Sunday, March 30, 2014

Matthew 25; Lesson 25

Chuck's study this week:

Lesson    25

Passage Matthew 25


Content (List of Topics or Events)
Virgin Parable Keep Watch and be prepared   (Matthew 25:1-13)
a. Circumstance – Bridegroom long time in coming (1-5)
b. Call – Bridegroom arrives (6)
c. Conclusion – Not all virgins we prepared for journey and those that weren’t were shut out (7-13)
Bags of Gold Parable – Use talents or loose (Matthew 25:14-30)
a. Talents (bags of gold) given with actions taken (14-18)
b. Master review of the good and faithful servants actions with blessing (19-23)
c. Master review of excuse for inaction by wicked and lazy servant with punishment (24-30)

King separating sheep & goat Parable – We are judged based on compassionate demonstrated faith in action for the Father (Matthew 25:31-46)
a.  Separation of people; one from another like sheep & goats (31-33)
b. Righteous identified for their action for master and blessed (34-40)
c. Unrighteous  identified for Not doing the will of the Father and given eternal punishment (41-46)
Divisions (Main Blocks of Thought)
Division
Scripture
Virgin Parable Keep Watch and be prepared
Matthew 25:1-13
Bags of Gold Parable – Use talents or loose
Matthew 25:14-30
King separating sheep & goat Parable – We are judged based on compassionate demonstrated faith in action for the Father
Matthew 25:31-46
Subject Sentence (Summarizes the contents of the Divisions – No more than 10 words)
Virgin, gold, judgment parables illustrate preparation, investment, action for Father
Aim (Main Teaching Point of the Passage)
To learn that Jesus is coming back and that we must be ready, work diligently with talents we have and reflect the will of the Father in all we are.
Specific Application Questions

1.       How are you preparing for the Master’s return; is there something you need to do now?

2.       In what ways are you investing your talents so that it brings a heavenly return?

3.       Where specifically can you be more reflective of the will of the Father?
Principles to Remember

The Lord will return when we don’t expect it; we need to be in daily preparation so we aren’t locked out of the blessings.

We are asked to bring a harvest and a return to God based upon what He as given us; blessings are ours.

We will be judged by what we do for the Kingdom; we are God’s hands and feet of blessing


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Matthew 24; Lesson 24

John's study this week:

MEMORY VERSE: “Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures: “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes”?’ ” - Matthew 21:42 (NIV84)

Content Sentences (10 – 15 summary sentences)

Matthew 24
1. Matthew 24:1 – 2 As Jesus left the temple he spoke to his disciples, pointing to the temple buildings, “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; everyone will be thrown down.”
2. Matthew 24:3 – 3 While sitting on the Mount of Olives, Jesus’ disciples asked about the end of the temple, presumably end of the age and Jesus return.
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3. Matthew 4 - 8 Jesus warned that there will be deceivers who will be false messiahs, wars and rumors of wars, nations will rise against each other and there will be famines, earthquakes which will signal as birth pains the end of the age.
4. Matthew 24:9 – 14 Jesus followers will be persecuted, hated even put to death and that many will turn away from the faith by false prophets who deceive, and that love will even grow cold, but stand firm to the end and you will be saved for the gospel will be preached in the whole world as a testimony and then the end will come.
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5. Matthew 24:15 – 21 Jesus then speaks cryptically that “the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel will be seen in the holy place; then everyone should flee in haste, not taking anything with them for there will be great unequalled distress in the land.
6. Matthew 24:22 – 22 Jesus speaks his warning that for the sake of the elect (believers) the days grow short, and beware of deceivers and do not believe those who say such things as ‘There is the Messiah’ for ‘For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.’
7. Matthew 24:28 – 29 Jesus then quotes old testament that distress such as the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
8. Matthew 24:30 – 31 Jesus explains that “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory, and he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
9. Matthew 24:32 – 35 Jesus say to learn from the fig tree and know that this generation will not pass away until all these things happen and even if Heaven and earth pass away, the words of the Lord will live on forever.
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10. Matthew 24:36 – 41 Jesus declares that only the Father in heaven knows the hour and day when judgment will come and the Son of Man return; just as in the days of Noah before the flood, people will be clueless and many taken.
11. Matthew 24:42 – 44 Therefore keep watch because we do not know when the Lord will come, just as the owner of the house, had he know that the thief was coming would have stood diligent and kept watch, so must we be ready for the return of the Son of Man.
12. Matthew 24:45 – 47 Who then is the faithful servant of God, whom the master put in charge and who executes his duties as expected for he will be put in charge of his master’s possessions when he returns.
13. Matthew 24:48 – 51 Jesus finishes with a warning that the servant who does not do his proper duty will be cut down and assign him a place with the hypocrites where there will be anguish.


Divisions (major divisions of the passage: 2 – 4)

Matthew 24:1 - 3 The temple will be destroyed and disciples ask about the meaning of such and ask about a sign of his return.

Application: Are you still seeking Jesus, even in this age of affluence?

Matthew 24:4 – 14 Jesus describes coming history until he returns and warns of false messiahs.

Application: Are you on guard against false teacher, messiahs and prophets?

Matthew 24:15 – 35 Jesus describes signs of his coming and the end of the age, tribulation and that ‘this generation’ will not pass away, but God’s word endures forever.

Application: Are you holding on to God’s enduring word and not things of this world?

Matthew 24:36 – 51 Jesus states that only the Father knows when the return will be, and describes his return through parable of the two’s: two men in field, two women grinding, the evil servant and the faithful servant so earnestly be prepared.

Application: Are you prepared for the master’s return as a faithful servant, fulfilling your duty?


Subject Sentence (ten words or less)

Jesus describes history, gives warning and encourages followers until return.


AIM (One principle teaching point from the passage)

To cause the audience to see (TCTATS) that we are to live in expectation and be prepared for the coming return of our master Lord Jesus.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Matthew 22:15-23:39; Lesson 23

Chuck's study this week:

Lesson    23

Passage Matthew 22:15-23:39


Content (List of Topics or Events)
Pharisees and Sadducee questions aim to trap Jesus, but teach Government responsibility, resurrection truth and life’s love commands (Matthew 22:15-41)
a. Pharisee question Jesus about tax – Truth render to those it is owed Government and God (22:15-22)
b. Sadducee question relationships in resurrection – Truth God is God of Living not dead (22:23-33)
c. Sadducees and Pharisee question which is greatest command – Truth love God with all heart, mind and soul and neighbor as yourself (22:34-41)
Jesus question Pharisees about Messiah – Whose Son is he? Is he Lord ?(Matthew 22:42-46)
a. The Messiah question and response - David. (22:41-42)
b. The Messiah as David’s Lord and Son  - an unanswered question (22:43-46)

Jesus instruction and pronounces judgment truths and curse (Matthew 23:1-39)
a.  Listen and act on sound teaching (23:1-3a)
b. Jesus followers  aren’t after places of respect or names, but being humble servants (23:3b-12)
c. Seven Woes and truths (23:13-32)
d. Curse on those who in religion persecute righteous. (23:33-39)
Divisions (Main Blocks of Thought)
Division
Scripture
Pharisees and Sadducee questions aim to trap Jesus, but teach Government responsibility, resurrection truth and life’s love commands
Matthew 22:15-41
Jesus question Pharisees about Messiah – Whose Son is he? Is he Lord ?
Matthew 22:42-46
Jesus instruction and pronounces judgment truths and curse
Matthew 23:1-39
Subject Sentence (Summarizes the contents of the Divisions – No more than 10 words)
Pharisee and Sadducee trap question bring truths, woes and curse
Aim (Main Teaching Point of the Passage)
To learn that the Loving God with heart, mind and soul and our neighbor as our self is the foundation of life in Christ; it should impact desire of life and we have a God that is the God of life.
Specific Application Questions

1.       How do you demonstrate whole hearted love?

2.       In what ways to you demonstrate Jesus as Lord of your life?

3.       What woes would Jesus pronounce on you?
Principles to Remember

Love God with heart, mind and soul.

Jesus is the Son of God our Messiah

Being religious is not necessarily being holy.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Matthew 21:18 - 22:14; Lesson 22

John's study this week:

MEMORY VERSE: “And whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” — Matthew 20:27-28 (NIV84)

Content Sentences (10 – 15 summary sentences)

Matthew 21:18 - 46
1. Matthew 21:18 – 22 In the event of Jesus encountering a barren fig tree that he causes to wither thus causing the disciples to ask how it withered to which Jesus replied, “if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done, so if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
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2. Matthew 21:23 – 27 When the chief priests and elders questioned Jesus by what authority be does what he does to which he replied asking by them by whose authority did John the Baptist’s baptism come from, which confounded the priests as if they acknowledge it came from God, then why didn’t they believe or if of human origin then they may receive the anger of the people, so they just said that they did not know so Jesus replied in kind that he would not answer them.
3. Matthew 21:28 – 32 Jesus teaches from the parable of the two sons (with differing attitudes toward work) and the father who tells his sons to work in the vineyard, summarizing the story about belief and repentance, chastising them that they do not do either, so will not be entering the kingdom of heaven.
4. Matthew 21:33 – 46 Jesus teaches the parable of the landowner of vineyards and the farmers he rents to teaching about that God will take away resources (that are His to give) and give them to followers who will produce, which made the priests feel convicted but looked for a way to arrest Jesus, and were afraid of the people (again).
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Matthew 22: 1 - 14
5. Matthew 22:1 – 7 Jesus taught in parable saying that the kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son, sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come, which enraged the king who destroyed those who disobeyed.
6. Matthew 22:8 – 10 The King said to the servants to go to the streets and invite people of all kinds to come and celebrate, which they did, filling the wedding hall with guests.
7. Matthew 22:11 – 13 When the king saw the guests he noticed that one man was not dressed appropriately for a wedding feast, so had the man thrown out of the hall.
8. Matthew 22:14 – 14 Jesus then stated, “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”


Divisions (major divisions of the passage: 2 – 4)

Matthew 21:18 - 22 Jesus acts out a parable about the consequences of an unfruitful Israel and God’s disapproval of his people who are all promise but no action.

Application: How fruitful are you in serving the King of all?

Matthew 21:23 – 27 Jesus answers and teaches the leaders through questions and parables about service in actions over words.

Application: Are you living for the Father of light out of love for Him, or are you living out of your own motives?

Matthew 22: 1 – 14 Jesus teaches by parable that when it comes to the Gospel message, some are indifferent, some are hostile and some unchanged and that they will all have the same fate; some accept by faith and will enjoy the wedding feast of the lamb.

Application: You’ve been called, but have you been chosen?



Subject Sentence (ten words or less)

 We are chosen to serve, be fruitful; live for God.


AIM (One principle teaching point from the passage)

To cause the audience to see (TCTATS) that we are to love and serve God, and his children.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Matthew 19:23 - 21:17; Lesson 21

Chuck's study this week:

Lesson    21

Passage Matthew 19:23-21:17


Content (List of Topics or Events)
Following Jesus – Last/First and First/Last Kingdom (Matthew 19:23-20:16)
a. Salvation through man – Impossible but with God all things possible (19:23-26)
b. Followers have a huge inheritance with eternal life (19:27-29)
c. Parable to explain Kingdom First/Last  Principle – God wants all whenever they come in His Kingdom (19:30 - 20:16)
Kingdom’s Cost – Richly paid; humble servants (Matthew 20:17-28)
a. The cost – Sacrifice of Jesus (17-19)
b. Mother of Zebedee’s sons request for honor and challenge (20-23)
c. Disciples response to request with Jesus’ description of service (24-28)

Kingdom Presented -Jesus enters Jerusalem with praise and criticism from religious (Matthew 20:29-21:17)
a. Blind healed (pay attention here)  (29-34)
b. Preparation for entry with donkey; prophecy fulfilled (21:1-7)
c. Praise for Jesus; Son of David  (8-11)
d. Jesus cleanses temple 12-17)
Divisions (Main Blocks of Thought)
Division
Scripture
Following Jesus – Last/First and First/Last Kingdom
Matthew 19:23-20:16
Kingdom’s Cost – Richly paid; humble servants
Matthew 20:17-28
Kingdom Presented -Jesus enters Jerusalem with praise  and criticism from religious
Matthew 20:29-21:17
Subject Sentence (Summarizes the contents of the Divisions – No more than 10 words)
Kingdom of God involves priorities, cost and Jesus Jerusalem entry
Aim (Main Teaching Point of the Passage)
To learn that the Kingdom God has a cost paid for through God’s servant Jesus
Specific Application Questions

1.       What is your priorities; in what ways do you want recognition?

2.       How do you recognize the cost of the kingdom; what are you willing sacrifice?

3.       Where do you praise or do you question the challenge of Jesus in your life?
Principles to Remember

First shall be servants in the Kingdom of God

There is a cost to being a follower of Christ.

Some praise grace and some challenge mercy.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Matthew 19:1 - 22; Lesson 20

John's study this week:

MEMORY VERSE: “And he said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’ ” – Matthew 18:3-4 (NIV84)

Content (10 – 15 summary sentences)

Matthew 19:1 - 22
1. Matthew 19:1 - 2 Jesus left Galilee for a time and went into the region of Judea on the other side of the Jordan and large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
2. Matthew 19:3 – 6 Pharisees came to Jesus to test him asking when it was lawful for a man to divorce his wife to which Jesus quoted from Genesis God’s plan that marriage cannot be dissolved as it was instituted by God.
3. Matthew 19:7 – 9 The Pharisees responded asking why then did Moses permit divorce to which Jesus replied that in Moses time, the hearts were hardened, but that God never intended for people to divorce, adding that anyone divorcing, except for sexual immorality  and marries another, commits adultery.
4. Matthew 19:10 – 12 The disciples said to Jesus questioningly, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.” To which Jesus replied that His comments are not for everyone, but only for those to whom it is given, that there are some who choose celibacy for the sake of the kingdom of heaven and should be accepted for it.
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5. Matthew 19:13 – 15 People brought children to Jesus for Him to lay hands on and to pray for them, but the disciples rebuked the people, to which Jesus teaches the disciples an object lesson, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” and after placing his hands on them, he went on from there.
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6. Matthew 19:16 – 16 A man came to Jesus and asked what good thing he must do to get eternal life?
7. Matthew 19:17 – 17 Jesus replied  “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
8. Matthew 19:18 – 19 The man asked more, “Which ones?” to which Jesus replied to keep the ten commandments.
9. Matthew 19:20 – 21 The man replied, “I have kept these. What else must I do?” to which Jesus replied if you want to be perfect, sell your possessions, give to the poor then come, follow me.
10. Matthew 19:22 – 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.


Divisions (major divisions of the passage: 2 – 4)

Matthew 19:1 – 12 Jesus teaches on marriage, divorce and celibacy.

Application: Will you view your marriage as a covenantal act, consecrated by God, and unable to be broken?

Matthew 19:13 - 15 Jesus teaches the importance of children in blessing them.

Application: How are you in dealing with children? Do you bless them as Christ does?

Matthew 19:16 - 22 Jesus teaches on following him, sacrificing all for Him and the path to the kingdom of heaven.

Application: What idols, such as love of riches (not riches themselves), do you have that keep you away from Jesus?


Subject Sentence (ten words or less)

Jesus teaches marriage, celibacy, divorce, and riches as heart issues.


AIM (One principle teaching point from the passage)


TCTATS that those who seek Jesus are to be willing to give up what they have in order to follow him and inherit the kingdom of heaven. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Matthew 18; Lesson 19

Chuck's study this week:

Lesson    19

Passage Matthew 18


Content (List of Topics or Events)
Attributes of Kingdom’s Great (Matthew 18:1-14)
a. Becoming like the little children and welcoming them in Jesus (1-5)
b. Not causing little ones to stumble – remove the evil that to cause stumbling  (6-9)
c. Don’t despise the little ones; God doesn’t want to loose anyone (10-14)
Dealing with a brother or sister that sins (Matthew 18:15-20)
a. Corrective process with ever expanding impact (15-17)
b. Method for engaging with Heavenly Father; two or three in Jesus name involves God (18-20)

Scope of forgiveness (Matthew 18:21-35)
a. Jesus answers Peter’s forgiveness question- Go to extremes to forgive (21-22)
b. Parable of great forgiveness with improper response (23-34)
c. Forgiveness from heart (35)
Divisions (Main Blocks of Thought)
Division
Scripture
Attributes of Kingdom’s Great
Matthew 18:1-14
Dealing with a brother or sister that sins
Matthew 18:15-20
Scope of forgiveness
Matthew 18:21-35
Subject Sentence (Summarizes the contents of the Divisions – No more than 10 words)
Kingdom’s great support humble, restore sinners and forgive extravagantly
Aim (Main Teaching Point of the Passage)
To learn that Kingdom greatness comes from our heart attitude as we humble ourselves as a child, care for those who stumble and forgive.
Specific Application Questions

1.       What is your attitude toward faith’s children?

2.       How do you involve yourself in building up others in the faith?

3.       Who do you need to forgive and how should your attitude change to reflect God’s?
Principles to Remember

Great in the Kingdom are humble.

Following the steps is essential to restoring faith

God forgives and we should reflect the grace we have received from our Heavenly Father