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Sermon Series


Week 1

1st week of Advent


Homework 1st week of Advent

Read Matthew 20:1-16

Matthew 20:1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.  2 He agreed to pay them a denarius1 for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

 3 "About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' 5 So they went. "He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing.

 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, 'Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?' 7 "'Because no one has hired us,' they answered. "He said to them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard.' 8 "When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.'

 9 "The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.

 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.

 12 'These who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, 'and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.' 13 "But he answered one of them, 'I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you.  15 Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'  16 "So the last will be first, and the first will be last."

 (Matt. 20:1-16 NIV)

Challenge: look honestly and unflinchingly into your heart & mind:

First, accept as True that since no one is perfectly Christlike (except Christ), each of us must have people we think  “don’t deserve as much”.

Next, ask: Who are they for you? TO BE FEARLESS in this introspection, determine that you will share this only with God in prayer, and ask God to open your eyes to the truth. Confess this as sin and thank God for forgiving you of it!

Finally, ask God to change your heart and redeem your mind, conforming more fully to the fullness of grace.

(Romans 3.23-24, 12:1-2)

Week 2

2nd week of Advent

Hope - Hope That Lasts

Advent week 2 Homework

Everyday ask yourself what your Hope is based in and challenge yourself to allow that Child to be the basis of your hope. Just be in prayer internally, about where do you place your hope and how can that be redeemed?