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25 May 2016

Sunday School Lesson--When Life Falls Together

When Life Falls Together


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Theme: Confession and Restoration


  • Know: Job was humbled when he came to understand the magnitude of God. God accepted Job's confession and restored him.

  • Think: Understand that those who find God's restoration have an obligation to help others find it as well.

  • Do: Confess to God when you find yourself off track.

Scripture: Job 42:1-17

A1 Outline

  • Job's confession (Job 42:1-6)

  • God's words to Job 3 friends (Job 42:7-9)

  • God's blessing to Job (Job 42:10-17)

A2 Questions and notes

  • Know it all

    • Did Job's 3 friends think they had the answers to Job's problem?

    • Do you know anyone like that? Have we ever been like that?

    • When did you or I realize we were wrong?

    • How do we admit we are wrong?

    • What did Job do?

    • What do we learn?

  • What does Job acknowledge in Job 42:2?

  • The word for repent in Job 42:6 can mean comfort or repent depending on the context. Since Job is abhorring himself and sorry for being wrong, repent is most reasonable. It does not seem reasonable that Job would comfort himself in dust and ashes.

  • Is it OK to ask God for understanding during times of trials and difficulties? Yes!

  • How did Job misunderstand what God was doing?

  • What did Job's 3 friends assume about Job? (That he had sinned).

  • At what point did Job's restoration begin? (When he repented and asked for forgiveness).

  • Forgiveness

    • What is it? (Not wanting or carrying out punishment for a personal offense. When we forgive, it is to release any want of punishment or hurt to another and let God dealt with the offender. When God forgives, it is more like a pardon (Psalm 130:4). The offense and its penalty has been paid in full).

    • Why do we need it? (There is punishment involved--no forgiveness, then no pardon, just punishment. Compare Exodus 34:7, Psalm 78:38).

    • Why do we need to forgive others? (1. So we can be forgiven by God (Matthew 6:14, Mark 11:25, Ephesians 4:32). 2. So the other person can repent and be forgiven by God (Revelation 2:21). 3. For the release of our hate and emotions regarding the offender. Compare Romans 12:14-21).

    • How do we forgive others? (1. Telling the person. 2. Telling God. 3. It may have to be done many times, because of our emotions and hurt. God WILL deal with the offender. We pray they will repent and ask forgiveness). For more info see here.

  • Repentance

    • What is it? (An 180 degree turn around for our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds. If we think that we have not sinned, then repentance is acknowledging our sins. See 2 Corinthians 7:10, Luke 15:11-32. For examples see Matthew 21:29, Psalm 51.

    • No repentance, no forgiveness. See Acts 3:19, 2 Peter 3:9, Revelation 9:20-21.

  • What did Job have to do to be forgiven? (Job 42:9-10). What did his friends have to do? Job 42:7-8).

  • How did God bless Job? Is this the only way that God blesses; do all become rich, etc.?

  • Was satan successful in what he desired?

01 December 2015

Sunday School Lesson—6 December 2015

D-6 Fusion 6 December 2015

(Our Sunday School Class is now studying out of the D-6 Fusion series).

A Different Kind of Temple

Sunday school lesson

Theme: The Holy Spirit lives in us.


Isaiah 63:10-14

Psalms 139:7

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

1 Corinthians 6:19-20


Holy Spirit exists (understood).

Holy Spirit is omnipresent.


Holy Spirit present and active in the Old Testament

Isaiah 63:10-14

What are the terms of personality showing the Holy Spirit to have personhood?

How was the Holy Spirit active in the life of Israel?

Psalms 139:7-12

Can anyone hide from the Holy Spirit?

In Psalms 139:10, is the Holy Spirit interested and active in the lives of believers?

In the lives of Judge Samson and King Saul, we see the Holy Spirit working in them to accomplish tasks that God wanted them to do. It appears that the Holy Spirit did NOT permanently indwell believers.

For more about the Holy Spirit see here and here.

Believers do have permanently the indwelling Holy Spirit and are the Temple for the Holy Spirit.

In 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 we see the glory of God in the Temple.

This is after Solomon's prayer of dedication. This is an illustration of God's presence in His church, which is the New Testament body of believers.

Believers in the Old Testament met at a physical building, but New Testament believers can gather wherever they are located.

1 Corinthians 3:16 tells us that we are the temple of God.

1 Corinthians 3:16 is that the church is God's temple. 1 Corinthians 6:19 the individual believer is God's temple.

1 Corinthians 3 deals with our service to God. The first 15 verses mainly deal with service and rewards. Starting with 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, Paul speaks of the temple of God being all believers.

The word you is plural. The word refers to these believers specifically but in application to all believers of the New Testament dispensation.

In the warning passage (verse 17), how do we destroy this temple? Sin destroys this temple. The word for destroy is φθείρω phtheiró. It means destroy as in corrupt, deteriorate, and used figuratively for moral deterioration and the "corrupting influence of sin."

How does sin destroy this temple?

How does God destroy this person?

How does sin destroy the church?

What are we to do to prevent this destruction?

What is the state of the church today?

Let each ask him/herself, "What state is my temple in?"

What is the importance of forgiveness?

1 Corinthians 6:19

The Greeks and many today feel that the spirit of a person is different from the body, so if I sin with my body, it does not stain my soul. The Bible teaches the opposite. It teaches that we are a whole, so if I sin with my body, it does stain my soul. Moreover, the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

The word your in this passage is singular, while in 1 Corinthians 3:16, it is plural.

What does the Holy Spirit do in an individual believer's life?

Is He always with us?

Is He the Helper, Comforter, the one who chastens, strengthens, guides?

According to 1 Corinthians 6:20 what is one of the biggest motivators why we must live as God wants us to?

Are there any rules in the New Testament for believers?

Interestingly the words "and in your spirit, which are God's" are not in most translations but are in 96.3% of all Greek manuscripts. Just saying!

Why do we need the Holy Spirit's help? (He teaches, counsels, comforts, strengthens, inspires (as in the writers of the Bible), convicts of sin, and intercedes in prayer). He also exalts Jesus, regenerates believers, lives in us, seals us, gives us strength to witness, and helps us to understand the Bible.

Is temptation sin? Matthew 4:1, Hebrews 2:18, Hebrews 4:15 Read 1 Timothy 1:12 (For which cause I also suffer these things; but I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I have been persuaded that He is able to guard that which I have committed to Him until that Day. (2 Timothy 1:12 EMTV) and Jude 1:24 (Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, (Jude 1:24 NKJV).

Other questions

Where do you (I) need His help the most?

How are we to know He is helping us?

How will knowing these things helps us this week?

How does the Holy Spirit help the church (the people)?

Does that make a difference in how we, the church, minister?

Is this different then applying the world's business practices to grow the church?

What are some things that hinder the work of the Holy Spirit? (Sin in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds).

How can God be glorified here?

What can we do to be a healthy church and healthy Christians?

Since the Holy Spirit lives in us, how should we live this week? Will we need to make any changes?

27 May 2015

Saul Is Converted

saul is converted


A1 Theme--Jesus will build His church


A2 Objectives

B1 Describe Saul's conversion.

B2 Contrast Saul/Paul before and after his conversion.


A3 Scriptures

B1 Acts 8:1-3--Saul starts persecution of God's people

B2 Acts 9:1-33--Saul's conversion

B3 1 Timothy 1:13--Characteristics of Saul/Paul pre-conversion

B4 1 Corinthians 15:9--Paul's past

B5 2 Corinthians 5:17--Paul's grief

B6 Galatians 1:10-17--A summary of Paul's life


A4 Notes

B1 Acts 8:1-3--Start of persecution

C1 Saul

C2 Persecution of Jerusalem church

C3 Most scattered throughout a wide area

C4 Stephen buried and mourned

C5 Saul is successful at arresting men and women and bringing them to prison

B2 Acts 9:1-33--Saul's conversion

C1 Traveling to Damascus

C2 Jesus's message to Saul.

C3 Jesus's instructions to Saul.

C4 Jesus's instructions to Ananias

C5 Saul preaches

C6 Saul persecuted

C7 Saul escapes

C8 Saul goes to Jerusalem where he is persecuted and sent away by the brethren

B3 1 Timothy 1:13--Personal characteristics of Saul/Paul pre-conversion

B4 1 Corinthians 15:9--Paul's view and grief from his past.

B5 Galatians 1:10-17--A summary of Paul's life

C1 How he learned the correct Gospel

C2 His life as a dedicated Pharisee

D1 Persecutor of Christians

D2 Further advanced than most of his age in

E1 Zeal

E2 Education

C3 How God brought about his salvation

D1 Chosen

E1 This is by foreknowledge Romans 8:29-30, 1 Peter 1:2

E2 Foreknowledge is knowing beforehand, before it happens. Foreknowledge is NOT God's decree. Some believe that in essence God decreed everything that comes about and has a very good memory so it is perfect. This definition is not foreknowledge that God truly knows the future. Yes, God is that type of being that truly knows the future. God does, however, predestinate, preordain, some things that will happen as in the case of Jesus being the Messiah and would die as the Passover Lamb.

D2 Here it is most reasonable to understand that God know Paul would believe and initiated salvation, open his eyes and heart to the truth and knew that Paul would believe and trust in Jesus Christ.

C4 "...set me apart..."

D1 Truly knowing the future that Paul would believe, God then chose Paul to be the missionary Apostle to the Gentiles.

D2 Compare Jeremiah 1:5, Acts 13:2, etc.

D3 For further information see here.

C5 "...called me by His grace..."

D1 The Greek word for called is kaleō and means an invitation.

D2 The Greek word for grace is charis and means something that is not deserved or earned. It is something that is pleasing and delightful.

D3 God did not have to do this; He wanted to do this. Most do not respond with faith.

C6 The three years in Arabia, of which we know little.


A5 Questions

B1 Who is left in Jerusalem? (Apostles and a few others) Why?

B2 Where was the persecution started? (Jerusalem)

B3 Where were the believers scattered? (Though out Judea and Samaria)

B4 Is this soft or hard persecution? (Hard) What is the difference? Have you ever experienced persecution?

C1 Soft

D1 Loss of job

D2 Loss of educational opportunities

D3 Financial loss

D4 Ignoring

C2 Hard

D1 Death

D2 Rape

D3 Burning and loss of house/possessions

D4 Imprisonment

D5 Torture

B5 What is the motivation for persecuting? (Jealousy, hate, pride, etc.)

B6 What is Saul going to Damascus? (He wanted even more imprisonments)

B7 Who is agreeing with his travels? (High priest)

B8 Where on the journey did Paul have this experience? (As they drew close to Damascus). Why there?

B9 What was the first thing that happened? (Bright light)

B10 What was the next thing that happened? (Jesus's voice)

B11 What did Jesus say to Saul?

B12 Did Saul answer Jesus's question? (No) What did he say to Jesus? (Who are you Lord?)

B13 What did Jesus answer?

B14 What did the others traveling with Saul hear? (Voice) Did they understand what was being said? (No)

B15 What was the first proof Saul had repented?

C1 Did not go to synagogues.

C2 Did not arrest anyone.

C3 Obeyed Jesus's command.

B16 Was his response faith of works? (Faith to believe and works proving his faith)

B17 Was Ananias excited about what Jesus wanted him to do? (No, but he did it anyway)

B18 How does the actions of Saul and Ananias apply to us?

B19 What were the things that Ananias to tell Saul?

C1 Go to Judas' house and talk to Saul

C2 Saul is a chosen instrument of mine

C3 To tell/teach about Jesus to Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel

C4 How much he is to suffer because of Jesus's name

C5 Pray for Saul's healing

B20 How did Saul respond?

C1 Talked to Ananias

C2 Allowed Ananias to pray for him

C3 Was baptized

C4 Ate food

B21 What is filled with the Spirit?

C1 All Christians have the Holy Spirit

D1 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

(Romans 8:9 EMTV)

D2 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"

(Galatians 4:6 EMTV)

C2 Filled is empowerment to do God's will

B22 What were Saul/Paul's personal characteristics pre-conversion?

C1 Blasphemer

D1 How did Paul blaspheme? (Wrong concept of God and God's will)

D2 What commandment did Paul break? (3rd--"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. (Exodus 20:7 NKJV)

C2 Persecutor

C3 Insolent, that is, verbal abusive, bully, insulter, etc.

B23 Did Paul think he was worthy to be an Apostle? (No, 1 Corinthians 15:9)

B24 Why did Paul still grieve over his pre-conversion activities.

B25 How can we know and learn the correct Gospel? (The Apostles--including Paul--were taught by Jesus himself).

B26 What is most impressive about Saul/Paul's conversion?

B27 Can even the most evil person be forgiven and regenerated?

24 April 2015

Sunday School Lesson

The Great Commission--God reconciles sinners to Himself through the Gospel of Christ.


Bible Background


A1 Objectives

B1 Explain the purpose of the Great Commission.

B2 Describe who is responsible for fulfilling the Great Commission.


A2 Scriptures

B1 Matthew 28:18-20 The Great Commission

B2 Romans 1:16-17 The importance of the Gospel

B3 Romans 10:14-17 The need to preach the Gospel


A3 Notes

B1 Matthew 28:18-20

C1 Commission--a formal appointment by a superior to do a particular job. It comes with all the authority and ability to accomplish the task.

C2 Who

D1 Context--the 11 Apostles

E1 By pure, simple, plain interpretation this commission is given here to the 11. Judas is dead at this point. The other 500 witnesses to Jesus's resurrection may have also been present ("Thereafter He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, of whom the majority remain until now, but some have fallen asleep." (1 Corinthians 15:6, EMTV). The text does not say. For surety we know that the 11 were present.

E2 This commission to preach the Gospel is given to these 11.

D2 Application--all Christians

E1 We also must preach the Gospel.

E2 Humans

F1 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, (Ephesians 4:11, EMTV)

F2 You however be watchful in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:5, EMTV)

E3 Angels (referring to the Tribulation Time--"Then I saw an angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on the earth, and to every nation, tribe, language, and people," (Revelation 14:6, EMTV)

C3 Major points

D1 "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me."

E1 Not just authority to commission preaching the Gospel.

E2 Not just authority to be head of the Church.

E3 Not just authority in spiritual matters.

E4 But all authority whether spiritual, governmental, familial, financial, medical, etc.

E5 How much authority does God have?

F1 Does He decree every action, thought, desire, word, and deed?

F2 Does He decree that there will be a limited, liberation free will?

F3 The former is TULIP Calvinism, thus everything that happens has been decreed by God--every breath, every heartbeat, every blade of grass in the meadow so also every rape, every sickness, everything uncomfortable that happens.

F4 The genuine plain, normal reading of the Scripture sure does seem to include a free will to make choices.

F5 God is still sovereign, and when He wishes something done, it will be done, none can stop or hinder Him.

D2 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations."

E1 Go--not sit around. Wherever we be or whatever we do, we can be ready to preach.

E2 Make disciples--followers of Christ. Teaching them doctrine and God's rules for living. It would include "preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all patience and teaching." (2 Timothy 4:2, EMTV)

E3 We have to believe the Gospel ourselves.

E4 We must know what the Gospel is.

D3 "...baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..."

E1 This baptism is the physical baptism.

F1 A witness to a clean conscience because of the cleansing blood of Jesus. "...which as an antitype, baptism now also saves us—(not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, (1 Peter 3:21, EMTV)

F2 Water does not wash away sins.

F3 Baptism shows that we have obeyed Christ's Gospel and ask for a clean conscience.

E2 The baptism of the Holy Spirit is upon all believers by the Holy Spirit, Himself.

F1 " whom you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14, EMTV)

F2 "...who also has sealed us, and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 1:22, EMTV)

F3 " that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:14, EMTV)

D4 "...teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you..."

E1 Through Jesus and His Apostles there are over 1,000 rules that cover everything needed in this life either directly, by example, or by principle.

E2 The word "observe" is "tereo" and means to guard to prevent escape. So applied it could be said of marriage, laws, responsibilities, This is sort of like watching the speedometer to maintain the speed limit. Compare:

F1 "If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15)

F2 "...that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ," (1 Timothy 6:14, EMTV)

D5 "lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen."

E1 Though Jesus is in heaven, He sees and knows all things. He is able to help instantly. He is able to comfort any and all sorrows and fears. We cannot do this, but God can.

E2 He says this to encourage believers knowing full well that they will experience persecution.

E3 "But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fulfilled, and all the Gentiles might hear, and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. (2 Timothy 4:17, EMTV)

E4 "But whenever they hand you over, do not worry how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; (Matthew 10:19, EMTV)

B2 Romans 1:16-17

C1 Not ashamed of the Gospel

D1 Some people are ashamed to the point of denying that they are Christians.

D2 Some water down the Gospel so as to not be "offensive."

D3 Some are ignorant of the Gospel and so preach a false gospel.

D4 Some deliberately preach a false Gospel

C2 Power of God

D1 The word power here is strength, power, not necessarily authority though someone with strength and power would have authority.

D2 Thus God is able to do what He says.

D3 The Gospel, when the conditions are met, does have strength, power, to accomplish what God wants.

C3 Salvation to everyone who believes

D1 The condition--believes. Believes what? What God has said.

D2 It is limited by those who believe or do not believe.

D3 It is not limited by God decreeing some in and some out whether it be a passive or active view.

E1 The Westminster Confession is the active view of there is a set number of those elected to salvation and those elected to damnation. Chapter III iii and iv.

iii. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of His glory, some men and angels(1) are predestinated unto

everlasting life, and others foreordained to everlasting death.(2)

(1) 1 Timothy 5:21; Matthew 25:41

(2) Romans 9:22,23; Ephesians 1:5,6; Proverbs 16:4

iv. These angels and men, thus predestinated and foreordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed; and

their number so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished.(1)

(1) 2 Timothy 2:19; John 13:18

E2 The passive view is that God does not actively choose but rather just passes by/over them. John MacArthur is one who believes that God just leaves them to go on their sinful way.

E3 So what's the difference? In either view the unchosen crowd cannot/will not be saved.

C4 Jew first

D1 Per God's promise. Does not mean that a Gentile could not be saved but that God gave opportunity to the Jew first.

D2 Still holds true. God is interested in saving Jews as well as Gentiles.

C5 Then Greek--Gentiles.

C6 Righteous of God

D1 Sin debt must be paid.

D2 God is righteous in this and accomplished it with the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.

C7 Revealed from faith to faith--preaching the Gospel from one generation to other, one people group to another, and so on.

C8 The just shall live by faith--the Gospel has always been the same. It was the same Gospel preached to Adam and Eve as it is today. Abraham is an example of Old Testament person being saved by faith.

D1 Romans 4:9 Does this blessing then come upon the circumcision, or also upon the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness.

D2 Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith that it may be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those of the law, but also to those of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,

D3 Galatians 3:6 EMTV Just as Abraham "believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness."

B3 Romans 10:14-17

C1 What about those who have never heard? Do they have no opportunity for salvation?

D1 The Gospel is the same whether Old Testament or New Testament.

D2 Believe God in the same way Abraham or any other Old Testament person.

D3 God still uses prevenient faith to initiate salvation, just as He does for any person.

D4 Those who have never heard have heard and can believe.

C2 God considers preaching the Gospel a beautiful thing.

C3 Not everyone who hears the Gospel, believes the Gospel. Paul quotes Isaiah--Romans 10:16 EMTV But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our report?"

C4 Faith comes by hearing. God initiates salvation. When the prepared heart hears, they can resist or not resist.

C5 The importance of the Scriptures in preaching. "Hearing comes through the Word of God."