Thoughts of John

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Christ Our Priest

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John

May 16, 2017 Posted by | Christian, Christianity, Church, Devotional, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Is Grace Cooperative?

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John

April 27, 2017 Posted by | Bible, Christian, Christianity, Devotional, Faith, God, Jesus, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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

Jesus Makes a House Call: Luke 5:27-39

Summary: Jesus said, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” He is The Great Physician. He also said, “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” He is The Good Shepherd. The Good Physician came to where the people were sick and took time with them. He came “to seek and to save” the lost.

1. A. As you read the summary above, be reminded of what we have already seen Jesus do here in the book of Luke. Then read part of our passage, Luke 5:27-32. What does Jesus call Himself? Luke 5:13, 20, 24, 27-32

B. What is the deepest need of the paralytic and Matthew? Luke 5:20, 27, 32

2. A. Who was Matthew? How did his profession come off in that day? Luke 5:27-32 , Matthew 21:31b

B. What was Jesus accused of and why is that a good thing for the true believer? Luke 5:30 , 7:34

C. Have you responded to Jesus the way Matthew did? What pattern for the believer do you see in Matthew’s response to Jesus’ call? Luke 5:27-29 , II Corinthians 5:17

3. A. Did everyone react to Jesus the way Matthew did? Luke 5:30

B. Who is grumbling almost always against? Exodus 16:2, 6-7, Numbers 14:26-27 , John 6:41 , 7:12

C. What are you really doing when you grumble? Psalm 106:24-25 , Romans 8:28

D. What were the Pharisees like and who or what did they trust in? Who is the modern equivalent of Pharisees? Luke 5:21, 30

4. A. What is Jesus’ response to the grumblings of the Pharisees? Luke 5:31-32

B. Who did Jesus come to call? Luke 5:29, 32 , 19:10 , Mark 2:15-17 , Romans 3:10-12 , Psalm 14:1-3, 53:1-3, John 9:41

5. A. Read Luke 5:33-39 then answer one overriding question: Can you mix your old self (before you came to really know Jesus as Savior) with the new self (after you received new life in Him)?

B. Is salvation a cause for celebration? Luke 5:33-34

C. In Luke 5:35 , what is mentioned for the first time in the book of Luke?

D. What examples does Jesus give concerning mixing the old life before Christ with the new life in Christ? Luke 5:36-38

E. What example is given concerning those who stick with their old life/religion? Luke 5:39

March 24, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, Church, God, Gospel of Luke, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Life, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jesus Forgives Sin: Luke 5:17-26

We are looking at THE Man. We open our Bibles regularly to see Jesus, THE Man, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” We see in this scene our Lord has the ability to forgive sin, to read minds, and to heal paralysis.

1. A. Read the text, Luke 5:17-26. What was Jesus’ most common self-designation? Luke 5:24

B. When He called himself “the Son of Man,” did they know what he was saying?

Luke 21:27, Daniel 7:13-14

C. Why did Jesus come?

Luke 19:10

2. A. Have you ever been lost? What was it like? Did you feel helpless and hopeless?

B. What is Jesus’ solution to being lost?

Luke 5:27, 9:23

C. How is paralysis like being lost? How is paralysis like the sinner’s need?

Romans 5:6, Ephesians 2:11-12

3. A. Our text begins with Jesus teaching. Who was there and what do you know about them? What do you learn about Jesus from this text? Luke 5:17, 18:11-12, 3:21-22, 4:1

B. Read on in the text, Luke 5:18-19. What was the disposition of the men carrying the paralytic? Luke 4:40

C. What was the paralytic’s deepest need? What is our greatest need?

Luke 5:20, Mark 9:43, 45, 47, Psalm 51:1-2, Luke 7:48, 24:45-47, Exodus 34:6-7, Psalm 130:3-4, I John 2:12

Does God just forgive sin or does God ultimately punish sin? Romans 6:23, Colossians 2:13-14, I Peter 2:24

4. A. How do the religious leaders react to forgiveness of sin? Luke 5:21

B. The Pharisees reasoning is both right and wrong. How so? Luke 5:21

C. What is revealed about Jesus in His response to the Pharisees? Luke 5:22-26, Romans 2:16

Let this sink in. We are helpless. We cannot save ourselves. We cannot get up and walk. We cannot walk the Christian walk. If you are reading this and you need Christ, you may be thinking, “I do not think I could be a Christian. I do not think I could do it!” You cannot; He can. He came to seek and to save helpless ones. He is the omnipotent One; we are impotent. We are absolutely unable to do anything. He can do everything. He moved heaven and earth and did more than that: He went to a cross, He died on a cross, and He rose again, so that He can say, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” This is always a response to faith; “And seeing their faith, He said ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven you.’” Forgiveness is for those who call on the name of the Lord. As you call on Him, you can know that the all mighty One, the “Alpha and Omega,” came “to seek and to save the lost.” Jesus addressed the real need of the paralytic, forgiveness of sins.

March 22, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, Church, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, Life, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lavish Grace

Text Used: Romans 3.22-25; Luke 15.11-32

Definition of Grace

Grace is God’s FREE and unmerited favor shown to guilty sinners who deserve on JUDGEMENT.

Three questions to ask ourselves about grace

1. Do I know the GIVER of grace?
2. Do I understand the GIFT of grace?
3. Do I GRASP the lavishness of grace?

PRELUDE TO GRACE

Genesis 6.5 – The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Isaiah 53.6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Romans 3.10-18 – 10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” 13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” 14“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16in their paths are ruin and misery,17 and the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Grace through human ACHIEVEMNT
Grace through divine ACCOMPLISHMENT

PRINCIPLES OF GRACE

1. Grace ACCEPTED by Faith. (Romans 3.22)
2. Grace AVAILABLE to All Who Believe (Romans 2.22-23)
3. Grace AWARDED freely (Romans 3.24)
4. Grace ACQUIRED through redemption (Romans 3.24)
5. Grace ACCOMPLISHED through propitiation (Romans 3.25)

Luke 15.11-32

SHAMEFUL REQUEST:
Luke 15.11-12 – 11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them.

SHAMEFUL RESPONSE:
Luke 15.12b –  …And he divided his property between them.

SHAMEFUL REBELLION:
Luke 15.13-16 – 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.

SHAMEFUL REPENTANCE:
Luke 15.17-19 – 17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19  I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’

SHAMEFUL RECEPTION:
Luke 15.20-21 – 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

SHAMEFUL REJOICE:
Luke 15.22-24 – 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

SHAMEFUL REALIZATION:
Luke 15.25-30 – 25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’

A LAVISH GRACE FILLED REACTION:
Luke 15:31-32 – 25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’

Take from a sermon by Pastor Ricky Le Mons

March 11, 2012 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, Church, family, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Life, New Testament, Prayer, relationship, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bible Study on Romans: Introductions to Romans 9-11: Romans 9:1-3

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Overview: Paul has established his case for the gospel as the power of God by the might of His grace: wicked, God-rejecting, helpless sinners are transformed. Believers are justified and established in God’s righteousness, so that we become obedient, Christ-honoring, Spirit-dependent overcomers of sin and trials. Now Paul turns a corner and applies the faithful and sovereign grace of God to Israel. By the sovereign powers of His mercy, He keeps His promises to save and establish the nation Israel.

1. A. Find a summary statement for Paul’s first main point in Romans 1:18-3:20.

B. How would you describe the extent of our fallen state? Romans 3:9-20

C. Are you prepared to answer this misconception: “How can a loving God ever send a nice person to hell?” Ecc. 7:20, Rom. 3:19-20, 2 Thess. 1:6-9, Isa. 33:14, Matt. 25:41

2. A. Find a summary statement for the good news in Rom. 3:21-8:39.

B. How would you describe the extent of our justification? Rom. 3:21-26, 4:25-5:2, 6:17-18, 8:1-4, 8:14-17, 8:28-39

C. Is your security in Christ strong? How would you identify a confident, vibrant faith in the Lord Jesus? John 15:10-11, Rom. 4:18-24

3. A. How are the Israelites described in Romans 10:2-3 and 10:21?

B. How would you explain God’s sovereignty, and the way He uses the fallen state of Israel? Rom. 9:10-16, 9:19-21, 11:1-4, 11:11-12, 11:28-36

C. Share some of the wrong things in your life that God has used for the better.

4. A. Identify the concerns that Paul had as stated in Romans 9:1-3.

B. Explain how the sorrow and grief of Paul can be characterized as Christ-like. John 15:13, 2 Cor. 1:6-8.

C. Solid and healthy, victorious Christians can and do suffer grief over lost souls. A heart for the lost is the heart of God. What about you? Do you share in the burden for the lost, and how does this show?

August 28, 2010 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Romans, Theology | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

   

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