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"