SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014—–“AN ETERNAL KINGDOM”

Devotional Reading: Psalm 98; Background Scripture: 2 Samuel 7

 

Have you ever heard the phrase, “The best laid plans of mice and men?”  This lesson reminds me of that particular statement.  David had built himself a beautiful mansion, and he was making big plans to build a lavash structure for God.  Now wanting to do something great for God is not a bad idea; however, this was not God’s idea.  How many times do we take off running with an idea that we are sure that it came from God?  Yet; we are completely disappointed  when we realize that we were serving our own interests and not the plans of God.  It’s not a pretty site or a good feeling, but it does happen.

If we go back a little further in 2 Samuel, we will find that even Nathan, David’s servant, thought the idea had merit.  Again, constructing a building for the mighty God, was a wonderful idea, but the essence of and completeness of God didn’t then and does not now, need to be contained in a lavish building.

Where was prayer in David’s plans?  Where is prayer in your plans?  You know, even when we get these great ideas as to what we can do for God  (yeah, like He needs us to favors for Him) , we should always pray so that we don’t put our plans in front of God’s plans.  God had to remind David, as He has to remind us sometimes; He has brought us to this place, protected us from dangers seen and unseen, from the beginning of time– invited us to be in a relationship with Him, has loved us through all of our mess ups and mis-steps–He has the ultimate plan for all things.  Keep your eyes on Jesus–that is where we find  “an eternal kingdom”.  What are your thoughts?

 

 

 

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2014

 Greeting to all in the name of Jesus.  After a period of introspection and reflection, the author of the blog has returned.  This is a great lesson for a re-appearance.

“SHOW YOUR FAITH BY YOUR WORKS”–Devotional Reading: Luke 7:1-10; Background Scripture: James 2:14-26

KEY VERSE:  As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.  James 2:26

In the above referenced text, James is questioning how the Christians, during that time, could identify true faith.  While we all know that only God knows what is truly in a man’s heart, James says that we can identify true faith in ourselves by what we produce.  Now this is probably close to an age-old debate:  Am I saved by faith or by my works?  What is your response to that question?  The scripture tells us that we are saved to do good works.  In other words, the good works of upbuilding the Kingdom have already been pre-ordained.  We are saved to walk out the purpose for which God has called us.

James’ readers struggled to reflect God’s mercy toward others–much like us sometimes.  The readers’ faith in God who met their needs, was not being expressed in their meeting the needs of others.  Again, sometimes it seems like nothing has changed in over 2000 years.

Think about:

How has someone’s good deeds made a lasting difference in your life?

How does the example of the faith patriarch, Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son help you act on what you believe?

What examples can you discuss to demonstrate how your faith is evident in your deeds?

I would love to read your comments.  Look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013—-ACTIVE HOPE

Devotional l:  Luke 16:10-13; Scripture Lesson:  1 Peter 4

Key Verse:  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms—! Peter 4:10

 

  • Describe the key differences between the old, worldly life and new life in Christ
  • Explain why and how Christ’s physical suffering bears on the believer’s behavior today
  • Identify one gift God has given you, and describe how you are using it–or will use it–as a steward of God’s grace

How does your life reflect what God has done for you?

Through Jesus Christ, God has delivered you from the penalty of sin.  Knowing that fact, how has your life changed.  If you have hope in God and believe in his son, Jesus Christ, your life should reflect that attitude.

What attitudes and practices of Jesus do you most need to develop as you “arm” yourself for the Christian life?

Join us in Sunday School so that we can continue this dialogue.

SNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013: THE LORD WILL TRIUMPH

Devotional Reading:  Titus 3: 1-7; Study Scripture 2  Thessalonians 2:

 

What could be better than knowing that “The Lord Will Triumph” .  This statement is all we need.  What are your thought when you read the above referenced statement?

  • Are you a unshaken believer?
  • What are soome safeguards we can use in our church to help people avoid being deceived by false teachers?
  • What are some consequences of failing to discern satanic activities?

Stop for a moment and read Romans 8:28.  How have you seen the promise of this scripture fulfilled in troubling situations in your life?

 

This blog is an opportunity for us to engage in meaningful discussions about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013–THE LORD SEND THE SPIRIT

Scripture  Reference:  Devotional Reading–John 15:1-7, Lesson Scripture:  Acts 2:1-16

The entire experience that  happened, in the passage of scripture in Acts, was unexpected by those in the room.  Reflect on ways that God has worked unexpectedly in your life.  How did this work of God strengthen your faith?

In the text, we find  individuals from “every nation under heaven”. What does this say to you about the far reaches of God’s word?

How do you respond when you reccognize someone under the influence of the Holy Spirit?

At the end of our text, Peter stood up to address the crowd.  When was the last time you stood up to do something for God?  How did it turn out?

In this lesson, God used extraordinary means to accomplish his purpose.  Summarize the extraordinary events and discuss why they are important to you.

Log on so that we can discuss further.  Looking forward to seeing you in Sunday School

March 31, 2013: JESUS LIVES!

Scripture Reference:  Luke 24:13-21, 28-35

Jesus Lives!  Whatever the sadness, the circumstance, or the situation—Jesus Lives.  This one fact lets us know that all hope has not died.  Previously, the disciples were in the depths of despair.   They had witnessed the violent and painful death of their friend, their teacher, and their Savior.  They believed that all hope was gone.  BUT!!!!    That was not the end of the story.  Hope was —is—and always wil be.   Our lesson today begins with two of the disciples walking down the road to Emmaus.  During this walk, the discipes were discussisng the earlier events  of the day, i.e., Mary Magdalene and a group of women had visited the tomb where Jesus was buried and after encountering two angels,  found the tomb empty.  Peter, who received a report from the women, went to check, and he also found the tomb empty.  The discipes were talking freely about all of the recent events, including Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the arrest and trials of Jesus as well as his cruxifiction and the reports of the empty tomb.

When was the last time you disussed Jesus with a group of your friends?

The disciples were engrossed in a very intense discussion and unaware of the fact that Jesus had joined them.  Isn’t this what we do sometimes.? We get soo caught up in our situations, or our saddness, and we don’t even notice that Jesus is with us.  Not only were ethe disciples unawae of exactly when Jesus joined them on their walk, they also did not recognize him.  The scripture says, “…but thy were kept from recognizing him”.  This reference is extremely powerful.  How often do we not recognize the presence of God in our circumstances?  The use of the words “kept from” suggest that divine intervention will make all things visible at the proper time.  However, sometimes we allow what we see with our physical eyes cloud the view of our spiritual eyes and as a result–we block God’s blessings

When Jesus asked the disciples what they were discussing, he was not seeking information.  He was asking as a means of starting a conversation.  If Jesus visited you today or this week, what would he most likely find you discussing?  In their comments to Jesus, the disciples talked about their lost hope,because  initially, they didn’t realize that something much better was in store for them.    When was a time when your dashed hope eventually resulted in something unexpected and ultimately better?

After reading this passage of scripture, what new revelation did you get about Jesus? or–What beliefs about Jesus have been validated?   The disciples realized they had been on a walk with Jesus, what about you?

Join us next Sunday @ 9:30 am to further discuss  the life of Jesus Crist.

Women’s Class;  Men’s Class; Technology Sunday for children and youth, arts and crafts for young children

 

 

 

 

Sunday, December 9, 2012: One In Jesus Christ

Devotional Reading:  Ephesians 3:14-21; Background Scripture: Epesians 2,3

Lesson Study: Ephesians 2:11-22

LESSON AIMS:

  • Explain the scriptural dimension of the separation that existed between the Jews and the Gentiles before Christ came
  • Compare and contrast the separation between the Jews and the gentiles in Paul’s day with the separation that exixts between Christians and non-Christians
  • Suggest an evangelistic campaign that focuses more on uniting people with Christ than on music, programs, or social benefits

A single thread that runs throughour the Christian faith is that all humanity is united into a single entity, the church of Jesus Christ.  Jesus prayed for that day and now more than 2000 years later, sometimes we might wonder if we have really reached that goal.  There are divisive tensions within many of our local churches.  Conflict occurs over worship styles, leadership, music, and seemingly trivial activities.

About a dozen years before Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians, Paul attended a meeting called,  “the Jerusalem Council”.  This council met to resolve a pressing question–“Is it necessary for Gentile men to be circumcised in order for them to be consider Christian believers?”  The council determined that circumcision was not required of Gentiles.  However; not everyone accepted that decision.  As the economic status of the region grew,  tensions rose again and some were teaching that Gentiles needed to follow the las of Moses.  Thus, Paul revisited the issue again.

 

Circumcision was a source of pride for the Jews, because they considered the uncircumcised to be unclean.  For the Jews, there were only two types of people: circumcised and uncircumcised.  The Jews even used the term uncircumcised as a way to describe the person whose heart stubbornly opposed God’s will.  By contrast, Paul’s message was about overcoming divisiveness in the church of Jesus Christ.  Paul preached the message that Jesus died for all and that because He paid the price for our sins, He also has given us hope.

  • In what way does our church bring the hope of Christ to people in the church community?
  • How does our church promote oneness and unity in Christ?
  • Is there such a thing as “healthy distinctives” among churches?  If so, how do we keep these from becoming unhealthy divisions of the one body?

Paul preached that Jesus is the “peace of man”  In other words, the peace that we find in Jesus Christ and the oneness that we gain through our belief in Him, things that used to divide us, should disappear.

  • How can our church communicate the good news more effectively

Ephesians is a great book of Christian unity.  In today’s lesson, Paul laid out the marvelous unity that Christian have in Christ.

Thought to remember:  May all churches be places of peace and unity where the Spirit of God dwells.

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