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Psalm 91:7-16 NRSV
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John 4:1-15 Living Water, Part 1 Summary: Have you ever been really, really thirsty? Jesus felt this too, after a long journey. Today we'll hear in John 4 about a time when Jesus asked a woman for a drink of water, and he used it as an opportunity to talk about spiritual thirst. You see, Jesus' saving love is like living water that can satisfy our spiritual thirstiness. Let's think about it: Outline: 1. A relentless mission 2. A profound need 3. A bottomless well Verse: Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10) Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. Based on her response to Jesus, how would you describe the spiritual state of this woman? 2. Why does Jesus use the analogy of water and thirst to describe his work of salvation? 3. What are the ways in which you have tried to quench your spiritual thirst? Have they worked?
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John 3:22-36 He Must Increase Summary: What does it mean to be humble? Someone who is humble does not want to think they are better than others. Today we will hear God's Word teach us about John the Baptist's humility. John said about his relationship to Jesus:
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John 3:16-21 The Path to Eternal Life Summary: There is no greater love than the love that moved God to give his Son Jesus to pay for our sins. Today we'll see God's love in John 3:16. His love is so wide and deep that he gave us Jesus, and by believing in Him we can have eternal life. Have you put your faith in Jesus? Let's think about it: Outline: 1. God's great love 2. God's certain judgment Verse: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. In what sense does God love the world? How is God's love described to us in John 3:16-18? Do you believe that God loves you? 2. How do verses 18b-20 describe God's judgment? Why can it be said that people
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John 3:9-16 Whoever Believes Summary: Have you ever asked, what does it mean to be a Christian? Have you ever really thought about it? A man named Nicodemus talked to Jesus one night long ago about these things, and there we find out what it really means to have eternal life. Let's think about what Jesus said: Outline: 1. Ask the question 2. Trust the source 3. See the Gospel 4. Hear the Gospel Verse: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. Have you ever been totally confused with Jesus's words like Nicodemus was? What did Nicodemus do? What did you do? 2. According to Jesus' own words in vv. 11-13, why should we trust what he says about eternal life, or anything? 3. In this passage Jesus relates the episode in Israel's history (Numbers 21:4-9) when God sent serpents upon the people when they grumbled. Why does Jesus compare himself to the bronze serpent that Moses made (John 3:14-15)? How does this illustration help us understand the Gospel? 4. How is John 3:16
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John 3:1-8 You Must Be Born Again Summary: When a mom has a baby, we often say that she has
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John 2:13–25 The Lord of the Temple Summary: Did you know that there are times when Jesus got angry? Jesus was gracious and merciful, but he also had holy anger against sin. Today let’s see that in action when Jesus saw people misusing God’s temple: Outline: 1. Jesus has holy zeal for God’s honor 2. Jesus is the true temple 3. Jesus is perfect in knowledge and wisdom Verse: John 2:17 “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
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John 2:1-12 The Giver of Joy Summary: Jesus did many miracles during his ministry to show us who he is and what his kingdom is like. His first miracle came when Jesus changed water into wine at a wedding feast. What does this show us about Jesus and his kingdom? Let's think about it: Outline: 1. Jesus is sovereign son of God 2. Jesus is the giver of new wine 3. In Jesus, kingdom, the best is yet to come Verse: John 7:37 (ESV): If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink… Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. Why did Mary come to Jesus at this wedding when they ran out of wine? Why do you think Jesus answered her the way he did? 2. Why did Jesus have the servants use stone jars used for purification to fill with water? How might this reveal what Jesus was coming to do? 3. John tells us that this miracle revealed Jesus’ glory. What does this show us about the glory of Jesus? 4. What does this miracle show us about our future in Jesus’ kingdom?
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John 1:43-51 Stairway to Heaven Summary: Have you ever been on a ladder? Sometimes a tall ladder is scary, but it helps us get to places that would otherwise be too high. We use a staircase for the same reason. In today's sermon passage, Jesus calls himself a stairway! This sounds strange to us, but when Jesus called more followers (Philip and Nathaniel), he spoke of the day when Jacob (Abraham's grandson) saw a stairway leading to heaven with angels on it. Why would Jesus use this image to describe himself? Let's think about it: Outline: 1. Jesus is the fulfillment of God's promises 2. Jesus is the all knowing God 3. Jesus is the stairway to heaven Verse: John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. How might you describe Nathaniel from this passage? What do we learn about faith and following Jesus from Jesus' interactions with him? 2. What leads Nathaniel to believe in Jesus as the Messiah? How might that help to establish or strengthen faith in Christ for you? 3. Why does Jesus use this image from Jacob's ladder to describe himself? How does this shape our understanding of Jesus and the path to eternal life? How can this help you worship and serve Jesus this week?
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Mark 16:1-8 NRSV
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Mark 16:1-8 He Has Risen! Summary: He is risen!! Today is one of the best days of the year! We celebrate this great news today: Three days after Jesus died, he rose from the dead! Because this is true, we have salvation and hope. Everything God promised is true! Let's think about this great moment from Mark's Gospel today: Outline: 1. The news no one believed 2. The mercy we too can receive 3. The truth that leaves us speechless Verse: Mark 16:6b ... You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. Why do you think that no one believed Jesus' own statements that he would rise from the dead? How does Mark 16 show the women's slowness to believe? 2. What do we learn from the words of the angel in this text? What does it tell us about Jesus and his heart of mercy for his disciples? 3. Why do you think Mark's Gospel ends so abruptly? Why were the women so afraid? How can we square their silence recorded here with their testimony to the disciples recorded in the other Gospels? What might this show us is the true response to Jesus' resurrection?
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John 1:35-41 We Have Found the Messiah Summary: Today we get to hear about the time when Jesus called the first disciples. In Jesus' day, a
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John 1:29-34 Behold the Lamb of God! Summary: One day John the Baptist saw Jesus and couldn't help calling aloud to all who would listen. He said,
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John 1:19-28
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John 1:19-28
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Jeremiah 31:31-34 A Better Covenant 1. What this better covenant will not be like (vv 31-32) 2. What this better covenant will be like (vv 33-34) Memory Verse: …I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33b)
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Mark 5:25-34. Summary: Have you ever poured your heart out to Jesus? Today as pastor Matt Bohling will show us in Mark 5, a sick woman wanted to reach out and touch Jesus with the hope that she might be healed. When Jesus stopped and asked
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John 1:14-18 The Word Became Flesh Summary: It is amazing that God has not stayed away from us. He has drawn near by sending His Son Jesus so you can know Him. As we study John's Gospel we'll see today how important it is that Jesus took flesh and came to this world to save us. Let's think about it: Outline: 1. God knows your struggles 2. God has come near to know you 3. God has shown you His glory 4. God has given you grace and truth Verse: John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory... Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. Why is it so important to believe that Jesus took flesh and dwelt among us? What are the implications of it? 2. How do these words in vv. 14-18 relate to the tent of meeting in the Old Testament, where God promised to dwell with His people? How does Jesus fulfill this? 3. Why do you think John compares the law of Moses and the grace and truth that came in Jesus? Are they opposed to each other? 4. How can these truths in this passage help you cherish Jesus more?
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God was faithful to the Israelites and gave them victory over Jericho.
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John 1:6-13 Life in the Light Summary: Have you ever felt left out or rejected by someone else? When that happens, it usually hurts us. Imagine for a moment how it was for Jesus, the Creator of all people, who came to earth and was rejected by the very people He made for His glory! But there is good news today: even though we naturally reject God, Jesus came to bring us back into His family. Outline: 1. The witness to the light 2. The rejection of the light 3. The way into the light Verse: John 1:9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. Questions for devotions and family worship: 1. Why do you think God chooses to use human messengers to testify to the Gospel of Jesus? How did God use John the Baptist? What does that mean for you and me? 2. How does John describe the reception Jesus received when He came into the world? 3. Even though we have all rejected Jesus, he still makes a way for us to be welcomed into His family. How does this happen, according to v.12? How does it NOT happen, according to v.13? 4. How can these verses shape your relationship with Jesus?
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