Monthly Archives: July 2023

The Calling

Sunday Lesson Notes from July 16th

  • Read Ephesians 4: 1-6
    • What is the “calling” that you have received?
      • To be a disciple of Jesus
      • To imitate the way Jesus lived
      • To make Jesus the Lord (ruler) of your life
      • This is essential to the core of the Christian Faith
  • Read 1 John and discuss some passages that describe this core of the Christian Faith, living like Jesus
    • 1 John 2: 3-6 is a great example, if you claim to be a Christian, you must live like Jesus did.
  • Describe some ways you can tell if someone is living like Jesus, refer back to Ephesians 4: 1-6
    • The person would be humble and gentle
    • The person would be patient and bearing with others
    • The person would be forgiving and turning to God for answers

  • Describe some ways you might act if you are not trying to live like Jesus, again refer back to Ephesians 4: 1-6
    • The person would retaliate and become defensive in relationships
    • The person would be quick to anger, judgmental and impatient
    • The person would be unforgiving and turning to their own methods to solve problems
    • They would damage the unity in relationships for the sake of winning or being right
  • What is so great about making every effort to “keep unity”? What is “unity”?
    • When Paul told the readers to keep unity, this implied we are already unified with each other. Working to keep unity is the challenge, but it is encouraging that God has already given us the gift of unity in our relationships.
    • Unity is working together with others to reach the same goal. It does not mean we have to have the same exact ideas, thoughts or feelings. It means adjusting our ideas, thoughts and feelings as necessary to reach a common goal. Our relationship with God and our relationship with each other is essential to maintaining unity. 
    • God has given us one Body, Spirit, Hope, Lord, Faith and Baptism. God has made us all-everyone. 
    • God has made us all and as disciples we belong to Jesus. Because we belong to Jesus, we can imitate his humility and keep peace in our relationships.

Jesus, the Bridegroom

Sunday Lesson notes from July 9th, 2023

  • Read John 3: 22-30
    • How does John view himself in relation to Jesus?
      • As a servant, lower in status
      • As a best man to the bridegroom
  • Read Ephesians 5: 22-32
    • What is the profound mystery?
      • That the church is Jesus’s bride and he is the bridegroom
      • Jesus gave his life up for his bride, the church
      • Are human marriages like Jesus’s marriage to the church or is Jesus’s marriage to the church like human marriages?
    • What can we learn from the example of Jesus’s marriage to the church?
      • Jesus gave up his life for the church
      • Jesus cares for the church like he cares for himself
      • There is no price Jesus was unwilling to pay to serve the church
      • Jesus called himself the head of the church, the church members are his body. There is a deep connection between Jesus and the church.
      • As a church we should strive to follow and be lead by our head, Jesus and not a human leader
      • We should respond to Jesus with humility and reverence
      • Jesus uses his words to take care of the church and to make it radiant

  • Read Isaiah 54: 5-8 amd Ezekiel 16: 1-14
    • God is our husband and looks after and takes care of our needs
    • He brought us out of a lonely broken place and provided us with everything that we need to live
    • God has a personal and intimate relationship with us and his concern for us is deeply personal
    • God gives us time to grow and seeks us out when we are ready to receive him
    • It is easy to forget how much God loves and cares for us.
    • When Jesus returns, we will have full redemption and will experience the full treasures from God. As members of the church we will one day be married to our great bridegroom Jesus. 
    • God has made us his Queen and the future bride of Jesus, how do you respond to this gift from God?
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