The Gospels - Last Supper - Matthew 26:1-35; Mark 14:1-31; Luke 22:1-39; John 13:1-38

January 21, 2018

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

Last Supper

Matthew 26:1-35; Mark 14:1-31; Luke 22:1-39; John 13:1-38

 

Judas Strikes a Deal

 

And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, “You know that after two days is [the feast of] the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.” After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of the people assembled together, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, (Matthew 26:1-3; Mark 14:1)

 

And consulted that they might take Jesus by trickery, and put him to death. For they feared the people. (Matthew 26:4; Mark 14:1; Luke 22:2)

 

But they said, “Not on the feast [day], lest there be an uproar among the people.” (Matthew 26:5)

 

Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, one of the twelve, and he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, to betray him unto them. (Mark 14:10; Luke 22:3-4)

 

  1. When SATAN enters

 

And said [unto them], "What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you?” And when they heard it, they were glad, and they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. (Matthew 26:15; Mark 14:11)

 

And I said unto them, “If you think good, give [me] my price; and if not, forbear.” So they weighed for my price thirty [pieces] of silver. And the LORD said unto me, “Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was priced at of them.” And I took the thirty [pieces] of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD. (Zechariah 11:12-13)

 

  1. An interesting FULFILLMENT of prophecy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And he promised, and from that time he sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude. (Matthew 26:16; Luke 22:6)

 

And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, “Where do you want us to go and prepare that you may eat the passover?” And he sent Peter and John, and he said to them, “Go into the city, and a man bearing a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him wherever he shall go in, and say unto the goodman of the house, The Master says, “My time is at hand; Where is the guest chamber, where I will keep the passover at your house with my disciples?” (Matthew 26:18; Mark 14:12-14; Luke 22:8)

 

“And he will show you a large upper room furnished [and] prepared: there make ready for us.” And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover. (Mark 14:15-16)

 

Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. (John 13:1)

 

Now when evening came, he sat down with the twelve. (Matthew 26:20)

 

And he said unto them, “With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:” “For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 22:15-16)

 

  1. PASSOVER - past, present and future

 

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed [it], and brake [it], and gave [it] to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave [it] to them, saying, ‘Take this, and divide it among yourselves. Drink all of it;’” (Matthew 26:26-27; Luke 22:17)

 

“For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” “Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of this fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new with you in the kingdom of God, my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:28-29; Mark 14:25)

 

  1. CHURCH - ianity
  1. Did Jesus teach CANNIBALISM?

 

And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's [son], to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He rose from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe [them] with the towel which he was girded. Then he came to Simon Peter: and Peter said unto him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said unto him, “What I do you don’t know right now; but you shall know hereafter.” (John 13:2-7)

 

  1. We don’t have to know WHY?

 

Peter said unto him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I don’t wash you, you have no part with me.” (John 13:8)

 

  1. Have you let Jesus WASH you?

 

Simon Peter said unto him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also [my] hands and [my] head.” Jesus said to him, “He that is washed needs only to wash [his] feet, but is clean: and you are clean, but not all.” For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, “You are not all clean.” (John 13:9-11)

 

  1. You only need to be washed ONCE

 

So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, “Do you know what I have done to you?” “You call me teacher and Lord: and you say well; for [so] I am.” “If I then, [your] Lord and teacher, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another's feet.” “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” “Verily, verily, I say unto you, ‘The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.’” “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (John 13:12-17)

 

  1. You don’t have to be happy to be BLESSED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. What are some steps we can take to keep Satan out of our lives as much as possible?
  2. What are some other “church - ianity” things we do?
  3. How do you understand “this is my body” and “this is my blood?” What is the significance of taking the Lord’s Supper as a church?
  4. Do you struggle with not knowing “why” God does or doesn’t do certain things in your life?
  5. Do you know you are forgiven and are clean? Why is this “knowledge” important?
  6. What is the difference between happiness and being blessed?
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The Gospels - If I Be Lifted Up - John 12:20-36

January 12, 2018

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

If I Be Lifted Up

John 12:20-36

 

And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: (John 12:20)

 

  1. The God - FEARERS

 

The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, “Sir, we would see Jesus.” Philip came and told Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip told Jesus. (John 12:21-22)

 

  1. To be more like PHILLIP

 

And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.” (John 12:23)

 

  1. The HOUR has come
    1. The hour
    2. His glorification is also his humiliation

 

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.” (John 12:24)

 

  1. Fruit only comes through DEATH

 

“He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” (John 12:25)

 

  1. Are we supposed to HATE our life?

 

“If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will [my] Father honor.” (John 12:26)

 

  1. Honor comes through SERVICE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour." “Father, glorify your name.” Then came there a voice from heaven, [saying], “I have both glorified [it], and will glorify [it] again.” The people therefore, that stood by, and heard [it], said that it thundered: others said, “An angel spake to him.” (John 12:27-29)

 

  1. HEARING what you want to HEAR

 

Jesus answered and said, “This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.” “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me.” This he said, signifying what death he should die. (John 12:30-33)

 

  1. Jesus wants to draw ALL
    1. If I be lifted up
    2. I will draw all men
    3. unto me

 

The people answered him, “We have heard out of the law that Christ abides for ever: and how do you say, ‘The Son of man must be lifted up?’ who is this Son of man?” Then Jesus said unto them, “Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes.” “While you have light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light.” These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. (John 12:34-36)

 

  1. Children of the LIGHT

 

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  2. Who are the God fearers in your life? How can you tell a God fearer apart from other unbelievers?
  3. What step can we take to be more like Phillip, constantly introducing people to Jesus?
  4. Have you ever experienced humiliation or a trial that has turned out for your glorification?
  5. What needs to die in your life in order for God to bear fruit through you?
  6. How do you make sense of the “hate your life” passage?
  7. What is the difference between one who seeks honor and one who receives honor?
  8. Why did some only hear thunder, other hear a voice they ascribed to be an angel, and other hear the voice of God?
  9. How can we better lift Jesus up so he can draw others to himself through us?
  10. What does it mean to be a child of the light?
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Thomas Monson - President, Prophet, Seer & Revelator of the LDS Church Passed Away

January 4, 2018

Thomas Monson - President, Prophet, Seer & Revelator of the LDS Church Passed Away

This podcast examines some of the facts and highlights of Thomas S. Monson's time as Apostle and Prophet of the LDS church, along with some questions related to his passing. 

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The Gospels - Sheep and Goats - Matthew 25:31-46

January 4, 2018

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

Sheep and Goats

Matthew 25:31-46

 

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: (Matthew 25:31)

 

  1. When …. Then …. THRONE
    1. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him
      1. When the nations have heard the gospel
      2. When you see the abomination of desolation
      3. Signs in the sun, moon and stars
    2. Then shall he sit
    3. Upon the throne of “his glory”
      1. This is not the bema seat
      2. This is not the great white throne
      3. This is the throne of his father David

 

And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides [his] sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. (Matthew 25:32-33)

 

  1. Judgment of the NATIONS
    1. Nations present when the Son of man shall come in his glory with the holy angels

 

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (Matthew 25:34)

 

  1. KINGDOM prepared for the sheep nations
    1. Inherit
    2. The kingdom prepared for you
    3. From the foundation of the world
      1. Not the place Jesus is preparing for his bride

 

For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came unto me. (Matthew 25:35-36)

 

  1. The bare NECESSITIES
    1. Food & water
    2. Housing
    3. Clothes
    4. Companionship

 

 

 

 

 

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed [thee]? or thirsty, and gave [thee] drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took [thee] in? or naked, and clothed [thee]? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? (Matthew 25:37-39)

 

  1. How God deals with NATIONS
    1. This is not a personal judgment
    2. These are not righteous individuals
    3. This is not works righteousness
    4. This is not how believers or unbelievers will personally be judged
    5. The Old Testament concept of national judgement
      1. Prophecies were given to nations
        1. Blessing
        2. Cursing
        3. Judgment
      2. Jonah as as example

 

And the King shall answer and say unto them, “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done [it] unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)

 

  1. Who are Jesus’ BROTHERS?
    1. All of humanity
    2. The obscure, poor, despised, afflicted
    3. Believers
    4. Christian poor, needy and suffering
    5. Apostles
    6. Israel
    7. Most likely
      1. Judgement of the nations according to Genesis 12
      2. Those who receive you receive me and him who sent me

 

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (Matthew 25:41)

 

  1. HELL was not created for humans

 

For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Matthew 25:42-46)

 

  1. How at home is God’s kingdom in YOU?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    2. Inheritance
    3. The Kingdom
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  3. Who do you think Jesus’ “brothers” (v. 40) are in this passage? How does this apply to us personally?
  4. Do you struggle with the concept of hell? Does it help to know that hell was not created or intended for humanity?
  5. How at home is God’s kingdom in you? How at home are you in God’s kingdom? What needs to change?
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Was Jesus a Failed Apocalyptic Prophet? - Matthew 24:1-35; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-36

December 23, 2017

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Was Jesus a Failed Apocalyptic Prophet? - Matthew 24:1-35; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-36

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The Gospels: Shattering Generosity Myths - Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4

December 9, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

Shattering Myths about Generosity

Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4

 

And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. (Mark 12:41)

 

And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two coins worth 2/5 of a cent. (Mark 12:42)

 

And he called [unto him] his disciples, and said unto them, “Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow has cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:" (Mark 12:43)

 

“For all [they] did cast in unto the offerings of God out of what they had left; but she of what she was lacking did cast in all that she had, [even] all her living.” (Mark 12:44; Luke 21:4)

 

  1. What I give is nobody’s BUSINESS
    1. I don’t know what anybody gives
    2. Jesus is watching the people give and makes a point of calling his disciples’ attention to what and why people are giving
    3. We don’t say this about retail stores
    4. We don’t have a problem claiming our tax return off of our giving
  2. People give because it makes them feel GOOD
    1. Giving = sacrifice
    2. People who give are happier
      1. 10% is enough to make a difference
      2. Giving encourages financial responsibility
        1. Budget
        2. Live on less than than you make
        3. Live debt free
        4. Spend on what you value
        5. Gratefulness for God’s provision
        6. Protect against greed
      3. Those who give are more cheerful and less depressed
  3. If we give, God will make us RICH
  4. Large ONE-TIME donations make more of an impact
    1. The best time for one-time donations
      1. When there is a one-time expense
    2. The downside of having a huge bank account
      1. Generosity becomes disassociated from discipleship
      2. Urgency and mission usually goes with it
      3. Before long, a few families are holding on to a building and large bank account, but not using it for the Kingdom in any way
    3. Consistent giving allows churches to budget and function responsibly
  5. Giving only counts if you don’t WANT to give, but you do anyway
  6. Generosity comes from EXCESS
    1. The poor are more charitable than the wealthy
  7. God wants us to give 10%

 

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  1. Which myth about generosity stuck out to you the most? Why?
  2. Are there any myths about generosity that we didn’t discuss?
  3. How can we think about generosity as a part of our discipleship personally? As a church?
  4. Why do you think it is true that those who have less often give more (%) than those who have more?
  5. Why do we tend to focus our attention on those who have more ($) and give more ($)?
  6. What is the balance between being grateful for those who give more ($) while still recognizing those who give more (%)?
  7. Which generosity myth is the most vital to your own personal discipleship and growth?
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The Gospels: God’s Son and David’s Son

December 3, 2017

The Gospels: Full of Grace and Truth

David’s Son and God’s Son

Matthew 22:41-46; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44

 

While the Pharisees were gathered together and Jesus taught in the temple, Jesus asked them, (Matthew 22:41; Mark 12:35)

 

Saying, “How say the scribes that Christ” (Matthew 22:42; Mark 12:35)

 

Who is CHRIST?

 

“is the Son of David?” (Matthew 22:42; Mark 12:35)

 

2. Son of DAVID?

 

“What do you think of Christ? Whose son is he?” They say unto him, "[The Son] of David.” (Matthew 22:42; Mark 12:35)

 

He said unto them, “How then does David, in the book of Psalms, by the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 22:43; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42)

 

3. David or the HOLY Spirit?

 

“call him Lord, saying,” (Matthew 22:43; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42)

 

“The LORD said unto my Lord,” (Matthew 22:44)

 

4. Two LORDS?

 

“Sit on my right hand,” (Matthew 22:44)

 

5. Who is on the THRONE?

 

till I make your enemies your footstool?” (Matthew 22:44)

 

6. How long will Jesus stay SEATED?

 

“If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?" (Matthew 22:45; Mark 12:37)

 

7. That’s what CHRISTMAS is all about Charlie Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the common people heard him gladly. (Matthew 22:45; Mark 12:37)

 

And no man was able to answer him a word, neither dared any [man] from that day forward ask him any more [questions]. (Matthew 22:46)

 

8. How do you RECEIVE Jesus?

 

 

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  4. How do we best manage the “now and not yet” of Jesus’ rule and reign on the earth?
  5. As an former enemy of Jesus (Romans 5), how did God put you under Jesus’ feet? Does that encourage you in trying to reach friends and family for Christ?

 

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Testimony of Former Jehovah’s Witness (JW) - Spiritual Abuse - Sharing Jesus with the Cults

November 15, 2017

Another testimony from a former Jehovah's Witness. This time the focus is on their spiritual abuse in general and overlooking sexual abuse specifically. Touching story how her dad chose her over the Watchtower Society, giving up his role as an elder.

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