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March 8, 2020: The Sovereign Savior

Focus Text: Hebrews 2:8-18

Central Truth: Jesus suffered and died for all so we can have victory over sin and death.

Objective: By the end of this lesson, my students should be able to identify areas of Christ's sovereignty.

Lesson Outline:

I. Perfected Through Suffering (Hebrews 2:5-10)

II. Partaker of Flesh and Blood (Hebrews 2:11-15)

III. Powerful in Temptation (Hebrews 2:16-18)

2020-02-28T17:22:42+00:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Front Page, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , , |0 Comments

God’s Word for Today

What is the significance of God having spoken through Jesus Christ “in these last days”?

Almost everyone understands that our world is in the midst of an authority crisis. Two related questions keep being asked. Who can I believe? Who should I obey?

These questions are not so different from the questions the writer of Hebrews is seeking to answer. In the early New Testament era there were many voices seeking to be heard, both within Judaism and in paganism. The writer of Hebrews seeks to show that, among all the voices clamoring for attention, Jesus is the only truly authoritative voice. As a teacher you might want to start today's lesson making a list of all the voices in our day clamoring for attention: psychics, new agers, politicians, economists, entertainers might be a good start. What evidence can a Christian give to the world that Jesus should be believed over any of these voices?

2020-02-25T20:11:55+00:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: God's Word for Today, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Greater Than Abraham

Read John 8:48-59.

“Jesus said unto them, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” (v. 58).

Every faith traces their history back to outstanding figures of the past. Abraham was often considered the “father” of the Jewish faith. Indeed, his willingness to heed God’s call (Gen. 12), his intimate intercession with God (Gen. 19), his obedient dedication to God (Gen. 22), were among the examples that caused him to be revered by the Jews. In the Hebrews 11 “Hall of Fame,” Abraham is mentioned for his faith. Although Abraham’s sacrifices and intercession were exemplary, he could not atone for “Adam’s fallen race.”

Renown and reputation does not make a redeemer! While the Jews sought and looked forward to a “rescuer,” Jesus Christ came to be the Redeemer. He came to provide the atonement needed to bring “whosoever will” into an “at-one-ment” relationship with God. In many respects Abraham provided an example of faithful service, but Jesus Christ offers us living faith so that we can be a part of “the family of God!” While remembering Abraham may be inspirational, turning to Jesus Christ is transforming! Truly the Son of God has no equal! (Rodney Stearns)

“Great God, how infinite art Thou!
How poor and weak we are!
Let the whole race of creatures bow,
And pay their praise to Thee.”
Isaac Watts

“Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world”(I John 4:4).

2020-02-25T20:18:42+00:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , |0 Comments

March 1, 2020: God’s Great Son

Focus Texr: Hebrews 1:1-14

Central Trust: Jesus Christ is God's Son and our Savior.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to relate basic information concerning the Book of Hebrews.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. Expressing the Father (Hebrews 1:1-3)

II. Exalted Above Angels (Hebrews 1:4-8)

III. Enduring Forever (Hebrews 1:9-14)

2020-02-25T20:14:03+00:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Front Page, Uncategorized, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

February 16, 2020: God’s Word for Today

What prompted this woman to go to such an extreme effort to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment (see Luke 8:48)? What does this example teach us about genuine faith? Is faith something passive? Or does it manifest as something active? Explain the difference between these two different ways of understanding faith.

The Epistle of James has a lot to say about faith, especially in chapter 2. James summarizes his teaching on faith in 2:18 where he says, "shew me they faith without works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." James seems to be answering the question posed in our lesson by saying that genuine faith is active - that to say we have faith and not act on the basis of that faith is a contradiction. When I describe myself as a "believer in Christ," I am saying that my faith in Christ is the organizing principle of my life. But even then, faith is not passive. Faith in God is a constant source of spiritual motivation - a force that compels the Christian to action that demonstrates faith. James seems to be saying that if we are not acting on our faith, we likely do not have any. (Gordon Snider)

2020-02-10T15:01:54+00:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: God's Word for Today|Tags: , |0 Comments

Jesus’ Touch Raises a Child

Read Luke 8:40-42, 49-58

And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat” (v. 55).

Jairus’ daughter was just entering into young womanhood, and now she was dead.  Mocking Jairus for bringing Jesus to his home to heal his daughter, the mourners were loudly scornful of Jesus.  They had no respect for the Lord or His power. The mockery did not hinder Jesus’ power.  Out of the public eye yet in the presence of her parents and the disciples Peter, James, and John; Jesus touched the maiden’s hand and called her to arise.   Jesus honored Jairus’ faith and restored life to his daughter.

 

According to established Jewish traditions, Jesus should have been considered “unclean” and to have lost His spiritual power because of being touched by the woman with the issue of blood.  Yet Jesus had not lost any of His spiritual power; He remained undefiled, the pure and sinless Son of God able to raise Jairus’s daughter from death by the touch of His hand.   (LeAnn Davison)

The crowd laughed at Him in their unbelief
wallowing in their deep sorrow and grief.
Then touching her hand as she lay on the bed

….. a resurrection miracle took place.
The life-giving Spirit quickened her soul
and she stood before them alive and whole.

Taken from Talitha, cumi by Royston

 

When the world says all is lost, and there is no hope, Jesus says, “Have Faith and believe.”

2020-02-10T14:47:00+00:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , |0 Comments

February 16, 2020: Touched by Jesus (Jairus’s Daughter and Sick Woman)

Focus Text: Luke 8:41-55

CENTRAL TRUTH: The touch of Jesus upon our lives can enable us to have faith in His provision for our need.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify needs which they should trust God to supply.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. A Faith That Calls for Help (Luke 8:41, 42)

II. A Faith That Acts (Luke 8:43-48)

III. A Faith That Is Rewarded (Luke 8:49-55)

2020-02-10T14:39:10+00:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Front Page, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

February 9, 2020: God’s Word for Today

One of the discussion questions for today is, "In what do people place their final or ultimate faith and trust?" This post is designed to offer a possible answer to that question.

In today's lesson, Pilate  seems to places his ultimate trust in power - the ability to control. Another way of wording the same truth is that Pilate placed ultimate trust in his own self-sufficiency. Many people still do the same. "I don't need any help" seems to be ingrained in the American psyche - the idea that "I can pull myself up by my own bootstraps."

Another common point of trust is our own intellect. Maybe it is formal education, but more often people trust in their own logic or ingenuity. For such a person, there is no problem they cannot solve; no dilemma they cannot wiggle out of. You might refer to them as the "Teflon kid" - they are convinced that nothing can stick to them!

Some people trust their own experience. They feel they have been through it all, and they have the answers to their own or anyone else's situation.

Our lesson today shows that if place ultimate trust in anything other they God, we are sure to be disappointed. "The arm of flesh will fail you; you dare not trust your own" (George Duffield).

Gordon L Snider

Director of Publications for Herald & Banner Press

2020-01-31T19:36:15+00:00February 7th, 2020|Categories: God's Word for Today|Tags: , |0 Comments

Day of Decision.

Read Joel 3:11-14

Focus Verse: “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision” (v. 14)

 

Without doubt, making decisions can be difficult. But waiting for someone else to decide for you can be equally difficult. For a job applicant, the wait can seem forever — the same for an accountant undergoing an audit, or a defendant waiting for the jury’s decision. Yes, waiting for a decision can be very painful.

Usually, the true reason, however, is that we do not know for sure what the person/people making the decision are looking for. But for multitudes  Joel saw, that was not the case. God has made it very clear what He is looking for in us – repentance and faith.

Fortunately for those still waiting for God’s decision, the Bible makes it clear that He is waiting for a reason. 2 Peter 3:9 makes that reason clear – God does not want any to perish. So God has done two things to make the day of decision easier for those in the valley of decision: 1) He has told us clearly how He will judge us, and 2) He is giving us all extra time.

If you are still in that valley, you can leave it today! Make this your day of decision. (Gordon L. Snider)

 

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

 

 

2020-01-31T19:09:18+00:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: |0 Comments

February 9, 2020: A Momentous Decision (Pilate)

FOCUS TEXT: John 18:37, 38; 19:8-16

CENTRAL TRUTH: The most important decision in life concerns our relationship with Jesus Christ.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to explain what is involved in making a decision to follow Jesus Christ.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. Facing the Truth (John 18:33-38)

II. Pilate's Powerlessness (John 19:8-11)

III. Pilate's Failure (John 19:12-16)

2020-01-31T19:03:41+00:00February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Front Page, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments
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