Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
- Jesus has power over the worst-case scenarios (vv. 2-13).
- Jesus took the time to save a man that no one cared for (vv. 2-13).
- The townspeople were afraid...they had never seen anything like this and they had concern that Jesus' work would change their way of living. They would have to give up their own "herd" (job, possessions, etc.), in order for others to be saved. They asked Jesus to not be a part of their lives and told him to leave (vv. 14-17).
- The man who was freed from demon possession wanted to follow Jesus. However, Jesus did not let him, but instead told him to return to his family to testify about what the Lord had done for him (vv. 18-19). How many times do we get so involved in "following Jesus" (ministry) and neglect our own family?
- The man went back to his family and testified (v. 20). This was the beginning of the preaching of Jesus to the Greek in the Decapolis.
- Jairus was a leader in the synagogue, it took humility and a strong belief in Jesus for him to "fall at his feet" and ask healing for his dying daughter (vv. 22,23).
- The bleeding woman had to have strong faith in order to approach Jesus the way she did. By Jesus asking "who touched me?", he gave her the opportunity to continue to put her faith into action and publicize it. Jesus said, "your faith has healed you" (vv. 24-34).
- Jesus ignored the claims that Jairus' daughter was dead. This bit of information could've disheartened Jairus, but Jesus encouraged him in his sorrow and said, "Don't be afraid; just believe" (vv. 35-36).
- As they approached Jairus' house, Jesus claimed that the girl was only sleeping, not dead. Despite being laughed at, Jesus continued and did not let the people's ridiculing bother him. He healed the little girl (vv. 38-43).
- The fact that the bleeding woman's story was right in the middle of Jairus' daughter's story suggests that it was a reinforcement for Jairus' faith...something to help him continue to believe.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
- Towards the Pharisees
- Towards the Crowds
- Towards the Disciples
- Towards his Earthly Family
- Towards Satan
- Towards his Spiritual Family
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
- Do I follow Christ's example and seek out those who are neglected or not liked by others?
- Do I recognize my need for Christ?
- Jesus notes the faith of the friends who lowered the paralytic through the roof.
- Jesus tells the paralytic that his sins are forgiven instead of just healing him.
- Jesus confronts the thoughts (questions) of the teachers.
- Jesus proclaims his Deity.
- Jesus brings glory to God.
Monday, May 11, 2009
- Verses 1-12
- Verses 13-17
- Verses 18-22
- Verses 23-28
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
- If Jesus, being Divine himself, needed to pray, how much more should we, being human and prone to sin, need to pray?
- What was the advantage of him taking off and finding a solitary place?
- Why do you think he got up early?
- In general, do you think Christians today know the value of prayer like Jesus did?
- What is the value of prayer in your own words?
Jesus knew how to respond to distraction. The disciples went out looking for him; he did not even have time to pray…or time alone. After a long night of healing and ministering to others, he gets up early to pray. He must have been exhausted.
- What was his response to the disciples?
- What other possible responses could he have chosen?
- In all honesty, how do you think you would have responded if you were exhausted?
- What did Jesus say was his purpose?
- Why do you think he described his purpose in this way?
After this study, we did a survey of the people in our church and others we knew who are Christians. The questions were 1) do you spend time in prayer? 2) How long and when am/pm?
The results were actually surprising to me. We either have a bunch of people who are really spiritual here, or a bunch of people who answered with their goals of how long they would like to pray.
Out of 53 Christians surveyed; 25 said they spend more than an hour in prayer every day, 20 said they spend 30 minutes or less, 8 people said they don't spend time in prayer.
I spoke with a young man whom I know has accepted the Lord and asked him if he spent time in prayer and reading the Bible. He said, "well, the truth is, no." I challenged him to start out with just a couple of minutes a day before he does anything to sit, read, and pray. I prayed with him right where we were at (in the kitchen of the restaurant he works in). Today, he is praying and reading his Bible.
How much time do we really spend in prayer...honestly?
Monday, May 4, 2009
- "The Authority of the Believer"
- "The Word being Extended"
- "Our Saviour Jesus, on the Rescue for Us"