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Posted on March 12, 2010

Thursday, March 11

Acts 17:16-34

 

What Does This Passage Mean?

            Paul noticed that the city of Athens was full of idols.   Paul was brought to the Aeropagus to share his teachings on Jesus.  Paul saw that the people were very religious.  He taught that God made every nation from one man so mankind would seek and find Him.  We are God’s offspring and the proof is Jesus being raised from the dead.  Some sneered, while others became followers of Paul and believed.

 

Why is the altar a big deal (v. 23)?

 

Friday, March 12

Acts 17:16-34

 

Why Should We Care?

            God has a plan.  He made humanity from one man.  He set the times in place.  He judges humanity according to its knowledge.  God is the Master Planner.

            We are God’s offspring.  Children are responsible to their parents.  We are responsible to God.  We are His children.

 

How are we God’s offspring (vv. 28-29)?

 

Saturday, March 13

Acts 17:16-34

 

What Should We Do?

            We need to see God’s big picture.  God creates the world.  He wants us to know Him.  He calls us to repent.  He sends His Son to die and rise again.  He judges the world in the end based on Jesus’ appointment.  This is God’s big picture.

 

How would you tell the story of God to a friend?

 

Sunday. March 14

Memory Verse

 

Acts 17:28-For in him we live and move and have our being.  As some of your own poets have said, “We are his offspring.” 

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Posted on March 05, 2010

Thursday, March 4

Acts 9:1-19

 

What Does This Passage Mean?

            Saul was threatening Jesus’ disciples.  On the way to Damascus, a light from heaven blinded him and he heard the voice of Jesus.  In Damascus, Ananias was called by the Lord to heal Saul’s blindness.  So Ananias found Saul to help him see again.  Saul regained his sight and got baptized.

 

Why would God recruit someone who was fighting against Him?

 

Friday, March 5

Acts 9:1-19

 

Why Should We Care?

            God changes lives.  Saul was following a lifestyle of destruction, death, and hatred.  His encounter with Jesus turned into following restoration, life, and love.  God changed his life.

            We are slow to obey.  Saul ignored God’s call until God stopped him with a blinding light.  Ananias did not want to help Saul until God repeated His orders.  Obedience takes a second chance.

 

How is your life changed by knowing Jesus?

 

Saturday, March 6

Acts 9:1-19

 

What Should We Do?
           
We need to repent and believe.  Saul spent three days in physical blindness to recognize he was spiritually blind.  His repentance allowed him to regain his sight.  And the first thing he did was get baptized, showing his new life in Christ. 

 

What does it mean to be “spiritually blind”?

 

Sunday, March 7

Memory Verse

 

Acts 16:31-They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved-you and your household.” 

 

Monday, March 8

Acts 16:16-40

 

What Does This Passage Mean?
           
A slave girl who had a spirit was following Paul and Silas.  Paul cast out the spirit in Jesus’ name.  This upset the owners of the slave girl.  Paul and Silas were flogged and thrown into prison.  Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns when a violent earthquake opened the doors of the prison.  The jailer thought the prisoners would escape, but they didn’t.  The jailer put his faith in Jesus as a result.  Paul and Silas were released from prison.

 

Did Paul and Silas urge the people to break the law (v. 21)?

 

Tuesday, March 9

Acts 16:16-40

 

Why Should We Care?

            God is well-known.  Spirits call him the Most High God.  Jailers put faith in Him.  Disciples suffer persecution for Him.  God is known well.

            We recognize His work.  The owners of the slave girl saw God working through Paul and Silas.  The jailer saw God work in an earthquake.  We see God working.

 

Why did Paul cast out the spirit (v. 18)?

 

Wednesday, March 10

Acts 16:16-40

 

What Should We Do?

            We need to look for God’s activity.  Spirits are defeated.  Disciples are persecuted but protected.  New converts are baptized.  God is active today!

 

Did God cause the earthquake (v. 26)?

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Week 7
Posted on February 25, 2010

Thursday, February 25

John 20:10-18

 

What Does This Passage Mean?

            Mary saw two angles and Jesus.  She didn’t recognize Jesus and asked him to tell her where Jesus was.  Then Jesus said her name and she cried out, “Rabboni!”  Jesus told her to go to her brothers.  Mary told the disciples that she had seen Jesus.

 

How come Mary didn’t recognize Jesus?

 

Friday, February 26

John 20:10-18

 

Why Should We Care?

            Jesus is alive!  Jesus has defeated death!  Jesus is alive!

            We are witnesses.  Mary is a witness to Jesus’ resurrection.  The disciples are witnesses to Jesus.  We are witnesses to tell Jesus’ story.

 

What makes Jesus’ resurrection a big deal?

 

Saturday, February 27

John 20:10-18

 

What Should We Do?

            We need to share Jesus’ story.  Jesus is alive and we all need to tell others.  Share Jesus’ story!

 

Have you ever shared Jesus’ story with someone?  Share it with us…

 

Sunday, February 28

Spiritual Disicpline

 

What did you give up for Lent?

 

Monday, March 1

Luke 24:36-49

 

What Does This Passage Mean?

            Jesus stood among them and revealed that He was alive.  He ate fish in their presence.  He explained His resurrection in light of the Scriptures.  He promised to send what His Father was going to send: the Holy Spirit.

 

Why does it matter that Jesus ate fish?

 

Tuesday, March 2

Luke 24:36-49

 

Why Should We Care?

            God keeps His promise.  God promises to send a Messiah and He does.  God promises to raise the Messiah from the dead and He does.  God promises to send the Holy Spirit and He does.  God is a promise keeper.

            We need explanation.  The disciples needed Jesus to explain what His resurrection meant.  We need to know what “my Father has promised.”  God’s Word needs some explaining.

 

What promise has God kept to you?

 

Wednesday, March 3

Luke 24:36-49

 

What Should We Do?

            We need to see God’s big picture.  Jesus tells His disciples how the resurrection fulfills the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.  He “opens their minds” to grasp the Scripture.  Jesus has always been a part of God’s big picture.

 

Was Jesus part of God’s original big picture or is He “plan B”?  Explain your answer…

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Week 6
Posted on February 18, 2010

Thursday, February 18

Matthew 26:47-56

 

What Does This Passage Mean?
           
A large crowd was sent by the high priests to capture Jesus.  Judas pointed out Jesus with a kiss.  Then the men arrested Jesus.  One of Jesus’ companions struck a servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.  Jesus told his disciple to put his sword away.  Jesus said this all was taking place to fulfill Scripture. 

 

Why did Judas kiss Jesus?

 

Friday, February 19

Matthew 26:47-56

 

Why Should We Care?

            God has a Master plan.  Jesus knew His arrest was part of the plan.  God put this plan in motion.  The Master plan was coming to its conclusion.

            We act before we think.  Judas Iscariot sold out Jesus for quick and easy money.  One of Jesus’ companions attacked out of rage.  Bad actions happen when we don’t think things through.

 

How is Scripture fulfilled in this passage?

 

Saturday, February 20

Matthew 26:47-56

 

What Should We Do?

            We need to take time to think.  Judas, Jesus’ companion, the high priest, the elders, and the large crowd were all quick to judgment.  All of them share in the responsibility of Jesus’ death.  One of them would have come to a better decision had they taken the time to think.

 

What decision do you have this week that requires time to think?

 

Sunday, February 21

Memory Section

 

Memorize these books of the New Testament

 

Matthew           Mark                Luke                John 

 

Monday, February 22

Matthew 27:45-56

 

What Does This Passage Mean?

            Jesus cried out to God and gave up His spirit.  At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.  A centurion exclaimed that Jesus was a Son of God.  Many women witnessed the death of Jesus.

 

Why did the curtain in the temple tear?

 

Tuesday, February 23

Matthew 27:45-56

 

Why Should We Care?

            God is sacrificial.  God gives His Son to die so we can live.  He suffers agony so we may have victory in Jesus.

            We are in His debt.  We didn’t do anything to work for our salvation.  We accept what Jesus did by His death and believe.

 

Why did God bring some dead people back to life in this passage?

 

Wednesday, February 24

Matthew 27:45-56

 

What Should We Do?

            We need to claim our faith.  To claim something is to take it as your own.  Our faith needs to be taken on with a sense of responsibility.  We are responsible to God.  Take hold of your faith.

 

Did God forsake Jesus or is something else going on here?

 

 

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Week 5
Posted on February 11, 2010

Thursday, February 11

John 14:15-31

 

What Does This Passage Mean?
           
If you love me, obey me.  A Counselor is coming-the Spirit of Truth.  I am in the Father.  If anyone loves me, he will obey me.  The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, will teach you all things and remind you of everything.  Peace I have with you.  I am going to the Father, who is greater than I.

 

How can we know that a teaching is from the Holy Spirit?

 

Friday, February 12

John 14:15-31

 

Why Should We Care?
           
God is Trinitarian.  The Father sends the Son.  The Son is in the Father.  The Holy Spirit is sent by the Father after the Son.  The Trinity-God in three persons. 

            We are in Christ.  If we love and obey God, God lives in us.  Jesus is with us.  The Holy Spirit speaks for us.  God is in us.

 

How would you explain the Trinity to a friend?

 

Saturday, February 13

John 14:15-31

 

What Should We Do?

            We need to love and obey God.  To love God is to obey His commands.  When we obey His commands, we show God that we love Him.  Love and obedience go hand in hand.

 

What comes first, obedience or love?

 

Sunday, February 14

Memory Verse

 

John 17:17-Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

 

Monday, February 15

John 17:6-19

 

What Does This Passage Mean?

            I pray for the disciples.  Protect them by Your name.  Give them my joy.  Protect them from the evil one.  Sanctify them as I have sent them into the world.

 

Why didn’t Jesus pray for the world?

 

Tuesday, February 16

John 17:6-19

 

Why Should We Care?

            God protects us.  He protects us by His power.  He protects us from evil.  He protects us in the world. 

            We are on a mission.  The disciples are sent into the world to share the gospel.  We who are followers of Jesus are sent on the same mission.  That is our mission.

 

What does God protect us from?

 

Wednesday, February 17

John 17:6-19

 

What Should We Do?

            We need to seek to be sanctified.  Sanctify means to be set apart for sacred use or to make holy.  It means to not follow the world’s standards or morals, but rather God’s direction.  It is to obey God and be like Jesus.  This protects us from the evil of this world and allows us to experience God’s joy.  Be holy!

 

How can we be sanctified daily?

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Week 4
Posted on February 04, 2010

Thursday, February 4

Luke 15:11-32

 

            On May 17, 2009, Ryan Myers, Evan Gundy, and Bill Gild preached a sermon on this passage entitled “The Parable of the Compassionate Father and His Lost Son(s).”  For these blog entries, listen to the sermon and fill in the sermon notes.  You can find this by going to http://www.rcctulsa.org/index.cfm?id=81 and click on “The Prodigal Sons” audio for the sermon and notes for the sermon notes. 

 

 

1.) God pursues the____________________________.

Luke 15:11-24

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So, he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ 20So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am not longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22But the father said to his servants, ’Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”

 

Friday, February 5

Luke 15:11-32

 

 

2.) God pursues the ____________________________.

Luke 15:25-32

25“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ 28The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ 31‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

 

Saturday, February 6

Luke 15:11-32

 

 

3.) God Pursues______________________________.

 

Sunday, February 7

Memory Verse

 

John 3:16-For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.

 

Monday, February 8

John 3:1-21


What Does This Passage Mean?

            A Pharisee named Nicodemus came to Jesus at night.  Jesus told Nicodemus that no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again, born of water and the Spirit.  The Son of Man must be lifted up.  God loves the world and gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.  It is through this son that the world will be saved.  Whoever lives by this truth lives in the light.

 

What does it mean to be born again?

 

Tuesday, February 9

John 3:1-21

 

Why Should We Care?

            God loves us.  God sends His son.  God saves the world.  God accepts us.  God is love.

            We are called to believe.  God called us to believe in Him.  We are to trust in Him.  We place our fate in his hands.  That is belief.

 

What does it mean to believe in God?

 

Wednesday, February 10

John 3:1-21

 

What Should We Do?

            We need to believe in Jesus.  We need to trust in Christ alone for our salvation.  We need to follow Him.  We need to believe in Jesus as the Christ.

 

Have you put your faith in Jesus?  Share your faith story. 

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Posted on January 28, 2010

Thursday, January 28

Matthew 5:1-12

 

What Does This Passage Mean?

            Jesus teaches, “Blessed are the humble, who will inherit heaven and earth.  Blessed are those who desire righteousness, for they will be filled.  Blessed are the pure in heart, who will see God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for heaven is theirs.  Blessed are you when you are persecuted because of Me.  Great is your reward in heaven.” 

 

Are these blessings promises or results?

 

Friday, January 29

Matthew 5:1-12

 

Why Should We Care?

            God is contrarian.  The world says be arrogant, do what it takes to win, lie, cheat, and steal.  God says be humble, the last will be first, take ridicule for Me.  God goes against the world.

            We will suffer for following Jesus.  We will be persecuted, insulted, mocked, and lied about for following Jesus.  Follow anyway. 

 

Why do you think these are promises?

 

Saturday, January 30

Matthew 5:1-12

 

What Should We Do?

            We need to seek righteousness.  This message can be summed up as seek what is right.  Do that and you will be blessed.

 

Why do you think these are results?

 

Sunday, January 31

Memory Verse

 

Memorize the Lord’s Prayer

 

Monday, February 1

Matthew 6:5-15

 

What Does This Passage Mean?

            When you pray, pray in privacy and keep it simple.  Pray, “God, hallowed be your name.  Your will be done.  Provide daily bread.  Forgive us.  Deliver us from evil.”  If you forgive others, God will forgive you.

 

Why is the Lord’s prayer important?

 

Tuesday, February 2

Matthew 6:5-15

 

Why Should We Care?

                        God listens.  God hears our prayers.  He wants to know our hearts.  God is a great listener.

                        We pray.  We pray about family and friends.  We pray about having a good day.  We pray for meals.  We pray. 

 

            What do you pray about daily?

 

            Wednesday, February 3

            Matthew 6:5-15

 

            What Should We Do?

            We need to learn how to pray.  People during Jesus’ time were praying in the streets for all to see and using fancy language or special words to try to get God to do what they wanted.  That is misguided prayer.  True prayer comes from the heart and submits to God’s will.  That’s how you pray. 

 

How should we pray in public?

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Week 2
Posted on January 25, 2010

     I apologize for the lateness of this week's entry.  I have been out of the office sick.  This is a rare thing for me (I haven't taken antibiotics in about 12 years).  So once again I apologize.  Enjoy this week's entry.

Thursday, January 21

Mark 1:1-8

 

What Does This Passage Mean?

            I will send a messenger to prepare the way for the Lord.  John came, preaching a baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins.  John’s message was of a powerful one coming, who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.

 

Why did John baptize?

 

Friday, January 22

Mark 1:1-8

 

Why Should We Care?

            God sends messengers.  In the Old Testament, God spoke through patriarchs, priests, and prophets.  Here He speaks through John.  God’s message is proclaimed.

            We are messengers.  God gave John a message to preach and he delivered.  God sends us into the world to preach His gospel message.  Are we getting the message out there?

 

What is baptism of the Holy Spirit?

 

Saturday, January 23

Mark 1:1-8

 

What Should We Do?

            We need to receive God’s message.  Before we can preach the gospel, we must accept the gospel.  We must repent, accept forgiveness and believe in the powerful one (Jesus).  When we receive this message, then we can be God’s messengers to the world.

 

When do you hear God most clearly?

 

Sunday, January 24

Memory Verse

 

Mark 1:8-I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.

 

Monday, January 25

Mark 9:14-32

 

What Does This Passage Mean?

            A large crowd ran to greet Jesus.  The disciples were unable to drive out an evil spirit.  The father of the possessed boy asked Jesus if He could help.  The father needed help to overcome his unbelief.  Jesus commanded the evil spirit to come out and it did.  Jesus told His disciples that this spirit comes out by prayer and fasting.

 

If we believe, will all our prayers be answered?  Why or why not?

 

Tuesday, January 26

Mark 9:14-32

 

Why Should We Care?

            God is powerful.  His words cast out evil spirits.  His prayer restores people to wholeness.  His faith erases years of suffering.  God is all-powerful.

            We lack faith.  The disciples could not help because the lack of faithful prayer.  The father lacked faith in Jesus to heal his boy.  Faith could always use an increase.

 

How do we get more faith?

 

Wednesday, January 27

Mark 9:14-32

 

What Should We Do?

            We need to pray.  Prayer is what the disciples were called to do by Jesus.  Prayer is the tearful cry of the father to Jesus.  Prayer is what keeps our hearts in line with Jesus.  That is the power of prayer.

 

Why do we need to pray?

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Week 1
Posted on January 14, 2010

Thursday, January 14
Luke 1:26-38

What Does This Passage Mean?
      God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary.  Mary was troubled by this.  The angel told her to not be afraid.  She would give birth to a son whose kingdom will never end.  He will be called Jesus, the Son of the Most High.  The Holy Spirit will come upon her for the virgin birth.  Mary accepted her mission from God as the Lord's servant.

Question: Why name him Jesus (v. 31)?

Friday, January 15
Luke 1:26-38

Why Should We Care?
     God does the impossible.  He allows a young woman to give birth as a virgin.  He sends His son into the world.  His kingdom has no end.  God makes the impossible happen.
     We are highly favored.  Mary is given a special assignment by God.  We are called to serve God with our unique set of skills.  We are blessed to know and love God.

Question: How was Mary highly favored (v. 28)?

Saturday, January 16
Luke 1:26-38

What Should We Do?
    
We need to humbly accept God's call.  Mary hears this amazing story of virgin birth, son of God, and kingdom control from an angel and accepts it as a servant of the Lord.  God has called each of us to tasks, great and small.  We need to accept our assignments from God, too.

Question: Who else in the Bible accepted God's call?

Sunday, January 17
Memory Verse

Luke 1:37-
"For nothing is impossible with God."

Monday, January 18
Luke 2:1-7

What Does This Passage Mean?
     Caesar Augustus called for a census.  So Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem, the town of David's descendants.  While there, Mary gave birth to a baby boy.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger.

Question: When was Jesus born?

Tuesday, January 19
Luke 2:1-7

Why Should We Care?
    
God is one of us.  Jesus enters the world as a baby.  He comes to earth as a fragile, helpless infant.  He becomes one of us to save all of us.
     We are planned.  Jesus comes from the family line of King David.  His lineage is planned for centuries.  God's plan to save us is original and eternal.

Question: What is the link between Joseph and King David?

Wednesday, January 20
Luke 2:1-7

What Should We Do?
     We need to celebrate Jesus' birth.  The birth of Jesus starts a new way of life.  It allows us to see God in the flesh.  It begins the kingdom of God on earth.  It establishes new life to those who believe in Jesus as the Christ.  Jesus' birth is the ultimate celebration.

Question: How do you Jesus' birth during Christmas? 

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New Testament List
Posted on January 14, 2010

Here is the memoriztion list from the New Testament

Book Order of New Testament                  Luke 1:37

Mark 1:8                                                   John 3:16

John 17:17                                                Acts 16:33

Acts 17:28                                               Romans 3:23

I Corinthians 13:13                                  Philippians 2:5

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