3. The Pressure to Perform

Reading List

One passage per day for a whole week, based on the sermon.

  1. Exodus 16, God provides manna in the wilderness
  2. Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13, Jesus is tempted in the wilderness
  3. John 6:1-24, Jesus feeds the 5,000 then walks on water
  4. John 6:25-70, Jesus says “I am the Bread of Life”
  5. John 7:1-24, Jesus goes up to the Festival of Booths
  6. John 7:25-52, the people are divided over Jesus
  7. Matthew 6:1-18, don’t show off your spiritual practices
  8. Bonus: Matthew 26:36-46, Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

eGroup Curriculum (Discussion Questions)

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2. The Hope Cycle

Passages Mentioned

  • Romans 5:1-5
  • Reference to a story found in Numbers 13-14, particularly 14:33
  • Reference to Psalm 91:4 (“God covers you with his feathers”)
  • John 9 (the whole chapter, but she focuses on vv. 1-3, 34 and 35)
  • Colossians 1:27

Pastor Holly’s message focuses on this passage from Romans:

We boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance4perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Romans 5:2b-4, NIV, emphasis mine
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1. The Detour is for Your Destiny

Passages Mentioned

  • Exodus 13:17-18
  • Exodus 14:21-22, 27-28
  • Genesis 8:22
  • Galatians 6:9
  • John 8:44

Tavner Smith’s sermon centers around the story of the Exodus, particularly the events after they flee from Egypt but before they cross the Red Sea.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward[c] it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

Exodus 14:21-22, 27-28 (NIV)
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About this Blog

A pastor named Matt Chandler challenged his listeners one day not to live their spiritual lives vicariously through their pastor. That challenge encouraged me to read the Bible on my own, for myself.

The mission of this blog is to encourage people to read the Bible for themselves by pointing them to the passages mentioned in sermons at Elevation, along with additional passages relevant to the topic.

It’s easy to get hyped up at church on Sunday. It’s another to do the hard work of engaging with God’s Word on your own on a daily or regular basis. I hope this is a resource to equip you to do just that.

Italic text means this is what I wrote down the pastor saying. It is not a word-for-word quote; it’s my quick and dirty summarization of what they are saying, because I’m typing really fast on my phone trying to keep up.

I also offer my own take, usually (but not always) noted with my name before the thought. Honest and cordial discussion is encouraged in the comments section of each sermon!