A Corporate Community (Joshua 5:1-12)

Joshua assembles the Lord’s people together after they cross the Jordan River.  Joshua is command to circumcise the people of God a second time.  Why would Joshua waste precious time to engage in such a physical ceremony?  Why not just go to war, secure the land, and enjoy the Lord’s redemptive purpose?

Brotherly Appeal (Philemon 8-16)

Paul has the authority of an apostle.  This means that Paul can give a command and it is as if Christ gives the command.  Paul makes a big deal not to appeal to his apostolic authority when he exhorts Philemon.  Why does Paul use so many words rather than simply write, “I command you to forgive your brother who ran away!”  Why does Paul try so hard not to constrain Philemon through forceful words?

A Worshipping Community (2) (Genesis 15)

Abraham is one who has called out of his land, away from his father, and away from idolatry.  He is called to worship the one true God.  Does this mean that only those who are genetically tied to Abraham have life in Abraham?  How do we know that the blessings for Abraham are for the nations rather than one nation or nationality?

A Worshipping Community (Genesis 4:1-16)

We know that the fall of mankind radically changes human history.  It also changes how we relate to God.  Can we have a relationship with the Lord once again?  What does that relationship look like after God pronounces a curse upon man and this creation?  Can man really worship the one true God?

Thanking God (4-7)

Paul is thankful for this man who creates more stress for Paul while Paul has enough to think about while being in Prison.  Why is Paul thankful for this additional work?  What can Paul celebrate in the midst of his circumstances?  What does this teach us about a true grace-centered and Gospel-centered joy?