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The Trumpet Will Sound

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Memory Verse: Psalm 139:23

Life Application: I must allow God to search my heart.

Bible Text:

Leviticus 23:23-24

Colossians 2:15

Micah 7:19

Genesis 22:1-14

Hebrews 11:17-19

John 3:16

Romans 5:11

Matthew 5:8

Psalm 51:10

1 Thessalonians 4:16

1 Corinthians 15:52

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Leviticus 23:23-24 NKJV

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’”

In Leviticus God instituted the Feast of the Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah. It is observed in the Jewish month of Tishrei. Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.“ It is sometimes referred to as the Jewish New Year. The Feast of Trumpets, points to the rapture, when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church.

 

Sound The Trumpet

During this feast the shofar, trumpet, was to be sounded. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God. In Biblical times trumpets were sounded for several reasons. These same reasons can also apply to the bride of Christ -she must wake up and prepare to ascend into heaven to meet with God.

 

1.The trumpet was sounded when the people were about to meet with God.

Exodus 19:10-25 NKJV

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves that you do not go up to the mountain or touch its base. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. Not a hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot with an arrow; whether man or beast, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come near the mountain.” So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.” Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to gaze at the Lord, and many of them perish.
Also let the priests who come near the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.”
But Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds around the mountain and consecrate it.’” Then the Lord said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.”
So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.”

2. The trumpet was sounded to wake the bride up.

Matthew 25:5-10 NKJV

“But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming ; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.”

3. The trumpet was sounded when the people were ready to ascend up into the city.

Joshua 6:1-5 NKJV

“Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.
And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.
You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days.
And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”

 

Services And Observances

During the Feast of Trumpets special services are held where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung. Psalm 93-100 are believed to have been composed for Rosh Hashanah.

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten:

“Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19 NKJV

“He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

 

A Memorial of God’s Grace

Genesis 22:1-14 NKJV

“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

 

The blowing of the trumpets is also a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

 

Hebrews 11:17-19

“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in figurative sense.”

Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the altar, God offered His Son on Calvary’s altar.

 

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Self-Examination

Romans 5:11 NKJV

“And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit. Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit.

Psalm 139:23-24 NKJV

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.”

Matthew 5:8 NKJV

“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

Psalm 51:10 NKJV

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

A person must know Jesus in an intimate way, have a personal relationship with Him, to be the Bride of Christ.

 

Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV

““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

Special prayers are recited during this festival. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness. The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. This is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others.

 

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NKJV

“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

It is a time that people should awake and correct their ways.

 

Christ’s Return

The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16 NKJV

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

Some Bible scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His Bride (rapture).

 

1 Corinthians 15:52 NKJV

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Review

1. What does Rosh Hashana mean?

2. Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year. It is also called the Feast of _________________.

3. Who is the Messiah’s bride?

4. Jesus is our armor because He ________________ Satan.

5..Why is the end of the shofar curved and bent?

6. A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. What does this symbolize?

 

 

7. God substituted a ________ to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

 

8. You must have a __________________ ________________________ with Jesus Christ to be the Bride of Christ.

9. Are there any people in your life that you need to offer forgiveness to?

 

10. What does reconciliation mean?

11. What sound will announce the return of Jesus?

12. Are you spiritual ready for Jesus’ return?

 

 

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study – “Contrite Hearts and Broken Spirits”

COMPASS 1

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Psalm 34:18 NKJV

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,

And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

2. Psalm 51:17 NKJV

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,

A broken and a contrite heart –

These, O God, You will not despise.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

3. Psalm 34:18 NKJV

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,

And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

4. Isaiah 57:14-15 NKJV

“And one shall say,

‘Heap it up! Heap it up!

Prepare the way,

Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.’

For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

‘To revive the spirit of the humble,

And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’ ”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

5. Luke 7:44-46 NKJV

“Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair on her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed, My feet with fragrant oil.’ ”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

6. Luke 7:47 NKJV

“Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

7. Ezekiel 36:26 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. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

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Expect, Consider, Assemble

Expect, Consider, Assemble

Memory Verse: Hebrews 10:23-25

 

Life Application: Don’t waver in your expectation, consideration and fellowship.

 

Bible Text:

Hebrews 10:23-25

Hebrews 4:9

2 Timothy 2:11-13

Hebrews 3: 5-6

1 John 2:28

Hebrews 10:24

Hebrews 10:25

 

 

Believers must hold fast to the confession of their hope, consider one another, and assemble with other believers.

Hebrews 10:23-25 NKJV

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

 

Hold Fast To The Confession Of Our Hope

As the end of this age approaches we must hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering.

Hebrews 10:23 NKJV

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

 

Hebrews 4:9 NKJV

“There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.”

Our confident expectation of our future is our “confession of hope.” We have a promise from God that we can enter into His rest. The choice is ours. If we do what is expected of us we have the assurance that God will receive us into His presence and His rest.

* Confident means firmly believing; certain; sure.

* Expectation means to expect something to happen.

* Expect means to think something will come or happen or to look forward to.

* Waver means to move to and fro; flutter; vary in intensity; flicker; be undecided; hesitate; become unsteady; begin to give way.

2 Timothy 2:11-13 NKJV

“This is a faithful saying:

For if we died with Him,

We shall also live with Him,

If we endure,

We shall also reign with Him,

If we deny Him,

He also will deny us,

If we are faithless.

He remains faithful;

He cannot deny Himself.”

 

Hebrews 3: 5-6 NKJV

“And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.”

As a Christian we should remain certain of and be looking forward to the day that we enter into God’s rest. We must not waver in our belief or give up. The Bible tells us that we can be confident that we will enter into God’s rest.

1 John 2:28 NKJV

“And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.”

 

Consider One Another

As the end of this age approaches we must consider one another.

Hebrews 10:24 NKJV

“ And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works”

Consider means to observe, to look at carefully; reflect; ponder; examine; to contemplate, or to have an intelligent insight into.

Love and good works need to be stirred up; they do not just occur.

 

Assemble With Other Believers

Hebrews 10:25 NKJV

“not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Believers have an impact on each other. Exhorting means coming alongside and inspiring another with the truth.

 

 

 

 

 

Review

1.As the end of this age approaches we must hold fast to the _____________________ of our hope without wavering.

2. Our confident ________________________ of our future is our “confession of hope.”

3. We have a ________________ from God that we can enter into His rest.

4. If we do what is expected of us we have the assurance that God will receive us into His presence and His rest. What is expected of us?

 

5. As a Christian we should remain certain of and be looking _______________ to the day that we enter into God’s rest.

6. The __________ tells us that we can be confident that we will enter into God’s rest.

7. As the end of this age approaches we must ______________ one another.

8. How can I personally consider others?

 

9. Love and good works need to be _______________ up.

10. What does Hebrews 10:25 mean to you?

 

11. Believers have an _______________ on each other.

12. How can I impact the lives of others?

 

13. Exhorting means ______________ alongside and _____________________ another with the truth.

14. Are you ready to be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air?

 

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From Reverence To Relying

from reverencing to relying

Memory Verse: Proverbs 9:10

 

Life Application: Reverence and respect of God leads to wisdom.

 

Bible Text:

Proverbs 9:10

Psalm 89:7

Proverbs 9:10

Hebrews 12:28

Psalm 33:20

Psalm 46:1

Psalm 94:17

Psalm 125:1

Psalm 118: 8-9

Hebrews 11:6

Mark 9:24

Matthew 17:20

Luke 17:6

Philippians 4:13

Proverbs 3:25-26

Proverbs1:33

Matthew 13:58

Psalm 46:1-3

 

 

The fear of the Lord means reverence and respect to God. Reverence is a feeling of great love and respect for God and His Word.

Psalm 89:7 NKJV

“God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints,

And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.”

 

Proverbs 9:10 NKJV

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

 

Hebrews 12:28 NKJV

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”

 

When we fear the Lord we will fully rely on Him. Rely means to depend or be dependent on somebody or something; to trust in somebody or something; to have faith in somebody or something; to have confidence in somebody or something. We must depend on God, trust in God, have faith in God, and place our confidence in God.

 

We Must Depend On God

Dependence means reliance on somebody or something; reliance on or trust in somebody or something for help or support.

Psalm 33:20 NKJV

“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.”

As a Christian our reliance and trust is in God. In times of trouble it is Him that we go to for help and support. If we could not depend on God, we would truly be lost, helpless and hopeless.

Psalm 46:1 NKJV

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”

 

Psalm 94:17 NKJV

“Unless the Lord had been my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence.”

 

We Must Trust In God

Trust is a firm belief in the honesty, truthfulness, justice, or power of a person or thing. We must grow in our trust in God and in His Word. Trust also means hopeful reliance on what will happen in the future, to rely on somebody or something, to place confidence in somebody.

Psalm 125:1 NKJV

“Those who trust in the Lord

Are like Mount Zion,

Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”

When we place our trust in God we will not be shaken or moved by anything. The world around us may seem to be falling apart, but we can rest assured that it will not harm us. God is our protection and our strength. He is our refuge and our fortress. As Christians we must grow and develop a firm belief in God’s honesty, truthfulness, justice, and power. We must also grow in our trust in God’s Word.

Psalm 118:8-9  NKJV

“It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in princes.”

 

We Must Have Faith In God

When we believe we accept something as true or real in such a way that it affects what we think and how we live. In order to please God we must believe without a question what He says about Himself and what He will do. This belief is often referred to as faith. Faith is belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof .

Hebrews 11:6 NKJV

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

There may be times in our lives, no matter how much faith we think we have, that we are nagged by doubt and have a sense of hopelessness. Like the father in Mark 9:24, we should ask God to help us with our unbelief. Each new trial that we face is an opportunity for our faith to grow.

Mark 9:24 NKJV

“Immediately the Father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’ ”

If we have even a small amount of faith anything is possible. Jesus compared a mustard seed to faith.

Matthew 17:20 NKJV

“So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from hereto there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.’ ”

 

Luke 17:6 NKJV

“So the Lord said, ‘If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.’ ”

God can use all the things that we go through to show us something special about Him and to draw us, and others, closer to Himself. During our hard times and our trials we must never stop believing in God. Wonderful and miraculous things can be done with even the smallest amount of faith. We must believe without a question what God says about Himself and what He can and will do.

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He has done everything and given us everything necessary for us to live in victory. When we keep our eyes on Jesus and all that He has given us and done for us we can live victorious lives.

 

We Must Place Our Confidence In God And His Word

Confidence is a firm (strong) belief or trust (faith) and boldness. We must grow in our trust (faith) and boldness.

Philippians 4:13 NKJV

“I can do all things through Christ who strengths me.”

The only way a Christian can endure the criticism or hardships that they may face is to be confident in the Word of God and Jesus Christ. We must be unshakable in our faith and entrust every aspect of our lives to God. When we do we can be confident that He will take care of us.

Proverbs 3:25-26 NKJV

“Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.”

It is important to study and obey God’s Word. If we will meditate on it day and night, and observe to do according to all that is written in it then God would make our way prosperous, and we will have good success. God will be with us and give us direction no matter where we go. God speaks to us in His Word, assuring us of His protection, care, provisions, and presence.

Meditate means to engage in deep and serious thought, or to reflect upon.

Reflect means to think about carefully, ponder, or deliberate.

Deliberate means to think over carefully before hand or ahead of time.

There were many situations in life that we face, but as we obey God and meditated on His Word, we do not have to fear, worry or be anxious about anything. Today we are faced with many situations and things that could cause us to be fearful, especially if we do not know Jesus as our personal Savior. We can use God’s Word to overcome our worries or fears. We must meditate on God’s Word and obey it.

Proverbs1:33 NKJV

“But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,

And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

Jesus has power over everything, and while He was here on earth, He gave each of His believers the authority to use His name, however we must have confidence in God and His Word.

 

Fear, Doubt, and Unbelief

Matthew 13:58 NKJV

“Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

It is possible to hinder and block the miracle working power of God by having fear, doubt, and unbelief. When faced with situations we must look to Jesus with hope and faith. Fear should never be our first response. Faith in God and His Word will release God’s power for us in any and all situations.

Even when everything around us seems to be going wrong we must keep our faith in God and remember that He is our refuge, strength, and help.

Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV

“God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear,

Even though the earth be removed,

And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though its waters roar and be troubled,

Though the mountains shake with its swelling.”

 

 

 

Review

1. The fear of the Lord means reverence and _______________ to God.

2. What is reverence for God?

 

3. When we ______________ the Lord we will fully rely on Him.

4. What does rely mean?

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5. We must _______________ on God, trust in God, have _____________ in God, and place our _____________________ in God.

6. What does dependence mean?

 

7. As a Christian our reliance and trust is in ______________.

8. Give examples of times that you depended or relied on God.

 

9. In times of trouble if we could not depend on God what would it be like?

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10. What does trust mean?

 

 

11. God is our _________________, strength, refuge and fortress.

12. Faith is belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without _____________ _____________.

13. Each new trial that we face is an opportunity for our __________ to grow.

14. God can use all the things that we go through to show us something special about Him and to ____________ _______, and others, closer to Himself.

15. What is confidence?

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16. Why is it important to study and obey God’s Word?

 

 

17. Faith in God and His Word will ______________ God’s power for us in any and all situations.

 

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Seeds

seeds

Memory Verse: Galatians 6:7

 

Life Application: We will reap what we sow.

 

Bible Text:

Galatians 6:7-9

1 John 1:9

2 Samuel 12:13-14

Luke 8:5-18

Matthew 13:24-30

Matthew 13:37-43

 

Sowing and Reaping

Galatians 6:7-9 NKJV

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

When a person sows seeds of sin / corruption the seed will produce something. Whatever type of seed we sow in our lives will bring a harvest. God designed every seed to produce after its own kind. That which is sown will produce what is sown. In the natural when we plant a seed of corn we harvest, or reap, corn.

We mislead ourselves when we think that it doesn’t matter what we sow. Sooner or later every person reaps what they have sown. All our choices have consequences and all the seeds that we sow ( good and bad) produce something. Sowing bad seeds and then praying for a crop failure is not Biblical.

1 John 1:9 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

When we ask God for forgiveness He forgives us and we no longer have to pay the penalty for our sins. However, that doesn’t mean that the consequences of our sins suddenly disappear. David is an example of this. He committed the sin of adultery and murder, then he confessed the sin to God and God forgave him. However, David still had to face the consequences of his sin. But he still had to reap the harvest of his sinful actions.

2 Samuel 12:13-14 NKJV

“So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.”

 

The Parable of the Seeds

There are four types of people that hear God’s Word. In the Parable of the Seeds each of these are described.

 

Luke 8:5-18 NKJV

““A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?” And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.’ “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”

1. The seeds that fall by the wayside represent people who hear the Word, then the devil comes and takes away the Word out of their hearts, because he doesn’t want them to believe and be saved.

2. The seeds that fall on the rocks represent people, who when they hear the Word receive the word with joy, but they do not have any roots. They believe for a while, but in time of temptation fall away.

3. The seeds that fell among thorns represent people who hear the Word but are choked with cares of life, riches, and pleasures of life. They never mature.

4. The seeds that fell on the good ground represent people who hear the Word with a good heart, keep it and bear fruit. These people act upon what they hear.

 

Wheat and Tares

Matthew 13:24-30 NKJV

“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ ”

In the parable of the wheat and tares, there are two sowers (one good and one bad), two kinds of seed (one good and one bad), and two harvests (one good and one bad). The field in this parable is the world.

The land owner sowed good seed (wheat) in his field, but while he and his servants were asleep an enemy sowed bad seed (tares) in the same field. The servants were told to let the tares grow until the time of harvest. If they pulled up the tares during the growing process it could hurt the wheat.
While growing the wheat and tares looked the same. However, as the final fruit began to appear the workers could tell the difference. The grain of the wheat was a golden color but the tares were almost black. Farmers weed out tears just before the wheat harvest because they are poisonous. They had to be removed before grinding the wheat

Matthew 13:37-43 NKJV

“He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

There are both true and false believers in the world (and church). Instead of removing false believers from the world (or church), Jesus allows them to remain until His return. If the false believers are removed it could hurt the immature believers while they are growing. At Jesus’ return, angels will separate the true from false believers.

 

 

 

 

Review

1. A _______________moral or religious story: a short simple story about something from everyday life intended to teach, or illustrate, a moral or religious lesson, or important truth about God.

2. Who taught in parables?

 

3. The seeds that fall by the wayside represent people who hear the Word, then the devil comes and ___________ ________ ______ _________ ________ ____ __________ ____________, because he doesn’t want them to believe and be saved.

4. The seeds that fall on the rocks represent people, who when they hear the Word receive the word with joy, but they do not have any __________. They believe for a while, but in time of temptation fall away.

5. The seeds that fell among thorns represent people who hear the Word but are choked with cares of life, riches, and pleasures of life. They never _____________.

6. The seeds that fell on the good ground represent people who hear the Word with a good heart, keep it and ________ __________. These people act upon what they hear.

7. In the parable of the wheat and tares, there are two ____________ (one good and one bad), two kinds of ________ (one good and one bad), and two ______________ (one good and one bad).

8. What does the field in the parable of the wheat and tares represent?

 

9. What happened while the land owner and his servants were asleep?

 

10. The servants were told to let the tares grow until the time of ________.

11. If tares are pulled up during the growing process it could do what?

 

12. There are both ________ and __________ believers in the world.

13. Instead of removing false believers from the world, Jesus allows them to remain until His ____________.

14. If the false believers were removed it could __________ the immature believers while they are growing.

15. When Jesus returns what will happen?

 

16. All seeds __________________ something.

17. God designed every _________ to produce after its own kind.

18. Sooner or later every person ____________ what they have sown.

 

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Entire, Undivided, and Unimpaired

Entire, Undivided, and Unimpaired

Memory Verse: Psalm 119:10

 

Life Application: We should love and seek God with our whole heart.

 

Bible Text:

Deuteronomy 6:5

Psalm 9:1

Psalm 111:1

Hosea 10:1-2

Psalm 119:10

Psalm 119:10

Psalm 119:2

Psalm 24:3-5

Psalm 66:18

Matthew 5:8

 

People look everywhere for love. Some people turn to anything or anyone for what the world calls love. They try to fill the part of themselves that only God can fill. God desire for us to love, worship, obey, and serve Him with our whole heart. A whole heart is an entire heart, an undivided heart, and an unimpaired heart.

Entire Heart

One definition of whole is entire. An entire heart is one that leaves nothing left out. Without a question God absolutely must have every part of our heart. He desires to be close to us. Things or people will not draw us closer to God.

* We are to love God with our entire heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

* We are to praise and worship God with our entire heart.

Psalm 9:1 NKJV

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.”

 

Psalm 111:1 NKJV

“Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.”

 

Undivided Heart

A second definition of whole is undivided. An undivided heart is one that is in agreement with God and of one mind with Him. God created within each of us a “place” or “spot” that only He can fill with His love. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the place that belongs to God. Trying to fill this spot with other things, or people, only bring heartache and sadness. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the same time.

Hosea 10:1-2 NKJV

“Israel empties his vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished his sacred pillars. Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.”

God had blessed Israel with many things. Instead of being thankful they failed to express or feel gratitude for all that God had done for them. Instead of worshipping God they turned to idolatry. The Israelites were untrustworthy and hypocritical. The people claimed to worship God, but their actions said something different. Their hearts longed for the things of the world more than they did God.

God want you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your whole heart.

Psalm 119:10 NKJV

“With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!”

 

Psalm 119:2

“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”

 

Unimpaired Heart

A third definition of whole is unimpaired. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by sin. God is holy and does not tolerate sin (impurities). When God created man (man and woman), they were pure. When sin entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost. God had intended for us to be pure always, but because of sin we no longer were.

We are all born into sin – we have all sinned and been made impure. But, if we accept Jesus and His gift of salvation, He makes us pure again.

* If you have sin in your heart God will not bless you.

Psalm 24:3-5 NKJV

“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

* If you have sin in your heart God will not hear your prayers.

Psalm 66:18 NKJV

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.”

* If you have sin in your heart, you will not see God, however if you are pure in heart you will.

Matthew 5:8 NKJV

“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

 

 

 

 

Review

1. People look everywhere for ___________.

2. Some people try to fill the part of themselves that only ________ can fill.

3. God desire for us to love, _______________, obey, and _____________ Him with our whole

 

4. What is a whole heart?

 

5. An entire heart is one that leaves ________________ left out.

6. Things or _____________ will not draw us closer to God.

7. We are to ________ God with our entire heart.

8. We are to ____________ and ______________ God with our entire heart.

9. An undivided heart is one that is in _________________ with God and of one mind with Him.

10. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the _______________ that belongs to God.

11. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the _____________ time.

12. God wants you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your ____________ heart.

13. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by _________.

14. God is holy and does not ________________ sin (impurities).

15. We can have forgiveness when we _______________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________

 

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Set Apart and Devoted

set apart and devoted

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 6:19-21

 

Life Application: What’s most important to us will show in our lives.

 

Bible Text:

James 1:8

Matthew 6:19-21

Luke 2:36-38

 

 

Devotion means deep, steady affection; loyalty; faithfulness; the act of being devoted or devout. Devote means set apart for some person or purpose; give up. It emphasizes giving up seriously to a single purpose, shutting out everything else. When we are wild about God it will show in our devotion to Him. Devotion to God involves all aspects of our life, wherever we are and whatever we’re doing- in public or in private. God desires for us to be single-minded. If we are double-minded we will be unstable, even in our devotion to God.

James 1:8 NKJV

“He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

Anything can take our attention away from God, both good and bad things. Good activities, including church programs, schedules, and campaigns, as well as bad circumstances, such as worry, fear, sickness and tragedy, can distract us from God. Anything that we allow to crowd out our time with God separates us from intimacy with Him. How we spend our time gives us a good idea of what things are the most important to us.

Matthew 6:19-21

“Lay not up for yourself treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

These verses tell us not to store up treasure on earth, but to store up treasure in heaven. It tells us that where our treasures are there our hearts will be also. We must not let ourselves become distracted by things or people in our love and devotion to God. Anna is an example of a person that was devoted to God and to ministering to Him. She was an elderly prophetess, maybe around 106 years old. She lived in Jerusalem. Anna was married for seven years when her husband died. The Bible tells us that Anna stayed in the temple day and night worshipping God. She spent all her time praying and fasting. She spent her time ministering to God.

Luke 2:36-37 NKJV

“Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.”

Anna was in the temple when Joseph and Mary brought baby Jesus to present to the Lord. When she saw Jesus, she immediately gave thanks to God. She physically saw what God had already shown her in the spirit.

The dictionary tells us that devotion means having a strong attachment or attraction to a person or cause. To be devoted is to be dedicated, to be completely applied to some activity, purpose, or person. To have devotion to someone or something means you won’t allow anything to distract you from doing what needs to be done.

Anna was devoted to worshiping God. She had a strong affection for God, and completely dedicated her whole life to ministering to Him through prayer and worship. She didn’t let anything distract her from her purpose. Her purpose was worshiping God and she knew it. Fulfilling her purpose brought great joy and blessings to her. God showed Anna His secret, who the Redeemer was, because of her intimate relationship with Him.

Luke 2:38 NKJV

“And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”

First and most importantly we should be devoted to God. Nothing should ever distract us. We should be devoted to knowing Him, obeying Him. and to living a life that is pleasing to Him. We should not be lukewarm concerning our devotion to God and to the things of God.

Like Anna, during our times of intimacy with God, He will whisper secrets, mysteries and revelations into our ear. When we draw close to God, we begin to experience peace and joy that we can’t find anywhere else. When we fill ourselves up with God’s purpose, to worship Him, our souls will find a special delight.

 

 

 

 

Review

1. Devotion to God involves _________ ________________ of our life, wherever we are and whatever we’re doing- in public or in private.

2. What can take our attention away from God?

 

3. How we spend our time gives us a good idea of what things are the most ___________________ to us.

4. The Bible tells us that Anna stayed in the temple day and night ___________________ God.

5. Anna was in the temple when Joseph and Mary brought baby _____________ to present to the Lord.

6. What did Anna do when she saw baby Jesus?

 

7. To have devotion to someone or something means you won’t allow anything to ________________ you from doing what needs to be done.

8. We should be devoted to knowing God, obeying God. and to ______________ ___ __________ that is pleasing to God.

9. We should not be ___________________ concerning our devotion to God and to the things of God.

 

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Following Jesus

FOLLOWER OF CHRIST

Memory Verse: Luke 9:62

 

Life Application: Don’t look back in you walk with Jesus.

 

Bible Text

Luke 9:57-62

Genesis 19:14-17

Genesis 19:26

Hebrews 12:1-3

Luke 3:8-9

John 3:16-18

 

 

We must never look back in our walk with Christ. No matter what happens we must determine in our hearts that we will follow Jesus and bear fruits of repentance.

 

Following Jesus Is Not Always Comfortable.

Comfortable means relaxed, feeling comfort or ease, without problem, and with enough of something to stave off worry.

Luke 9:57-58 NKJV

“Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

This person had not really thought about what it would cost him. He got caught up in the excitement of everything going on around him and said that he wanted to follow Jesus, however his heart was not really committed. When problems, hard times and trials came this person would not have been able to endure. Following Jesus will cost a person and it is not without problems. However, there is a great reward for those who commit to it.

 

Following Jesus Is Not Always Convenient.

Convenient means making life easier, useful or suitable, because it makes things easier and does not involve much effort or trouble.

Luke 9:59-60 NKJV

“Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”

Jesus gave this person an invitation to follow Him. This person knew that it would cost him to follow Jesus, but he allowed other concerns to come before God. It was not convenient for him to follow Jesus at that moment. He wanted to do something else first. Following Jesus is not always convenient and it takes effort.

 

Following Jesus Is Not For The Distracted.

Distracted means preoccupied, showing a lack of concentration, anxious, or unable to think clearly or act sensibly.

Luke 9:61-62 NKJV

“And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

This person said they would follow Jesus but they were distracted by people. If we want to follow Jesus we must focus on Him and what He has set before us. We cannot allow our focus to be on things of the world or become preoccupied with the things of this world.

Lot’s wife was distracted by what she was leaving behind. When Lot’s wife looked back it implied that she was reluctant to leave what was behind.

Genesis 19:14-17 NKJV

“So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking. When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.” And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”

 

Genesis 19:26 NKJV

“But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”

As a person is plowing they focus their eyes on a point at the end of the field and steadily move toward it. They do not focus on what is behind them. If a person tries to plow while looking over their shoulder their rows would be crooked and it would be difficult to work in the field.

Luke 9:62 NKJV

“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 

Following Jesus Takes Commitment.

According to Luke 9:62, God is serious about our commitment to follow Him.

Luke 9:62 NKJV

“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

We must be loyal, devoted and dedicated to Him. We cannot follow and serve Him just when it’s easy or when we feel like it. As we follow Jesus we must focus our eyes on Him and steadily move in His direction. We must not focus on what is behind us. No matter what happens or comes our way we must look to Jesus.

Hebrews 12:1-3 NKJV

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

 

Fruits Of Repentance Are Vital.

We must bear fruits of repentance if we desire to make heaven our home. Repentance is a daily, not a one time, experience. When we truly repent and are saved we will see sin the way that God does. We will have a change of heart and direction. Repentance is a turning from sin to God; changing my mind concerning sin, God, and myself.

Luke 3:8-9 NKJV

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

If we do not bear good fruit (fruit of repentance) we will eventually be cast into eternal darkness (the lake of fire) and away from the presence of God. It is not God’s desire that any perish but that all come to repentance.

John 3:16-18 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

 

 

 

Review

1. Some people get caught up in the excitement of everything going on around them and say that they want to follow Jesus, however their ___________ was not really committed.

2. Following Jesus will __________ a person and it is not without problems.

3.There is a great _____________ for those who commit to following Jesus.

 

4. Some people allow other ________________ to come before God.

5. Following Jesus is not always convenient and it takes ____________.

6. If we want to follow Jesus we must ____________ on Him and what He has set before us.

7. We cannot allow our focus to be on things of the ____________ or become preoccupied with the things of this world.

8. As a person is plowing they focus their eyes on a point at the end of the field and steadily move ____________ it.

9. A person plowing does not focus on what is ____________ them.

10. What happens If a person tries to plow while looking over their shoulder?

11. God is serious about our ____________________ to follow Him.

12. We must be loyal, devoted and dedicated to __________.

13. We cannot follow and serve God just when it’s ________ or when we feel like it.

14. As we follow Jesus we must focus our eyes on Him and steadily move in His ______________.

15. We must not focus on what is ____________ us.

16. No matter what happens or comes our way we must look to ____________.

 

 

 

 

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Follower Of Christ

FOLLOWING JESUS

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 11:1 NKJV

 

Life Application: I must adopt Jesus’ behavior.

 

Bible Text:

Matthew 16:24-26

Matthew 16:26

Mark 8:34-36

 

A follower can be described in several different ways. It is a supporter or admirer of a person (cause or activity). somebody who comes or travels after somebody, a servant (attendant or subordinate) accompanying an important person, or somebody that imitates someone else.

To be a follower of Jesus we must support His teachings, follow His path (follow His example) and imitate Him. We must adopt His behavior. Adopting Jesus’ behavior is a choice that we must make. We must decide in our heart that we will assume His attitude and His way of behaving. Then we should ask the Holy Spirit to help us in walking out our decision each and every day.

Matthew 16:24-26 NKJV

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Each person that chooses to be a follower of Christ must take up their cross, give their life to Jesus, and put aside their goals and ambitions.

 

Take up your cross.

Everyone has their own cross to bear. Each follower has been called to do something for the kingdom of God. God doesn’t call everyone to do the same thing, so each one must do what God has called them to.

Matthew 16:24 NKJV

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

 

Give your life to Jesus.

The only way to gain true life is to give Jesus your whole life – body, soul, and spirit. We must not seek our own way.

Matthew 16: 25 NKJV

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

 

Put aside your goals and ambitions.

Obtaining worldly possessions must not be your priority in this life. You must make Jesus the first priority of your life, and desire what God wants for your life.

Matthew 16:26 NKJV

“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

We cannot take anything into eternity with us. All the worldly treasures that a person may acquire in this world will not help a person when they die.

Mark 8:34-36 NKJV

“When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

 

 

Review

1. What does “take up your cross” mean to you personally?

 

2. To be a follower of Jesus we must support His teachings, follow His path and ____________________ Him.

3. Believers must __________________ Jesus’ behavior.

4. How have you had to make a choice concerning adopting Jesus’ behavior ?

 

5. The _______________  _________________  will help us in following Jesus.

6. According to Matthew 16:24-26, what must a person do who desires to follow Christ?

 

7. What does “deny yourself” mean to you personally?

 

8. Each person that chooses to be a follower of Christ must take ______ ____________ ____________, give their life to Jesus, and put aside __________ ___________ and ambitions.

9. . Each follower has been called to do ___________________ for the kingdom of God.

10. Does God call everyone to do the same thing?

 

11. How can a person gain true life?

 

 

12. Obtaining worldly possessions must not be your __________________in this life.

13. What does priority mean?

 

14. What will happen to all the worldly treasures that a person acquires in this world when they die?

 

 

15. Do you think there is anything worth losing your soul over?

 

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