Purchased by Christ's Blood

Read 1 Peter 1:18-21
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (vs.18, 19).
When someone shows up at church in a chic new dress or an obviously trendy new suit, the question that rises mentally (though unexpressed if properly filtered by cultural norms) — “How much did it cost?” Paul laid aside linguistic niceties to communicate his inspired assess-ment of the value of our redemption. He is saying in effect what some are tempted to say in response to the question here illustrated — “Never mind, you could never afford it!” And, we truly had no resources to purchase redemption from our predicament. There is little to nothing that diminishes the perceived value of our redemption more than the perception — real or imagined — that we were good enough, wealthy enough, moral enough, and sufficiently pedigreed or holy enough to deserve it. The songwriter, Augustus M. Toplady, nailed it with the assertion — “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling.” In this — in Him — lies our hope, our confidence, our faith, and our future. You better believe it! (Wayne Sams)

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child and forever I am. — Fanny Crosby

“The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

This devotional is the Saturday, March 4, 2017 entry of Opening the Word.

2017-03-01T09:00:00+00:00March 1st, 2017|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Portrait of Christ

Lesson 3 - September 18, 2016
Focus Text: Psalms 22:18; 23:16; 24:710
Central Truth: Christ desires to be the Savior, Guide, and Master of all men.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to express worship and thanks for specific attributes of Christ. 
Lesson Outline:

  1. The Savior (Psalm 22:1-31)
  2. The Shepherd (Psalm 23:1-6)
  3. The Sovereign (Psalm 24:1-10)
2016-09-12T09:00:00+00:00September 12th, 2016|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: |0 Comments

Prayer – Lesson 10, The Triumphant Christ

Heavenly Father, thank You for the victory prophesied and promised in Your Holy Word. Help our teachers and students today to be renewed spiritually as they are reminded of our hope in Christ, that one day soon He will return to conquer this world for His own. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

2016-08-07T08:00:00+00:00August 7th, 2016|Categories: Teacher Helps|Tags: |0 Comments

The Triumphant Christ

Lesson 10 - August 7, 2016
Focus Text: Revelation 19:4-16
Central Truth: No power is able to prevent the triumph of Christ.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list ways that knowing that Christ is triumphant gives purpose to a Christian's life.
Lesson Outline:

  1. Praise to the Father (Revelation 19:4-6)
  2. Wedding of the Bride (Revelation 19:7-9)
  3. Triumph of the Son (Revelation 19:10-21)
2016-08-01T09:00:00+00:00August 1st, 2016|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: |0 Comments

The Majesty of Christ

In "God's Word for Today" Steve Oliver writes:

Christ's majesty is not simply a matter of a glorious appearance (though He certainly has that). Rather, it is a visual display of His genuine power and authority. In John's vision, each visual aspect of Christ displays an invisible attribute of Jesus' character, power, or authority. For exam-ple, the depiction of Christ's eyes “as a flame” indicates that He sees and understands everything, that nothing is hidden from Him. If we are in trouble, this is a comfort. If we are try-ing to excuse ourselves for wrongdoing, this is troubling.

Source: Christ, the Triumphant Lord: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 5.

2016-06-03T09:00:00+00:00June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

The Revelation of Christ

Lesson 1 - June 5, 2016
Focus Text: Revelation 1:9-18
Central Truth: The living Christ reigns on high.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list ways this revelation of Christ gives us confidence for today.
Lesson Outline:

  1. The Eternal Christ (Revelation 1:4-11)
  2. The Majestic Christ (Revelation 1:12-16)
  3. The Sovereign Christ (Revelation 1:17-20)
2016-05-30T09:00:00+00:00May 30th, 2016|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: |0 Comments

Foundation for Christian Hope

Lesson 9 - May 1, 2016
Focus Text: John 14:1-19
Central Truth: Christ gives us good reason to live with hope.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to state the foundation of the hope of the Christian in at least three areas.
Lesson Outline:

  1. The Home Christ Is Preparing (John 14:1-7)
  2. The Help Christ Promises (John 14:8-14)
  3. The Helper Christ Has Provided (John 14:15-31)
2016-04-28T09:45:00+00:00April 28th, 2016|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Good Shepherd

Lesson 7 - April 17, 2016
Focus Text: John 10:1-18
Central Truth: Christ cares for us like a shepherd for his sheep.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to name two promises of God's care that they will share with someone else.
Lesson Outline:

  1. The Shepherd Knows His Sheep (John 10:1-6)
  2. The Shepherd Protects His Sheep (John 10:7-10)
  3. The Shepherd Loves His Sheep (John 10:11-18)
2016-04-14T08:00:00+00:00April 14th, 2016|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments


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