Archive for May, 2011

Miscellaneous

Posted: May 20, 2011 in Upcoming lessons

Gang,

Kurt Lancaster will be teaching Sunday.  He is going to teach on Psalm 40, which was likely penned by David during a difficult time in his life.  Be sure to look at Psalm 40 for Sunday.  We can learn a lot from this Psalm, b/c like David, we have all been through difficult times.

Alex will be teaching on May 29th…stay tuned for info on his lesson.

Also, be sure to respond to the email Jennifer Dennis, our social guru, sent our earlier in the week about dates for a class social. 

Don’t forget the ladie’s study at the Ogburn’s on Monday at 8:00–chapter four???

Ya’ll have a great lesson Sunday.

Thanks Kurt…and thanks Alex for teaching.

mg

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Gang,

Sunday we will look @ 2 Samuel 7 where God promised an everlasting kingdom and David responds with praise.

This is the explanation of the Davidic covenant, which is the last major covenant we have seen since Moses and will see until the new covenant is prophesied and then fulfilled in Christ. God promises to bless David’s line and to establish His Name forever through David’s line. David responds in praise to God for His blessing upon him. This chapter is the theological climax of the books of Samuel and is an extremely important chapter in Old Testament history and the overall story of redemption.

The main points of the lesson are:

David desires to build a Temple for the Lord (7:1-3)

The Lord makes eternal promises to the House of David (7:4-17)

David Praises the Lord (7:18-29)

Finally,

  • Read Luke 1:26-33, 67-75 and 2:8-11. How did Jesus fulfill God’s covenant with David?
  • Read Acts 2:29-36. How is Jesus greater than David? How did God’s covenant with David point to the new covenant with Christ?
  • How did Jesus’ death provide a final covenant with God’s people?
  • Read Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 15:16-17. How is the glory of God made known to the nations in this new covenant?

See you peeps Sunday!

mg

Sunday Lesson

Posted: May 4, 2011 in Upcoming lessons

Gang,

Sunday we will jump back into our look at the Old Testament.  We will cover 1 Samuel (1-24).  This is an amazing study and we will cover the highlights.

The Book of 1 Samuel . . .

Israel’s history under the Judges was marked by political, moral, and spiritual anarchy and deterioration. The situation was so pervasive that even the sons of Eli, the high priest at the end of the 12th century, had completely apostatized and had used their priestly office for their own gain and pursuits. Just when it seemed that the nation would cave in on its own immorality, God intervened and in response to godly Hannah’s prayers gave young Samuel to her and the nation.

Samuel’s strong leadership as judge, prophet, and priest provided respite to the people from both internal and external threat. Unfortunately, however, when he became old and a successor was needed, it was evident to all that his own sons were unfit to take his place. This factor, along with the invasion of the Ammonites on the east side of the Jordan River, caused Israel to demand of Samuel that he give them a king “like all the other nations” (1 Sam. 8:5, 20). Though disturbed by this request, which implied the rejection of Yahweh as their King, Samuel granted it and selected Saul to be king, a selection determined and sanctioned by Yahweh Himself. Thus the monarchy was established in Israel. The circumstances and timing of its creation were improper, but the concept of human royalty was part of the plan of God as revealed as early as the time of the patriarchs (Gen. 17:6, 16; 35:11; Deut. 17:14-20).

Finally, with the selection and anointing of David, Israel’s second king, Samuel lived to see the inauguration of the dynastic kingship which God had promised as part of His messianic, redemptive plan (Gen. 49:10; Num. 24:17). The Books of Samuel, then, embrace that critical period of Israel’s history from judgeship to monarchy.

  • What reasons did the elders of Israel give for wanting a king (8:1-5)?
  • Why did they really want a king (8:20)?
  • In chapter 8 verse 7 the Lord told Samuel that the people “have rejected Me from being king over them.”  In what ways do you fail to treat God as your King?  How do you seek other sources of protection?

    What are the implications of God being your King?The Lord says that the people “have forsaken Me and served other gods” (8:8).  As you think about your life what current day idols or “gods” are you often tempted to serve?  What does this look like? 

            What does chapter 8 verse 18 teach you about the character of God?  Is this relevant today? 

After Saul failed to serve the Lord faithfully as king of Israel, he was told that he and his dynasty had been rejected and that the kingdom had been given to a neighbor, a man after the Lord’s heart (13:14; 15:28).  Chapter 16 revealed that this neighbor is none other than David.  Read 1 Samuel 16:1-13

  • Why was David an unlikely candidate to serve as king?
  • In what ways do we often focus on the outward appearance of others, rather than their heart? 

    Throughout Scripture why does God place such an emphasis on the heart?

    • Like David, why was Jesus not the Messiah the world expected?  In other words, did his outward appearance fit the Jewish expectation of the Messiah?

David has already been anointed king but the story of his encounter with Goliath explains how he comes onto the public stage.  When we read the account of David and Goliath, it is indeed tempting to come away with the impression that David was a great man of God, and that because of his greatness, the Israelites were delivered from the Philistines. David did have great faith, and he did show great courage when he went to battle against Goliath. Our text does show that David was the right person to become Israel’s king, replacing Saul. But this is not the primary emphasis of the text. The emphasis of the text is on how great God is. The text is written to inform us how big and how well armed Goliath was, and how young and poorly armed David was. Eliab, Saul, and Goliath were agreed on this one thing: David was outmatched or so it appeared, at least.

  • If you truly believed God was mighty and strong on your behalf (like He was for David, see 17:37-39) then how would this alter your current lifestyle?

See you Sunday as we look at 1 Samuel!

mg

Sunday Rewind

Posted: May 3, 2011 in Community, news, thoughts

Gang,

Are you living with resurrection power?  If you want a to listen to Mark’s sermon from 5/1/11, or read his notes, click on http://www.lynwoodbc.org/media.  Mark spoke of this resurrection power that is available to us, and how we are to operate with this power daily as we do spiritual battle.  Mark spoke of power under control– just as Christ operated…that is how we are to live our lives.

Were you challenged to “make disciples” in class?  What a powerful testimony from Kendall about how God is currently using him on a college campus to make disciples.  I sure was challenged.  Remember, we have answers to people’s questions about life and this world.  Let’s all commit to making disciples.  According to Scripture, it is not an option.  As Jimmy mentioned, how many people will be in heaven b/c of you????

Both Kendall (Campus Outreach) and Jimmy (Men at the Cross) raise their own salary each year.  If you would like to help support them, here is their contact information:  Kendall Magana:  214-537-0007 or kmagana@campusoutreach.org and Jimmy Wilferth:  573-579-8684 or jimmy@menatthecross.org

Here is the Praise and Prayer Request list:

PraisesJennifer Dennis–grandfather received a good report about his heart; Underwoods–Noah passed his milk challenge; Stevens–Evan and profession of faith

Prayer RequestsMeredith Ogburn–kidney stone (pray to be gone!); Jim Crain–business flooded in Cairo; Kristi Ewasko–niece still not doing well and not keeping food down and has lost a lot of weight (pray for diagnosis); Underwoods–having to redo homestudy for adoption process; Sherry Ford–former student with stage IV brain cancer; Families affected by flooding and tornadoes; Addie Hasty–hip tests on 5/3 due to pain and difficulty walking

Have a great week!

mg