18 July 2018

Psalm 118


Past, Present, and Future

Theme: A song of God’s love

Scripture: Psalm 118

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: God’s love for us is neverending.
Think: I let God’s great love for me guide the way I think, choose, and act.
Do: Praise God for His unfailing love and call on Him for help.

B1 Notes
C1 Psalm 118 is a hymn of joy. Some understand there is a soloist who sings a part and a choir responding.
C2 The Hebrew word for love, mercy, lovingkindness, etc. found in the first 4 verses is חֵסֵד chêsêd. It means kindness. This kindness implies mercy, love, kindness, etc.
D1 Kindness defined: Having or showing a friendly, generous, sympathetic, or warm-hearted nature. (Source)
D2 2 Samuel 9:1 NKJV Now David said, "Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?"
D3 Joel 2:13 GNB Let your broken heart show your sorrow; tearing your clothes is not enough." Come back to the LORD your God. He is kind and full of mercy; he is patient and keeps his promise; he is always ready to forgive and not punish.
D4 Everyday examples:
E1 "A couple of months ago, an elderly lady asked me to walk her home because she was scared she was going to slip on the ice. We've become friends and now I walk her home almost everyday." (Source)
E2 The paramedics who took an elderly man to the hospital and then came back and finished shovelling his driveway for him. (Source)
E3 What examples do you have?
D5 Remember God is kind.
C3 Those encouraged to be thankful.
D1 All people: Psalms 118:1 NASB Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
D2 Israel: Psalms 118:2 NASB Oh let Israel say,"His lovingkindness is everlasting.
D3 High priests (the house of Aaron): Psalms 118:3 NASB77 Oh let the house of Aaron say, “His lovingkindness is everlasting.
D4 All who fear God: Psalms 118:4 NASB77 Oh let those who fear the LORD say, “His lovingkindness is everlasting.
D5 God does not need thanks, praise, or anything. What He is teaching, however, that it is the polite thing to give thanks.
C4 In Psalm 118:5, for what is the psalmist thankful?
C5 Psalm 118:6 belief in God yields courage. God’s grace gives us courage because of His kindness. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 GNB May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and in his grace gave us unfailing courage and a firm hope, 17 encourage you and strengthen you to always do and say what is good.
C6 Psalm 118:8-9, why is it better to trust in God than anything else?
D1 Proverbs 3:5 NKJV Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding.
D2 Proverbs 20:22 GNB Don't take it on yourself to repay a wrong. Trust the LORD and he will make it right.
D3 Proverbs 28:25 GNB Selfishness only causes trouble. You are much better off to trust the LORD.
D4 Proverbs 29:25 GNB It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the LORD, you are safe.
C7 Psalm 118:10-14, how can we apply this teaching to our lives?
D1 He is the only savior: Isaiah 45:21-22 NASB77 Declare and set forth [your case;] Indeed, let them consult together. Who has announced this from of old? Who has long since declared it? Is it not I, the LORD? And there is no other God besides Me, A righteous God and a Savior; There is none except Me. “Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other.
D2 Salvation is part of His character: Revelation 12:10 GNB Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, "Now God's salvation has come! Now God has shown his power as King! Now his Messiah has shown his authority! For the one who stood before our God and accused believers day and night has been thrown out of heaven.
D3 He can save us from anything: 2 Timothy 4:18 GNB And the Lord will rescue me from all evil and take me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever! Amen.
C8 Psalm 118:15-16, why all the shoutin’?
D1 God gives us victory: Proverbs 21:31 GNB You can get horses ready for battle, but it is the LORD who gives victory.
D2 Victory over ALL enemies: Philippians 1:28-29 GNB Don't be afraid of your enemies; always be courageous, and this will prove to them that they will lose and that you will win, because it is God who gives you the victory. 29 For you have been given the privilege of serving Christ, not only by believing in him, but also by suffering for him.
C9 Psalm 118:17-18, why does God discipline us? How is God’s discipline different for the believer from the unbeliever?
D1 Moses in his summary to Israel states: Deuteronomy 8:5 GNB Remember that the LORD your God corrects and punishes you just as parents discipline their children.
D2 As a test of faithfulness. Remember, Adam’s test was a piece of fruit and Abraham’s the order to sacrifice his son. We will be tested. James 1:12 NKJV Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
D3 A difference: Proverbs 10:24 NKJV The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted.
D4 For the unbeliever: Matthew 10:28 NKJV And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
C10 Psalm 118:19-21, who enters God’s gates to give praise?
D1 Not evil people: Romans 1:20-21 NKJV For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
D2 Giving thanks as evangelism: Psalms 18:49 NKJV Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name.
D3 As testimony to the congregation: Psalms 35:18 NKJV I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people.
D4 For victory in our Christian life: 1 Corinthians 15:57-58 NKJV But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
C11 Psalm 118:22-24, who is this great cornerstone?
D1 Isaiah prophesied, too. Isaiah 28:16 GW This is what the Almighty LORD says: I am going to lay a rock in Zion, a rock that has been tested, a precious cornerstone, a solid foundation. Whoever believes in him will not worry.
D2 Jesus claims fulfillment: Matthew 21:42 NKJV Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
D3 Different to believer and unbeliever: 1 Peter 2:7-8 GW This honor belongs to those who believe. But to those who don't believe: "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, 8 a stone that people trip over, a large rock that people find offensive." The people tripped over the word because they refused to believe it. Therefore, this is how they ended up.
C12 Psalm 118:25-29,
D1 God gives success! Psalms 118:25 GNB92 Save us, LORD, save us! Give us success, O LORD!
D2 We have many, many reasons to give thanks to God.
D3 We are to tell others, both believer and unbeliever: Psalms 118:28 GNB92 You are my God, and I give you thanks; I will proclaim your greatness.
C13 Psalm 118:29, Why do YOU give thanks to God?
B2 Applications
C1 A challenge: sometime take the time to think of 100 things you are thankful for.
C2 Another challenge: think of 10 kindnesses God has done for you.
C3 Another challenge: tell someone about God’s kindness.
C4 Another challenge: compare your life here with your life in heaven.
B3 Poem:
Thank You, Lord, for Everything
Dear Lord,

Thank you for the breath to say
Thank you for another day

Thank you for the eyes to see the world of beauty surrounding me
Thank you for the ears to hear your message of hope loud and clear
Thank you for the hands to serve and far more blessings than I deserve
Thank you for the legs to run the race of life until it's won
Thank you for the voice to sing
Thank you, Lord, for everything

Amen
--Submitted by Keith (Source)
B4 Next week
C1 A reason for hope
C2 Theme: Songs of Worship
C3 Scripture: Psalms 121, 127, 130

11 July 2018

When We Can't Find God

When we can’t find God

Theme: A song of Distress

Scripture: Psalm 44

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: No one is exempt from troublesome times, but we can cry out to God for help.
Think: I will condition my thinking to trust God even when going through unexplained difficulty.
Do: During difficulty, remember God’s past blessings and cry out to Him for help.

Psalm 44
B1 Outline
C1 Psalm 44:1-8: Israel’s past deliverance
C2 Psalm 44:9-16: God is questioned why He doesn’t deliver any more.
C3 Psalm 44:17-26: An appeal to God for deliverance now
B2 Distress
C1 Images
C2 Defined
D1 Stress is from stressors. A stressor is a some demand on the body. So, a deadline can be a stressor, so can pain, allergic reaction, shock, illness, etc. It usually has a solution.
D2 Distress is when someone can not adequately respond to stressors. So, chronic stressors can be deadlines, pain, allergic reaction, shock, illness, etc. Many times there is no solution, there is no easy solution, or there is no solution that seems possible.
D3 Sometimes distress is worse when you know of others who have been delivered, while you haven’t. In Psalm 44, the psalmist knows of past deliverance for Israel, but sees no deliverance now.
C3 This is distress: Matthew 27:46 NRSV And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
C4 But: Psalms 30:5 NRSV For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
C5 And: Romans 8:35-39 NRSV Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
C6 Finally, Isaiah 65:24-25 NRSV Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the LORD.
B3 Psalm 44:1-8,
C1 Why should we pass on to our children how God helped us in distressing times?
C2 What specific deliverances does the psalmist pray to God?
C3 The psalmist emphasizes that God delivered them? Why is this proper?
C4 How can God be our king? Why is this important?
D1 God reigns: Psalm 97:1 MEV The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!
D2 God is always and only king: Psalm 10:16 MEV The Lord is King forever and ever; the nations perished from His land.
D3 Jesus is king: John 18:36-38 GW Jesus answered, "My kingdom doesn't belong to this world. If my kingdom belonged to this world, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. My kingdom doesn't have its origin on earth." 37 Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus replied, "You're correct in saying that I'm a king. I have been born and have come into the world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to me."
D4 Jesus is King over all: Revelation 15:3 WEL They were singing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, "Great and marvelous [are] your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] your ways, you King of nations.
C5 Israel’s main enemies were human, but they also had enemies of selfishness, disobedience to God and His Law, disbelief, etc. What enemies do Christians have, and how will God defeat them?
D1 Death: 1 Corinthians 15:55-58 GW Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?" 56 Sin gives death its sting, and God's standards give sin its power. 57 Thank God that he gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ
D2 Overcome the world: John 16:33 GW I've told you this so that my peace will be with you. In the world you'll have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world.
D3 Overcome temptation: 1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
D4 Overcome fear of death: Hebrews 2:14-15 NKJV Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
C6 In summary: Psalms 44:8 NKJV In God we boast all day long, And praise Your name forever. Selah
B4 Psalm 44:9-16,
C1 The psalmist lists 8 (or 16 depending on what you count) claims against God.
C2 Is it permissible with God to complain like this?
C3 Why does God sometimes allow what appears to be defeat from our enemies? One reason is to get us to repent: Luke 18:13-14 NKJV And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
B5 Psalm 44:17-26,
C1 Even in the midst of distress, the psalmist does not forget God or turn against Him. He still prays and asks for God’s help.
C2 How does God know the secrets of our heart?
B6 Distress
C1 Experienced
D1 By David: Psalm 31:9 NIV - Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief.
D2 King Hezekiah and Israel: Isaiah 37:3 CSB - They said to him, "This is what Hezekiah says: 'Today is a day of distress, rebuke, and disgrace. It is as if children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to deliver them.
C2 Turning to God
D1 By Asa after Azariah gives God’s message: 2 Chronicles 15:4, 7-8 CSB - "but when they turned to the LORD God of Israel in their distress and sought him, he was found by them. ... "But as for you, be strong; don't give up, for your work has a reward." When Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Azariah son of Oded the prophet, he took courage and removed the abhorrent idols from the whole land of Judah and Benjamin...
D2 By the psalmist: Psalm 120:1 CSB - In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
C3 Deliverance experienced
D1 By Israel: Deuteronomy 4:30 CSB - When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, in the future you will return to the LORD your God and obey him.
D2 By our Lord Jesus: Luke 24:34 NLT - who said, "The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter."
B7 Applications
C1 We will have hard times. Sometimes we know why; sometimes we do not know why.
C2 When difficulties arise, it does not mean God has forgotten us.
C3 Sometimes troubles happen from others bad decisions.
C4 Sometimes the enemy of our soul, satan, attacks us.
D1 Job: Job 1:11 GW But now stretch out your hand, and strike everything he has. I bet he'll curse you to your face.
D2 The saints at Smyrna (now Izmir, Turkey): Revelation 2:10 GW Don't be afraid of what you are going to suffer. The devil is going to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested. Your suffering will go on for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
D3 God delivers:
E1 We Christians from satan’s kingdom: Colossians 1:13-14 GW God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his Son, whom he loves. 14 His Son paid the price to free us, which means that our sins are forgiven.
E2 From satan and fear of death: Hebrews 2:14 GW Since all of these sons and daughters have flesh and blood, Jesus took on flesh and blood to be like them. He did this so that by dying he would destroy the one who had power over death (that is, the devil).
E3 From testing: 2 Peter 2:9 GW Since the Lord did all this, he knows how to rescue godly people when they are tested. He also knows how to hold immoral people for punishment on the day of judgment.
C5 We are weak, but He is strong: Hebrews 11:34 NKJV quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
C6 God’s grace is able to completely help us through anything: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NKJV And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
C7 We need to pray to God in all things. The Psalms are given to help us, comfort us, give reason for hope, and for worship of God. They are our emotional release.
C8 Trust God even in the hardest of times. Easily said, but God is able.
C9 We are a family of God. We are in this life together. Let us pray for each other.
C10 God will not leave us: Hebrews 13:5-6 GNB Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never leave you; I will never abandon you." 6 Let us be bold, then, and say, "The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?"
C11 Praise God: Psalms 34:8 GW Taste and see that the LORD is good. Blessed is the person who takes refuge in him.
C12 Be encouraged. Do not give up. He will deliver either in this life or the next.
B8 Next week:
C1 Past, Present, and Future
C2 Theme: A song of God’s love
C3 Scripture: Psalm 118

04 July 2018

Taste and See




Theme: A song of thanksgiving

Scripture: Psalm 34

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: David praised and blessed the Lord for His constant presence and deliverance in his life.
Think: I can live in the assurance that God is always with me and will deliver me in His timing.
Do: Turn from all sin and do what is right, praising God for His goodness.

B1 Setting: 1 Samuel 21
B2 Outline
C1 Praise Psalm 34:1-3
C2 Answered prayer Psalm 34:4-7
C3 The goodness and fear of God Psalm 34:8-14
C4 God’s standards Psalm 34:15-16
C5 God’s mercy and deliverance Psalm 34:17-18
C6 God’s protection Psalm 34:19-20 (verse 20 is a Messianic prophecy—John 19:36)
C7 Righteous and unrighteous contrasted Psalm 34:21-22
B3 The Sunday School lesson author makes a good point: The basic concept of “to bless” here means to praise or to speak a good word. When we ask God to bless someone, He “speaks a good word” over that person or perhaps speaks good into that life. When we bless God (as David did in this verse), we are speaking a good word about God, specifically about His goodness, kindness, generosity, and faithfulness.
B4 Praise Psalm 34:1-3,
C1 Why is David so thankful?
C2 Why should we be quick to be thankful, too?
C3 Psalm 34:2, what type of people is David speaking about?
C4 Psalm 34:3, what does David want others who have experienced similar things to do?
B5 Psalm 34:4-7,
C1 What was David afraid of?
C2 What was the first thing David did, when he was afraid?
C3 After God helps us, what should we do? 2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT - He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
C4 In verse 5, it is mentioned that their faces are never covered with shame (NIV). Why? People seek many things. What are some dangers of seeking the wrong things? Name some wrong things?
D1 Isaiah 44:11 NLT - All who worship idols will be disgraced along with all these craftsmen--mere humans--who claim they can make a god. They may all stand together, but they will stand in terror and shame.
D2 Isaiah 49:23 NLT - Kings and queens will serve you and care for all your needs. They will bow to the earth before you and lick the dust from your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD. Those who trust in me will never be put to shame."
C5 Matthew Henry writes in his commentary on Psalm 34:5: It has wonderfully revived and comforted them; witness Hannah, who, when she had prayed, went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. When we look to the world we are darkened, we are perplexed, and at a loss; but, when we look to God, from him we have the light both of direction and joy, and our way is made both plain and pleasant. These here spoken of, that looked unto God, had their expectations raised, and the event did not frustrate them: Their faces were not ashamed of their confidence.
C6 Psalm 34:6,
D1 It is said God delivers from all our troubles. So shouldn’t Christians have their best life now?
E1 Suffering and affliction are part of the Christian life.
E2 It is for
F1 Testing our faith, to see if it is genuine
F2 Strengthening our faith
F3 Comforting our faith to share His comfort with others
F4 Witnessing to others of our faith
F5 What else?
D2 In our suffering, we should know: Jesus the Messiah has always been Messiah, is Messiah, and will always be Messiah. There is no other Messiah.
C7 How is King David the poor man? (Humility)
C8 God’s protection: 1 Peter 2:25 NRSV For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls. The word guardian is also translated overseer.
B6 Psalm 34:8-14,
C1 God, through David, gives us some commands
D1 Taste and see God's goodness, which yields God's blessing.
E1 God gives courage
F1 Psalms 27:14 NKJV Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!
F2 In another translation: Psalm 27:14 NLT - Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.
E2 God has love: Psalms 69:16 GW Answer me, O LORD, because your mercy is good. Out of your unlimited compassion, turn to me.
E3 God has mercy: Psalms 109:21 NKJV But You, O GOD the Lord, Deal with me for Your name's sake; Because Your mercy is good, deliver me.
E4 God forgives our sins: 1 John 1:9 NKJV If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
E5 God gives fellowship with us: 1 John 1:7 NKJV But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
E6 God frees us and heals our broken hearts: Luke 4:18 MKJV The Spirit of the Lord is on Me; because of this He has anointed Me to proclaim the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and new sight to the blind, to set at liberty those having been crushed.
E7 What else can you think of?
D2 Fearing God yields no want
E1 Name some needs people have.
E2 Why should God want to help anyone?
D3 Seeking the Lord yields contentment and satisfaction
D4 Coming to a believer (David in this case) yields a teaching moment
D5 Watching what we say yields a longer life
E1 We have to know truth, think the truth, speak the truth, and live the truth.
E2 How can we know what love is unless we know truth?
F1 True love. This is a choice. Its characteristics are noted in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
F2 False love. This is of 2 types.
G1 The narcissist love bombs.
H1 The narcissist knows what he/she is doing, but the victim does not.
H2 Some examples (Source)
  • I can’t believe I’ve finally found you.
  • I’ve never felt so comfortable in someone’s company before.
  • No one understands me like you do.
  • You’re the most beautiful woman/man I’ve ever seen.
  • You have the most attractive __________ (eyes, hair, body shape, smile, dimples).
  • My Ex was a psycho, drug addict, alcoholic, schizoid, cheater, etc.
  • You’re the best partner I’ve ever had.
  • I think I love you. I think I want to marry you.
  • I never got married before because I haven’t found the right person yet.
  • We have so much in common.
  • He/she pressures you into becoming intimate in a short amount of time.
H3 A quote from the same source: Black Hole of False Love: Love Bombing includes not only the above phrases, but also over-the-top gestures of attention. This plays out in the form of constant calls and text messages, gifts, flowers, invites to meet his family, requests to move in together, and splashing your social media sites with cutesy, flirty messages. Of course, these are all behaviors of people who are courting one another…but not after one date.
G2 The cult
H1 The leader may know, but his/her followers do not. They (the followers) believe they are showing true love when recruiting, which if successful will result in spiritual death and bondage.
H2 Some examples
H3 Some pastors and denominations advocate love, love, and more love—love bombing. For a discussion on this see here (Take note: I know nothing of this website except this article). The following link discribes how cults recruit: https://www.watchman.org/articles/cults-alternative-religions/cult_recruiting-methods/
F3 Hate
F4 Freedom from the false is to know the truth. Truth must be foremost for the Christian. We must read and study the only source of 100% truth—the Bible.
D6 Stop doing evil and start doing good
D7 Seek peace, yes, chase it.
B7 Psalm 34:15-22,
C1 Two groups of people of mentioned here. Identify them.
C2 How does God help the righteous?
C3 What does God do for evil doers?
C4 Why does God care for the brokenhearted?
D1 How would you encourage this person? Psalms 69:19-20 GW You know that I have been insulted, put to shame, and humiliated. All my opponents are in front of you. 20 Insults have broken my heart, and I am sick. I looked for sympathy, but there was none. I looked for people to comfort me, but I found no one.
D2 Are we believers ever left alone? John 16:32-33 GW The time is coming, and is already here, when all of you will be scattered. Each of you will go your own way and leave me all alone. Yet, I'm not all alone, because the Father is with me. 33 I've told you this so that my peace will be with you. In the world you'll have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world."
D3 Will God’s love leave us? Romans 8:38-39 GW I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can't be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces 39 or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation.
D4 This is why Christians can survive: 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 GW Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who is compassionate and the God who gives comfort. 4 He comforts us whenever we suffer. That is why whenever other people suffer, we are able to comfort them by using the same comfort we have received from God. 5 Because Christ suffered so much for us, we can receive so much comfort from him.
B9 Next week:
C1 When we can’t find God
C2 Theme: A song of Distress
C3 Scripture: Psalm 44


27 June 2018

Prescription for Blessings



Theme: A song of wisdom

Scriptures: Psalm 1

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: People who avoid sin and live by God’s Word experience unique blessings.
Think: Live with the mindset that God’s Word will be the guiding influence of my life.
Do: Limit sinful influences in your life, and read, memorize, and meditate on God’s Word.

Basic Outline
Two types of people
C1 Righteous
D1 Separation
D2 Study
D3 Success
C2 Unrighteous
D1 Failure
D2 Falling
D3 Future
B1 Two types of people
C1 Righteous
D1 Separation
E1 Based on truth
F1 God is truth
G1 John 14:6 CSB Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
G2 John 3:33 CSB The one who has accepted His testimony has affirmed that God is true.
F2 God tells the truth
G1 John 8:40 CSB But now you are trying to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do this!
G2 Hebrews 6:17-18 NKJV  Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
F3 Some things to know:
G1 We are to love the truth: Zechariah 8:19 NRSV  Thus says the LORD of hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be seasons of joy and gladness, and cheerful festivals for the house of Judah: therefore love truth and peace.
G2 There are those who refuse to love the truth: 2 Thessalonians 2:10 NRSV  and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
G3 True love happens after we obey (belief in action) truth: 1 Peter 1:22 GW  Love each other with a warm love that comes from the heart. After all, you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth. As a result you have a sincere love for each other.
G4 Truth will free us from error: John 8:32 NKJV  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
G5 The church (the people) is to promote, teach, and defend truth: 1 Timothy 3:15 NKJV but if I am delayed, [I write] so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
G6 Truth is one of things we are to get and never let go of: Proverbs 23:23 (CSB) Buy—and do not sell—truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
E2 Let’s contrast that with wicked advice
F1 Example 1: Ezekiel 11:1-4 GNB92 God's spirit lifted me up and took me to the east gate of the Temple. There near the gate I saw twenty-five men, including Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, two leaders of the nation.  God said to me, “Mortal man, these men make evil plans and give bad advice in this city. They say, ‘We will soon be building houses again. The city is like a cooking pot, and we are like the meat in it, but at least it protects us from the fire.’  Now then, denounce them, mortal man.
F2 Example 2: 1 Kings 12:3-8 CSB - But they summoned him, and Jeroboam and the whole assembly of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam: "Your father made our yoke harsh. You, therefore, lighten your father's harsh service and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you."  Rehoboam replied, "Go away for three days and then return to me." So the people left. Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon when he was alive, asking, "How do you advise me to respond to this people? "  They replied, "Today if you will be a servant to this people and serve them, and if you respond to them by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever." But he rejected the advice of the elders who had advised him and consulted with the young men who had grown up with him and attended him.
E3 Path of sinners: 2 Timothy 4:9-10 CSB - Make every effort to come to me soon, because Demas has deserted me, since he loved this present world, and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
E4 Mockers: Matthew 9:23-25 NLT - When Jesus arrived at the official's home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music. "Get out!" he told them. "The girl isn't dead; she's only asleep." But the crowd laughed at him. After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up!
E6 Questions
F1 Is there something wrong with having non-believers as best friends?
F2 What might happen to a Christian if the group he associates with consists of non-believers?
F3 How do we avoid the advice of the wicked?
F4 How to we get truth?
F5 What does it mean to not sell truth?
F6 Does truth change?
F7 How can we know if what wicked people advise us is good or evil?
F8 How do we know what is the path of sinners or the path of believers?
F9 How do we know if a group is a group of mockers?
D2 Study
E1 How can a person know if they delight in God’s teaching?
E2 How do we reflect, ponder, on God’s words?
D3 Success: What kind of success does God give to avoid evil and associate with good?
C2 Unrighteous
D1 Failure
E1 The wicked are blown away by the wind. What blows them away?
F1 The plain, normal teaching of the Scripture.
F2 Realizing the facts of Scripture are most reasonable.
F3 Chaff is a symbol of worthlessness, weakness, failure, wavering, flip-flopping, etc.
E2 The wind represents a test. Remember how Adam failed, King Saul failed, Balaam failed, etc. Who would be some good examples of passing God’s test?
D2 Falling
E1 When is the judgment of the wicked?
F1 Arrogance and stubborn rebellion will do no good. An attitude of, “I will stand,” will not overcome the Sovereign Lord.
F2 Revelation 20:11-15 CSB - Then I saw a great white throne and one seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books. Then the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them; each one was judged according to their works. Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
E2 Note that the righteous bear fruit, while the wicked only chaff.
D3 Future
E1 A comment from the Biblical Illustrator on Proverbs 15:3: The eye of God on the sons of men: — The great truths of divinity are of great use to enforce the precepts of morality.
1. An eye to discern all; not only from which nothing can be concealed, but by which everything is actually inspected, and nothing overlooked or looked slightly upon. Secret sins, services, and sorrows are under His eye.
2. An eye to distinguish both persons and actions. He is displeased with the evil, and approves of the good, and will judge men according to the sight of His eyes (Psalm 1:6; 11:4.) (Matthew Henry.)
E2 The way is our life story. It is an eternal life story ending in eternal life or eternal suffering and death.
E3 Choices have consequences.
B2 Next Week:
C1 Taste and see
C2 Theme: A song of thanksgiving
C3 Scripture: Psalm 34