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The Sounding Of The Trumpet

THE SOUNDING OF THE TRUMPET BIBLE STUDY

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:52

 

Life Application: I must be ready for Jesus’ return.

 

Bible Text:

1 Thessalonians 4:16

1 Corinthians 15:52

Micah 7:19

Psalm 107:2

Galatians 3:13

John 8:36

Romans 3:24

Zechariah 14:4

Revelation 20:11-15

1 Corinthians 15:25

Revelation21:1-2

 

Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year” or “first of the year.” It is the Jewish New Year. It is also called the Feast of the Trumpet. The Feast of Trumpets points to the rapture, when Jesus will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church. Some scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His bride (the rapture), the church, to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb In heaven. Then He will return seven years later on the Day of Atonement to establish His kingdom beginning on the Feast of Tabernacles. The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16

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

Special prayers are recited during the Feast of Trumpets. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness. The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. The Feast of Trumpets is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others. During the Feast of Trumpets special services are held where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung.

A popular observance during Rosh Hashanah 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.”

I. Rosh Hashanah is about repentance, redemption, the coming of the Messiah, judgment and creation.

A. Repentance

Repentance is turning from sin to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself. It means to “turn back” to God. During the Feast of Trumpets the people examine their lives. They judge themselves. What have they done that God likes this past year? What have they done that God dislikes this past year?

During the Feast of Trumpets the people pray and ask for forgiveness of their sins. They ask God to blot out their transgression.

 

B. Redemption – restoration of a severed relationship with God / renewing your heart toward God.

Redemption is gaining back from another something that you owned before. It also means to buy back for the purpose of setting free from obligation, bondage, or danger. Redemption is salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by Jesus’ sacrifice.

 

Psalm 107:2 NKJV

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”

Galatians 3:13 NKJV

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a cure for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,’).”

John 8:36 NKJV

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Romans 3:24 “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

C. Second Coming Of Christ ( the coming of the Messiah – looking forward to the Second Coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ)

At the end of the Great Tribulation Jesus will return to earth. Jesus’ feet will stand on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. He will defeat the antichrist and throw Satan into a bottomless pit for 1000 years. Jesus will reign over the earth for 1000 years (millennial reign).

Zechariah 14:4a

“And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two…”

D. Judgment – judge yourself, so that God doesn’t have to.

When the millennial reign is over, Satan will again be loosed on earth for a short period of time. He will gather an army to fight against Jesus. Jesus will defeat Satan and his army. The earth will be destroyed by fire and sinners will be judged (The Great White Throne Judgment).

Those who died as sinners will be resurrected (removed from Hell / Hades), to stand before God to be judged for what they did (or did not do) while they were here on earth. Every person whose name is not found in the Book of Life will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

The Lake of Fire is described several times in the Bible. It is an eternal fire. It is a fire that never goes out. It is black and dark . There will be constant torment with no end – it will NEVER stop.

The Lake of Fire will be a place of extreme suffering, where a person will always remember everything they have done or known. They will always regret not choosing to follow Jesus.

Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place found for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

E. Creation – one day God will create the world anew.

After the final judgment, God promised a new heaven and a new earth. Jesus will give His millennial kingdom to God the Father, the Supreme Ruler. All Christians will live with God forever in a beautiful new universe. God will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death, sickness or pain.

The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will come down from heaven and will shine with the glory of the Lord. The city will be made of gold and will be decorated with precious jewels. Down the middle of the city will flow the river of life, and on each side of the river will grow trees of life. The throne of God will be in the city, and people will worship God forever and ever.

Heaven will be far better than we can imagine.

As we draw close to God here on earth, we can experience the same wonderful presence of God that we will experience when we stand before His throne.

1 Corinthians 15:25 NKJV

“Then the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”

Revelation 21:1-2 NKJV

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

II. The Trumpet

The shofar is blown on Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets). The shofar sounds something like a trumpet. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God.

1 Corinthians 15:52

“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.”

The blowing of the trumpet is a sign of the return of Christ and a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac. 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. The births of Isaac and Jesus Christ were both miracles. Both were obedient to the point of sacrifice.

In Biblical times, trumpets were used in giving signals of war. The Feast of Trumpets also points to spiritual warfare. As Christians we should put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy. Jesus is our armor because He defeated Satan.

 

Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) is a time that people should “awake” and correct their ways. The sound of the shofar is meant to:

1. be a rousing call to repentance on the part of the individual.

2. awaken us and cause us to remember the One and Only Creator,

3. remind people to forsake evil ways

4. draw people back to God.

 

The shofar makes several different sounds, each one has a different meaning.

1. Tekiah – Calls a man to search his heart, abandon his evil ways, and seek God’s forgiveness through repentance.

2. Shevarim – Represents the sorrow that a person feels when they realize that they are wrong (that they are a sinner), and they desire to change their ways (to repent).

3. Teruah – Calls man to stand by the banner of the Lord.

4. Tekiah Gedolah – Represents the final invitation to sincere repentance and atonement (forgiveness).

 

III. A Preparing of the Spirit

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. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to be part of the Bride of Christ.

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs or rocks 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.”

Review

1.Things I did this past year that pleased God.

 

2. Things I did this past year that displeased God.

 

3. Read Luke 6:37. What does God’s Word say about forgiving?

 

Are there people that you need to forgive?

 

4. What is repentance?

 

5. What is redemption?

 

6. _________________ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.

 

7. At the end of the Great Tribulation Jesus will return to earth. Jesus’ ____________ will stand on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem.

 

8. Jesus will defeat the ________________________ and throw Satan into a bottomless pit for 1000 years.

 

9. How long is the millennial reign of Jesus?

 

10. What will happen when the millennial reign is over?

 

11. Every person whose name is not found in the ____________ _____ _____________ will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

 

12. How is the Lake of Fire is described in the Bible?

 

13. All Christians will live with God forever in a beautiful new universe. God will wipe every ____________ from our eyes. There will be no more death, __________________ or ____________.

 

14. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in ____________________ of God.

 

15. What is respect?

 

16. A person must have a ___________________ ____________________________ with Jesus Christ to be part of the Bride of Christ.

 

 

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Consistent Integrity

Consistent Integrity

Memory Verse: Proverbs 28:6

Life Application: Integrity is better than riches.

Bible Text:

Proverbs 28:6

Daniel 1:3-4

Daniel 6:26-27

 

Integrity is being honest and just in all that you think, feel, and do. It also means sincerity; uprightness; wholeness; completeness; soundness. When we are wild about God it will show in our integrity. Our integrity will be consistent in godly character no matter where they are, or who is around or not around. We will be honest and just in all that we think, feel, and do.

Proverbs 28:6 NKJV

“Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one perverse in his ways though he be rich.”

Daniel is a example of a person with integrity. No matter where he was or who he was around, he was always the same. He always showed godly character and remained faithful to God. As a teenager Daniel was taken to the ungodly kingdom of Babylon to become a slave. The king of Babylon wanted young men without physical defect, that were handsome, intelligent, educated, and quick to understand as his servants. Daniel met these qualifications so he was chosen to become one of the king’s servants.

Daniel 1:3-4 NKJV

“Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good -looking, gifted and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and who they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.”

Although Daniel was surrounded by ungodly people he made a decision to follow God and to remain faithful to God. God blessed Daniel for doing what was right by giving him knowledge, wisdom, and the ability to interpret dreams and visions. After a while Daniel was appointed as one of the governors in Babylon by king Nebuchadnezzar. The very night that Daniel was made a governor king Nebuchadnezzar was killed and Darius took his place as king. Daniel found favor in the new king’s sight because of his integrity, his attitude, and his ability to do his job well.

This made the other governors very angry and jealous. Together they sought a way to get rid of Daniel. All the other governors showered the king with lots of praise and adoration and worship. Then they talked the king into making a royal decree that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except the king, shall be cast into the den of lions. The proposed decree pleased the king so he signed it.

Daniel obeyed all the laws of the land, however the other governors knew that if the law of the land went against the law of the God that Daniel served he would obey his God. They also knew that Daniel prayed to his God on a regular basis, which would go against the new decree that the king had signed. When Daniel heard about the decree that the other governors had talked the king into signing he went to his house. There he went to his upper room where he prayed and gave God thanks three times a day. Daniel opened his window toward Jerusalem, like always, and knelt down on his knees and prayed to God.

The men that had plotted against Daniel were watching from outside. They knew that Daniel would continue to pray to God and they wanted to catch him in the act so that they could tell the king. Directly upon seeing Daniel pray they reported it and the king. The king was greatly troubled because he did not want to have Daniel thrown into the lion’s den. He like Daniel, but because it was a royal decree, and could not be changed, he had to order Daniel thrown into the den of lines.

Daniel was brought to the lion’s den and before being thrown into it the king told Daniel that the God that he served would deliver him from the lions. After they threw Daniel in the den a large rock was placed over the top to seal it. From the den the king went to his palace and spent the night alone, fasting and not sleeping. Early the next morning the king hurried to the den. Upon arriving at the den the king called out to Daniel. Daniel answered the king and told him that God had shut the mouths of the lions. The king was very happy and he ordered Daniel to be brought up out of the pit. Then the king commanded that the men who had accused Daniel to be brought and thrown into the lion’s den and thrown in, along with their wives and their children.

Daniel 6:26-27 NKJV

“I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, And steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, And His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, And He works signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”

Daniel’s life was a powerful witness to everyone around him. His integrity lead to the king recognizing that the God that Daniel served was the one true living God.

 

 

 

 

Review

1. We must be consistent in godly character no matter _____________ they are, or ________ is around or not around.

2. Daniel always showed godly _____________________ and remained faithful to God.

3. What happened to Daniel as a teenager?

4. Although Daniel was surrounded by ungodly people he made a decision to follow God and to remain _________________ to God.

5. God blessed Daniel for doing what was ______________ by giving him knowledge, wisdom, and the ability to interpret dreams and visions.

6. Daniel found favor in king Darius’ sight because of his integrity, _________ _______________, and his ability to do his job well.

7. The other governors very angry and jealous so they sought to do what?

8. Daniel obeyed all the laws of the land, however the other governors knew that if the law of the land went against the law of the God that Daniel served he would obey his ________.

9. The men that had plotted against Daniel knew that he would continue to __________ ______ _________ and they wanted to catch him in the act so that they could tell the king.

10. When the king was told that Daniel was praying to his God the king was what?

11. Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den, and the next morning when the king went to the den, what did he find?

12. Then the king commanded that the men who had accused Daniel to be brought and thrown into the lion’s den and thrown in, along with their ______________ and their ________________.

13. Daniel’s life was a powerful witness to everyone around him. His integrity lead to the king recognizing that the God that Daniel served was the _________ __________ ______________ ________.

 

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Parables Of Forgiveness

Memory Verse: 2 Peter 3:9

 

Life Application: God desires for everyone to repent.

 

Bible Text:

Matthew 18:12-14

Luke 15:3-7

Luke 15:8-10

Luke 15:11-32

John 1:9

Psalm 119:11

Psalm 119:105

2 Peter 3:9

Parables

Sometimes it is hard to get others to understand what you are trying to say. Not everyone has experienced the same things you have. Because God is so awesome and greater than anything we could understand, He had to find a way to tell us everything we need to know about Him. Many times God uses something we see and understand to explain or illustrate spiritual or invisible principals.

A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly or spiritual meaning. At times Jesus taught in parables. Jesus said He used parables to hide the truth from those who don’t want to listen. He used parables to communicate truth to those who already believed in Him.

Parables can also give us a glimpse of what heaven is like and what future things God has planned for us that we otherwise might not be able to understand.

Three wonderful parables concerning the lost are “The Story Of The Prodigal Son“, “The Lost Sheep“, and “The Lost Coin.”

 

The Lost Sheep

Throughout his ministry Jesus was often criticized for socializing with sinners. On one of these occasions Jesus told the parable of the lost sheep.

Matthew 18:12-14 NKJV           

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

Luke 15:3-7 NKJV          

“So He spoke this parable to them, saying: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”

In this parable a shepherd is out in the fields with one hundred of his sheep. While there one of his sheep stays away from the others. Knowing that the sheep was in great danger due to being separated from the others, the shepherd leaves his ninety-nine sheep where they are and goes out to search for the lost one. Knowing the value of each and every sheep and that a sheep apart from its shepherd is defenseless and in grave danger, the shepherd searches and searches for the one who strayed away.

When the shepherd finally finds the missing sheep he is overcome with joy. Instead of criticizing or reprimanding the sheep for straying, the shepherd lifts the sheep onto his shoulders and takes it back to the others. Due to the weight of the sheep this would not have been an easy effort, however the shepherd did not mind because he was so happy. He gladly bore the discomfort and the pain because of his heart of compassion. Upon returning home, he tells his friends what happened and he invites them to celebrate with him over the return on the one sheep that strayed away.

The Parable Of The Lost Coin

Luke 15:8-10 NKJV           

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

In the parable of the lost coin, a woman has ten coins and she looses one in the house. She lights a lamp and begins to search for the coin. She was very diligent in her search. She swept the entire house in her efforts to find the coin. She was very careful to look underneath things and in the dark corners. The woman valued the coin and she was willing to search until she found it. She was very, very happy when she finally found it.

The Parable Of The Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-32 NKJV           

“Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’ “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”

The parable of the prodigal son is one of the most well-known stories of Jesus. Prodigal mean extravagantly wasteful, spendthrift or extravagant to a degree bordering on recklessness.

In this parable, Jesus told a story of a man who had two sons. The younger son asks his father to give him his inheritance early. Normally a son would receive his inheritance at the time of his father’s death. The fact that the younger brother wanted his money early showed a rebellious heart and a disregard for his father’s authority.

Once received, the son promptly sets off on a long journey to a far away land and begins to waste his fortune on wild, sinful, and reckless living. After a period of time his money runs out and a severe famine hits the country. The son finds himself in very bad circumstances.

Eventually he is so desperate he takes a job feeding pigs. To Jewish people pigs were unclean animals. They were not even allowed to touch them. He is so hungry that even the pigs food looked good to him. One day the prodigal son begins to think of home, where even his father’s hired hands ate better than him in this foreign country.

Finally the young man comes to his senses. He decides to return to his father and ask for forgiveness and mercy.

As the young son is walking back on his father’s property, the father sees him and runs out to hug him. The father who had been watching and waiting, receives his son back with open arms of compassion. He is overjoyed by the return of his lost son. Immediately the father turns to his servants and asks them to prepare a giant feast in celebration in his son’s return.

Meanwhile, the older son is in the fields working. When he returns he discovers a party going on to celebrate his brother’s return. The older brother becomes so angry over the celebration that he won’t even go in the house. The father wanted his older son to celebrate with them so he went outside to try to convince him to come in, however the older son still refused to come in.

Conclusion

The parable of the prodigal son is a wonderful picture of the great love of God towards us. Just like the father in the parable was able to see the younger son when he was still a long way off, God is watch for the lost to return to Him and receive His mercy and compassion. God seeks after us and reaches out to us. When we come to Him in humility, He washes away all our sins and wrongdoings.

When the son took a job feeding pigs it showed that he had fallen as low as he could possibly go. Like this son, some rebellious and sinful people must hit rock bottom before they come to their senses and recognize their sin.

To God, each and every person that is away from His is viewed as lost. One meaning of lost is unable to find the way to a place. Our sin causes us to stray away from God and become lost. Just like the shepherd in the parable, God considers each and every one us valuable. God has a heart of compassion and it is not His desire that any perish. He has sent the Holy Spirit to search for the lost and to draw them to God through Jesus Christ. Like God the Father, Jesus loves the lost. It was that great love that led Him to sacrifice His life on the cross to take our punishment for our sin.

Heaven rejoices when a sinner repents and is restored to a right relationship with God.

In the parable of the lost coin the woman has ten coins in her house when she looses one of them. The ten coins could represent people that have accepted Jesus as their Savior – they are “in the house” of God. However, one of these people fall into sin and becomes lost (separated) from God. They need to be found.

It is possible that after accepting Jesus as their Savior, a person can walk away from their relationship with God by returning to a lifestyle of sin. This is referred to as backsliding. The person is still loved by God and He desires for them to he found and restored unto Him. Like the woman in the story, God shines a light into the situation by the power of the Holy Spirit and through His Word.

Jesus provides the light for sinners to be found.

John 1:9 NKJV             

“That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”

Psalm 119:11 NKJV          

“Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”

Psalm 119:105 NKJV            

“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path”

The person, though in sin, is still valuable to God and He will do whatever He has to do in order for them to return to the other valuable coins in His house.

Upon finding the coin the woman calls her friends and neighbors in order to share the good news. When a sinner is restored to fellowship with God, whether it is the first time or the one hundredth, it is a cause for rejoicing.

 

2 Peter 3:9 NKJV                

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

God is always seeking sinners, those in the world and those sitting in the church, and rejoices when they are found. He is not content for any person to be separated from Him.

 

Review

1. Many times God uses something we see and understand to explain or illustrate _____________ or invisible principals.

2. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly or spiritual ______________________.

3.Jesus said He used parables to ___________ ________ ____________ from those who don’t want to listen.

4. Jesus also used parables to communicate _________________ to those who already believed in Him.

5. Throughout his ministry Jesus was often criticized for __________________________with sinners.

6. How many sheep did the shepherd have out in the field?

 

7. How many sheep strayed away from the shepherd?

 

8. Was the sheep in any danger when it strayed away from the shepherd?

 

9. Are we in any danger when we stray away from Jesus, the Great Shepherd?

 

10.What does the shepherd do when he realizes that one of his sheep is missing?

 

11. Were are the sheep valuable to the shepherd?

 

12. What did the shepherd do when he finds the lost sheep?

13. Upon returning home what did the shepherd do?

14. In the parable of the lost coin a woman has ____________ coins.

15. How many coins did the woman loose in the house?

 

16. In her search for the lost coin, what is the first thing that she did?
17. The woman was very _______________________________________ in her search.

18. What does diligent mean?

19. The woman was very ____________________________ to look underneath things and in the dark corners.

20. The woman ______________________ the coin and she was willing to search until she found it.

21. Are “lost” people valuable to God?

 

22. What was the woman’s response when she found the lost coin?

23. What does prodigal mean?

24. How many sons were in this story?

 

25. What did the younger son ask for?

 

26. What did the younger brother’s request show?

27. Once received, the son promptly sets off on a long journey to a far away land and begins to __________________

his fortune on wild, sinful, and reckless living.

28. After a period of time a severe _________________________ hits the country.

29. After his money runs out the son is so desperate he takes a job __________________ __________________.

30. How did the Jewish people feel about pigs?

31. What did the pigs have that the son desired?

32. When the younger son comes to his senses, what did he decided to do?

33. When the father sees his son coming down the road, what does he do?

34 . Immediately the father turns to his servants and asks them to prepare a great feast in _____________________

of his son’s return.

35. Where was the older son when the younger one returned home?

 

36. When the older son returns he discovers a party going on to celebrate his brother’s ____________________.

37. Was the older brother happy and overjoyed at his brother’s return?

 

38. How did the older brother show his anger over his brother’s return and the celebration?

39. What did the father do when he heard that the older son would not come in and join the celebration?

40. Did the older son ever join them inside and celebrate with them?

41. The parable of the prodigal son is a wonderful picture of the great ____________________ of God towards us.

42. God is watching for the lost to return to Him and receive His _______________ and _____________________.

43. When we approach God in _______________________, He washes away all our sins and wrongdoings.

44. What does humility mean?

45. When the son took a job feeding pigs it showed what?

46. Like this son, some rebellious and sinful people must hit _______________ ___________________before they

come to their senses and recognize their sin.

47. When we refer to someone as being lost, what do we mean?

48. God has sent the Holy Spirit to search for the lost and to draw them to God through ___________________ _________________.

49. It was Jesus’ great love for us that led Him to ___________________________ His life on the cross to take

our punishment for our sin.

50. What happens in heaven when someone is “found”?

51. It is possible that after accepting Jesus as their Savior, a person can walk away from their relationship with God by returning to a ______________________ ___________ _______________.

52. When a person turns their back on God and walks away from Him, the person is still _______________ by God.

53. According to Psalm 119:11, why is it important to hide God’s Word in your heart?

54. According to Psalm 119:105, what is God’s Word to us?

55. When a person is in sin, God and He will do _______________ He has to do in order for them to return to Him.

56. When a sinner is restored to fellowship with God, whether it is the first time or the one hundredth, it is a cause for ________________________________________.

57. According to 2 Peter 3:9, what does God desire?

58. God is always _____________________________ sinners, those in the world and those sitting in the church.

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God and Love

god and love

Memory Verse: 1 John 4:7-8

Bible Truth: Love comes from God.

 

Bible Text:

1 John 4:7-8

Matthew 7:21-23

Song of Solomon 5:2-6

Revelation 2:4-5

Looking For Love

One of the greatest love stories is found in the Song of Solomon. In this book, we see a woman who is looking for her beloved. She wanted to find her true love so she asked everyone she could where he was. Sometimes people are a lot like her – they 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.

True Love Is Found In Jesus

We must not look to the world for love. 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. The world doesn’t know where to find true love. True love is found only in Jesus. The Bible even tells us that God is love.

1 John 4:7-8 NKJV

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

Intimacy With Jesus

Many people know the name of Jesus, but they do not know Him in an intimate way. Things or people will not draw us closer to an intimate relationship with Jesus.

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!’ ”

Jesus never had spiritual intimacy with these people. These people were doing many wonderful things; they were casting out demons, prophesying, and performing wonders (miracles). But they were not intimate with Jesus.

Open The Door For Jesus To Come In

Jesus Christ desires so much to have an intimate relationship with each person. In many lives Jesus is standing at the door longing for them to get up out of their sleepiness and let Him come in an have an intimate relationship with them.

Song of Solomon 5:2 NKJV

“I sleep, but my heart is awake; It is the voice of my beloved! He knocks, saying, ‘Open for me, my sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one; for my head is covered with dew. My locks with the drops of the night.”

How long was her beloved standing outside the door and wooing her to open the door and let him in? It sounds like he was out there in the dark for a long enough period of time for the dew to cover his head and his hair to be wet from the moisture in the night air.

How long has our lover, Jesus Christ, been standing outside our hearts knocking and saying, “Awake my beloved one, my dove, my perfect one. Open the door to me.” ?

Plans And Agendas

Some people want a relationship with God, but they want it on their terms, by their plans and within their agendas.

Song of Solomon 5:4-5 NKJV

“My beloved put his hand by the latch of the door, and my heart yearned for him. I arose to open for my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handles of the lock.”

The woman finally hears her lover. She awakes out of her sleep, puts on a large amount of perfume, then goes to the door. Just like the woman, how many times have we stopped on our way to open the door to do something else?

How many times have we put other things before a relationship with God?

By the time the woman got around to opening the door her lover was gone.

Song of Solomon 5:6 NKJV

“I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had turned away and was gone. My heart leaped up when he spoke. I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave no answer.”

If you haven’t opened the door of your heart to Jesus and an intimate relationship with Him, by the time you get around to it will it be too late?

God’s Way Or No Way

God is holy and does not tolerate sin (impurities). When God created 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. Through salvation, we can have an intimate relationship with God again.

Return To Your First Love

Jesus desires for us to draw close to Him and to have an intimate relationship with Him. When you repent and begin to draw closer to Jesus, He will draw closer to you. As Christians we are the Bride of Christ and our Bridegroom desires to look upon us.

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 work, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place-unless you repent.”

Our Bridegroom is calling each one of us to return to Him. To return to our first love. He desires for our hearts to burn with love and anticipation for Him. As this world begins to draw to a close, can you hear, “Do you love me? Do you love me? Do you love me?”

God is a God of restoration. He desires to forgive and to restore us to a right relationship.

Does your heart yearn for your Bridegroom?

We live in a world that is filled with sin, and it is possible to allow sin to come in and make us impure. God desires that we live in purity, and He will give us the power to do so. That power comes from the Holy Spirit.

Until we get to heaven, we will be faced with the temptation to sin. But remember that God’s plan for your life is for you to be pure – free from blemish or stain.

If you have failed at maintaining your purity, you can go to God, in true repentance and ask Him to forgive you.

God will forgive you of  your sin when you are honesty sorry that you have sinned, and ask Him for forgiveness.

Remember, there is a difference in being sorry you were caught in sin and being sorry that you sinned against a holy God.

Review

1. One of the greatest love stories is found in the ________ ____ ______________.

2. Sometimes people look _____________________ for love.

3. Some people try to fill the part of themselves that only _______ can fill.

4. God created within each of us a place or spot that only He can fill with His __________.

5. True love is found only in ___________.

6. According to 1 John 4:7-8, who is love?

 

7. Many people know the name of Jesus, but they do not know Him in an ______________ way.

8. Will things or people draw us closer to an intimate relationship with Jesus?

 

9. In Matthew 7:21-23, why was the person told to depart?

 

10. Jesus desires so much to have an intimate ______________________ with each person.

11. Some people want a relationship with God, but they want it on their ___________, by their plans and within their agendas.

12. Have there been times in our lives that we have put other things before a relationship with God?

 

13. God is _________ and does not tolerate sin.

14. When God created man and woman they were _________.

15. When ______ entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost.

16. We are all ________ into sin – we have all sinned and been made impure.

17. If we accept Jesus and His gift of _________________, He makes us pure again.

18. When you repent and begin to draw closer to Jesus, He will draw _____________ to you.

19. As Christians we are the __________ of Christ and our Bridegroom desires to look upon us.

20. We live in a world that is filled with sin, and it is possible to allow ______ to come in and make us impure.

21. Where does the power to live in purity come from?

 

22. If we have failed at maintaining our purity, we can go to God, in true repentance and ask Him to _______________ us.

23. Is there a difference in being sorry you were caught in sin and being sorry that you sinned against a holy God?

 

 

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