Sunday, October 12, 2014

Exodus 6:28-10:29; Lesson 5

Chuck's Study this week:

Homiletics                                         Study of Life of Moses
Lesson     5                                              Passage Exodus 6:28-10:29
Content (List of Topics or Events)
Remarkable plan to know mighty power of God (YHWH)  (Exodus 6:28-7:6)
a. God instructs Moses to tell everything I tell you with Moses pushback (6:28-29)
b. Made you like a god to Pharaoh Moses (7:1-2)
c. Pharaoh hardened; he won’t listen to you . (3-4)
d. God will bring out Israelites and Egyptians will know YHWH is God (5)
e. Moses and Aaron did as God directed (6-7)

Mighty acts of God demonstrated to Pharaoh; they are replicated and Pharaoh’s  refusal to listen to God (Exodus 7:8-8:15)
a. Miracle of staff to snake; replicated with demonstration of God’s superiority  (7:8-13)
b. Plague of Nile to Blood; magician replicated with refusal to listen (7:14-24)

Pharaoh sees ramifications of hard heart with ever increasing destructive plagues and expanding knowledge that God is God (Exodus 8:16-10:29)
a. Gnats bring magician acknowledgment “finger of God” (8:16-19)
b.  Files bring Pharaoh acknowledgment and bargaining with God (8:20-32)
c. Livestock taking belongings away (9:1-7)
d. Boils taking health away (9:8-12)
e. Hail and Locust taking wealth; bargaining with God.
f. Darkness and insult on who Pharaoh is as a “god”
Divisions (Main Blocks of Thought)
Division
Scripture
Remarkable plan to know mighty power of God (YHWH)
 Exodus 6:28-7:6
Mighty acts of God demonstrated to Pharaoh; they are replicated and Pharaoh’s  refusal to listen to God
 Exodus 7:8-8:15
Pharaoh sees ramifications of hard heart with ever increasing destructive plagues and expanding knowledge that God is God
 Exodus 8:16-10:29


Subject Sentence (Summarizes the contents of the Divisions – No more than 10 words)
Miracles and plagues bring realization without acceptance of God’s will
Aim (Main Teaching Point of the Passage)
To learn that God demands faithful followers that will be used to tell the wonders of our mighty God
Specific Application Questions
1.
In what ways do you listen and follow God’s leading?
2.
Are you trying to discount the power of God in your life?
3.
What decisions are you making that is bringing destruction to yourself and those around you?
4.

Principles to Remember
1.
God can show Himself through you.
2.
Self reliance doesn’t discount dependence on God in all things
3.
The focus of our heart can bring eternal destruction
4.



Sunday, October 5, 2014

Exodus 5:1 - 6:27; Lesson 4

John's Study this week:

MEMORY VERSE: “And whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” — Matthew 20:27-28 (NIV84)

Content Sentences (10 – 15 summary sentences)

Exodus 5:1 – 6:27
1. Exodus 5:1 - 2 Moses and Aaron go to Pharaoh and said, The Lord says let my people go! But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”
2. Exodus 5:3 – 5 Moses and Aaron said that the God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, Pharaoh said, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!”
3. Exodus 5:6 – 13 Pharaoh then gives orders that the people are to make brick without straw, but no quota will be reduced, so the slave drivers obeys telling the people to do such in obedience so they scoured the land for any stubble to use, but still fell behind.
4. Exodus 5:14 - 19 Pharaoh’s slave drivers beat the Israelite overseers demanding, “Why haven’t you met your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?” to which the Israelite overseers appealed to Pharaoh, who rebuffed them as lazy.
5. Exodus 5:19 – 21 When the Israelite overseers left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them, and they said, “May the Lord look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”
6. Exodus 5:22 - 23 Moses returned to the Lord and erroneously said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”
Exodus 6:1 – 27
7. Exodus 6:1 – 3 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.”
And God also said, “I am the Lord and I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself fully known to them. 
8. Exodus 6:4 – 5 God also stated the He established a covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners and that he has heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.
9. Exodus 6:6 – 8 God tells Moses to tell the Israelites:
·        I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 
·        I will free you from being slaves to them, and
·        I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 
·        I will take you as my own people, and
·        I will be your God. Then you will know that
·        I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. 
·        I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’”
10. Exodus 6:9 - 12 Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor, so the Lord said to Moses, “Go, tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country.” but Moses said to the Lord, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips? Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron about the Israelites and Pharaoh, and he commanded them to bring the Israelites out of Egypt.
11. Exodus 6:14 - 25 Moses then describes the families and their lineage
12. Exodus 6:26 – 27 God tells Moses and Aaron  to bring the Israelites out of Egypt by their family divisions.

Divisions (major divisions of the passage: 2 – 4)

Exodus 5:1 - 14 Pharaoh hears Moses, but responds with a command making things worse for the Israelites

Application: How can we face rejection yet remain true to God’s commands?

Exodus 5:15 - 23 Pharaoh rebukes the slave drivers and leaders of Israel making matters worse.

Application: We may not see God’s ultimate plans for us, but by faith and frank conversation with God, we can persevere through.

Exodus 6:1 – 14 God comforts Moses through reminding Moses of His covenant and His seven “I wills.”

Application: Can you recall a time where God brought up his past performance in keeping His promises to you?

Exodus 6:15 – 27 God reminds us of his faithfulness through the genealogies of Jacob’s first three children: Reuben, Simeon and Levi.

Application: Remember from where your heritage comes from.

Subject Sentence (ten words or less)

God’s promises and assurances to Moses over rides Pharaoh’s burdens.


AIM (One principle teaching point from the passage)

To cause the audience to see (TCTATS) that God is faithful through generations and Hid promises will never be broken.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Exodus 3 - 4; Lesson 3

Chuck's Study this week:

Homiletics                                                                            Study of Life of Moses
Lesson     3                                                                              Passage Exodus 3-4
Content (List of Topics or Events)
Moses meets God on Mount Horeb and receives instruction to bring Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3:1-22)
a. Moses meets God “I am” in burning bush that is not consumed (1-6)
b. God tells of Moses mission to answer cry heard by God (7-10)
c. Moses asks “who am I” with the “I am” instruction to go with elders to pharaoh. (11-22)
Moses excuse response with God’s miracles. (Exodus 4:1-17)
a. First Excuse/response – What if they don’t believe me? (1-9)
God’s Miracles: Staff/Snake, leprous/clean hand, water/blood
b. Not Eloquent -
God’s words, brother Aaron (10-17)

Moses and Family return to Egypt (Exodus 4:18-31)
a. Moses asks Jethro for approval to return to Egypt (18)
b.  God instructs Moses to go back to Egypt and repeats instruction (19-23)
c. God anger against Moses regarding son’s circumcision (24-26)
d. Moses meeting Aaron and Elders and telling about the Lord (27-31)


Divisions (Main Blocks of Thought)
Division
Scripture
Moses meets God on Mount Horeb and receives instruction to bring Israelites out of Egypt
Exodus 3:1-22
Moses excuse response with God’s miracles.
Exodus 4:1-17
Moses and Family return to Egypt
Exodus 4:18-31


Subject Sentence (Summarizes the contents of the Divisions – No more than 10 words)
Moses meets God, receives instruction, challenged and returns to Egypt
Aim (Main Teaching Point of the Passage)
To learn that God is a holy God asking His own to a life of service to him.  Those who follow God’s  direction will receive blessings and support as He walks along side of us in ministry.
Specific Application Questions
1.
How have you met God; what ways do you worship Him as Holy?
2.
What excuses to do bring to God for service; what specific ways has He equipped you?
3.
What thing have you left undone that needs to be handled so that you can be of service?
4.

Principles to Remember
1.
God is holy and He wants our worship and service.
2.
God equips us for His service
3.
Going for God requires complete commitment.
4.



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Exodus 2:11 - 25; Lesson 2

Chuck's Study this week:

Lesson     2


Passage Exodus 2:11-25

Content (List of Topics or Events)
Moses sees and reacts to Israelite hard labor and kills Egyptian and flees. (Exodus 1:11-15a)
a. Moses identifies and goes out to own people and tries to help; killing Egyptian (11-12)
b. His own people respond bringing fear (13-14)
c. Pharaoh hears and tries to kill Moses as Moses flees (14-15a)
Moses rescues Reuel’s daughters at well and is rewarded with wife and son (Exodus 2:15b-22)
a. Moses arrives in Midian and sits at well (15b)
b. Reuel, a priest of Midian, daughters are helped water flock by Moses. (16-18)
c. Moses is invited home and given daughter Zipporah; blessed with son (19-22)
Israelites groan and cry out to God for help; God hears, remembers, see and is concerned (Exodus 2:23-25)
a. King dies in Egypt; Israelites  in slavery cried out to God (23)
b.  God hears cries, remembers covenant, sees them and is concerned (24-25)


Divisions (Main Blocks of Thought)
Division
Scripture
Moses sees and reacts to Israelite hard labor and kills Egyptian and flees.
Exodus 1:11-15a
Moses rescues Reuel’s daughters at well and is rewarded with wife and son
Exodus 2:15b-22
Israelites groan and cry out to God for help; God hears, remembers, see and is concerned
Exodus 2:23-25


Subject Sentence (Summarizes the contents of the Divisions – No more than 10 words)
Moses reaction separates, Median assistance brings family, God’s concerned awareness
Aim (Main Teaching Point of the Passage)
To learn that all things work together for good to those who love God.  God can use our life experiences to His glory; He listens, He is faithful to His promises, He sees and is concerned for His own.
Specific Application Questions
1.
How have you responded inappropriately to a life situation?
2.
Where have you been lead to help others and seen something good happen? How did that feel?
3.
Where do you cry out for help and in what ways do you see God’s hand at work?
4.

Principles to Remember
1.
God waits us to identify with Him and reflect Him in all of life circumstances.
2.
Blessings come with service to others.
3.
God hears our cries.
4.



Monday, September 8, 2014

Welcome to the Life of Moses Study

Great things are happening in the spread of the Gospel message to the world. God's economy never diminishes in value. We hope that you will enjoy this year's study as much as we do! This year's study of the Life of Moses promises to keep us in the Word most every day during the week.

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Regards,
Chuck and John

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Matthew 25; Lesson 25

Chuck's study this week:

Lesson    25

Passage Matthew 25


Content (List of Topics or Events)
Virgin Parable Keep Watch and be prepared   (Matthew 25:1-13)
a. Circumstance – Bridegroom long time in coming (1-5)
b. Call – Bridegroom arrives (6)
c. Conclusion – Not all virgins we prepared for journey and those that weren’t were shut out (7-13)
Bags of Gold Parable – Use talents or loose (Matthew 25:14-30)
a. Talents (bags of gold) given with actions taken (14-18)
b. Master review of the good and faithful servants actions with blessing (19-23)
c. Master review of excuse for inaction by wicked and lazy servant with punishment (24-30)

King separating sheep & goat Parable – We are judged based on compassionate demonstrated faith in action for the Father (Matthew 25:31-46)
a.  Separation of people; one from another like sheep & goats (31-33)
b. Righteous identified for their action for master and blessed (34-40)
c. Unrighteous  identified for Not doing the will of the Father and given eternal punishment (41-46)
Divisions (Main Blocks of Thought)
Division
Scripture
Virgin Parable Keep Watch and be prepared
Matthew 25:1-13
Bags of Gold Parable – Use talents or loose
Matthew 25:14-30
King separating sheep & goat Parable – We are judged based on compassionate demonstrated faith in action for the Father
Matthew 25:31-46
Subject Sentence (Summarizes the contents of the Divisions – No more than 10 words)
Virgin, gold, judgment parables illustrate preparation, investment, action for Father
Aim (Main Teaching Point of the Passage)
To learn that Jesus is coming back and that we must be ready, work diligently with talents we have and reflect the will of the Father in all we are.
Specific Application Questions

1.       How are you preparing for the Master’s return; is there something you need to do now?

2.       In what ways are you investing your talents so that it brings a heavenly return?

3.       Where specifically can you be more reflective of the will of the Father?
Principles to Remember

The Lord will return when we don’t expect it; we need to be in daily preparation so we aren’t locked out of the blessings.

We are asked to bring a harvest and a return to God based upon what He as given us; blessings are ours.

We will be judged by what we do for the Kingdom; we are God’s hands and feet of blessing


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Matthew 24; Lesson 24

John's study this week:

MEMORY VERSE: “Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures: “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes”?’ ” - Matthew 21:42 (NIV84)

Content Sentences (10 – 15 summary sentences)

Matthew 24
1. Matthew 24:1 – 2 As Jesus left the temple he spoke to his disciples, pointing to the temple buildings, “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; everyone will be thrown down.”
2. Matthew 24:3 – 3 While sitting on the Mount of Olives, Jesus’ disciples asked about the end of the temple, presumably end of the age and Jesus return.
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3. Matthew 4 - 8 Jesus warned that there will be deceivers who will be false messiahs, wars and rumors of wars, nations will rise against each other and there will be famines, earthquakes which will signal as birth pains the end of the age.
4. Matthew 24:9 – 14 Jesus followers will be persecuted, hated even put to death and that many will turn away from the faith by false prophets who deceive, and that love will even grow cold, but stand firm to the end and you will be saved for the gospel will be preached in the whole world as a testimony and then the end will come.
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5. Matthew 24:15 – 21 Jesus then speaks cryptically that “the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel will be seen in the holy place; then everyone should flee in haste, not taking anything with them for there will be great unequalled distress in the land.
6. Matthew 24:22 – 22 Jesus speaks his warning that for the sake of the elect (believers) the days grow short, and beware of deceivers and do not believe those who say such things as ‘There is the Messiah’ for ‘For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.’
7. Matthew 24:28 – 29 Jesus then quotes old testament that distress such as the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
8. Matthew 24:30 – 31 Jesus explains that “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory, and he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
9. Matthew 24:32 – 35 Jesus say to learn from the fig tree and know that this generation will not pass away until all these things happen and even if Heaven and earth pass away, the words of the Lord will live on forever.
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10. Matthew 24:36 – 41 Jesus declares that only the Father in heaven knows the hour and day when judgment will come and the Son of Man return; just as in the days of Noah before the flood, people will be clueless and many taken.
11. Matthew 24:42 – 44 Therefore keep watch because we do not know when the Lord will come, just as the owner of the house, had he know that the thief was coming would have stood diligent and kept watch, so must we be ready for the return of the Son of Man.
12. Matthew 24:45 – 47 Who then is the faithful servant of God, whom the master put in charge and who executes his duties as expected for he will be put in charge of his master’s possessions when he returns.
13. Matthew 24:48 – 51 Jesus finishes with a warning that the servant who does not do his proper duty will be cut down and assign him a place with the hypocrites where there will be anguish.


Divisions (major divisions of the passage: 2 – 4)

Matthew 24:1 - 3 The temple will be destroyed and disciples ask about the meaning of such and ask about a sign of his return.

Application: Are you still seeking Jesus, even in this age of affluence?

Matthew 24:4 – 14 Jesus describes coming history until he returns and warns of false messiahs.

Application: Are you on guard against false teacher, messiahs and prophets?

Matthew 24:15 – 35 Jesus describes signs of his coming and the end of the age, tribulation and that ‘this generation’ will not pass away, but God’s word endures forever.

Application: Are you holding on to God’s enduring word and not things of this world?

Matthew 24:36 – 51 Jesus states that only the Father knows when the return will be, and describes his return through parable of the two’s: two men in field, two women grinding, the evil servant and the faithful servant so earnestly be prepared.

Application: Are you prepared for the master’s return as a faithful servant, fulfilling your duty?


Subject Sentence (ten words or less)

Jesus describes history, gives warning and encourages followers until return.


AIM (One principle teaching point from the passage)

To cause the audience to see (TCTATS) that we are to live in expectation and be prepared for the coming return of our master Lord Jesus.