Study Notes

During this time of cancelled church activities we want to continue worshiping and getting into the word together. We will be live streaming Sunday morning worship at 10:00 am and Wednesday night bible study at 6:30 pm on our YouTube Channel. We will have the sermon and study notes on this page for you to follow along at home. 

Wednesday 6:30p Bible Study Notes 4/8/2020

Matthew 26:36-46

36 Then Jesus brought them to an olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go on ahead to pray.” 37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he began to be filled with anguish and deep distress. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.”

39 He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.” 40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you stay awake and watch with me even one hour? 41 Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!”

42 Again he left them and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away until I drink it, your will be done.” 43 He returned to them again and found them sleeping, for they just couldn’t keep their eyes open.

44 So he went back to pray a third time, saying the same things again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said, “Still sleeping? Still resting? Look, the time has come. I, the Son of Man, am betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Up, let’s be going. See, my betrayer is here!”[1]

Opening Thoughts:

Thank God for the humanity of Christ!


Set The Stage:

*Today Jesus’ Prayer of Supplication and Submission!


  **William Barclay writes, “This is a passage we almost fear to read, for it seems to intrude into the private agony of Jesus.” “Surely this is a passage which we must approach upon our knees.” “Here study should pass into wandering adoration.”

***Gethsemane which means “oil press” was east of Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives. This is the place where olives were crushed and ground, The Christ was crushed and bruised for our sins.  


Main Idea: 

Jesus in His humanity illustrates for us the great example of a prayer of supplication and submission.


  • Jesus prayer is born out of great anguish and deep distress!
  • Jesus reveals to us how to be victorious in the battles of life.

1) Jesus Desired Fellowship In His Final Hours!

2) Jesus Desired To Share His Heart With His Friends And The Father!

3) Jesus Desired His Disciples To Watch And Pray!

4) Jesus Desired To Do The Father’s Will More Than His Own!

Spiritual Principals:

1. All things are possible for God!

2. God heard Jesus’ Prayer and answered Jesus’ Prayer!

Closing Thoughts:  Sometimes you must drink the cup!

[1]Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sunday 10:00 am service Study Notes 4/5/20

John 11:1-7 (NLT) 11 A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. 2 This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair.[a] Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. 3 So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.” 

4 But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.”5 So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, 6 he stayed where he was for the next two days. 7 Finally, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.” 

John 11:20-2720 When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” 

23 Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” 

24 “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.” 

25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[a] Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” 

27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.” 

John 11:38-40 (NLT)38 Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. 39 “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. 

But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.” 

40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 

Introduction: God, where are You? When bad things happen to good people??? 

The Story: 

  • The emphasis of this passage of scripture is on faith!  

  • The one whom Jesus loves (Lazarus) become sick and dies!  

  • This is not the first time Jesus raised someone from the dead but it is the most significant!  

  • This is the 5th I am statement of Jesus, “I am the resurrection and the life”! 

Main Idea: Jesus offers real hope in time of crisis for those who listen, trust, and obey Him 

1. In time of crises God listens but doesn’t always answer our prayer immediately however that doesn't mean He is absent, so then don’t lose hope! 

2. In time of crises God speaks hope through his precious promises but be careful to listen to all He says!  

3. In time of crises God seeks those who will trust (faith) and obey Him because they will experience real hope of doing life with God!    

Closing Thoughts: God, where were You???        With you the whole time!

Wednesday 6:30pm Bible study notes 4/1/2020


The statement of Jesus from the cross “my God my God why have you forsaken me?” troubled me as a young Christian.

Looking at Psalm 22

We learn from Psalm 22 that just because God is silent does not mean He is absent!

#1 When going through the struggles of life it helps to look at the past!

#2 When going through the struggles of life it helps to evaluate and pray about the present conditions of life!

#3 When going through the struggles of life it helps to picture the future asking God to reveal His purpose for my suffering.

Lots of questions Tonight:

  1. Did Jesus believe the promise from God the Father, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” was a promise for him as well as Israel, Joshua, and Christians in general?

  1. Did Jesus ever do anything to cause his Father to forsake him?

John 8:28-29

28 Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.29 “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”

  1. Did Jesus trust God the Father to not abandon him in his greatest hour of need?

John 16:29-33

29 His disciples said to Him, “See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech!30 “Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God.”31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?32 “Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

*Can God The Father Be Trusted? Yes! Again I say Yes and Amen!


*Why did Jesus from the cross ask the question “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?

(Psalm 22 holds the answers we seek)

First: Jesus quoted scripture (Psalm 22:1) for the good of His Soul!

Second: Jesus asked a question of His Father, and it is not sin to ask why!

Third: Jesus in his humanity felt forsaken by God the Father!

Fourth: Jesus wanted the people watching and those of us who would read this psalm later to understand what God the Father was doing!

*How do we know Jesus was not forsaken?

1. Psalm 22: 21 says Jesus prayer was answered by The Father and that he was delivered through his suffering.

2. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, (John 19:30) “It is finished”!

Sunday 10:00 am service Study Notes 3/29/20

Lesson Text: Mark 4:35-41 


35 That evening, Jesus said to his followers, “Let’s go across the lake.”36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him in the boat just as he was. There were also other boats with them.37 A very strong wind came up on the lake. The waves came over the sides and into the boat so that it was already full of water.38 Jesus was at the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a cushion. His followers woke him and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are drowning!”

39 Jesus stood up and commanded the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind stopped, and it became completely calm.

40 Jesus said to his followers, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 The followers were very afraid and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (NCV)


Opening Thoughts: How do you know when someone truly cares for you?


Back Drop: (Context Matters)

  • On the same day. That evening! 

  • A very strong wind came up on the lake!

  • Jesus was asleep in the back of the boat!

  • Jesus told the wind and waves what to do! 

  • Jesus questioned the disciples’ faith!

Main Point: God allows the storms of life to happen so that He can prove how much he truly cares for you! 

Question: Why would Mark write this passage of scripture?

The Simple Answer: 

*To Show Jesus Has Power Over His Creation!

The Complex Answer: 

*To help us see that Jesus does care for us in the storms of Life! 

1. How do we know Jesus cared for His followers?

A. Jesus was there with His followers in the storm.

B. Jesus listened to His followers’ complaints.

C. Jesus acted on what His followers said to Him.

D. Jesus instructed His followers on the real problem.

2. Spiritual principals to remember when dealing with the storms of life. (1 Peter 5: 6-11)

A. Crises in our world, does not equal panic in God’s world. (Be humble in approaching God)

B. Give all your worries and cares to God.

C. Watch out for attacks from the Devil.

D. After you have suffered a little while, God will restore, support, and strengthen you.       

Closing Thoughts:   How do you know God truly cares for you?    

1The New Century Version, (Dallas, Texas: Word Publishing) 1987, 1988, 1991.

Wednesday 6:30p Bible Study Notes 3/25/2020

Psalm 2

1 Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans?2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one.3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.”4 But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them.5 Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury.6 For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, [fn] on my holy mountain.”

7 The king proclaims the Lord’s decree: “The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son. [fn]Today I have become your Father. [fn]8 Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession.9 You will break [fn] them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.’”

10 Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth!11 Serve the Lord with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling.12 Submit to God’s royal son, [fn] or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him! NLT


*There are many varieties of laughter.

**But when God laughs in Psalm 2, it is not funny for the evil people of the world!

The Types of Psalms:

*Seeing all the Psalms as Torah.

**Psalms 1 & 2 together form an introduction into the Psalms.

The Main Idea:

Nations in general and people specifically who are open to God’s instruction for their lives are blessed and happy but people who refuse God’s reign will be destroyed, because God rules the world!

Spiritual Principle: The Psalms are prayers or songs put to music in which the psalmist speaks to God about their issues and problems, but they also expressing truth to humanity about God!

  • The psalmist teaches us the truth that God watches over the affairs of the world and listens to the nation’s plot against Him!
  • The psalmist teaches us the truth that God laughs at the nations who plot against Him!
  • The psalmist teaches us the truth that God warns the nations not to plot against Him!
  • The psalmist teaches us the truth that God has a plan of salvation for the people who submit to His Anointed One!




Closing remarks:

Psalm one and two as an introduction to all of the Psalms are calling all people to live under the reign of God!


Sunday 10:00 am service study notes 3/22/2020

Acts 16:22-34 (NLT)

22 A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. 23 They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. 24 So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. 25 Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!” 29 The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” 32 And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household. 33 Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized. 34 He brought them into his house and set a meal before them, and he and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God.

Introduction:   What are you most afraid of? Are your fears warranted? Do your fears affect your way of life? Do your fears affect others in your life?                                                                    

Back Drop: The Holy Spirit of God is divinely directing the path of the Apostle Paul! There is a Macedonian man crying out for help that God is going to rescue!

Set The Stage: The Apostle Paul is busy doing the work of the Lord and people are being saved! The Devil is busy opposing the work of God and people are being used, abused and imprisoned!

Do Not Miss The Point: It is the gospel of Jesus Christ that sets people free from the prison of fear!

1. The gospel of Jesus Christ frees us from the fear of not being in control!


2. The gospel of Jesus Christ frees us from the fear of making a mistake!


3. The gospel of Jesus Christ frees us from the fear of what others will do or say to us!


4. The gospel of Jesus Christ frees us from the fear of being lost!


Action Steps:  

  • 1st Be intentional by entrusting your life to Jesus who is in charge!  
  • 2nd Be proactive by living a life of obedience to Jesus!
  •  3rd Live free from fear and help others find freedom from fear!