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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 17:1-13

Carefully Think Read Matthew chapter 17:1-13. When did this occur? Why is the timing significant (why would Matthew draw attention to it)? Where did Jesus go and who did he take with him? Why do you think he took only these three disciples? How does the transfigured Jesus differ from the Jesus the disciples knew and were familiar with? Who did Jesus converse with du...

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Preparing for Sunday - Malachi

Carefully Think Read the book of Malachi in one sitting. What are the key doctrines that God illustrates in this prophecy? What is the core message of Malachi’s text? How were some of Malachi’s prophecies fulfilled in the New Testament? (3:1, 3:3, 4:2, 4:5) In what ways does John the Baptist fulfill Malachi’s prophecies about the coming of Elijah? ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Habakkuk

Carefully Think Read the book of Habakkuk in one sitting. Who is this prophecy about? Who is the actual audience of this book? Who do you believe initiated this dialogue? What are the key doctrines that God illustrates in this prophecy? What is Habakkuk’s first complaint? (1:2-4) What is God’s answer? (1:5-11) What is Habakkuk’s second complaint (...

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