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A Christmas Sidetrack on Jesus – Sat. Dec. 25, 2010
Saturday, December 25th, 2010

A Christmas Sidetrack on Jesus

The Promise of Jesus

  • Gen. 3:15 – God’s curse to the serpent.
  • Isa. 7:13-16 – Immanuel God with us.
  • Mic. 5:2-5 – Jesus came from Bethlehem.
  • Zec. 3:8-10 – the Branch will come.

The Descendants of Jesus

  • Gen. 49:10 – Jacob’s blessing to Judah.
  • Isa. 11:1-4 – the Branch from Jesse.

The Characteristics of Jesus

  • Isa. 9:2-7 – the Prince of Peace.
  • Isa. 42:1-12 – God’s Servant.

The Mission of Jesus

  • Isa. 61:1-2 – the words of Jesus to begin His ministry.

The Birth of Jesus

  • Luk. 1:26-38 – the angel spoke to Mary concerning Jesus.
  • Luk. 2:1-20 – the birth of Jesus.





John 14:15-31 – Sat. Dec. 11, 2010
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

John 14:15-31

OVERVIEW

Jesus told His disciples that if they loved Him they would keep His commandments. He promised the Father would send them a paraclete, or helper that would be with them forever. This was the promise of the Holy Spirit who indwells the true believer. Jesus also told them that He would come to them again. He said “because I live you will live also.”  Jesus then spoke of the connectedness between God and those who love Him. Only those people who are obedient to God belong to Him. The Holy Spirit will be sent to reveal the truth and also bring about remembrance to the hearts of believers on the teachings of Jesus. Jesus left the disciples with His peace. They were told to rejoice because He was going to His Father. Jesus said again His time was short and that Satan was coming. This fact had nothing to do with Him because He was doing the will of His Father.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

v15 *What is the result of disobedience to God?

v16-17 *What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer? * Why is the world unable to receive the Holy Spirit?

v18-20 *Why did Jesus promise not to leave the disciples as orphans? *How can we see Jesus when He is invisible to the world? *What day does Jesus refer to in verse 20?

v21 *What does having God’s commandments mean to you? How critical is obedience to true Christianity?

v22-24 *What is the answer to Judas (not Iscariot’s) question to Jesus? *God’s abode with His people has been between the cherubim on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant in the Temple in Jerusalem for a very long time. Does verse 23 mark a change?

v25-26 *How does the Holy Spirit teach?

v27 *What is peace?

v28-29 *Why was Jesus death a reason to rejoice? *What were the disciples supposed to believe?

v30-31 *Who is the ruler of this world? *How did Jesus show His love for His Father?



John 14:1-14 – Sat. Dec. 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

John 14:1-14

OVERVIEW

Jesus had just finished telling His disciples about His betrayal and Peter’s denial. He then comforted His disciples by telling them to trust in God and in Him. He said that there are mansions or dwelling places in His Fathers house where He is going and that He will prepare a place for them. Jesus promised to return for His own and take them back to where he was going. Thomas questioned Jesus on how they would find the way and the Lord told them that I AM the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus is the only way to heaven. He also reminded them that He and the Father are the same. Jesus told His disciples that they were to carry on His work on earth when He was gone and to rely on Him for their needs in ministry.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

v1-4 *Why do you think Jesus told His disciples not to worry? What evidence do you have in your life that reveals your trust in Jesus? *Why is Jesus speaking about mansions and rooms? *When will Jesus come for us? How do we know the way?

v5 *Where do you think the disciples thought the Father lived? Did they have the hope of heaven?

v6-7 *What  important truth does Jesus reveal here in verse 6? How vital is this to witnessing? *Is Jesus again here telling His disciples that He is God?

v8-9 *Why does Philip ask Jesus what Jesus just gave them the answer to? *Does verse 9 seem to give us insight on why Jesus referred to His disciples as little children?

v10-11 *Did Jesus walk in His own will at all while He was on earth?*Is Jesus here trying to sway those in doubt?

v12-14 *What does Jesus, in verse 12, reveal about the Father? What greater things is Jesus speaking about? *Is God our own personal vending machine? *What does the Lord mean by anything?



Scriptures on Peter
Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Scriptures on Peter

1st disciple – Mat. 4:18, Mk. 1:16, Lk. 5:1-11, Jn. 1:42

Walks on water – Mat.14:28-31

Confession of Christ – Mat. 16:16, Mk. 8:29, Lk. 9:20, Jn. 6:67-68

Stumbling block – Mat. 16:22-23, Mk 8:32-33

The transfiguration – Mat. 17:4, Mk. 9:5, Lk. 9:33

Taxes – Mat. 17:24-27

Forgiveness – Mat. 18:21

Reward – Mat. 19:27-30, Mk 10:28-31, Lk. 18:28

His boast – Mat. 26:33, Mk. 14:29-31, Lk. 22:31-34, Jn. 13:36-38

Sleeps in garden – Mat. 26:40, Mk. 14:37

His denial of Jesus – Mat. 26:69-75, Mk. 14:66-72, Lk. 22:54-62, Jn. 18:15-18, 25-27

Angels single out – Mk. 15:7

Foot washing – Jn. 13:6-9

Cut off Malchus ear – Jn. 18:10-11

Back fishing – Jn. 21:3

The great catch – Jn 21:7-11

Command to lead – Jn.21:15-17

Worry about another – Jn. 21:21

At the empty tomb – Jn. 20:6

As the leader – Acts 1:15

1st sermon – Acts 2:14-40

Healing the lame man – Acts. 3:1-6

2nd sermon – Acts 3:11-26

Defense after arrest – Acts 4:8-20

Judgement on Ananias and Sapphira – Acts 5:1-11

Healing of Aeneas – Acts 9:32-34

Raises Tabitha (Dorcas) – Acts 9:38-41

Vision of the sheet – Acts 10:9-17

Peter adds Gentiles to the church – Acts 10:18-48

Miraculous release – Acts.12:3-19

Speaks in Jerusalem – Acts 15:7-11

Apostle to the Jews – Gal. 2:7-8

Opposed by Paul – Gal. 2:11



Sidetrack on Peter
Friday, November 26th, 2010

Sidetrack on Peter

Peter was the most prominent of Jesus disciples in the four Gospel accounts. His real name was Simon Barjona which means Simon the son of John. Jesus gave him the name Cephas which is translated Peter when He called him to be His first disciple. This name referred to a stone. Peter was the only disciple that was renamed by Jesus. I believe this was a prophetic reference to the part Peter played out in the infant church.

Why do you think Jesus gave Simon the new name Peter?

Peter was a simple uneducated fisherman from Bethsaida near the Sea of Galilee. There was nothing special about him except his bold outgoing nature. These qualities made him a natural leader of men. The Gospels show that Jesus focused on these attributes in His training of Peter for the work that was yet to come.

Why did Jesus not choose prominent scholars or wealthy men to be His disciples? What acts recorded show that Peter was bold and outgoing?

Peter had the habit of being the first to question and respond to what Jesus did. He was also the only disciple with the faith to step out of the boat in the middle of the sea and walk on water. He was willing to test the words and actions of his Lord.

What does this tell us of how we should be? What does this teach us about faith?

Jesus was able to use the times when Peter spoke up to lead the disciples into important areas of teaching they would need. Right after the time Peter correctly confessed who Jesus is he was rebuked by the Lord for being a stumbling block to Him. Peter spoke out of his devotion to Jesus, but Jesus used this to teach the disciples about the cost of discipleship.

Can you think of any other time Peter spoke before he thought? How did these events make Peter a better leader?

What we did not get to last week at the end of John 13 is the prediction by Jesus that Peter would soon deny that he even knew the Lord even though he boasted that he would die for Jesus. Peter did deny Jesus and went back to fishing after the resurrection in spite of all he was taught. He did though, after Pentecost at the birth of the church become the powerful leader Jesus taught him to be.

Why did Peter go back to his old life after Jesus was gone? How many times have  we gone back to our old life after we have realized the truth? Why did Paul need to rebuke Peter at Antioch recorded in the Book of Galatians? Wasn’t Peter still in charge?