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Preparing for Sunday - John 1:1-5, 9-14

Carefully Think Read John 1:1-5, 9-14. How does John describe Jesus? Who does John intend us to understand that Jesus is by this description? Why would John call Jesus "the Word"? What does that title suggest Jesus' relationship to God is? What was Jesus' role in creation? What does this suggest about Jesus' identity? What kind of life is being referred to (v 4)? If...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 18:21-35

Carefully Think Read Matthew 18:21-35. What is the main idea of this passage? Write it out in one sentence. In light of Matthew 18:15-20, what would motivate Peter to ask the question he does in 18:21? Why would Peter suggest "seven times" for forgiveness? What was Jesus' response? What did Jesus mean by his response? Read the parable in 18:23-35 again in light of Pe...

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Elder Affirmation Results - Adam Naler

Sunday, December 14, following our morning gathering, Summit Woods Baptist Church voted to affirm or reject the Elder's recommendation that Adam Naler serve a three year term as elder. Adam received far above the two-thirds majority vote required by our by-laws to begin serving as an elder. We are grateful for God's leadership through His people at Summit Woods and look ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 18:15-20

Carefully Think Read Matthew 18:15-20 several times. (Perhaps using various translations). How do these verses relate to the parable of the lost sheep just before, in 18:10-14? What are the key “steps” outlined in this passage? What do these verses teach about the role of discipline in the Church? What authority does a local church have among members who...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 18:1-14

Carefully Think Read Matthew 18:1-14. Review Matthew 17 for context. How long after Jesus addressing paying the temple tax is this section? (v1)  How does that impact what this text means? Why does Jesus use a physical child to relate who is the greatest, cutting off your hand, and searching for a lost sheep?  Who is Jesus calling a stumbling block?  (...

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