 7 PM. at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Kerrville, Texas. Service is Monday, March 16th, 10 AM at Grimes Funeral Chapel. Graveside and Burial to follow at Junction Cemetery.
  • The Session and Education committee recently voted to begin having 5th Sunday special Sunday school events. The first event will be Palm Sunday, March 29th , during  Sunday school beginning at 9:45 a.m.   There will be fellowship and breakfast served to all.  We will then have a short devotional, and our children will present a youth choir special.
  • We are beginning practice each Sunday during Sunday school. There are four songs that the children will sing, and the older children will read Bible verses.  Each child/family will be given a CD with the songs recorded in the order they will be sung.  Please play and sing the songs with your child as much as possible so on the day of presentation we can make a joyful noise!!  We will announce a last rehearsal before the Palm Sunday celebration.  Please contact Molly McMillan at 325-446-7032 (cell) or Teena Hagood at 325-446-6267 (cell) if needed.
  • Please keep KK Allen and the Marble Falls High School Choir in your prayers as they are traveling to Germany and Austria.
  • Session meeting Tuesday @ 6:00 PM
  • Come to Fellowship Hall for donuts and coffee then prayer @ 9:15 each Sunday then stay for Sunday School.
  • After School Program for grades k-5 – Tuesday, at 3:30-5 PM
  • Youth Group for grades 6-12 – Wednesday, 6-7:30.  If you are interested in providing dinner, there is a sign-up sheet in the back of the church   
  • New Flower Calendar is in the bulletin board in the hallway. 
  • The Lenten luncheons continue each Wednesday and are held at 1st Baptist church.  We are responsible for the entire meal March 4th. If you are willing to help provide food please contact Linda Johnston.

Scripture
Matthew 25:1-13 (ESV)  
"Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. [2] Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. [3] For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, [4] but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. [5] As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. [6] But at midnight there was a cry, 'Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' [7] Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. [8] And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' [9] But the wise answered, saying, 'Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.' [10] And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. [11] Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.' [12] But he answered, 'Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.' [13] Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Questions for Reflection
1. When was a time you were late to an important event, and why were you delayed?
2. To what did Jesus compare the kingdom of heaven in this parable? (25:1)
3. How did the wise virgins respond when asked to help the ones who weren’t prepared? (25:9)
4. How did the bridegroom respond when some virgins wanted to come to the wedding late? (25:12)
5. With what warning did Jesus conclude this parable? Why? (25:13)
6. In what ways do you tend to count on more mature Christians or try to ride their coattails?
7. What responsibility does each Christian have before God?
8. Why is continual preparation for Christ’s return better than “last minute cramming”?
9. What are the possible consequences of putting off thinking about Christ and spiritual growth until later?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (3/8/15)

Scripture
Matthew 22:1-14 (ESV)  
And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, [2] "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, [3] and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. [4] Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.' [5] But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, [6] while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. [7] The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. [8] Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. [9] Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.' [10] And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.  [11] "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. [12] And he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. [13] Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' [14] For many are called, but few are chosen." 

Questions for Reflection

1. What do you like or dislike about weddings?
2. How do you tend to react when long-awaited plans fail to materialize?
3. How did people respond to the king’s invitation? (22:3)
4. Upon hearing that no one would come to the wedding, what did the king do? (22:4)
5. How did the invited guests react to the king’s second appeal? (22:5)
6. To what shocking acts did some of the people who were invited resort? (22:6)
7. The king went to a “Plan B” that included what changes? (22:8-9)
8. How did the king’s alternative plan work out? (22:10)
9. What keeps people from accepting Jesus’ offer of eternal life?
10. The wedding clothes in the parable that were needed for admittance to the banquet are meant to symbolize what quality that is necessary for entry into the kingdom of heaven?
11. What will happen to those who either reject Christ or try to enter His kingdom on their own terms?
12. In what area(s) of your life have you been putting off a response to what God has asked you to do?