Youth Sunday School

Genesis 50

Genesis 50
• We need to be reminded of the promises of God

Genesis 49


Genesis 49
• We are not condemned if we repent and believe in Christ
• Simeon and Levi: Levite’s brought Christ to the cross; Simeon ancestor was Judas Iscariot(?)
• Moses, Samual, Elijah, John - Levites all
• Christ motif in Joseph’s Blessing
• Messianic for shadowing in Judah’s blessing

Genesis 48


Genesis 48
Validation of our conclusions of Genesis 28
Manasseh and Ephraim are adopted into Israel
Based on the Promise
a full share
Inclusion of all people
Open Questions
Under which tribe do Joseph’s other children belong?
Could have the Messiah come out of Ephraim?

Genesis 47


Genesis 47
• Bless others without regard to their station
• Hold fast to the promises of God

• Was Pharaoh asking if Jacob was one of the “immortals”? (Noah 950; Schemm 600; Arpachshad 438; Shela 433; Eber 464; … Abraham 175; Isaac 180)
• Under Joseph’s stewardship, Egypt now owns everything.
• Non biblical sources and archaeological evidence to Joseph’s story:
• The Famine Steal; Imhotep = Joseph?
• Ancient grain bins found Seqqaral necropolis

Genesis 46


Genesis 46
• Christ motifs? (Judah leading the way, Shepherds, in the world but not of the world)
• Genealogy to show God fulfilling His promises
• The Septuagint: efficacious of God’s Word is not dependent on the original languages
• Scripture places no stress upon the number itself, and makes no particular application of it.
• Nothing else in the Bible is affected whether the number is 70 or 75
• Differences likely caused by a different way of counting (wives & daughters; Joseph's sons)

Genesis 45


Genesis 45
• Similarities with post resurrection appearances and Joseph’s reveal to his brothers.
• Attitude adjustment for the Abrahamic Promise (2Corinthians 12:7-9)?
• Will of God: Name kept holy; Word taught correctly; Sinners brought to faith; lead godly lives
• God tests us to bring us closer to Himself (John 6:5-6; James 1:2-3)

Genesis 44


Genesis 44

• Another Ch
rist motif this time with Judah (Mediator, Vicarious Atonement. Father's will)
• Does not argue for innocent just leniency
• No matter how hard they try to pay their way they can’t.

Genesis 43


Genesis 43

• Its the attitude of the giver not the cost of the gift
• Reliance on God (∴ Jacob relents)
• Sharing/teaching the faith within your household (∴ Joseph’s Steward)

Genesis 42


Genesis 42

• Joseph may have been looking for his brothers
• Reuben gets to say I told you so.
• Simeon imprisoned and left behind

• Law/Gospel distinction: Law is applied to the unrepentant; distrust of the Gospel
• Christ motifs: Authority, Recognition, Law/Gospel, Ransom

Genesis 41


Genesis 41
• Rely not on your own wisdom
• True wisdom comes from God
• Look to God’s Word when discerning
• Enable and empower others (don't become a god no mater how small)

Genesis 40


Genesis 40
• Beware of dreamers (interpretations belong to God)
- 1Thessalonians 5:21 but test everything; hold fast what is good.
- Ecclesiasticus 34:1 A man of no understanding has vain and false hopes, and dreams give wings to fools.
- Deuteronomy 13:3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams.

• Sources of dreams: The devil, me, and God

• The Cupbearer and Baker - heads of their departments (Wait Staff & Kitchen Staff?).

Genesis 39


Genesis 39
• Equipped for our circumstances
• A cost to faithfulness (The Cost of Discipleship)
• Glory to God alone (The Five Solas)

• Potiphar’s anger could have been toward his wife over loosing Joesph
• Was there a professional relationship between the captain of the guard and the keeper of the prison that benefited Joseph?

Seven Deadly Sins:
Sloth= Sadness+Apathy; Unwillingness to work; Not issue for Joseph

Genesis 38


Genesis 38
• No righteousness
• Responsibility failures
• Inclusion of Gentiles (via Tamar)
• Christ born of a linage that is truly corrupted by original sin.
• Comfort to the penitent

Genesis 37


Genesis 37
• An allegory of Christ?
• Tension among the siblings turns criminal
• Joseph the snitch
• Joseph the dreamer
• Reuben frustrated by Judah’ selling Joseph into slavery
• Cover up
• Shechem - hard to remember the events that take place here

Genesis 36


Genesis 36, more or less, concludes the account of Jacob (now called Israel) as the narrative shifts its focus to Jacob's son, Joseph. But before Joseph's story can properly begin Genesis wraps up the account of twin brothers with the genealogy of Esau to remind us that God is faithful to His promises.

26 July - Genesis 35


Genesis 35:7 and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.

Genesis 35:14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it.

Genesis 35:20 and Jacob set up a pillar over her tomb. It is the pillar of Rachel’s tomb, which is there to this day.

A rich and complex history is a threat to simple, one-dimensional narratives.

Insidious narratives are used to shape identities
• Narratives overcome strong resistance to persuasion
• Acceptance more likely without time for reflection

Defending the right of the past to speak to us and to future generations.
• Erasure of monuments is insidious because erasure is to limit interpretations
• Keeping monuments allows a multiplicity of interpretations and meanings

Destruction of monuments
• Breaks the tactile link to the past
• Removes collective memory and thereby cultural identity
• Removes the ability to assess and reassess history
• Harder to understand the place of these monuments with a culture context
• Eliminates identities that are unlocked, validated, and explained

21 June - Genesis: The Red Tent

The Red Tent

Another movie with more heresy than scripture (Part 1)
“Maybe that’s how the goats and sheep do it…”

The patriarch is bad.
• Monotheism
• Authoritarian (un flexible)
• Judgemental
• Laban is an abusive drunk and gambler
• Jacob was not hoodwinked on his wedding night

The matriarch is good
• Polytheism
• Authoritative (flexible)
• Accepting
• Jacob’s wife’s are all half-sisters
• Rachel fearful of her wedding night, has Leah take her place.
• Leah was the mastermind not Jacob
• Tamar was Levi’s wife?

God Himself is marginalization
• Pilgrims visit Rebeca because she is an oracle
• Joseph practices divination

Dinah and Joseph are apparently very close.

The Romance of Dianah
• Dianah is in love and freely gives herself to Shechem
• They “elope”
• Schechem is murdered in bed with Dinah sleeping beside him

• Dianah is offended
• Egyptians are circumcised “when their voices change”
• Jacob’s family tradition
• Joseph proposes the idea that the town be “cut”

15 Mar - Genesis 34

Genesis 34
- Dinah - Only named daughter or only daughter of Jacob
- Simeon (Leah’s 2nd son) conspirator to murder and looting
- Levi (Leah’s 3rd son) conspirator to murder and looting


- Rape Culture
- Try to do the right thing (after the fact)

- Jacob wants peace

Family Dynamics (Leah’s children vs Rachel’s)

- Jacob non-reaction betrays his daughter
- Brothers deceitfulness betrays the Shechmites (“when they were sore”)
- Brothers in murdering the Shechmites betray their father

8 Mar - Genesis 33


Genesis 33
- Be humble
- Recognize unmerited Grace

1 Mar - Genesis 32

Genesis 32
- Take our troubles to God in prayer
- Jacob may have been worried that God was through with him
- Wrestles with God — Foreshadowing of our on going relationship?
- Okay to struggle with God - we can only prevail with His help
- After this chapter God is referred to as the God of Jacob

23 Feb - Genesis 31


Genesis 31
Jacob dreams too much about his wealth
Household gods
- Unclear on why Rachel stole them from her father
- Undecided that her deception is character strength or flaw
- Unclear as to why Laban even has them

16 Feb - Genesis 30


Genesis 30
• Mandrakes - unclear on why Rachel wanted them. Leah has several more children before Rachel finally concedes after the Mandrake episode.
• Divination - no consensus here either on what Laban means other than the obvious fact that he was prospering because of Jacob.
• Animal Husbandry with those sticks - ???
• God alone gives children

9 Feb - Genesis 29


Genesis 29
Rachel is the bride of the Law (14 years service), Leah was the bride of the gift.

26 Jan - Genesis 28 Part 2


Genesis 28 Part 2

Jacob's Ladder:
• Visual affirmation of Abraham's blessing
• Visual representation of the fellowship between God and Man
• Affirms that the Messiah will be a descent of Jacob
• TLSB connects this vision to John 1:51

19 Jan - Genesis 28 Part 1


Genesis 28
The Promise given to Abraham officially passed onto Jacob

12 Jan - Genesis 27


Genesis 27
The Blessing is passed onto Jacob; Jacob and Esau are the only sons of Rebekah that are named.
The calamity ensues when people take it upon themselves to move God onto their schedules.
No one comes out of this chapter lookin good
Did Isaac perceive the prophecy of “the older serving the young” as settled at the time of birth?
Esau seems more interested in his primogeniture than his father
Rebekah and Jacob deceive a blind old man
Isaac allows himself to be deceived (A fitting description of ourselves)

5 Jan - Genesis 26


Genesis 26
In faith alone can we be called obedient. Justification.
Reliance on God through difficult circumstances
Esau marries girls from the very people persecuting his parents adding to his parent's troubles
What were they thinking
Isaac tries passing Rebekah off as his sister
The perception of King Abembilic is wrong again

29 Dec - Genesis 25 Part 2

Genesis 25 Part 2
Can not rely on human customs/natural laws
Unknown how the revelation was reveled to Rebekah
Not about predestination

15 Dec - Genesis 25 Part 1

Genesis 25 Part 1
Abraham’s 2nd marriage to Keturah (3rd if you count Hagar)
not political expedient - She is not an Egyptian nor a Canaanite based on her name
6 more sons
Young enough to provide Abraham all those kids

Biblical Genealogies
Reminders that God keeps his promises
Connections to the past

God made Isaac and Rebekah wait, even after she seemed to be the chosen one

8 Dec - Genesis 24

Genesis 24
“Under my thigh” - An oath made descendants
No political expedient marriage for Isaac
Purpose of Marriage: Mutual Love; Children; Restraint of sin
Benefits of Marriage: Manning up
Characteristic of a good mate: Godly Character; self-denying

1 Dec - Genesis Review - Jeopardy

Genesis Review - Jeopardy
Graham is Jeopardy Campaign

24 Nov - The Lord's Prayer

Lord’s Prayer Key Learning’s

Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord’s Prayer in post Christian culture
Pope Francis has suggested an updated translation to the 6th petition to avoid confusion. His suggest is in line with what we teach.
Missed opportunities: On a good Sunday only 25% are in Sunday School

English translations examined (ESV, KJV, NIV, TNIV, TEV, NLT, Beck, NRSV, Message)
Each translation made different word choices
The prayer version we use in corporate worship more closely follows the KJV

Lutheran hymnals examined (LH, LBW, LW, LSB)
Subtle changes in the prayer were made over time concerning word choices and punctuation.
The Lord’s prayer is spoken as the conclusion of the Prayer’s of the Church

The language of the church is criticized for being archaic
Tradition and personal preferences

Nov 2019 class version of the Lord's Prayer

Our Father who in Heaven
1. Holy be Your name among us
2. Your Kingdom come
3. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
4. Give us our daily bread
5. Help us forgive those who sin against us as You have forgiven us
6. Do let us not fall into temptation
7. But deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

17 Nov - Genesis 22

Genesis 22
Burnt offering; a voluntary act of worship; atonement for unintentional sin in general; expression of devotion, commitment and complete surrender to God.
God doesn’t want us to serve him on our own terms or our self-chosen works.
Abraham and Isaac’s account is recorded for our comfort.
Abraham is held up as an example of a man of faith
Rebekah is introduced a 1st cousin of Isaac’s

7 Nov - Genesis 21

Genesis 21
Promises delivered
Sarah herself gives birth to Isaac
Land - Beersheba
Beersheba - First landed owned in the promise land. It goes on to be the landmark for the southern boundary.
We are children of the promise

3 Nov - Genesis 20

Genesis 20

Judgement and Mercy
Same Shanicans as in Egypt
Abimelech may have been looking for a political ally
Abraham and Sarah’s familiar relationship revealed (share the same father)
Marriage covenant is important to God
Abraham named as a prophet

20 Oct - Genesis 19b

Genesis 19b

Lot’s wife - pillar of salt; disobedience or lack of faith?
Lot’s daughters - Gross - Broken boundaries
Ruth, grandmother of King David, is a descendant from this union.

13 Oct - Genesis 19a

Genesis 19a

Sin of Sodom - More complex than the sin of hospitality and/or the sin of homosexuality.
Lot offering his daughters - indefensible, and yet, Lot is saved. It does add context to the depravity.

6 Oct - Genesis 18

Genesis 18

God’s attributes: Omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresent
Comforts - You can talk directly to God and plead with Him
Children of the Promise, not children of Natural Law
One of those three angels is thought to be the pre-Incarnate Christ

29 Sep - Genesis 17

Genesis 17

Circumcised - to be set apart
Convent made with Abraham revisited
Name, Nation, & Blessing - Everlasting Covenant through Sarah ultimately fulfill in Christ Jesus
Land - Temporal promise of land fulfilled after the exodus.

22 Sep - Genesis 16

Genesis 16

• God does not need our protection
• Stewardship Issues: Trusting & Listening

15 Sep - Genesis 15

Genesis 15

Covenant ratification ceremony
• Dividing animals and walking between the pieces
• God alone walks between the pieces for both of us
• Either party brakes the covenant the curse would apply to God alone
God takes on the punishment on the Cross

9 Sept - Genesis 14

Genesis 14

• Mari Tablets: Extra-biblical evidence corroborating the biblical narratives

• War of the Nine Kings
    • A description of what Abram was up against
    • Landmarks descriptions describe desolation in contrast to the initial valley description
    • Abram’s small task force rescues Lot and the King of Sodom
    • Glory to God Alone

• Melchizedek - contextual evidence that Abram was not the only follower of God
    • Jesus is a high priest in the order of Melchizedek
    • Abram’s offering of a 10th was generations before Moses

1 Sept - Genesis 13

Genesis 13

Abram seems to have learned his lesson to put trust in God
Lot chooses what looks good on the outside, ignoring the rotten in the core
To call upon the name of Lord - To worship and pray to God by name

25 Aug - Genesis 12.2

Genesis 12.2

Strangely familiar account
- Sojourn to Egypt because of a famine
- Pharaoh’s household afflicted
- An exodus with Egyptian wealth

Promise (Nation, Name & Blessing) given in Mesopotamia
Promise of land in Canaan - Even here food and clothing come from the Lord and His blessing

Out of fear, Abram & Sari’s relationship is concealed
The nature of the plagues are unknown
How Abram & Sari’s true relationship was revealed is unknown
The gods of Egypt are not mentioned
God alone saves Abram & Sari from a situation of their own making

18 Aug - Genesis 12.1

Genesis 12

• No scriptural evidence that Abram did not know God prior to his call
• The region of Mesopotamia could include the are between Ur and Haron
• We will learn Sari is Abram’s half sister later in the book.
God’s Promise to Abram are ultimately fulfilled in Christ Jesus
    • Great Nation
    • Great Name
    • Blessing to Others

11 Aug - Genesis 11

Genesis 11

• Languages of the world are attributed to the Tower of Babel
• Peoples of the world are attributed to the descendants from Noah’s sons.
• Myths and Legions of “immortals” attributed to the longevity of flood survivors
• Similarities in ancient architectural structures (ziggurats) are attributed to a single source

4 Aug - Genesis 9 & 10

Genesis 9 & 10

Faith is what makes a sacrifice acceptable to God
In their zeal, advocates for plant based diets unwittingly use faulty theology
Noah and sons together were given ordnance to be fruitful and multiply and yet no post flood children of Noah are mentioned
Text does not support conclusions on Ham’s sin.
Graham’s observation: Shem and Jepheth points us to Christ in that Jesus covers our shame and nakedness. Like Noah, we too need a savior

14, 21, 28 July - Is Genesis History

Is Genesis History

• History tells us what happened; Science helps explain how it happened
• Removing the early chapters in Genesis changes our understanding of History; we loose sight of the meaning; nothing is certain
• Attacking the foundation is used as a tool to undermine the Cross and Resurrection    

7 July - Genesis 7 & 8

Genesis 7

• Our videos can’t help themselves by making stuff up (Even the Christian ones)
• Clean vs Unclean - Fully defined in Leviticus but known and applied to the Ark Animals
• Moral Law and the Ceremonial Law - Jesus fulfilled the Ceremonial Law
• Uses of Numbers in the Bible: Conventional, Rhetorical. Symbolic/Mystical meaning not supported within the text.
• The Symbol of peace: A Dove with an Olive Branch - God no longer at war with man after the flood?

30 Jun - Genesis 6 pt 2

Genesis 6 Part 2

• God’s Promise to us through Noah: I will save you. Gem 6:18
    • 1Peter 3:18-22 - connects Baptism with the Flood
    • Hebrews 11:7 - A righteousness that comes by faith
• Shem, Hamm, Japheth - Where the sons the made it onto the ark
• Plenty of ideas on how the flood came about

23 Jun - Genesis 6

Genesis 6

Nephilim may mean:
    • Fallen angels or children of men and angels
    • Possessed men
    • Children of believers who are without faith
    • Children of a believer and a nonbeliever

Book of Enoch
    • Rejected books of both Christianity and Judaism (Not Inspired)
    • Predates Christ
    • Lost to history until found again in the Dead Sea scrolls
    • Mentioned in the writings of the early Church fathers
    • Parts are quoted in Scripture, Jude for example

16 Jun - Genesis 5

Genesis 5

By faith Enoch was taken up. Everyone else died

Sons of God may mean:
    •    People of faith.
    •    People born before the fall
    •    People in the line of Seth
    •    Fallen angels

    •    LXX - Septuagint - Greek translation of Hebrew in used during Jesus’s time.
    •    Hebrew - fallen ones
    •    Greek - means giants

26 May Genesis 4

Genesis 4

God desires faith not rituals

Faith was the difference between Cain and Able’s offering

19 May Genesis 3 Part 2

Genesis 3.2

Promise of a Savior Gen 3:15 - A plan of salvation

• All of creation was changed
• Total corruption of Human Nature
• Cost of sin is death - God covered Adam & Eve with animal skins
• v16 “multiply pain in childbearing” may indicate Eve had already given birth
• v 17 surviving just got harder

The “us” in v22
• God in Trinity
• Other heavenly hosts
     • Guardians of the tree of life
     • Angels must have been made in the Image of God
     • Angels not given stewardship over creation like us
     • Fallen Angels (Demons) - don’t appear to have a plan of salvation

Purpose of Scripture - To point us to Jesus

12 May Genesis 3 Part 1

Genesis 3.1

Seems like more is going on here than just disobedience.

Stewardship Perspective
- Trusts in God
- Listen to God
- Understands we are just the stewards

- Adds to the Word of God
- Listens to her own fears
- Covets knowledge
- Takes the initiative

- Acquiesces to Eve when he should have rebuked Eve

Fruit of the Tree
- No description is given other than it looked good for food
- Unclear why the culture identifies that Apple as the symbol for sin

5 May Image of God 3

Image of God 3

God does not love us because we are valuable; we are valuable because God loves us.

Three States of Humanity are: Innocent, Fallen, and Redeemed

“Expert” Definition:
Dr Heiser - Image of God given to us wholly - we are not potentially made in the image of God. It separates us from the animals. It shares with God’s nature.

Ethics say what we should do. Morals are what we actually do. Our morals does not invalidate our ethics

28 April Image of God 2

Image of God 2

Function flows from Essences. God’s Essences is good so what he does is good.
God and Gracious Will of God:

His name be kept holy;Word be taught correctly;Sinners be brought to faith; Lead godly lives.

Original Sin distorted the image of God - the myriad of world religions is a result of Original Sin.

“Expert” Definitions:
Dr Thoenne - Made in the Image of God is what separates us from the rest of creation. Made in the image of God means we are not gods. We are defined by what we are not what we do (Essences vs Function)

14 April Image of God 1

Image of God

Ability to Create, Act like God, Compassionate, Conscience, Everlasting, Free Will, Humor, Lead godly lives, Life, Love, Soul, and Personality.

“Expert” Definitions:
Pastor Jack Hibbs - A reflection of God’s moral character
Ben Shapiro - Infinitely Valuable
Some random atheist - Product of evolution
Del Tacket -

Biblical descriptions:
Authoritative, Good, Holy, Right, Righteous, Sinless, True, Truth

3 April Genesis 1 & 2

Genesis 1& 2

Beyond Evolution vs Creationism
- numerous divergent views concerning creation
- Is death a tool or punishment for Sin
- Science or Religion isn’t a real thing

We are have a unique relationship with God and with creation

31 March Worship 7.5

Worship 7.5

- The practical issues - celebrant must help in drinking from the common cup

- Function of the vestments

- Liturgical: identifies the person doing a function
- Alb - latin for white, covers the sinful man
- Pastor’s Stole - Shaped to symbolize the yoke of Christ
- Lay Ministers Stole - different in shape to separate them from pastors

- Universal: The uniform of the church - provides continuity

24 March Worship 7.4

Worship 7.4

Rev Brinkley
- Retired pastors considered called to a congregation without actually having a call to that congregation
- Pastors have lead way with knowledge of confidential backstories
- Communion is about personal examination, not the examination of others
- Its okay talk about the meaning of communion with visitors especially the ones you bring

17 March Worship 7.3

Worship 7.3

- Altar Guild - Standing committee of the Elders
    - Prepares elements for Communion and cleanup
    - Consecrated wine poured into the ground
    - Consecrated wafers reused

- Elders - assists the Pastor with distribution
    - Part of the function of the Pastoral offic

10 March Worship 7.2 (Communion)

Worship 7.2

Divergent Teaching
    •    Symbolicism - An understanding that the bread and wine only represent
    •    Transubstantiation - Elements are changed into the actual body and blood of Christ.
    •    Consubstantiation - Substance A + Substance B = Substance C
    •    Receptionism -Only the celebrant who believes receives
    •    Sacramental Union - Real Presence is sometimes described as being; in, under, and above the elements without changing them

Confession of faith
•    Altar Fellowship restrictions
    •    No fellowship with ELCA. They are in altar fellowship with church bodies who hold divergent teachings
    •    No fellowship with WELS. They have different views of the role of women and who is in public ministry
    •    No fellowship with non-lutheran church bodies because of their doctrines
    •    Who’s doctrines are we agreeing to when we present ourselves at other church’s altars?
•    How much unity is needed and on which teachings?

Communion Policies
    •    Open - Everyone welcome
    •    Closed - Only LCMS
    •    Close - Only those who adhere to Sacramental Union

Communicating our doctrines
    •    Examined our written announcements
    •    Are we doing enough

3 March - Worship 7 (Communion)

Worship 7

    •    Story of God’s redemption of His people out of bondage
    •    Celebrated for over 1400 years by the time of Christ

Establishment of Communion within the setting of the Passover

Responsibilities of the Church
    •    Reverence and respect
    •    Confession of faith

3 February - Worship 6

Worship 6

Purpose of Sanctuary Symbolism/Art is to remind us who God is and what He has done.
    •    Traditional Symbolism (Candles, Furniture, Paraments, etc.)
    •    Stain Glass Windows - Our windows are: Abundance, Feeding, Death and Resurrection, Rejoicing and Welcoming, and The Lost and Saved
    •    Banners -
    •    Screens - An electronic form of Stain Glass/Banners

27 January - Worship 5

Worship 5

Church architecture conveys doctrine
    •     Intentional or unintentional

Denominational differences in architectural design can be contributed to differences in doctrine.

20 January - Worship 4

Worship 4

Service of Communion Terms:
• Sanctus Holy, Holy, Holy
• Pax Domini - The Peace of the Lord
• Agnus Dei - Lamb of God
• Nunc Dimittis Song of Simeo

13 January - Worship 3

Worship 3

Liturgy - Denotes the whole system of formal worship.

Our “contemporary” and traditional worship services (Service of the Word) has 17 of 18 liturgical elements in common and are presented in the same order.

Worship Service parts:
- Service of the Word
- Service of Communion

Worship Music Rubric

The purpose of music in the worship service is specific. Therefor, not all songs are suitable because they do not fulfill that purpose. The entertainment industry’s influence has radically transformed the way people understand the purposes of music and song. These influences are effecting the church. Music has its place as entertainment in society, and may freely be enjoyed by you. However, your favorite song may not qualify as a worship song. This rubric is an aid for discerning the message/meaning of a song as to its suitability for worship.

February 2019

6 January - Worship 2.1 (Music)

Worship Music Part 2

- Not all songs are suitable for worship
    - Sing ability
    - Subjectivity
    - Clarity of Deity
    - Teachings
    - Proper Law/Gospel Distinction
    - Purpose of Song
- The Role of Choir/Praise Band
    - Help leads singing
    - Brings richness and variet

30 Dec - Worship 2 (Music)

Worship Music Part 1

- Music influences us in setting tone and mood.
- Music is used as an educational tool.

- Purpose of Music in Worship
    • To give thanks
    • To rejoice
    • To edify
    • To respond in one voice

- Worship rhythm
    - Proper rhythm starts with God to us, and then our response
    - Confused rhythm starts with us to God

16 Dec - Worship 1

Lex Orandi Lex Credendi - Law of Worship, Law of Belief - How we worship is how we believe. How we believe is how we worship.

Means of Grace - the means through which the Holy Spirit works forgiveness of sin

Doctrine - what we teach and believe

- Two dimensions to worship:
    1.    Personal
    2.    Corporate

- Twofold point of Worship:
    1.    Receiving from God and then
    2.    Responding with Reverence & Praise

- Worship focus is on Christ (the Word of God)

- Differences in worship are contributed to differences in doctrine.

- Only God can makes things holy.

Proposed Questions:
How does our doctrine manifest itself within our worship service
How does our doctrine influence our architecture?

9 Dec - Hosea Chapter 14

Chapter 14

Repent: To turn away

The righteous shall live by faith

2 Dec - Hosea Chapter 13

Chapter 13

God Himself will save us from the punishment of death.

25 Nov - Hosea Chapter 12

Chapter 12

Israel chases shadows of no substance.

Jacob’s struggles were of substance.

Be like Jacob, not like Israel.

18 Nov - Hosea Chapter 11

Chapter 11

Matthew connects Jesus’ life’s journey with the troubled journey of the people of Israel. Jesus' redemption journey succeeded where Israel fails.

Israel is God’s firstborn son (Exodus 4:22)

Jesus is the Son of God/Son of Man - The Word that became flesh and dwelled among us.

Admah & Zeboiim = Sodom & Gomorrah

11 Nov - Hosea Chapter 10

Chapter 10

Covenants - A formal relationship that listed benefits and punishments.

Gibeah - Days of Gibeah’s sin: The story of a certain Levite’s visit to Gibeah (Judges 19-20) and the similarity to Lot’s hospitality to Angels in Sodom. More bad news.

Triiip didn’t see the connection between the luxuriant vine (v10:1) and the Parable of the rich man (Luke 12:16-21).
    •    Forgetting that it is God who responsible for our abundance.
    •    Wealth of this world is going to be taken away

Triiip seemed more willing to agree that Hosea 10:8 may be a description of Jesus’ crucifixion. Thorn and thistles on their altars similar to Jesus’s crown of thorns and crucifixion on the cross up on a hill.

Jesus quotes Hosea 10:8 on the road to gethsemane to the people following Him, after Simon of Cyrene tasked to carry His cross.
    •    Hosea speaks of elimination of Northern Kingdom as a nation and as a separate peopel

4 Nov - Hosea Chapter 9

Chapter 9

Paying for sex is cheap. A false relationship. A false security.

Peor- Where Balaam advised that the Midianite girls should make the young Hebrews fall in love with them and then make the Hebrew youths abandon their God.

The affair with Baal-peor, shows the moral decline that occurred in the wake of contact with idolaters. Allowing outside influences in.

Memphis, Egypt: False security.

Clean Vs Unclean Animals: Split hoof & chews its cud.

Are their similarities between the account fo the Fig Tree in Mark 11 and Hosea 9:15-17?

28 October - Hosea Chapter 8

Chapter 8

Now Animal Metaphors
    •    Vultures - circle the dead and dying
    •    Wild Donkeys - cannot be ridden
    •    Calfs - a long association with idols.

Word of God (Review)
    •    Living Word - Jesus
    •    Written Word - Scripture
    •    Visible Word - Sacraments
    •    Spoken Word - Preached

Worship god of our own making

21 October - Hosea Chapter 7

Chapter 7

Descriptions of our depravity:

Oven —Our lust/sins hangs on like the baker’s oven holds its heat

Treacherous Bow - Undependable and dangerous to those who use it

Cake - A disgusting mess. Half baked

Grey Hair - Past our prime

Dove - Bird brains. Doomed to get caught because we are brainless.

Weather Vane - blown in whatever direction.

14 Oct - Hosea Chapter 6

God desires a steadfast love and knowledge of Him, not mindless adherence to rituals.

More Places:
Adam - north of Jericho. At this spot the waters of the Jordan River were stopped to create a dry pathway for Israel to enter Canaan.

Gilead - Site of a rebellion against David. Idolatry

Shechem - Place where Abram received the promise. Location of Dinah incident. Capital city for Jeroboam. Site of more atrocities.

Oct 7 - Hosea Chapter 5 pt 2

When people forget God they look for salvation elsewhere.

A history of facing adversity, and frantically searching for earthly solutions.

Place Identity - The makeup of a people's identity. 1) The bond between people & places. 2) The symbolic meaning people have with places.

Gilgil - 1st Beachhead into the Promise Land and later HQ of Elijah and Elisha. Now referenced as a place of wickedness.

Beth-aven - House of idols… golden calves where worshiped there

Mizpah - A common noun meaning “watchtower, or guardpost”. Most frequently Mizpah refers to the town of Benjamin

Mount Tabor - Northern boarder marker. Place where the brothers of Gideon were slain

Gibeah - Saul’s HQ and execution place of Saul’s descendants.

Ramah - Home of Samuel where the elders ask Samuel to appoint a king over them.

Ephraim - Jeroboam I, First king of Israel was an Ephraimite, rebelled against Solomon’s son Rehoboam.

Benjamin - The history of the tribe contains a sad record of a desolating civil war in which they were engaged with the other eleven tribes. The first king of the Jews was Saul, a Benjamite.

30 Sep - Hosea Chapter 5 pt 1

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.
The Twelve Tribes of Israel:
    •    Reuben
    •    Simeon
    •    Levi
    •    Judah
    •    Issachar
    •    Zebulun
    •    Dan
    •    Naphtali
    •    Gad
    •    Asher
    •    Joseph (later Ephraim and Manasseh)
    •    Benjamin

23 Sept - Hosea Chapter 4

Chapter 4

No Faith. No Knowledge. Brings Grief & Death

The Church, Husbands, Wives, Fathers, and Mothers are culpable in the culture of faithlessness & ignorance

More geographic locations
    •    Gilgil - 1st Beachhead into the Promise Land and later HQ of Elijah and Elisha. Now referenced as a place of wickedness.
    •    Beth-aven - A Golden Calf location - “House of wickedness”

16 Sep - Hosea Chapter 3

Key Learnings

Capter 3

Unacceptable conduct example: A divorced woman who remarries and divorces could not then return to her first husband. And yet….

God saves us only out of his mercy and undeserved love.

Emphasis added: We are unworthy.

Messianic prophecy in 3:5 - The Northern Kingdom did not follow the Davidic Kingship.

9 Sep - Hosea Chapter 2

Key Learnings

Chapter 2

A family metaphor is used to describe the severity of our bad behavior

God is faithful

Valley of Achor - The troubled valley near Jericho; a consequence of the sin of Achan

Trouble will turn into Joy; Despair into hope.

A new relationship; Husband (Ishi), instead of Master (Baali)

2 Sept - Hosea Chapter 1

Key Learnings

Chapter 1

General Revelation - Evidence of God in Nature (Observations)
Special Revelation - God revealing Himself through his Word. (In this case, by speaking directly to Hosea and to us through His written word)

Blood of Jezreel - A rich history of murder.

Whore - immoral, unfaithful, unclean, unscrupulous, unlawful, unworthy, and corrupt

Hosea - “God saves” Children - God Scatters, No-Mercy, Not-my-people

The word picture given is ugly and bloody. Damaged

22 July Augsburg Confession - Article 4

See screen shot of white board for key learnings from class discussion.

8 July - Augsburg Confession - Article 3

See screen shot of white board for key learnings from class discussion.

24 June - Lord's Prayer Revisited

Lord’s Prayer Key Learning’s

Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord’s Prayer in post Christian culture
    •    Pope Francis has suggested an updated translation to the 6th petition to avoid confusion. His suggest is in line with what we teach.
    •    Missed opportunities: On a good Sunday only 25% are in Sunday School

English translations examined (ESV, KJV, NIV, TNIV, TEV, NLT, Beck, NABRE)
    •    Each translation made different word choices
    •    The prayer version we use in corporate worship more closely follows the KJV

Lutheran hymnals examined (LH, LBW, LW, LSB)
    •    Subtle changes in the prayer were made over time concerning word choices and punctuation.
    •    The Lord’s prayer is spoken as the conclusion of the Prayer’s of the Church

The language of the church is criticized for being archaic
    •    Tradition and personal preferences

A class version of the Lord’s prayer (petitions numbered)
Our Father who is in heaven.
    1. Holy be Your name.
    2. Your kingdom come.
    3. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    4. Give us today our daily bread.
    5. And forgive us our sins and help us forgive those who trespass against us.
    6. Do not let us fall into temptation.
    7. But deliver us from evil.
    For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

A different class version of the Lord's Prayer (Jun 2018)
Our Father in heaven.
    1. Keep Your Name holy among us.
    2. Your kingdom come.
    3. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    4. Give us today our daily bread.
    5. And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
    6. Do not let us fall into temptation.
    7. But deliver us from evil.

27 May - Hosea

Hosea Film - Amazing love (2012) Key Learnings Part 2

- Hosea is a love story

- Hosea’s relationship with his wife is an illustration of God’s relationship with us
    - Golmer was;
    -    unfaithful
    -    unthankful
    -    rebellious
    -    captivated by bobbles and trinkets
    - We are Golmer

- The movie's present timeline reflected the themes of the Prophet
    - Our criticisms of lack of character development was precisely the point the movie was making.
    - There are no quick fixes
    -    The Law does not change behavior, the Gospel changes behavior

20 May - Hosea

Hosea Film - Amazing Love (2012) Key Learnings

When a confrontation occurs amongst the youth group, Stuart takes the opportunity to share with the group the story of the Old Testament prophet Hosea.

Present time:
    -    Stuart - Youth leader
    -    Beth - Stuart’s wife
    -    Ashley - the reluctant girl
    -    Cooper - the insectophobia guy
    -    Carry - the other girl
    -    Steve - the other guy
    -    Gameboy - Yes, that’s his name

Old Testament Times:
    -    Hosea - Prophet
    -    Golmer - Unfaithful wife

13 May - 24toDouble

24ToDouble Key Learnings (First Impressions)
First Impressions
    -    Made within the first 7-11 minutes of arrival
    -    People need to connect with people
    -    Making the most of opportunities with people
    -    Feelings more important than the tangible
Front Door Teams (Greeters, Ushers, Parking Lot, Hospitality )
    -    Preferential treatment for non members
    -    We tend to stop when church starts
    -    In an effective Wow Ministry is where ushers and greeters are working together
Need for systematic change
    -    Parking
    -    Greeting
Team Clarity
    -    Under the Pastor’s span of control
    -    Clearly define team member roles
    -    Casting vision (why the team exists) before each event
Front Door Teams Followup
    -    24toDouble is inconsistent with their team names
    -    Website descriptions for 1 .Hospitality, 2. Parking, 3. Safety, and 4. Ushers
    -    Presentation talked about Parking, Greeters, and Ushers
    -    Our current Teams
    -    Greeters
    -    Ushers : Only Ushers have in house documentation
    -    Fellowship
Theological underpinning
    -    More questionable definitive theology statements
    -    Issues of adiaphora ignore

6 May - Ruth 4

Ruth Chapter 4 Key Learnings

- Boaz’s status
    - TLSB infers from v4:6 that the closer family redeemer had no family of his own and backs out because of inheritance concerns for his own heirs.
    - Boaz acceptance of the responsibility
        - Boaz already had heirs
        - Boaz made a sacrificial labor regardless
    - Scripture doesn’t say

Rachel and Leah is a reference to the whole nation of Israel
    - Bilhan and Zilpah where handmaidens not wives

- Noami’s reentering the story at the end
    - The son of Boaz and Ruth was Noami’s family redemption
    - To give the book symmetr

29 April - Ruth 3

Ruth Chapter 3 Key Learnings

- Chapter 3 is the focal point of the Book of Ruth
    - Recognition
    - Respect

- Old Testament connections
    - Lot & his daughters
    - Judah and his daughter-in-law (Tamar)

- Restoration of boundaries
    - kindness
    - love

- Shavuot (Pentacost)
    - Acceptance of faith
    - Commitmen

22 April - Ruth 2

Ruth Chapter 2 Key Learnings

- The strangeness of an agriculture culture
    - Reaping and harvesting
    - Gleaning : gathering what the harvesters did not collect

- “Redeem, redeemer, or redemption”
- The World term usage is mainly in an economic context
    - Church/Scripture uses the terms to describe deliverance from bondage
    (Delivered, Ransom, Rescue, Advocate, Defender, Buy Back, Set Free)

- The theme of family redeemer foreshadows Jesus as our Redeemer

8 April - 24ToDouble

24ToDouble Key (Laity Involvement ) Learnings

FTA - First Time Attender. (The term visitor implies visitors eventually leave)
MTA - Multiple Time Attender

The Pastor’s Meal - A structure opportunity for FTAs/MTAs to connect with the church. People want to meet and interact with the pastor. It makes them feel special. Our pastor is our best “draw” we have to offer.

Meal Goals:
    •    To make friends
    •    To share the church’s statement of faith
    •    To share the Pastor’s vision
    •    To inform that God has a plan for their life and His desire to use them in His service

Curtis’ Notes:
    •    The good and gracious will of God: Name kept Holy; Word taught correctly; Sinners brought to faith; Lead godly lives.
    •    Goals of Confirmation: 1. Take ownership of faith 2. Live as a child of God. 3. Grow in the life & mission of the church.

Application of
Dr Weston’s 7 Laws of Growth can be summed up as relationships, relationships, relationships.

24toDouble uses Romans 12:4-8 as their
leadership model proof text. Concern was raised that they may have bent the meaning to make the text fit.

15 April - Ruth 1

Ruth Chapter I Key Learnings

    - Ruth - Not a Hebrew. A Mobite.
     - Mobites are related to the Hebrews through Lot
     - Lot was Abraham’s nephew
    - First mother-in-law is Naomi
     - Naomi and her husband were originally from Bethlehem before Moab
     - Moves back to Bethlehem after husband’s death
    - Ruth - Grandmother of Kind David
    -Ruth - One of four women mention in the genealogy of Christ

The importance of geography is to demonstrate scripture is rooted in reality.

Ruth was loyal to Naom