Study Notes

As we slowly begin to reopen the doors of the church building we want to continue offering our online worship and study of the word . The  live streaming of our Sunday morning worship will be at it's NEW time of 11:00 am and Wednesday night bible study at its original time of 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. 

11 am Sunday Service Study Notes 9/27/20

September 27, 2020

Freedom & The Believer’s Bondage

Part 2: Knowing Your Oppressor

Break FREE!!!

 

Romans 6:15-16

New Living Translation

15 Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! 16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.

 

 

 

Luke 11:24-26 NKJV

An Unclean Spirit Returns

24 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. 26 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”


Last Week!


Recap: Last time we were together I mentioned the unholy trinity and a curious statement!  


1. The Flesh –


2. The World –


3. The Devil –


You cannot disciple a demon and you cannot cast out the flesh”!


The Credit due: Much of what I talk about will have come from at least two sources. Sermons by pastor Robert Morris on Freedom and a book by Neil T Anderson, “The Bondage Breaker”!


*Christians are in bondage to the lies they believe!


1. All demonic activity stopped when Jesus ascended to heaven or after the apostles went home to be with the Lord!


This Week!


FIRST: A Brief Study About Sin???

 


*Back To Myth Busting!


2. The problems we have in life are either spiritual or psychological.

 

3. The demonic activity of the New Testament we understand today as either physical illness or mental illness.


A. Jesus exposed the Truth that the Devil and his demons are real!

 

B. Jesus reveals the character, attitudes, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses of demons in Luke 11!  

 

 

C. Jesus shows He has power and authority over the demonic and so do you in Christ!

 

 

 

Closing Remarks: The most important question today is, Are you in Christ?

Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 9/23/20

Judas The Great Pretender

Not a Believer but a Make – Believer!

John 12:1-8

New Living Translation

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

12 Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. 2 A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate[a] with him. 3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar[b] of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.

4 But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages.[c] It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.

7 Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”


*Jesus loved his disciples to the end and that included Judas!


**What do we know about Judas!  


1. Nothing is known of his early life.

2. Fathers name was Simon “Iscariot”

3. Chosen by Jesus as one of the twelve apostles.

4. Probably showed business savvy, (made treasurer)!

5. Was a thief and stole money from the money box!

6. Was trusted by the disciples.

7. Jesus was never deceived but new from the beginning who would betray Him.

8. Allowed Satan to enter him.   

9. Betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver with a kiss.

10. In remorse threw down the 30 pieces of silver at the feet of the priests and elders and went out and hanged himself.


Questions: What everyone wants to know?


1.Was He saved and then lost his salvation! 

2. Is he just doing what was preordained by God and he had no choice? 

3. What is going on? Did Jesus love Judas and does God love His enemies?


 Judas is the Great Pretender!

A. Judas pretends to care about the poor!

B. Judas pretends to be a disciple of Jesus!

C. Judas pretends to care about the Kingdom of God and love its King!


*Four Reasons Why Judas Betrayed Jesus???  

11 am Sunday Service Study Notes 9/20/20

Baby Dedication with Christ's Church


 


Psalm 127

New Living Translation

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of Solomon.

1 Unless the Lord builds a house,
    the work of the builders is wasted.
Unless the Lord protects a city,
    guarding it with sentries will do no good.
2 It is useless for you to work so hard
    from early morning until late at night,
anxiously working for food to eat;
    for God gives rest to his loved ones.

3 Children are a gift from the Lord;
    they are a reward from him.
4
Children born to a young man
    are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
5
How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!
    He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.


Deuteronomy 6:1-9

1 These are the commands, rules, and laws that the Lord your God told me to teach you to obey in the land you are crossing the Jordan River to take.2 You, your children, and your grandchildren must respect the Lord your God as long as you live. Obey all his rules and commands I give you so that you will live a long time.3 Listen, Israel, and carefully obey these laws. Then all will go well for you, and you will become a great nation in a fertile land, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you.

4 Listen, people of Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord.5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.6 Always remember these commands I give you today.7 Teach them to your children, and talk about them when you sit at home and walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.8 Write them down and tie them to your hands as a sign. Tie them on your forehead to remind you,9 and write them on your doors and gates.

(NCV)




Opening Remarks:

*Have you ever given your children back to God?


Main Idea:

Baby dedication begins by the parent being devoted to the Lord first, then realizing every child is a gift from God, who must be given back to God through a commitment to raise your child God’s way.

 

What Baby Dedication is……?

First: Baby dedication is Parent Dedication!

 

 

Second: Baby dedication is the realization that every baby is a gift from God! 

 

 

 

Third: Baby dedication is giving your baby back to God through a commitment to raise your child God’s way!

 


What Baby Dedication is not…?


1st. Baby dedication is not infant baptism!

 

 

 

 

 

2nd. Baby dedication is not the plan of salvation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing remarks:

It is possible for some people to see baby dedication as a magical ceremony. However, if you are not making a sincere lifelong commitment to raise your child God’s way this ceremony will change nothing. 

Baby Dedication:

Christ’s church response to the baby dedication service.

 

*I am willing to take on the responsibility to love, care, and support these parents as they work to pass on their faith to their children. Promising to love them, equip them, pray for and work with them, supporting by example and involvement in their lives, understanding that as your church family we walk alongside you with love, support, and prayer in this mission.

 




  

Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 9/16/20

John 11:17-27 New King James Version (NKJV)

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about [a]two miles away. 19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

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

24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” ______

32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. 34 And He said, “Where have you laid him?”

They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”

35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”

37 And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”


*Let Us Start This Conversation:


I have learned over the years that people cry for all sorts of reasons!


*Set the Stage for our study:


Last Week: 

1.  We learned that Jesus the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep! (He has the power to lay it down and to take it up)                

2. Jesus said my sheep hear my voice and follow me. I know them and they know Me, and I give them eternal life and they will never perish!

 

This Week: 

1. The emphasis of this passage of scripture is on faith!                     

2. The one whom Jesus loves (Lazarus) becomes sick and dies!                         

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

4. This is the fifth I am statement of Jesus, “I am the resurrection and the life!” 

5. Jesus Encounter with Mary and Martha was unforgettable and life changing!


11 am Sunday Service Study Notes 9/13/20


Freedom & The Believer’s Bondage???


1 Timothy 4:1-5 NLT

4 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.[a]

3 They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. 4 Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. 5 For we know it is made acceptable[b] by the word of God and prayer.


Opening Remarks: Last time we were together I mentioned the unholy trinity and I left you with a curious statement! First the unholy trinity!


1. The Flesh –

2. The World –

3. The Devil –


The statement and explanation: “You cannot disciple a demon and you cannot cast out the flesh”!


The Credit due:

Much of what I talk about will have come from at least two sources. Sermons by pastor Robert Morris on Freedom and a book by Neil T Anderson, “The Bondage Breaker”!



Myth Busters:


*Christians are in bondage to the lies they believe!


1. All demonic activity stopped when Jesus ascended to heaven or after the apostles went home to be with the Lord!



2. The problems we have in life are either spiritual or psychological.



3. The demonic activity of the New Testament we understand today as either physical illness or mental illness.



4. Christians today cannot be afflicted by or under the influence of the demonic.



5. The way to overcome the evil in my life is through sheer willpower and the strength of self-determination!







Closing Thoughts & Directions:

When you see a clear promise in scripture the appropriate response is to claim it! When you see a clear teaching in scripture the appropriate response is to obey it. When you see a clear truth in scripture the appropriate response is to believe it and live it!”



Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study notes 9/9/20

John 10:10-18 (NKJV)10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12 But a [a]hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 

16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

17 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”


*Set the Stage for our study:


Let us meet the characters of this passage of scripture –


1. The Good Shepherd –

2. The bad shepherds –

3. The wolf –

4. The thief –

5. The sheep –

 

 *Let Us Talk About An Overriding Theme:

Jesus the Good Shepherd came to give abundant life to His Sheep by sacrificing His life for them and lovingly having a personal relationship with them in which He provides pasture, protection,  and peace!    


***Let Us Talk About the Scripture:

1. Jesus the Good Shepherd gives abundant life to His sheep by lovingly being personal with everyone!

 

2. Jesus the Good Shepherd gives abundant life to His sheep by lovingly providing pasture for them!

 

3. Jesus the Good Shepherd gives abundant life to His sheep by lovingly protecting them! 

 

4. Jesus the Good Shepherd gives abundant life to His sheep by lovingly making peace in his flock!

 

Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible study notes 9/2/20

A Blind Man Healed!
 

 


 


John 9:1-12

(NLT)    As Jesus was walking along, He saw a man who had been blind from birth.  (2)  "Rabbi," His disciples asked Him, "why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents' sins?"  (3)  "It was not because of his sins or his parents' sins," Jesus answered. "This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.  (4)  We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the One who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.  (5)  But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world."  (6)  Then He spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man's eyes.  (7)  He told him, "Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam" (Siloam means "sent"). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!  (8)  His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, "Isn't this the man who used to sit and beg?"  (9)  Some said he was, and others said, "No, he just looks like him!" But the beggar kept saying, "Yes, I am the same one!"  (10)  They asked, "Who healed you? What happened?"  (11)  He told them, "The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes and told me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.' So I went and washed, and now I can see!"  (12)  "Where is He now?" they asked. "I don't know," he replied.

Questions to ponder


1.       Why do the disciples believe that sin was the direct cause of this man’s blindness (v. 2)?


2.       Why such a contradiction and struggle by the Pharisees in v. 16?


3.       Why do you think they tried so hard to pin the sinner label on Jesus? Notice his simple statement and how easily the blind man turns the tables on them (vs. 24-25).


Bible Study –


1.       The Blind man meets Jesus. John 9:1-12


2.       The Blind man sees Jesus as a prophet. John 9:13-23


3.       The Blind man sees Jesus as a man of God. John 9:24-34


4.       The Blind man see Jesus as the son of man. John 9:35-41

Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible study notes 8/26/20

Woman Caught in Adultery!
 

 


John 8:1-11

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives,  (2)  but early the next morning He was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and He sat down and taught them.  (3)  As He was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.  (4)  "Teacher," they said to Jesus, "this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  (5)  The law of Moses says to stone her. What do You say?"  (6)  They were trying to trap Him into saying something they could use against Him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with His finger.  (7)  They kept demanding an answer, so He stood up again and said, "All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!"  (8)  Then He stooped down again and wrote in the dust.  (9)  When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.  (10)  Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, "Where are your accusers? Didn't even one of them condemn you?"  (11)  "No, Lord," she said. And Jesus said, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more."

 

Questions to ponder

  • 1.       What do you think this encounter with Jesus did to and for this woman?
  • 2.       How we can take a strong stand against sin and still be people of Grace (not so judgmental)?

  • Bible Study – Four things about this accusation

    • 1.       This was an accusation without heart. John 8:1-3
    • 2.       This was an accusation with a wrong motive. John 8:4-6
    • 3.       This was an accusation made without proper witnesses. John 8:7-8
    • 4.       This was an accusation made in the wrong place. John 8:9-11

11 am Sunday Service Study Notes 8/16/20

"Freedom"

The Abundance of God’s Wonderful Grace!


Romans 6:1-14 NKJV

Dead to Sin, Alive to God 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be [a]done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been [b<]freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, [c]reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as [d]instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Spiritual Principle: ***Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit is not telling us to do something but to believe the truth and be set free!***

Main Idea: Those who have received God's abundant grace and gift of His righteousness have freedom over the power of sin and reign in Life!

Past Two Weeks: What does the apostle Paul mean when he says “we who died to sin”?

How is this death to sin possible???

#1 By believing you have been united together with Christ Jesus in your baptism!

#2 By believing that our old man of sin was crucified with Christ!

#3 By believing just as Christ was raised from the dead and death no longer has dominion over Him, so then we too have been raised from the dead and are alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord!

This Week:

#4 By believing you are not under law but under grace!



Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible study notes 8/12/20

Close Encounters with Jesus!

Jesus Satisfies the Thirsty Soul!


John 4:1-10 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

4 Jesus[a] knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). 3 So he left Judea and returned to Galilee.

4 He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5 Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 

7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” 8 He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.

9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans.[b] She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”

10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”


*Let Us Start This Conversation:


*Most people have heard of the good Samaritan but what about the bad Samaritan?


*Set the Stage for our study:


1. We studied the conversion of Nicodemus and now we have the conversion of the woman at the well.

 

2. Jesus told Nicodemus, “God so loved the world” now Jesus begins to show by His actions God’s love for all people even Samaritans.  

 

Let Us Talk About This Passage of Scripture:


1. Jesus showed His love for the Samaritan woman by pursuing her!

 

2. Jesus showed His love for the Samaritan woman by offering her a better life! (Living Water)

 

3. Jesus showed His love for the Samaritan woman by accepting her as she was!

 

4. Jesus showed His love for the Samaritan woman by revealing who He is! (The Christ) The Savior of the world

11 am Sunday Service Study Notes 8/9/20

"Freedom"

The New Life!


Romans 6:1-14 NKJV

Dead to Sin, Alive to God 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be [a]done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been [b]freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, [c]reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as [d]instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Spiritual Principle: ***Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit is not telling us to do something but to believe the truth and be set free!***

Main Idea: Liberty over the power of sin happens when you as a Christian believe you have died to sin and are alive in Christ!

Last Week: What does the apostle Paul mean when he says “we who died to sin”?

How is this death to sin possible???

#1 By believing you have been united together with Christ Jesus in your baptism!

#2 By believing that our old man of sin was crucified with Christ!

This Week:

#3 By believing just as Christ was raised from the dead and death no longer has dominion over Him, so then we too have been raised from the dead and are alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord!



#4 By believing you are not under law but under grace!



Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 8/5/20

Close Encounters with Jesus!

John 3:1-12 NLT

3 There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. 2 After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”

3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again,[a] you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

4 “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”

5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.[b] 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.[c] 7 So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You[d] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

9 “How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked.

10 Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. 12 But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things?


Opening Thoughts:

Do you remember the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”?


Think About This:

*Preconceived ideas keep people from seeing God’s truth about their need to be born again!

 

1. Jesus offers Nicodemus the truth about his own spiritual condition.

 

 

2. Jesus offers Nicodemus the truth about the Kingdom of God.

 

 

3. Jesus offers Nicodemus the truth about rebirth.

 

 

4. Jesus offers Nicodemus the truth about Himself and God’s Love.

 

11 am Sunday Service Study Notes 8/2/20

“Freedom”

A Matter of Life and Death

 

Romans 6:1-14 NKJV

Dead to Sin, Alive to God 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be [a]done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been [b]freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, [c]reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as [d]instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.


Spiritual Principle:  ***Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit is not telling us to do something but to believe the truth and be set free!***


Main Idea: Liberty over the power of sin happens when you as a Christian believe you have died to sin and are alive in Christ!


Question: What does the apostle Paul mean when he says “we who died to sin”?


How is this death to sin possible???


#1 By believing you have been united together with Christ Jesus in your baptism!

 

#2 By believing that our old man of sin was crucified with Christ!

 

#3 By believing just as Christ was raised from the dead and death no longer has dominion over Him, so then we too have been raised from the dead and are alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord!

 

#4 By believing you are not under law but under grace!

Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 7/29/20

Praise The Lord In Good Times And Bad!

Psalm 149

1 Praise the Lord!

Sing to the Lord a new song.
    Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful.

2 O Israel, rejoice in your Maker.
    O people of Jerusalem,[
a] exult in your King.
3 Praise his name with dancing,
    accompanied by tambourine and harp.
4 For the Lord delights in his people;
    he crowns the humble with victory.
5 Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them.
    Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.

6 Let the praises of God be in their mouths,
    and a sharp sword in their hands—
7 to execute vengeance on the nations
    and punishment on the peoples,
8 to bind their kings with shackles
    and their leaders with iron chains,
9 to execute the judgment written against them.
    This is the glorious privilege of his faithful ones.

Praise the Lord! (NLT)


Opening Thoughts:


What makes you sing, dance, and shout for Joy?


Let Us Prepare Our Minds For Action:


*The Hebrew title for the book of Psalms is tehillim, “Praises”!                                                       


**The last five Psalms of the Hebrew Psalter begin with, “Praise the Lord” – Hallelujah!


***Praise is about more than what happens just in our worship service! Praise is about life; who we are, what we do, and who or what is most important to us!


Think About This:

God desires our praise in times of blessing, times of suffering, and times of warfare!


Main Idea:

The goal of my life is to praise the Lord, in good times and bad, from beginning to end, because He is worthy to be praised! Praise the Lord!


1. I will Praise the Lord in times of blessing because He is worthy to be praised! (Verses 1-3)

 

 

2. I will Praise the Lord in times of suffering because He is worthy to be praised! (Verses 4-6)

 

 

3. I will Praise the Lord in times of warfare because He is worthy to be praised! (Verses 7-9)

 

 

 

Closing thoughts:

This Psalm begins and ends with Praise the Lord!

11 am Sunday Service Study Notes 7/26/20

"Freedom"

Liberty Over the Power of Sin


Romans 6:1-7 (NLT)

Sin’s Power Is Broken

6 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death?4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 >For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.


*Let Us Start This Conversation:

* The promise from Jesus we studied last week!


*Set the Stage for our study:

Explain the Context:


*Paul has just explained how sin entered the world through one man Adam, and sin spread to all men because of Adam’s sin!


**Paul also explained how through one Man Jesus Christ and His righteous act brought a right relationship with God and a new life for everyone who believes in Him!


***Although humanity became exceedingly sinful, where sin abounded grace super abounded and brought salvation to all who believe in Jesus!


****Paul anticipates their question, if our sin brought about this great gift of God’s grace should we sin all the more so grace may abound?


Spiritual Principle:


***Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit is not telling us to do something but to believe the truth and be set free!***


Main Idea: Liberty over the power of sin happens when you as a Christian believe you have died to sin!


Question: What does the apostle Paul mean when he says “we who died to sin”?


How is this death to sin possible???


#1 By believing you have been united together with Christ Jesus in your baptism!



#2 By believing that our old man of sin was crucified with Christ!



#3 By believing just as Christ was raised from the dead and death no longer has dominion over Him, so then we too have been raised from the dead and are alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord!



#4 By believing you are not under law but under grace!


Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 7/22/20

The Importance of a Humble Heart 

Psalm 131

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.

1 Lord, my heart is not proud;
    my eyes are not haughty.
I don’t concern myself with matters too great
    or too awesome for me to grasp.
2 Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,
    like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk.
    Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, put your hope in the Lord
    now and always.
NLT


1 Peter 5:5-9 (NLT)

5 In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for

“God opposes the proud
    but gives grace to the humble.”[
a]

6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.


Introduction:

It has been said of humility that just when you think you have it, you lost it!


Prepare our minds for action:


*Psalm 131, is one of the easiest chapters in all of Scripture to read, but may be the most difficult to live!


**We are not sure the occasion that caused David to pin this Psalm, but it is possible that it could have been penned after the events recorded in 2 Samuel chapter 6. When David brought the ark of God to Jerusalem!


***David in this Psalm is not bragging before his kingdom, but having a private conversation with his Lord, that we, the reader are blessed to hear and be a part of!


Question: The Scriptures command all people everywhere to humble themselves before God. How do we humble ourselves before God?


Main idea: Living a life of humility requires a constant self-evaluation to determine the purpose for everything I say and do and by allowing God to wean me of childish things!


1. You humble yourself before God by checking your heart in all you say and do!

 

2. You humble yourself before God by checking your goals in all you say and do!

 

3. You humble yourself before God by checking your soul to see if you have allowed God to wean you of childish things!

 

4. You humble yourself before God by checking to see if you care more about the honor you receive from people or the honor you receive from God?               

 

Closing thoughts: Can a child of God walk in humility before the Lord all the while being confident and courageous in the world in which they live?

11 am Sunday Service Study Notes 7/19/20

"Freedom”

A Mind Filled With God’s Truth


John 8:31-36 NLT

31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”

34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.


2 Corinthians 10:4-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.



Opening Thoughts:

*Jesus came to not just to give us forgiveness of sin but also to give us victory over sin in this life!

**Freedom is, was, and will always be God’s Plan, not humanities idea!

Main Idea: There will be no liberation of the mind until Jesus is the Lord of our thoughts, and your mind is filled with His teachings!

The Message Last Week Recap:

  • There will be no freedom in a person’s life until the liberation of the mind!

  • There will be no liberation of the mind apart from Jesus who has the power to make us free!

  • There will be no liberation of the mind apart from bringing every thought into captivity!

The Message This Week:

  • There will be no liberation of the mind apart from the truth of God's Word!

  1. We must replace worldly thoughts with the truth of God’s Word!

  2. We must know the truth of God’s Word to use His Word!

  3. We must believe His Words enough to act on His Word!

Closing Thoughts:

Only Jesus can give you true freedom! Holy thinking will result in holy living!


11:00 am Sunday Service Study Notes 7/12/20

Freedom”

The Liberation of the Mind


2 Corinthians 10:4-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.


1 Peter 1:13-16 (NLT)

13 So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”[a]


Opening Thoughts:

*Jesus came to not just to give us forgiveness of sin but also to give us victory over sin in this life!

**Freedom is, was, and will always be God’s Plan, not humanities idea!

Main Idea: There will be no liberation of the mind until Jesus is the Lord of our thoughts!

The Message for Today:

  • There will be no freedom in a person’s life until the liberation of the mind!



  • There will be no liberation of the mind apart from Jesus who has the power to make us free!



  • There will be no liberation of the mind apart from bringing every thought into captivity!



  • There will be no liberation of the mind apart from the truth of God's word!



Closing Thoughts:

Only Jesus can give you true freedom! Holy thinking will result in holy living!



Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 7/8/20

Wednesday Night Bible Study

July 8, 2020

God's Protection in Times of Trouble

Psalm 91

1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
    though ten thousand are dying around you,
    these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
    and see how the wicked are punished.

9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
    you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.”  (NLT)


Introduction:


Life is tough because we are at war!


Main idea:


God does not remove us from the presence of evil, no He saves us in the company of evil, so then we must trust God, who is always faithful, in times of trouble!   


1. Psalm 91 teaches us that God’s divine deliverance comes through His protection amid the presence of evil during times of trouble! (Verses 1-4)

 

2. Psalm 91 teaches us that God’s divine deliverance will help to mold our attitude toward evil in the times of trouble! (Verses 5-10)

 

3. Psalm 91 teaches us that God’s divine deliverance in spiritual warfare will come with assistance against evil in times of trouble! (Verses 11-13)

 

4. Psalm 91 teaches us that God’s divine deliverance in spiritual warfare will mean security from evil in times of trouble!       (Verses 14-16)

 

Closing thoughts:


*Spiritual warfare is real whether you acknowledge it or not. The question is whether you will become a victim or Victor based on who you put your trust in in times of trouble.

 

11:00 am Sunday Service Study Notes 7/5/20

July 5, 2020

“Freedom”

God’s Master Plan

 

Luke 4:16-22 

Good News Translation (GNT)

Jesus Is Rejected at Nazareth

16 Then Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath he went as usual to the synagogue. He stood up to read the Scriptures 17 and was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it is written,

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free the oppressed
19    and announce that the time has come
    when the Lord will save his people.”

 

20 Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. All the people in the synagogue had their eyes fixed on him, 21 as he said to them, “This passage of scripture has come true today, as you heard it being read.”

22 They were all well impressed with him and marveled at the eloquent words that he spoke. They said, “Isn't he the son of Joseph?”

 

 

John 8:34-36 Good News Translation (GNT)

 

34 Jesus said to them, “I am telling you the truth: everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave does not belong to a family permanently, but a son belongs there forever. 36 If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free.

 

Opening Thoughts:


*A brief history lesson on Freedom from Scripture!


**Freedom is, was, and will always be God’s Plan, not humanities idea! 


 

The Backdrop:

  • The Baptism of Jesus and the beginning of his ministry!
  • The Temptation of Jesus and the Devil leaving for a more opportune time!
  • The Revelation of who Jesus is and the Devil’s more opportune time!

Main Idea:

*Jesus’ mission restored freedom because only God Almighty can make people free!

 

The Message for Today:

  • Only God almighty can give the Good News that will abolish poverty!


  • Only God almighty can give the Good News that will bring Liberty to the captives!


  • Only God almighty can give the Good News that brings recovery of sight to the blind!


  • Only God almighty can give the Good News that brings freedom to the oppressed!


  • Only God almighty can give the Good News that brings Salvation To His people!

 

 

 

Closing Thoughts:


Only Jesus can give you true freedom! But if Jesus makes you free, then you will be free indeed!  

 

Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 7/1/20

Psalm 51

Wednesday night Bible study!

Confession is good for the soul! Pt 2 



Psalm 51 New Living Translation (NLT)

For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
    because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
    blot out the stain of my sins.
2 Wash me clean from my guilt.
    Purify me from my sin.
3 For I recognize my rebellion;
    it haunts me day and night.
4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
    I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
    and your judgment against me is just.[a]
5 For I was born a sinner—
    yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6 But you desire honesty from the womb,[b]
    teaching me wisdom even there.

7 Purify me from my sins,[c] and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Oh, give me back my joy again;
    you have broken me—
    now let me rejoice.
9 Don’t keep looking at my sins.
    Remove the stain of my guilt.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.
    Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
    and don’t take your Holy Spirit[d] from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
    and they will return to you.
14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;
    then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
15 Unseal my lips, O Lord,
    that my mouth may praise you.

16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
    You do not want a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
    You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
18 Look with favor on Zion and help her;
    rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—
    with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
    Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.


Opening Thoughts: How can confessing my sins ever be a good thing?


Let’s get ready to study the Word of God:


The superscription helps us set the stage for the reading of Psalm 51.

#1 This is a Psalm of David

#2 This is a Psalm regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

#3 This is a Psalm about the justification of a sinner by God’s grace!

#4 This is a Psalm of confession where David out of the depths of despair cries out to God for help!


Main Idea: True biblical confession is good for the soul because it recognizes how evil sin is, how righteous and good God is, and how lost we are and all people without Him!


1. David recognized his sin for the evil it is!

  • What was Nathan’s role in this?

2. David recognized God for who He is!

  • What was Nathan’s role in this?

3. David recognized who he was before God!

  • What was Nathan’s role in this?

4. David recognized that with God’s forgiveness of sin comes the responsibility to teach others about God’s grace!


Closing thoughts: My sin is truly worse than I ever imagined, but God’s grace is far greater than I ever imagined as well! 

11:00 am Sunday Service Study Notes 6/28/20

“Don’t Miss Your Moment of Truth” (The Older Son)

 

Luke 15:11-32 Parable of the Lost Son

11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.[a]

22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’

28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’

31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’” (NLT)


Opening Thoughts:


*Who do you relate to more in the parable of the prodigal son? The younger son or the older son? (They both have their moment of truth!)


**The beauty of the parable is that you find yourself in the story at some point!


The Backdrop:

  • The question that Jesus answers with His three parables.
  • The Principle of the three parables Explained.
  • The characters of the third parable Identified.
  • The Younger Son –
  • The Elder Son –
  • The Father –

Main Idea:


*When you reach The Moment of Truth it is vital to receive it, return to the Father, and restore your fellowship with Him.

 

Last Week Recap:

  • The Need to reach the moment of truth!
  • The Need to receive the moment of truth!
  • The Need to return to the Father in the moment of truth!
  • The Need for restoration with the Father centered around the moment of truth!

 

The Message Today:


Question:


How does the Loving Father deal with his older son to bring him to The Moment of Truth?

 

  • The Father Went After The Older Son.

 

  • The Father Listened To The Oldest Son’s Complaints.

 


  • The Father Reaffirmed His Love And Devotion To His Oldest Son.

 


  • The Father Taught His Oldest Son The Right Way To Treat Someone Who Sins And Then Repents.

 


  • The Father Pleads With The Oldest Son To Come Home To The Party!

 

 

 

Closing Thoughts:


What will you do when you reach the moment of truth? 

11:00 am Sunday Service Study Notes 6/21/20

June 21,2020

"The Moment of Truth"

 

Luke 15:11-32 (NLT)

Parable of the Lost Son

11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.[a]

22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’

28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’

31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”


Opening Thoughts:


*Who do you relate to more in the parable of the prodigal son? The younger son or the older son? (They both have their moment of truth!)


**The beauty of the parable is that you find yourself in the story at some point!

 

 

The Backdrop:

  • The question that Jesus answers with His three parables.
  • The Principle of the three parables Explained.
  • The characters of the third parable Identified.
  • The Younger Son –
  • The Elder Son –
  • The Father –

 

 

Main Idea:


*When you reach The Moment of Truth it is vital to receive it, return to the Father, and restore your fellowship with Him.

 

 

The Message for Today:


  • The Need to reach the moment of truth!

 

 

  • The Need to receive the moment of truth!

 

 

  • The Need to return to the Father in the moment of truth!

 

 

  • The Need for restoration with the Father centered around the moment of truth!

 

 

Closing Thoughts:


What will you do when you reach the moment of truth? 

Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 6/17/20

June 17, 2020 

 Wednesday Night Bible Study

Psalm 127 & 128   

Family Matters!  



Psalm 127


A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of Solomon.

1 Unless the Lord builds a house,
    the work of the builders is wasted.
Unless the Lord protects a city,
    guarding it with sentries will do no good.
2 It is useless for you to work so hard
    from early morning until late at night,
anxiously working for food to eat;
    for God gives rest to his loved ones.

3 Children are a gift from the Lord;
    they are a reward from him.
4 Children born to a young man
    are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
5 How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!
    He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.

 

 

 

Psalm 128


A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

1 How joyful are those who fear the Lord
    all who follow his ways!
2 You will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
    How joyful and prosperous you will be!
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine,
    flourishing within your home.
Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees
    as they sit around your table.
4 That is the Lord’s blessing
    for those who fear him.

5 May the Lord continually bless you from Zion.
    May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live.
6 May you live to enjoy your grandchildren.
    May Israel have peace!


New Living Translation (NLT)


Introduction:


Family life is filled with daily challenges that can sometimes take your breath away or possibly your sanity!

 

Prepare your mind for action:


*Psalm 127 and Psalm 128 are wisdom Psalms.


**Psalm 127 and 128 make one unit.


***Psalm 127 and 128 give us wisdom for family life.

 

 The big idea:


Family life was God’s idea so then trust in His protection and instructions for the family because we are completely dependent upon God and He blesses those who fear him and follow His ways!

 

Psalms 127 & 128:


1. Wise fathers understand the security of their families comes from the presence of the Lord! (127:1-2)

 

 

 

 

2. Wise fathers understand children are a gift from the Lord! (127:3-5)

 

 

 

3. Wise fathers understand being joyful and fruitful in your home is dependent upon fearing the Lord and following his ways! (128:1-4)

 

 

 

4. Wise fathers understand the destruction of the family will lead to destruction of society, but the blessing of the family by God will bless the nation! (128:5-6)

 

 

 

Closing Thoughts:


Scripture seems to always teach that there are two parts to the equation of people’s happiness!

 

Sunday 11:00 am Service Study Notes 6/14/20

What God Treasures


Matthew 13:44-46  (NLT)

44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.

45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46 When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!


Mark 14:3-9

3 Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had leprosy. During supper, a woman came in with a beautiful jar of expensive perfume. She broke the seal and poured the perfume over his head. 4 Some of those at the table were indignant. “Why was this expensive perfume wasted?” they asked. 5 “She could have sold it for a small fortune and given the money to the poor!” And they scolded her harshly.

6 But Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. Why berate her for doing such a good thing to me? 7 You will always have the poor among you, and you can help them whenever you want to. But I will not be here with you much longer. 8 She has done what she could and has anointed my body for burial ahead of time. 9 I assure you, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be talked about in her memory.” NLT 

 


Let’s Get Started: What do you plan to do with the rest of your life?

What does it mean to treasure something or someone?


Prepare Our Minds for Study:

  • What is a Parable?
  • Who or What is the Field?
  • Who is the Man?
  • Who or What is the Treasure?
  • How do we know the value of the treasure to the Man?

Main Idea: You are what God treasures, but will you treasure the God who treasures you?


*Mary is a great example of someone who treasures Jesus!

 

1. We know Mary treasured Jesus because she listened to what Jesus said and believed him!

 

2. We know Mary treasured Jesus because she stood alone for Jesus!

 

3. We know Mary treasured Jesus because she sacrificed what she treasured for Jesus!

 

Closing Thoughts:  


I want to live life in a way that Jesus would say I want the whole world to remember what you did for Me! 

Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 6/10/20

Seeing Jesus In The Psalms Part 2

Wednesday Night Bible Study!

 

Jesus

 

Psalm 110 (New Living Translation)


A psalm of David.

1 The Lord said to my Lord,[a]
    “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
until I humble your enemies,
    making them a footstool under your feet.”

2 The Lord will extend your powerful kingdom from Jerusalem[b];
    you will rule over your enemies.
3 When you go to war,
    your people will serve you willingly.
You are arrayed in holy garments,
    and your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew.

4 The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow:
    “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”

5 The Lord stands at your right hand to protect you.
    He will strike down many kings when his anger erupts.
6 He will punish the nations
    and fill their lands with corpses;
    he will shatter heads over the whole earth.
7 But he himself will be refreshed from brooks along the way.
    He will be victorious.

 

Luke 24:44-45 (NLT)


44 Then he (JESUS) said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.


Opening Thoughts:


*How do you picture Jesus? Is your view of him biblically sound?


**There is no doubt the new testament writers were convinced that the Psalms bore witness to Jesus!


***At numerous points in our study of the Psalms, I have pointed to Jesus being the central person of the Psalms, and more than that the Psalms are all about Jesus, our Savior!


Preparing our minds for actions:


*Psalm 110 is quoted more than any other Psalm in the New Testament.


**Psalm 110 was used in the first public sermon after the ascension of Jesus in acts chapter 2 to prove Jesus is the Christ.


***Psalm 110 is a messianic Psalm that some have suggested is the basis for the letter of Hebrews.


The Main Idea:


The Messiah is a man but more than a man, He is Lord, His kingdom extends to all the earth, He is a Priest forever, He is judge of all nations, and the Messiah is Jesus! 

 

Question:


Who is this man called Jesus?

 

 

1. Jesus the Messiah is Lord of all!

 

 

 

2. Jesus the Messiah is King of kings and has a kingdom that extends to all the earth!

 

 

 

3. Jesus the Messiah is a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek!

 

 

 

4. Jesus the Messiah is the judge of all nations!

 

 

 

Closing thoughts:


Who do you believe Jesus to be? This is the most important question you’ll ever be asked!

 

 

Sunday 11:00 am Service Study Notes 6/7/20

Lesson Text: Mark 6:30-44


30 The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and what they had taught. 31 Then Jesus said, “Let’s get away from the crowds for a while and rest.” There were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. 32 They left by boat for a quieter spot. 33 But many people saw them leaving, and people from many towns ran ahead along the shore and met them as they landed. 34 A vast crowd was there as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he taught them many things.

35 Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and it is getting late. 36 Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy themselves some food.”

37 But Jesus said, “You feed them.”

“With what?” they asked. “It would take a small fortune to buy food for all this crowd!”

38 “How much food do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.”

They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.” 39 Then Jesus told the crowd to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat in groups of fifty or a hundred.

41 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and asked God’s blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples to give to the people. 42 They all ate as much as they wanted, 43 and they picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. 44 Five thousand men had eaten from those five loaves! NLT

 

The Backdrop:

  1. Disciples told Jesus everything they had done, what they had taught, and what had transpired with John the Baptizer.
  2. The disciples and Jesus were so busy didn’t have time to eat.
  3. Jesus and the disciples go on vacation.(uninvited, and unannounced, guests appear)
  4. Jesus and His disciples view the people differently.
  5. Jesus feeds the five Thousand.

 

The Back Up Plan!

*I am reminded by this story of all the times in my life when I made my plans, and then realized God had different plans for me, in other words a backup plan.

 

Main Idea:

Jesus feeds the five thousand so that the disciples would see the difference between their plans and God’s purposes.  

 

(Comparing Their Plan & God’s Back Up Plan)

 

 

 

(Jesus vs. The Disciples)

 

 

  • Jesus’ view of people was different than the disciples!

 

 

 

  • Jesus’ view of ministry was different than the disciples!

 

 

 

  • Jesus view of circumstances was different than the disciples!

 

 

 

  • Jesus view of God the Father was different than the disciples!

 

 

 

Closing Remarks:

In the hands of Jesus even a little of something like food, is plenty enough to do great things!

 

 

Sunday 11:00 am Service Study Notes 5/31/20

Matthew 10:27-29 (NLT)

27 What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!

28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.[a] 29 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin[b]? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.


Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)

28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”


Matthew 16:25-27 (NLT)

25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?[a] Is anything worth more than your soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds.


Matthew 22:36-38 (NLT)

36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.


Matthew 26:37-39 (NLT)

37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

 

Soul Searching: What the soul needs most according to Jesus………?


1st. Is a healthy fear of God!

 

2nd. Is where to find true rest!

 

3rd. Is to see the true value of your soul!

 

4th. Is to have an undivided love for God!

 

5th. Is where to go for help when you are distressed!

 

Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 5/27/20

Psalm 73

Envy: The Masked Emotion!

         

Psalm 73 New Living Translation

A psalm of Asaph.

1 Truly God is good to Israel,
    to those whose hearts are pure.
2 But as for me, I almost lost my footing.
    My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.
3 For I envied the proud
    when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
4 They seem to live such painless lives;
    their bodies are so healthy and strong.
5 They don’t have troubles like other people;
    they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else.
6 They wear pride like a jeweled necklace
    and clothe themselves with cruelty.
7 These fat cats have everything
    their hearts could ever wish for!
8 They scoff and speak only evil;
    in their pride they seek to crush others.
9 They boast against the very heavens,
    and their words strut throughout the earth.
10 And so the people are dismayed and confused,
    drinking in all their words.
11 “What does God know?” they ask.
    “Does the Most High even know what’s happening?”
12 Look at these wicked people—
    enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.

13 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
    Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
14 I get nothing but trouble all day long;
    every morning brings me pain.

15 If I had really spoken this way to others,
    I would have been a traitor to your people.
16 So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper.
    But what a difficult task it is!
17 Then I went into your sanctuary, O God,
    and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.
18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path
    and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.
19 In an instant they are destroyed,
    completely swept away by terrors.
20 When you arise, O Lord,
    you will laugh at their silly ideas
    as a person laughs at dreams in the morning.

21 Then I realized that my heart was bitter,
    and I was all torn up inside.
22 I was so foolish and ignorant—
    I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
23 Yet I still belong to you;
    you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    leading me to a glorious destiny.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
    but God remains the strength of my heart;
    he is mine forever.

27 Those who desert him will perish,
    for you destroy those who abandon you.
28 But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
    and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.


Opening Thoughts:


Are you weirded out by seeing people wearing masks?

The Dangers of Living life on Facebook and the need for being True Faced with God and each other in a world of masked faces!  


Let us Prepare our Hearts for Reflection on God’s Word:


*What Asaph truly believes he states at the beginning of the Psalm. “Truly God Is Good”!


**Asaph has allowed a bitter heart that has been influenced by focusing on people of the world to change the way he views his life and God!


***Asaph finds hope when he enters the sanctuary of God and begins to look at life through God’s perspective!


****Asaph ends the Psalm with a renewed faith in God and a real desire to tell everyone how wonderful God is!


Big Picture:


1. Asaph’s view of the wicked before he entered the sanctuary of God! (V. 2-12)

 

Asaph’s view of the wicked, after he had entered the sanctuary of God! (V. 17-20)

 

2. Asaph’s view of his life before he entered the sanctuary of God! (V. 13-16)

 

Asaph’s view of his life after he entered the sanctuary of God! (V. 21-26)

 

3. Asaph’s view of God before he entered the sanctuary of God! (V. 10-12)

 

Asaph’s view of God, after he entered the sanctuary of God! (V. 23-28)

 

Closing thoughts:


Are you like Asaph, knowing in your heart that God is good, but struggling with doubt because you have taken your eyes off of God, and have begun to focus your attention on the world in which you live?

Sunday 10:00 am Service Study Notes 5/24/20

1 Peter 4:12-19 (NKJV)


Suffering for God’s Glory


12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are [a]reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. [b]On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a [c]busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this [d]matter.

17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now

“If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.


Opening Comments:


Finding Normal is easier than Enduring Normal but Enjoying Normal is most difficult of all!


The Context Revisited:

  • Peter is writing to the scattered church!
  • Peter is writing to the persecuted church!
  • Peter is writing to the confused church!

Last Week’s Recap:

  • The Curse then the Cure is seen In, “First the Suffering then the Glory”!
  • The Curse then the Cure is seen In, “First the Suffering then the Joy”!

The Big Idea:


God is changing the way we think about the sufferings of life because our sufferings are both the curse and the cure that leads to the Joy of Life!


The Big Picture:


1. The Curse then the Cure is seen In, “First the Suffering then the Purity”!

 

 

 

2. The Curse then the Cure is seen In, “First the Suffering then the Revelation”!

 

 

 

3. The Curse then the Cure is seen In, “First the Suffering then the Exceeding Joy!

    

Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 5/20/20

The Haunting of a Guilty Conscience!


Psalm 32 (NCV)

32:1 Happy is the person
    whose sins are forgiven,
    whose wrongs are pardoned.
2 Happy is the person
    whom the Lord does not consider guilty
    and in whom there is nothing false.

3 When I kept things to myself,
    I felt weak deep inside me.
    I moaned all day long.
4 Day and night you punished me.
    My strength was gone as in the summer heat. Selah
5 Then I confessed my sins to you
    and didn’t hide my guilt.
I said, “I will confess my sins to the Lord,”
    and you forgave my guilt. Selah

6 For this reason, all who obey you
    should pray to you while they still can.
When troubles rise like a flood,
    they will not reach them.
7 You are my hiding place.
    You protect me from my troubles
    and fill me with songs of salvation. Selah

8 The Lord says, “I will make you wise and show you where to go.
    I will guide you and watch over you.
9 So don’t be like a horse or donkey,
    that doesn’t understand.
They must be led with bits and reins,
    or they will not come near you.”

10 Wicked people have many troubles,
    but the Lord’s love surrounds those who trust him.
11 Good people, rejoice and be happy in the Lord.
    Sing all you whose hearts are right.


Introduction:


Few things in life are as draining as a guilty conscience! Few things in life are as relieving and refreshing as the feeling of forgiveness! 


Big Idea:


True happiness comes to those who have experienced God’s grace through the forgiveness of their sins and removal of a guilty conscience!


Psalm 32 explored:


1. David reflects on his present condition before God and rejoices in the fact that his sins have been forgiven! Verses 1-2

 

 

2. David reflects on what his life was like when he refused to let God deal with his sin! Verses 3-4

 

 

3. David reflects on the moment he confessed his sin to God and the relief of God’s forgiveness! Verse 5

 

 

4. David gives personal instruction to all people who are going through the troubles of life! Verses 6-7

 

 

5. David ends the Psalm with God’s instruction to trust in Him! Verses 8-11

 

Sunday 10:00 am Service Study Notes 5/17/20

1 Peter 4:12-19 (NKJV)


Suffering for God’s Glory

12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are [a]reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. [b]On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a [c]busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this [d]matter.

17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now

“If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.


Opening Comments:


Finding Normal is easier than Enduring Normal!

 

Last Week’s Recap:

  • We learned what is normal in the Kingdom of God from the King Jesus!
  • Finding Normal for the Christian is not returning to what is familiar about life unless what is familiar is living by faith?

The Context Revealed:

  • Peter is writing to the scattered church!
  • Peter is writing to the persecuted church!
  • Peter is writing to the confused church!

The Big Idea:


God is changing the way we think about the sufferings of life because our sufferings are both the curse and the cure!


The Big Picture:


1. The Curse then the Cure is seen In, “First the Suffering then the Glory”!

 

 

2. The Curse then the Cure is seen In, “First the Suffering then the Joy”!

 

 

3. The Curse then the Cure is seen In, “First the Suffering then the Purity”!

 

 

4. The Curse then the Cure is seen In, “First the Suffering then the Revelation”!

    

Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 5/13/20

  • Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

1 Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?
    Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
2 Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
3 Those who refuse to gossip
    or harm their neighbors
    or speak evil of their friends.
4 Those who despise flagrant sinners,
    and honor the faithful followers of the Lord,
    and keep their promises even when it hurts.
5 Those who lend money without charging interest,
    and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever. NLT

 

Introduction:


*Integrity matters to God but seems to be of little value to the world in which we live!


**Situation ethics seems to be the normal mode of operation.

 

Prepare Our Minds For Action:


*This is a believer’s Psalm!


**This is about a relationship with God in the here and now not the hereafter!


***The goal of the psalmist is made known by two metaphorical questions literally “O Lord, who shall sojourn in thy tent?” “Who shall dwell on thy holy hill?”

 

The Big Idea:


A person who believes in the Lord and desires a relationship with Him here and now, and in the hereafter, will lead a life according to God’s standard of living, resulting in not being shaken by the hardships of life!


1. God’s standard of living for those who believe in Him is to lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.

 

2. God’s standard of living for those who believe in Him is to refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors
or speak evil of their friends.

 

3. God’s standard of living for those who believe in Him is to despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts.

 

4. God’s standard of living for those who believe in Him is to lend money without charging interest, and not be bribed to lie about the innocent.

 

 

Closing Statement:


God’s standard of living for those who believe in Him has a promise for those live in His presence, Such people will stand firm forever.   

 

Sunday 10:00 am Service Study Notes 5/10/20

Acts 8:1-8 New Living Translation (NLT)

8 Saul was one of the witnesses, and he agreed completely with the killing of Stephen.

A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria. 2 (Some devout men came and buried Stephen with great mourning.) 3 But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison.

4 But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went. 5 Philip, for example, went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah. 6 Crowds listened intently to Philip because they were eager to hear his message and see the miraculous signs he did. 7 Many evil[a] spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.


Opening Remarks:



Finding Normal? Have we lost normal? Is there a new normal? Or has normal always been what is natural, common, and regular for those who are in God’s Kingdom? 

Set The Stage:

  • The Normal statements of Jesus!
  • The Normal judgements of Jesus!
  • The Normal commandments of Jesus!

The Context Revealed:

  • The church is born –
  • The church is filled –
  • The church is scattered –

Big Picture: *Finding Normal for the Christian is not returning to what is familiar about life unless what is familiar is living by faith?


1. It is Normal when living by faith in Jesus the Son of God that the faithful are persecuted and must deal with the hardships of life!

 

2. It is Normal when living by faith in Jesus the Son of God that God uses the persecutions and hardships of life to accomplish His will in the lives of the faithful!

 

3. It is Normal for those living by faith in Jesus the Son God when persecuted and dealing with the hardships of life to become more faithful!

 

4. It is Normal for those living by faith in Jesus the Son of God when dealing with the hardships of life to bring great joy to others by sharing the Good News about Jesus!

Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 5/6/20

Psalm 13 “Dealing With Despair” 

 


 

Philippians 4:10-13


10 How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,[a] who gives me strength.

 

 

 

 Psalm 13: 1-6 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.


13. 1. How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I take counsel in my soul
    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
    light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
    lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.
(ESV)


Introduction:


Last Week: The Importance of God’s Word in Times of Trouble!


*We are drawn to the Psalms on our blue days.


**“Dealing with Despair”!


Prepare our minds for Action:

  • Psalm 13 is a psalm of lament or complaint.
  • Most prayers we hear and even pray are nice, polite, pretty sounding, but not raw on the edges, harsh, and even filled with complaints to God!
  • The Psalmists are brutally honest with God and no feeling about life good or bad is ruled out when talking with God!
  • A Psalm of David but no one knows for sure the Poet King’s circumstances, which might be for the best?

 

Main Idea: Trust in God’s steadfast love enough to pour out your heartfelt complaints to Him, knowing God will save you and bountifully take care of you!


David’s Prayer of Lament or Complaint


1. David is on his face before God! (verses 1-2)



2. David is on his knees before God! (verses 3-4)



3. David is on his feet before God! (verses 5-6)



Closing Remarks:


From the pit of despair to the joy of trusting God!

 

Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 4/29/20

Psalm 119             

 (the Importance of God’s Word in Times of Trouble)


Wednesday Night Bible Study



Psalm 119 New Living Translation (NLT)

Aleph


1 Joyful are people of integrity,
    who follow the instructions of the Lord.
2 Joyful are those who obey his laws
    and search for him with all their hearts.
3 They do not compromise with evil,
    and they walk only in his paths.
4 You have charged us
    to keep your commandments carefully.
5 Oh, that my actions would consistently
    reflect your decrees!
6 Then I will not be ashamed
    when I compare my life with your commands.
7 As I learn your righteous regulations,
    I will thank you by living as I should!
8 I will obey your decrees.
    Please don’t give up on me!


Psalm 119: 97-100


97 Oh, how I love your instructions!
    I think about them all day long.
98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies,
    for they are my constant guide.
99 Yes, I have more insight than my teachers,
    for I am always thinking of your laws.
100 I am even wiser than my elders,
    for I have kept your commandments.


James 1:2-4 (NLT)


2 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.


1 Peter 1:5-7 (NLT)


5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

6 So be truly glad.[a] There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

 

Opening Remarks:


Life is filled with tests! Tests measure the quality, performance, or reliability of something or someone before using it or them. (Seeing purpose in the troubles of Life by viewing them as tests!)


Prepare our minds for action:                   


The purpose of Psalm 119 is to praise God for his word and explain how we can and should use the scriptures for life!


Main idea:                                                       


Life is filled with troubles and the Bible is clear that we should view the troubles of life as tests and the manual for passing the tests of life is the Word of God!


1. The Scriptures are clear. The tests of life are inevitable. They will come!


2. The Scriptures are clear. The tests of life are diverse!


3. The Scriptures are clear. The tests of life are purposeful!


4. The Scriptures are clear. The tests of life are short in comparison to eternity!

 

Spiritual principles concerning the need for God's word!


1. We need God’s word in our lives to make us wise.


2. We need God’s word in our lives to guide our paths!


3. We need God’s word in our lives to give us insight into the ways of our enemies!

Sunday 10:00 am Service Study Notes 4/26/20

Matthew 6: 25-34

25 "For this reason I say to you, do [fn] not be worried about your life [fn], as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 "Look at the birds of the air [fn], that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
27 "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour [fn] to his life [fn]?
28 "And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,
29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
30 "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
31 "Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?'
32 "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 "But seek [fn] first His [fn] kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added [fn] to you.
34 "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care [fn] for itself. Each [fn] day has enough trouble of its own. N.A.S.


Opening Thoughts:


Worry Free; Yes, That’s The Life For Me!


Let’s Prepare For The Study:


Worry carries the idea of the dividing of the mind, to have your thoughts occupied with, it is an anxious interest. Worry and anxiety both carry the idea of being choked or strangled!


Jesus has already taught us not to live in such a way as to try and impress others so that you might gain their approval!


The Main Focus For Today:


Kingdom minded people Realize life is more than living for physical pleasures, or even the basic needs of humanity including Self-preservation, on the contrary, they live day by day, seeking first the kingdom of God, not worrying since worry never helps, but trusting in God their loving Father, because He is the antidote to worry!


How can I overcome worry and live a life free from anxiety? (Jesus

gives us the secret in the sermon on the mount!)

  • 1.    The secret to overcoming worry is to realize that life is more than physical pleasures or even basic needs, of this world!                                    
  • 2.    The secret to overcoming worry is to realize the need to live day by day and seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness!
  • 3.    The secret to overcoming worry is to realize worry doesn’t work and only makes the problem worse!
  • 4.    The secret to overcoming worry is to realize the need to trust in God your loving Father, because He is the antidote to worry! 

Wednesday 6:30 pm Bible Study Notes 4/22/20

Psalms 8

Chapter 8

[a] For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] A psalm of David.

1 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens.
2 You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, [fn]silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.

3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—
4 what are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them? [fn]
5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God [fn]and crowned them [fn] with glory and honor.
6 You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority
7 the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals,
8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents.

9 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! NLT

Introduction:

*I need to be needed – I want to be wanted! The Struggle with self – worth?

Prepare our Minds for Action:

  • A Psalm of David –
  • On the gittith –
  • The Psalm begins and ends with the same line –
  • Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! 

 

Goal:

Is to see our worth in the value God places on us!

 

Big Idea:

By answering two great questions who God is and what are people to God we can establish the value of humanity for all times!

 

First: The psalmist David inspired by the Holy Spirit answers the question who is God?

 

 

 Second: The psalmist David inspired by the Holy Spirit answers the question what are people to God?

 

Sunday 10:00 am Service Study Notes 4/19/20

Psalm 46 (NCV) For the director of music. By alamoth. A psalm of the son of Korah.


46 God is our protection and our strength.
    He always helps in times of trouble.
2 So we will not be afraid even if the earth shakes,
    or the mountains fall into the sea,
3 even if the oceans roar and foam,
    or the mountains shake at the raging sea. Selah

4 There is a river that brings joy to the city of God,
    the holy place where God Most High lives.
5 God is in that city, and so it will not be shaken.
   God will help her at dawn.
6 Nations tremble and kingdoms shake.
    God shouts and the earth crumbles.

7 The Lord All-Powerful is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our defender.
Selah

8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the amazing things he has done on the earth.
9 He stops wars everywhere on the earth.
    He breaks all bows and spears
    and burns up the chariots with fire.
10 God says, “Be still and know that I am God.
   I will be praised in all the nations;
    I will be praised throughout the earth.”

11 The Lord All-Powerful is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our defender. Selah


Opening Thoughts:

  • God Help Us, Natural Disasters are a part of our life on earth! 
  • We can see clearly from Psalm 46 our total dependence upon God!
  • To take refuge in our God and find protection in him is also to live in dependence upon God alone! God is the only necessity of life if we have God, we have all we need!

Main Idea: God wants us to realize how weak we are, so that we will find our true strength in Him alone!

 

Prepare your mind for action!

  • *According to the superscription the song was set to alamoth.
  • The word Selah is repeated three times. This is most likely a musical notation meaning a pause for quiet reflection and meditation on the lyrics that were just sung.
  • The phrase “The Lord All-Powerful is with us; the God of Jacob is our defender” is repeated twice for emphasis.
  • Verse one is the theme of the Psalm. “God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble.”

“The Message”


1. We Will Not Be Afraid even if there is a natural disaster because God is with us and He is our protection, strength, and help!   (Verses 1-3)

 

2. We Will Not Be Shaken even if all the nations (people) around us are shaken because God is with us and He is our protection, strength, and help! (verses 4-7)

 

3. We Will Be Peaceful, and Still as God sovereignly goes about working in the affairs of humanity because God is with us and He is our protection, strength, and help!   (verse 8-11)

 

 

Closing Thoughts:

What is your source of strength? Are you trusting in something or someone who cannot protect?

 

Wednesday Study Notes 4/15

Psalm 5  For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by the flute.

1 O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning.
2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you.
3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

4 O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.
5 Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence, for you hate all who do evil.
6 You will destroy those who tell lies. The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.

7 Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
8 Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow.

9 My enemies cannot speak a truthful word. Their deepest desire is to destroy others. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with flattery. [fn]
10 O God, declare them guilty. Let them be caught in their own traps. Drive them away because of their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
12 For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love. NLT

Introduction:

*Songs are born out of circumstances!

**Discouragement is an age-old problem that happens to everyone even godly people!

Big Idea: When battling discouragement begin your day with a prayer of reflection to God who has the power to change everything and wait expectantly to see what He will do!

Discouragement - a loss of confidence or enthusiasm; dispiritedness: to deprive of courage or confidence DISHEARTEN

David’s Prayer

1. David pours his heart out to God in a morning prayer pleading for help! (1-3)

 

 

2. David reflects on what he believes about God and His divine nature! (4-6)

 

 

3. David does a personal reflection about himself and his need for God! (7-8)

 

 

4. David reflects on his enemies and their nature and character! (9-10)

 

 

5. David reflects on everyone who takes refuge in the Lord! (11-12)

 

 

 

Closing Comments: The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

Sermon Notes 4/12/2020

1 Corinthians 15:12-26

12 But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? 13 For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. 14 And if Christ was not raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your trust in God is useless. 15 And we apostles would all be lying about God, for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave, but that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. 16 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still under condemnation for your sins. 18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ have perished! 19 And if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are the most miserable people in the world.

20 But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again.

21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, Adam, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man, Christ. 22 Everyone dies because all of us are related to Adam, the first man. But all who are related to Christ, the other man, will be given new life. 23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised first; then when Christ comes back, all his people will be raised.

24 After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having put down all enemies of every kind. 25 For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. 26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. [1]

Opening Thoughts:

*Looking at a list of How To books I came across a book entitled “How To Not Die”?

**What is so Good About Good Friday?

 

Our Life Transforming Truth:

Our hope in Christ extends beyond this life, goes beyond death, to the resurrection of the dead, and without this hope, there is no hope at all!

 

The Message:

*A Glimpse of Life without the Resurrection!

1. If there is no resurrection, then Jesus was not raised from the dead!

 

2. If Jesus was not raised from the dead then our preaching is useless!

 

3. If Jesus was not raised from the dead then our trusting in God is useless!

 

4. If Jesus was not raised from the dead then we are lying about God!

 

5. If Jesus was not raised from the dead then our faith is useless, and we are still under condemnation for our sins!

 

6. If Jesus was not raised from the dead then all the people who have died believing in Jesus have perished!

 

7. If Jesus was not raised from the dead then we only have hope in Christ for this life, and of people we should be the most miserable!

 

*But the Resurrection of the dead is True, and Paul gave three proofs that Jesus has been raised!!!

  • Paul said Jesus has been raised from the dead because the scriptures say so!
  • Paul said Jesus has been raised from the dead because the eyewitnesses say so!
  • Paul said Jesus has been raised from the dead because God says so through the Preaching of the Gospel!

 

*Praise God Christ has been Raised from the Dead! (Paul says this is a fact verse 20)

1. Christ Jesus is the first fruits guaranteeing the rest of the harvest.

2. When Jesus comes back all His people will be raised. 1 Cor. 15:50 -58 (Great big family reunion)

3. Jesus is reigning right now until He puts all enemies under His feet, and the last enemy is death!

 

Closing Thoughts:  Jesus is Alive and reigning right now in heaven, but the real question is if He is reigning in your life right now?


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


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

*Introduction:

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!


QUESTION:

*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


Introduction:

*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!

 

Reach

    Teach

         Serve