Saturday, December 31, 2016

Homiletics: John 6:22-40


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                                                                Who?

1
22
Next day crowd on opp shore realized disciples gone away alone.
2
23
Boats from Tiberias landed where ppl had eaten bread.
3
24
Once crowd realized neither J nor disc there, they went Capernaum in search of J.
4
25
When they found Him: Rabbi, when you get here?
5
26
J: VT I tell you looking for me not bec u saw signs, but bec u ate loaves/had fill.
6
27
Don’t wk 4 food that spoils, but endures to etern life which SoM give; on Him Fr approval
7
28
They: what must we do to do works G requires?
8
29
J: wk of G is to believe One He sent.
9
30
They: what sign u give that we see/believe you; what will you do?
10
31
Our ancestors ate manna wilderness as written: He gave bread from heaven to eat.
11
32
J: VT I tell u not Moses givn you bread frm hvn but my Fr in heavn give true bread frm hvn
12
33
For bread of G is bread comes dn frm hvn and gives life to world.
13
34
They: sir, always give us this bread.
14
35
J declare: I bread of life; whoever comes me nvr hungry, whoever believes nvr thirsty
15
36
But as I told you, you seen me and still do not believe.
16
37
All those Fr gives me will come to me, whoever comes I never drive away.
17
38
For I come dn frm hvn not to do my will but will of him who sent me.
18
39
This is will of him who sent me that I lose none of those givn me but raise them at last day
19
40
My Fr will= everyone who looks on Son/believes have etern life & I raise them at last day

 


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
22-27
Jesus tells the crowd not to work for food that spoils
Principle:
The believer’s work on earth should focus on eternal endeavors.
2
28-35
Jesus identifies the work of God and the Bread of Heaven
Principle:
The believer’s sustenance should come from Christ and doing God’s work.
3
36-40
Jesus will raise believers at the last day
Principle:
The believer’s assurance of salvation should lead to an eternal perspective.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

Jesus, the eternal bread of heaven, will raise believers.

 

Aim:

TCMATK Seeking sustenance from the bread of heaven and pursuing the work of God leads to an eternal perspective and rewards.

 

Application:

1
How will you specifically channel your efforts toward eternal pursuits rather than temporal ones?
2
What activities will you engage in to participate in the work of God and receive the sustenance of the bread of heaven?
3
What will you do to lead others to the assurance that they will be raised by Jesus on the last day?

 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Homiletics: John 6:1-21


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                                                                Who?

1
1-2
After, J cross to far shore Sea o Galilee/Tiberias; grt crowd follow bec signs he perf healing
2
3-4
J went up mtside, sat w/disc; Jewish Passover Festival was near
3
5
When J lookd up, saw crowd, to Philip: where we buy bread for ppl?
4
6
He asked to test him, already in mind what to do
5
7
Philip: it take more than ½ y wages for each to have bite
6
8-9
Andrew: here is boy w/5 sm loaves and 2 sm fish, how far they go among so many
7
10
J: have ppl sit; plenty grass, they sat, about 5000 men
8
11
J took loaves, gave thx, distrib to seated as much as wanted, same with fish
9
12
When they had enough, he said to disc: gather pieces
10
13
They filled 12 baskets w/pieces of 5 barley loaves left over
11
14
After ppl saw sign: surely this is Prophet come into world
12
15
J, knowing they come to make him king by force, withdrew to mt by himself
13
16
When evening came, disc went down to lake
14
17
Got in boat, set off across lake for Capernaum, now it dark, J not yet joined them
15
18
Strong wind was blowing, waters grew rough
16
19
When they rowed about 3-4 mi, they saw J walking on water and were frightened
17
20
He said: it is I, don’t be afraid
18
21
Then they willing take him into boat, immed boat reached shore where they heading

 


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
1-15
Jesus feeds 5000
Principle:
Our most meager offerings become huge, miraculous blessings in Christ’s hands
2
16-21
Jesus walks on water
Principle:
Jesus’ followers shouldn’t fear the strongest wind or roughest waters

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

Jesus feeds 5000 and walks on water.

 

Aim:

TCMAT Trust Christ with their smallest offerings and greatest storms.

 

Application:

1
When have you seen something small offered to Christ that He transformed into a great, miraculous blessing?
2
Under what circumstances has Christ calmed your fears as you experienced storms in life?

 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Pray A to Z by Amelia Rhodes

Pray A to Z

by Amelia Rhodes  
Spiritual Growth
Worthy Publishing


Whether you are new to praying, or a seasoned prayer warrior, it's easy to get overwhelmed with the needs surrounding you every day.
Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Praying for Your Community will help you topically organize your prayer requests and lay the burdens of your community at the feet of our Heavenly Father. Whether you are praying for a friend's adoption journey, a neighbor's bankruptcy, or a family member's cancer, this book will give you Bible verses, prayer prompts, and prayer starts to guide you through praying for even the most difficult issues that affect the people you know and love. Perfect for either individual or group prayer, Pray A-Z will help you experience the peace that comes from communicating with God.
 
 

 Meet the Author
Amelia Rhodes is an author, speaker, and self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist. She has a passion for taking the everyday stories of life and connecting them with God's truths. Having been freed from the grip of perpetual anxiety, Rhodes has a growing speaking ministry through which she encourages women to discover who they are in Christ, and to deepen their relationships with one another. 
 
Rhodes has written for several publications including The Upper Room and four Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is the author of Isn't It Time for a Coffee Break?, which offers a fresh perspective on women's relationships. Her latest release, Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community, helps readers topically organize their prayer requests and lay the burdens of the community at the feet of our Heavenly Father. 

Rhodes lives in Michigan with her husband and two children.


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Here's my review of this practical prayer prompt guide:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Amelia Rhodes and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Pray A-to-Z" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
'Pray A-to-Z' by Amelia Rhodes is a nifty book for priming the pump when you pray for yourself and others.  This is a topical guide that helps you with Scripture references and ideas about what to pray for a variety of topics.  There are also sample prayers to get you started.  Containing 130 topics (5 for each letter of the alphabet), this book covers lots of subjects like adoption, job seeking, unity, cancer, temptation and many more.

“Pray A-to-Z” is an easy to use guide of basic prompts.  Just choose a topic and pray.  I would’ve liked if there was more room on each page to write additional Scriptures or prayer prompts.  But you can jot notes in the margins or add sticky notes.  This is a book I will refer back to for years to come.

Monday, December 19, 2016

'Scripture Doodle' and 'Scripture Doodle God's Promises' | April Knight


Scripture Doodle and 
Scripture Doodle God's Promises

by April Knight  
Coloring Devotionals
David C. Cook


With inspiring exercises and prompts, this unique interactive guide introduces readers to a creative connection between Bible study, artistic expression, and worship.
Often, in the busyness of life, Christians forget that God created them to enjoy creativity. With guided instruction and completed examples, this beautiful book invites readers to draw closer to God through their own art.
More than a coloring book, ScriptureDoodle is a combination of Bible study, creative expression, and artistic community with artwork shared online at #scripturedoodle. Exploring topics such as being generous, finding rest, and facing grief, ScriptureDoodle gives the heart the creative space it needs. This book stimulates the reader's imagination and helps integrate God's Word into everyday life.

ScriptureDoodle God's Promises refreshes believers who are feeling burned out or stuck in a rut in their relationship with God. Each of the creative worship prompts in this interactive guide includes biblical encouragement and ideas for worship through art. Artist April Knight includes creative lettering tips, color ideas, and completed examples to inspire readers to respond to promises in Scripture related to trust, faith, and the power of God's Word in all circumstances.

This unique blend of Bible study and creative expression provides the opportunity to connect with God as Creator in a new, life-changing way.


 
 

 Meet the Author
April Knight is a worship artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Knight's work includes live worship painting and leading ScriptureDoodle workshops online and at conferences and retreats around the country and internationally. Her family of four is her greatest joy, along with serving alongside her husband at their local church.


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