Luke 1:26-38 When a baby is born it is normally a happy event. Contrast that with the events of Jesus’ birth. Jesus was born of a virgin, far away from home. Jesus is Savior Mary was concerned, God named the child Jesus – Savior. Luke 1:76-79, 7:47-50, Isaiah 45:21-23, Daniel 9:24, Psalm 98:1-6, Matt. 1:21…

John. 13:1-17 Some lessons are difficult to learn. We especially have trouble with lessons in humility. When we hear, but don’t learn we miss the blessings God has for us. John 13:1-17 – Here just before Jesus is arrested, he is teaching a lesson about servanthood True Service is Humble Matt. 20:20-28- Mother asking for…

Eph. 4:11-16 Leaders are supposed to equip those they lead. A Frequent Sequence People are attracted There is no place for their talents Spiritual growth stagnates People leave Healthy Churches help members: Form genuine relationships Find gifts Equip with knowledge and skills Get involved in Church’s mission Take ownership of Church work God wants his…

A Biblical look at Spiritual Leadership Principles Shepherding Mentoring Equipping People of Experience Character Vision Fresh Look at Biblical models of leadership Encourage qualified people To accept responsibilities Use skills and abilities given to you Develop additional skills Improve trusting relationships Require heart and skills  Shepherd – Dominant model of leadership Sheep and shepherds were…

We make lots of choices in life.  As we choose, so does God.  Chosen out of the World John 15:18-19 – God sets us apart from the world.  The world doesn’t like us because we are different from the world.  Phil. 3:20 – We are citizens of heaven. 1 Peter 1:1-2 – Christians are chosen…

What comes to mind when you hear, What is something that you are “always” doing?  Breathing, eating, hurting, other things? Always Giving Thanks Eph. 5:20 – Paul says we should always thank God for all things. Phil. 4:6 – Let your requests be known to God after giving thanks for all things.  Giving thanks in…

This past week was the twentieth anniversary of the breaking down of the Berlin Wall. This wall separated in a physical way the differing thoughts on how to govern people.  The communists believed in telling people how to live and what to have and the other side believed in more of a personal freedom approach. …

An Empowering Motivation  Jesus has the power to save us even when our faith falters.  An example of this is the story of Peter walking on the water toward Jesus.  Do we show that we love Jesus enough to step out?  Can people see that we love Christ? Paul’s Love for Christ 2 Tim. 4:6-8…

John 10:9-11  There are no earthly guarantees against death.  Death is the only certainty for the human body.  Winter has been seen as a season of death.  The ancient Celts celebrated “Samhain” on October 31.  The people thought they could be possessed by dead evil spirits.  They lived a hopeless life.  Today we are able…

Responding to a Young Atheist  God created the earth.  Not everyone believes that God exists or that He created the earth.  Atheists are often angry at God and at other’s faith. Atheist Attitudes The Anger of the Atheist Replacing Anger with Peace Eph. 4:31-5:2 – God has a better way for humans to live.  Replace…

A Study of the Book of Colossians   Sometimes we can fail to focus on the most important thing.   This can cause humor or real catastrophe in our day to day lives.  In our spiritual lives, what is the center of the gospel message?  Jesus Christ must be at the center.  When we move from…

Praying Through Life’s Problems  Jacob wrestled with God to get a blessing as recorded in Gen. 32.  Today we go through difficulties that cause us to struggle with our faith in God.  Today we have the example of Jesus struggling in prayer in the garden. Jesus in Gethsemane Matt. 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42, Luke 22:40-46 –…

Acts 20:33-35  There are things that are easier to hear about than it is to do.  God wants us to share with others. Acts 20:33-35 -Jesus says it is more blessed to give than to receive.    Do you believe that there will be more blessings for you when you give than when you receive? God…

Empowered to Serve God  You have to be connected to the source of power for something to happen. God’s Glory in the Tabernacle Exodus 40:34- God’s Glory filled the completed Tabernacle.  God was physically there. God’s Glory in the Temple 1 Kings 8:10-11 (2 Chron. 5:13-14, 7:1-3)-Solomon was able to build a temple and God’s…

 Accidents happen in this life.  When someone close to you is in an accident it has an affect on a wide circle of people.  Unexpected events make us think.  The Power of God Exodus 9: 18-35 – This hail and thunder are violent.  This storm is so that the people would know the earth is…

Experiencing Change from God  If we have total forgiveness will we just go out and sin?  Romans 6:1, 15 -If we have abundant grace “super grace” will we sin more? Everyone doesn’t respond to forgiveness and grace the same way. Unclean are Cleansed Acts 22:14-16, 1 Cor. 6:9-11, Eph. 5:25-27- When our sins are taken…

God’s Power Over Evil Mark 5:1-20 Forces of evil are real and Jesus power is greater.  Demonic Power Mark 5:1-20 – This man from the tombs was filled with unclean spirits.  This man was living in an unnatural place, he had supernatural strength, and he was trying to hurt himself.  These forces in him were…

(Note: This lesson was prompted by David Roper’s article in Truth for Today, The Life of Christ, 3, and is largely based on that article.) Early in the second year of his ministry, as Jesus continued his great Galilean work, his popularity continued to increase. Great crowds came to hear him and to obtain healing. …

An Apostle’s Love For Those He Taught 1 Thess. 2:7-8 The Apostle Paul and the Thessalonians 1 Thess. 2:7-8 -Acts 17:7-10 -Paul felt like a mother to this congregation in his love for them. Challenge of Motherhood Numbers 11:10-15 -Moses talks about the hardships of parenthood.  1 Cor. 4:21 – A rod to discipline or…

How dangerous is the current flu outbreak?  It is unknown the problems that will erupt.  However, there is a far more dangerous plague in the world today – sin.  Sin can damage people and families far more than a physical illness.  When you consider any tragic incident in human history, the power of human sin…

Trusting in the Identity of our Lord Luke 7:18-35  Jesus and John the Baptist were cousins on earth and were connected Spiritually by God’s plan. Who is Jesus? Luke 7:18-23 – John’s sent followers to ask.  He expresses his faith. John 1:29-34, John 3:25-30 Matt. 11:2-3 – John is in prison.  He sends his followers…

The Revolutionary Teaching of Jesus Luke 5:27-6:11  Both Sinners and Tax collectors were present Luke 5:27-32- Jesus ate and drank with them Rejoicing in The Bridegroom Luke 5:33-35 – Jesus was with them and then he would be taken away Old and New do not mix Luke 5:36-39 – Patches for something old don’t always…

The Kingdom is like Matt 13:44 – A Treasure, 45: -A Pearl  These treasures were worth more than anything they had ever owned Mark 10: 17- The rich young ruler asked what should I do?  Jesus said you lack one thing.  Jesus wanted him to be completely mature.  What does it mean to sell evrything?…

Mark 1:35-2:12  The Prayer Life of Jesus Mark 1:35-39 – Jesus got up early to prayer.  He planned for it. Luke 5:16 – Prayer was a regular practice of Jesus. Matt. 6:1-18 – Jesus had a personal and private spiritual life with God.  God will see what you do in private and bless you for…

Col. 1:24-29  Do we recognize the power of God in us? The Assurance Col. 1:24-29- Jesus is our hope and because he lives in us. John 14:16-24 – The Holy Spirit of God lives in us.  We are not orphans or alone in this world.  We are loved by God.   We can share in this…

Our Perfect Intercessor Before God Often when we read about the temptation of Jesus we think about what this teaches us about how to live our lives.  What does this story tell us about Jesus? The Growth of Jesus Luke 2:40 – Jesus grew and became full of wisdom.  His life was filled with grace….

A Savior like Us  The Physical needs of Jesus Matt.4:2 -Jesus became hungry Mark 4:38 -Jesus was asleep John 4:6 -Jesus became weary John 19:28- I am thirsty Mark 15:37 – Jesus breathed his last The Human Emotions of Jesus Mark 3:5 – Jesus became angry John 11:33-35 -Jesus wept John 13:21 Jesus troubled in…

Experiencing and Sharing the Power That Changes Our Lives  Some people love stories.  Stories can teach us, move us and touch us. The Power of Story 2 Sam. 12:1-15a- This is the story of David and Bathsheba.  Nathan told David a story that convicted David of his sin and lead to David to repent. Luke…

John 19:30 What Herrod tried to kill 3 decades ago, Heaven killed on this day. How to say goodbye to your pain Personal pain Job 14:14 – Jesus had to come from heaven to find someone who needed to start a new chapter. Christ gave up his comforts to look for us. Sickness sometimes is…

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