Archive | March, 2015

What is the Gospel? week 4

30 Mar

What is the point: The Gospel-what it means-your points; in community

Open with prayer:

Tim Keller: “The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”

                                               

Our goal in this 4-week lunch study is to make fresh our view of what the gospel is

Our focus this week … the death and resurrection of Jesus, and critically our response to it

 

‘Follow’

1 Corinthians 15 v 1-4

1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

 

1 Corinthians 15 v 14-19

14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

 

IN SMALL GROUPS

What do these passages say about the gospel and the importance of the resurrection?

Take a fresh look at your definition of the ‘gospel’: think about how you would rewrite this as an ‘objective’ through God’s eyes.

Significant events demand a response – what is yours?

‘A gift’

follow

IN SMALL GROUPS

What are your experiences of sharing the gospel, good and bad? Has anyone been surprised that you’d not done so before? Do Penn’s comments make you think any differently about sharing your faith?

Take a fresh look at your response: if you were to describe your response to the gospel as an objective what would you put down? What holds you back from achieving this? What would help you achieve it?

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week 3-‘What is the Gospel?1

25 Mar

Open with prayer: the third session-Mark 1 through 8:26

 Tim Keller: “The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”

 

  • The Greek word translated ‘gospel’ (euangelion) basically means ‘good news’. In v. 1 ‘the good news of Jesus Christ’ means, not the good news preached by Jesus Christ, but the good news about Jesus Christ.

Our goal in this 4-week lunch study is to make fresh our view of what the gospel is

The gospel is the story of…           how Jesus lived out his life on earth for us

how Jesus died for us

how Jesus rose again (bodily resurrection)

IN SMALL GROUPS: The first 8 chapters Mark seeks to answer for readers of the Gospel the same questions people in the gospel narrative ask: what are the authority and the creditals of Jesus? The answer lies to a great extent in the events themselves.

In your small group explore what these events tell us about Jesus, the hidden Messiah.

 IN SMALL GROUPS

Look at the following biblical texts from the first half of the Gospel of Mark, chapters 1 through 8:26. (From chapters 8: 27-16:20 the character of Jesus ‘Messiahship is gradually disclosed.) Read each text and discuss what Mark seeks to demonstrate about Jesus’ identity.

MARK 1:1-11                     –              Jesus’ identity (also consider MALACHI 4:5-6 & 2 Kings 1: 8)

MARK 1: 12-15                  –              The battle and then the ministry begins

MARK 1:21-28                   –              Jesus’ authority

MARK 2: 1-17                    –              Healing and forgiveness

MARK 4: 1-14                    –              Parables

MARK 7-8:26                     –              A second collection of the teaching of Jesus’                        –

Your notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

bow ties

24 Mar

sam Sam loves bow ties.

2nd week-What is the Gospel?

23 Mar

Open with prayer, as individual or in your small group

Tim Keller: “The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”

Our goal in this 4-week lunch study is to make fresh our view of what the gospel is

The gospel is the story of…           how Jesus lived out his life on earth for us

how Jesus died for us

how Jesus rose again (bodily resurrection)

IN SMALL GROUPS

Exercise: Things in common and things that are different!

 

Notes & remarks

  • Mark originally wrote his gospel for a specific audience, the Jews
  • Christianity & Judaism – lots in common:
  • The same (one) God who is holy, righteous, just & loving and who created the world
  • The same promises in the Bible about God’s plan for humankind after the fall
  • The same view of the Old Testament as God’s revealed word
  • The same desire to have a relationship with God and worship Him
  • The same awareness of sin in humankind and righteous judgement by God
  • The same belief in the need for a Messiah to rescue God’s people and restore God’s kingdom
    • Christianity & Judaism – lots different:
  • Belief in Jesus vs Right conduct, focussing on the Mosaic Covenant (Torah & Talmud)
  • Individual salvation from sin through repentance and receiving Jesus as Saviour vs individual and collective participation in an eternal dialogue with God through rituals, prayers and ethical actions (2 Chronicles 7:14)
  • Triune God; of whom one person (Jesus) became human vs the Oneness of God and a rejection of the concept of God in human form
  • Jesus as Messiah vs a belief that the Messiah will be a human, non-divine person who will restore the physical kingdom of Israel, rebuild the Jerusalem temple and bring earthly peace
  • Resurrection (Bodily? Life after death? Life after life after death? One of a few options?)
    • Mark’s intention was to show that Jesus was the promised Messiah; the Son of God. Emphasis on miracles of Jesus; use of a keyword in his gospel, “Immediately”; records the main events of the life & teachings of Jesus as evidence
    • For Mark, the OT pointed to Jesus as the Messiah. This was, for him, the gospel.
IN SMALL GROUPS

Look at the following pairs of biblical texts, which give the OT references for quotes used by Mark in his gospel.     Read each pair in turn and discuss how Mark seeks to address his specific audience. How does he find common ground? How does he attempt to give answers to differently help opinions/viewpoints? Does Mark change any of the references, and, if so, why?

MARK 1:2-3                        –              MALACHI 3:1 & ISAIAH 40:3

MARK 10:34                       –              ISAIAH 50:6 & HOSEA 6:2

MARK 12:10-11                 –              PSALM 118:22-23

MARK 12:29-31                 –              DEUTERONOMY 6:4-5 & LEVITICUS 19:18

MARK 14:62                       –              DANIEL 7:13 & PSALM 110:1

MARK 15:34                       –              PSALM 22:1

Your notes

Feedback

Have you changed/refined your definition of ‘gospel’ over the last week?

Close in prayer

an announcement 

18 Mar

Deardra and Bert’s baby in late August will be a Boy!!

Albert’s brother!! Priscilla and I are over ‘the moon’

smile

17 Mar

smile Albert and Dear-they find out the gender of our 4th grandchild today

What is the Gospel? a 4 week study

16 Mar

March 2015

What is the Gospel?

Tim Keller, The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”

“The Gospel changes everything; sometimes it even changes me.”

“Preach the Gospel at all times; and when absolutely necessary-use words.”

 

Our goal in this 4 week study is to refresh our view of what the gospel is. To begin, please respond-what does the Gospel mean to you? How would you define it?

 

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

 

 

Introductory remarks/notes:

  • Mark’s Gospel is written from a very definite standpoint. He was writing for a specific audience. He believed that in Jesus’ life the Jewish hope had found fulfilment. (Jewish eschatological hope). His audience were Jewish believers.
  • The Gospel were/are not intended to be biographical or psychological narratives of Jesus’ life.
  • He and his fellow Christians saw in Jesus’ earthly life and mission the beginning of God’s sovereign rule. Jesus’ life is the first, but decisive, stage in the overthrow of the powers of evil.
  • Evil being defeated; death losing its sting. This is “good news” and why the term ‘Gospel’ is used. Mark 1:1 “The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ.”
  • 2 Timothy 3:16 (AMP) | In Context | Whole Chapter

 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),

16 Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character, CEB

Small Group/individual work:

In your small group look at the 4 gospels’ narratives of a specific event: the cleansing of the temple. Look for similarities and differences. Feel very free to question the texts. For example: John’s narrative comes at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and the others come after Jesus has entered Jerusalem at the close of His earthly life. Why the difference?

The Texts

Matt 21:12 (NIV) Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “`My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a `den of robbers.'”

Mark 11:15 (NIV) On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: `My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it `a den of robbers.'” 18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

Luke 19:45 (NIV) Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “`My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it `a den of robbers.'” 47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him.

John 2:13 (NIV) When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

 

Your notes:

Conclusion- share on ideas and words that define the Gospel for you.

pictures of Albert

9 Mar

Albert and Bert Albert and Dad Bert

the boy Albert a Tampa Bay (devil) Ray

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Sam well

3 Mar

our grandson- Sam well!!!sam