ch. 1:19- The second coming brings blessings for believers. The future should motivate.
ch. 1:20-2:1 – Stars=messengers; give light, the glorious Gospel shines (in right hand=authority)
– Lampstands=churches make known Christ
Letter to Church at Ephesus (ch. 2:1-7)
– vs. 2- works (activities); toil (hardship of work); patient endurance (steadfast); rejects false doctrine
– vs. 3-4- Their problem was that they were sound in doctrine, but short in love.
– vs. 5- These things are motivated by love
– vs. 6- Pure love hates what God hates.
– vs. 7- Promised blessings motivate. (ch. 1:19)
Letter to Church at Smyrna (ch. 2:8-11)
– vs. 8- Smyrna (comes from Greek word for myrrh, which is bitter, but very fragrant when crushed)
– Suffering may be disciplinary, preventative, to learn obedience, or to provide a better testimony.
– vs. 10- Don’t fear about what you are going to suffer. Be faithful unto death.
– vs. 11- Future rewards to motivate. (ch. 1:19)
Sunday School | 1 Peter 1:13-25 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“…so that your faith and hope are in God.” –1 Peter 1:21
hope= a Christian attitude toward the future, trusting in what God will do tomorrow
faith= believing fully that He has done all things He promised in the past
>Read Romans 4:13-25 in connection with this passage!
Sunday Morning Worship | Colossians 3:16 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” –Colossians 3:16
-Worship should be in every aspect of your life, not just on Sunday morning.
-Saturate yourself in the Word of Christ.
-If we present our bodies as an act of worship (Romans 12:1), the Word of Christ MUST dwell in us richly.
-Ephesians 5:18-20- Emphasis in worship is the Spirit of God, to be filled of the Spirit and empty of self. Be filled with the Spirit and with the Word!
-The biggest problem in worship is self. Worship is focused on Jesus Christ. It all revolves around HIM!
-God’s Word gives a different outlook on life.
-Don’t just know it, but let it dwell in you richly. Christ is a part of you. He dwells in you richly.
*Get in the Word. Get the Word in you. Get to know Him through His Word.
-It’s how often the Word has been through you, not how many times have you been through the Word!
-wisdom=having knowledge and being able to put it into practice (applying knowledge)
-As you do all this, teach, admonish, sing.
-Truth to a tune sticks.
-Express the Word with your singing.
When you’re mumbly, grumbly, depressed…SING! Give Thanks! You can’t stay that way!
-If you can’t give thanks or sing, you’re not letting the Word dwell in you richly.
*Do you read, study, memorize your Bible? If not, you are being disobedient and bringing shame to Christ’s Name.
*Worship in every aspect of your life.
Sunday Evening Worship | Exodus 33:12-23 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” -John 1:14
-God lets us in on His conversation with Moses in the Tent of Meeting.
-Moses pleads his case with God’s promises. Base your prayers on the promises of God…you will be sure to line up with God’s will.
–Moses wanted to know the WAY of God, not just His WORKS. (Psalm 103:7)
-We can know the ways of God through the Word of God. (Colossians 3:16, John 17:3, Philippians 3:8)
-Typeology: Moses as mediator (Christ is our mediator); vs. 17- God answers Moses’ request based on His love for Moses…the same is true in our life.
-Moses wanted to see God’s glory.
-To know Christ is to know God. (John 14:8)
-Do you desire to know Him more?
-He reveals Himself through His Word as you desire that. (Colossians 3:16)
-The more you learn of Him, the more you love Him.
Thanks to those of you who prayed for our kids last week! Tonight was one of those nights where you don’t want to let them go home. Seriously. I love it when the Lord surprises you with a class like that every once in a while…it’s so encouraging! :o) Much better than 0 kids last week!!!! You know you’ve had a good night when you get an in-depth answer from a 7-year-old, a connection to another miracle from another, a “that’s disgusting” from a 4-year-old, a request for “At the Cwoss” from a 2-year-old, a historical connection from an 8-year-old, and a “that was a really cool lesson” from another 8-almost 9-year-old, and then HUGS from all of them!!!! :o) Love them!
Jesus Heals a Blind Man
Jesus healed a blind man in an unusual way.
Jesus can remove our spiritual blindness.
Spending time with Jesus helps us see Him more clearly.
We also discussed 1 Corinthians 13:12.
We sang with Mrs. Janna:
Alive, Alive>God’s Not Dead!
At the Cross
I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy
God is So Good
What to review:
We were in the town of Bethsaida.
1. Jesus led the blind man out of the village. What did He do next?
He spit in the man’s eyes and touched Him.
2. Jesus asked the man what he could see. What did He say?
The man said he could see people who liked trees moving.
3. What did Jesus do to completely heal the man’s eyes?
He touched the man’s eyes again.
4. What’s the only way to remove our spiritual blindness?
Trusting in Christ and His finished work on the cross.
5. What helps us see Christ more clearly?
Spending time with Him in His Word and prayer.
“Open my eyes to see the miracles in Your teachings.” -Psalm 119:18
A Note from Sarah:
This story is a great reminder for all those who have experienced God’s mercy. I am so glad God opened my eyes to His grace and that He continues to reveal more and more of Himself to me daily.
Oodles of Love in the omnipotent Savior Who opens the physical and spiritual eyes of the blind,
Kids’ Own Worship
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Jesus Heals a Deaf and Mute Man
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*Jesus healed a man who could not hear or speak.
*Everything Jesus does is good.
*We can trust Jesus to work good in our lives.
We sang with Mrs. Janna!
What to review:
1. Where did Jesus go after He healed the woman’s daughter?
Decapolis (which stands for the Ten Towns)
2. Who did the people bring to Jesus?
A man who was deaf and mute.
3. Where did Jesus take the man?
Away from the crowd.
4. How did Jesus heal the man?
He placed His fingers in the man’s ears; He spit and touched the man’s tongue.Key verse:
“They were completely amazed and said, ‘Everything He does is good! He even heals people who cannot hear or talk.‘” -Mark 7:37
A Note from Sarah:
It’s so easy for me to just read over something like this because Jesus healed so many people. But I have to stop and remind myself how miraculous this is and that it is something only our omnipotent Savior could do. I hope to convey the amazingness of this miracle to your children. And may God open our spiritual ears to hear His voice. “O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace…Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ; ye blind, behold your Savior come, and leap, ye lame, for joy.”
Oodles of Love in Christ, who is music to my sinful ears,
*Please note that the Little Lifers Kids Choir Sunday will begin at 5:30 p.m.