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. 

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!

 

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

Acts 16:22-34 (NLT)

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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Action Steps:  

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

Reach

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