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In Remembrance of Me

IN REMEMBRANCE OF MEMemory Verse: I Corinthians 11:25

Life Application: When taking communion we are to remember Jesus

Bible Verse:

I Corinthians 11:23-26

Communion is a way for Christians to remember Jesus’ death, resurrection and future return by eating a small piece of bread and drinking a small amount of juice. It is an act of sharing or fellowshipping. Communion is a very intimate time between you and God. Communion is also known as the Lord’s Supper. It reminds us that Jesus allowed His body to be broken for us and His blood to be given to pay for our sins. Communion helps us to remember that Jesus will return, and we make a promise to be ready for our bridegroom, Jesus. Through communion we can receive healing and restoration for our bodies, souls and spirits.

The night before Jesus was crucified He celebrated the Passover feast for His last time. After the meal was over He gave us communion as we know it today.

I Corinthians 11:23-26 NKJV

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said,

“Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”

Review

1. Communion is a way for _________________ to remember Jesus’ death, resurrection and future return.

2. The elements that we use in communion are a small piece of __________ and a small amount of __________.

3. Communion is a very intimate time between you and ______.

4. Communion is also known as the ______________ ____________ .

5. Communion reminds us that Jesus allowed His ________ to be broken for us and His __________ to be given to pay for our sins.

6. Communion helps us to remember that __________ will return, and we make a promise to be ready for our bridegroom, Jesus.

7. Through communion we can receive healing and restoration for our ____________, __________ and ______________.

8. The night before Jesus was crucified He celebrated the ________________ feast for His last time.

9. After the meal was over Jesus gave us __________________ as we know it today.

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Heart and Mind

heart and mind

Memory Verse: Psalm 7:9

Life Application: God examines the very innermost part of a person.

Bible Text:

Psalm 7:9

1 Samuel 16:7

Psalm 7:9

Matthew 12:33-37

Psalm 139:1-24

 

While man looks at the physical, God looks at the spiritual. God examines the very innermost part of a person.

1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV

“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

God searches our hearts instead of looking at our appearances. Man looks at the outside of a person however, God looks at a person’s heart. What’s inside a persons heart is far more important and significant that their physical appearance or their natural abilities.

Psalm 7:9 NKJV

“For the righteous God tests the heart and minds.”

Everything that comes out of our mouth begins on the inside (innermost part) of us.

Matthew 12:33-37 NKJV

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings firth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

God knows everything in our hearts – every motive, desire, dream and word, even before we express it. God will search (test, examine) each person’s heart to see what is in it. He searches our hearts so that He can help us. Like David, we too should desire for God to examine our hearts (and our thoughts) and to purge us of sin so that we may have everlasting life.

Psalm 139:1-24 NKJV

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.

You know my sitting down and my rising up;

You understand my thought afar off.

You comprehend my path and my lying down,

And are acquainted with all my ways.

For there is not a word on my tongue,

But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

You have hedged me behind and before,

And laid Your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the morning,

And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there Your hand shall lead me,

And Your right hand shall hold me.

If I say,

‘Surely the darkness shall fall on me,’

Even the night shall be light about me;

Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,

But the night shines as the day;

The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Marvelous are Your works,

And that my soul knows very well.

My frame was not hidden from You,

When I was made in secret,

And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.

And in Your book they all were written,

The days fashioned for me,

When as yet there were none of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!

How great is the sum of them!

If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;

When I awake, I am still with You.

Oh, that You would slay the wicked O God!

Depart from me, therefore you bloodthirsty me.

For they speak against You wickedly;

Your enemies take Your name in vain.

Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?

And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?

I hate them with perfect hatred;

I count them my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.”

The Bible tells us that whatever is in the heart will come out of our mouths. It also tells us that each one of us will give an account for every idle (unfounded) word that we speak. That our words will either justify us or condemn us. God desires for us to ask Him to search our hearts. Not so that He can condemn us but to help us.

Review

1. God searches our ____________instead of looking at our appearances.

2. While man looks at the physical, God looks at the _________________.

3. God examines the very _________________ part of a person.

4. Everything that comes out of our mouth begins on the ____________ of us.

5. Who knows everything in our hearts – every motive, desire, dream and word, even before we express it?

6. God will __________ each person’s heart to see what is in it.

7. We should desire for God to examine our hearts and our thoughts, and to purge us of sin so that we may have _____________________ _____________.

 

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Die To Your Old Ways

DIE TO YOUR OLD WAYS

Memory Verse: Matthew 3:8

Life Application: What is happening on the outside of us will reflect the change within us.

Bible Text:

Matthew 3:8

Romans 8:12-14

Galatians 5:19-21

I Corinthians 15:31

Galatians 5:16-17

I Peter 2:11-12

Romans 7:15-20

Repent means to recognize the wrong in something that you have done and be sorry about it. It also means to feel regret about a sin or past action, and change your ways or habits. It does not mean being sorry that you were caught in a sin, instead you are sorry that you sinned against a holy God. Your actions will line up with your feelings. If you are truly sorry, you will change. You will bear fruits worthy of repentance. What is happening on the outside of us will reflect the change within us.

Matthew 3:8 NKJV

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance”

If you are dead to the sin that Satan or other fallen angels (demons) are trying to tempt you with, you won’t take the bait.

Romans 8:12-14 NKJV

“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

Works of the flesh are positive proof ( evidence) that a person is not living under the influence and the power of the Holy Spirit, but is living under the influence, control and direction of Satan and is being energized (powered) by him. They are living in bondage – they are not living in the freedom that Jesus Christ has given us.

Galatians 5:19-21 NKJV “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

We must die daily (deny) our selfish, sinful desires. Each day, we must refuse to give in to our soulish desires.

I Corinthians 15:31 NKJV

“I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily”

Our flesh and our spirit are at war with each other. If we allow our flesh free reign it will direct our choices. Your flesh will cause you to do things that you really don’t want to do.

Galatians 5:16-17 NKJV

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”

I Peter 2:11-12 NKJV

“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

Romans 7:15-20 NKJV

“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.”

Remember, what you feed the most will rule you. If you want your spirit to have rule over you and not your flesh, you must feed your spirit more than you feed your flesh!

Review

1. What does repent mean?

2. What is happening on the outside of us will ____________ the change within us.

3. We are to bear fruits worthy of repentance. What does that mean to you?

4. Works of the flesh are positive proof ( evidence) that a person is not living under the influence and the power of the ________ ____________.

5. We must ____________ to give in to our soulish desires.

6. Our flesh and our spirit are at _________ with each other.

7. Your __________ will cause you to do things that you really don’t want to do.

8. If you want your spirit to have rule over you and not your flesh, you must __________ your __________ more than you feed your flesh.

 

 

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Corporate Communion

CORPORATE COMMUNION

Memory Verse: Acts 20:7

Life Application: The early church came together for times of corporate communion.

Bible Text

Acts 20:7

Matthew 7:21-23

Acts 2:42

Acts 20:7

Joel 1:9-13

I Corinthians 11:27

I Corinthians 11:17-22

I Corinthians 11:31-34

Hebrews 9:24-26

Hebrews 10:19-20

Revelation 2:4-5

 

 

Communion is a special time of spiritual intimacy with God. God desires to know you (to have intimacy with you.) It is truly the most intimate time that you have with God (even when receiving it in a crowd.)

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!’ “

God desires to know (have spiritual intimacy) us corporately as well as individually. The early church had fellowship (communion) with God. They were spiritually intimate with Him.

Acts 2:42 NKJV

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Acts 20:7 NKJV

“Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.”

They reaped the benefits of corporate communion. There was an anointing upon the church, fresh moves of the Holy Spirit, and a harvest of souls.

Joel 1:9-13 NKJV

“The grain offering and the drink offering

Have been cut off from the house of the Lord;

The priests mourn, who minister to the Lord.

The field is wasted,

The land mourns;

For the grain is ruined,

The new wine is dried up,

The oil fails.

Be ashamed, you farmers,

Wail, you vinedressers,

For the wheat and the barley;

Because the harvest of the field has perished.

The vine has dried up,

And the fig tree has withered;

The pomegranate tree,

The palm tree also;

And the apple tree-

all the trees of the field are withered;

Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.

Gird yourself and lament, you priests;

Wail, you who minister before the alter;

Come, lie all night in sackcloth,

You who minister to my God;

For the grain offering and the drink offering

Are withheld from the house of your God.”

When communion (meat and drink offering) is cut off from the people you will find the people (and church) are barren spiritually. When communion is cut off, the manifest presence of God (glory of the Lord) and the anointing is cut off.

Churches where the meat and drink offering (communion) have been cut off are barren. The field is wasted, the land mourns, the corn is wasted, the new wine is dried up (no fresh moves of the Holy Spirit), the oil languishes (no anointing of God), and the harvest of the field is perished (you can not have a harvest where there is not the presence of God.)

I Corinthians 11:27 NKJV

“Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

Paul wrote to the church (to believers) at Corinth about the manner in which they took communion. He warned them (the believers) not to take communion in an unworthy manner.

I Corinthians 11:17-22 NKJV

“Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse.

For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.

For there must be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.

Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.

For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.

What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.”

The church at Corinth was drinking the communion wine to get drunk and they were eating the bread for food. Paul instructed them to examine (judge) the manner in which they took communion. Where they taking it (as a church / corporately) to remember Jesus or were they taking it to get full and drunk?

I Corinthians 11:31-34 NKJV

“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

But when we are judged, we are condemned with the world.

Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for another.

But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.”

Communion is a very powerful part of worship to God. It is a time of intimate worship, relationship and fellowship between you and God. It is a time to draw close to God. It is a time to remember Jesus and all that He did for us. It is a time to enter the Holy of Holies.

When you have an intimate relationship with Jesus you can go directly into the Holy of Holies. You do not need the priest (or anyone else) to go in for you.

Hebrews 9:24-26 NKJV

“For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but in heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;

not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another-

He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”

Jesus entered into the temple in heaven with His own blood as our sacrifice. He was our perfect sacrifice. A sacrifice pleasing to God, placed upon the brazen altar gave the priests the right to enter the most sacred place, the Holy of Holies. Jesus’ perfect sacrifice gives us the right to enter the Holy of Holies as priests to minister, fellowship, and commune with God.

Hebrews 10:19-20 NKJV

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,

by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh”

The body of Christ needs to draw closer to God through communion more than they ever have before. As time draws to a close we need the power that is available to us corporately through communion.

Revelation 2:4-5 NKJV

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place- unless you repent.”

 

 

Review

1. What is communion?

2. What does intimate mean?

3. The early church had __________________________ with God.

4. What are the benefits of corporate communion?

5. When communion is cut off from the people you will find the people and church are ______________ spiritually.

6. What is the manifest presence of God?

7. Paul wrote to the church (to believers) at Corinth about the manner in which they took communion. What was his warning to them?

8. The church at Corinth was drinking the communion wine to get ______________ and they were eating the bread for food.

9. What does examine mean?

10. Communion is …

a very powerful part of ______________ to God.

a time of intimate worship, relationship and _____________________ between you and God.

a time to draw ___________ to God.

a time to _________________________ Jesus and all that He did for us.

a time to _______________ the Holy of Holies.

11. Jesus’ perfect sacrifice gives us the right to enter the Holy of Holies as _____________ to minister, fellowship, and commune with God.

12. How does Revelation 2:4-5 apply to your life?

Revelation 2:4-5 NKJV

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place- unless you repent.”

 

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Be Wise In Friendships

BE WISE IN FRIENDSHIPS

Memory Verse: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

 

Life Application: Friends are valuable to you

 

Bible Text:

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Proverbs 13:20

I Corinthians 15:33-34

Friends are an important part of your life and they are a gift from God. Each person needs to choose good friends because our friends have an effect on us. Friends that share the same faith in God make the best friends. When our friends live for God it is easier for us to live for Him too.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NKJV

“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.”

Friends are valuable to you. God wants you to have friends. We need friends to encourage us and to lift us up when we are down. God also wants you to remember that friends have a powerful influence on your life. The kinds of friends you choose will affect your values, attitudes, relationships with people, and the kind of person you become. The greatest influence on our lives is peer pressure.

Proverbs 13:20 NKJV

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.”

Our friends make impressions on us. In some ways we become like our friends. Be careful with who you hang around.

I Corinthians 15:33-34 NKJV

“Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame”

 

Review

1. “Two are ___________ than one, Because they have a _________ reward for their __________. For if they fall, one will ________ up his _________________. But woe to ________ who is __________ when he falls, For he has no one to __________ him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NKJV

2. Friends are an important part of your life and they are a _________ from God.

3. Why do we need to choose good friends?

4. Who make the best friends?

5. Friends are _________________ to you.

6. We need friends to ___________________ us and to lift us up when we are down.

7. Friends have a powerful influence on your life. What does influence mean?

8. The greatest influence on our lives is peer pressure. What is peer pressure?

9. How does Proverbs 13:20 apply to your life?

Proverbs 13:20

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.”

 

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Bible Meal Times

 BIBLE MEAL TIMES

Memory Verse: Matthew 25:35 NIV

Life Application: Jesus uses people to meet needs.

Bible Text:

Matthew 25:35

Matthew 14:13-21

Matthew 15:30-38

2 Kings 4:1-7

Luke 4:38-39

2 Kings 4:8-17

 

 

God made food for us to enjoy and to make our bodies healthy. Food is one of man’s basic needs. Making and giving food to hungry people is one way to share God’s love with others.

Jesus Feds The Crowds

The New Testament tells of two different times when Jesus fed the people who came to hear Him preach. Shortly after the death of John the Baptist Jesus took a boat across the Sea of Galilee to a quiet lonely place. However, thousands of people followed Him there to hear Him. It grew late, and the disciples worried about feeding the crowd. They checked to see if anyone had food to share. All they found were five loaves of bread and two fish.

Jesus thanked God for the food and divided it between the disciples. They broke off chunks for each person. Everyone got enough to eat, and when they had finished, the disciples even collected twelve baskets of leftovers. Five loaves of bread and two fish had miraculously fed 5,000 people.

Matthew 14:13-21 NKJV

“When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.” But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.”

Another time, Jesus had been teaching on a hillside for three days. The baskets of food that people had brought were almost gone. Jesus did not want His followers to go hungry, so He asked the disciples to collect whatever food was left. They found only seven loaves of bread and a few small fish. Just as before, Jesus gave thanks to God and divided up the food. That day, He fed 4,000 people, with seven baskets remaining after everyone had eaten.

 

Matthew 15:30-38 NKJV

“Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them. So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.” So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.”

God Helps A Widow

God is loving and caring. He used a prophet named Elisha to help a widow in need. Before her husband died, he served God and cared for his wife and sons. Now he was dead and the widow had no way to pay her bills or buy food for their family. When she saw Elisha, she told him that she had bills to pay and no money.

 

2 Kings 4:1-7

“A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

Elisha asked the widow what did she have in the house. Then Elisha gave her a word from the Lord. He told her to get her sons to go to all the neighbors and ask for jars and pots. When the jars and pots were gathered, she and her sons were to go into the house and close the door.

Elisha told the woman to take the little oil she had and pour it into the many jars her sons had collected. She poured and poured, but her little oil didn’t become empty until all the jars she borrowed were filled. Because the widow and her sons were obedient to Elisha, God blessed them and met their need. They were able to sell the oil and pay the bills.

 

Simon’s Mother-In-Law Healed

Luke 4:38-39 NKJV

“Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them.”

Once after healing a demon possessed man in the synagogue Jesus went to Simon’s house. Upon arriving at the house He was told that Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. The people at the house asked Jesus to heal her. So Jesus went into the room where she was laying down. Jesus rebuked the fever and it left her. She was healed! Simon’s mother-in-law immediately got out of bed and prepared food for them and served it to them.

 

Shunammite Woman Helps Elisha

2 Kings 4:8-17 NKJV
“Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there. And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there. Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite woman.” When he had called her, she stood before him. And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’” She answered, “I dwell among my own people.” So he said, “What then is to be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.” So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the doorway. Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.” And she said, “No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!” But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.”

Elisha often passed through Shunem on his travels. In that town there was a Shunammite woman who invited Elisha to eat with her and her husband. Every time Elisha passed by their area he would stop by and eat with them. The woman and her husband made a small room upstairs with a bed, and a table and chair in it for Elisha. When Elisha passed by their house he had a place to rest. Elisha was very glad to have a place to rest when he was traveling in that area. Elisha asked the Shunammite woman how he could repay her for all her kindness and concern. The woman told him that there was nothing she needed.

Later Elisha told the Shunammite woman, “About this time next year you will have a son.” The woman conceived, and had a son at the appointed time Elisha had told her.

Review

1. Jesus uses _________________ to meet needs.

2. Making and giving food to hungry people is one way to share God’s ____________ with others.

3. Jesus used five loaves of bread and two fish to miraculously fed ________________ people.

4. Another time, Jesus used __________________ loaves of bread and a few small fish to fed 4,000 people, with seven baskets remaining after everyone had eaten.

5. A widow and her sons were obedient to Elisha and in return God __________________ them and met their need.

6. What was wrong with Simon’s mother-in-law?

7. What did the woman and her husband make for Elisha?

 

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “Unique”

COMPASS 1Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

2. Ephesians 6:1-3 NKJV

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise; ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.’”

How do these verses apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

3. 1 Peter 2:9 NKJV

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

4. Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;

Before you were born I sanctified you;

I ordained you a prophet to the nations”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

5. Psalm 37:23-24 NKJV

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,

And He delights in his way.

Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;

For the Lord upholds him with His hand.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

6. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NKJV

“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

7. Matthew 25:35-40 NKJV

“for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”

How do these verses apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

8. Ephesians 4:3-6 NKJV

“endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jonah

JONAHMemory Verse: Jonah 2:2

Life Application: The Lord will hear us in our affliction.

Bible Text:

Jonah 1:1-8

Jonah 1:12-17

Jonah 2:10

Jonah 3:1-3

Jonah 3:5-10

God commanded His prophet, Jonah, to go and warn the people of Nineveh that the city would be destroyed because of their great wickedness.

The sin of the people of Nineveh was very great. God loved the people, but He hated the sins that they committed. He wanted Jonah to warn the people of Nineveh that they would be destroyed unless they chose to believe Him and repent.

Jonah 1:1-2 NKJV

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.”

Instead of going to Nineveh, Jonah set out for Tarshish. He knew that many times God’s warnings from a prophet were obeyed and He withholds His judgment. Jonah struggled with the thought that his nation’s greatest enemy might believe God’s warnings and avoid His punishment. Jonah wanted God to destroy the people of Nineveh, but now he had to choose to obey God or disobey. Because Jonah did not have a right heart attitude, he refused to carry out God’s command. He deliberately rebelled against God.

God sent Jonah with an important warning, but he chose not to obey God. Instead he headed off into the opposite direction.

Jonah 1:3 NKJV

“But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.”

While Jonah slept on the ship, God sent a storm, causing the frightened sailors to call upon their gods and to throw the cargo into the sea in an attempt to lighten the ship’s load. Lightening the load did not help and the sailors became more and more frightened. The captain woke up Jonah and told him to call upon his God and maybe He would help them. Then they cast lots to find out who among them had brought this trouble upon them. The lot fell on Jonah and they questioned him about what he had done. He admitted to them that he was running from God.

Jonah 1:4-8 NKJV

“But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up.
Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.
So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”
And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
Then they said to him, “Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”

Jonah told the sailors to throw him into the sea, but they tried to row to shore instead. Unsuccessful, they cried out to God for mercy as they threw Jonah into the sea.

Jonah was terrified! He found himself alive in the belly of a great fish, which God caused to swallow Jonah whole.

For three days and nights Jonah was in the belly of the fish. Finally, on the fourth day he cried out to God for help. He thanked God for all that He had done. Jonah knew that only God could save him.

Jonah 1:12-17 NKJV

“And he said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.” Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. Therefore they cried out to the Lord and said, “We pray, O Lord, please do not let us perish for this man’s life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O Lord, have done as it pleased You.” So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the Lord and took vows. Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”

Jonah 2:2 NKJV

“…I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, And He answered me…”

God spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah onto dry land, and God again instructed Jonah to go and warn the people of Nineveh about their sin.

Jonah 2:10 NKJV

“So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”

Jonah 3:1-3 NKJV

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying,
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.”
So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord.”

At last, Jonah went to Nineveth in obedience to God. When Jonah preached God’s warning to the people of Nineveh, they believed God, and He withheld His judgment from the city.

Jonah 3:5-10 NKJV

“So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish? Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.”

Review

1. “…I ___________ out to the __________ because of my ___________________, And He __________________ me…” Jonah 2:2 NKJV

2. The Lord will hear us in our affliction. What does affliction mean?

3. What did God commanded Jonah to do?

4. God ______________ people, but He __________ the ___________ that they commit.

5. What does repent mean?

6. Instead of going to Nineveh, Jonah set out for _________________.

7. Why didn’t Jonah want to do what God had commanded him to?

8. Jonah did not have a right heart attitude. Explain what this means.

9. Why did the frightened sailors throw cargo overboard?

10. Jonah told the sailors to throw him into the sea, but they tried to ________ to shore instead.

11. Jonah found himself alive in the belly of a ____________ ______________, which God caused to swallow him whole.

12. How long was Jonah in the belly of the great fish?

13. On the fourth day Jonah cried out to ___________ for help.

14. God spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah onto dry land, and God again instructed Jonah to do what?

15. What happened when Jonah preached God’s warning to the people of Nineveh?

 

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Guarding And Renewing Your Mind

GUARDING AND RENEWING YOUR MINDMemory Verse: Psalm 101:3

Life Application: Be careful what you allow into your mind.

Bible Text:

Ephesians 4:17-24

Ephesians 4:14-16

Romans 12:1-2

Psalm 101:3

One sure way to guard yourself against Satan and his temptations is to renew your mind. Renew can be described as replacing something. We must replace our carnal mind with the mind of Christ. Renewing our mind is not something that automatically happens to us. We renew our minds by meditating on God’s truth and by letting the Holy Spirit guide and shape our thoughts and behaviors. It is a choice that we make. We will either work with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to transform our minds, or we will not.

Ephesians 4:17-24 NKJV

“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. As we spend time in His presence, He will bring to light to every lie that the enemy has tried to place in your mind. There are times that a person’s mind has become so insensitive to moral darkness, that only the Holy Spirit can show them the truth. Everyone’s mind is being molded – either by the world’s values or by God’s values. A believer mind must be transformed by renewing it. True spiritual transformation starts in the mind and heart. If a person’s mind is devoted to (centered around) the world and its concerns, it will produce a life that is tossed about by the culture.

Ephesians 4:14-16 NKJV

“that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ”

Having your mind devoted to God’s truth will keep you from being tossed around by every wind of doctrine. A mind that has been renewed will be able to resist the temptations of Satan and the culture.

Romans 12:1-2 NKJV

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Part of guarding our minds is by being careful of what we allow into them.

Psalm 101:3 NKJV

“I will set nothing wicked before my eyes…”

The following verses in a children’s song have a lot of truth to them…

“O be careful little eyes what you see”

“O be careful little ears what you hear”

“O be careful little feet where you go”

Review

1. What does renew mean?

2. We must replace our carnal mind with the mind of ____________________.

3. How do we renew our minds?

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4. As we spend time in the Holy Spirit’s presence, He will bring to ___________ to every lie that the enemy has tried to place in your mind.

5. Everyone’s mind is being ___________________ – either by the world’s values or by God’s values.

6. True spiritual transformation starts in the ______________ and _______________.

7. If a person’s mind is devoted to the world and its concerns, it will produce a life that is __________________ about by the culture.

8. If a person’s mind is ______________________ to God’s truth it will keep them from being tossed around by every wind of doctrine.

9. A mind that has been renewed will be able to resist the _______________________ of Satan and the culture.

10. Part of __________________ our minds is by being careful of what we allow into them.

 

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Citizen’s Of Heaven

CITIZENS OF HEAVENMemory Verse: Philippians 3:20

Life Application: A believer’s true citizenship is in heaven.

Bible Text:

Philippians 3:20

Ephesians 2:19

I Kings 8:61

Matthew 6:24

1 Peter 2:9

2 Corinthians 1:12

 

 

Christians are not citizens of this world, their allegiance is owed to God, not the country in which they live, they belong to a different group (they are a peculiar people), and they are not in agreement with the world’s standards or morals.

Philippians 3:20 NKJV

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ ”

As a Christian we are not citizens of this world. Our time on earth is only temporary. One day every person, regardless of if they are saved or not will go to the place they are a citizen of. Some will go to heaven and some will go to hell. It all depends on where their true citizenship is.

Ephesians 2:19 NKJV

“ Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God ”

Christians are not of this world although they are in the world. A Christian’s true citizenship is in heaven as a member of God’s family. Since a Christian’s is not a citizen of the world, the world has no legal rights over them.

As a Christian our allegiance is owed to God, not the country in which we live. When we accept the gift of salvation and make Jesus the Lord of our lives, we make a vow of allegiance to God. Although the vow is not always spoken aloud we still make it and it is still legally binding. At salvation we become a citizen of heaven we owe our loyalty to God, and we have obligations to Him and His government that He has placed over us. We are required to be faithful to Him and to His causes.

Allegiance – the loyalty owed by a citizen to his country; obligation of a subject to his ruler or government; faithfulness to a person, cause, etc.; loyalty; fidelity.

Loyal – true and faithful to love, promise, duty, or other obligations ; faithful to one’s king, government, or country.

Obligation – duty under the law; promise; binding legal agreement; bond; contract.

I Kings 8:61 NKJV

“Let your heart therefore be loyal to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day.”

Loyal is being true and faithful to love, to a promise, to a duty, or other obligation. It is also being faithful to those in authority over you. Citizens of heaven cannot be loyal to both God and the world. The world and God have opposing values, morals, and standards.

Matthew 6:24 NKJV

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

Ruth is a good example of loyalty. Ruth was determined to remain loyal to Naomi no matter what. God blessed Ruth for her loyalty. Ruth found favor in the sight of man because of her love and sense of duty toward Naomi. Later, God provided a new husband (Boaz) for Ruth.

Another example of loyalty was Elisha. He would not abandon Elijah. Elisha made a promise that he would not leave Elijah’s side. Elisha was determined to keep his promise no matter what might happen. Elisha received a double potion of the anointing that was upon Elijah as a direct result of his loyalty to Elijah. Elisha was at Elijah’s side when God took Elijah to heaven. If we remain faithful and loyal to God, we too will be rewarded.

As a Christian we belong to a different group (we are a peculiar people). Christians are God’s own special people. The Bible calls them peculiar which means out of the ordinary; unusual; belonging to one person or thing and not to another; special; distinctive.

1 Peter 2:9 NKJV

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

As a Christian we are not in agreement with the world’s standards or morals. There is a difference between a Christian’s standards and morals than that of the world. A Christian must have good character and conduct and be virtuous. Not only will a Christian understand the difference between right and wrong, they will strive to do right even if it costs them something.

People with good moral conduct have a good influence on others. They behave as Christ in matters of right and wrong.

Moral – good in character or conduct; virtuous; capable of understanding right and wrong.

2 Corinthians 1:12 NKJV

“Now, this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have not done so according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace”

Review

1. Christians…

* are not _______________ of this world.

* allegiance is owed to __________.

* are a __________________ people.

* are not in agreement with the world’s ____________________ or morals.

2. Our time on earth is only temporary. What does that mean?

3. One day some people will go to heaven and some will go to hell. What determines where they go?

4. A Christian’s true citizenship is in heaven as a _______________ of God’s family.

5. At salvation we become a citizen of heaven we owe our _________________ to God.

6.What are some obligations that Christians have to God?

7. What does allegiance mean?

8. What does obligation mean?

9. The world and God have __________________ values, morals, and standards.

10. Give examples of loyal people in the Bible.

11. There is a __________________ between a Christian’s standards and morals than that of the world.

12. A Christian must have good character and conduct and be virtuous. What does virtuous mean?

 

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