Blessings and Curses, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

Do you know what’s really special about us here at CSBC?   NOTHING! Absolutely nothing!  If you are looking for a perfect church then you are going to be very disappointed with us.  At CSBC you’ll find real people, with real problems, who live real lives, and are all learning to love a real God whose grace is more than enough for all our needs. You see, here at CSBC we don’t need to cling to our own “special-ness” or “goodness” because of the cross of Jesus Christ.  At His cross we find that we are really not so “good” after all.  In fact, we discover that we are unquestionably guilty and yet can be unconditionally forgiven. At Jesus’ cross we learn that He does not want to condemn us in our sins but to save us from them.  At the cross we find that God receives us just where we are but He loves us enough not to leave us there.  God can and will change lives.  He is changing us and can change you as well. So here at CSBC there are only people.  People like me.  People like you.  People like us.  People who desperately need God’s grace.  Everyone is welcome to come and receive that grace.  We invite you to join us on this life-changing journey.    Welcome Home to Chestnut Street Baptist Church!

February 23, 2014 

 Deuteronomy 27-28

The Gospel According to Moses | Blessings and Curses


27:1-13 (11:26-32). What are significant landmarks in your life (the location of your marriage proposal; a favorite childhood haunt; a landmark that tells you you’re almost home, etc.)? What is the effect on you when you see those landmarks? When the Israelites looked upon Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal, what effect do you think these landmarks would have upon them?


27:1-13 (11:26-32). Joshua performed this ceremony, writing the words of the Torah on stone (Joshua 8:30-35). However the prophet Jeremiah foresaw a day when: “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts” (Jer. 31:33; Eze. 36:26-27). Why was such a new covenant necessary (Heb. 8:6-13; Rom. 3:20; 8:3-4; 2Cor. 3:1-18)? Read Romans 8:1-11; how do you know in your own life when you are living “according to the Spirit”?


27:6-7. Two types of offerings were commanded: burnt offerings, completely burnt up, directed entirely toward the Lord, and peace offerings, the sacrificed meat of which was shared and eaten with the community. What might this emphasis on both the vertical and horizontal aspects of Israel’s relationships remind us about our own worship?


26:16,17,18; 27:1,4,9,10; 29:10,12-13,14-15. There is a tremendous emphasis on today in this section. How does Heb. 3:7-4:14 apply the idea of today to you and me? Practically, how should we respond to such a warning?


27:1-8. On Mount Ebal (the mountain of cursing) were placed both the monument to the law and the altar for offerings, while on Mount Gerizim (the mountain of blessing) were placed neither. What do you think this communicates about the purpose of the law and of sacrifice?


27:14-26; 28:15-68. What does Galatians 3:10-14 say that Christ’s death accomplished in regards to the curses and blessings of the law? Spend some time together as a group thanking Him for His salvation.




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