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Preparing for Sunday - Lou Priolo

We welcome to our pulpit this Sunday, Lou Priolo. Mr. Priolo is the Director of Biblical Counseling at Valleydale Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a graduate of Calvary Bible College and Liberty University, and is the author of several books, including The Heart of Anger, The Complete Husband, Teach Them Diligently and Pleasing People. In addition to his books, Lou ha...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 13:53-58

Carefully Think Read Matthew 13:53-58. Where does Jesus leave (13:36) and to what town does he go (13:54)? What does he do there? What was the response of those in attendance? Compare this to when Jesus finished the sermon on the mount (7:28, 29). What is similar? What is different? What does the audience find so odd about Jesus' teaching? Why would they think this w...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 13:44-52

Carefully Think Read Matthew 13:44-52 List the parables described here. What are the similarities between each of the parables? What are the differences? What is the emphasis of the first two parables that do not have a stated explanation? What is the emphasis of the thrid parable that is explained? What are the new and old things that Jesus is referring to in the ...

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REVISED SWBC Schedule for Sunday, March 2

The area is under a winter storm warning, and due to the large amounts of ice and predicted snow the Sunday morning schedule is being revised. All adult Equipping Classes, student Sunday School, children's Sunday School, and 9 am nursery are cancelled. The Sunday Morning Gathering will take place as usual at 10:30 am. 9:00 am Sunday School and Equipping Classes - CANCELL...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 13:31-35

Carefully Think Read Matthew 13:31-35. How are the two parables in this section different and alike? How would these parables be similar to the parable of the weeds just before (13:24-30)? What is the comparison being made between the mustard seed and the kingdom of heaven? How would this be helpful and instructive to the crowds and the disciples in light of the oppo...

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On Baptism

At our quarterly Member's Meeting, February 23, the elders presented a document that outlines the approach and application of Baptism at SWBC.  The document and a link to Bret Capranica's sermon on baptism (5/8/2011) can be found below. We welcome and invite your questions, feedback, and improvements of this statement. Feel free to contact any of the elders individua...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Carefully Think Read Matthew 13:24-30, 33-36. Make a list that compares the telling of the parable (13:24-33) and the explanation of the parable (13:36-43). List things like the setting of both sections, the characters involved and what they refer to, etc. In one sentence, how would you summarize the main idea of this parable? How does this parable speak to the situa...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 13:10-17

Carefully Think Read Matthew 13:10-17. How would you summarize this passage in one sentence? What is the relationship of this passage to 13:1-9, 18-23? What reason(s) did Jesus give for speaking to the crowds in parables? What is the contrast between the disciples' spiritual state and the majority in the crowds? What in the passage tells you that? What did the Jewi...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 13

Carefully Think Read all of Matthew 13. List all of the parables you find. What is similar about them? What phrases and words do you see repeated often? Read Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Make a list of the different soils and how the seed sown in them responds. What is the main point of this parable? Are each of the soils a different type of Christian? False-Christians? How ...

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All Wednesday Activities Cancelled - February 5

All activities for Wednesday, February 5, 2014 will be cancelled due to the snow storm. We look forward to seeing you at our Morning Gathering, Sunday, February 9! Please note, the office will be closed on Wednesday as well....

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