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Obedience In Childhood

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Is Grace Cooperative?

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Is Grace Resistible?

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October 2, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We Beheld His Glory: Luke 9:27-36

Summary: As we see in Scripture, the inner three actually beheld His glory and they never got over it. Let’s take a closer look and see the applications of this in our own lives.


  1. To set the stage for the Transfiguration, what do you notice from verse 26? How can this help us with our sinful pride?


  1. What do you suppose the disciples were thinking after hearing verse 27?


  1. Speaking of verse 27, how does it relate to I Corinthians 15:50ff and Revelation 22:7,12?


  1. The inner 3 never got over the Transfiguration. See II Peter 1:16-20 and I John 1:4.


  1. We see from Scripture that Jesus ministered to the masses (feeding the five thousand) all the way down to the inner three. What two other significant instances do we see Jesus ministering with just the inner three disciples? See Luke 8:51-56 and Matthew 26:36-46.


  1. Luke 22:39ff is the parallel passage to Matthew 26:36ff. What pattern do we see Jesus repeating? How should that impact us?


  1. Once upon the mountain, we see Jesus transfigured before the inner 3. The Greek root of this word (metamorphoo) is only found 2 other times in the Bible: Romans 12:2 and II Corinthians 3:18. What’s the significance/impact of these two verses?


  1. What mistake does Peter make when he sees the transfigured Christ with Moses and Elijah? How do we see this type of mistake being made today?


  1. How did God respond to Peter’s ignorance? How did Peter, James and John respond to God’s sign?


  1. It’s clear from verse 35 and that Heaven is occupied with Christ. Hence, we should be too. See Galatians 6:14 and I Corinthians 1:18ff.


  1. Let’s take a closer look at some final points:
  2. Jesus’ humility will be followed by His glory. How do we experience this on a lesser degree? See II Corinthians 4:17.
  3. Heaven will be glorious. See Revelation 22:1-7.
  4. Be occupied with Him. See Colossians 3:1-4.
  5. The disciples never got over the Transfiguration. See John 20:29-31.

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

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

Jesus’ First Commissioning of the Twelve: Luke 9:1-9

Summary: All throughout the Bible God sent men to preach His word. He sent them out then and sends us out today for the same purpose: to point to the Sent-One, Jesus Christ.


  1. A.   Read Mark 9:1-9 and then go back and read verse 1 and 2 again. What do you see happening in these first two verses?


  1. Discuss what you, as a follower of Christ, have been called to.


  1. The gospels and the book of Acts speak to our commissioning. In whose power do we go out? Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-49, Acts 1:7-8


  1. A.   What does Jesus do in Luke 9:2?


  1. What does Luke 9:2 reveal about what God is like? Psalm 105:17, Exodus 3:9-10, John 1:6


  1. What was Jesus’ attitude toward being sent? What about you? John 4:34, Luke 22:42


  1. A.   What did Jesus give the twelve as He sent them out? Luke 9:1


  1. What have we seen Jesus have all through the book of Luke? Luke 4:32-41, 5:4, 6, 12-13, 15


  1. Why and by what authority did Jesus come down from heaven? Matthew 28:18, Mark 10:45, John 10:17-18, 19:10-11, I John 4:10
  2. A.   What were the twelve sent out to do? Luke 9:2-6


  1. What happened when “the word of God came to John?” What did Jesus do as He began His ministry? Luke 3:3, 4:14-15


  1. What can be said about the proclamation of the Gospel? Luke 4:43, I Corinthians 1:21-24


  1. What can be said about God’s character, Jesus’ character, as He sends them out to heal? Luke 7:13-14


  1. What are they told in Luke 9:3 and what does Jesus say about it later? Luke 22:35-36


  1. A.   As we go out to preach the gospel, what do we need to be ready for? Luke 9:4-5


  1. What does scripture say about those that are sent? Luke 10:7, I Timothy 5:18


  1. How serious is rejection of the gospel? Luke 9:5, 10:10-12


  1. A.   Of what is Herod the tetrarch a prominent example? Luke 9:7-9, Mark 6:14-16


  1. How does Jesus react to Herod? Luke 13:31-32, 23:7-12


  1. What does this account tell you about Herod and other Christ rejecters? Luke 23:12


We are sent, just like these ordinary men. God sent His Son to die for us and He sent His Spirit to live in us. We have the Holy Spirit. We need to be mindful that our power and authority come from Him. We need to go in His power and authority, just like the twelve needed to. He granted the Gospel to us, with power and authority. We can say with His authority, that if you respond to Jesus Christ, if you repent and believe in the Lord Jesus, your sins are forgiven. With the same authority, if you reject the Gospel, you are still in your sins. This is the Gospel we proclaim. Lastly, note that Herod asked the right question: “Who is this man?” John 20:21-23, Luke 9:9, 18-20

September 1, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, New Testament, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jesus the Healer: Luke 8:40-56

Summary: Whether we are well off like Jairus, or poor like the hemorrhaging woman, we need Christ to heal us. Let’s take a closer look at how Christ can heal the “mighty” and the “weak.”


1.  For a quick review, look back at Luke 8:37. Are people generally welcoming of Jesus for His good works?


2.  Can we expect similar treatment for following Christ? How should we handle this? See Matthew 5:13-16.


3.  What happens when a “mighty” one (Jairus–a synagogue official) runs into a serious problem? What can we learn from Jairus’ example?


4.  However, before Jesus can fully address Jairus, He’s interrupted by someone of lowly circumstances, the hemorrhaging woman who is unclean and literally broke (see also Mark 5:25+). Does Jesus ignore her?


5.  How did the hemorrhaging woman acknowledge Jesus? Where else have we seen this type of approach? Hint: you don’t need to look far.


6.  Why does Jesus ask, “Who is the one who touched Me?” What resulted from this question? Did it bring public glory to God?


7.  Speaking of God’s glory, is there something that the Lord has done for you that should be publically acknowledged? How does this relate to Luke 9:26?


8.  After Jesus heals this woman, He says, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” First, is it the amount of her faith or the object of her faith that healed her?  Second, how did she have real peace? See also Romans 3:17 and 5:1.


9.  Now turning back to Jairus, did even death stop Jesus? Think about the profoundness of this. See also the parallels in John 11.


10. Note the humility of Jesus in verse 53. Should we also be willing to accept similar taunting? See II Timothy 3:12.


11. What comfort can Christ and His word bring when we’re persecuted? See Hebrews 4:15-16.


12. Note how often Jesus brings peace to a situation (e.g.: Luke 7:50, 8:48, etc.).  How does this relate to Matthew 11:29?

May 21, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, liberal, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jesus, Son of the Most High God: Luke 8:26-39

Summary: Who is this man, who not only has power over the wind and waves, but also the demonic realm? It is Jesus, Son of the Most High God.


1.   A.   What power did Jesus demonstrate in last week’s lesson? Luke 8:22-25


B.   What power does Jesus demonstrate in this week’s lesson? Luke 8:26-39


C. Do you see who Jesus really is in these two passages? Luke 8:22-39


Remember the question the disciples had last week? Did you take note of who has an answer in this week’s passage? Luke 8:25, 28, Genesis 14:18, Psalm 9:1-2, Hebrews 5:5-6


2.   A.   Notice how this is a “bang, bang” play. They just get through one storm and what happens? Luke 8:26-27, Mark 5:1-2


B.   What is it like to be under the dominion of Satan? Luke 8:27, Mark 5:3-5


C.  What is all around us in our culture? What is the source of evil? Revelation 9:11 (Apolluon: a destroyer)


3.   A.   Who is behind all false religion? I Corinthians 10:19-20


B.   What happens when you are devoted to a false religion? I Kings 18:26-28


C.  What did Satan lie about at the very beginning? Genesis 3:4


4.   A.   What do all demons know? Luke 8:28, Matthew 8:28-29, Mark 1:23-24, Luke 4:33-34


B.   Who has power over the demonic realm? Luke 8:29-32, I John 4:4


C.  Stop and just enjoy this picture of deliverance! What was the man who was possessed doing? Luke 8:33-35


5.   A.   How did the people of Gerasenes react to this deliverance? Luke 8:35b-37


B.   What was the man’s request and what was Jesus’ response? What did the man do? Luke 8:38-39


C.  In light of Jesus’ directive to the man, what can you do or what should you do, when you talk to others?

May 19, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, Church, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, liberal, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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