Thoughts of John

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Jesus Receives Sinners Luke 15:1-2

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July 22, 2015 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Count the Cost Luke 14:25-35

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July 20, 2015 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

With Jesus at a Pharisee’s Banquet Luke 14:1-24

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July 18, 2015 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Must Journey on to Jerusalem, Part 2 Luke 13.31-35

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July 16, 2015 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Luke 13:31-35 I Must Journey on to Jerusalem, Part 1

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July 14, 2015 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer: Luke 11:1-2

Summary: We shouldn’t become complacent as we look at the most famous prayer in the Bible. There is much we can learn by Jesus’ teaching on prayer and his modeling of prayer.

  1. How do we know that Jesus prayed often? Luke 11:1, Luke 5:16
  1. How often do we take our big (and small) decisions to the Lord? Luke 6:12
  1. How are Jesus’ prayers impacting us even today? Hebrews 7:25
  1. Corporate prayer is important, but what is another pattern that you see with Jesus’ prayers? Luke 9:18
  1. How is prayer both instinctive (to the Christian) but also a continual learning process? Romans 8:15 & 26
  1. As we mature in our Christian walk, what should we be teaching others to do? Luke 11:1
  1. How does the Lord’s prayer open? What should we first focus on?
  1. What is the focus later on in the Lord’s prayer?
  1. What is so unique about addressing God as Father? Do we ever see it in any of the prayers in Psalms?
  1. What is the implication of Jesus addressing God as the Father? How is it so personal to Him and us? John 5:39-47
  1. Pastor Scott gave an illustration of how the neighborhood kids would need a “Gilchrist escort” to access Scott in the attic. How is this a picture of our access to God through Christ?
  1. We must remember that we serve the one true and great God. How does God answer King Hezekiah’s prayer against Sennacherib and his mighty army? This is an important story since it is mentioned in II Kings 19, Chronicles & Isaiah.
  1. Our “big” problems seem so small when we look at God’s victories, as in II Kings 19. Considering this, what should be the cry of our heart? Revelation 22

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Undistracted Sitting and Listening Luke 10:38-42

Summary: Mary was absorbed in Jesus’ words while Martha was absorbed in serving. These two women represent two kinds of people in the church today. We can learn valuable lessons from each one.

  1. A.   Read the text. Who were Mary and Martha? Luke 10:38-42, John 11:1-5
  1. Step back for a moment and think about how busy mothers are all the time. It is a 24/7 ministry. Do you remember this, dads?
  1. Read the text again. Who is this written for? Luke 10:38-42, Psalm 119:18, Romans 15:4
  1. A.   What did the two sisters do when Jesus “entered a certain village?” Luke 10:38-39
  1. What does it look like today when you welcome Jesus into your home and sit at His feet?
  1. A.   What contrast do we have in verse 40?
  1. Read verses 39 and 40 again. With what was each sister absorbed?
  1. Two categories of people described in this passage, those who are devoted to listening to the Lord and those who are devoted to serving the Lord. What reaction did Mary and Martha express toward one another regarding what each had chosen? Luke 10:40
  1. A.   How does Martha question the Lord? Is she alone in this line of questioning? Luke 10:40, Mark 4:38
  1. Can we get to the point that we question God’s care for us?
  1. What step follows questioning the Lord? Luke 10:40
  1. A.   How does Jesus get Martha’s attention in verse 41? Have we heard this before? Genesis 22:11, Luke 22:31-32, Acts 9:4
  1. We have already seen Martha was distracted. What other emotion was she displaying? Luke 10:41
  1. In this matter of worry, Jesus takes this right to the fundamental issues of life. Matthew 6:25-34, Psalm 94:19
  1. A.   What is the solution to our distracted, worried, bothered lives? Luke 10:39, 42
  1. We have chosen, once for all, our Savior and salvation. But day by day, we must choose the Lord. Read the account again. What one thing did Mary choose? Luke 10:38-42
  1. If we chose poorly and put anything above Christ, such as riches, fame, family, or pleasure, it will ultimately be taken away from us. Luke 10:42, Philippians 1:21

Principles from Luke 10:38-42:

1)   Jesus is not teaching heart occupation with Christ as opposed to much service. The people you know who are the most occupied with Jesus are the most occupied with service. II Corinthians 11:2-3, Philippians 1:21-22

2)   Jesus is teaching that the source of the Christian life is Jesus Christ himself. Do you have undistracted, unplugged, daily time with him? A missionary’s advice: “Sit at the foot of the cross, and tell the people what you see.”

3)   Mary was listening “to the Lord’s word.” Meditate on the Word of God. Psalm 1:1-2, Matthew 4:4, 24:35, John 6:63, 8:47, 14:6 & 9, Colossians 3:16

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Jesus Feeds the Multitude: Luke 9:10-17

Summary: Our Lord is compassionate. While He walked this earth, He met the needs of those who came to Him. He is still doing the same thing today.

  1. A.   This account of Jesus feeding the five thousand is in all four Gospels. Read the account in Luke 9:10-17 and in Mark 6:30-44. Briefly discuss any part of the accounts that hit you new and afresh.
  1. Does this account have an Old Testament backdrop? Deuteronomy 8:2-3

 

  1. As we apply this text to our daily lives, what were the disciples told when they asked, “Teach us to pray?” How did Jesus respond when tempted? How should we respond? What, or rather Who, did Jesus draw their attention to in John’s account, right after the feeding of the five thousand? Luke 11:1-4, Matthew 4:4, John 6:35

 

  1. A.   Quickly review the setting for this account. What impact was Jesus’ ministry having? Luke 9:9, Mark 6:14

 

  1. After the disciples had gone out preaching and healing, what happened? Luke 9:10, Mark 6:30-32

 

  1. They needed to get away for awhile. Did they get to? Luke 9:11, Mark 6:33

 

  1. How did Jesus respond to the people? What is Jesus like, and by extension, what should you and I be like? Luke 9:11, Mark 6:34, Luke 7:12-13, 10:33, 15:20

 

  1. A.   What is a good shepherd like? What is God like? Numbers 27:15-17, Ezekiel 34:11-16

 

  1. What do people need today? What does the church need today? Isaiah 53:6, John 21:15-17, Mark 6:34

 

  1. A.   After teaching the people, what happened? Luke 9:12-17

 

  1. What is the Lord teaching His disciples in response to their expressed concern for their situation? Matthew 14:15-18

 

  1. To whom should we turn to with our meager resources? Matthew 14:19, Mark 6:41, Luke 9:16, John 6:11, Acts 27:33-35

 

  1. A.   Read the following verses and carefully note what happened. Mark 6:41, Luke 9:16

 

  1. What principle of giving is demonstrated in this account? II Corinthians 9:10

 

  1. What happened to the people? What is the Biblical principle here? Luke 9:17a, John 6:35, 48-51

 

  1. Take note of a few principles we can draw from this account – It is not wrong to get away for a while; at times, it is necessary. The Lord is the compassionate giver of every good gift. We are to be involved in what He is involved in. We give Him our meager resources and He can do mightily with it. Do not neglect putting your resources at His disposal. All ministry is Him asking us to do things we cannot do without Him. He had compassion because He knew the people were sheep without a shepherd. Just as He kept giving, so we ought to keep giving, especially the word of God.

John 6:25-35

September 3, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Parable of the Sower, Part 1: Luke 8:1-15

Summary: “The Parable of the Sower” is probably the most important of all the parables. Let’s take a closer look as we “hear” why Jesus’ words in this passage are so crucial to eternal life.

 

1. Why do many agree that the “The Parable of the Sower” is the most important parable in Scripture? Note its frequency and discourse.

 

2. What are the 4 types of soil? What is similar between them all? What is different?

 

3. Luke 8:8 contains the key verse, even word for this parable. What is it? Do we often need improvement in this skill?

 

4. Agricultural references are not unique to this parable. What are some other related agricultural analogies in Scripture? II Corinthians 9:10 , II Timothy 2:6

 

5. What is the “seed” in this parable? Luke 8:11

 

6. Seeds seem so small and weak, but what does God say about His seed/word? Luke 13:18-19, James 1:21 , I Peter 1:22-25

 

7. Review verses 12-15 . What 3 enemies do we face?

 

8. Luke’s recording of the seed/word going out really expands when he pens the book of Acts. Acts 4:19-22, 6:4, 12:24, 8:1-4

 

9. Speaking of Acts, can God even use persecution to spread His word? Are there other examples of this type of action that you’ve read about or even experienced?

 

10. Truly hearing is so critical to taking the word of God into our hearts. See Luke 8:18 for a parallel warning regarding hearing.

 

11. The word of God, but especially parables, can either reveal or conceal the truth. They’re really a reflection of our own heart condition. Are there any obstacles that you need to

remove from your heart? Are there any spiritual primers that help open your heart to the word of God?

 

12. What “soil type” do some of your friends or family fall into? How could you use this parable to help you minister to them?

May 9, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, Church, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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