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Sept. 26, 2021: THE SERMON TO WHICH NO ONE LISTENED

FOCUS TEXT: Jeremiah 42:7-22

CENTRAL TRUTH: God faithfully reveals His will to those who seek Him.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to explain ways we discern God's will from false voices in the world.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. An Insincere Request (Jeremiah 42:1-6)

II. A Clear Choice (Jeremiah 42:7-17)

III. A Certain Judgment (Jeremiah 42:18-22)

September 20th, 2021|Categories: Front Page, Lesson Highlights|0 Comments

Sept. 15, 2021: The Priority of Obedience

Read 1 Samuel 15: 16-23.

“And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams” (v. 22).

   We often make decisions based upon what our priorities of the moment may be. Sometimes an immediate decision may reflect a momentary crisis or desire that is not in keeping with our long-term goals or intentions. This is often the cause for later hardship in our lives. The compulsive spender often bemoans his inability to save for larger purchases, the impulsive speaker often regrets the damage caused to relationships due to their quick tongue, and the person that has lived their life only for self regrets their loneliness in their latter years.
While obedience should be an automatic response for those serving God, we must recognize that there are times in our lives that it must be an intentional response. The demonstration of priority is often reflected in the promptness and completeness of our response to God. Most Christians usually desire to obey God but often will delay that obedience until a more convenient time or in a more convenient manner for them. They will often offer some type of service (or sacrifice) in place of an immediate complete response. A token type of obedience is often exposed as a heart disobedience by the excuses and justifications surrounding it (think of Cain’s sacrifice) and is not accepted by God as true obedience. (Tim J. Brubeck)

Delayed obedience is disobedience.

 

September 15th, 2021|Categories: Opening the Word|0 Comments

Sept. 19, 2021: An Example of Obedience

FOCUS TEXT: Jeremiah 35:1-16

CENTRAL TRUTH: It is possible to live in obedience to God's Word.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list specific steps they can follow to live in obedience to God's Word.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I.  An Object Lesson (Jeremiah 35:1-11)

II. A Word From God (Jeremiah 35:12-17)

III. A Promise of Blessing (Jeremiah 35:18, 19)

September 13th, 2021|Categories: Front Page, Weekly Lesson Summaries|0 Comments

Sept. 8, 2021: The Gentleness of God

Read Isaiah 42:1–4.

A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth” (v. 3).

   What an incredible prophecy of the coming Messiah! Reading the words of the text made me think of ll Samuel 22:36 and Psalm 18:35, where David’s ode to deliverance from Saul mentions that God’s gentleness had made him great. Paul claims the gentleness of Christ as he entreats the Corinthians (2 Cor. 10:1) and also reminds us that gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit.
Isaiah, then, in inspired vision, sees our Savior coming to seek and to save that which was lost, taking care to not further damage a reed that has been bruised nor to quench the wick that is barely smoldering. He seeks to save, not to destroy. A rebuke, perhaps, to our sometimes imperious observations about the “lost,” especially the backslider. Our tendency to scorn the battered and beaten flies in the face of Christ, Who, while He could declare “woe” on the hypocritical, yet would see in the multitude (Matt. 9:36) those who were fainting and who had been “flayed” by religionists; He would see them and have compassion.
In the gospel, there is an urgency relating to judgment to come and the reaping of what man sows, but there is also time and space to “let our hearts be broken with the things that break the heart of God” (Bob Pierce) and show to the bruised world His compassion. (Leonard L. Sanky)

“…tell the wanderers of One who can lead them back to the Father.”
— J. Wakefield MacGill

September 8th, 2021|Categories: Opening the Word|0 Comments

September 12, 2021: God’s Righteousness Vs. Man’s Wickedness

FOCUS TEXT: 1 Samuel 12:6-15, 19-25

CENTRAL TRUTH: God's righteous character bears solemn testimony against man's wickedness.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify three steps erring mankind must take when returning to God.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. God Is Faithful (1 Samuel 12:5-14)

II. God Is Just (1 Samuel 12:15-18)

III. God Is Merciful (1 Samuel 12:19-25)

September 3rd, 2021|Categories: Front Page, Lesson Highlights|0 Comments

9/1/2021: A CHOICE FOR WISDOM

Read I Kings 3:5-9.

“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?” (v. 9).

   He could have asked for anything! Among all of his brothers, Solomon had been chosen to be the king of Israel. Appointed and anointed, his wishes would be largely heard as commands. Then God spoke to him and said, “Ask what I shall give thee.” Feeling the weight of his new position, the responsibility that was being laid upon him, Solomon bypassed many of the kingly aspects he could have sought and requested, “an understanding heart to judge Thy people.” Wisdom: The ability and insight to use knowledge in a fair and practical manner. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Prov. 9:10)
A church to pastor? A Sunday School class to teach? A committee to chair? Under divine direction, James wisely advises us, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally … and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5) The Wise Man said, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7) Have a family to raise? A neighbor to win? A vocational task to fulfill? Wisdom is needed in every case, so ask God for wisdom to do His will His way always! (Rodney B. Stearns)

The choice, to ask wisdom of God,
Is to include God so that you can act wisely.

September 1st, 2021|Categories: Opening the Word|0 Comments

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