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Scripture Reading for August 7: Revelation 17


There is no sermon outline for August 7. 



Scripture Reading for July 31: Exodus 23


Divine Q & A  
(Mark 9:9-13)


Verse 9

      Setting the scene - on the heels of the glorious transfiguration

      Peter would later recall this event (2 Peter 1:16-18)

      What are the two events in the life of Christ that are central to Christianity

      These 3 Apostles witnessed both events (Acts 2:32)

      This is what our forefathers of faith preached (2 Corinthians 1:22)

      No room for contrary doctrines (Hebrews 13:9, 1 Timothy 6:3, Romans 16:17, 2 John 1:9-11)

      The disciples clearly still struggled at this point

Verse 10                                                                     

      The necessity of the crucifixion is recognized in salvation (Romans 10:9)

      Further unbelief followed (Mark 9:31-32, Mark 10:33-34)

Verse 11

      Where did the scribes go wrong?  (Malachi 3:1, 4:5-6, Isaiah 40:3-4)

      A type of Elijah (Luke 1:17)

Verse 12

      Jesus agrees, resulting in further confusion

      Greek word for contempt ‘exoudenoō’ which means to _______________

      Disciples stood firm on a misunderstanding, while denying reality (Isaiah 53)

Verse 13

      Previous explanation brought back to light (Matthew 11:13-15)

      Elijah & John The Baptist had many similarities, even attire (2 Kings 1:8, Mark 1:6)

      What is the proper view of the disciples' lack of understanding? 



Scripture Reading for July 24: Revelation 16


There is no sermon outline this week. 



Scripture Reading for July 17:  Exodus 22


Unveiled Glory  
(Mark 9:1-8)


Verse 1

      Correct interpretation is in the context, following events providing necessary explanation

      Greek word for kingdom is ‘basileia’ which can be defined as _____________ _____________

      6 days? 8 days?  Clearing up the parallels (Mark 9, Matthew 17, Luke 9)

Verse 2

      Who is the inner circle?  (Mark 5:37)

      Greek word for transfigured is ‘metamorphoō’ meaning to _____________, were we get our English word _____________ (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18)

      Though rightly identifying Jesus as Christ (Mark 8:29) the disciples still struggled to understand the glory of the Savior

Verse 3

      Details of the glorious witness (Luke 9:29, Matthew 17:2)

      This is a repeated instance of the _______ glory of the Lord (Exodus 13:20-21, Exodus 14:9, Exodus 33:9-10, 20-23, Colossians 2:9, John 14:9) - The Hebrew word here literally means “He caused to dwell” or “a divine dwelling or presence”

Verse 4

      Two OT prophets appear in glory

      Pillars of the old law (1 Kings 2:3, Deuteronomy 31:9, Acts 7:38) were present with the fulfillment of the law in Christ (Matthew 5:17-18)

Verse 5

      What were the disciples doing up to this point? (Luke 9:32)

      Response from Peter - Rabbi (Mark 9:5) Master (Luke 9:33) Lord (Matthew 17:4)

      Greek word for tent is ‘skēnē’ which means _____________

Verse 6

      Greek word for afraid is ‘ekphobos’ meaning frightened out of one’s _____________ (Hebrews 12:21)

Verse 7-8

      Divine verification and validation of the Son (Matthew 3:17, 2 Peter 1:17)




Scripture Reading for July 10: Revelation 15

There is no outline this week. 



Scripture Reading for July 3: Exodus 21


(Mark 8:34-38)


The Cost of Following Christ

Verse 36

      What benefit is the approval of the world? (1 John 2:15-17, Romans 12:2, James 4:4)

Verse 37

      Jesus asks the question with only one possible answer

      Jesus provides what man could never provide (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

Verse 38

      There is importance in the word ‘for’

      A generation defined as adulterous & sinful is a shameful generation (James 4:4)

      Who are those that are ashamed of Jesus? (Hebrews 10:29-31)

      Those who follow Jesus are not ashamed (John 10:27, 1 Peter 4:16, Romans 1:16, 2 Timothy 2:15, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 31:1, Hebrews 2:11, Romans 9:33, 2 Timothy 1:12, Philippians 1:20)



Scripture Reading for June 26: Revelation 14 


The Cost of Gaining Everything  
(Mark 8:34-38)


The Cost of Following Christ

      Our ability to faithfully follow Christ is credited to the goodness of God (Psalm 16:2, James 1:17)

Verse 35

      We must take notice of the transitions that exist

      Jesus reveals the human nature of self preservation

      God alone determines the days of man (Job 14:5, Matthew 6:27)

      Our primary focus should never be on the comfort and pleasure of self

      Instead we should have an eternally focused gaze (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

      Suffering for Christ is a worthy endeavor (2 Corinthians 11:24-28)

      Is Jesus good at evangelism?  How might what is largely considered the gospel in modern day evangelicalism contradict this? 

      The gospel is inseparable to the cause of Christ, it is the good news of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:13-14, Romans 10:9, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

      Reality of following Christ further explained in John 21:15-19

      Christ supplies us with everything we need to faithfully follow Him, thus He gets the glory for any & all good work that is manifest through us (James 1:4)




Scripture Reading for June 19: Exodus 20


An Example To Be Followed  

(Mark 8:34-38)


The Cost of Following Christ


Verse 34

      First was to deny self

      Second was take up your cross

      Third is to follow Me

      Significance in the word ‘and’

      Greek word for follow is ‘akoloutheō’ which means to _______________ in or be in the same _______________ with, or to _______________

      To rightly follow, the follower must conclude that the one to be followed is ______________ of such (Psalm 145:3, Psalm 18:3)

      Jesus also proves to be worthy through His actions, character & nature

      Thus, a follower must properly know Christ (Mark 8:29)

      By considering what the crowd before Christ had witnessed to that point, what can we glean regarding the attributes of Christ?

Chapter 1 -

Chapter 2 -

Chapter 3 -

Chapter 4 -

Chapter 5 -

Chapter 6 -

Chapter 7 -

Chapter 8 -

      Knowing the character & attributes of Christ, we are to faithfully follow, pursuing Christlikeness (Romans 8:29)

      Mankind has a tendency to wander & follow the wrong things (man, self, societal agendas/movements, experiences/feeling, etc.) - Proverbs 14:12

      Following Christ is a lifelong endeavor but an absolutely essential one (Matthew 10:38)



Scripture Reading for June 12: Revelation 13


Bearing The Cross With Gladness  

(Mark 8:34-38)


The Cost of Following Christ

Verse 34

      First was to deny self

      Second is to take up your cross

      3 Parts to understanding this phrase “Take up his cross”

1.      The _______________

      What relevance did the cross have to the audience before Jesus? 

      What relevance does the cross have to us today?

      Unquestionably the cross is an instrument of _______________ & _______________

2.      The _______________ Jesus would issue this command

      Physical death is a price that must be considered to follow Christ (Matthew 10:28)

      Why would such drastic measures be potential?  (John 15:18-19, Matthew 10:22, John 3:20, 2 Timothy 3:12)

      Will you serve Christ even in the face of severe persecution?  (Matthew 5:10-12, 1 Peter 4:12-14)

      What attitude ought we have towards persecution?  (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:22, 1 Peter 3:14-16)

3.     The _______________ of bearing one’s cross

a.     Taking up one’s cross is _______________ to God (1 Peter 4:16, Romans 8:17)

b.    Taking up one’s cross is to _______________ the genuineness of one’s _______________(1 Peter 1:6-7, Hebrews 11:6)

c.     Taking up one’s cross inevitably results in revealing the _______________ faith of _______________ followers (1 John 2:19)

d.    Taking up one’s cross serves as a wonderful _______________ for others (Titus 2:7, Ephesians 5:1, 1 Corinthians 11:1)



Scripture Reading for June 5: Exodus 19


Pursuing Christ Means Denying Self  

(Mark 8:34-38)


The Cost of Following Christ

Verse 34

      Who is this invitation for?

      Who would come after Christ?  (Romans 3:10-12, Romans 7:8, John 6:35-40, Philippians 1:6)

      Evangelistic responsibility has never changed (Matthew 16:19-20)

      First requirement to be a follower of Christ

1.      To follow Jesus one must deny themselves (Mark 8:34, Matthew 16:24, Luke 9:23)

      General self deprivation is not the prescription here (Asceticism)

      Mankind is naturally self seeking & self pleasing (Galatians 5:19-21, Romans 2:8, Romans 8:6-7)

      The world promotes selfish mindedness (1 John 2:16)

      How do we practically deny self for the cause of Christ?

a.      To deny self we must become servants (John 12:26, 1 Corinthians 12:1- 2)

      Christ is the ultimate example of servitude (Philippians 2:5-8)

b.     To deny self we must put off the former things

      Put offs (Colossians 3:5-10, James 4:4)

      Put ons (Colossians 3:12-17)

      The disciples were no strangers to giving up former things (Matthew 8:18-22, Luke 14:33)

c.      To deny self we must prioritize our love - Christ, others, then self (1 Corinthians 13:8)

      Loving Christ (1 John 4:7-8, John 14:15, Luke 10:27, 1 John 4:19, John 14:21)

      Loving others (John 13:34-35, John 15:13, 1 Peter 4:8, Mark 12:31, 1 John 4:11)



Scripture Reading for May 29: Revelation 12


Set Your Mind On The Things Of God  
(Mark 8:31-33)


Verse 31

     Jesus makes a few clear, distinct, prophetic promises

     Starting with a descriptive title - Son of Man (used _______ times in the gospels alone)

1.     Must suffer many things - Isaiah 53:7

2.    Rejected by Elders, Chief Priests and Scribes - Luke 9:22

3.    And be killed - The manifestation of sin through rejection

     John 1:14, Colossians 1:19, John 14:9, Matthew 1:23, Romans 8:3, Isaiah 53:5-6, Psalm 34:20, Zechariah 12:10

Verse 32

     Peter rebuked Jesus (Go ahead and let that sink in a little bit)

     Greek word for rebuke is ‘epitimao’ a verb that stresses an action of sharply _______________

     What was the source of Peter’s disagreement?  Matthew 16:22

     Peter wanted his own will to be accomplished 

     Jesus was operating under the sovereign will & plan of the Father (Isaiah 53:10, 1 John 4:9, John 3:16, Romans 5:8-10)

Verse 33

     Peter went from extreme high to extreme low

     What does it mean to set your mind on the things of man? (Proverbs 3:5-6, Colossians 3:2, Romans 12:2, Matthew 6:33)

     God’s ways warrant no cause for questioning (Psalm 119:137, Deuteronomy 32:4, Psalm 145:17, Psalm 71:19)

     We do not want to be guilty of attempting to usurp the will of God, an act we couldn’t accomplish anyhow (Job 42:2, Isaiah 43:10-11)

     Peter misunderstood the kingship of Christ

     Scripture reveals that Jesus is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords (1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 19:16)

     Foolish was Peter, foolish are we to declare our own way (James 4:13-16)

     Thus we submit & pray - THY WILL BE DONE (Matthew 6:10, Matthew 26:42) 

Scripture Reading for May 15: Revelation 10


Truly Knowing Christ 

(Mark 8:27-30)


Verse 27

      Caesarea Philippi was a ______________ area

      First Jesus poses a broad question

Verse 28

      John The Baptist?  Not possible (Mark 1:9-11, Luke 1:17)

      Not Elijah or merely a prophet

Verse 29

      The direct question

      A proclamation is given (Matthew 16:16-20)

      Christ is Greek is ‘Christos’ meaning ______________ One or ______________

      Peter had been given the gift of understanding

      Who do you say Jesus is? (John 14:6, John 1:1, John 1:14)

      This is a question of great significance 

Verse 30

      Time had not yet come for the disciples to take the full message of Christ



Scripture Reading for May 8: Exodus 17


Coming Into Focus 

(Mark 8:11-26)



     It is the Lord alone who has the power/authority to bring one out of the darkness & into the light (1 Peter 2:9, Jeremiah 9:23-24, 1 Corinthians 1:31)

Verse 14-15

     Jesus cautions the disciples - Greek word for cautions is ‘diastellomai’ which means to _______________, _______________, or ______________

     Symbolism has Old Testament roots (Exodus 12:39, 13:6-7)

     Leaven was equated to _______________ & _______________

     The belief that the disciples had in Christ was not their own (Philippians 1:6)

Verse 16

     Clearly they were not comprehending the teachings of Christ fully

Verse 17-21

     Series of rhetorical questions that reveal the impaired vision of the disciples

     How is your gaze?

     Having the full canon of Scripture as well as the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we have absolutely no excuse for misunderstanding what the Lord has revealed (2 Peter 3:18, Philippians 1:9)

Verse 22-26

     Don’t miss the extraordinary correlation that occurs in this event



Scripture Reading for May 1: Revelation 10


Shedding Light On Spiritual Blindness 
(Mark 8:11-26)

Lead up

      Wanting Jesus to perform another sign revealed the heart of the Pharisees & Sadducees

      What made the Pharisees & Sadducees an unlikely pair?

      What did these two groups have in common?  Matthew 15:13-14

A glimpse at spiritual blindness

      Spiritual blindness can be temporary or permanent

      Spiritual blindness is one in the same with spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1-3)

      This has impacted all of mankind (Romans 5:12)

      What can a spiritually dead person do? (Romans 3:10-12, Jeremiah 17:9)

      Allegiance reveals position (John 8:44)

      Spiritual blindness does not love the light (1 Corinthians 2:14)

      Spiritual blindness is not to be excused (Romans 1:20)

By what means can one acquire spiritual sight/life?

      There is only one agent of change (John 8:47)

      There are many factors of blindness (2 Corinthians 4:3-4, John 12:37-40, Isaiah 6:10, 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)

      Blindness manifests itself in evil actions (1 John 2:11)

      God alone brings light (Psalm 18:28, 1 Peter 2:9, Psalm 119:18)



Scripture Reading for April 24: Exodus 16


Different Crowd, Same Savior 
(Mark 8:1-10)


3 Main Elements


1.     The Need of the Crowd (Mark 8:1-3)

      Significance of Jesus’ compassion in verse 2 compared to Mark 1:41, 6:34

      Greek word for compassion ‘splagchnizomai’ interchangeable with the word _______________


2.      The Need of the Disciples (Mark 8:4-5)

      Short term memory loss or misunderstanding the redemptive plan of God?

      Jesus cares about the Gentiles too (John 10:16, Acts 2:21, Isaiah 42:6)


3.     Jesus the Provider of Needs

      From physical needs to spiritual needs, the Lord is the Provider (Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:31-32, Ephesians 2:8-9)



Scripture Reading for April 17: Selected Easter Passages

The Accomplishments of Christ 
(Hebrews 10:1-18)


What was accomplished on the Cross?


     God declaring an individual ______________

     Can man justify himself?

     Then what justifies a person?  (Titus 3:3-7, Romans 5:1, Galatians 3:24, Philippians 3:8-9, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Romans 5:9, Romans 3:28, James 2:24)


     Reconciliation is establishing a _____________ _____________ with God

     Can a man reconcile himself to God?

     Then what justifies a person? (2 Corinthians 5:18, Romans 5:10, Colossians 1:19-22)

Full and final payment for sin

     Jesus paid our debt in ______________ (1 Corinthians 6:20, Romans 6:23, Isaiah 1:18)


What was accomplished through the resurrection?

     John 11:25-26 - Jesus is the resurrection

     1 Peter 1:3 - We are born again through the power of the resurrection

     Romans 8:11, 1 Corinthians 6:14 - The power of God in the resurrection is working through our individual lives

     Luke 18:27 What is impossible with man is possible with God - Hebrews 10:4, 9, 11-12


1 Corinthians 15:57  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ



Scripture Reading for April 10: Revelation 9


The King Above All Kings
(Luke 19:28-40)

      The objective of God’s perfectly established plan was set, it was told of, it was being executed through Christ (Luke 9:21-22, 44-45)

      Even the particulars of this event were foretold (Zechariah 9:9)

      The crowd was unprecedented, staggering in size

      What is the significance of the location (Jerusalem)?

      Was He the king they had been seeking?  What were their expectations?

      _______________ also rode in on a donkey (1 Kings 1:38)

      Laying down of the garments was not unheard of (2 Kings 9:13)

      Verse 38 was what enraged the Pharisees

      Jesus did not hide who He was (Matthew 11:27-30)

      The crowd did not recognize what was foretold of Christ (Zechariah 12:10)

      Pharisees demand Jesus make the adoration cease

      Verse 40 - Jesus asks a rhetorical question followed by a bold proclamation

      God’s plan is complete, it is perfect, it is established

      God will be praised, His name will be exalted, by any means He sees fit (Psalm 98:7-9, Isaiah 55:12, Matthew 9:3)

      Even more than the certainty of praise was a judgment made against the Jews (Habakkuk 2:11-12)



Scripture Reading for April 3: Exodus 15


A Personal Touch

(Mark 7:31-37)


Verse 31

      The perfect work of Christ was accomplished in Tyre & Sidon (John 5:19)

      Decapolis means _______________  _______________

      This was largely a _______________ area

Verse 32

      Important corresponding passage in Matthew 15:29-31

      Though a large crowd had gathered, a particular individual gains the focus of Jesus

      Greek word for speech impediment is ‘mogilalos’ which means hardly _______________ or tongue _______________

Verse 33

      We read that 4 actions were performed by Christ in this verse alone

      We see the sympathy & compassion of Christ (Hebrews 4:5-6)

Verse 34

      Jesus intentional look toward heaven demonstrates His willing ______________ to the ______________ (Philippians 2:5-8, John 14:10)

Verse 35

      The man was healed instantly & fully

      The power of God alone can heal (Isaiah 35:5-6)

      God’s choice to heal certain individuals is beyond our comprehension (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Verse 36

      It was not yet time for the public ministry to the Gentiles

Verse 37

      Christ proved yet again that He is in fact who He says He is (John 8:58)



Scripture reading for March 27: Revelation 8


Confidence In The Lord
(Mark 7:24-30)



      Who did the Jews believe salvation was for?

      The means of salvation are exclusive (Acts 4:12, 1 John 4:14)

      There was a proper order set in place in God’s perfect plan of salvation (Romans 1:16)

Verse 24

      Tyre and Sidon, which is modern day _______________, were ______________ of Galilee

      What was the significance of this particular area?

Verse 25

      Unclean spirit is the same as?

      Her reaction upon encountering Christ is quite appropriate (Revelation 1:17)

Verse 26

      Mark describes the woman as Syropheonician, while Matthew uses the term _______________ (Matthew 15:22)

Verse 27

      Important details in Matthew 15:23-24

      We notice very specific timing in regards to the advancement of the gospel (Matthew 10:5-6,28:19-20)

      The woman is remarkably persistent

Verse 28

      Was Jesus unaware of His own plan?  Was the woman being disrespectful?

Verse 29-30

      Great Faith (Matthew 15:28, Matthew 8:10)

      Jesus displays His power & authority (Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:16-17)

      The woman displayed great confidence in the Lord (Hebrews 13:6)





Scripture Reading for March 20: Exodus 14


The Heart of Evil
(Mark 7:20-23)


Verse 20

      Jesus reiterates where defilement comes from

      What comes out of the mouth is very telling to what is going on in the heart (Matthew 15:11)

Verse 21-23

      Jesus describes what lies in the natural heart

1.      Evil Thoughts

      An evil heart is indicative of an unrepentant heart (Genesis 6:5, Proverbs 15:26, Ephesians 2:1-3)

      God wants His children to fix their attention on what honors Him (Philippians 4:8)

2.      Sexual Immorality

      More than an action (Matthew 5:28)

      Greek word ‘porneia’ where we get the word pornography from

      Bible is very clear about avoiding immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18, 1 Thessalonians 4:3)

3.      Theft

      Greek word ‘klopē’ is where we get the English word ____________

      The word thief is descriptive of Satan (John 10:10)

4.      Murder

      Hate is equated to murder (1 John 3:15) love is equated to caring for others (John 13:34, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 John 4:11)

5.      Adultery

      Since sexual immorality is already listed, what is the significance of separating adultery? (Matthew 19:16)

6.      Coveting

      Coveting is not what pleases God (Luke 12:15, Hebrews 13:5, 1 Timothy 6:6-8)

7.      Wickedness

      Wicked actions are a result of a wicked heart

8.      Deceit

      Deceit is what characterizes the evil one (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) and God hates deceit (Proverbs 6:17)

9.      Sensuality

      Inappropriate lusting of the heart (Galatians 5:19, Jude 1:4)

10.   Envy

      Destructive nature of envy (Proverbs 14:30)

11.   Slander

      Slander is found in the fool that seeks evil (Proverbs 10:18, 2 Timothy 3)

12.   Pride

      One of the most commonly warned against evils in the Bible

13.   Foolishness

      A unregenerate heart is a foolish heart (Proverbs 1:7, 1 Corinthians 2:14)




Scripture Reading for March 13:  Revelation 7


Externalism Exposed

(Mark 7:14-19)


Verse 14

     Greek word used here is proskaleomai which means to _______________ or to call _______________

     Not to be confused with the call of sinners to repentance, otherwise known as the ________________ call (Philippians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:3, Romans 1:6-7) (Greek word ‘kaleō)

Verse 15

     Greek word for defile is koinoō which is to _______________ or _______________

     Sin cannot be blamed on external factors, for sin originates in the heart (Matthew 15:19, Matthew 5:21, 27-28)

     Jesus teaches against the externalism of the Pharisees

     The Bible teaches that the root of all that comes forth is from the heart (Matthew 15:18, James 3:6-10)

Verse 17

     Some important insight from the book of Matthew (Matthew 15:12-14)

     God is the Judge of the fruit and the weeds (Matthew 13:42)

Verse 18-19

     Jesus focuses His teaching to the disciples

     The stomach rids the waste, the sick heart produces waste





Scripture Reading for March 6: Exodus 13


Legalism Unraveled Part 4

(Mark 7:1-13)


10 Points on the Danger of Legalism

1.         Legalism often denies the sufficiency of Scripture

2.         Legalism is Idolatry

3.         Legalism fosters works based justification

4.         Legalism is often accompanied by hypocrisy

5.         Legalism leaves no room for grace

6.         Legalism blinds

7.         Legalism is ______________ with a ______________ heart ______________

        Heart transformation is vital to our position in Christ (Jeremiah 17:9, Ezekiel 11:19, 36:26)

        Our hearts are never hidden from the Lord (Proverbs 21:2)

        Our actions should be a manifestation of our heart condition (John 14:15)

        Jesus knew the hearts of the Pharisees as well (Mark 7:6)

        The motivation of our heart should be to faithfully serve the Lord (Psalm 51:10, Psalm 139:23-24)

8.         Legalism creates ______________ not ______________

        Unity was not a goal of the Pharisees

        God desires unity within the Body (1 Corinthians 1:10, 1 Peter 3:8)

        Examples of legalism - Bible translations, water baptism (1 Corinthians 12:13)

9.         Legalism does not ______________ the ______________

        Greek word for edification is ‘oikodomé’ which is the act of building up or building of a house (Ephesians 4:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Ephesians 4:29)

        Warning against division (Matthew 12:25, Titus 3:10, Romans 16:17)

        Looking into our own lives, are we found building up or tearing down?

10.      Legalism takes _____________ off ______________

        Our eyes are to be fixed on our Great God (Colossians 3:2)




Scripture Reading for February 27: Revelation 6


Legalism Unraveled Part 3

(Mark 7:1-13)


10 Points on the Danger of Legalism

      Last week we looked at the first point

1.     Legalism often denies the sufficiency of Scripture

2.     Legalism is Idolatry

3.     Legalism fosters works based justification

4.     Legalism is often _______________ by ______________

      Jesus points out the hypocrisy of the Pharisees (v.6)

      The Bible is consistent in condemning hypocrisy (Psalm 24:4-5, Matthew 6:2, 6:5, 6:16, 23:27-28)

      Tying Exodus 20:12 into Mark 7 Jesus reveals the error of the Pharisees

      Legalism promotes pride while God offers grace (James 4:6)

      We have a responsibility to put off hypocrisy (Colossians 3:9-10) and put on the likeness of Christ, who is the source of truth (John 14:6, 1 Timothy 3:15)

      A warning of hypocrisy found in Matthew 19:21-22

5.      Legalism leaves no _______________ for _______________

      Grace is the necessary means for our position as sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 12:9)

      We too should show grace to others (Colossians 4:6)

6.      Legalism _______________

      While legalism blinds and offers discontentment, God’s instruction and guidance offers joy (Psalm 16:11)



Scripture Reading for February 20: Exodus 12


Legalism Unraveled Part 2

(Mark 7:1-13)


10 Points on the Danger of Legalism

      Last week we looked at the first point

1.     Legalism often denies the sufficiency of Scripture

2.     Legalism is _______________

      Idolatry is warned against all throughout Scripture (Exodus 20:2-5a,

1 Corinthians 10:7,14, 1 John 5:21)

      God is a jealous God and this is GOOD (Deuteronomy 4:24, Nahum 1:2)

      Mankind are image bearing worshippers, but man cannot serve two masters  (Matthew 6:24)

      The Pharisees were not the only ones who struggled with legalistic idolatry

3.      Legalism fosters _______________ based _______________

      No amount of work will ever earn a right standing with God

      God’s grace is what brings about Spiritual Life (Ephesians 2:1-9)

      Legalism places an unhealthy amount of emphasis on works, overlooking the grace of God

      We are not justified without God (Romans 5:1, Titus 3:7, Romans 3:28, 2 Timothy 2:9)





Scripture Reading for February 13: Revelation 5


Legalism Unraveled Part 1

(Mark 6:53-7:4)


Verse 53-56

      Believing in the works of Christ is not the same as belief in Christ

      The ministry of Christ continued to expand, compassionately ministering wherever He went


Mark 7

Verse 1-4

      There was significance in Jerusalem

      Both the synagogue as well as the _______________ council was in Jerusalem

      _______ members of the council

      Pharisees had an important role in the Jewish hierarchy

      Two main schools of thought among the Pharisees named after two prominent rabbis - _______________ and _______________

      Scholars of the written law, particularly the Torah, the first _______ books of the Bible

      The Hebrew Bible is called the _____________

      Compilation of the oral law is found in the ______________

      The Pharisees placed an unhealthy emphasis on the ______________ Law

      Absence of hand washing made the Pharisees agitated, even though wrongly applied (Leviticus 22:6-7, Exodus 30:17-21)


Dangers of Legalism

1.      Legalism often _______________ the _______________ of Scripture

      The Bible teaches that Scripture is sufficient (2 Timothy 3:14-17, 2 Peter 1:21, Psalm 19:7-11)





Scripture reading for February 6: Exodus 11 


Supernatural Travel
(Mark 6:45-52)


Verse 45

      A specific detail in Mark that can cause confusion (Bethsaida)

      We use Scripture to explain Scripture (Matthew 14:22, John 6:16-17)

Verse 46

      Common practice of the Lord serves as a wonderful example for us (Luke 5:16)

Verse 47

      Detail about the separation between Jesus & the Apostles

Verse 48

      Greek word for see is ‘eidō’ which goes _______________ the _______________ of physical sight

      Greek word for painfully is ‘basanizō’ which means to _______________ or _______________

      Greek word for against is ‘enantios’ which means _______________

      This storm was no accident (Mark 4:41)

      The 4th watch was from _______am to _______am

      A phrase we must wrestle with “He meant to pass by them” (Exodus 33:19, 1 Kings 19:11-13, John 1:36, Luke 18:37-38)

Verse 49-50a

      Apostles came to the conclusion that Jesus was a ghost

      This terrified the Apostles

Verse 50b

      As He had done before, Jesus instructs them to not be afraid, rather trust in Him (Luke 12:22-34, Isaiah 41:10, Matthew 10:28, Mark 5:36, 2 Timothy 1:7)

      Matthew alone provides unique detail of the Apostle Peter, an example of waning faith (Matthew 14:28-31)

Verse 51

      Immediate response

      Why were the Apostles astounded?

Verse 52

      Only two outcomes of encountering the work of the Lord



Scripture Reading for January 30: Revelation 4


A God Who Exceeds Human Reasoning Part 2

(Mark 6:38-44)


Verse 38

      This must have seemed like an unreasonable question from the Apostles perspective

      One boy in the crowd had the only contents, 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish

Verse 39

      Removing the idea that this scene took place in a desert region

Verse 40-41

      A common debate exists regarding what Jesus was doing by looking up at heaven and saying a blessing (John 6:11)

      Jesus always fulfilled the _______________ will (John 14:31, John 6:37)

Verse 42-44

      Jesus provided with an abundance


      What was the result of this wonderful miracle?

      Did everyone in the crowd come to an understanding of who Jesus was and believe in Him?

      Important details are found John 6:22-36

      All of our _______________ needs are met in ________________ _______________  






Scripture Reading for January 23: Exodus 10


A God Who Exceeds Human Reasoning

(Mark 6:30-37)


Verse 30

      Apostles give an synopsis of their journeys

Verse 31

      Jesus was providing a set aside time for rest

      He is the Lord of Spiritual rest as well (Matthew 11:28-30)

Verse 32

      Sailed to the general area of Bethsaida (Luke 9:10)

Verse 33

      Popularity created an eager crowd

Verse 34

      Jesus’ reaction was one of compassion

      Greek word for compassion is ‘splagchnizomai’ which literally means to be moved at one’s _______________, a deep yearning (Luke 7, Matthew 15:32, Matthew 9:36, Matthew 20:34)

      What caused Jesus to be moved with compassion?

      Sheep without a shepherd a common metaphor (Numbers 27:17, 1 Kings 22:17, 2 Chronicles 18:16)

      Who is the Good Shepherd? (John 10:11, Psalm 23:1, Isaiah 40:11, 1 Peter 2:25, John 10:14, John 10:7-10)

      What was the need that existed in the crowd? (Mark 2:17)

Verse 35-36

      Logical human reasoning

Verse 37

      Simple instruction that perplexed the Apostles

      200 Denarii equates to __________ months of wages

      Major theme of this account (Luke 18:27)



Scripture Reading for January 23: Revelation 3


A God Who Exceeds Human Reasoning

(Mark 6:30-37)


Verse 30

      Apostles give an synopsis of their journeys

Verse 31

      Jesus was providing a set aside time for rest

      He is the Lord of Spiritual rest as well (Matthew 11:28-30)

Verse 32

      Sailed to the general area of Bethsaida (Luke 9:10)

Verse 33

      Popularity created an eager crowd

Verse 34

      Jesus’ reaction was one of compassion

      Greek word for compassion is ‘splagchnizomai’ which literally means to be moved at one’s _______________, a deep yearning (Luke 7, Matthew 15:32, Matthew 9:36, Matthew 20:34)

      What caused Jesus to be moved with compassion?

      Sheep without a shepherd a common metaphor (Numbers 27:17, 1 Kings 22:17, 2 Chronicles 18:16)

      Who is the Good Shepherd? (John 10:11, Psalm 23:1, Isaiah 40:11, 1 Peter 2:25, John 10:14, John 10:7-10)

      What was the need that existed in the crowd? (Mark 2:17)

Verse 35-36

      Logical human reasoning

Verse 37

      Simple instruction that perplexed the Apostles

      200 Denarii equates to __________ months of wages

      Major theme of this account (Luke 18:27)





Scripture Reading for January 16: Exodus 9


Motivation Of Sin

(Mark 6:14-29)


Verse 14

      Herod, a brutal hypocrite of a man from a brutal line of men (Matthew 23:29-36, Hebrews 11:36-38, Matthew 2:16-18)

      Like father like son

      Herod had a personal vendetta (Matthew 14:3-5)

      Herod also did not properly recognize Christ (Sadly many don’t today either) 

Verse 15-16

      Misunderstanding Malachi 4:5 (John The Baptist was the fulfillment) 

Verse 17-20

      The details of this event shed light on the nature of sin

1.      Sin weighs _______________ on a person

2.     Sin causes one to be _______________

3.     Sin leads to further _______________

4.     Sin has _______________  _______________

      John brought Herod & Herodias’s sin to light, the result was deadly

      Herodias’s anger grew and grew

      Their sin was an obvious one (Genesis 19, Leviticus 18, Deuteronomy 27, Ezekiel 22, 2 Samuel 13, 1 Corinthians 5)

Verse 21

      Herodias seized the opportunity

Verse 22

      Herodias’s daughter was _______________

Verse 23

      Sin caused Herod to be unreasonable

Verse 24-28

      The unregenerate heart is capable of much evil (Jeremiah 17:9, Ephesians 2:1-3)

Verse 29

      Important lesson for the disciples (Matthew 16:24-26)






Scripture Reading for January 2: Revelation 2


Full Reliance
(Mark 6:8-13)


Verse 8-9

      Comparing instructions (Mark 6:8-9, Matthew 10:7-10, Luke 9:1-3)

      Key word in to understanding interpretive challenge Greek word ‘ktaomai’ meaning to ______________ or _______________or to ______________

      Jesus wanted the Apostles to trust Him for everything (Philippians 4:19)

      How does this scene compliment the major theme of the Bible - God Glorified? (Romans 11:36, 1 Corinthians 10:31) + the promise for believers (Romans 8:28) 

      This was a specific teaching to the Apostles, because the Bible teaches the value of preparedness (Matthew 24:44, 1 Peter 3:15, 1 Corinthians 16:13, Matthew 25:1-13)

Verse 10-11

      The Apostles were given great authority, but there was still something they could not do

      Shaking the dust off one’s feet was symbol of judgment (2 Thessalonians 1:6-9, Hebrews 10:29)

      The Apostles shouldn’t take rejection personally (John 15:18)

Verse 12-13

      The means that God chose to reach the lost (Romans 10:14-15)



Scripture Reading for December 26: selected passages


Send Them Out To Draw Them In
(Mark 6:7)


Verse 7

      The 12 are recommissioned

      Previously commissioned in Mark 3:13-19

      Important to note where the Apostles would draw power from

      What was the goal?  Wow people with miraculous works?  (Mark 1:4, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 5:31-32)

      False gospels/strange doctrines are not of the Lord (Galatians 1:8, 2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 2 Corinthians 11:12-15, 1 Timothy 6:3-5)

      This is nothing new (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10)

      What is the purpose of the works the Apostles were entrusted with?

      2 Theological stances on “miracle gifts”

1.      _______________

2.      _______________ (1 Corinthians 13:8)

      What is the purpose of the disciples being sent out two by two? (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Proverbs 27:17, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

      The authority given was a power evil could not stand against (1 John 4:4, Romans 12:21, Mark 5:7-10)



Scripture Reading for December 19: selected Christmas passages
A Servant Bore The King
(Luke 1:26-38)


Verse 26

      Significance of Nazareth (Matthew 2:23, Isaiah 11:1)

Verse 27

      Joseph a common carpenter (Matthew 13:55)

      House of David (2 Samuel 7:12-13)

      Mary the chosen virgin (Isaiah 7:14)

Verse 28

      Not chosen by merit but instead God’s sovereign plan

Verse 29-30

      Sensing her bewilderment, the angel eases her fears

Verse 31

      This was monumental news

      The name of Jesus has great power (Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 4:11-12)

Verse 32

      Importance placed on the grammatical use of the word ‘the’

      The unique Son (John 3:16)

Verse 33

      House of Jacob (Jacob’s 4th son _______________ the father of David)

Verse 34

      Logical, understandable questioning, not doubt

Verse 35

      Greek word for overshadow is ‘episkiazō’ which means to _______________

      Jesus was & still is Holy (Acts 3:14)

Verse 36-37

      Confirmation of the sovereign, all knowing plan of God

Verse 38

      Response of a faithful servant (John 12:26)



Scripture reading for December 12: Exodus 8


Homefield Disadvantage

(Mark 6:1-6)


Verse 1

      Jesus’ hometown was Nazareth (John 1:46, Mark 1:24, Matthew 2:23)

      This was not the first trip back to Nazareth (Luke 4:29-30)

Verse 2

      Jesus was teaching as He often did - He was a teacher (John 3:2)

      Greek word for astonished is ‘ekplēssō’ which literally means to _______________

      His teaching was on a different level (Matthew 7:28-29)

      What kind of wisdom did Christ display?  Divine (Proverbs 2:6, Job 28)

Verse 3

      Human reasoning could not explain the power & authority of Christ

      Greek word for offense is ‘skandalizō’ which is where we get the word _______________

Verse 4

      Same response of Christ as His last visit (Luke 4:24)

      Jesus knew a thing or two about rejection & unbelief (John 6:64-66)

      Important reminder for the disciples as well (Matthew 10:14)

Verse 5

      Miracles & healing served a specific purpose (John 2:11)

Verse 6

      Satan delights in unbelief (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

      Rejection of Christ is serious business (John 12:48)



Scripture Reading for December 5: Revelation 1


Desperate Times Call For Divine Measures Part 3

(Mark 5:21-43)


Verse 35

      A grim message on the heels of a miracle

      Did the healing of the bleeding woman get in the way of healing of Jairus’ daughter?

Verse 36

      One’s trust in God should supersede all fears - Jairus had to put this into practice (Isaiah 41:10, Luke 8:50)

      Greek word for believe is pisteuō’ meaning a great degree of _______________ & _______________

      This is not the popular view of the world (John 5:18-19)

Verse 37-38

      The commotion was a typical, traditional response upon knowledge of one’s death (Matthew 9:23)

      Cultural knowledge is key to understanding this scene

      Aninut took place?

      Shiva took place?

Verse 39

      Was Jesus mistaken, even out of His mind?  (Mark 3:21)

Verse 40

      Scoffers were nothing new (Psalm 1:1, Jude 1:17-20)

      Five were welcome - Jairus, his wife & the inner circle

Verse 41-42

      Jesus spoke in _______________

      Jesus has power over death (Luke 7)

Verse 43

     ●      A command in line with the perfect plan of redemption 



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.









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 _____________



      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


      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)


      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)


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


      In this method water is sprinkled over the individuals head


      In this method water is poured over the individual


      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)


      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 be