Let us build each other up with Scriptures

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Sermon notes from February 21, 2021

Read 1 Corinthians 14:26

The bible instructs us to build each other up when we come together. Let us take a moment to share with each other how we are connecting with Jesus by sharing scriptures with each other.

Here are some examples of what some of us shared:

  • Hebrews 1: 1-3
    • Jesus is the fullest representation of who God is
    • Jesus is better than all the prophets, all the high priests, and even the promised land etc.
    • Through Jesus we have a relationship with GOD
  • John 2
    • Jesus turned water into wine as the first sign of who he really was
    • His disciples believed in him after this miracle
    • He stayed with his family afterward and included the disciples among them as family too; we tend to think that we need to choose between our physical and spiritual family; Jesus shows us that they aren’t mutually exclusive.
    • Jesus is God’s love letter to us and he shows us what God expects of us as his disciples; God sent Jesus to show us HOW to love like He loves us.
  • John 15
    • What is Jesus and God made of? This was a question from one of the children in our group
    • The answer-pure love, remain in God’s love and obey his commands
    • We should love each other, this will help us to experience God’s love and show the world that we are followers of Jesus.
  • The word “EDEN” in Hebrew is made up of three characters: "Ayin"- to see or know or experience; "Dalat"- door opening or pathway and "Noon"-life
    • EDEN-means "the pathway to life"
    • Resembles who JESUS is-the way to life
    • Read Isaiah 59: our sins separated us from GOD, Jesus took that sin away and now we have a pathway to GOD
  • Colossians 1
    • Through Jesus we have been given the fullness of life
    • Paul tries to explain his fullness and shared experience with Jesus, think about this for a minute

Think of other passages in the BIBLE that bring you close to Jesus and share with others!

Remembering God’s Promises!

Sermon Notes from February 14, 2021

Read 1 Chronicles 17: 1-5

  • How did God feel about David wanting to build a house for him?
  • How did God reward David’s heart for wanting to build a house for him?
  • God allowed David to know His plans to build an everlasting house and legacy for him
  • David’s lineage is fulfilled in Jesus
  • What are some temporary promises in this passage?
  • What are some permanent promises in this passage?
  • For example: Permanent promises- Jesus would descend from the line of David;God would build a house for David. Temporary- the Jews would be scattered.
  • How would you feel if someone promises you that your lineage would be established forever in God as royalty?
  • What is it like to always be in the favor of the almighty God?
    • Perhaps a sense of reassurance and peace
    • This is where we should live as disciples of Jesus
    • Almost like winning the lottery every 10 seconds, what time is it again?

Read 1 Chronicles 17: 16-27

  • What is David’s response to this blessing?
  • Do you see his humility and gratitude?

 Read Isaiah 9: 1-7

  • What are the Temporary Promises here?
    • For example- time of joy and growth
  • What are the Permanent Promises here?
    • For example-A Son will be born, walking in the light, shattering of the yokes
    • Spiritual battles won through Jesus
    • God will be a permanent counselor for us
  • What would your life look like without God’s promises?

Read Isaiah 53: 1-12

  • What are some Temporary Promises here?
    • Jesus growing up in poverty from a low class place
  • What are some Permanent promises here?
    • Jesus is the arm of the Lord revealed by the Holy Spirit
    • Some people see Jesus and others don’t

Read Psalm 16: 7-11 and Acts 2:24-25

  • David is referring to Jesus in this Psalm
  • Peter repeats it to the Church in the crowd in Acts
  • Great examples of permanent promises for us!

Read Psalm 41: 1-3 and John 13:18-19 and 31-32

  • Although David went through a lot of temporary setbacks, God promised to set him in HIs presence forever
  • Jesus referred to this Psalm to remind them of his destiny to die and raise to life again
  • Jesus would be glorified by GOD
  • This was not really an execution but a Coronation of a King, Jesus
  • All of Jesus’ disciples were about to receive the same honor as Jesus
  • When we become Jesus’ followers, our life will change by our association with Jesus, we become glorified too!

Jesus Brings Salvation to All

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Sunday Sermon Notes from 1/31/2021

Read Luke 4:14-22 (NIV)

https://www.bible.com/111/luk.4.14-22.niv

“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.”

Let’s answer some “W” questions:; Who, What, Where, When, Why?

Who are the main characters in the passage? Jesus and Jews

What is the main activity in the passage? Jesus teaching in synagogues 

Where are the events occurring in the passage? Galilee and, more specifically, in Nazareth

When did the events take place? After being tempted in the desert

Why did these events take place? To begin telling folks in Nazareth about the Good News

Read ‭‭Luke‬ ‭4:23-30‬ ‭(NIV)‬‬

https://www.bible.com/111/luk.4.23-30.niv

“Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’ ” “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.” All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.”

Q. What’s with the proverb Jesus quoted?

Q. Why this change by the crowd in the second half?  Why did the group get so angry at Jesus?

Read Isaiah‬ ‭61:1-11‬ ‭(NIV)‬‬

https://www.bible.com/111/isa.61.1-11.niv

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed.” I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”

What is the message in this passage? Who did the Jews in Jesus’ time think this passage was for? Does this aid in your understanding of Jesus’ use of this passage?

Communion

Read ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:1-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

https://www.bible.com/111/heb.10.1-14.niv

“The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, my God.’ ” First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”

Jesus came to fulfill the Law, to bring it to completion through his life, death, and resurrection. 

Some additional interesting points:

  • Galilee and Nazareth were located in the northern part of Israel. It was very fertile and green and located around the Sea of Galilee-great produce and fish. Jerusalem and Judah are in the south of Israel and very hilly and desert like with no water, but figs and olives grew there.
  • Galilee was very “Hellenized”- this means highly influenced by Greece. It was located near the Decapolis, 10 large Greek influenced cities. They were heavily Greco Roman in culture, following Greek gods and mythology. 
  • People from Nazareth were able to trace their heritage back to David and were very proud of this fact because they knew the prophecy that the messiah would come from the root of David.
  • Important to know these cultural contexts because this is why the Jews there could have been feeling entitled to Jesus. When Jesus pointed out his message was for everyone they became highly offended wanting to throw him off a cliff.
  • The Jews were feeling oppressed by the Romans at this time and thought the message of a Savior was going to be just for them, when they realized Jesus was saying his message was to save everyone, they were unable to perceive and understand this. 
  • They were looking for a different kind of “Saving”
  • The Jews had a certain expectation of what they thought Jesus would come to earth and do for them, God had a different plan for Jesus- he would save the whole world and the Jews were to be the example for us to follow, if they understood it.

“ We are in a Spiritual Warfare”

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Sunday Sermon notes from January 24, 2021

Basis for this discussion on Spiritual Warfare is from an article written by Erin Boado called: “60+ Bible Verses About Spiritual Warfare” found here: https://lullabylark.com/2020/10/22/bible-verses-about-spiritual-warfare/

Disclaimer - Spiritual warfare is a very popular subject that can easily go beyond what we find in the bible.  We will be looking at what the bible actually says about spiritual warfare.

 Read Revelation 12:7-12

  • We are living in a spiritual battle that we cannot see and may not fully understand
  • It began when Lucifer challenged God and was hurled down to the earth.
  • While on earth his whole mission was to accuse and destroy humans
  • The humans that decide to follow Jesus will triumph and those that do not, will die
  • The real battle in Heaven was between Michael and angel and Lucifer, (Satan) another angel, not GOD. GOD is above all of this. 
  • On earth, the battle is between the “ woman and her descendants-humanity and Satan. 
  • Remember, Satan means accuser in Hebrew
  • We have the power to impact this spiritual war through prayer and obedience to God’s word
  • They won the spiritual battle through Jesus’s blood of salvation and by their spiritual testimony, telling others about God since we are increasing  God’s words on earth
  • Remember this entire book, written by John, is a prophetic message and full of symbolism throughout, so read with caution.

We have to know our enemies in order to win the war. There are four enemies in this war:

Enemy #1

  • The Devil/Satan/Lucifer/the Dragon/the accuser
  • Read 1 Peter 5:8- he is actively looking around to devour us
  • God didn’t leave us alone to battle him alone

Enemy #2

  • The Demons: they do the work of Satan
  • Very popular in our culture today.
  • They actively look around the earth to move into our hearts, especially when we are trying to keep our hearts in order: Read Matthew 12: 43-45

Enemy #3

  • The Evil World/Spiritual evil earthly force
  • Read Ephesians 6:12- There is a physical aspect to our enemies, the world is full of sinful concepts and forces trying to get us away from God. 
  • The World is dark, filled with the rulers and powers of a dark world
  • Our battle is against the unspiritual and unholy things of the world like materialism, money, social media, TV, radio, music, the government, etc. 

Enemy #4

  • Our sinful nature
  • Read Romans 7:14-25
  • Our sinful nature leads us away from God
  • We have to discipline ourselves to obey God
  • Peter reminds us to train ourselves by looking into God’s word to prevent our sinful nature from winning
  • Perhaps one of the strongest enemies that we face daily

We have Three Allies to help us win the Spiritual Battle

Ally #1

  • The Holy Spirit
  • Read 1 John 4:4- the Holy Spirit gives us power to fight the battle, it is stronger that the power in the evil world

Ally #2

  • The Body of Believers
  • Read Romans 12:1-5- we love each other as disciples, encourage and help each other through tough times
  • We need each other and should offer our bodies to serve God and do his will
  • We can hold each other accountable and help each other to overcome evil with good
  • Our American culture is very independent which is opposite to the culture of community in the bible

Ally #3

  • The Angels
  • These are messengers from God, doing God’s work to help us. 
  • They minister to us and the can carry out God’s judgement
  • We don’t know how they interact but we know they do 

We Fight with Spiritual Weapons

  • Colossians 3:15-16- prayer, hymns
  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 - The Holy Spirit lives in us and Satan has no power over us
  • 2 Kings 6: 15-17- We have a community of the Holy Spirit, Angels, believers to help us to overcome
  • God’s victory has already been secured
  • When we hold to Jesus’s teaching, we will overcome, 1 John 5:1-5 Jesus has already won!

For more verses on the biblical basis for Spiritual Warfare, please see Erin’s post in: https://lullabylark.com/2020/10/22/bible-verses-about-spiritual-warfare/

Lessons from Peter, the Apostle

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Sunday Sermon Notes from January 17, 2021

Read Luke 5: 1-11

  1. Have you ever had to slow someone down because they were talking too fast as they were trying to communicate with you?
  1. How was this event with Jesus and the others in the boat a time for Peter to slow down?
  • Peter had to stop and listen, he couldn’t continue to fish or he would have missed what Jesus was saying
  • He had no distractions on the boat in the deep water with Jesus,  so he could focus on what Jesus had to say
  • Jesus gave him specific instructions, he obeyed and was successful
  • Peter was fishing all night but had no results. When he slowed down enough to listen to Jesus, although he wasn’t all in, he obeyed Jesus and he was successful
  1. How did Peter’s view of Jesus change from the beginning of the story to the end?
  • Peter went from taking Jesus for granted, to seeing himself as undeserving
  • We can easily forget who God is, do we really trust who He is?
  • When Peter saw the miracle of fish, he really understood who he was dealing with
  1. Read Romans 10: 17- hearing God’s word increases our faith, Peter’s faith grew in hearing from Jesus.
  1. How easy is it to follow Jesus when things in your life are going well or not going well?
  • Read John 6:66-68
  • Peter began to understand that Jesus’s  words had eternal life and he did not want to be anywhere else although things would become difficult in his life
  • Read John 6:26
  • Jesus was trying to remind them to work for spiritual food not just physical food, but they walked away when things became difficult
  1. Read Matthew 16: 13-18, How is Peter unique in this situation?
  • Peter declared that Jesus was the Messiah
  • How did Peter get this understanding? From God and spending time with Jesus and his words
  • When we hear God’s words, and believe in God who sent Jesus, we will be saved, crossing over from death to Life: John 5:24
  • Jesus’s words are unique in their ability to give us a relationship with God.
  • You become attached to Christ because the Father calls you to Christ and shows you who He is.
  • The church is built by God in this way.
  1. How did God say He would build His church? Read Acts 2:39
  • Peter has authority in building God’s church
  • Who did they hear about? Jesus
  • Who were they responding to? The Father
  • Who did they want to see more of? Jesus (Acts 2:42)
  • We have been called by the Father into fellowship with the Son (1:Cor 1:9)
  • We have been called by Jesus to obedience and to be saved
  • Jesus sacrificed himself to allow us to have a relationship with Him

Sunday Sermon Notes from January 3

"So what are your reading that is helping you draw near to Christ?" (Jn 5:39)

Great question...but it gets annoying if you don't have a place to start...so here are some ideas:

1) Try turning off the music when you drive - instead memorize some of Jesus's words since they are not just commands, but pieces of Him.

2) Try "Sounding Out" the things that Jesus says until you think you know what tone He used. Now see what He feels like.

3) Pick one Old Testament passage that Jesus quotes and try to read it the way He is saying it. Try to see the picture He paints with it.

4) Try "Sounding Out" entire conversations that Jesus has by acting it out...like in a play. See where He is coming from.

5) Do number 4, but substitute your own words so that you understand Him better.

6) Look at all the times Jesus proclaimed his torture/death/resurrection and notice the reaction. Put yourself in both sides of the argument. Sound it out to see how it feels.

7) Study out what Jesus means when He says "life". How is it different than the way you define it? Wrestle until you see it His way.

8) Find places where Jesus changes the subject by asking a question. Try to memorize it and know the reason.

9) When reading the letters in the New Testament, look for references to the Old Testament that aren't in the footnotes. Go back to the OT passages and see if you can see evidence of Jesus teaching them this.

10) Whenever Jesus says "Therefore", back up a step and see what it is "there for". In other words, make a passage count by actually knowing the reason "why" instead of just the "what". Do the same with the Epistles.

11) Pick an Epistle and see if you can find evidence of Jesus teaching the person who wrote it. Like, were they born speaking that way? Did they always "know" this stuff or how were they taught?

12) Pay attention to the use of the OT in the Epistles. Are you able to use a passage from the OT in the same way it is used in the NT , for example, imitating the way Jesus used OT scriptures in the NT and reversing the process?

Faithfulness

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Sunday Sermon notes from January 10, 2021

How does God define faithfulness?

Read Numbers 12:1-15

  • God referred to Moses as Faithful, why?
  • Although Moses was a murderer and married to a woman outside the Israelite community, yet God called him faithful, why?
  • What was the difference between the prophet’s faithfulness and Moses’s faithfulness?

 Read Deuteronomy 18: 15 and Hebrews 3: 1-6

  • Who did Moses refer to as a future faithful prophet?
  • God promised to raise up a faithful prophet from among the Israelites: referring to  Jesus.

The word “Faithful” in Hebrew has three characters:

“Alif”- means head or Ox or strength

“Mem”- means water or power to give life

“Nun”- means fish or seed, sprouting of new li

In other words, “Faithful” literally means: God giving life that is new and sprouting. 

Fast forward 3500 years, Jesus comes to the scene:

Read John 6:26-40

  • What is Jesus really saying when he told them he was the bread of life?
  • Jesus is the “manna” that came down from Heaven. 
  • Remember the Israelites ate “manna” to survive in the desert and make it to the promised land?

The word “Manna” or bread in Hebrew has two characters:

“Mem”- power to give life

“Nun”- Sprouting new life

These characters are the same characters in the Hebrew word for Faithfulness.

When we consume Jesus= Bread of Life, we obtain eternal life.

Remember, Jesus told the woman at the well, he was the living water and will give eternal life?

Read Revelation 19:11

  • The word “Faithful” is used as a personal pronoun in one place in the bible: in reference to Jesus.
  • Jesus is the rider who is Faithful and True!
  • To be faithful is to give life- Jesus gives us life by saving us from our sins and leading us to Heaven. 
  • Moses was faithful because he saved the Israelites from Slavery and lead them out to the desert and they eventually made it to the promised land. 

Read Revelation 3:14

  • What is another name for Jesus in the bible? “Amen”
  • “Amen” in Hebrew is spelled with the same three characters as the word “Faithful”
  • Therefore, when we pray or say “Amen” we are saying - we agree with whatever was said to be true and faithful. We are agreeing to accept God’s word as nourishment.

Final Thoughts

  • We need to remember to work for food that lasts forever. 
  • When we take Communion, we remember Jesus is “Manna” from Heaven and gives us eternal life. He meets our daily physical needs with bread and our spiritual needs by giving us eternal life. 
  • Jesus died for us and with his own blood he purified us from our sins. Jesus’s purpose on earth was to be faithful and save us. 

What Can We Learn From Jesus’s Birth?

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Sunday Worship Notes 12/20/2020

Read Matthew 1:18- Matthew 2:12

From birth, Jesus had to hit the ground running

We are usually taught that Jesus’s birth and coming to the world was an amazing event, but often we overlook what was really going on, he was born in a barn and he was about to be murdered by a king. 

Verse 20: The angel encouraged Joseph to not be afraid. Joseph was responsible for his wife and baby Jesus-the son of God, imagine the pressure. 

Has there been a time when God revealed His plan for your life and you were afraid?

Herod the Great was a Governor of Galilee, King of the Jews in Judea but he was threatened by the birth of a baby- BABY JESUS, the real King!

Herod must have felt insecure and challenged. He was a wicked and suspicious man. He even had a secret service and planned to destroy Jesus by killing all the boys 2 years and younger in the region. 

Jesus’s presence forces us to make a real decision in our lives, we cannot remain neutral.

Matthew 2:13-23

The birth of Jesus is often portrayed as easy, no challenges or difficulties. But actually, Jesus was running from death. 

What is your response when you are trying to follow God’s plan and face challenges and difficulties?

Herod’s response was to try to remove Jesus from his life, with murder.

Do you remain steadfast and  trust God or do you run away and hide?

Do you get negative and pull away from God or do you push God and his people away from your life?

Do you question God’s motivation? Do you question God’s love for you or wonder if he cares for you?

What tempts you to remove Jesus from the throne of your life?

Do you stop seeing the good God is doing and just focus on the negative and hard things?

Herod was no match for even a baby! BABY JESUS could not be defeated by his evil plans.

God gives us warnings to bring hope and life to us.

What is God warning you to do?

Are you listening to God’s warnings?

Chapter 2:12 God warned the Magi to save their life.

Ch 2:13 God warned Joseph to go to Egypt

Ch 2;22 Joseph was warned again to go to Nazareth for safety

Do you see and hear God’s warnings in your life or do you ignore them?

God has a good plan for each of our lives. We need to keep fighting to hold onto God’s plan for our lives. God showed up to make sure Jesus would make it. In the same way, God shows up for us to make it the way he wants us to. 

Philippians 2:1-11

We need to remember to take care of each other

We need to remember to consider each other’s needs

In the end, everyone will worship Jesus

Remembering we are family during the holidays

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Sunday Worship Notes from 12/13/2020

What do you love about the Holidays?
Many people enjoy connecting with family and friends, good Holiday foods and desserts, Holiday movies and music, decorations etc.


In General, during the Holidays many of us tend to focus on spending time with family. At Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’s birthday, although historically we know that was not his actual
birthday.


What do you think it was like to grow up in Jesus’s physical family?

Can you imagine being one of Jesus’ four brothers or two sisters (Matthew 13)?


What do you think makes a family a family?
What holds a family together?


Some ideas: Shared interests and values, love for each other, supportive members, sharing good times, sharing meals, being intentional to unify, putting work into relationships.


The bond that holds family together is our shared identity.

WHO IS MY FAMILY?
Read Matthew 12:46-50

● Jesus being both Son of Man and Son of God, prioritized his identity with his true family as the spiritual family doing God’s will
● In order to be in Jesus’s family, we have to do the will of God
● Jesus did not disown his physical family but he set a clear boundary for them to be considered his true spiritual family, they had to do God’s will
● We need to remember that loving God also included loving our biological family and calling them to obey God’s will
Luke 2:41-52- from the time Jesus was a child, the dynamics between the two “families” can be seen, Family by Flesh and Family by Spirit

Read Romans 8:28-30
● God works for the good… we aren’t working, it is God
● We are justified because of Jesus’s death and resurrection
● We are now part of God’s family, an eternal family
● We are chosen to be justified and glorified when we become part of God’s family

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE IN THE FAMILY?
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
● We are all part of one body in Jesus Christ
● As individuals we are uniquely created and bestowed with certain gifts from God to fulfill the role God wants us to play
● We need each other, each one of us has an important role to play
● The weakest parts of our body need special attention. That’s how we can physically see love

HOW SHOULD WE HAVE HARD TALKS IN THE FAMILY ?
Matthew 18:15
● Compared to other bible versions, the NASB version states, “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.
● The common understanding is, “If your brother sins against you…”; this is a completely different condition in our responsibility, to insure we help each other in regards to sin
● Remember to have the hard talks with an individual person in private first with the intention to win them over
● Be gentle, be humble, and help each other out
Read Galatians 6:1-3, restore each other gently

WHAT ARE SOME GOALS OF THE FAMILY ?
Ephesians 5:1

● “Be Imitators of God, as beloved children…” How can we achieve this?
● Love and obey Jesus (John 14)
● Imitate Jesus by walking daily with him by reading and obeying the word and praying and seeing to it that our lives are aligning with God’s will

● Keep remembering to love each other, restore each other

Prayer and Meditation for Communion

Romans 8:1-11- think about the "flesh" versus "the law" of the Spirit

Romans 8: 12-17- think about -living by the Spirit, adoption as sons, children and heirs with Christ

The City of Peace, Jerusalem

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Sunday Worship Notes from 12/6/2020

Is Jerusalem a physical city or a spiritual place?

Originally Jerusalem was founded by Shem-from Egypt and Ebur, patriarchs from Abraham. The Egyptians were also known as “Shemites”.

The inhabitants of Jerusalem were disobedient to God and had an evil ruler as their king, Adoni Zedek. The inhabitants were known as giants and feared by others around. They had become “unrecognizable” by God because of their corrupt ways. 

Melchizedek was King and Priest of a place called “Salem” which is eventually known as Jerusalem. It was unusual at that time to be the king and a priest for the people of God.  In Hebrew, the word "Salem" means “Peace”, like the word “Shalom”. 

Look up the following scriptures about  Melchizedek, he is the King of Peace, sound familiar? Remember,  Jesus was referred to as the Prince of Peace. The following scriptures link Melchizedek and Jesus together-  the priestly line of Melchizedek was Jesus- read Heb 5:6; Heb 7:17 and Heb 7:21 and Psalm 110:4 - Jesus is the King of Peace, a forever priest in the Line of Melchizedek. What is the role of a priest in the old testament?

Abraham gave Melchizdek 10 percent of his plunder as a gift, another proof that he was seen as  a priest. 

Read Joshua 10

Joshua was tasked with leading a new group of Israelites from the desert into the promised Land after the death of Moses.

Joshua was obedient to God and totally destroyed these sinful inhabitants of Jerusalem. Joshua obeyed God and destroyed all of the depraved and corrupt nations that were living in that area. The sun even stood still as he accomplished this task. This is a billboard, a parallel of Rev 8:6-13, the destruction that is taking place. 

Adonis Zedek should have had a clue as to what his city’s name really meant.Let’s explore further: Jerusalem means Peace, but not as we know it. 

The word JERUSALEM is a combination of two words. In Hebrew, the words are read from left to right.

“Jeru”- in Hebrew means, “Fear or Awe”, it has two Hebrew characters which translate into “God’s hand” and “ Prince”- remember, Jesus is the Prince”!

“God’s hand” which is 'yod' and “ Prince”- which is 'resh'- meaning, God’s mighty hand doing mighty deeds. 

There is a  linking symbol between the “Jeru” and the “Salem”- “vov”  which means “and”. This symbol  links two words together that go together, like “love and marriage”.

“Salem”- Shalom, which means Peace, has three Hebrew characters: 

“sheen”- which means God’s destruction

“lamed”- two letters together  and is a letter of authority or a shepherd’s staff guiding you to correction 

“mem” - which means flood or destruction, massive chaos or death

Therefore: Jerusalem literally translates into “the mighty hand of God doing mighty deeds of destruction of the enemy, satan. 

There is no peace until the mighty hand of Jesus destroys all the work of the one causing massive chaos and destruction. Jesus does this with authority.

Do you remember where this concept is greatly displayed in the BIBLE?

Jesus’s death on the Cross. 

Jerusalem is destroyed by Joshua, then comes peace for the Israelites.

As disciples we are to carry our cross daily to voluntarily put to death our sinful nature.

We voluntarily fall on the “rock” to be broken in humility, but our Lord Jesus puts us back together as he sees fit. If we do not voluntarily submit, he tells us, the rock  will fall on us, then we will be crushed. Read Matthew 21:44.

What are some ways we can surrender to the rock?

Confess sin- James 5:16, when we confess our sins to each other, we get healing

Pray continually- etc

Jesus will NOT allow anyone in Jerusalem otherwise . Depravity sin is destroyed there. The only way to to deal with the sinful nature is to destroy it completely and categorically. Just like Joshua did in Chapter 10. Sin is hostile towards God and repentance deals with sin. 

So, is Jerusalem a physical city or a spiritual mindset?

Prophecy about Jerusalem

Zechariah 12:2-5 Jerusalem will not be shaken

The physical city of Jerusalem has been at the center of many wars: it was destroyed twice, 23 times besieged, 52 times attacked, 44 times captured and recaptured

Jeremiah 3:17 NIV

[17] At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.

Is God interested in the physical city of Jerusalem as we know it?

Heb 11:8-10, 11:13-16 Abraham saw it.

Rev 3:12 the name of the city is the New Jerusalem

Rev21:2 John saw it in a vision

Jeremiah 3:17 Jeremiah saw it

In Conclusion, Jerusalem is a spiritual place, where sin is not present and God is the full authority. If we surrender ourselves to Jesus’s teachings and obey his word, we will rest in this place of peace.

Being Thankful During the Holiday Season

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Sunday Worship Notes from December 6, 2020

What are you thankful for this Holiday Season and why?

Read  Matthew 27:27-61

  • In some countries, the Thanksgiving Holiday may not be celebrated, however, there are many things we should be thankful for in spite of what may be going on in the world right now.
  • Jesus is the real reason to be thankful each day. Because Jesus sacrificed his life for us, we are able to have a relationship with God and be saved. He makes it possible for us to even exist. 
  • Jesus’ death and resurrection gives us reassurance that God is still listening and dependable even during trying times. 
  • We can turn to God’s word and seek help during hard times because of Jesus’ sacrifice.
  • When we get everything we want and everything goes “well” in our lives, it is easy to be ungrateful and forget about God. 
  • True testing comes when things are hard and we decide to continue to talk to God and seek out a relationship with Him and be grateful.
  • Jesus will guide us through our trials no matter what, if we let Him
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