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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 6:9-15

Carefully Think Read Matthew 6:9-15. Think back on the points from last week's sermon on what should not mark righteous praying. How does this prayer in 6:9-15 counter what Jesus warned against in 6:5-8? List each request you see in 6:9-15. Look carefully at vv9-10 and vv 11-13 - what are the differences between these two portions of the prayer? What do the plural p...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 6:5-8

Carefully Think Read Matthew 6:5-8. How does this illustrate the principle of 6:1? Why would Jesus use prayer to illustrate this principle? How does Jesus describe the hypocrites approach to prayer? What makes it hypocritical? What does Jesus indicate is the alternative way to approach prayer? Why would he suggest this approach? Verse 7 describes the prayer h...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 6:2-4

Carefully Think Read Matthew 6:2-4 How does this illustrate the principle given in 6:1? Why is giving to the needy emphasized? What would the purpose be of announcing someone’s giving by trumpet? Why would the synagogues and the streets be the place for the hypocrites to announce their giving? What is the key motivation of the hypocrites for drawing attention ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 6:1

Carefully Think Read Matthew 6:1-18 What are the similar phrases and terms used in this section? What religious practices does Jesus highlight in this section? Why? How does 6:1 related to what Jesus said in 5:16? How are these passages similar and different? How are they not contradictory? In what ways does 6:1 serve as a general pricinple for 6:2-18? How is 6:1-1...

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Preparing for Sunday - Romans 15:22-29

Carefully Think Read Romans 15:22-29. Who is Paul writing to (Rom 1:7)? Why does Paul now feel he has the ability to go to Rome? In addition to visiting with the saints in Rome, what does Paul want to accomplish while with them? What ministry is he presently involved in as he writes to the Romans? When he finishes his present ministry task, what does he want to do? ...

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Elder Re-Affirmation Results

Sunday, October 21, following our morning worship gathering, Summit Woods Baptist Church voted to affirm or reject the Elder's recommendation that Rob Stouffer serve a second three year term as elder. Rob received far above the two-thirds majority vote required by our by-laws to begin serving a second term as an elder. We are grateful for God's leadership through His peo...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 5:43-48

Carefully Think Read Matthew 5:43-48. Sum up the main idea in one short sentence. What is 5:43 referring to? Where was this taught? If Jesus did not come to do away with the law, how does his statement of 5:44 fit with what was taught in 5:43? What reasons does Jesus give for praying for your enemies and persecutors (5:45)? What does He mean by these illustrations? ...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 5:38-42

Carefully Think Read Matthew 5:38-42. Summarize in one sentence what the main idea is. How does Matthew 5:38-42 fit with the idea Jesus expressed in 5:17-20? Read Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20; and Deuteronomy 19:21. What are these passages teaching about retaliation? Why would the OT emphasize this? How do these OT passages help you understand what Jesus is referrin...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 5:33-37

Carefully Think Read Matthew 5:33-37. Summarize in one sentence what Jesus’ main point is. How does this passage relate to what Jesus said in 5:17-20? What are the similarities and differences between this passage and the previous sections (anger: 5:21-26; lust: 5:27-30; divorce: 5:31-32)? Read through the following OT passages: Exodus 20:7; Leviticus 19:12; Nu...

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Reaffirmation of Elders

The following is the announcement by the elders (read by Bret Capranica) on reaffirming Rob Stouffer as an elder for a second term. According to our bylaws, lay elders serve 3-year terms.  An elder may be affirmed to serve two consecutive terms before our bylaws stipulate they must take a year off before serving again as an elder. In October, Rob Stouffer and B...

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