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Scripture Reading for November 28: Exodus 7

 

Desperate Times Call For Divine Measures Part 2
(Mark 5:21-43)

 

Verse 29

      After 12 years of suffering the woman was healed instantly & fully

      Was Jesus surprised? 

Verse 30

      Many have a tendency to assume logic over the supernatural in this verse

      Greek word for _______________ is  ‘epiginōskō’ meaning to _____________, _____________ or to _____________ upon (Mark 2:8)

      Why does Jesus ask a question that He already knows the answer to?

Verse 31-32

      Peter (Luke 8:45) questions Christ

Verse 33

      Jesus’ question was to draw the woman out in admission

      She falls before the Lord in submission

Verse 34

      Three main areas of focus

1.     In this there is a beautiful _______________ in the manner in which _______________ must come to Christ

      What is the importance of submission?  Ephesians 5:25, 5:21, Hebrews 13:7, Romans 13:1

      Glorious result of submission (James 4:7)

2.     ______________ is the _______________ means to bring about submission

      Faith is required to seek & pursue God (Romans 3:10-11)

      _______________ different Greek words for the word faith

      Distinction between manmade faith & saving faith (Hebrews 12:2)

      Greek word in Hebrews 12:2  ‘pistis’ is the same word for faith in Mark 5:34

      Saving faith makes heirs (2 Corinthians 6:18, Romans 8:17)

      Saving faith is ongoing & God honoring (Hebrews 11:6)

3.     True _______________ is only accomplished through _______________ saving _______________

      Same Greek word for peace here in Mark 5:34 also seen in Philippians 4:7

 

  

Scripture reading for November 21: Jude

 

Desperate Times Call For Divine Measures Part 1
(Mark 5:21-43)

 

Verse 21

      Jesus and His disciples traveled across to Capernaum

      A large, welcome crowd gathered (Luke 8:40)

Verse 22-23

      Not a typical exchange from a synagogue leader

      Jairus showed great submission before Christ

      Greek work ‘proskuneō’ means _______________ (Matthew 9:18)

      Greek word ‘parakaleō’ means _______________ & _______________ (Mark 5:10, 5:23)

      Jairus exhibits faith and confidence in Christ

Verse 24

      _______________ is from the Greek word ‘sunthlibō’

Verse 25-26

      The woman was deemed unclean (Leviticus 15:25-27)

      Depleted resources in attempt to be made well (Luke 8:43)

Verse 27-28

      The woman expressed great confidence and certainty in Christ

 

Scripture Reading for November 14: Exodus 6

 

Unmatched Power Part 2
(Mark 5:1-20)

 

Verse 10

      Personification of goodness/righteousness does not mesh with essence of pure evil (2 Corinthians 6:15)

Verse 11

      Insight to the demographics of the location (Leviticus 11:7-8)

      What was this area of Decapolis like?

Verse 12

      Begging seen as a position of submission

      How does evil dwell/overtake a body?  (John 13:27)

Verse 13

      What a horrific scene

Verse 14-15

      The undeniable result of having an encounter with the Lord (Ezekiel 36:26-27)

Verse 16-17

      Their reaction to Jesus was to beg His departure

Verse 18-19

      Different events saw different instructions from Jesus (Mark 1:44)

Verse 20

      Proclaiming the excellencies of the Lord (Colossians 1:13)

 

 

Scripture Reading for November 7: 3 John

  

Unmatched Power Part 1

(Mark 5:1-20)

 

Verse 1

      Gerasenes, Gadarenes, & the Gergesenes (interchangeable)

Verse 2

      How many demon possessed men were there?  (Matthew 8:28)

      Five things to conclude about the demon possessed men

1.      They were from a _______________ _______________ (Luke 8:27)

2.     They were possessed w/ _______________ than _______________ demon (Mark 5:9)

3.     The men were _______________ by the _______________ power of the unclean spirits (Luke 8:27)

4.     The men’s _______________ was one of a _______________, _______________ nature (Matthew 8:28)

5.     The men were _______________ in every way (Numbers 19:11)

Verse 3-4

      Binding a violent lunatic is common throughout history

Verse 5

      Manifestation of sheer agony

Verse 6-7

      How did they recognize Christ? (1 John 3:8, Romans 16:20, Genesis 3:15)

      Christ’s presence was not good news for the demons (Hebrews 2:14-15)

      Demons correctly determine who Christ is (Mark 1:23-26)

      Demons have knowledge of Christ’s complete superiority over them (Luke 8:31)

Verse 8

      A command with complete power and authority

Verse 9

      Legion is a military group of _______________ men

      Light and darkness to not go together (John 1:5, 1 John 1:5, John 3:19-20)

      No one is like our God (Jeremiah 10:6, 1 Samuel 2:2) 

 

  

Scripture Reading for October 31: Exodus 5

 

Trust To Weather The Storms

(Mark 4:35-41)

 

Verse 35-36

      Jesus instructed His disciples to proceed to the other side of the lake

      Those traveling with Jesus were varied in terms of allegiance (John 6:64-66)

Verse 37

      Typical storm or divinely appointed?

Verse 38

      Greek word for teacher is ‘didaskalos’ which means _______________ or _______________

      Different from messias (_______________) or sōtēr (_______________)

      Significance in the phrase “Do you not care?”

      There is suggestion in the questioning (Genesis 3:1)

      Knowledge of God’s power His own creation (Psalm 65:5-7, Psalm 89:9)

Verse 39

      Jesus further proves His power & authority (Psalm 46:1-3, Isaiah 25:4)

Verse 40

      The disciples needed to increase in faith (1 Corinthians 3:1-2)

      Small faith has tremendous power (Matthew 17:20)

Verse 41

      God is trustworthy, therefore Jesus is trustworthy (Proverbs 3:5-6, Jeremiah 17:7)

 

 

Scripture Reading for October 24: 2 John

  

Growth of the Kingdom

(Mark 4:30-34)

 

Verse 30

      Should the disciples know the answer to this question?

      Christ is preparing them for ministry all the time (Mark 3:14)

Verse 31-32

      What are some things we can earn about the mustard seed and/or plant?

      Where does the unwarranted controversy lie in this passage?

      The Kingdom of God, like the earthly ministry of Christ had a _______________ beginning (Luke 2:7, Luke 9:57:58, James 4:6, Philippians 2:8)

      Another use of the mustard seed that represents God’s use of something seemingly small (Matthew 17:20)

      What is the promise in verse 32? 

Verse 33

      Jesus, being the Word, spoke nothing but the Word (John 1:14)

Verse 34

      Parables always served a two-fold purpose 

 

 

Scripture Reading for October 17: Exodus 4

  

God of the Harvest

(Mark 4:26-29)

 

Verse 26

      Further agriculturally related teachings (Genesis 37:7, Luke 13, Romans 11, Isaiah 29, 1 Corinthians 3)

      Key phrase in this passage “Kingdom of God”

      What is the Kingdom of God? (Matthew 19:24, Matthew 21:31, Mark 9:47)

      Man (sower-disciple) seed (perfect seed-gospel) ground (good soil-heart softened by God)

Verse 27

      Day and night, orderly process of creation (Genesis 1:5)

      Mark 4:27 highlights the _______________ of God and the _______________ of man

Verse 28

      God’s wonderful, unique creation

Verse 29

      What is the harvest that is being spoken of (Matthew 9:37-38)

      God’s grace is revealed through His redemptive plan

 

 

Scripture Reading for October 10: 1 John 5

 

This Little Light Of Mine
(Mark 4:21-25)

 

Verse 21

      Rhetorical question leading to significant understanding

      Lamps were a relevant item for Christ to use as an illustration

      God is the source of light (Psalm 119:105, 119:130, Proverbs 6:23)

      Our new lives in Christ results in new found ‘light’ (Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Matthew 5:14-16, John 8:12)

Verse 22

      Truth is worth proclaiming (Colossians 1:28, 1 Peter 2:9)

Verse 23

      The disciples were to verbally proclaim the teachings of Christ (Romans 10:14)

      Greek word for preaching ‘ kērussō’, meaning _______________ or _______________

Verse 24

      Good stewardship will be rewarded (Matthew 25:23, 25:29)

Verse 25

      God is glorified through our being responsible with what He has entrusted to us (1 Corinthians 4:2, Matthew 16:24-25)

  

 

Scripture Reading for October 3: Exodus 3

 

Agronomy of the Heart Part 3

(Mark 4:1-20)

 

Verse 20

      Only soil type described as good

      Other 3 soils rejected the gospel but this soil type received the gospel

      We need to recognize the sovereignty of God revealed through all things, of course salvation included

      3 truths seen through this soil type

1.      God is the _______________ of ______________

      Creator of physical life (Genesis 2:7)

      He brings about Spiritual life through the response to the gospel (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

2.      God _______________ the _______________

      God is the only One who can soften a heart (Romans 9:8)

      God’s sovereignty does not cease in the area of salvation (1 Chronicles 29:11-12, John 6:44, John 6:65, Acts 13:48, Acts 16:14)

3.      God _______________ elicits _______________ and produces ______________ in a person’s life

      This is a miracle of God, a supernatural work with a supernatural result

      We are dependent upon God in able to bear fruit (John 15:1-5)

      By grace we receive the Holy Spirit, aiding us in producing fruit (Galatians 5:22-23)

      Bearing fruit is not an option, it is an inevitable result of God working in us (John 15:16, Matthew 7:15-20)

      Praise God the work He began, He will see to the finish (Philippians 1:6)

 

  

Scripture Reading for September 26: 1 John 4

 

Agronomy of the Heart Part 2

(Mark 4:1-20)

 

Verse 16

      Emotional response versus a genuine conversion

Verse 17

      False professions won’t weather persecution (2 Timothy 3:12, John 15:18, 1 Peter 4:12-14)

      Heart condition remains unchanged - serving satan (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

      Hearing the truth, professing the truth, but ultimately denying the truth is Apostasy (1 John 2:18-19)

Verse 18

      Thorny soil

Verse 19

      Thorns most accurately represent any form of _______________ (Deuteronomy 5:7)

      Consumed with cares of the world vs. eternal focus  (John 17:16, Colossians 3:1)

       Deceitfulness of riches (Matthew 6:24, Matthew 6:19-21, Galatians 5:17, Ecclesiastes 5:10, 1 Timothy 6:10)

      ‘Other Things’ - servitude to anything else but the Lord is idolatry (James 4:4)

      Unregenerate condition yields bad fruit, resulting in?  (Matthew 7:192 Thessalonians 1:9, Matthew 9:48, 25:46, Daniel 12:2)

      Greater than all these things is the ______________ of God (1 John 3:20)

    

  

Scripture reading for September 19: Exodus 2

 

Agronomy of the Heart Part 1

            (Mark 4:1-20)

 

Verse 1

      Word ‘again’ shows commonality of this type of scene in the ministry of Christ

Verse 2

      This would lead into many further teachings in parable form

Verse 3-9

      The parable of the soils (what do the soils represent?)

Verse 10

      The later questioning of the Apostles was likely two-fold

Verse 11

      What was concealed that is now being revealed?  (John 1:14)

Verse 12

      Who were parables being concealed from? 

      Prophecy fulfilled.  (Matthew 13:35 ref. Psalm 78:2) (Mark 4:12 ref. Isaiah 6:9-10)

      No understanding among the unregenerate (1 Corinthians 1:18)

      God gives us the ability to know & understand Spiritual things through _______________(Psalm 119:18, Ephesians 1:17-18)

Verse 13

      A rhetorical question to invoke the Apostles to think about deeper Spiritual things

Verse 14

      The focus is not on the sower (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).

      The sower needs no other tool than the Word (Romans 1:16)

Verse 15

      Hard soil represents the hard ________ (Ephesians 4:18)

      This condition does not desire God (Romans 3:11)

Verse 16

      Emotional response versus a genuine conversion

Verse 17

     ●      False professions won’t whether persecution (2 Timothy 3:12, John 15:18, 1 Peter 4:12-14)     

 

 

                      

Scripture reading for September 12: 1 John 3

 

Family Matters

(Mark 3:31-35)

 

Verse 31

      Jesus’ family was outside, typical large crowd inside (Mark 2:1)

Verse 32

      Those in attendance alert Jesus that His family has arrived

Verse 33

      Not the expected response out of Christ

      Did He not know His own family? 

Verse 34-35

      The significance of Jesus’ statement

1.      Jesus teaches that the _______________ family is more important than the _______________ family.

      Elevating the Spiritual family (Luke 14:26)

2.     Though _______________ in some ways, the Spiritual family does _______________ the earthly family in many ways.

Differences

       

       

       

Similarities

       

       

       

3.      There are specific _______________ for being in the Spiritual family

      Obedience (Luke 6:46, John 14:15)

      Pleasing God (Hebrews 11:6, 1 Thessalonians 2:4, Matthew 28:18-20)

      Victory through the Lord (1 John 5:4, 1 John 5:1)  

 

 

Scripture Reading for September 5: Exodus 1

 

Accusations From An Apostate Heart
               (Mark 3:24-30)

 

Verse 24

      Division causes chaos (Romans 16:17-18, 1 Corinthians 1:10-13)

      Satan does not desire unity with Christ & vice versa (Colossians 1:13, Matthew 4:8-9)

Verse 25

      God does not share His glory, He is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5, Deuteronomy 4:24)

Verse 26

      Absurdity of the claims

Verse 27

      Jesus has the power OVER satan (Colossians 1:13-14, Romans 8:37-39)

Verse 28-30

      Unpardonable sin?  What does this mean?

      Clearing up the confusion

1.      Jesus is not speaking in _______________

      Jesus does forgive ALL our sins (1 John 1:9)

      Mark 3:28-30 addresses apostasy

2.      Jesus’ response was directed toward ______________ people for a ____________time

      They (scribes/Pharisees) had evidence, validation of claims, everything, yet they rebelled

      Apostasy still happens today

3.      This exact scenario cannot be _______________ today

      The result of blasphemy of the HS (apostasy) is the same as lifelong unbelief (John 3:36)

      Salvation delivers us from our ability to commit the unpardonable sin, it delivers us from unbelief.   

  

Scripture Reading for August 29: 1 John 2

 
Good VS. Evil
 (Mark 3:20-23) 

 

Verse 20

     Went back home?  (Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum)

Verse 21

     Who in Jesus’ family came to Him? (Mark 6:3) 

     Greek word for seize is ‘krateō’ which means to _______________ or take _______________ of

     Who likely did not buy into the idea that Jesus had lost His mind? (Luke 1:30-33)

     What was the nature of the message Jesus’ family must have received?

Verse 22

     Scribes and Pharisees were at it again

     Beelzebul is another name for _______________

     Jerusalem is where _______________ Council was held

Verse 23

     Begins to speak in parable - Greek word ‘parabolē’ meaning to _______________ alongside (Matthew 13:10-15, 10:35)

     Parables two main objectives

1.     _______________ truth to a particular target audience

2.     _______________ truth from those who are not the target audience

     How can satan cast out satan?  Drawing out the understanding of good vs. evil

     Scripture reveals the differences between God and satan

     God’s character (1 John 1:5, Numbers 23:19, Psalm 18:30, Luke 19:10)

     Satan’s character (2 Corinthians 4:4, John 8:44, 1 John 3:8, 1 Peter 5:8)

     May we strive to discern the difference (Hebrews 5:14)

  

Scripture Reading for August 22: Genesis 50

 

Pleasing God
Mike Baker, Elder
 
 

· Parental pleasure of growth of their children

3 John 4

 

· Who can please God?

Romans 8:8; Galatians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:4; 2 Timothy 2:4

 

· Who cannot please God?

Romans 8:6-7

 

· What does God desire from us?

· Focus on Him and His ways

Colossians 3:2; 1 Kings 3:3-15

 

· By what means do we please God?

· Faith

Hebrews 11:6; Hebrews 11:1

 

· By the Power and Guidance of the Holy Spirit

Ezekiel 36:27

 

· What do we do to please God?

· Not checklists

Genesis1:27-30; Genesis 2:15-17; 2 Samuel 11:1-17

 

· It’s the heart

Luke 6:45; Proverbs3:1

 

· Obey Him

1 Samuel 15:22; Hosea 6:6

 

· Read and Know His Word

Joshua 1:7-8; Proverbs 3:1-4

 

· Be an imitator of Him

Hebrews 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 Corinthians 11:1

 

· It’s for His Glory

Micah 6:6-8; 1 Corinthians 10:31

 

· What keeps us going in our quest to please God?

Joshua 8:34, Joshua 14:13-14; Psalm 1:1

 

 

 

Scripture reading for August 15: 1 John 1

 

Chosen With Purpose
      (Mark 3:7-19)

 

Verse 7-8

      Greek word for disciples ‘mathētēs’ which means _______________ or _______________

      People came from all around to see Jesus

Verse 9

      Not everyone in the crowd had the same heart motive (Isaiah 53:3)

Verse 10

      Even a simple touch sufficed for the crowd (Matthew 9:20-21)

Verse 11-12

      Testimony from an unlikely source (v.11)

      Don’t tell anyone? (Mark 1:44, Mark 7:36)

Verse 13

      Jesus isolated Himself to be with His Father (Luke 6:12, Mark 1:35)

Verse 14-15

      Greek word for appoint ‘poieō’ which means to make or to make _____________

      Distinction between disciple (‘mathētēs’) & Apostles (‘apostolos’)

      Specific responsibility of the Apostles was _______________ (‘kērussō’)

      Authority was given to them, granted, not earned.  (Romans 11:36)

Verse 16

      Simon also _______________ & _______________ & Simon _______________ _______________ (Matthew 16:17-19, John 1:42)

Verse 17-19

      Chosen men for the will and purpose of the Lord

 

 

Scripture Reading for August 8: Genesis 49

 

Impassible To Ignore

      (Mark 3:1-6)

 

Verse 1-2

     Another Sabbath encounter, another opportunity for the Scribes (Luke 6:2) & Pharisees to “catch” Jesus

Verse 3

     Jesus calls for the man (authority), the build up of the event

Verse 4

     Jesus presents a moral question

     Their answer would reveal their heart (which Jesus already knew)

     Do good (Proverbs 3:27, Isaiah 1:17) or do nothing?

Verse 5

     Does Jesus operate under emotions? 

     Is God passible or impassible?

     The passible camp (Psalm 7:11, Genesis 6:6, John 3:16, 1 John 4:8, Proverbs 6:16, Romans 1:8, John 3:36, Exodus 20:5, Zephaniah 3:17, Isaiah 62:5, Ephesians 4:30, Luke 7:13)

     The impassible camp (Malachi 3:6, James 1:17, Hebrews 13:8)

What Scripture teaches regarding the emotions of God

1.    Without a _______________ _______________ teaches that God has _______________

2.    God’s _______________ are 100% _______________ and ______________

3.    God’s _______________ do not _______________ or _______________ His _______________ will and _______________

Verse 6

     Instead of revelation the Pharisees only possessed repulsion  

 

  

Scripture for August 1, 2021: 2 Peter 3

 

Lord Of The Sabbath
    (Mark 2:23-28)

 

Verse 23

      God Himself rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:3)

      All things, including the Sabbath of the Old Law, were given by God (Romans 11:36)

Verse 24

      Proper hermeneutics is key (particularly historical in this case)

      We must distinguish between modern day acceptability & period correct practices (roughly A.D.30)

      Scripture speaks to this very situation (Deuteronomy 23:24-25)

      Specific detail in Luke 6:1 is critical to the Pharisees’ indignation (?)

      Who was working?  Argument could be made for the hard working Pharisees

      Man made laws made rule following a religion in itself

Verse 25-26

      Jesus asks self proclaimed scholars of the OT “Have you never read”

      Proof in 1 Samuel 21 that God did not make arbitrary laws as to forgo grace, mercy & love

      Legalism does not save

Verse 27

      Pharisees went way above and beyond what God had commanded, treating their legalism as being as important as Scripture itself

      New Testament does not require adherence to the Sabbath, as all days are days to praise the Lord (Psalm 113:3, Hebrews 13:5, Acts 2:46)

      Are individuals saved by following laws and traditions?  (John 6:28-29, Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 2:16)

Verse 28

      Son of Man (Jesus’ most common title for Himself) = Lord of Sabbath (God)

      Does this Pharisaical legalism still exist?  (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

      Jesus provides freedom from legalism and religious death (Matthew 11:27-30)

 

 

Scripture reading for July 25: Genesis 48
 
 “Properly Passing the Praise”
                 Psalm 145
                Pastor Mark Abel

 

I.                 A_______________ B_______________ to His C_______________

II.                D_______________ E_______________ for His F_______________

III.               G_______________ H_______________ of His I_______________

IV.               J_______________ K_______________ His L_______________ and M_______________

V.                N_______________ O_______________ on His P_______________

VI.              Q_______________ R_______________ in His S_______________

VII.             T_______________ U_______________ of His V_______________

      VIII.             W_______________ X_______________ Y_______________ Z_______________ 
 
 
 
 

Scripture Reading for July 18: 2 Peter 2

 

  Not So Fast
(Mark 2:18-22)

 

Verse 18

      John’s disciples should have known better (John 1:29 3:28)

      Remember where John was at this time (Mark 1:14)

      Fasting protocol (Leviticus 16:29-31)

      Pharisees had it all wrong, function, heart motive, everything (Luke 18:1-13, Matthew 6:16-18)

      Instances of baptism & purposes of fasting (Matthew 4:2, Acts 14:23, Daniel 1, Daniel 10:2-3, Luke 4:2, Acts 9:9, Exodus 19:15, 1 Corinthians 7:5)

Verse 19

      Would have been an offense to fast during a wedding feast

Verse 20

      Those who love the Lord will weep when He dies on the cross (John 16:20)

Verse 21-22

      Legalism & self made religions do not fit with true Christianity

      In order to follow Christ we must _______________ ______________

      Christianity is _______________, _______________-_______________, and _______________

      _______________ (Romans 12:9, 1 John 3:9, 1 Timothy 3:15, Matthew 7:15)

      _______________-_______________ (Colossians 3:2, Matthew 6:33)

      _______________ (John 14:6, Acts 4:12)

      It is a daily charge, a lifelong commitment, & an eternal course (Luke 9:23)

 

 

Scripture Reading for July 11: Genesis 47

 

The Penitent Publican
      (Mark 2:13-17)
 

Verse 13-14

      Jesus comes across Levi.  Who is Levi? (Mark 3:16-19)

      Greek word for tax collector is ‘telōnēs’ which literally means _______________ _______________

      Despised profession (Matthew 5:46, Luke 8:9-12) found ______ times in gospels

      Levi responds in obedience

Verse 15

      Tax collectors deemed a special class of sinners (Matthew 5:29)

Verse 16

      Scribes & Pharisees questioning the motive of Christ

      Tried to find fault in Jesus (Mark 3:2)

Verse 17

      Jesus used the physical to explain the spiritual (John 10:9, John 10:11, 1 Corinthians 3:12-15)

      Jesus reminds them of His purpose (1 Timothy 1:15)

      All are in need of a Savior, whether they recognize it or not.  Greek word for Savior is ‘sōtēr’ which means _______________

      The gospel addresses sin - Jesus addresses sin

      Humility must be put on, pride must be put off (James 4:6)

  

 

Scripture Reading for July 4: 2 Peter 1

 

Blinded By The Heart

      (Mark 2:6-12)

 

Verse 6

      Pharisee literally means _______________ _______________

      Pharisees attempted to follow more than _______________ laws

      Scribes were highly _______________

Verse 7

      Greek for blasphemy ‘blasphēmia’ means to speak _______________ or _______________

      Could the Scribes & Pharisees have known Jesus was God?  (Isaiah 40:3, Isaiah 53:3)

Verse 8

      How did Jesus know what they were thinking, what was in their heart?

      Cohesiveness between God & Christ in knowing the hearts of man (Proverbs 21:2, Jeremiah 17:10, Psalm 44:21, 1 Kings 8:39, Matthew 12:25, 22:18, Luke 6:8, 11:17, 16:15, John 2:25)

Verse 9

      Tough question, how would we respond to this?

Verse 10-12

      Son of Man (title used by Jesus of Himself more than _____________ in the NT)

      The title is a fulfillment of prophecy found in _______________

      Response of the crowd (Mark 2:12, Luke 5:26, Matthew 9:8)

      What about the Scribes & Pharisees?

      Their hearts grew harder (Jeremiah 17:9, Ephesians 4:18)

      God alone can change the heart of individuals (Ezekiel 36:26, 2 Corinthians 5:17) 


 

 

Scripture reading for June 27: Genesis 46

 

Measure Of Faith
    (Mark 2:1-5)

 

Verse 1

      Back from His time spent in desolate places (Mark 1:45)

Verse 2

      A large crowd gathered as Jesus taught

Verse 3-4

      Importance in the details (home structure, level of friendship among the men, potential danger in interruption, determination, desperation etc)

Verse 5

      Recognition of faith

      First mention of faith (v. 21-28 =?, 29-31 =?, 32-34 =?, 40-45 =?)

      Is there a difference in faith?  (Hebrews 11:6, James 2:19)

      Jesus gives attention to the spiritual needs over the physical (2 Corinthians 4:16, 1 Timothy 4:7-8)

      Who do we thank for our faith?  (Hebrews 12:2, 1 Corinthians 13:13)

 

Scripture reading for June 20: 1 Peter 5

 

Who Would Take My Place?
          (Mark 1:40-45)
 

Verse 40-45

      What is leprosy?  Why was there such a stigma associated with this disease?

      Ramifications of leprosy were not just physical, but social, spiritual, economical, psychological, etc. 

      Precise protocol in Leviticus 13

      Correlation between leprosy and sin

1.      Like sin, leprosy is a ______________ disease

      Matthew 9:3-4, Ezekiel 36:26, Matthew 15:19

2.      Like sin, leprosy causes _______________

      Isaiah 59:1-2,

3.      Like sin, the person infected with leprosy cannot __________ themselves

      Matthew 19:25-26

4.      Like sin, leprosy can be _______________ by _______________

      1 John 1:9, Acts 2:38

      Significance in the encounter (Leviticus 14 details the cleansing process)

      Jesus displayed love, compassion, and selflessness in His actions

      Instant and complete healing (v.42)

      Immediate disobedience caused a positional swap (v.45)

      The parallels are rich (Christ taking the place of man)

      Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 3:18, 1 Peter 2:24  

 

 

Scripture Reading for June 13: Genesis 45

 

Finding Purpose Through Christ
             (Mark 1:36-39)

 

Verse 36-37

      Search for Jesus (36)

Verse 38

      Is there any contradiction as to the purpose of Christ?

      Purposes of Christ on earth

1.     Jesus came to do the _______________ of the _______________ (John 6:38)

2.     Jesus came to _______________ _______________ (Luke 19:10, 1 Timothy 1:15)

3.     Jesus Came to bring _______________ to a _______________ _______________ (John 12:46, John 8:12)

4.     Jesus came to _______________ (Mark 10:45)

5.     Jesus came to be the _______________ sacrifice for sin (1 John 2:2, Isaiah 5:10, John 3:36)

      Preaching the gospel was paramount to the ministry of Christ

      Preaching the gospel is the central message for all followers of Christ

      John The Baptist preached repentance (Mark 1:4) Christ preached repentance (Mark 1:14-15), thus we are to preach?????

      In light of Christ’ purpose, what is our purpose

1.      Like Jesus we are to do the _______________ of the _______________ (Matthew 7:21, John 14:8-15)

2.     Jesus came to save sinners and we have a _______________in that (Acts 4:12, Mark 16:15)

3.     Like Jesus we are to be _______________ in a ______________ _______________ (John 8:12, Mark 5:14-16, Philippians 2:14-16)

4.     Like Jesus we are _______________ to ______________ (Joshua 24:15, Romans 12:11, John 12:26, 1 Peter 4:10-11)

5.     Jesus _______________ everything, we too are to be a people of _______________ (Hebrews 13:16, Romans 12:1-2, Matthew 16:24-25)

Verse 39

     Jesus fulfilling that purpose

 

 

Scripture Reading for June 6: 1 Peter 4

 

The Prominence Of Prayer

          (Mark 1:35)

 

Verse 35

      Jesus would commonly isolate Himself for the purpose of prayer (Luke 5:15-16, Matthew 14:23)

      Christ’s example of prayer is one we should emulate

      What must we do to ensure private prayer with the Lord?

1.    We must _______________ ______________ to pray

      Time in prayer reflects our view of God (Matthew 6:33, Exodus 20:3)

      This takes ______________ and ______________ ______________ (Titus 1:8, 2 Timothy 1:7, Galatians 5:23)

2.    We must have a ______________ to pray

      Our prayers, in both purpose and practice, reveal what is going in at the heart level (Matthew 6:5-6)

Why would Jesus need to pray?

      Must understand roles and functions of the Members of the Trinity

1.    Jesus _______________ submitted to the _______________ of the Father (John 10:17-18, John 4:31-34, John 5:19, 1 Corinthians 11:3, John 14:30-31, John 6:38)

2.    Jesus _______________ and ______________ the will of the Father (John 10:30, Matthew 11:27)

3.    The Father is _______________ ______________ with the Son (Mark 1:11, Matthew 17:5)

4.    The relationship between the Son and the Father has _______________ since _______________ _______________ (John 17:5)

5.    Jesus’ role does not _______________ the _______________ of the three persons of the Trinity (John 10:39-42, John 5:22)

Importance of Jesus praying to God the Father

1.    Jesus received _______________ and ______________ from the Father (John 11:41-42)

2.    Jesus set an ______________ in His ______________ ______________ (John 17:9, Luke 18:1)

3.    Jesus demonstrated further _______________ of the _______________ (Distinct functions with 1 glorious purpose)

 

  

Scripture Reading for May 30:  Genesis 44

 

Jesus The Compassionate Healer

              (Mark 1:29-34)

 

Verse 29 & 30

      Simon - Cephas - Peter - Mother-In-Law = ?

      Further marital evidence 1 Corinthians 9:5

      Greek word for wife is ‘gune’ - clear distinctions between woman & wife

      Simon’s mother-in-law was very sick, dire need (Luke 4:38)

Verse 31

      The compassion of Christ is displayed

      Scripture reveals the compassion of Christ in all areas

1.     Jesus showed compassion for basic needs (Mark 8:1-2)

2.     Jesus showed compassion for emotional needs (Luke 7:13)

3.     Jesus showed compassion for spiritual needs (Matthew 9:36)

      In this account we see compassion of a physical nature

      Things to notice about Christ healing

a.      The healing Jesus provided was _______________

      He defied all medical expertise of the day

b.     The healing Jesus provided was _______________

      Not a process of healing, instead it was immediate (eutheos)

Verse 32-34

      Word travels when there are results (verifiable evidence)

      Healing Jesus performed very different from counterfeit faith healers

      We have reason to have great confidence in Jesus, Healer & Deliverer (Hebrews 4:16) 

  

 

Scripture Reading for May 23: 1 Peter 3

 

DEMONstration of Authority

          (Mark 1:23-28)

 

Verse 23-28

3  Major Angles to this event

1.     The ____________ of the __________ ___________

2.     The ____________ by ____________

3.     The ____________ of the _____________

 

1.      

      Difference between Demonology & Christian Demonology

      Reality of present evil (1 Peter 5:8)

      Evil spirit does not cohabitate w/ God in an individual (Romans 8:9-11)

      Significance in the recognition

a.      The unclean spirit recognized the ___________ of Jesus

      Demons are not omniscient

b.     The unclean spirit recognized the ___________ of Jesus

      Evil spirit giving testimony of who Christ is

      James 2:19, recognition is not submission

      2.

      Authority that results in obedient action

      Jesus is victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57, James 4:7)

      Further encounters, same ending (Mark 5:1-7, Matthew 8:28-34)

      3.

      Amazement stirred up questions

 

 

Scripture Reading for May 16: Genesis 43

 
Author of Authority
    (Mark 1:19-22)
 

Verse 19

     Family - Zebedee wife Salome, sons James & John (Mark 15:40, Matthew 27:55-56)

     Ordinary men - used by an extraordinary God (Mark 3:17)

Verse 20

     Divine, calculated calling of the disciples (John 15:16)

Verse 21

     Capernaum - a familiar place for the 4 followers

     Synagogue Greek ‘sunagógé meaning to ____________ _____________

Verse 22

     Greek for authority ‘exousia’

     Triune authority extended to the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17, John 17:17, Matthew 24:35, Isaiah 40:8, John 1:1)

     Jesus knew His authority (John 14:6)

 

 

Scripture Reading for May 9: 1 Peter 2

 

 

Follow The Leader

  (Mark 1:16-18)

                                                                    

Verse 16

3 Things to notice

1.     Jesus was not just ________ upon these men

2.     This would ____ have been the _____ time Jesus saw Andrew & Simon (John 1:35-42)

3.     These men were __________ by _____

 

Verse 17 & 18

      Were the men following someone they didn’t know?

            Follow me means?

1.      Follow Me means an ________ of _____

      Matthew 16:24, Matthew 6:24, Matthew 10:38, John 10:27

2.      Following Christ is an ____ in _________

      Romans 8:29, John 12:26

3.      Following Christ is ____ ______

      John 21:18-19

4.      Following Christ is an ______ to a ________

      1 Timothy 2:5, Romans 8:34, 1 John 5:14, John 9:31, John 1:12, John 15:26. Romans 8:26

Fishers of Men

      God determines the results (1 Corinthians 3:6-8) 

   

  

Scripture Reading for May 2: Genesis 42

 

The Good News Is Still The Good News
                  (Mark 1:14-15) 

Verse 14

      Why was John The Baptist arrested? (Luke 14:19-20)

      Others' response to biblical truth cannot be predicted, but this does not change our responsibility to share it. 

      A wonderful example in John

      Jesus preaches in His hometown (Luke 4:28-30)

      Lesson, don’t take the rejection of truth (gospel) personally (Matthew 10:14, John 15:18-19)

Verse 15

      Greek word for repent is ‘metanoeo’ meaning to change one’s_____ & _______

      Repentance is not __________

      Paul explains this truth in 1 Corinthians 2:14

      Natural man has the same dreadful condition (Jeremiah 17:9)

      No one seeks Him (Romans 3:11) - Thank goodness He seeks us (Luke 19:10)

      The gospel is the message of all of Scripture

      Example (Genesis 1:1, 1 Samuel 2:2, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, Isaiah 59:1-2, Romans 6:23, Jeremiah 17:9,

     John 14:6, 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 3:16, Romans 6:9, John 3:36, Romans 10:9, 1 John 1:9, John 5:24)  

 

 

Scripture Reading for April 25: 1 Peter 1

  

Tempting Situation

    (Mark 1:12-13)

Verse 12

      Roles and functions are being displayed

      The Holy Spirit actively ‘ekballo’ (Greek) drove Christ to the wilderness

Verse 13

      Not only was there significance in the location but also in the duration

      Mark is brief on the account - Matthew & Luke much more detailed

      Luke 4:1-13 The temptation of Christ

      In the wilderness fasting (similar to Moses Deuteronomy 9:9)

      God does NOT tempt Christ, the devil does (James 1:13)

Temptations

1.     Luke 4:3 Devil’s angle is physical, primal desires (hunger, satisfaction, pride)

      Luke 4:4 Jesus responds using what?   (Deuteronomy 8:3)

2.      Luke 4:5-7 Devil’s angle is one of power and prestige (but reveals his motive)

      Luke 4:8 Jesus responds in similar fashion (Deuteronomy 6:13)

3.      Luke 4:9-11 Devil’s attempts to match wits with Christ (Psalm 91:11-12)

      Luke 4:12 Jesus responds yet again (Deuteronomy 6:16)

 

      Mark 1:13 Remarkable reference to what significant passage?  ____________

      What is our responsibility regarding temptation? (Matthew 26:41, 1 Corinthians 10:13)

      ●      The role of the Holy Spirit in our lives (John 14:26, Romans 8:26) 

 

  

Scripture Reading for April 18: Genesis 41

 

All In Attendance

   (Mark 1:9-11)

 

Verse 9

·         Geographical humility in Nazareth (Luke 1:26-27, John 1:43-50)

·         Although he didn’t feel worthy, John baptized Jesus (Matthew 3:13-15)

Verse 10-11

·         Christ served as an example

·         Who then should be baptized?

·         Is infant baptism appropriate?

·         Three main methods of baptism

1.      

      In this method water is sprinkled over the individuals head

2.      

      In this method water is poured over the individual

3.      

      In this method the individual is submerged under water (Mark 1:10. Matthew 3:16, John 3:23, Colossians 2:12)

·         Remarkably significant event takes place during baptism of Jesus

·         Presence of the Trinity

·         Dove (Matthew 10:16)

·         Unique phrase “My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 17:5) 

 

 

Scripture Reading for April 11: James 5

There is no sermon outline for this week.  

 

 

April 4, 2021 Easter Sunday

Who is Jesus?

Expectations - Luke 19:37-44

      Jesus had a very specific purpose (Luke 19:10, Matthew 1:21)

      Pharisees thought Jesus was a _______ to their agenda (v.39)

      The Sanhedrin council that He was a ________ (Luke 22:70-71)

      Herod thought He was nothing more than a ________ (Luke 23:11-12)

      Pilate thought Jesus was ________ but foolish (Luke 23:13-16)

      The crowd thought He was deserving of ______ (Luke 23:21)

      Cleopas, even after the death of Christ, thought Jesus was a prophet and had hoped He would _______ ________ (Luke 24:18-21)

      Even today there are many false views of who Jesus is. 

      Throughout the crucifixion and resurrection what does the Bible reveal about who Christ is?

1.      Jesus is _________

      Luke 23:40-41, 1 Peter 2:22, Hebrews 4:15, 1 John 3:5, 2 Corinthians 5:21

2.      Jesus Christ is _________

      Luke 19:41-44, Luke 23:43, Luke 22:31-34, John 13:19-30

3.      Jesus is the _________ of __________

      Prophecy: 28:14 = Fulfillment: Luke 3:34

      Prophecy: Isaiah 7:14 = Fulfillment: Luke 1:35

      Prophecy: Isaiah 40:3-4 = Fulfillment: Mark 1:2-3

      Prophecy: Zechariah 9:9 = Fulfillment: Matthew 21:5

      Prophecy: Zechariah 11:12-13 = Matthew 26:14-16

      Prophecy: Leviticus 17:3 = Fulfillment: Matthew 28:16

4.      Jesus is the ______ and _________ ________ sacrifice for sin

      Greek word for propitiation ‘hilasmos’ means ________

      1 John 4:10, John 28:30 (finality), Romans 3:25, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 2:2

      Great explanation from Paul in Romans 5:6-10

5.      Jesus is ________

      Luke 24:6-7, Revelation 1:17-18, Romans 8:34 

 

He is risen, Praise the Lord!

 

 

Scripture Reading for March 28: Genesis 40

 

Baptized In The Spirit

       (Mark 1:5-8)

 

Verse 5

      News traveled about what John The Baptist was doing

      John baptized upon individual’s profession of repentance

      Forgiveness of sin - reason Jesus was coming (Luke 19:10, 1 Timothy 1:15, Matthew 9:13)

Verse 6

      Would have looked similar to ________ (2 Kings 1:7-8)

      Some misconceptions of who John was (Malachi 4:5, Luke 1:17, John 1:19-21, Matthew 11:9, Deuteronomy 18:18)

      Dietary normalcy according to Levitical/Mosaic Law (Leviticus 11:20-22)

Verse 7

      Humility of John (lower self/elevate Christ even in light of Matthew 11:11)

      John was a good example in many ways (1 Corinthians 1:31, 1 Peter 5:5)

Verse 8

            Main takeaways

1.     John’s baptism was a _______ baptism than Jesus would provide

      Acts 19:1-5

2.      Baptism of the _______ ______ is absolutely essential in _______

      Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-4

3.      Water baptism is _________ by God

      Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12

 

Scripture Reading for March 21: James 4

 

The Gravity Of Repentance

             (Mark 1:2-4)

 

Verse 2 & 3

        Mark recognizes the OT as authority (this would have been what Mark had as the Word of God)

        Romans Road (NT) vs. Jerusalem Road (OT)

Fact of sin - Romans 3:23 (NT) / Ecclesiastes 7:20 (OT)

Result of sin - Romans 6:23 (NT) / Ezekiel 18:4 (OT)

God’s provisions - Romans 5:8 (NT) / Isaiah 53:6 (OT)

Man’s response - Romans 10:9-10, 13 (NT) / Psalm 2:12 (OT)

        Mark references both Isaiah 40:3 as well as Malachi 3:1

        Who is this messenger that is to pave the way for Christ? (John 1:6-9)

        A voice crying out in the wilderness (Matthew 3:1)

        John The Baptist was special (Luke 1:15) to the plan of redemption (Ephesians 1:7)

Verse 4

        Greek word for baptize is ‘baptizo’ literally meaning to make fully ____ or ablution (washing or _______)

        Repentance preceded baptism and still precedes baptism

        John did NOT teach that baptism was merely an act that earned special favor with God (Luke 3:7)

        It was an outward expression of an inward work of God

        John The Baptist preached/proclaimed a message of repentance

        Jesus Christ preached a message of repentance (Matthew 4:17, Luke 13:3, Luke 5:32)

        Greek word for repentance is ‘metanoia’ which means change of ______ or _________

        Those who followed Jesus preached repentance as well (Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Romans 2:4, 2 Corinthians 7:9-11)

 

Scripture Reading for March 14: Genesis 39 

One Goal In Mind
      (Mark 1:1)

Introduction

      What do we know about the author?

      Mark was the son of _____ (Acts 12:12) whose home provided a safe place for ______ to retreat to

      Mark was the __________ gospel writer

      Mark uses the Greek word ‘euthus’, which means ________ 42 times, more than the other 3 gospels combined

      Mark was known as _______’s interpreter

      Shared similarities between Mark and _______.  Two major likenesses

1.     Both men struggled with ministry at times (Acts 15:37-40, Luke 22:54-62)

2.     Both men were restored, reestablishing them into usefulness in ministry (Philemon 1:23-24, 2 Timothy 4:11, John 21:15-19)

Synoptic Gospel Audience

      Matthew - ________

      Luke - ________

      Mark - _________

Verse 1

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  

      The gospel message of Jesus Christ is the message of _________

      The Greek word for the gospel is ‘euaggelion’ meaning  good news Romans 1:9-10, 1 Peter 4:17)

      Son of God - Specific role yet equal to the Father & Holy Spirit (Isaiah 9:6, John 10:30,38)

      Mandatory understanding (John 3:18)

  

Scripture Reading for March 7: James 3

 

Doing The Work Of An Evangelist

            (James 5:19-20)

 

      Interpretive challenge - Who is James speaking to?  Who is James speaking about? 

      Our God of salvation requires change, change that He elicits

      This is an evangelical passage

Verse 19

      Evidence of audience - my brothers (1 Corinthians 2:1)

      False converts - did this happen?  Does this still happen? (Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 25:11-12

      Jesus commands love through action (John 14:15)

      Wandering - Greek word ‘planaō’ verb used in scripture 24 times for _______, 6 times for ____, and 5 times for __ _________

      From the truth - What is the truth? (John 18:37)

      Two main things that cause one to wander from the truth

1.     ______ teaching/______ doctrine (Ephesians 4:11-14)

2.     __________ (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Verse 20

      Who can bring back one who wanders from the truth?

      Sinners - Greek word ‘hamartolos’ these are individuals who are ________ by their sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

      Believers are defined by God (John 1:12, 2 Corinthians 5:17)

      Covers a multitude of sins (Romans 2:5, 1 Peter 4:8)   

 

 

Scripture Reading for February 28: Genesis 38

 

Faithful Prayer, Faithful God - Part 3
             (James 5:16-18)

 

Verse 16

      ‘Therefore’ - the truth of verse 13-15 leads to this command

      Unique Greek word for sin ‘paraptōma’ meaning __________ or _______

      Typically for sin we see the Greek word ‘hamartia’ meaning miss the _______(Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Matthew 1:21)

Benefits to sharing our sins, struggles, faults with fellow brothers/sisters in Christ

1.      We _______ the Body of Christ in a way that ______ God’s _______

      Ephesians 4:16, 1 Corinthians 12:14, 1 Corinthians 12:26

2.      Confessing sin fosters ___________, _________, and _______

      Proverbs 27:17, Galatians 6:1-2

      Not to be done in lieu of confessing sins to the Lord (Romans 10:9)

      ‘You will be healed’ - Contextual consistency in mind, healing of the sickness that corresponds.  (Remember ‘astheneo’?)

      ‘Prayer of the righteous’ - Imputed Righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9)

Verse 17

      Nature?  Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 5:21

      He prayed fervently - Hebraism, Greek meaning ‘he prayed with _____’

Verse 18

      A drought/famine was foretold (Leviticus 26:18-19) leading up to 1 Kings 17:1

      Through prayer God brought back both rain & wandering people (1 Kings 18:41-46, Luke 4:25)

 

Scripture Reading for February 21: James 2

 

Faithful Prayer, Faithful God - Part 2

                  (James 5:15)

Verse 15

     Needs to be viewed in context and in conjunction with James 5:13-14

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick

     ‘And’ is important, tying all implication of v.15 intimately to v.13-14

     The prayer of faith - trusting in the Lord’s power through ________(Psalm 37:5)

     This is not a personal measure of faith one earns (dangerous false teachings of WOF & NAR movements)

     Will save the one who is sick - Sick, is it ‘astheneo’ or ‘arrostos’?

     Sick Greek word ‘kamno’ (verb) meaning to grow weak or weary from ______ or _______ (unequally used only 3 times James 5:15, Hebrews 12:3, Revelation 2:3)

     Will save Greek word ‘sozo’ to preserve, ______, _______ (primary use is in salvation)

     How do we know James is not talking about salvation in this verse?

And the Lord will raise him up

     Raise up - Greek ‘egeiro’ meaning to _______ or __________

     The focus is on the importance of prayer, the results exhibit the power of God

     False teachers twist/distort scripture, often times James 5:15

     What out for these wolves

     We must understand the sovereignty of God in all things, including prayer (Psalm 115:3, Matthew 10:29-30, Colossians 1:16-17)

     2 Corinthians 8:9 clarified and supported by Ephesians 2:1-9

And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven

     Context shows this is restoration not rebirth

     1 John 5:14-15 the will of God prevails and we should be grateful it does

 

  

Scripture Reading for February 14: Genesis 37

 

Faithful Prayer, Faithful God - Part 1

               (James 5:13-14)

 

Verse 13

      Is anyone among you suffering?

      Greek for suffering ‘kakapatheo’ means undergo ______, endure _______

      Persecution/trials/suffering to be expected for believers

      Let him pray

      Prayer is the focus - major theme

      Understanding Savior (John 15:18)

      Call for a prayers of petition/supplication

      Is anyone cheerful?

      Very different emotional state

      Let him sing praise

      Prayer of praise

      Praying in all circumstances (Philippians 4:6)

 

Verse 14

      Is anyone among you sick?

      Greek word for sick ‘astheneo’ which means ______ or ________(Romans 14:1, 1 Corinthians 8:9, 2 Corinthians 11:20-21

      Second Greek word for sick ‘arrostos’ meaning those who are defined as ____ (Matthew 4:14)

      Let them call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him,

      Elders - who initiates call for prayer? 

      Role and function of elders (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, Acts 20:28-30)

      Praying over does not make them mediators (1 Timothy 2:5)

      Anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord

      Anointing - Greek ‘aleipho’ means literally to ____ with oil (Luke 7:38)

      Second Greek word for anointing ‘chrio’ meaning to ______ or set apart (Acts 10:38, 2 Corinthians 1:21, 1 John 2:20)

      Two camps of interpretation worth considering

1.     Literal

2.     Metaphorical/symbolism (1 Samuel 16:13, Isaiah 61:1) connection between oil and ________

      But this passage is not about the oil

      Roman Catholic error called ________ ________

      In the name of the Lord

      Focus and source of any and all healing 

 

  

Scripture Reading for February 7: James 1

 

No Need To Swear
    (James 5:12)
 

Verse 12

      ‘But, above all’ significance in this phrase - singling out an important lesson

      Above All - used in OT to describe Israel (Deuteronomy 7:14, 10:15, 26:19, 28:1), as well as describing superior attributes (Colossians 3:4, 1 Peter 4:8)

      Interpretive tendency - Do not curse or use profanity (Ephesians 4:29, 5:4, James 3:10)

      James 5:12 the word swear - Greek ‘omnuō’ meaning _____, _______, or make an ______ (Hebrews 6:13-16)

      Greek word meaning cursing or imprecation is ‘katara’

      Hermeneutical elements help decipher correct interpretation

      Irresponsible swearing/claims (Matthew 5:33-4)

      Examples of appropriate vows

      Swearing is unnecessary - Let your Yes be Yes and your No be No (Matthew 5:37)

      Be a man/woman of your word (Numbers 30:1-2, 1 Corinthians 4:2. Luke 16:10)

      Judgement is coming - Great White Throne (Revelation 20:12-13) Judgement Seat (Bema) of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10)

 

 

Scripture Reading for January 31: Genesis 36

  

Valuable Examples
 (James 5:10-11)

 

Verse 10

      Faithful Forefathers (Matthew 5:12)

      Prophets of patience through suffering - Who comes to mind?

Verse 11

      Highlighting the steadfastness of Job amid great trials (Job 1:21)

      James builds upon earlier teaching (James 1:12)

      Steadfastness is not easy, it takes diligence and action (1 Corinthians 5:18, James 1:2-4, 2 Peter 5:1-8)

      Steadfastness of the Lord (Psalm 118:1, Lamentation 3:22-23, Deuteronomy 7:9)

      The Lord is compassionate/merciful in salvation (Romans 5:8, 1 Peter 2:24)

      The Lord if compassionate/merciful in securing us (Philippians 1:16, Psalm 145:20, John 6:37, John 10:28)

      What do we do with this?  What is our responsibility?  (Luke 6:36, Colossians 3:12)

 

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Scripture Reading for January 24: Hebrews 13

  

Establishing A Heart Of Patience

               (James 5:7-9)

 

Verse 7

     James sets a timeframe for the pursuit of patience - Until the Lord returns

     Instruction of James pointed to right living in the present, with an eternal gaze at what will come (James 1:12, 2:13, 4:12, 5:7)

     Patience is an important element of preparedness (Galatians 5:22, Psalm 27:14, Colossians 1:9-12, Ephesians 4:1-3)

     Lord will return for the harvest in His timing

Verse 8

     Patience is a matter of the heart (Proverbs 27:19)

     Patience acknowledges trust in the Lord (He knows what He’s doing) - John 14:1-3

Verse 9

     Patience is to Godly character as impatience is to ……..(I think you get the idea)

     Grumbling contradicts a changed life/new creation (Philippians 2:14-16)

     Who and what has God called us to be? (Colossians 1:22-23)

     The will of God (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

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Scripture Reading for January 17: Genesis 35

 

Progression Of Indulgence

          (James 5:4-6)

 

Verse 4

      The book of James is a series of tests that serve to validate the genuineness of one’s faith

      Seeking riches or being content in Christ - This is a test

      Not paying hired labor stems from a deceitful heart of greed (Leviticus 19:11-13, Deuteronomy 24:14-15, Malachi 3:5)

      Lord of Hosts - Lord of Sabaoth (Hebrew for _______) used over ____ X in OT

Verse 5

      The wicked heart of self indulgence (Matthew 23:25, 1 Timothy 5:6)

      God desires self denial (Luke 9:23-24)

Verse 6

      Interpretive challenge - divided take on authorial intent

      One camp the betrayal and subsequent death of Christ (Acts 3:14-15, Acts 7:52)

      Other camp more accurately uses context to support intent (Continued teaching)

 

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Scripture Reading for January 10: Hebrews 12

 

 

Proper Preparedness

      (James 5:1-3)

 

Verse 1

      Unhealthy error of desiring wealth (1 Timothy 6:9-10, Matthew 19:24)

      Treasure denotes a desire and servanthood from the heart (Matthew 6:21,6:24)

      Desire for riches is not isolated to the wealthy

      Knowing two masters cannot be served simultaneously, a choice is to be made (Mark 4:18-19)

Verse 2

      Who determines the wealth of something?

      How important is the treasure of the kingdom of heaven? (Matthew 13:44)

Verse 3

      Like the corroding of metals, the pursuit of riches will destroy the person

      In these last days - James, Paul, us?  What are we to make of this? (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

      We are not called to play a game of pick the date (Matthew 24:36)

      Jesus willingly laid aside the ability to know the hour and day - FOR A TIME (Philippians 2:6-8, Romans 8:34, Matthew 28:18)

      Be prepared, be ready, Jesus taught it, James reaffirmed it (Matthew 24:44)

      How are you preparing?  

 

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Scripture Reading for January 3: Genesis 34

 

Omission Condition

   (James 4:15-17)

 

Recap

      James rebukes arrogance of any endeavor without God’s guidance (v. 13-14)

Verse 15

      Encouragement to seek the will of God (Proverbs 3:5-6, Matthew 6:9-13)

      Believers should desire the will of God above all else

      Apostle Paul recognized God’s will (Romans 1:10, 1 Corinthians 4:19, 16:7)

      We are not ignorant to the will of God (Romans 12:2)

      Scripture explains elements of the will of God

1.     God’s will is for His children to be a ___________ people (Colossians 3:17)

2.     God’s will is for His children to be obedient and ______ to God appointed ________ in our lives (1 Peter 2:12-15, Romans 13:1-2)

3.     God’s will is for His children to ______ _______ purity (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4)

      God’s will is that we honor Him by doing what pleases Him.  So what pleases God?

1.     God is pleased by our ______ to His _______ (1 John 3:22)

2.     God is pleased when we are ______ and ______ (Hebrews 13:16)

3.     God is pleased when we bear _____ and grow in our ________ of Him (Colossians 1:10)

Verse 16

      Present tense reveals a known problem

      James rebukes wrong behavior (Proverbs 27:1)

Verse 17

      2 Primary classifications of sin

1.      Commission - This is doing what God has _______ us not to do

      This encompasses any _____(Matthew 5:21-22), _____(Proverbs 15:1) or ____(Exodus 20:13) that breaks God’s perfect standard

2.     Omission - Not doing what God _____ us to do (Luke 10:30-37)

     ●      Ring in the New Year with the anthem of God’s Word Hebrews 13:20-21 

 

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Scripture Reading for December 27: Hebrews 11

 

Sovereign Travel Guide
      (James 4:13-14)

Verse 13

· Planning is not a bad thing (Proverbs 21:5, Luke 14:28)

· God’s sovereign plan is not to be thwarted (John 21:18-22)

· God operates under His timing, not ours (Habakkuk 1:1-5, 2 Peter 3:9) 

Verse 14

· God determines our path (Acts 17:26-28, Psalm 16:9, Psalm 32:8)

· He is honored as we seek His guidance and direction (John 12:26)

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Scripture Reading for December 20: Luke 2:1 – 21

  

Deity In The Flesh Part 2

           (Luke 2)

 

Luke 2:11

Jesus Christ is __________

      Grammatical - tense is critical here

      Not subjective (1 Timothy 4:10, John 14:6, Acts 4:12)

      The condition of man does not change the character of Christ (deity)

      Savior purpose (Luke 19:10, Matthew 9:12-13, 1 Timothy 1:15)

 

Luke 2:14

Jesus Christ is the _________________

      Did Jesus establish world peace?

      Worldly peace is subjective, peace in Christ is objective

      Peace in Christ (Isaiah 9:6. 2 Thessalonians 2:16, Philippians 4:6-7)

      Distinction made - So who pleases God? (Hebrews 11:6, Romans 8:8, Romans 12:1-2)

      Peace in Christ is opposition to the world (Matthew 10:34, John 16:33)

 

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Scripture Reading for December 13: Luke 1

 

Deity In The Flesh Part 1
            (Luke 1)

 

What does Luke’s account reveal of the deity of Jesus Christ?

1:32 ___________________

      Equality with God the Father (Philippians 2:5-7, John 5:18, John 14:9, John 10:30)

1:33 __________

      Was not created, rather the Creator (1 Corinthians 8:6, John 8:58)

      Immutable (Hebrews 13:8)

1:32-33 ________

      Unmatched Kingdom (John 18:36, 1 Timothy 6Hebrews 11:15, Revelation 19:16)

1:35 ______

      Greek word ‘hagios’ meaning set apart, sacred, sanctified (Mark 1:24, Acts 3:14, 1 Peter 1:15-16)

1:76 ________

      Greek word ‘kurios’ meaning master or supreme in authority (Revelation 19:16, Philippians 2:11, Romans 10:9, 2 Corinthians 4:5)


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Scripture Reading for December 6: Genesis 33

 

 

The Judge And The Jury

      (James 4:11-12)

 

Verse 11

      Addressing sin in the body is not what James is talking about (Galatians 6:1, 1 Timothy 5:20, Matthew 18:15)

      Slander and defamation is not honoring to God (Leviticus 19:16-18, Mark 12:30-31)

      Obedience to God’s commands has implications to our relationship with Him (John 14:15, John 14:23, Luke 11:28)

Verse 12

      The Lawgiver and Judge is _____ (Isaiah 33:22, Psalm 7:11)

      Jesus expounded upon the law, addressing matters of the ______ (John 13:34-26)

      He is able to save (John 6:44, Romans 10:9, John 5:24)

      He is able to destroy (John 3:36, Matthew 13:41-42)

 

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Scripture Reading for November 29: Hebrews 10

 

Precise Prescription Part 2
        (James 4:7-10)

 

Verse 9

6.  Be Wretched

      Apostle Paul recognized his wretchedness (Romans 7:24, 1 Corinthians 15:9, Ephesians 3:8, 1 Timothy 1:15)

      He also understood position in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:10, Romans 8:1)

      God draws wretched men to redemption (John 6:44)

      Struggle with sin (Romans 7:14-20) both believers (target audience) and unbelievers (Jeremiah 17:9)

7.  Mourn

      Greek ‘penteo’ means to _________

      Grieving brought about through salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10, Matthew 5:4, Psalm 51:17)

8.  Weep

      Greek ‘klaio’ means to ____ or ______ (Matthew 26:75, Mark 5:38)

9.  Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom

      Making light of sin is a serious offense (1 Corinthians 13:6)

      Similar to Luke 6:25, opposite of Luke 6:21

Verse 10

10.  Humble yourselves before the Lord

      Humility is the removal of pride (James 4:6)

      Example in Christ (Philippians 2:1-11)

 

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Scripture Reader for November 22: Genesis 32

  

Precise Prescription Part 1
         (James 4:7-10)

 

Verse 7

      Who is James depicting?

      Greek for sinners ‘hamartōlos’ someone devoted to ____ (Mark 2:17, Matthew 26:45, Romans 5:8)

1.      Submit yourselves therefore to God (Ephesians 5:24, Hebrews 13:17, Ephesians 5:21)

2.     Resist the devil

      Congruent message in 1 Peter 5:5-9

      Promise - he will flee

3.      Draw near to God

      Embrace the put ons (Galatians 3:27, Colossians 3:9-10, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 4:24)

      The promise - He will draw near to you

4.      Cleanse your hands

      OT reference (Exodus 30:19-21)

5.      Purify your hearts

      Regeneration (Titus 3:4-7. Ezekiel 36:26)

 

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Scripture for November 15: Hebrews 9

 

Disqualifying Pride
    (James 4:6)
 

Verse 6

 But He gives more grace

      James 4:1-5 - Fights, quarrels, improper passions, internal war, murder, covetousness,

     spiritual unfaithfulness (adultery), enmity with God - BUT, He gives more grace

      God’s grace - Ephesians 2:8-9 (2 things to notice about God’s grace)

1.     God’s grace has _______ ________

2.     God’s grace is a _______ (Romans 11:6)

      God’s grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9, 1 Corinthians 15:10)

      Saving grace changes who we are (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20, Ezekiel 19-20)

Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

      Proverbs 3:34 (Reference James uses)

      Pride is at the root of every sin (James 4:1-5)

      Pride runs in opposition to God (Proverbs 11:2, Philippians 2:3, Proverbs 16:8)

      Being a follower of Christ requires humility (Psalm 25:9, Colossians 3:12-13, Ephesians 4:1-3)

      Grace brings about humility

      Are we spreading a message of humility in grace or one of pride?  

 

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Scripture Reading for November 8: Genesis 31

 

Antithetical Allegiances
       (James 4:3-5)

Verse 3

     Can be applied to 2 groups of people

1.    ___________(Luke 18:9-14) having wrong heart

2.    __________(Isaiah 59:2) concealing unrepentant sin

     The Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7, Proverbs 21:2, Jeremiah 17:10, Romans 8:27, Acts 15:8, Psalm 32:1-4)

Verse 4

     Spiritual unfaithfulness

     Friendship with the world opposes God (1 John 2:15-17, John 15:8, Romans 12:2, John 18:36, John 16:33, 1 John 5:19)

Verse 5

     Interpretive challenge -two interpretive avenues

1.    He (___) yearns jealously over the spirit (____________) that He has made to dwell in us (________/_________) 

2.    He (____) yearns jealously over the spirit (_________) that He has made to dwell in us (________)

     Similarities - Jealous God (Exodus 20:4, 34:14, Deuteronomy 4:24, 5:9, 6:15, Joshua 24:19, Nahum 1:2)

     Differences - 

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Scripture Reading for November 1: Hebrews 8

  

Ineffectual Profession
       (James 4:1-2)

 

Verse 1

     Why would James ask this question? 

     Who exactly is he referring to? (Mark 4:16-19, 1 John 2:19, Matthew 24:9-10, Matthew 15:8-9, Isaiah 29:13) 

Verse 2

     Multiplication of sin.  Unhealthy desire to murder includes _________, _________, ___________, ________, ___________, __________

     Not desires from the Lord (James 1:13-14)

     Unhealthy desires are insatiable (John 4:13-14)

     You do not ask - Does God hear the prayers of an unbeliever? (Psalm 34:15, John 9:31, Psalm 66:18, Isaiah 59:2)

     By the grace of God there is one prayer that when prayed from a sincere heart is always heard. (1 John 1:9)

     What message are we proclaiming? 

     Is it the same message Jesus taught?  ______(Matthew 3:2, 4:7, Mark 1:5, Luke 13:3-5)

     ________ (John 14:15, Luke 6:46)

     Counting the cost (Luke 14:26-33)  

 

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Scripture Reading for October 25: Genesis 30

 

Opposing Wisdoms
   (James 3:13-18)

 

Verse 13

●      Godly wisdom shown in two ways

1.     Good Conduct (Ephesians 2:10, James 2:26)

2.     Works Done In Meekness (Titus 3:1-2)

Verse 14

●      Wrong heart motives

1.     Bitter Jealousy (Hebrews 12:15, 1 Corinthians 3:3)

2.     Selfish Ambition (Philippians 2:3-4, 2 Timothy 3:2)

Verse 15

●      Earthly wisdom is not wisdom from above

●      Character of God is shown in the wisdom of God

●      1 John 4:8 God is ______

●      2 Peter 3:9 God is ________

●      1 John 1:5 God is _______

●      Hebrews 4:16 God is full of _____ and _______

●      Psalm 145:17 God is __________

●      1 Samuel 2:2 God is ________

Wisdom not of God

●      Earthly - Romans 12:2, John 17:4, 1 John 5:19

●      Unspiritual - 1 Corinthians 2:14

●      Demonic - Says it all

Verse 16

●      Earthly wisdom alone will always fail in eternal matters

Verse 17

1.     Pure - 1 John 3:3, Philippians 4:8
2.     Peaceable - John 16:33, Philippians 4:7
3.     Gentle - Titus 3:2, Ephesians 4:2
4.     Open To Reason - obedience James 1:22
5.     Mercy - Ephesians 2:4, Luke 6:36
6.     Good Fruits - Matthew 7:20
7.     Impartial - James 2:1
8.     Sincere - Real wisdom

Verse 18

●      Rest in the peace of God through the wisdom of God 

 

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Scripture Reading for October 18: Hebrews 7 

 

Tongue In Cheek Part 2
       (James 3:5b-12)

Verse 5b

      Damage the tongue produces are akin to that of a wildfire

Verse 6

      Hell - Greek word ‘Gehenna’ used to describe the ________of ________

      2 Chronicles 28:3, 2 Chronicles 33:6 OT Reference

      Matthew 10:28, Mark 9:47, Luke 12:5 NT Reference

Verse 7

      Mankind’s rule over the animals (Genesis 1:28)

Verse 8

      God’s grace allows us to be able to use our tongue for honoring Him (Romans 12:1)

Verse 9 & 10

      Hypocrisy of selective love (1 John 4:7, 1 John 4:20)

Verse 11

      Two key understandings

1.     _________ (James 1:17)

2.     _________ (2 Corinthians 6:15)

Verse 12

      If we profess Christ, then we should ______ ______ __ (Ephesians 5:18)

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Scripture Reading for October 11:  Genesis 29

 

Tongue and Cheek
    (James 3:2-5)

 

Verse 2

●      Inevitability of struggles and stumbles (John 16:33, Philippians 2:12-13)

●      Absurdity of perfection (Romans 3:23, Romans 3:10)

●      The tongue is an overflow of the heart (Luke 6:45)

Verse 3

●      Power of a horse is harnessed by the effectiveness of the bit

Verse 4

●      Tongue has Titanic power

Verse 5

●      Responsibility of our tongue

 

Negative Results

1.     ________ (Exodus 20:16, Proverbs 6:16-19, Proverbs 12:12, Colossians 3:9-10)

2.     _________ (1 Peter 2:1, Ephesians 4:31-32, Mark 7:20-23

3.     _________ words and ________ (Matthew 12:36)

Positive Results

1.     ________ the ________ (Ephesians 4:15, 1 Timothy 3:15, Romans 10:14)

2.     ________ and ________ (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Romans 15:2)

3.     _______ God (Colossians 3:16, Psalm 95:1-2)

 

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Scripture for October 4: Hebrews 6

 

Grading The Teacher
(James 3:1)

Verse 1

      Teacher - Greek word ‘didaskalos’ meaning master or instructor

      Specific role (Ephesians 4:11, 2 Timothy 1:11)

      James includes himself as a teacher

      Teachers, one component of functioning body (1 Corinthians 12:14-20)

      5 Characteristics that make a good teacher/preacher of the word of God

1.      They must be _________ (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

      Importance of the local church (Ephesians 4:12)

      Ongoing endeavor (2 Peter 3:17-18)

2.      They must teach and preach with _________ (James 4:6)

3.     They must be an _______, not an _________ (1 Timothy 4:12, 1 Peter 5:3, Titus 2:7-8)

4.     Must teach and preach ___ _______ (1 Timothy 1:5, 1 Corinthians 16:14)

5.     Must be _____ and not _________ (Ephesians 6:19-20)

 

We who teach will be judged with greater strictness

      Importance of rightly handling the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15)

      The usefulness of our work (1 Corinthians 3:14-15)

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Scripture Reading for September 27: Genesis 28

 

Revealing Faith Through Hiding Spies                 

               (James 2:24-26)

 

Verse 24

      Salvation is justified by faith - faith is made useful through works

      Necessary combination of faith and works (Romans 5:1, Titus 3:4-7)

      Titus 3:4-7 Attributes of God shown in salvation

1.     ___________ (Psalm 31:19)

2.     _________ _________ (Psalm 17:7)

3.     God is our ________(1 Timothy 1:1, 2:3, 4:10, Titus 1:3,4, 2:10,13, 3:4

4.     He ________ us (Ephesians 2:8)

5.     He does _____, not because of our ________(Ephesians 2:9)

6.     ______ of God (Ephesians 2:4-5)

7.     Washing of ________ (Ezekiel 36:26, 1 John 1:7)

8.     Renewal of _______ _______ (Romans 8:2)

9.     He poured out richly through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:7-9)

      Works based religions ______, _______, ________

Verse 25

      Rahab’s actions were a product of her faith

      God used the downtrodden of society to accomplish His will

Verse 26

      Real, genuine, useful, saving faith will produce good works

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Scripture Reading for September 20: Hebrews 5

 

Faith Of A Patriarch….Or Works?
           (James 2:18-23)

 

Verse 18

      The battle - Faith vs. Works, or is there another option?

      Works began the moment of salvation

1.     ___________

2.     ___________

3.     ___________

Verse 19

      Reference Deuteronomy 6:4 - Verses 4-9 known as the ________ to the Jews, which is Hebrew for _________

      God is One - Hebrew 'echâd’ which means _______

      Not about the Trinity, rather about exclusivity (Isaiah 43:10)

      Demons Shudder - Matthew 8:29 is 3 part recognition

1.     Recognized Jesus as the _______________

2.     Recognized the superior ________ of God

3.     Recognized future __________

Verse 20

      Faith by itself is as useless as works by themselves

Verse 21

      Martin Luther understood Pauline teachings (Romans 3:23, 4:1-4, 5:1)

      Clearing up the confusion (Galatians 2:16)

      So what really happened with Abraham?

Verse 22

      Active Faith = Good Works       Dead Faith = Useless Works

Verse 23

      Friend of God (2 Chronicles 20:7)

      God gets glory in true faith and good works (Matthew 5:16, Ephesians 2:10)

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Scripture Reading for September 13: Genesis 27

 

Dead Faith

(James 2:14-17)

 

Dead Faith

      Faith that is not accompanied by good works

True Saving Faith

      Works are a manifestation (by product) of genuine faith

      James has been pointing these validating actions out all along the way

1.     Remaining ________ under trials and tests (James 1:2-4, 1:12)

2.      Resisting _________ (James 1:13-15)

3.     Being not only _________ but also _________ (James 1:22-25)

4.     _______ our tongue (James 1:26)

5.     Caring for _________ and ________ (James 1:27)

6.     Showing no _________ (James 2:1-13)

Can someone have a Faith in God that does not save?

      John 2:23-25, John 3:1-2, Matthew 7:21

Can someone have Saving Faith but not have good works?

      Hypocrites (James 2:15-16)

      No fruit, no change, no difference, this kind of life is not honoring to God

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Scripture Reading for September 6: Hebrews 4

 

The Danger Of Partiality Part 2
         (James 2:5-13)

 

Verse 5

      What does being rich in faith give you that earthly riches do not?

1.     True __________ _________ (Romans 15:13, 1 Peter 1:3)

2.      _________ __________ (1 John 2:24, 1 Corinthians 2:9)

3.     ___________ (Hebrews 13:5)

4.     Unmatched _________

      ________ of the kingdom (James 2:5)

      ________ (1 Peter 2:5, 2:9, Revelation 1:6)

      __________ of God (Romans 8:4, John 1:12, 1 John 3:1)

      __________ (Titus 2:14, Galatians 2:20)

      ________ (Romans 1:17, 1 Corinthians 1:12)

Verse 6

      BUT, showing partiality is contrary to Godly character

      Seeking riches spares no expense

Verse 7

       Why cater to those who oppose? 

Verse 8

      Royal Law - Greek ‘basilikon’ best understood as ________ or connected with the _______

      Love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18, Mark 12:31, John 13:34)

Verse 9

      God’s law reveals transgressions & God deals with the outcome (Deuteronomy 1:17)

Verse 10

      Universality of sin (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8, Ecclesiastes 7:20)

Verse 11

      10 Commandments - Exodus 20

Verse 12

      James 1:25 Law of liberty liberates us from the ______ of ____

Verse 13

      God is merciful

      God is also a Just Judge (Psalm 7:11)

      If mercy has been given to you, be a doer and show mercy to others

 

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Scripture Reading for August 30: Genesis 26
 
The Danger Of Partiality Part 1
               (James 2:1-4)
 

Verse 1

     My brothers (defining audience, important to context)

     Show no partiality, contradictory to Godly character

     God does not show partiality (Romans 2:9-11, Deuteronomy 10:17, Acts 10:34-35, Leviticus 19:15)

     Partiality is shown because of age, race, gender, economic status, family, social status, education, etc.

     Jews should have understood this (Deuteronomy 7:6-7)

Verse 2

     Two characters of very different appearance 

Verse 3

     Response created from appearance

Verse 4

     Jesus looked at the motive of the heart (Mark 12:41-44) and so should we

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Scripture Reading for August 23: Hebrews 3

 

Caring About What God Cares About 
                  (James 1:27)

Verse 27

     Pure - Godly product (2 Timothy 2:22, Titus 1:15)

     Orphans and widows - Visit?

     Greek word for visit is ‘episkeptomai’ means to _________ or _________ for the purpose of _________ for one’s ___________ (Hebrews 2:6)

     This is an action.  Continuation of being a doer and not just a hearer. 

     Orphans and widows - vulnerability  - Compassion of God (Isaiah 1:17, Psalm 82:3, Psalm 146:9)

     God has adopted us (Ephesians 1:5, Galatians 4:4-7)

     Unstained from  the world (1 John 2:15, John 15:19, Romans 12:2, Johon 18:36)

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Scripture Reading for August 16:  Genesis 25
 
 
Reflecting Christ
(James 1:23-26)

 

Verse 23

●      A purposeful gaze from an unbiased source

●      Greek ‘katanoeo' means ______, ________ or ___________

Verse 24

●      Absurdity ties into verse 22

●      Not logical

Verse 25

●      What is the perfect law?

●      God's word is freedom for those who are hearers and doers (Galatians 5:1, 1 Peter 2:16, John 8:30-38)

●      Blessings come through God being exalted not self glorification

Verse 26

●      Being religious will not __________ you! (Acts 26:4-5)

●      Did Jesus teach people to be religious? (Matthew 4:17, Luke 13:3, Luke 5:32, Mark 1:15)

●      Strong biblical emphasis on the tongue (our words) - (Proverbs 21:23, Ephesians 4:29, Psalm 141:3)

●      Bridling one's tongue is a mark of being self controlled (Galatians 5:22-23)

●      Deception of strange doctrine (Colossians 2:8, Romans 16:17-18, 2 Timothy 3:13)

●      Universal error of Universalism (John 14:6)  

 

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Scripture Reading for August 9: Hebrews 2 

 

A Call To Action Part 2
       (James 1:22)

Verse 22

1.     What Does This Say About God's Word

●      God's word is more than useful, it is vital (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

●      God's word is a call to action (John 21 Restoration of Peter)

●      We are workers for the Lord (2 Timothy 4:5)

●      Matthew 28:16-20 The Great Commission - command to perform not just hear

●      Love in action (1 John 3:18)

●      Being a hearer and not a doer is failure to act, which is ______(James 4:17)

●      God's Word Commands Action

2.     What Does This Say About The Church?

●      Who or what is the church/body/bride?  (Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 5:25-27)

●      Growing through hearing and doing (Acts 2:42)

●      We herald, defend and support the truth (1 Timothy 3:15)     

 

Several Functions Of The Church (Notice the actions)

1.     The church is to equip the saints for ministry (Ephesians 4:10-12)

2.     The church has a responsibility to care for the poor (1 John 3:17-18, Proverbs 21:13)

3.     Share the gospel and reach the lost (Acts 1:8)

4.     Function as a cohesive and unified body for the glory of the Lord (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

5.     To be lights in a dark world (Matthew 5:14-16, Ephesians 5:8)

6.     Pray for, edify and uphold one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Romans 12:15)

 

●      The church is a collection of hearers who are also doers.  

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Scripture Reading for August 2: Genesis 24

 

A Call To Action Part 1
       (James 1:22)

  

Verse 22

1.    What Does This Say About God

●     Luke 6:46 - Acknowledging the Lord for who He is, a God of action

●     John 14:36 - Requirements are made by God

●     Ephesians 2:8-9 - The God of salvation

●     1 John 1:9 - The God of forgiveness

●     Titus 3:5 - The God of Mercy

●      2 Corinthians 5:17 / Galatians 2:20 - The giver of new life

●     Matthew 4:4 - The God of provision

●     God is a God of action

●     What do our actions say about God?

2.    What does this say about us

●     Matthew 7:15-20 - Are we bearing fruit, how do we know?

●     Momentary stumbles or life of sinful rebellion?

●     Living testimony or walking contradiction? Romans 12:1

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Scripture Reading for July 26, 2020: Hebrews 1

 

The Proper Approach To Scripture
             (James 1:19-21)
 

Verse 19

●     Quick to hear - Put on (Hebrews 10:14, Matthew 11:15, Romans 10:17, Matthew 13:13-15, John 8:47, Psalm 17:4)

●     Slow to speak - Put off (Proverbs 25:28, 2 Timothy 1:7, Proverbs 21:23, Ephesians 4:29)

●     Slow to anger - Put off (Proverbs 14:29, Ephesians 4:31, Colossians 3:8, Psalm 103:8)

Verse 20

●     What then produces the righteousness of God?

●     Our attitude and reaction to scripture should never be anger

●     Reverence has no room for anger

Verse 21

●     Not just put off but put ______

●     Filthiness - Greek ‘rhuparia' means to make _____ or to ________

●     Instead be clean (Psalm 51:10), pure (1 John 3:3), and spotless (2 Peter 3:14)

●     Rampant wickedness - Greek for wickedness ‘kakia' also used for ________     (1 Corinthians 5:8)

●     Received with meekness the implanted word - Received is a passive verb

●     Meekness and humility (Colossians 3:12)

●     Which is able to save your souls - God's word has the power to __________ __________

 

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Scripture Reading for July 19: Genesis 23
 
 

Unchanging God Of Salvation
           
(James 1:16-18)
 

Verse 16

●     Deception is the defining characteristic of Satan

Verse 17

●     Good in Greek ‘agathos' - Gift ‘dosis', is the act of _________

●     Perfect in Greek ‘teleios' - Gift ‘dorema' is the _______ itself

●     Father Of Lights (3 camps of interpretation)

●     God is unchanging

Verse 18

●     4 important truths of salvation

1.    It is God's ______ to save His ________from their ________ (Ephesians 2:8, Ephesians 1:11, Psalm 115:3)

2.    We are ________ in need of _________ (Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23)

3.    We are ______ through the ______ of God's _______, the ________ of Jesus Christ

       (Romans 1:16, John 17:17, John 8:31-32, Hebrews 4:12, Matthew 4:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Timothy 3:15

4.    God's _______ are set ______ for His ______ and His ________ (Deuteronomy 14:2, 1 Peter 2:9)

 

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Scripture Reading for July 12: Philemon 1

 

The Life Cycle Of Sin
         (James 1:13-15)

 

Verse 13

●     Heart produces desire, which manifests into temptation

●     Heart is the core (Matthew 6:21)

●     God does not tempt us (1 Corinthians 10:13)

●     He is not the source but the cure, not the cause but the escape

●     We have to own temptation and sin (Isaiah 59:2)

●     Blaming God is the ______________ of sin

●     Temptation and Christ are antithetical (Matthew 4:10)

Verse 14

●     Individualizing temptation

●     Lured, Satan is an avid fisher of souls (1 Peter 5:8, John 8:44)

1.     ___________ Temptation (Matthew 26:41)

2.    ___________  Temptation / Let us not be a stumbling block (Romans 14:13,

1 Corinthians 8:9,13)

Verse 15

●     The life cycle of sin

●     What defines us?

●     Unresolved sin leads to spiritual death (Romans 6:23, 1 John 3:8)

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Scripture Reading for July 5: Genesis 22
 
 
Crowning Achievement Of God
                      (James 1:12)
 

Verse 12

●     Trials should not be viewed as punishment

●     Crowns are a further expression of the grace that God lavishes on His children

●     Crown - Greek word ‘stephanos' which means _______________________

Crowns

1.     The ____________ Crown

●     1 Corinthians 9:24-25 , everlasting vs. temporal (worldly riches - Matthew 6:19-20)

2.     The Crown of __________

●     1 Thessalonians 2:19

●     We have a reason to rejoice (Revelation 21:4)

3.     The Crown of ____________

●     2 Timothy 4:8 (delighting in His return)

●     __________ Righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21)

●     Glorification (Galatians 5:5)

4.     The Crown of _____________

●     1 Peter 5:1-4 (more specific crown that comes with stricter repercussions - James 3:1)

5.     The Crown of ________

●     Revelation 2:10  

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Scripture Reading for June 28: Titus 3

 

Wellspring Of Wisdom
      (James 1:5-11)

 

Verse 5

●     Wisdom is something we all must seek

●     How do we seek wisdom?  (Philippians 4:6, 1 Kings 3:3-15)

●     Wisdom is from the Lord (Proverbs 2:1-8)

Verse 6

●     How we approach the Lord makes a difference

●     The Lord has given us reason to trust Him and we should be confident in that (1 Corinthians 15:58, 1 Corinthians 16:3, 1 Timothy 3:15)

Verse 7

●     Doubting does not equate to wisdom

Verse 8

●     Double-minded Greek ‘dipsuchos' (dip-so-khos) means _______________

●     Who is this verse talking about?  Believer, unbeliever?  (James 4:8)

Verse 9

●     Lowly Greek ‘tapeinos' (tap-i-nos) meaning _____________

●     What does he have to exalt about?  Unbelievers do not understand this (1 Corinthians 1:18-19)

Verse 10

●     Familiar theme of unfulfillment in the pursuit of riches (Ecclesiastes 5:10)

Verse 11

●     The flesh is weak and the word of God is strong (Isaiah 40:6-8)

 

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Scripture Reading for June 21 - Genesis 21

 

   Faith Test
(James 1:1-4)

 

 

Background

●     Who is the book of James written to? 

●     Chronologically the __________ book in the New Testament

Verse 1

●     Servant (typical epistle verbiage, Gr. doulos - bondservant or slave)

●     12 Tribes (Jew) - Dispersion (scattered through persecution)

Verse 2

●     Trials are good?  (2 Timothy 3:12)

●     Straight forward direct teaching of James

Verse 3

●     Positives of tests/trials/persecution are echoed throughout New Testament

 (1 Peter 4:12-14)

●     Three common realizations we make through trials and tests

1.    (Acts 2:42)    

2.    (Psalm 66:18)

3.    (Proverbs 19:21)

Verse 4

●     Striving for completeness in Christ, a sanctified walk. 

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Scripture for June 14: Titus 2 

The Way Of The Master
   (Matthew 25:14-30)

 

●     Parable Greek ‘Paravoli' meaning _________ (Mark 4:10-12)

●     What are some things that God has entrusted you with?

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●     Good stewardship is God honoring (1 Corinthians 4:2)

●     Servants are to respect and work diligently for their master (1 Peter 2:18)

●     We are servants of God (1 Peter 2:16)

●     Our response in service will look like one of the three servants.  Which one are you?

●     Are there responsibilities and opportunities in your life that you have been squandering?

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Scripture for June 7: Genesis 20

 Bookends Of Grace
    (1 Timothy 6:17-21)

 

Verse 17

●     Potential tendencies associated with wealth - haughty, high-minded, arrogant

●     Hope fixed on riches is of no value (Proverbs 11:28)

●     Trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5)

Verse 18

●     Doing good apart from Christ is impossible (John 15:5, Psalm 16:1-2, Jeremiah 17:9)

●     Goodness happens through the Lord alone (Romans 8:28, Psalm 34:8, Matthew 19:17)

●     The error in selfishness (Mark 10:17-25 the rich young ruler, 1 John 3:17)

Verse 19

●     Good works + right heart motive = wise investment

Verse 20

●     Avoid irreverent babble/vain discussions (1 Timothy 1:6)

●     False knowledge leads to a real hell

Verse 21

●     Pursuing false teachings will lead one further away from the truth

●     God's grace is more than enough (2 Corinthians 9:8)

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We regret that due to technical difficulties, the sermon for May 31st will not be digitally available. 
 
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Scripture for May 24: Genesis 19
 
 
Character Worth Pursuing
        (1 Timothy 6:11)

  

Verse 11

●     ‘O man of God' - unique title Paul gives Timothy

●     Flee these things?  What things?  (1 Timothy 6:3-5, 1 Timothy 6:9-10)

●     List of things to pursue

Righteousness

●     Greek word ‘Dikaiosune' which means ________ of God or the condition that is ____________ to God

●     Righteousness of God (Psalm 11:7)

●     We are made righteous through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9)

●     So how do we pursue righteousness like we see in Proverbs 15:9?

Godliness

●     Honoring God through growing in the image and likeness of Christ (Romans 8:29)

Faith

●     Where does faith come from? (Hebrews 12:2)

●     Faith is made visible through actions

Love  

●     Love drives godly action (1 Timothy 1:5)

●     God loves us, we are to love God as well as others (Romans 5:8,1 John 4:7-8, Matthew 5:44)

●     Importance of love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Steadfastness

●     Greek word ‘hypomone' which means _________, ___________, ___________ 

(2 Thessalonians 3:5)

●     Example in Job (James 5:11)

Gentleness

●     Man up and be known for gentleness (2 Peter 1:5-7, Colossians 3:12-15) 
 
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Scripture for May 17: 2 Timothy 4 

 

Satisfying The Moths
   (1 Timothy 6:6-10)

 

Verse 6 -

●     Godliness and contentment complement each other

●     What makes us content?

●     In Christ we are to be content in every circumstance (Philippians 4:11-13)

Verse 7 -

●     The temporal nature of things

Verse 8 -

●     Contentment in the Lord is harder to find when we can't see past the stuff

Verse 9 -

●     Wrongful pursuit

●     Unhealthy desire of wealth (Ecclesiastes 5:10, Matthew 6:24, Hebrews 13:5)

●     What do we do with the propensity or temptation toward this unhealthy desire? _____ (1 Corinthians 6:!8, Matthew 26:41, 2 Timothy 2:22)

●     How are we tempted?  (James 1:14)

●     How do we overcome? (James 4:7, Psalm 119:33, Galatians 5:16)

Verse 10 -

●     You can't buy peace, joy, or hope

●     The love of money is the core of many problems

●     Choosing a golden idol over God? (sound familiar)

●     A regenerate heart is a one of eternal riches (Matthew 6:19-21)

 

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Scripture Reading for May 10 is Genesis 18. There is no outline this week.

   

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Scripture reading for May 3: 2 Timothy 3

 

Character That Points To The King
         (1 Timothy 5:21-6:2)
 

Verse 21 -

●     Elect - Gr. ‘elektos' meaning _______ ones

●     Israel (Deuteronomy 7:6)

●     Saints (1 Peter 1:9, John 15:16, Ephesians 1:1-5)

●     Fallen angels (2 Peter 2:4)

Verse 22 -

●     The sin of not doing due diligence

Verse 23 -

●     Fermentation for digestion

Verse 24 -

●     Glorifying God in the process

Verse 25 -

●     The nature of sins manifestation

Verse 1 -

●     Bondservant - Gr. ‘doulos' which means ________

●     Honoring God through this service (Ephesians 6:5, Colossians 3:22, Titus 2:9-10)

●     Our conduct should show Christ to others (Philippians 2:12-16)

Verse 2 -

●     Don't take advantage of your brother

 

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Scripture Reading for April 26: Genesis 17

 

An Honor To Serve
(1 Timothy 5:17-20)
 

Verse 17 -

●      Well - Greek ‘kalos' which means _________________

●     An elder/overseer that serves with excellence

●     Honor - Greek ‘time' means to highly value

●     The other meaning to ‘time' has a financial component (Acts 4:34, 1 Corinthians 6:20)

●     Especially those who labor at teaching and preaching (Timothy)

●     Compensation for those who have a life of full time ministry

●     Preaching and teaching even when it isn't popular or well perceived (2 Timothy 4:2)

●     The high cost of teaching and preaching (James 3:1)

Verse 18 -

●     OT reference (Deuteronomy 25:4)

●     NT reference (1 Corinthians 9:9)

●     Ties in with Luke 10:7

Verse 19 -

●      Same protocol as Matthew 18 (Restoration-gaining back your brother)

Verse 20 -

●      The seriousness of sin needs maintained at all times