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Feb. 5, 2023: The Storm Calmed

FOCUS TEXT: Mark 6:45-56

KEY VERSE: Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid (Mark 6:50).

CENTRAL TRUTH: The presence of Christ drives out fear.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. The Master's Prayer (Mark 6:45, 46)

II. The Disciples' Problem (Mark 6:47-49)

III. The Master's Presence (Mark 6:50-52)

IV. The Master's Power (Mark 6:53-56)

January 30th, 2023|Categories: Front Page, Weekly Lesson Summaries|0 Comments

Jan. 29, 2023: God’s Word for Today

*THE NEED
I remember as a child reading about the life of Abraham Lincoln. The story recounted the time when his oldest son, Bobby, was bitten by a rabid dog. After reading the story, I imagined that every dog I encountered might be inflicted with rabies. Now imagine what people must have thought when they saw a wild demoniac roaming about the tombs. This is not just a scary nighttime story that teenagers tell around a campfire. The authorities had attempted many times to bind him in chains (today we would try handcuffs), but he always broke the chains into pieces! Attempts had been made to tame him, to reason with him, and to domesticate him. Not only had others tried to help him, but he had tried to help himself. He cried and even attempted suicide, but the evil in him seemed unstoppable and incurable until Jesus appeared. Our need to see God’s power over evil spirits is addressed in this lesson. There are many people who believe that God and Satan are equal forces, but this story makes it plain that God’s power is infinitely greater.

Discussion: *Why do you think people struggle to accept or believe in Jesus’ power over evil?
Discussion: What do Legion’s actions tell us about Jesus?

Discussion: How can the Church demonstrate such decisive power over sin so that people will be drawn to God?
Discussion: *Why does freedom from evil draw people to Jesus? Furthermore, why are some people fearful of God’s power over evil?
Discussion: What do you think keeps people from embracing Jesus as Sovereign over the powers of evil?

Discussion: How does God use us as His witnesses?
Discussion: How important is it for our own communities — people who knew our old lives — to see the power of God changing us? What does this accomplish that a stranger cannot accomplish?
Discussion: How did Jesus equip this man to be an effective witness for Him?

 

January 27th, 2023|Categories: God's Word for Today|Tags: , |0 Comments

Jan. 29, 2023: The Demoniac Released

FOCUS TEXT: Mark 5:1-15, 19, 20

KEY VERSE: Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee (Mark 5:19).

CENTRAL TRUTH: Christ has power to deliver those bound by Satan.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. The Picture of a Demoniac (Mark 5:1-9)

II. Delivering the Demoniac (Mark 5:10-15)

III. Instructing a Follower (Mark 5:19, 20)

January 23rd, 2023|Categories: Lesson Highlights, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

Jan. 18, 2023: The Lord Gives Sight

Read John 9:1-7.

“And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is, by interpretation, Sent.)

He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing” (v. 7).

 

   There is no promise in Scripture that God will remove all our trials. After all, God is the Creator of the Universe – all-wise, all-seeing, all-knowing…but NOT a vending machine. We glean from today’s passage that God does what He does for reasons more important than our comfort. He desires to build character and prepare us for the next life, not to grant us ease in this one. God acts in ways that best bring glory to Himself, not us. Sometimes the “sight” He gives is the ability to see Him above our circumstances.

That said, while on earth, Jesus did choose to provide physical healing for many. In today’s reading, yet another man’s sight was restored. Jesus did not just hand this man his healing, though. The afflicted man was given instructions. He obeyed, and only then did he receive his sight.

I take from this account two thought-provoking insights. One is that when we ask for healing, we should also make sure we are living in line with God’s Word. Obedience is one of God’s “love languages,” so to speak. Is your will aligned with His?

A second point is that Jesus handled each situation differently. He did not use mud on every blind person’s eyes. My story will not look like your story. God is God. His methods are His business; obedience is mine. Of one thing, I am sure – ALL healing comes from Him! (Shawna Wright)

 

"It is truly wonderful what the Lord has done!

Glory to His name!"

--- Barney E. Warren

January 18th, 2023|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , |0 Comments

Jan. 22, 2023: The Blind See

FOCUS TEXT: John 9:1-17

KEY VERSE: One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see (John 9:25).

CENTRAL TRUTH: Faith in Christ brings understanding to the spiritually blind.

LESSON OUTLINE:

I. Preparation for the Miracle (John 9:1-5)

II. Performance of the Miracle (John 9:6, 7)

III. Proclamation of the Miracle (John 9:8-34)

January 16th, 2023|Categories: Front Page, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

Jan. 15, 2023: The Nets Filled

*THE NEED
Ecclesiastes 4:9 tells us that “two are better than one,” that is, teamwork is better than working alone. If this is the case, who better to partner with than God himself? Romans 8:31 says, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” But God doesn’t do everything. We rely on His strength and grace, but He places a certain responsibility upon us as well. In this story Jesus gave the instruction; the disciples did the work. Our need for God as our Helper is addressed in this lesson. As finite humans we are limited in our ability and resources. We must have God. But we must also discern what our responsibility is. This is not always easy to discern. God had a solution to the disciples’ problem, and He has one for yours, too. The good news is that success always comes when we partner with God.

Discussion: What responsibility has God given you in your partnership with Him?

Discussion: What attitude should a Christian have when experiencing failure?

Discussion: *Why does God allow us to fail sometimes?

Discussion: When is the best time for God to demonstrate His power in our lives?

Discussion: When is God’s help most apparent?

Discussion: *What is true success? What does Jesus do to help us succeed? What does He leave for us to do toward our own success?

January 13th, 2023|Categories: God's Word for Today|Tags: , |0 Comments

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