Saturday, May 20, 2017

Homiletics: 1 Peter 1

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.P, apostle o JC, 2Gs elect,exiles scattrd throughout Pontus,Galatia,Cappadocia,Asia,Bithynia(1)

2.chosen accordg24knowlg o G thru sanctfyg wk o S,2b obed to JC&sprnkld w/blod:grace&peace(2)

3.praise2Fr! In grt mercy,givn us new birth thru resurr o JC in2 inheritnc tht nvr perish/spoil/fade(3-4a)

4.inhrtnc kpt hvn4u who thru faith r shieldd by Gs pwr til cming o salv ready 2breveald in last time (4b-5) this u grtly rejoice, tho now u may’ve had2suffr grief in trials; thes cm so genuinss ur faith (6-7a)

6. (>worth thn au-perish tho refind by fire)result in praise, glry, honr whn JC reveald (7b)

7.tho u seen Hm,uYHm;tho u see Hm now,u bel&r filld w/inexprssbl&glrius joy,4u recv salv(8-9)

8.concrng this salv, proph who spoke o grace2cm2u,searchd intently w/grtst care(10)

9.trying 2find time&circumstncs Spirit was pointing when predictd suffrings o Mess&glories2follow(11)

10.revld they servg u whn spoke things told u by preachd Gosp2u by HS,angels long 2lk n2 thesthngs(12)


11.Ther4,w/minds alert&sober, set ur hope on grace2b brought when JC=revld@His cming(13)

12.cnform2evl desirs had whn livd n ignornc;as He who calld u=holy,b holy;writn:b hly bec I holy(14-16)

13.Since u call FR who judgs ea pers’s wk impartially, live as foreigners here in revernt fear (17)

14.u know it not w/perishbl things such as silver/au u redeemd frm empty life handd u frm ancestrs (18)

15. but w/precious blood of Christ, a lamb w/o blemish/defect (19)

16.He was chosn b4 creation, but reveald in these last times 4 ur sake (20)

17.Thru Hm u bel in G who raisd Him frm dead/glorfid Him, so ur faith/hope r in G(21) uve purifd urselvs by obeyg truth so u hv sincreY4ea othr,Y1anothr deeply frmY(22)

19.4u brn agn, imperishable seed thru living/enduring wd o G(23)

20.ppl lk grass,glry lk flowers, grass withrs,flowers fall, word o L endures 4evr, this wd prchd2u(24-25)


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Peter to God’s elect: praise God the Father  Who has given us new birth, though we may suffer so our faith may result in praise, glory and honor when Christ is revealed; the prophets predicted Messiah’s suffering and glories and even angels long to look into these things (1-12)

Principle:  Believers live lives of praise to God.

2.Don’t conform to evil desires, live as foreigners in reverent fear, through Jesus believe in God, obey the truth, love each other deeply, born again through the imperishable word of the Lord. (13-25)

Principle:  Believers live lives of obedience to God.


Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Peter to God’s elect: you may suffer; praise and obey.


Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Believers are foreigners on earth, rejoicing, obeying the truth and enduring temporary suffering.


Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.To whom can you show grace and peace and how will you do that this week?  (the one who hurt me.  I will do this by adding them to my daily prayer list because praying for them less often hasn’t healed my heart, and by spending time with them.)

What needs to change in your heart or attitude so you live a life characterized by praise for Christ?  (Welcome suffering, praise Him for persecution, remember His joy is my strength)

2.In what area(s) of your life are you conforming to evil desires rather than God’s Word and what might you change this week to get back on track?  (See my work as service to Jesus and do it diligently and with excellence and integrity.  Quit complaining and disrespecting authority.  I had been boycotting staff meetings because of inappropriate comments made during the meeting – I went to the last one and when my boss tried to bait me into saying something inappropriate, I told him, “I’m not falling for that.”)


How can I be a blessing to the nations this week?  (I can start by sharing grace and peace with one person!  I can welcome suffering in my life and encourage others who are suffering.)


A few notes on 1 Peter 1:


Remember Peter?  Fisherman…One who witnessed the transfiguration…walked on water…denied Christ 3x…he authored the gospel penned by Mark…his 1st sermon brought 3000 to Christ…experienced Pentecost…declared Jesus to be “the Son of the Living God”…didn’t want to eat with Gentiles…


This letter was written by the apostle Peter during the time of Nero’s persecution of Christians around AD 64, from Rome (Babylon), penned by Silas, to believers who were undergoing trials (possible stemming from Nero’s persecution) in 5 provinces in the area now known as Turkey.


Written to emphasize and encourage Christian living, especially in the face of suffering and persecution.


We need to understand our suffering in light of God’s higher purposes for ourselves and others.


We are foreigners/strangers/exiles who should live as citizens of heaven.


By living this way, we are God’s priestly people.  One source indicated we are fulfilling our calling where Israel failed: to be a blessing to the nations.  Read 1 Peter with this in mind.


Do you thank and praise God for choosing you?


Are you experiencing His grace and peace in abundance?  To whom can you show His grace and peace?


What has God given you in His great mercy?


Praise Jesus!  Eternal life doesn’t erode or diminish!


We are totally protected by God the whole time we’re on earth!  Hallelujah!!! This doesn’t mean we won’t suffer.


How are you suffering?  (Disease, unemployment, relationships, addictions, pain)  Are you able to rejoice in that suffering?


A pregnant woman has pain (physical labor and childbirth) and joy (bringing a child into the world) at the same time!  The joy is so much greater than the pain, she’ll get pregnant again!  A pregnant woman will PRAY for labor to begin!  Are you praying for your spiritual labor to start so something amazing can be birthed in you?  (thanks, Joyce Meyer!)


The joy of the Lord is your strength!!!


Our trials are purposeful.  What purposes have you observed from your trials or the trials of others?


Rejoice in your suffering.  Wouldn’t the enemy leave you alone is you weren’t making an impact for the kingdom of God?


One day, EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!


How has Jesus filled you with “inexpressible and glorious joy”?


Eternal life began the moment Jesus saved you.  How does your life reflect that?


The prophets and angels don’t understand salvation, repentance and man’s intimate relationship with God.  Do you treasure that relationship?  Have you thanked Him for it lately?


We show our gratitude through our obedience.  How is your obedience?  Are you conforming to the evil desires you used to have? Have you prayed expectantly for God to take them from you?


What are you hanging onto from your past that keeps you desiring those evil things?  Are you willing to let them go?


Do you seek God’s will for your life daily?  How about hourly?


When He reveals His will, do you obey it?


What thoughts need to be taken captive and what activities need to be purged because they talk you out of obeying God?


Partial obedience is disobedience.


We are legal aliens…Ambassadors!!!


How can you live as a foreigner on earth?  We need to hold to the laws, customs, language, etc of our homeland: Heaven.


We should look different.  We should sound different.  We shouldn’t fit in with the world.


Where are you compromising your heavenly citizenship to fit in with the world?


Being a foreigner isn’t easy.  How can you encourage your Christian siblings for being different from the world?  Who will you encourage today?  Does your phone allow you to type a text now to be sent in the future?


Believers are to live in reverence to God…in awe…not arrogant…not hard-headed (or hearted)…not reckless…


Would someone watching you say you are reverent of God?  Or would they say you are arrogant?


Are there areas of hard-headedness in you that need to be softened?  Ask God to soften you in those areas.


Where are you living recklessly? Do you tend to “wing it”? Or are you deliberate about prayer and Bible study and fellowship and ministry and sharing the gospel?  Ask Jesus to guide you in leading a more deliberate and influential life to advance His kingdom.


Your life is purposeful.


We are called to follow Jesus.


We are called to love each other deeply.


We are called to be pure and obey the truth.


We are called to be holy.


We’ve been born again through the living, active, enduring Word of God that is sharper than any two-edged sword.  It’s like a scalpel in the hands of the Great Physician, and He is ready to use that scalpel to cut deeply and get all the evil and compromise and worldliness and arrogance and recklessness out of us.  Are you ready to let Him do that?


Will you entrust yourself to the Savior of your soul?  He has your best interest at heart.  He has plans for your life.  Plans to prosper you and not harm you.  Plans to give you hope and an eternal future.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

Forensic Faith

by J. Warner Wallace
Christian Living
David C Cook

Christianity has a rich evidential history, yet most of us are ill-prepared to make the case for what we believe. In Forensic Faith, veteran detective J. Warner Wallace teaches us the principles investigators use so we can develop a clear, evidence-based faith. Forensic Faith will help you:
  • embrace your duty to defend the truth
  • devise a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity
  • learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God's Word
  • become a better communicator by learning the skills of professional case makers 
Are you ready to start a new journey as a follower of Christ? Are you ready to have greater impact on your culture? Forensic Faith provides you with the strategies and the tools needed to become an effective Christian Case Maker.


 Meet the Author

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on
Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene. Wallace has a master's degree in theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.

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Here's my review of this amazing witness-building tool:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to J. Warner Wallace and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Forensic Faith" 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.
“Forensic Faith” by J. Warner Wallace is a valuable resource enabling the Christian to deepen their faith by building their case for why they believe what they believe.  When we defend our beliefs, we strengthen them and we may also influence the thinking of others. 

I used the Readiness Review to which this book refers in my adult women’s Sunday school class.  We learned that not many of us is capable of defending our faith.  We also learned specific areas where we need to figure out why we believe what we believe not only to defend our faith, but to strengthen it. This evaluation is going to help me tailor the curriculum we use to pose questions designed to help my ladies build their own case for faith.
I visited the site to obtain the Readiness Review and articles pertaining to each question.  The yellow font on the website makes the titles difficult to read, but I was able to trip over everything I needed to prepare my lesson.  I highly recommend this book and its accompanying resources.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Homiletics: John 21

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.After, J revealed self again 2disc by Sea of Tiberias: SP, Thos, Nath, Zeb sons&2others together (1-2)

2.SP:I’m going fishing;they:we’re coming; went into boat, that nite caught nothing (3)

3.When daybrk came, J stood on shore, disc know it J;”men”,J called,”u have fish, do u?” “no” (4-5)

4.”cast net rt side boat&you’ll find some”, they unable 2 haul bec of lg # of fish (6)

5.discJlv2P:it is the L;P tied outr garmt round him/plungd in2 sea; discs came in boat draggin fish(7-8)

6.when they got out, saw charcoal fire w/fish&bread;”bring some fish u caught,”J told them (9-10)

7.SP hauled lg fish 153,net torn;“come have breakfast”;none ask who r u bec they knew it was L(11-12)

8.J came,took bread,gave2em,same w/fish;this 3rd time J appeard2disc after raised(13-14)


9.Whn they’d eaten,J:Sim,son of John, do u lv me mo than these?Y,L u know I lv u;feed lambs(15)

10.2nd x:Sim, do u lv me? Y,L u know I lv u; shepherd my sheep(16)

11.3rd x:Sim, do u lv me? P grieved He askd 3rd x:L u know evrythg,u know I lv u; feed my sheep(17)

12.whn young u walk where u wantd,whn old u’ll stretch out hands some1 carry u where u want 2go(18)

13.He said to signify kind of death he glorify G; “Follow me” (19)


14.P saw disc J lv following, P:L what about him?(20-21)

15.”If I want him 2 remain till I come, what’s that to you? Follow me”(22)

16.Rept spread to bros this disc wouldn’t die, yet J tell him he wouldn’t die(23)

17.This is disc who testifies to these things&wrote them;we know testimony true(24)

18.There many other things J did, if they were written 1x1, not even wrld could contain bks written(25)


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Jesus revealed Himself a third time to the disciples by the sea of Tiberias. (1-14)

Principle:  Jesus reveals Himself to those who love Him.

2.Jesus asks Simon Peter three times “Do you love me” and assures Peter by what kind of death he will glorify God. (15-19)

Principle:  Jesus restores His people so we may serve and glorify God.

3.The disciple Jesus loved follows Jesus and Peter, a report spreads to the brothers that this disciple would not die, he is the one who testifies to these things and wrote these words and declares if everything Jesus did were written, the whole world couldn’t contain the books! (20-25)

Principle:  Jesus did and does so much more than we could ever imagine out of love for people.


Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Jesus’ third appearance and restoration of Peter complete John’s gospel.


Jesus’ third appearance and Peter’s love declaration complete John’s gospel.


Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK  Jesus loves you and came to earth to reveal God to you and restore you into relationship with and service to Him.


Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.How has Jesus revealed Himself to you lately and how has this changed your behavior and worship of Him?

2.In what areas of your service to Christ do you need to be restored and how will that restoration affect your relationship with and service to Him?

3.What are some of the things Jesus has done for you that are not recorded in books and how will those things change how you treat Him and others?

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Homiletics: John 20

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.Early 1st day/wk, still dk, MaryM2tomb, saw stone rem (1)

2.She run 2SP & disc J lvd: They taken L & we know where they put Him (2)

3.P& other disc started4tomb, running, other disc reached tomb 1st (3-4)

4.He looked at linen, didn’t go in, SP went straight in, saw linen/cloth still lying in place (5-7)

5.Finally other disc went inside, saw/believed;(they understd J had to rise from dead);went back (8-10)

6.Mary outside tomb crying, bent2look in, saw 2 angels is wt where body had been 1@head,1@ft(11-12)

7.”Wmn, YU crying?”  “They’ve taken my L&I know where they put Him” (13)

8.She turned, saw J, realize was J; He:Wmn YU crying?  Who U looking for? (14-15a)

9.Thinking He gardener: Tell me where U put Him&I’ll get Him; J:Mary; M:Rabboni! (15b-16)

10.J:hold onto me, I ascended to Fr; go to bros, tell them I’m ascend to my/ur Fr,my/ur G (17)

11.Mary2disc: “I’ve seen L” & told them He said all these things (18)

12.Evening 1st day disc together w/doors locked J stood among them: Peace Bw/U(19)

13.He showed hand/side, disc overjoyed; J:Peace Bw/U, as Fr sent me, I send U (20-21)

14.He breathed on them:Receive HS, if you 4give anyone’s sins, forgiven, if not, not (22-23)

15.Thos, 1of12, not w/disc when J came; other disc: we’ve seen L (24-25a)

16.Unless I see nail marks in hands, put my hand into side, I believe (25b)

17.1wk l8rThos w/em,doors lockd,J came:Peace Bw/U;2Thos:put fingr here,hand in2side,stop doubt, bel (26-27)

18.Thos: my L& my G; J:bec U seen, U bel, blessed are those seen, yet bel (28-29)

19.J perf many other signs in pres of disc recorded in this bk (30)

20.these written so U be J=Messiah/SonofG & by bel U hv life in His name (31)


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1. Early on the 1st day, Mary Magdelene, Peter and John see the empty tomb, John believes and Mary sees the Lord (1-18)


2.Evening on the 1st day, Jesus stood among the overjoyed disciples, except Thomas, who wasn’t there, won’t believe unless he sees (19-25)


3.One week later, Jesus comes, Thomas believes and (author declares) signs recorded in this book were written so you may believe (26-31)



Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

The empty tomb and Jesus’ appearances lead disciples to believe.


Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Belief is the disciple’s role in relationship with Jesus.


Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.With whom is God calling you to share that Jesus’ tomb is empty and how will sharing this change their life and yours?

2.What part of Jesus’ story are you struggling to believe and what will it take for you to come to faith in that area?

3.Which signs performed by Jesus speak directly to an issue you or a loved one is challenged by and how will you use that sign to minister to that issue?

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Homiletics John 19:31-42

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line): day o Prep,next Spec Sabb; Jew ldrs want bods on crosses,askd Pil 2hv legs brkn/bods tkn dn (31)

2.soldats brk legs 1st man crux w/J, then the other (32)

3.when they came to J, found he already dead, didn’t brk legs (33)

4.instead, 1of soldats pierced Js side w/ spear bringing sudden flow of blood/water (34) who saw is has givn testimony & testimony is true; he testifies so you believe (35)

6.these happened so Scr fulfilled: “not one of his bones will be broken” (36)

7.and another Scr says: “they will look on the one they have pierced” (37)


8.later, Jos of Arima askd Pil 4 body, Jos disc secretly bec feard Jew ldrs; w/Pil permis, he took body (38)

9.He accomp by Nic, man who visitd J @ nite; Nic brought myrrh/aloes, 75# (39)

10.taking Js body, the 2 wrappd it w/spices in strips of linen in accord w/Jew burial customs (40)

11.@ place where J crux was garden, in garden was new tomb in which no1 ever laid (41)

12.bec it Jew day o Prep & tomb nearby, they laid J there (41)


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Jesus, already dead, is pierced with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water (31-34)

Principle: Jesus’ blood (and living water) cleanses every sin!

2.True testimony so you may believe Scripture fulfilled (35-37)

Principle: Testifying about Jesus’ activity in your life can help others believe.

3.Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus took Jesus’ body, wrapped it and laid it in a new tomb (38-42)

Principle: We minister to Jesus when we minister to His body/others.


Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Jesus’ pierced, Scripture-fulfilling body is laid in a tomb.


Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Jesus’ death perfectly fulfilled God’s plan to pay the debt for all your sins.


Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.How will you express your thanks to Jesus today for washing you in His sin-cleansing blood?

2.What testimony will you share about Jesus this week so others may believe?  With whom, specifically, will you share?

3.How will you minister to Jesus this week by serving others?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The NKJV Women's Study Bible

The NKJV Women's Study Bible
Contributions from Dorothy Patterson and Rhonda Kelley
Women's Bible
Thomas Nelson

The Woman's Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God's truth for balance, hope, and transformation. Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman's Study Bible reflects the contributions of more than 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman's Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold more than 1.5 million copies.

Features Include:
  • Beautiful full-color design throughout
  • Detailed biographical portraits of more than 100 biblical women
  • Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
  • More than 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
  • Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
  • Book introductions and outlines
  • Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
  • Quotes from godly women throughout history
  • Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
  • Topical index
  • Concordance

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Here's my review of this beautiful Bible:
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy of "The NKJV Women's Study Bible" 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.
NKJV Women’s Study Bible is not only a beautiful, full color version of the Scriptures.  There are many helps in this valuable resource to enhance your study and quiet time with Jesus.  I used this Bible as my primary source for my personal quiet time as well as a post personal study review source for my BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) study of the Gospel of John.
The all-color interiors make headings and special information boxes *pop*!  This can greatly enhance your study if you’re looking to supplement your Scripture reading with contemporary application.   I thought that this Bible may have been a bit too colorful and distracting to help me actually study the Word, but here is an instance I experienced where the exact opposite happened:
I went to a passage of Scripture and read it.  I was still a bit confused about the meaning so I prayerfully went to the index of the special tools in the back of the Bible before the concordance.  I looked up the topic of my confusion and discovered an article about that very subject in another book of the Bible.  I went to the article and read it and all the Scripture references it cited.  I was blown away that the Scripture references addressed the very point of my confusion and cleared up my thinking.  I will totally recommend prayerful use of this Bible!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Homiletics: John 19:18-30

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.There they crucifd Him w/2othrs,1on ea side,J in middle (18)

2. Pil had notice prepd/fastnd2cross:J of Naz, The K of the Jews(19)

3.Many Jews read sign, plc where J crucifd near city & sign written in Aramaic, Latin & Greek (20)

4.CPs of Jews protested to Pil: do not write The K of the Jews, but this man claimed 2b K of Jews (21)

5.Pil ans: what I hv written, I hv written (22)

6.Whn soldats cruc J,took clothes,div into 4 shares,undrgrmt rem; garmt seamless woven 1 pc (23)

7.Let’s tear,decide by lot who get;happen that Scr fulfilld:they div my clothes/cast lot4my grmnt (24)


8.Near cross stood His mother,mother’s sis, Mary wife of Cleopas & Mary Magdalene (25)

9.when J saw mother & disc He loved nearby, He: Woman, here is your son (26)

10.and2disc:here is your mother;from that time, disc took her into his home (27)


11.Later, knowing everything fin, so Scr fulfilled, J said: I am thirsty (28)

12.jar of wine vin there, they soaked sponge on stalk of hyssop plant, lifted to J’s lips (29)

13.When He recd drink, J said: it is fin; w/that He bowed head, gave up his spirit (30)


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1. Jesus is crucified between two others, Pilate prepares a sign protested by the Chief Priests and soldiers divide His clothes. (18-24)


2.Jesus said, “Here is your son” and “Here is your mother”. (25-27)


3.Jesus said, “I am thirsty” and received a drink, then “It is finished” and gave up His spirit. (28-30)



Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Crucified Jesus’ disciple receives His mother and it is finished. (covered my 3 divisions, but left out A LOT)


Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):



Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.If you were to prepare a sign to hang over Jesus on the cross, what would it say and how does your life declare this to the world?

2.In what way does caring for the needs of others affect your view of your own life circumstances and how does this motivate you to put others’ needs before your own?

3.How have you experienced blessing from your obedience to God’s will in the past and how will that affect your obedience to Him now and in the future?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Homiletics: John 18:28-19:17

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.Then Jew ldrs took J frm Caia to Rom Gov, early morn, 2 avoid cer unclean enter palace 2 eat PO (28)

2.Pil askd: What chgs u bring v. man; If he not criminal, they repl, we wouldntve handed him 2u (29-30)

3.Pil: judge him by ur law; we hv no rt2execute, they objd; this fulfill what J say abt death he die (31-32)

4.PIl: RUking o Jews?; ur idea o othrs talk 2u abt me?  Am I Jew, ur ppl hand u ovr, what u done?(33-35)

5.J:my kngdm o this wrld;URking; Usay I king,I born testfy2truth,evry1 on side o truth listen2me (36-37)

6.Whatistruth, out2Jews: I find basis4chg,custom rel 1 prisnr@PO,Uwant KoJews?N,Barabbas (38-40)


7.Pil tk J,had floggd;soldats twistd crwn o thorns,put on,clothd him in prpl robe,said:Hail! Slapped(1-3)

8.Pil2Jews:I bringng him out, find chg v. him, J came out wearng crown/robe, Pil:here is man! (4-5)

9.CPs/offs:Crucfy!Pil:u crucfy,I fnd basis 4chg;Ldrs:we hv law he mst die bec he claim 2b Son o G (6-7)

10.Whn Pil hrd, he more afraid; Where u cm frm? J ans;U refuse spk 2me?I hv pwr 2 free/crucify u(8-10)

11.J:u hv pwr ovr me if not gvn2u frm above,1 who handed me over guilty of>sin (11)

12.Frm then, Pil tried set J free,Ldrs:If u let man go,u friend o Caes,any1 claim2b king oppose Caes (12)

13.When Pil hrd this, brought J out, sat on judge’s seat @ stone pavement (Aramaic Gabbatha) (13)

14.It was day of Prep of PO, about noon, here is ur king, Pil sd 2 Jews (14)

15.They shoutd:tk hm away!Crucify hm!Shall I crucfy ur king,Pil askd;we hv king but Caes, CPs ans (15)

16.Fin Pil hand hm ovr 2 them 2b crucified, so soldats took chg of J (16)

17.Carrying own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (Aramaic Golgotha) (17)


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Pilate offers to release Jesus when he can find no basis to charge him, but the Jews want Barabbas. (18:28-40)

Principle: Jesus should be our priority if we are on the side of truth.

2.Jesus is flogged, mocked with a crown of thorns and a purple robe, and carries his own cross to Golgotha. (19:1-17)

Principle: All power and authority exercised on earth is given from God above.

Obedience to authority on earth is obedience to God.


Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Pilate releases Barabbas and Jesus carries His cross to Golgotha.


Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK When Jesus is a believer’s first priority, Christ equips that believer to do whatever is necessary to accomplish God’s will.


Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.What do you want more than you want Jesus and how might you change your behavior to make Christ your priority?

How are you prioritizing Jesus over other things in your life and how have you experienced His pleasure for doing so?

2.In what way are you allowing your witness for Christ to be negatively influenced by the people around you rather than positively directed by God and how will you silence those voices and take a stand for Jesus?

How are you encouraging believers you know to take a stand for Christ?

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Homiletics John 18:1-27

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.Whn He fin prayg, J left w/disc,crossd Kidron Vly; othr side-garden, He & disc went in (1)

2.Judas, who betrayd, knew place bec J often met there w/disc (2)

3. so Judas came into grdn guiding soldiers/officials carrying torches, lanterns, weapons (3)

4.J,knowg all2happn2Him went/askd: who u want? J o Naz they repl; IAmHe, J said (Judas w/em)(4-5)

5.When J said IAmHe, they drew bk/fell2grnd;again He askd: who u want; J o Naz they said (6-7)

6.J:I told u IAmHe if u lookg4me let these men go; happnd so wds He spokn fulfilld:I lost 1ugave me(8-9)

7.SP sword HP’s srvt, cut off rt ear(Malchus);J cmdd P:put sword away shall I drnk cup Fr gvn me(10-11)

8.soldiers w/cmdr&Jew officials arrestd J;bound Him brought 2 Annas,f-i-l o Caiaphas, HP that yr (12-13)

9.Caiaphas was 1 who advised Jew ldrs it would be good if 1 man died for ppl (14)


10.SP&another disc were followg J; bec this disc known 2HP, he went w/J into HP courtyard (15)

11.but P had 2wait@door; othr disc came bk, spoke 2srvt grl on duty there & brought P in (16)

12.U aren’t 1o this man’s disc too, ru? She askd P; he repl I am not (17)

13.It was cold, srvts/officials stood around fire 2 keep warm; P also stdg w/em, warming self (18)


14.MW HP questioned J about His disc & teaching (19)

15.I’ve spkn openly2wrld,always taught synaggs/temple where all Jews 2gethr, I sd nothng in secret(20)

16.why question me? Ask those who heard me surely they know what I said (21)

17.when J said this,official nearby slapped him in face: Is this way u ans HP, he demanded (22)

18.If I said wrong testify what; if I spoke truth, y u strike me;Annas sent J bound to Caiaphas, HP (23-24)


19.MW SP standg there warming self, they askd:u aren’t 1oHis disc2,RU; he denied: I am not (25)

20.1oHP srvts,relative o (Malchus):didn’t I CU w/Him grdn?P denied, rooster began crow(26-27)


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Judas guides soldiers to Jesus, Peter cuts off the High Priest’s servant’s ear and Jesus is taken to Annas (1-14)

Principle: Obedience to God’s plan, though sometimes painful, glorifies God and is best for us.

2.Peter and another disciple follow Jesus, where Peter denies being His disciple (15-18)

Principle: Following Jesus is a challenge that draws us closer to Christ.

3.The High Priest questions Jesus then sends Him, bound to Caiaphas (19-24)

Principle: Jesus handles interrogation and abuse with grace and dignity – an example believers should prepare to follow.

4.Peter denies being Christ’s disciple and being with Him in the garden then the rooster begins to crow (25-27)

Principle: Denying Christ can be tempting when we’re afraid, so believers must prepare to answer for the hope we have in Jesus.


Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Arrested Jesus is questioned and Peter denies Him three times.


Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Following Jesus is surprising, costly and challenging, resulting in a deeply meaningful and fulfilling relationship with Christ.

Jesus calls believers to follow Him…


Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.Where do you turn and what do you do when things don’t go as you planned?

2.How have you followed Jesus so far and what preparations have you made/will you make so you don’t give up following Him when the path is difficult and may cost you much?

3.What questions do you have about Jesus’ teaching and what path will you take to resolve those questions?

How have you prepared yourself to respond to interrogation and abuse heaped on you because of your faith?

4.In what areas of your life are you not a “sold out” disciple of Christ and what will you do today to change that?

How would you counsel a Christian friend who fears she has disappointed Christ?