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Gospels and Acts

Message Notes

Gospels of Jesus Christ
Gospels are different – clear who is main character. Jesus Christ is perfect God and perfect man.
1.Matthew – for the Jews and Greek Jews
2.Mark – for the Romans
3.Luke – for the Greeks
4.John – The story of Jesus, and His Father in heaven
5.4 witnesses. Different details. Synoptic (common view) + John’s personal account.
6.Story of Jesus birth, ministry, life and resurrection.
7.His teachings, parables.
8.Dialogues and interactions with people.
9.Written in the common (koine) Greek
Journal:
(Luke 18:40-43)
Acts (history or model?)
1.Luke the doctor – How good is he as a doctor of facts + a compelling storyteller
2.Acts of the apostles OR acts of the Holy Spirit
3.Acts = a different type of narrative. It shows us the early church as a model in so many ways.
4.Not all the facts. Not all the people. Not all the church growth. Just a snippet.
5.It finished at Acts 28. We are all considered part of Acts 29.
6.Peter (Ch. 1 – 12) and Paul (Ch. 13 – 28)
7.the geographical expansion of the gospel suggested at the beginning (Acts 1: 8. Ch. 1 – 7,
Jerusalem; 8 – 10, Samaria and Judea; 11 – 28, to the ends of the earth).
8.“So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith” (Acts 6: 7, 9: 31; 12: 24; 16: 4; and 19: 20).

Journal:
(Acts 2:42-47 NKJV) And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. (43) Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. (44) Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, (45) and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. (46) So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, (47) praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

Wisdom

Message Notes

“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” ~ George Washington

“The gospel is not a book; it is a living being, with an action, a power, which invades every thing that opposes its extension,” ~ Napoleon

Wisdom: The ability to make good choices in life.
Proverbs: – all areas – marriages, job, ambition, guidance, health, promotion, integrity, vision,

Ecclesiastes – job, ambition, life goals
Song of Solomon: – marriage
Job – suffering and rebounding
Parables – The Kingdom of God, issues of heaven and hell, money, YOLO.

1.Wisdom is seen as priority #1 in life’s choices. It is referred to as ‘she’ and ‘her’. We are referred to as ‘my son’. This is close to our lives.

(Proverbs 4:1 NIV) Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
(Proverbs 4:6 NIV) Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.
-“People buy into the leader before they buy into the plan.” ~ John Maxwell

(Luke 6:39-40 NIV) He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? (40) The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

2.These are universal principles – for believers and non-believers. They are unbreakable.

(Proverbs 16:32 NIV) Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.
(Proverbs 31:10 NIV) A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
(Proverbs 31:28-31 NIV) Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” (30) Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (31) Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

3.They do not guarantee success in all areas. Bad things do happen to good people (Job).

4.They are easy quotes to memorise and live by.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV) There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

5.They come in poetic thoughts- these are examples of repetitive thought and opposite thoughts.
(Song of Solomon 4:11 NIV) Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue. The fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.

6.We must understand something of culture to interpret some of them. Live in corner of rood —> live in garage

(Proverbs 25:24) It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

7.Jesus’ parables are a special case.
They are not actual true stories
They draw one key point and a few side points.
They are very serious truths to understand Jesus and his Kingdom.
We must move to personal application as soon as possible.

Journal:
(Proverbs 3:3-6 NKJV) Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, (4) And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man. (5) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; (6) In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Relationships 101

Message Notes

1.What Is Love?
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT) Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud (5) or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. (6) It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. (7) Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

2.Christian Marriage
(Genesis 2:24 NLT) This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

(Ephesians 5:21-25, 28 NLT) And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (22) For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. (23) For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. (24) As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. (25) For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her (28) In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.

Crush = Emotion
Love = Decision
Together It Makes Relationships

3.It’s Impossible To Have A Marriage Like This Without God
(2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT) For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,[a] so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

(1 John 4:16 NLT) We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

(1 John 1:9 NLT) But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

The One You Love

Message Notes

(John 11:1-5 NIV) Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (2) (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) (3) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” (4) When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” (5) Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

(John 11:32-35 ERV) Mary went to the place where Jesus was. When she saw him, she bowed at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (33) When Jesus saw Mary crying and the people with her crying too, he was very upset and deeply troubled. (34) He asked, “Where did you put him?” They said, “Lord, come and see.” (35) Jesus cried.

(John 11:38-44 ERV) Again feeling very upset, Jesus came to the tomb. It was a cave with a large stone covering the entrance. (39) He said, “Move the stone away.” Martha said, “But, Lord, it has been four days since Lazarus died. There will be a bad smell.” Martha was the sister of the dead man. (40) Then Jesus said to her, “Remember what I told you? I said that if you believed, you would see God’s divine greatness.” (41) So they moved the stone away from the entrance. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you heard me. (42) I know that you always hear me. But I said these things because of the people here around me. I want them to believe that you sent me.” (43) After Jesus said this he called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” (44) The dead man came out. His hands and feet were wrapped with pieces of cloth. He had a handkerchief covering his face. Jesus said to the people, “Take off the cloth and let him go.”

It’s not about how much you love God, It’s about how much God loves you

(1 John 4:10-11 ERV) True love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. He sent his Son as the way to take away our sins. (11) That is how much God loved us, dear friends! So we also must love each other.

(Luke 12:7a ERV) Yes, God even knows how many hairs you have on your head.

Where There Is Love, There Is Power
(Ephesians 3:18-19 ERV) And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is. (19) Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.

(Ephesians 3:20-21 ERV) With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of. (21) To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.

Love That Changes The World – “Love That Gives”

Message Notes

(Luke 10:30-37 NLT) Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. (31) “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. (32) A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. (33) “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. (34) Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. (35) The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ (36) “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. (37) The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

Picture Of Love That Takes From Each Other / Picture Of Love That Gives To Each Other
-How can we be like the Samaritan in this story?

1. Feeling The Love That Was Modeled By Jesus
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NIV) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (5) It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (8) Love never fails.
-No need to be perfect, just commit to this type of love as your lifestyle (Decision)

(John 3:16 NLT) “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

(1 John 4:9-10 NLT) God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. (10) This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

2、Look At The Present From The Eternal Perspective
-Difference Between Priest, Levite, Samaritan.
-Naturally in the world, we think about “how is this going to benefit me if I give or do something for them”

(2 Corinthians 9:6-7 NLT) Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. (7) You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

Love In Action

Message Notes

(1 John 3:23 ERV) This is what God commands: that we believe in his Son Jesus Christ, and that we love each other as he commanded.

Definition Of Love
(1 John 3:16 ERV) This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for each other as brothers and sisters.

Love Is Seen In Action
(1 John 3:17-18 ERV) Suppose a believer who is rich enough to have all the necessities of life sees a fellow believer who is poor and does not have even basic needs. What if the rich believer does not help the poor one? Then it is clear that God’s love is not in that person’s heart. (18) My children, our love should not be only words and talk. No, our love must be real. We must show our love by the things we do.

Jesus Is Our Motivation
(1 John 4:7-11,19 ERV) Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God’s child. And so everyone who loves knows God. (8) Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (9) This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his only Son into the world to give us life through him. (10) True love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. He sent his Son as the way to take away our sins. (11) That is how much God loved us, dear friends! So we also must love each other. (19) We love because God first loved us.

God’S Unlimited Love Is Our Source
(1 John 4:7 ERV) Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God’s child. And so everyone who loves knows God.

(Ephesians 3:16,19 NLT) I ask the Father with his great glory to give you the power to be strong in your spirits. He will give you that strength through his Spirit. (19) Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.

Prophecy

Message Notes

Prophecy: To speak as God’s spokesman (mouthpiece)

Major Prophets (4)
-Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel
-Doesn’t include Elijah or Elisha or other non-writing prophets

Minor Prophets (12)
-Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah , Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
– NT
– Revelation

1.Most difficult books to read and understand. Most is poetry and imagery. Highly emotive language.

2.Prophet saw things from God, but couldn’t understand the timing. Front-on view. Side View.

(Exodus 6:8-9 NLT) I will bring you into the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I will give it to you as your very own possession. I am the Lord!’” (9) So Moses told the people of Israel what the Lord had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery.

3.The question of Context – Who is it for?
-4 levels. (Prophet saw things, but couldn’t understand the timing)

a.For Israel
b.For Messiah
c.For us today
d.For end times (future)

4.Not always chronological

5.No breaks in between thoughts. multiple events foreseen

6.They always speak to God’s Covenant of love with Israel (and us and the church)

Choose life or death, blessings or cursing
(Deuteronomy 28:1-14 NKJV) “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. (2) And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: (3) “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. (4) “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. (5) “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. (6) “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. (7) “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. (8) “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. (9) “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. (10) Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. (11) And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. (12) The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. (13) And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. (14) So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

7.They speak of persecution and overcoming. In the end, God wins. Journal:

(Ezekiel 36:26-27 NKJV) I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (27) I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

(Hebrews 1:1-2 NLT) Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. (2) And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.

(John 14:6 NLT) Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Think Bigger, Live Bigger, Dream Bigger

3:30PM, Message Notes

Think Big
(Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT) “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord . “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. (9)For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

Live Big
(Matthew 28:18-20 NLT) Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. (19)Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. (20)Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

(Matthew 7:12 NLT) “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.

Dream Big
(Acts 2:17 NLT) ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.

We Need Never Ending Fathers Day

Message Notes

God has a rescue plan for broken humanity and its found in the bible

(Psalm 68:5-6 NIV) A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. (6)God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

God is Firstly a Father
a) Initiator
(1 Corinthians 14:33a ESV) For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

b) Creator
(Genesis 1:27 NIV) So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

c) Founder
d) Model/Example
(Psalm 68:6 NIV) God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Eagle Christians

Message Notes

(Isaiah 40:30-31 NKJV) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, (31)But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

1.Born to Fly!
(Genesis 1:27 NKJV) So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

(Romans 5:1-2 NKJV) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (2)through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

(Romans 5:8-11 NKJV) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (9)Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (10)For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (11)And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

(2 Peter 1:3 NKJV) as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

2. Learning to Fly
(Deuteronomy 32:11) “like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions.”

(Ezekiel 36:27 NKJV) I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

3.Renewed to Fly again
(Psalms 103:5 NKJV) Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.