God’s Gift of Hope Matthew 28; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28  As we go through life there are days when significant things happen to us.  We tend to mark those days that have made pivotal changes.  The resurrection of Jesus is one of those days in our spiritual life. Jesus’ Resurrection An Historical Event- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11-…

Many of us are making New Year’s resolutions.  There are millions of things we can have as resolutions we can choose to make.  We can make the resolutions, but we can’t usually turn our lives on a dime.  The only way we can turn is by emotional upheaval or through constant self examination.  Bad habits…

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth good will toward men. Young’s Literal Translation – Says Good will toward the people around us. Eph. 2:13-16, Matt. 5:9, Romans 12:17-21, Heb. 12:14 all talk about God wanting peace between all men and Christians pursuing peaceful relationships. New Kings James Translation –…

The Promise of the Angels Luke 2:1-20  Isaiah’s Pictures of Peace Isaiah 11:6-9 – This is a picture of how harmony will be brought about by God.  This peace is impossible from a worldly point of view.  God gives peace through faith in him.  Our hope is from God. Isaiah 9:6-7 – A child will…

Does God assist us in our times of need? God’s Sign for Ahaz Isaiah 7:1-4 – This is a very threatening situation.  God sends a prophet with a message of strength and comfort.  God comforts us as a parent comforts a frightened child.  God has answers. Isaiah 7:9b-16 – God wants us to believe his…

The Struggle of Relationship With Our Heavenly Father  Jacob’s Encounter with God Genesis 28:10-22 – This vision shows that Jacob came close to God.  A stone is set to commemorate Jacob’s encounter with God Genesis 32:24-32 –  Once again Jacob has an encounter with God.  Jacob’s encounter with God leaves him with a broken physical…

Recently one of the most well known daredevils died.  He, in the last year of his life, was baptized.  He realized that God was to be feared. Commands to Fear God Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 – Keep the commandments from the heart 1 Peter 2:17 – Fear God Rev. 14:6-7 –  Fear God and give him glory…

Old Testament Signs of God as Savior Isaiah 7:1-9:7   Isn’t waiting fun?  Most of us do not like to wait.  There are times when we must wait.  Sometimes we are challenged to wait on God. Isaiah 8:16-18 Isaiah waits on God with eagerness and activity.  Names of Four Children Exemplify God’s Promise A remnant will…

The church has an age old vision –  To bring people back from sin to God.  The church began as a small persecuted band of believers.  Traits of the New Testament Church. Redemptive People Isaiah 42:6-7- The problems of the people today are not that different from the time of Isaiah.  People need a leader…

Gratitude in Heart and Words Col. 3:15-17- Being thankful is something that happens within our hearts.  We must express our gratitude to God from the feeling in the heart.  The thankfulness that is overflowing is “charis – that which bestows or occasions pleasure, delight, favorable regard.”  God’s Mercy, Love, and Grace Mercy is a compassion…

Sometimes the most unimpressive looking individual can camouflage the most amazing talent.  The outside doesn’t always match the inside.  When we judge by the outside we run the risk of the sin of contempt. The Sin of Contempt Romans 14:3, 10 – God does not accept our attitudes of contempt for others.  We become a…

The Challenge of Edifying One Another The Same Mind with One Anofher Romans 15:1-6 -Come together to glorify God.  We need to choose to focus on the needs of the other Christian.  By filling ourselves we are overflowing with good and are able to share.  Jeremiah 32:37-39, Ezekiel 11:18-20 – God prophecies concerning his people…

The Call to Unity despite Differences of Opinion Romans 14:1-23  How difficult is it today to have a deep and living faith in God?  The form of faith may be easy, but true dependency may be difficult.  Why if true faith is difficult, would we make it more difficult to help others with their faith? …

Putting on Jesus   Dressing up in a costume can give us a chance to be someone else.  When we dress ourselves for righteousness, we are clothing ourselves spiritually to become like Christ.  Dressing Spiritually Job 29:14- Job was wearing what was good and righteous. Psalm 132:9 – Leaders need to be righteous in order to…

John 19:16-33; 1Peter 1:3-9  There has been rejoicing in Denver over the success of the baseball team, the Colorado Rockies.  People like to be a part of something that causes joy.  Because of recent losses, this joy is beginning to fade.   Is it possible to have a joy that never ends?  The Promise of Jesus…

Learning God’s True Character  Parable of the Talents Matt. 25:14-30 (Luke 19:11-27) –   This parable was said along            with other teachings about waiting and getting ready.  This is what we are to do while we are waiting for his return.  Talents were worth a lot of money.  Today the idea of our abilities is…

Learning to Trust God in All Circumstances The pagans had a fear of the change of the seasons and the pagan priests took advantage of that fact.  God wants to reassure us.  Do Not Fear! Genesis 15:1, Isaiah 41:10, Luke 12:6-7- God is in control so we can depend on him.  Turn to God and…

Drawing on God’s Power Galatians 5:24  Sometimes people are turned from their zeal for the will of God by love for the world.  Romans 7.  God Warns about Evil Desires 1 Cor. 10:5-6 -Don’t crave evil. The desires are just as great today  Descriptions of Evil Desires Romans 1:26-27 -we have burning desires.  We need…

Matt. 13:44-46  Do you want to be here this morning?  The answer goes to what is in our hearts.  Paul’s Desire to be Right with God Romans 7:14-25-Paul wants to practice, to use his will for God, to do good, to concur with God, to serve God.  Paul’s Response to Christ Acts 9:18-19- He immediately…

Overcoming Spiritual Helplessness Romans 7:14-8:27 Romans 7:14-25 Paul describes a situation of Spiritual helplessness. He cannot do what is good without God’s help. We can either recognize our sin and seek Jesus or we can fail to recognize our condition and point out other’s sin. Paul saw this in himself when he met Jesus on…

Overcoming Spiritual Helplessness Romans 7:14-8:27 Romans 7:14-25 Paul describes a situation of Spiritual helplessness. He cannot do what is good without God’s help. We can either recognize our sin and seek Jesus or we can fail to recognize our condition and point out other’s sin. Paul saw this in himself when he met Jesus on…

Eph. 2:10  Matt. 12:14: Prophecy of the gentleness and patience of Christ. A basket maker will generally through away a broken reed. Jesus will not through out the broken people. Jesus will not give up on us. God wants us to be what we can and do good works in the name of Jesus. Eph….

Matt. 15:39-17:13, Mark 8:10-9:13. Luke 9:18-36  Here in Colorado it is easy to enjoy the mountains and have mountain top experience or an exhilarating experience.  Jesus was both human and divine.  In a climatic week, described in the scriptures, he experienced peaks and valleys.  Jesus had a full range of human emotions. Emotional Valleys Foes…

Evidence of Truly Trusting God James 1 and 2  There are things that we can’t see like viruses, but we know that they are there.  Faith in God is like that.  •   Single-minded Prayer James 1:1-8:  Hardship is common.  We can have joy if we pray about our problems.  Seek help from God.  Prayer is…

Trusting God to Preserve Our Soul Acts 16:22-34 A Despairing Jailer  •    Acts 16:25-27 – This jailer has a job and he is serious about doing a good job. – Acts 12:19 a jailer who failed his duty could be killed.  Acts 27:42 – The guard who was guarding Paul was going to kill…

Developing a Heart for Deep Christian Love Acts 20:17-38 As the Christians departed there was a great grief on both sides.  A Courageous Heart •  Acts: 20:22-24 -Paul was giving his life to teach the gospel.  Real love and affection hurts sometimes. •     2 Cor. 2:4 – Paul had a great love for this church. •     …

2 Tim. 2:14-26   An Unashamed Workman •     2 Tim. 2:14-19 – Be serious about the word.  Don’t take it for granted.  Don’t fight over thing that don’t matter. •       1 Tim. 4:6-14 – Teach what is from the Word.  Avoid worldly fables.  The words you give to others build you up.  Avoid the messages…

Reasons to Sing Psalm 51:14 When people experience something joyous, they show it. Expressing Joy in Song •       Psalm 20:1-5 – When good things happen we will be singing for joy •       .Isaiah 12:1-6 -Praise because of what God has done for us.  Share with others through singing praise. •        Eph. 5:18-20 – There are things…

Experiencing God’s Gift of Life Psalm 51:8, 12  David wants to receive the total joy of his salvation. Old Testament Passages •   Psalm 16:7-11 -A relationship with God causes joy.  Joy is not always exuberance.  Joy is a positive attitude.  This can be shown in feelings, outlook, or experiences.  We can be joyous in our…

The Stories of Saul and David •    1 Samuel 11:6 – Saul experienced the Holy Spirit of God •     1 Samuel 16:12-23 David had a heart for God and the Spirit came on David and it left Saul and was replaced by an evil spirit •     1 Samuel 16:10-12 David playing the harp soothed Saul,…

God wants his people to have access to him. The High Priest in the Old Testament •       Exodus 29:1-9 -Aaron and his family are set by God to act as priest.  This is an important position.  There was a special ceremony to set them apart, special garments for them to wear, special activities, and special…

Learning to Lean on Jesus Christ Ephesians 1:1-14  What is strong enough for us to lean on?  Sometimes we try to lean on something that isn’t strong enough to hold us up.   Every Spiritual Blessing is in Christ We go to Christ for all spiritual blessings.  We need to ask and we need to put…

Ways to Promote Spiritual Healing  We can experience intense grief in life.  Bruce Murakami (who lost his wife and daughter in a car crash as a result of a racing young driver) offered these suggestions in finding healing.  Have a “Healing Place”  We are affected by our environment, so find a place that gives you…

Trusting God’s Promises During Hard Times  What is a mother worth?  One company figured $138,000 a year.  A commentary in the newspaper responded with a reference to the MasterCard ads and said “priceless”.  Unfortunately, some moms do not fulfill their responsibilities as they should, but those that do are priceless.  However, being a mother does…

Extending Christ’s Mercy to Others  On Sunday night, April 22, Hallmark Cards sponsored the television movie called “Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness.”  It tells of how Bruce Murakami lost his wife, Cindy, and 11-year-old daughter, Chelsea, in a horrific car accident.  Bruce soon learned that the primary cause of the wreck was the street racing…

The message of God is powerful.  And the need for the message is great: to bring hope, to produce strength in us so that we can stand against the forces bringing death into our lives, etc.   Acts 20:18-25  This recounts Paul’s meeting with the elders of the Ephesian church.  (We have been studying the letter…

Ephesians 6:10-24  We all have a need for many different kind of protection, i.e. from the sun’s rays, cold temperatures, car wrecks (by using seat belts and car seats), from burglars and computer hackers, etc.  (Unfortunately, sometimes our best attempts at protection fail.)  We especially need spiritual protection, provided by God, and God’s protection will…

Evidence for God’s Gift of Eternal Life In view of all the death in our world, is the resurrection too good to be true?  Paul is a powerful witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Saul on the Road to Damascus Acts 9:1-31 (See also Acts 22:3-21, 26:4-23)     “…a light from heaven, brighter than…

Newness in Christ  The world considers a lottery win, or a good doctor’s report, or getting engaged to someone who loves you good news.  But so often the “good news” of the world does not last.  The good news of Jesus’ resurrection lasts for eternity!  Jesus Told His Disciples to Preach His Resurrection  Luke 24:45-49…

Working for Unity in a Christian Household Ephesians 6:1-9 Major households in that day would have both children and salves, and the church would be meeting in the house.  Ephesians 6:1-4 -Treating Anger with Respect  Verses 1-3 – It is hard to respect our parents when we are adolescents because we think that we know…

God’s Plan for Oneness in the Home Ephesians 5:21-33 This is part of the Ephesian letter that deals with practical living.  Here Paul continues to promote unity.    Rejecting Domination  Matthew 20:20-28 – Both Paul and Jesus rejected the use of forceful domination in relationships.  The kingdom of God does not work like the kingdoms of…

 Experiencing Freedom Through Christ Falling into the Devil’s Trap 2 Timothy 2:20-26 – There are spiritual powers that we must deal with.  The devil seeks to overwhelm us.  It is a deplorable state to be in his snare.  Those under Satan’s snare need to be dealt with gently.  Silence is not an option.  It must…

Developing a Christian Life Ephesians 4:25-5:21  This section of Ephesians has everything to do with unity!  In it Paul reveals on a practical level what we must not do and what we must do to be a unified body of believers. Walk in Love – Ephesians 4:25-5:5 The following five categories of sins will inevitably…

God’s Call to Never Give Up  The Potter and the Clay    Isaiah 29:13-16 – Do we turn things upside down, making God the clay and us the       potter?  Verse 16 accused them of turning things upside down.      Isaiah 45:8-13, 17 – Verse 9 seems to describe those who try to say that…

 How to Live the Life That God Desires Ephesians 4:17-6:9  Life Is a Walk – When this was written, walking was the most common means of getting from one place to another.  So walking is used as an important Biblical metaphor for life.  WALKING THE WALK – Ephesians 4:17-6:9 Similar Passages:  Romans 1:18-23, Colossians 3:5-11,…

 (Mt. 14:13-36; Mk. 6:33-56; Lk. 9:11-17; Jn. 6:2-71)  Intro.  Our study covers a brief but action-packed interval in the life of Jesus, an exciting and crucial time in his earthly ministry. In order to get the lessons suggested by events of these two days and one night, we need to have the setting in mind….

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