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Weekly preaching audio from Embassy Church, a church in Palatine, IL. Find us online at http://embassychurch.net.

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Weekly preaching audio from Embassy Church, a church in Palatine, IL. Find us online at http://embassychurch.net.

    God’s Grace and Jonah’s Prayer

    God’s Grace and Jonah’s Prayer

    Embassy pastoral assistant preaches this week from Jonah 1:17-2:10. The big idea this week is that because God saved us through His judgment, we praise Him through our thanks. After three days in the belly of the fish, Jonah’s prayer shows us how broken Jonah is and how gracious God is. Jesus fulfills the sign of Jonah by dying for our sins and, on the third day, returning from the dead! The scripture readings from our worship service were from Matthew 12:38-42 and Ephesians 3:20-21. Below are the psalm references in Jonah’s prayer:
    2:2 – Psalm 120:1, Psalm 31:22
    2:3 – Psalm 102:10, 69:1-2, 15
    2:4 – Psalm 42:7, 31:22, 5:7, 79:1, 138:2
    2:5 – Psalm 18:4, 69:1
    2:6 – Psalm 103:4
    2:7 – Psalm 142:3, Psalm 88:2, 102:1
    2:8 – Psalm 31:6-7
    2:9 – Psalm 54:6, 116:17-18, 50:14, 3:8
    Discussion Questions:


    What makes it important to distinguish between God’s ability in Jonah versus our ability?
    Why did Jonah wait 3 days to talk with God when inside the fish?
    Jonah prays as if God has already answered his prayer. Have you prayed this way before what was the purpose?
    When was the last time you prayed for deliverance?
    Is there something in your life that has swallowed you up?
    Why would we praise God for His deliverance?
    What is God’s purpose to saving Jonah and/or saving yourself?
    Verse 3: Is Jonah glorifying God and His power, or is Jonah being a victim?
    Verses 7-9: What do you think contributes to Jonah talking more about himself?
    How does it impact our lives to know that God remembers God’s people?
    Can you relate to Jonah in saying that when I get out this mess, then I will obey God? What contributes to this?
    How does praying selfishly often impact our relationship with God?
    How does regularly praying things we are thankful for impact our lives?
    Psalm 120:1 is quoted. What is the importance of praying the psalms in context?
    What impact does repentance have on our lives?
    Does repentance have a regular practice in your life? If not, what keeps you from repenting?
    What do you think contributes to us wanting to depend on God verses repenting to God?
    What contributes to us not wanting intimacy with God?
    In what ways was God gracious to Jonah? In what ways is He gracious to us?
    What is the importance of knowing we are saved through judgment?
    What does it look like to have a life regularly praising and thanking God?
    How does regularly thanking God impact our lives?

    You Of Little Faith

    You Of Little Faith

    Embassy elder Etienne Nel preaches this week from Matthew 8:23-27. In the story of Jesus calming a storm, the author shows us the dual nature of Christ. Fully God and fully man, Jesus Christ lived the perfect life and died for our sins. In his humanity, Christ sympathizes with us; in his divinity, Christ saves us. The scripture readings from our worship service were from Colossians 1:15-23 and 1 Timothy 2:3-6.

    Discussion Questions:

    What are the parallels of Jonah and Jesus?
    How is Jesus the greater Jonah?
    Are there times in your life that you ask God why He is allowing the storm in your life and what the reason is?
    What is the importance of knowing that Jesus was fully human and fully God
    What importance is there to see Christ’s difference in humanity vs our humanity
    How does it impact our relationship with him?
    How is Jesus our help in times of need?
    How does Jesus’ humanity and deity make it possible for us to approach God?
    How do we follow the disciples’ examples by counting the costs of what it means to follow Jesus?
    How have you seen the daily cross in believers’ lives? How does it impact their faith?
    If you don’t know Christ, why would you want to follow God if it means there will be difficulty in your life and you would be asked to take up your cross daily?
    What do you think keeps believers from dying to themselves daily? What keeps them from taking up their cross daily?
    What do you think was the purpose of Jesus rebuking the disciples when they woke him to calm the storm?
    What are the things that disturbed Jesus by how the disciples acted during the storm?
    What is the importance of knowing God’s/Jesus’ power over nature?
    How does Jesus’ divine sovereignty impact our daily lives?
    How does God’s divinity impact His carrying our sins?
    Jesus is our mediator. How is this helpful to our lives and how we live our lives
    How does Jesus’ divinity fuel our worship? How does it impact how we worship?
    What is the purpose of determining whether or not Jesus is the center of our faith
    How would that reflect in our lives?
    How does it look to have faith that focuses on the glory of God?
    How would it work in your life if you waver in your faith when storms come? How do you change to strengthen your faith?
    How does Jesus sympathize with us in our weaknesses? How is this helpful in our daily lives?

    God’s Grace and Jonah’s Flight

    God’s Grace and Jonah’s Flight

    Embassy pastoral assistant John Pai exposits Jonah 1:1-16. The big idea this week is that when we flee God in our sin, God pursues in His grace. The story of Jonah teaches us that no one can outrun the pursuing grace of God, believers and nonbelievers alike. It is by His grace that believers are saved through the one greater than Jonah, Jesus Christ. The scripture readings from our worship service were from Mark 4:35-41 and Romans 8:38-39.

    Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace

    Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace

    Embassy member David Marus preaches the gospel by expositing Hebrews 4:14-16. The big idea this week is to draw near to the throne of grace in times of need. The passage encourages us to hold fast to Jesus Christ and draw near with great confidence to the throne of grace for help. Jesus ascended into heaven and sits on his throne at the right hand of the Father, and we sit in his presence. The scripture readings from our worship service were from Acts 1:6-11 and 1 Timothy 3:16.
    Discussion Questions:

    1. Where do you tend to go in times of need? What or who do you go to for comfort?
    2. How have you seen the temptation to sin in difficulty been overcome through the Spirit in your life or other’s lives?
    3. In what ways does Jesus advocating for us with the Father encourage us in our journey?
    4. How does holding fast to our confession, our faith impact our lives?
    5. What does it look like in a person’s life when they hold fast to Jesus?
    6. What does it look like to trust Jesus when struggling with sin?
    7. How do we resist temptation?
    8. How is it helpful to know that Jesus sympathizes with our weaknesses?
    9. What keeps you from drawing near to Jesus?
    10. What is the importance of humble repentance with God?
    11. How do we draw near to the throne of grace? What does it look like?
    12. What does it look like to not be in complete despair in our lives?
    13. What does it look like to have a bold prayer life?
    14. What is the importance of sitting in God’s presence regularly?
    15. How does it impact our life to memorize and pray Scripture? How does it help to pray for others in this way?

    The Gospel, Perfection, and Partnership

    The Gospel, Perfection, and Partnership

    Expositing Philippians 3:1-4:23, Pastor Phill’s big idea this week is that perfection is our prize and partnership is our path. The apostle Paul argues that he pursues perfection because Jesus Christ made him his own. From the text, we are taught to imitate Christ, be unified, pray, practice our faith, and be thankful.

    Discussion Questions:

    1. Have you experienced in your life or heard others talk about where everything in your life did not measure up compared to Christ? How do you or they live in light of this truth?
    2. If you have not arrived in righteousness, what is your hope? What does it look like to live in light of this hope?
    3. What do you think are the reasons we compare ourselves to each other instead of Christ?
    4. How do we strive for perfection?
    5. What does it look like to press on and continue in the journey with struggles?
    6. How does it impact our lives to focus on the fact that our righteousness is through Christ in our past, present, and future?
    7. What makes it essential to dwell on our sinfulness?
    8. How would you know whether or not your thinking is restful in who we are in Christ and striving to the goal of Christ?
    9. What does it look like to strive and rest in Christ?
    10. What is the importance of meeting with other believers to practice and imitate Christ in our regular habits?
    11. What is our unity rooted in? how are we to practice this unity regularly?
    12. How does prayer impact our growth in our Christian walk?
    13. What is the importance of focusing your mind and meditating on things that are pure lovely, commendable, excellent or worthy of praise regularly?
    14. What would a person’s life reflect that whether in need or plenty to find all our riches are in Christ and find our strength in Him?

    The Gospel and Paragons

    The Gospel and Paragons

    Expositing Philippians 2:19-30, Pastor Phill’s big idea this week is that the life-changing power of the gospel has been preserved in texts and is perceived in people. The passage shows us how Paul has confidence in God’s work in the Philippians, how Paul has confidence in God’s work in Timothy and Epaphroditus, and therefore how pastor Phill has confidence in God’s work in Embassy Church today. We hold our ultimate hope and confidence in the person and works of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! The scripture readings from our worship service were from 1 Corinthians 4:14-21 and 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13.

    Discussion Questions:
    1. What is the purpose of this letter for Paul and the church?
    2. What would it look like to have confidence and hope in the body of Christ in our interactions together like Paul as with the Philippians?
    3. How is seeking the interest of others also seeking the interest of Christ?
    4. When you have seen someone who is refined in their faith through trials, what characteristics did you see in them? How do they respond with trials?
    5. What would it look like to live our lives where we consider others interests more than our own?
    6. What do we need to do to become more humble and more Christlike?
    7. What kind of people do you honor or esteem?
    8. How does your life reflect who you honor with your time, with your thoughts, or with your finances?
    9. Do you know anyone in your life that cares for you and asks many questions about you? How do they help point you to Christ?

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22 Ratings

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Preaching the Word

Very Biblically based. Encouraging and challenges the faith!

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Encouraged

Solid expositional preaching.

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I love this church

Pastor Phil is 😉 amazing

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