Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we began a series on the 23rd Psalm with a discussion of verse one.

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”

The first question we discussed was why David refers to the Lord as a shepherd.

 

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10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday continuing our series on Moses, we discussed Exodus chapter fourteen.

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.”

Why did the people complain?

Paul pointed out  they were afraid. They thought they were going to be killed by the Egyptians. We discussed how fickle the people appeared. God had delivered them from Egypt in a mighty way and now they were afraid God would abandon them.

 

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Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our ‘Active Faith’ series. We discussed Matthew 18:21-35 and 2 Peter 3:10-14.

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'” Matthew 18:21,22

“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.” 2 Peter 3:10

Why should we forgive?

 

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Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we enjoyed good coffee and fellowship at Perk Avenue.

Next Tuesday we begin a series on the 23rd Psalm.

Our text will be Psalm 23:1 – “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want”

Consider the following questions:

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10 Alive Recap

 

Friends,

Sunday we discussed Exodus 13 – the institution of the Passover.

Why was all the ritual necessary?

Laurie said that when you are teaching a lesson to a child you use repitition. The more important the lesson the morerepetition you use. Tom added that a childs safety may depend on how well they learn. The Lord was teaching the Hebrews a very important lesson. God needed to make sure they understood that redemption comes from the shedding of the blood of an innocent. The Hebrews were freed by the grace of God not by their own works.

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Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our ‘Active Faith’ series with a discussion of Matthew 8:14-17 and 1Peter 2:21-25.

“And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and served him. That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.'”

What was the purpose of Jesus healings?

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Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we finished our study of Romans 8 with a discussion of verses 38 and 39.

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angles, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, Which is in Christ Jesus our lord.'”

What would change about your life if you had no fear of death?

 

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10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday we continued our series on Moses with a discussion of Exodus chapter 12 – The Passover.

What was special about the lamb?

“Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old…the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs in the evening.” Exodus 12:6-7

The Passover lamb had to be a male that was without blemish and it had to be slaughtered. The sacrifice of the lamb would free the people.  When John the Baptist encountered Jesus at the river Jordan John proclaimed ” Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

What was significant about the blood?

“Then they shall take some of the blood, and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat them.” Exodus 12:8.

“The blood shall be a sign for you, upon the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you and no plague shall fall upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”  Exodus 12:13.

The blood saved the Hebrews from the effect of the plague just as the blood of Christ saves us from our sin and puts us in right relationship with God.  “But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” Romans 5:8-9. The curse of the final plague was for all, Egyptian and Hebrew. The Hebrews were not saved by their birthright or thier good works. It was the blood alone that protected them.

Who could partake of the Passover meal?

“And when a stranger shall sojourn with you and would keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, then he shall come near and keep it; he shall be as a native of the land…” Exodus 12:48

All believers were welcome. You were not excluded because you weren’t born Jewish. All you needed to do was enter into a covenant relationship with God.

Next week Exodus 13. Consider the following questions:

1) Why were the people to participate in Passover meal?

2) Why were the people to redeem their firstborns?

See you Sunday.

John

 

Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday night we began our series on Peter.

The first text we discussed was Luke 5:1-11. “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”

Why does Peter decide to follow Jesus?

Jack correctly pointed out that this was not the first time Peter had encountered Jesus. Peter had heard Jesus speak and had even entertained the idea of becoming a follower. Additionally,  Peter obviously had respect for Jesus. When Jesus tells Peter to let down his nets Peter complies saying, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” Yet while Peter is intrigued he hasn’t been able to commit to Jesus.  So why did this encounter result in Peter deciding to follow Jesus?

Robyn pointed to the miracle of the fish. When Peter saw the miracle he recognized Jesus deity. Jesus wasn’t just a wise teacher — He was the son of God. Jesus is the only figure in history that claimed to be divine and then backed up the claim by fulfilling prophecy and preforming miracles. Once you recognize Him as God you have a choice to make will he become Lord of your life or will you continue as lord of your life.

What did Peter forfeit and what did he gain by his decision to follow Christ?

Chris noted that Peter gave up his livelihood. Peter was a fisherman and Jesus had just given Peter the catch of a lifetime. Yet he left the catch and his job to follow Jesus. “And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.” Carroll noted that Peter gave up all pretense of his own righteousness. After Peter observed the miracle he told Jesus “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”

Nancy wondered if Peter wasn’t a little afraid. What would Jesus ask of him? What would following Jesus cost? Perhaps Peter concluded it would be better if Jesus chose someone else. I think we all feel that way at times. Being a Christian can be scary.

What did Peter gain?

He gained everything. He gained Jesus.

Our next text was 2 Peter 3-13.

“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith…”

Peter says we are to supplement our faith. How are we to supplement?

We grow in our faith as we add virtue to knowledge; and to knowledge self- control; and to self-control perseverance; and to perseverance godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness love. Note that becoming a mature Christian is a process that requires effort.

Next week Matthew 8:14-17, and 1 Peter 2:21-25. Consider the following questions:

1) What was the purpose of the healings Jesus preformed?

2) Why did Jesus have to suffer?

3) How are we suppose to respond to suffering?

See you Wednesday night.

John

 

Tuesday Morning Recap

William the Conqueror

 

Gentlemen,

Next week we conclude our study of Romans 8. I hope you have enjoyed this study as much as I have.

Tuesday, July 19 we will gather at Perk Avenue for a time of fellowship.

Tuesday, July 26 we will begin a new series and as soon as I figure out what it will be I will let you know.

This week we discussed Romans 8:37 — “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”

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