The Life of David • Friend in God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_  September 16, 2018

Reading for the Week

1 Samuel 18:1-16 (KJV)
1  And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
2  And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.
3  Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
4  And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
5  And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
6  And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
7  And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
8  And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?
9  And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
10  And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.
11  And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.
12  And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.
13  Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.
14  And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.
15  Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.
16  But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.

Main Point

Unselfish concern for the well-being of another is the mark of true friendship.

Introduction

As your group time begins, use this section to introduce the topic of discussion.

How would you react if a good friend at work got a promotion you thought you were going to get?

What qualifies someone to be your “best friend”?

How many best friends do you have in your life right now?

Have you ever had a “BFF” (Best Friend Forever) who became just a “BF,” and then just an “F”? Or did the opposite process ever occur? What were the things that changed in the relationship that caused the deletion or addition of that friend in your life?

The slaying of the Philistine giant Goliath brought David instant fame. The event provoked in King Saul great conflict. Saul was both sincerely appreciative and insanely jealous of David. He compelled David to live in his house both as a way to honor him and as a way to keep an eye on him. David’s life in Saul’s house alternated between playing his harp to calm Saul’s troubled spirit and dodging Saul’s spears the king threw, trying to kill the hero musician. David would later become a fugitive, fleeing Saul’s wrath.

Saul did not know that David had already been anointed by Samuel to succeed his throne. In the midst of this troubling story, God provided David a Best Friend Forever: Saul’s son and assumed heir Jonathan. Jonathan listened as Saul asked Jesse’s youngest son, still holding Goliath’s severed head, to identify himself.

Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday.

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The Life of David • Trusting in God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_  SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2018

READING FOR THE WEEK

1 Samuel 17:1-58 (KJV)
1  Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.
2  And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.
3  And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.
4  And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
5  And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.
6  And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.
7  And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.
8  And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.
9  If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.
10  And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.
11  When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
12  Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.
13  And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.
14  And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.
15  But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.
16  And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.
17  And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren;
18  And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge.
19  Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.
20  And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.
21  For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army.
22  And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.
23  And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.
24  And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
25  And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.
26  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
27  And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.
28  And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.
29  And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
30  And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.
31  And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.
32  And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
33  And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
34  And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
35  And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
36  Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
37  David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
38  And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
39  And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
40  And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
41  And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.
42  And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
43  And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44  And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
45  Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47  And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD‘S, and he will give you into our hands.
48  And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
49  And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
50  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51  Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
52  And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.
53  And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.
54  And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent.
55  And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell.
56  And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is.
57  And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.
58  And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.

Main Point

Our trust in God moves us to act in faith in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Introduction

Which circumstance in your life has caused the most fear?

When you are confronted with a seemingly unwinnable situation, is your natural reaction one of fight, or flight?

Standing over nine feet tall, Goliath’s size and armor made him appear to be an invincible foe. Perhaps you have faced similar “Goliaths” in your life. Maybe your Goliath was a financial debt that appeared to be so high you would never be able to repay it. Maybe cancer was your Goliath, intimidating you, causing you to fear. Or maybe the loss of a job or a home because of economic downturns. If you can relate to any of these circumstances, then you may have a small glimpse of what the Israelites felt when they were challenged to fight Goliath in a “winner takes all” fight.

God Bless and have a great week.

LIFE OF DAVID / CALLED BY GOD

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_   LESSON FOR SEPTEMBER 2ND

READING

1 Samuel 16:1-23 (KJV)
1  And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.
2  And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD.
3  And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.
4  And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?
5  And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.
6  And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD‘S anointed is before him.
7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
8  Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
9  Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
10  Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.
11  And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.
12  And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.
13  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
14  But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
15  And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.
16  Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
17  And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.
18  Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.
19  Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.
20  And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul.
21  And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.
22  And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.
23  And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

Main Point

God knows our hearts and He calls humble, unexpected people into service.

Introduction

Why do we tend to look at external characteristics when we evaluate people?

How might this not be the most effective way to evaluate a person?

When is the last time someone you were not impressed with at first ended up making a good impression on you at a later time?

What lesson did you learn?

First impressions are easy to gain and difficult to lose. First impressions almost prevented David from becoming king of Israel.

God ordered the prophet Samuel to go to David’s hometown of Bethlehem, approach the home of Jesse, and anoint the new king of Israel from among Jesse’s many sons. How would the prophet recognize the new king? God would show him the man He had chosen. But it would not keep Samuel from trying to guess which one of Jesse’s sons was going to be king. Samuel probably guessed based on the same factors we would use today—the person’s height, strength, and beauty—in essence, his outward appearance. But Samuel was wrong, and he was pleasantly surprised at God’s choice for the new king.

God Bless and have a great week.

GOD’S EMBRACE IN OUR GRIEF

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Psalm 116:1-19 (KJV)
1  I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.
2  Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
3  The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
4  Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
5  Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
6  The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
7  Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
8  For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
9  I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
10  I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:
11  I said in my haste, All men are liars.
12  What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?
13  I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.
14  I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.
15  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
16  O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.
17  I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.
18  I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people,
19  In the courts of the LORD‘S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

MAIN POINT

Grief is part of being human, but we can embrace grief as God embraces us.

INTRODUCTION

Have you ever had the experience of walking with someone who was grieving?

Has someone walked with you through your grief?

What counsel would you share to someone who finds themselves in a position of comforting someone in grief?

Grief is a part of life. We can’t get rid of it or ignore it, and yet it is a challenge to serve someone in grief. What do you say? What do you do? Fortunately, the Bible is not silent on this subject, and one of the things we can encourage others to do in their grief is go to the Lord. Psalm 116 teaches us that  we can embrace grief because God embraces us as we grieve.

UNDERSTANDING

Psalm 116:1-4 (KJV)

1 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. 2  Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. 3  The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. 4  Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

Why did the writer state he was thanking God in prayer?

Why is prayer such an important part of the grieving process?

Many Christians know the joy of deep, personal prayer with God, in both good times and bad. They find that regular times of prayer bring their lives more completely into harmony with His purpose. Others do not realize the tremendous opportunity they are missing and pray only at meals, bedtime, and other occasional moments of serious need. Regular periods of prayer help to bring our lives into harmony with God’s purpose. At the same time, life sometimes brings sudden, great challenges, and we then join the psalmist in praying “Lord, save me!” God stands ready to hear us whatever situation we face. The important thing is that we remember to call on Him and trust Him when we do.

DISCUSSION GUIDE

Psalm 116:5-8 (KJV)
5  Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
6  The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
7  Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
8  For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

What kinds of feelings and thoughts does a person have when physically or emotionally exhausted?

In light of these kinds of emotions, why was the writer able to rest in God? How does “resting in God” express thanks to Him?

The psalmist fully recognized God as the Source of his deliverance. The Lord had rescued him from the death that earlier threatened him (Psalm 116:3). We live in a fast-paced world filled with pain and grief at every turn. Sometimes we may even think we would like the world to stop spinning so we can get off! Many of us have so much to do, we find getting a good night’s sleep difficult. Doctors tell us we need to get enough physical rest, but the Bible encourages us to rest in God. The Lord Jesus called His followers to come to Him with their burdens and find rest (Matt. 11:28-29). We find our ultimate security in Him.

Read Hebrews 13:5-6 (KJV)

6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

How does knowing God is for you, embracing you throughout life, help you face life’s difficulties?

Since God provides for His people (see Matt. 6:25-34)

Matthew 6:25-34 (KJV)

25  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27   Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.,

Believers can courageously face difficulties. The writer of Hebrews quoted Psalm 118:6Psalm 118:6 (KJV)

6  The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

Literally, the Hebrew text has “(with) Yahweh for me.” God’s presence and support banish fear of what others can do. We all need these words as we live the difficulties and grief life throws at us.

 

Psalm 116:9-11 (KJV)

9  I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

10  I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

11  I said in my haste, All men are liars. What does it mean to walk before the Lord?

What does verse 11 tell us about the psalmist’s trust in God and trust in others? How might we feel the same way as we experience grief?

The word “walk” means to “live.” Therefore, walking with God means to live for God and be obedient to Him. In his alarm, the psalmist looked around and affirmed everyone is a liar. His desperate condition may have heightened his awareness of people’s universal sinful condition (Rom. 3:4, 23). He ultimately could trust no one but God. God calls us to live in complete trust that He is good. Walking with God will bring our lives fulfillment we cannot know in any other way.

Psalm 116:12-19 (KJV)

12  What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?

13  I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

14  I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.

15  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

16  O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

17  I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

18  I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people,

19  In the courts of the LORD’S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD. What indication do we have from these final verses that the psalmist really sensed God’s embrace in the midst of grief?

How did he plan to repay God for His compassion and deliverance?

Can we ever repay God for His goodness to us? If yes, in what way? If no, what is the basis for worship?

Why is worship important even while we are experiencing grief?

APPLICATION

In what ways have you failed to recognize God’s embrace during your grief? How might His Word continue to remind you of His presence?

Based on our study, how might we be able to better pray for and encourage those in our lives who are currently dealing with grief? Are there specific words of encouragement we might use to help them accept God’s embrace?

THE MIND OF CHRIST EXALTING CHRIST

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AUGUST 19, 2018

READING

Acts 3:22 (KJV)
22  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

Acts 3:26 (KJV)
26  Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

MAIN POINT

Knowing the names and offices of Christ helps us more fully worship Him.

INTRODUCTION

What are some common misconceptions about Jesus in our culture today?

With the number of churches and Bibles in the world today, why are people still unsure about who Christ is?

Scripture is very clear about who Jesus is. He was not simply a good man. He was not simply an influential teacher. As we will study today, Jesus has many names but above all else, Jesus is God. That being true, we must surrender to Christ’s lordship and worship Him in spirit and in truth.

THE MIND OF CHRIST HOLINESS AND LOVE

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READING:

2 Peter 3:11-12 (KJV)
11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (KJV)
4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

 

MAIN POINT

God sets us apart in holiness and teaches us to practice Christlike love.

INTRODUCTION

In what ways have you seen love incorrectly portrayed in popular culture?

In what ways have you seen culture’s portrayal of love damage people’s perceptions about romance and intimacy with the Lord and with others?

Love: We see posts about it on Instagram and Facebook all the time. Love is often the focal point in our favorite films and books. However, the kind of love portrayed in popular culture often ignores the role of holiness. Love without holiness robs love of its meaning and purity. As believers we must demonstrate Christlike love in our relationships with God, His people, and all humanity while also remaining set apart as holy.

Have a great weekend and we will see you in the morning.

THE MIND OF CHRIST LIVING IN THE SPIRIT

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John 8:23 (KJV)
23  And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

MAIN POINT

Christ’s living within us begins with a mindset that is first spiritual and second material.

INTRODUCTION

Why do think most people give so little attention to the things they cannot see?

Do you take more enjoyment from things that you can see or things that you cannot see? Explain.

What kind of role does the invisible realm play in Christian spirituality?

Some people would admit to having a fleeting interest in things they cannot see, but more often than not our attention is fixed on the material world. As believers, however, we must continue emphasizing the spiritual over the material in our lives, even though the former is invisible. In Christ we must seek to understand why the spiritual is important and to live in proper relationship to the Father and the Holy Spirit.