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• Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

1 Corinthians 11 (NASB)
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. 30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

33 So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you will not come together for judgment. The remaining matters I will arrange when I come.

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• Monday, October 16th, 2017

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• Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Theme: Three common family traits which characterize the local church, so you will be more devoted to reflecting them in this body.

I. The Primary Relationships (1 Timothy 5:1-2)

Relating to . . .

1. Older men

2. Younger men

3. Older women

4. Younger women

II. The Place of Greetings (Romans 16; Colossians 4)

Three ways they bolster family relations

1. Show concern for one another

2. Show common interests with one another

3. Show commendation for one another

III. The Priority of Love (John 13:34-35)

Five specific family connections:

1. Love is the mandate repeated throughout the NT

2. Love is the means through which families serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)

3. Love is the motivation for sacrificing for Christian brothers. (1 John 3:14-17)

4. Love is the method for confronting sin in a brother’s life. (1 Corinthians 13 w/Matthew 18:15)

5. Love is the movement that all Christians can excel more in. (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10)

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• Sunday, October 08th, 2017

Theme: Three Crucial truths you must understand about you earthly family so you will appreciate the role it has in God’s world.

1. Earthly families are designed by God (Genesis 1:27-28,2:18; Psalm 127:3-5)

2. Earthly families are directed by God (Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Ephesians 5:21-6:4)

3. Earthly families are determined by God (Genesis 16:2; 30:2; 1 Samuel 1:5)

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• Sunday, October 01st, 2017

Theme: Five aspects of your relationship with your Heavenly Father so you might respond to Him in faith and enjoy Him above all others.

  1.  He is your Creator so you owe Him your Worship (Acts 17:23-29)
  2.  He is your Savior so you owe Him your obedience. (Titus 3:4-8)
  3. He is your Provider so you owe Him your generosity. (1Timothy 6:17-19; Acts 17:25b,28a)
  4. He is your Master so you owe Him your service. (2Timothy 2:20-21)
  5. He is your Judge so you owe Him your reverence. (Acts 17:30-31)
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• Sunday, September 24th, 2017

 

Joshua 21 (NASB)

1 Then the heads of households of the Levites approached Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of households of the tribes of the sons of Israel.
2 They spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, “The LORD commanded through Moses to give us cities to live in, with their pasture lands for our cattle.”
3 So the sons of Israel gave the Levites from their inheritance these cities with their pasture lands, according to the command of the LORD.
4 Then the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites. And the sons of Aaron the priest, who were of the Levites, received thirteen cities by lot from the tribe of Judah and from the tribe of the Simeonites and from the tribe of Benjamin.
5 The rest of the sons of Kohath received ten cities by lot from the families of the tribe of Ephraim and from the tribe of Dan and from the half-tribe of Manasseh.
6 The sons of Gershon received thirteen cities by lot from the families of the tribe of Issachar and from the tribe of Asher and from the tribe of Naphtali and from the half-tribe of Manasseh in Bashan.
7 The sons of Merari according to their families received twelve cities from the tribe of Reuben and from the tribe of Gad and from the tribe of Zebulun.
8 Now the sons of Israel gave by lot to the Levites these cities with their pasture lands, as the LORD had commanded through Moses.
9 They gave these cities which are here mentioned by name from the tribe of the sons of Judah and from the tribe of the sons of Simeon;
10 and they were for the sons of Aaron, one of the families of the Kohathites, of the sons of Levi, for the lot was theirs first.
11 Thus they gave them Kiriath-arba, Arba being the father of Anak (that is, Hebron), in the hill country of Judah, with its surrounding pasture lands.
12 But the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his possession.
13 So to the sons of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands, and Libnah with its pasture lands,
14 and Jattir with its pasture lands and Eshtemoa with its pasture lands,
15 and Holon with its pasture lands and Debir with its pasture lands,
16 and Ain with its pasture lands and Juttah with its pasture lands and Beth-shemesh with its pasture lands; nine cities from these two tribes.
17 From the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with its pasture lands, Geba with its pasture lands,
18 Anathoth with its pasture lands and Almon with its pasture lands; four cities.
19 All the cities of the sons of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen cities with their pasture lands.
20 Then the cities from the tribe of Ephraim were allotted to the families of the sons of Kohath, the Levites, even to the rest of the sons of Kohath.
21 They gave them Shechem, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands, in the hill country of Ephraim, and Gezer with its pasture lands,
22 and Kibzaim with its pasture lands and Beth-horon with its pasture lands; four cities.
23 From the tribe of Dan, Elteke with its pasture lands, Gibbethon with its pasture lands,
24 Aijalon with its pasture lands, Gath-rimmon with its pasture lands; four cities.
25 From the half-tribe of Manasseh, they allotted Taanach with its pasture lands and Gath-rimmon with its pasture lands; two cities.
26 All the cities with their pasture lands for the families of the rest of the sons of Kohath were ten.
27 To the sons of Gershon, one of the families of the Levites, from the half-tribe of Manasseh, they gave Golan in Bashan, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands, and Be-eshterah with its pasture lands; two cities.
28 From the tribe of Issachar, they gave Kishion with its pasture lands, Daberath with its pasture lands,
29 Jarmuth with its pasture lands, En-gannim with its pasture lands; four cities.
30 From the tribe of Asher, they gave Mishal with its pasture lands, Abdon with its pasture lands,
31 Helkath with its pasture lands and Rehob with its pasture lands; four cities.
32 From the tribe of Naphtali, they gave Kedesh in Galilee, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands and Hammoth-dor with its pasture lands and Kartan with its pasture lands; three cities.
33 All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen cities with their pasture lands.
34 To the families of the sons of Merari, the rest of the Levites, they gave from the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with its pasture lands and Kartah with its pasture lands.
35 Dimnah with its pasture lands, Nahalal with its pasture lands; four cities.
36 From the tribe of Reuben, they gave Bezer with its pasture lands and Jahaz with its pasture lands,
37 Kedemoth with its pasture lands and Mephaath with its pasture lands; four cities.
38 From the tribe of Gad, they gave Ramoth in Gilead, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands and Mahanaim with its pasture lands,
39 Heshbon with its pasture lands, Jazer with its pasture lands; four cities in all.
40 All these were the cities of the sons of Merari according to their families, the rest of the families of the Levites; and their lot was twelve cities.
41 All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the sons of Israel were forty-eight cities with their pasture lands.
42 These cities each had its surrounding pasture lands; thus it was with all these cities.
43 So the LORD gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and lived in it.
44 And the LORD gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hand.
45 Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.

Review:

Cities of Refuge

NW
21:13 – Hebron
Aaron/Kohath

CW
21 – Shechem
Kohath

NE
27 – Golan
Gershon

NW
32 – Kedesh
Gershon

SE
36 – Bezer
Merari
CE
38 – Ramoth
Merari

Theme: Three important reasons why Israel must provide for the Levites, so you understand the principle of supporting church pastors today

I. The Lord Commanded it. vv. 1-2

II. The priests depend upon the people’s obedience. vv. 3-8

III. The people depend upon the priests’ service. vv. 9-42

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• Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Joshua 20 (NASB)
1 Then the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying,
2 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘Designate the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses,
3 that the manslayer who kills any person unintentionally, without premeditation, may flee there, and they shall become your refuge from the avenger of blood.
4 ‘He shall flee to one of these cities, and shall stand at the entrance of the gate of the city and state his case in the hearing of the elders of that city; and they shall take him into the city to them and give him a place, so that he may dwell among them.
5 ‘Now if the avenger of blood pursues him, then they shall not deliver the manslayer into his hand, because he struck his neighbor without premeditation and did not hate him beforehand’.
6 ‘He shall dwell in that city until he stands before the congregation for judgment, until the death of the one who is high priest in those days. Then the manslayer shall return to his own city and to his own house, to the city from which he fled.’
7 So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron ) in the hill country of Judah.
8 Beyond the Jordan east of Jericho, they designated Bezer in the wilderness on the plain from the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead from the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan from the tribe of Manasseh.
9 These were the appointed cities for all the sons of Israel and for the stranger who sojourns among them, that whoever kills any person unintentionally may flee there, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood until he stands before the congregation.

Theme: Four features of the cities of refuge so you will understand God’s concern for justice over vengeance.

I. The promise to establish the cities fulfilled vv.1-2

II. The purpose to accomplish with the cities v.3

A. The parties – the manslayer & the avenger of blood v.3a

B. The protection of the cities v.3b

III. The process to follow in the cities vv.4-6

A. The people of the cities – elders, congregation, high priest vv.4-6

B. The provision of the cities v.5

Three Important Lessons

1. The sanctity of human life

2. The priority of justice

3. The refuge of believer in Christ

IV. The placement of the cities vv.7-8

The Proximity of the cities to one another

1. Three on the west side of the Jordan v.7

2. Three on the east of the Jordan v.8

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• Sunday, September 10th, 2017

 

Luke 5:1-11 (NASB)

1 Now it came about that while the multitude were pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret;

2 and He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them, and were washing their nets.

3 And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the multitudes from the boat.

4 And when He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”

5 And Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but at Your bidding I will let down the nets.”

6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish; and their nets began to break;

7 and they signaled to their partners in the other boat, for them to come and help them. And they came, and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.

8 But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

9 For amazement had seized him and all this companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken;

10 and so also James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.”

11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.

Four excellencies of Christ to consider so that we would drop everything to follow Him and make Disciples:

  1. His wonderful wisdom. vv. 1-3
  2. His awesome omniscience and omnipotence. vv. 4-7
  3. His Divine Deity. vv. 8-10a
  4. His utter worthiness. vv. 10b-11
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• Sunday, September 03rd, 2017

 

Joshua 18:1-10 (NASB)

1 Then the whole congregation of the sons of Israel assembled themselves at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there; and the land was subdued before them.

2 And there remained among the sons of Israel seven tribes who had not divided their inheritance.

3 So Joshua said to the sons of Israel, “How long will you put off entering to take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers has given you?

4 “Provide for yourselves three men from each tribe that I may send them, and that they may arise and walk through the land and write a description of it according to their inheritance; then they shall return to me.

5 “And they shall divide it into seven portions; Judah shall stay in its territory on the south, and the house of Joseph shall stay in their territory on the north.

6 “And you shall describe the land in seven divisions, and bring the description here to me. And I will cast lots for you here before the LORD our God.

7 “For the Levites have no portion among you, because the priesthood of the LORD is their inheritance. Gad and Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh also have received their inheritance eastward beyond the Jordan, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave them.”

8 Then the men arose and went, and Joshua commanded those who went to describe the land, saying, “Go and walk through the land and describe it, and return to me; then I will cast lots for you here before the LORD in Shiloh.”

9 So the men went and passed through the land, and described it by cities in seven divisions in a book; and they came to Joshua to the camp in Shiloh.

10 And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the LORD, and there Joshua divided the land to the sons of Israel according to their divisions.

 

Theme: Three primary community features of Israel to recognize so you will learn key principles for the church today

I. The Place of worship. v. 1

II. The Purpose of God. vv. 2-9

III. The Priority of leaders. v. 10

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• Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Introduction: Joshua 13-17

Theme: Four threats to your devotion to Christ alluded to in the distribution of the promised land so that you will remain vigilant with your joy in Him.

I. Spiritual Apostasy: The requirement of ongoing faith and obedience is vital to receive all God has promised us in our lives 13:6-7

II. Allure of the World: The potential, destructive influence of the world is vigorously opposed to our lives 13:13

III. Earthly Blessings: The LORD is more valuable than the blessings He gives in our lives 13:14, 33

IV. Neglect of God’s Word: The Word of the LORD is validated when it is acknowledged and honored in our lives 14:3, 6-7

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