Saturday, June 29, 2019

Homiletics Luke 9:51-11:13

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):
9:51-53 whn days cmng2close,He detrmnd go Jerus;sent msgrs,entrd Sam;wlcm Him bec He go Jerus
9:54-56 whn Jas/Jn saw:L,u want us call fire frm hvn2consume them?He rebukd,they went another vill
9:57-60 as trvlng,sm1:I follo u whrevr;J:SoM plc2lay hd;2anothr:follo me;let me bury fr;let ded bury ded
9:61-62 anothr:I follo u,let me say bye2my hs;J:no1 who put hd2plow&lks bk fit4koG

10:1-3 aftr,L apptd70,sent ahd pairs;harvest abundt wrkrs few;pray L send wrkrs;go lambs amng wlvs
10:4-6 carry$bag,trvl bag,sndl,greet any1rd;whtevr hs u enter:Pc;if son of pc there,pc rest him,if not,retn
10:7-9 remn in hs,eatg/drkg what offer;when entr town&they wlcm,eat,heal,tell koG cm near u
10:10-12 when entr& they wlcm:we wipg dust off,koG cm near;more tolerabl4Sodom than that town
10:13-16 woe Corzn,Bethsd mircls in u done Tyre/Sidon they’d repnt;Caprn go Hades;listn u listn me
10:17-20 70 retd w/joy:demn submt;He:watchd Satn fall;I gv u pwr/authrty0hrm u;rejoice noms in hvn
10:21-22 prs u Fr bec hiddn frm wise revl2infnts ur gd pleasr;no1 know Fr but S&who Sreveal2
10:23-24 2Disc:eyes see wht u see blessd;proph/kings wantd see,didn’t,2hear wht u hear,didn’t
10:25-28 exprt law:Tchr,wht inhert EL;wht wrttn law;lvL hrt-soul-str-mind&neighb as self;do this& live
10:29-33 want justfy,who neighb;J:man2Jerus fell robbrs,strip,beat,1/2 dead;prst/Levt passd;Sam cmpsn
10:34-37 bndgd wnds,brt2inn,tk care him;2denarii2innkpr:tk care I reimbrs;?neighb,mercy,do same
10:38-41 trvlg,entr vill Martha wlcm;Mary@L ft listng;Marth distrct tasks,tell her help me;Mary rt choice

11:1-4 He prayg, disc ask teach us pray;Fr, nom honrd,k cm,daily bread,4gv sins as we 4gv;brg in2 tempt
11:5-7 supps 1 has friend&go2hm@midnt:gv3loavs brd bec frnd jrny cm&I hv anythg;bothr me,2bed
11:8-10 tho get up bec frnd,bec persist,get up,gv;keep ask,search,knock;recv,find,opend
11:11-13 wht fr gv snk inst fish,ask egg gv scorp? U evil gv gd2chldrn;more Frgv HS to those who ask

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):
1.Jesus, opposed by Samaritans, teaches that He came to save people. (9:51-62)
Principle: Jesus saves.
2.Jesus sends out 72, teaches about neighbors and affirms Mary’s choice. (10:1-42)
Principle:  Jesus sends and affirms.
3.Jesus teaches the disciples to pray, teaches about persistence and our good, generous Father. (11:1-13)
Principle:  Jesus prays.

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):
Jesus teaches about salvation, neighbors, choices, prayer, persistence and God.

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):
TCMATK God’s Word is Jesus’ direction for the lives of His people.

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):
1.How might you prepare for opposition and contribute to Jesus’ mission to save people?
2.Where has Jesus sent you to make Him known and how has He affirmed your choices to serve Him?
3.How have the lessons Jesus taught you about prayer, persistence and God’s goodness and generosity changed how you pray and trust?

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Homiletics Luke 9:1-50

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):
9:1-5 J calld12gv pwr demns/cure,sent:tk nothng,whtevr hs entr,stay;if welcm,shake dust
9:6-8 set out,procl gd news/heal;Herod perplexd,some sayg Jn raised,others Elijah,others proph bk2life
9:9- H:I behd Jn,tried2see Hm
9:10-11 apost retn,rpt2J,theyw/d2Bethsaida,crowds followd,He welcmd,He spoke koG,heald
9:12-15 late aftrn,12:send crowd away food/lodging;J:u gv eat,we hv5br&2fish:5000men;sit in grps of 50
9:16-17 disc did,evry1 sat;tk5loav2fish,lk up2hvn,gv thx,broke,gv2disc2distrib;all ate,satis,12baskets pcs
9:18-20 J prayg pvt,disc w/:who crowds say I am?Jn Bapt;Elijah;proph bk2life;what abt u?P:G’s Messiah
9:21-23 J warnd tell any1:SoM suffer,rejectd,killd,3rd day raised;want b my disc deny self,tk cross,follw
9:24-25 whoevr want sv life,lose;whoevr lose life4me,sv;what gd4some1gain world,lose self
9:26-27 Whoevr ashmd me/my wds,SoM ashmd them when cm glory;some here taste deathb4see koG

9:28-30 8d later,J tk P,Jn,Jas into mt2pray;appearnc chg,clothes lightning;Moses&Elijah appeard,talk w/J
9:31-32 spoke abt His depart,He abt2fulfill Jerus;P/compn sleepy,bec awake,saw glry/2men
9:33-34 as men lvng,P:let us3sheltrs4U,M,E(He know wht sayng);cloud apprd/cvrd,afraid as they enterd
9:35-36 voce:this my Son,I’ve chosen, listn2Hm;J alone;disc kpt this2selves@that time

9:37-40 nxt day cm dn,man begd:Tchr,lk@my son,spiri seiz,convuls,foam@mouth,dstroy hm,disc drv out
9:41-43a Unbelvg,prvers gen,brg son;while boy cm demn convulsn,J rebk spirit,heal boy,gv2fr,all amazd
9:43b-45 while evry1 marvlg,J2disc:SoM2b delv in2hd men;they undstd,hiddn frm them,they afraid2ask
9:46-48a argumt among disc greatest;J knowg thoughts tk child:whoevr welcm child my nom welcm me
9:48b whoevr welcm me, welcm1who sent me;1who least among u=greatest
9:49-50 Jn:Master,saw some1 drv demn in ur nom,tried stop bec 1of us;J:stop,whoevr against u=4u

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):
1.Jesus sends the apostles out, feeds 5000, asks who they think He is and tells them about the cross (Luke 9:1-27)
Principle: Jesus equips, calls, meets needs and exceeds expectations.
2.Jesus appears before Peter, John and James with Moses and Elijah and a voice from the cloud tells them to listen to His beloved Son (Luke9:28-36)
Principle: Jesus pleases His Father.
3.Jesus heals a demon-possessed boy and settles an argument about who is the greatest (Luke 9:37-50)
Principle: Jesus serves.

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):
Jesus feeds 5000, is transfigured and identifies “the greatest”.

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):
TCMATK Jesus meets needs, pleases His Father, heals and settles arguments.

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):
1.Where is Jesus sending you to share His love and how are you responding to His call?
2.How are you responding to God’s declaration that you are His beloved child?
3.What parts of your life are you willing to allow Jesus to heal?

How would I describe God in this passage?  God equips and sends His people to touch the world in His name.  God feeds us to complete satisfaction and gives us leftovers!  God reveals Himself to us.  God informs us about the future, gives glimpses of His glory and substantiates the past.  God heals and teaches.

Who are “the lost”?  The lost are those to whom He sends His people, the crowds and individuals who seek Him for nourishment and healing.

Where do I see the Holy Spirit’s power?  I see the Spirit’s power in the multiplying of bread and fish, in Peter’s declaration, in the predictions of Jesus’ death, in the transfiguration, in the healing of the demon-possessed boy.

Where do I see an emphasis on prayer?  Jesus took Peter, John and James into the mountains to pray.  While He prayed, He was transfigured.  Prayer apparently makes the disciples sleepy (me too, sometimes), because Scripture says “when they became fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him…”  Prayer makes such wonderful things happen.  How can we sleep through it?!?!?!

Where do I see joy?  I can only imagine the joy of the apostles as they proclaimed the good news and healed people.  That first healing done must’ve been a bit nerve-wracking.  Would it work?  I can’t do this.  They were right about that.  But, wow!!!  I’m sure there were slips into pride over the successes.  I wonder if that’s why they couldn’t heal the demon-possessed boy.  Still, the joy of knowing that Jesus was with them when they couldn’t see Him was a critical lesson for them to learn because Jesus is now making His way to Jerusalem and the end of His earthly ministry.  I also imagine joy as the disciples pass out food to 5000 men (probably more if you think about the women and children) from 5 loaves and 2 fish and then collect 12 baskets of broken pieces!!!  Wow!  Then there’s Peter declaring that Jesus is the Messiah!  Mind-blowing!  And being one of the three who witnessed the transfiguration and saw Moses and Elijah!!!  Oy!  And seeing the demon-possessed boy healed…for the apostles who were unable to heal that boy, it may’ve been embarrassing.  They may have recognized him and his father and felt shame that they were unable to do this on their mission trip.  Did Jesus look right at them?  Did He smile?  Did they feel that gracious, merciful correction deep inside and the joy that comes when you realize you’re forgiven and Jesus is about to take you to a new level of relationship?

How could this joy be my strength today?  As I type this, I’m drinking coffee and listening to my load of laundry enter the spin cycle…my stomach a bit knotted because I leave tomorrow morning on a mission trip to Austria and the Czech Republic with my choir.  Our 15 voices will join 135 others from four other churches to sing God’s praises during five concerts.  We will smile and shake hands and bless those we meet with gifts from the USA.  We will experience foreign culture and pick out treasures to bring our loved ones back home.  I expect to see God do mighty things!

What do I love about Jesus?  I love so many things about Him.  He goes with me wherever I go.  He will never leave me or forsake me.  He corrects me gently, but He doesn’t leave me alone in my bad habits.  He heals me.  He reveals Himself to me.  He teaches me.  He gives me wisdom beyond myself.  He nourishes me.  He loves me.

What references to food do I see in this passage?  Jesus feeds 5000+ with 5 loaves and 2 fish and the Apostles collect 12 baskets of leftovers!  Amazing!!!

If this were the only page torn out of a Bible I possessed, what would I treasure about it?  I treasure that He can give ordinary men and women the realization that He is God!  That He saves people today!  That He chose me to receive that saving knowledge.  That there is so much tied together in these verses: sending out the 12 and the father coming with the demon-possessed boy the apostles couldn’t heal (probably during that trip).  The people telling Herod that Jesus was John the Baptist or Elijah or one of the prophets come back to life and the apostles telling Jesus this is who they thought He was, but Peter declaring Him to be the Messiah.  This also ties in my mind to the transfiguration.  And there’s so much more to be discovered in these verses…

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Homiletics: Luke 8

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

8:1-3 Aftr,J trvld,prclm gd nws,12w/Hm&MMag7demn,Joanna(Chuza,mgr Herod hs)Susanna,othrs suppt

8:4-6 lg crwd gathrd,parable:farmr scattr seed,path trampled birds ate;rocky grd plnts withrd no moistr

8:7-9 thorns grw w/choked plants;gd soil yield crop 100x, whoevr ears hear;Disc ask what meant

8:10-11 knowl secrets koG gvn2u,2othrs parables,seeing see,hearing undstd;meaning:seed=woG

8:12-14 path devil tk wd believe;rocky rec wd w/joy no root in test fall away;thorns hear choked mature

8:15-16 good hear retain persevere produce crop;no1 lights lamp&hides it,put stand see light

8:17-18 nothg hiddn disclsd&nothg conceald known;T4 consdr how listn,who has gvn mo, who hv tkn

8:19-21 J mom/bros cm,able get near;some1 told Him m/b outsd;J:mom/bros hear G’s wd practice


8:22-24 1day J2Disc:let’s go othr sd lake,boat;He sleep,squall, grt danger;Disc woke Him,He rebuke, calm

8:25-26 Ou faith?,in fear/amazmt2 1anothr:Who this?He cmd winds/h2o&they obey;saild2Gerasenes

8:27-28 J ashor,demn-poss man,long x clothes house,livd tombs;saw J:what u want J SoMHG,torture me

8:29 4J cmd spirit out,seizd him,chaind hand/ft undr guard,broke chains,drivn by demn2solitary plcs

8:30-32 J:wht ur nom;”Legion”mny demn;begd J ordr2Abyss;lg herd pigs,begd J go in2them,He gv perm

8:33-34 dem cm out,go in2 pigs,herd rush in2 lk drownd;those tendg pigs rpt in town/ctrysd

8:35-37 ppl wentfound man@J ft in rt mind,they afraid;those seen told how man curd;ppl ask J lv,He left

8:38-40 man beg go w/,J:retn hm tell how much G done,he went/told;whn J retd,crwd wlcmd/expct Hm


8:41-44 Jairus,syn rulr,beg J cm hs,dtr,12,dying;wm bleed12y,no1 could heal,touchd cloak bleed stopd

8:45-48 Who touch me?all denied,P:ppl crowdg;J:pwr gn out;wm cm/told;J:dtr,faith heald,go in peace

8:49-51 While J spk,frm Jairus hs:dtr dead,bothr tchr;J2Jair:afraid;belve&she heald;arr,go in w/PJJ,mr fr

8:52-56 MW ppl mourn;J:asleep;they laugh;J tk hand:get up;spirit retd,”gv eat”;parents aston,He:tell


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

1.Jesus proclaims the good news (8:1-21)


2.Jesus rebukes a storm and heals a demon-possessed man (8:22-40)


3.Jesus heals a bleeding woman and raises a girl from the dead (8:41-56)



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

Jesus proclaims good news, calms storms, heals demon-possessed, bleeding, dead.


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

TCMATK What Jesus proclaims in His Word is good news that brings peace and healing to those who follow Him.


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

1.How has Jesus’ good news impacted your life and influenced how you impact others?

2.What storms have you invited Jesus to calm and how are you sharing His peace with others?

3.Where are you experiencing Jesus’ healing and what are you doing to thank Him and make His power known?

Homiletics Luke 7

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

7:1-3 when J fin sayg this,entr Capern;cent’s svt abt2die;cent heard of J,sent eldrs2Hm,ask cm/heal svt

7:4-6a they cm2J,plead,”man desrvs this bec lvs nation,blt syngog”;J went

7:6b-7 far frm hs cent sent friends,”L trbl self,I deserv u under roof;worthy cm2u,say wd,svt be heald

7:8-9 I undr authrty,sold undr me,”go”,he go,”cm”,he cms,”do”,he do;J amazd,”found such grt faith Is”

7:10-12 men retd svt well;J2Nain,disc&lg crowd w/Hm;gate,dead pers only son widow,lg crowd w/her

7:13-15 L saw,2her,”cry”;He touchd bier,bearers still,”yng man,get up”;dead man sat up,J gv2mother

7:16-17 all filled awe prasd G,”grt proph amng us”,”G cm2hlp His ppl”;this news spread Judea/surr cntry


7:18-21 Jn’s disc told hm,he calld2sent2L:”ru1 2cm or we expct some1else?”;@that time J cured,gv sight

7:22 2msgrs:”go rpt seen&hrd:blind rec sight,lame walk,leprsy clean,deaf hear,dead raise,gd news proc

7:23-24 Blssd any1stmbl on acct me;J msgrs lft,J spk re:Jn:”what u go wildrnss2see?reed swayd by wind?

7:25-27 man fine cloths?no those in palaces;prpht?y&more;abt whom writn:I snd msgr ahead,prep way

7:28-30 no1>Jn;yet lest in koG>he;(all,evn tax coll ackn G way rt bec baptz by Jn,Phar/exprt rej bec not)

7:31-32 J:2what I cmpr this gen;lk children sitg mktplc “we playd pipe u dance;we sang dirge u cry

7:33-35 Jn eat,drnk,”has dmon”;SoM eat&drnk,u:glttn,drnkrd,ami tx coll,sinnrs,wisd prvd rt by all chdrn


7:36-38 Phar invt J din;wm sinfl albstr jar;wet ft tears,wipe w/hair,kiss,pour perf

7:39-42 Phar2slf:if proph,he know she sinnr;J:2ppl owed$1-500,other50,he forgv debts,whichmore?

7:43-44 Simon:bigger debt,”u judgd corr”;turn2wm,2Sim:see wm?u gv h2o4my ft,she tears wipe w/hair

7:45-46 u gv me kiss,wm stop kissing feet;u put oil my head,she poured perf my ft

7:47-48 her sins forgvn as her grt lv shown, whoevr forgvn little lvs little;J2her:ur sins forgivn

7:49-50 other guests among selvs: who this who forgvs sins? J2wm:ur faith saved u, go in pc


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

1.Jesus heals a centurion’s servant and raises a widow’s only son (Luke 7:1-17)

Principle:  God heals the sick and raises the dead.

2.Jesus answers John the Baptist’s disciples and tells the people about him (Luke 7:18-35)


3.Jesus goes to dinner at a Pharisee’s house and forgives a sinful woman’s sins (Luke 7:36-50)

Principle:  Those who are forgiven much, love much.


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

Jesus heals a servant, speaks about John and forgives sins.


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

TCMATK Jesus touches people in many ways and He’s worthy of all praise.


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

1.In what areas of your life are you (or should you be) asking Jesus for healing and resurrection?

2.How are you preparing the way for those you know to encounter Jesus?

3.How are you showing your love to Jesus?

How would I describe God in this passage?  He is Jehovah Rapha, my Healer.  He is the Resurrection and the Life.  He is my Defender.  He is the receiver of my worship and praise.


Who are “the lost”?  The lost are the people who don’t do anything with what Jesus says.  His message hasn’t impacted them.  The elders of the Jews who said the centurion deserved to have Jesus heal his servant because he loves their nation and built their synagogue.  Perhaps the centurion who asked Jesus to come and when He was almost there, sent friends to tell Him not to trouble Himself because he doesn’t deserve to have Him under his roof.  Yet Jesus commends him for his faith.  The crowds following Him.  The crowd with the widow.  Jon’s disciples.  The Pharisee who invited Jesus to dinner.  The other guests.


Where do I see the Holy Spirit’s power?  I see the Holy Spirit’s power in where Jesus goes, what He does, how long He stays, when He moves on from there.  Jesus’ whole life is about doing the Father’s will and displaying the Spirit’s power.  The obedience is just as powerful as healing the centurion’s servant or raising the son of the widow of Nain.  His words to John the Baptist’s disciples are power.  Fulfilling prophesy is power.  His acceptance of the sinful woman at Simon the Pharisee’s house is power.  His parable to Simon and the other dinner guests is power.  FORGIVING SINS IS POWER!!!


Where do I see an emphasis on prayer?  Prayer was definitely happening or this power wouldn’t be unleashed.  This makes me wonder…  Prayer is the real work.  I don’t see any specific references to prayer in these verses, but I know that the relationship between the Father and the Son is the true source of the power on display in this chapter.  So here’s what I ponder: if my prayer life were even a fraction as vibrant as Jesus’ prayer life, how much would the Holy Spirit be doing through me?  If my ego would get out of the way and I would quit stealing God’s glory, what would He accomplish with my life?  What opportunities am I missing because I’m not listening…not obeying…relying too much on myself and not trusting Him???


Where do I see joy?  I can only imagine the widow crumbling as her son sat up.  A great intake of air as the fear of her fate without a provider is crushed beneath Jesus’ healing hands.  The tears that freely flowed as her heart water is released while she promises to always trust God in the future.  The joy that Jesus lived because of His obedience.  I want to live that joy.


How could this joy be my strength today?  I can obey God.  I can trust God.  I can allow Jesus to crush my fears.  Help me, Lord.


What do I love about Jesus?  I love His compassion.  I love how He disciplines so gently.  I love His obedience.  I love His availability.  I love His comfort.


What references to food do I see in this passage?  The dinner at Simon the Pharisee’s house.  Bread, wine, water, fish, cheese, olives, figs…  I don’t know what they ate.  But I do know that any meal with Jesus is a good one.  I need to quit blowing through mealtime prayers by saying them in the kitchen or in front of the TV.  I’ll go home tonight, break down my puzzle, set my table, put aside distractions and present dinner…with a proper giving of thanks.


If this were the only page torn out of a Bible I possessed, what would I treasure about it?  Oh so much…  Jesus heals the almost dead without having to be in the same room!  Jesus commends faith.  Jesus saves for eternity and eternity begins now.  Jesus’ heart goes out to people.  Jesus raises the dead!  Jesus delivers us from desperate circumstances.  Jesus answers our questions.  Jesus enters where He is invited.  Jesus receives our gifts.  Jesus knows our hearts and our minds.  Jesus forgives sins.  Jesus gives us peace.


Saturday, June 08, 2019

Homiletics: Luke 6:12-49

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

6:12-13 J2mtside2pray,spent nite prayg2G;morn came,He calld disciples,chose12apostles:

6:14-16 Sim(P),bro And,Jas,Jn,Phil, Bart,Mat,Tho,Jas son Alph,Sim Zeal,Jud son Jas,Jud Isc bec traitr

6:17-18 went dn,stood lvl plc,lg crowd from Jud,Jerus.Tyre,Sid,cm2hear/b heald,trbl by impr spirit cured

6:19 ppl touchd,pwr cm out,heald;


6:20-21 2Disc:blssd u poor,urs=koG;blssd u hungr,u satsfd;blssd u weep,u laugh

6:22-23 Blssd whn ppl h8,exclude,insult,reject bec SoM;rejoice bec grt=ur reward Hvn,how anc trt proph

6:24-26 woe2u well fed,u go hngry;woe2u laugh,u mourn;woe2u evry1 spk well,how anc trt false proph

6:27-28 2u listning:lv enemies,do gd2those h8 u,blss those curse u,pray4mistreat u

6:29 if some1 slap u cheek, turn other;if some1 tk u coat,wh shirt

6:30-31 gv2evry1 who asks,if any1 tk,demand back;do2oth as u’d have them do2u

6:32-34 if u lv who lv u,what credit?Evn sinnrs do,if u lend2expct repmt,what cred? Sinnrs lend2 sinners

6:35 lv enmies,do gd2em,lend expct bk then ur rewrd grt,u chldrn Most Hi bec He kind2ungrtfl/wckd

6:36-38a b mrcfl as Fr mrcfl;judg,u judged,condemn,u condemnd,4gv,u4gvn;gv,gvn2u

6:38b gd meas,prssd dn,shkn2gethr,rung ovr,pourd into lap,meas u use b meas2u


6:39-40 can blind lead blind?both fall? Stud above tcher,evry1 fully traind like tchr

6:41-42 yu lk@speck bro eye&pay attn2plank in ur eye;1st tk plank out ur eye,then see clear2rem speck

6:43-44 no gd tree bad fruit,bad tree gd fruit;tree recog by fruit;figs frm thornbush or grape frm brier

6:45 gd man bring gd thing gd inevil man bring evil out evil in,mouth spk whatfull

6:46-47 yu call me L,L&do what I say?Evry1 who cm hear my wds put in2 pract,I show what they like

6:48-49 lk man bld hs,fnd rock,flood shake bec well blt;1 who hears,put into prac lk hs w/o fnd,collapse


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

1.Jesus spent the night praying, in the morning He called His apostles then healed the people (6:12-19)

Principle: Inquire of God before making important decisions and doing ministry.

2.Jesus tells disciples, “blessed are you,” “woe to you,” “love your enemies,” and “be merciful.”

Principle: Scripture guides a person in godly living.

3.Jesus talks about the blind leading the blind, specks and planks in the eye, fruit, the mouth, the heart and putting His words into practice.

Principle: Jesus’ teaching is worthwhile to follow.


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

Jesus prays, chooses apostles and teaches about blessings, woes, obedience.


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

TCMATK Believers are chosen by God and called to live according to Jesus’ teachings.


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

1.How does your prayer life reflect the seriousness of the decisions you are facing right now?

2.What conviction have you received from the Bible recently about how you should be living for Christ?

3.In what way is the condition of your heart reflected in how you speak?

How would I describe God in this passage?  He is relational.  Jesus prays all night to God, seemingly about who would be the 12 apostles He would live with and train to take the gospel forward.  In the morning, He chooses those 12 men who will live with Him, eat with Him, pray with Him, receive His teaching.


Who are “the lost”?  Sadly, Judas Iscariot’s name stands out.  He was one of the twelve, but still lost.  There were probably some disciples (not chosen apostles) who were lost.  The people from Judea, Jerusalem, Tyre and Sidon who came to hear and be healed were probably lost.  Those who call Jesus Lord but don’t do what He says.


Where do I see the Holy Spirit’s power?  I see His power in the blank space between Jesus spending the night praying to God and the next morning when He chose the twelve apostles.  I see His power in the healings and in Jesus’ teaching.  I see the power in the transition between weeping and laughing, between how God’s economy is different from ours. I see this power in the expectation from Jesus’ teaching that believers are enabled to live the reality of God’s economy!  We can rejoice when things don’t go our way because we’re saved!  We can love our enemies!  We can be merciful!  We can avoid judging and condemning.  We can forgive.  We can bear good fruit.


Where do I see an emphasis on prayer?  Right up front, Jesus spends the whole night praying to God.  He prays before He selects the twelve apostles.  It would seem that’s what He’s praying about.


Where do I see joy?  I see joy in Jesus spending time in prayer with the Father all night.  You don’t spend a whole night praying if it’s drudgery.


How could this joy be my strength today?  My prayer time can be joyful.  It’s about my attitude toward it and level of distraction.  It is certainly my strength!  Lord, help me experience joy every time I pray.


What do I love about Jesus?  I love His commitment to pray.  I love His mentoring.  I love His teaching.  I love His calm personality.  I love His gentle conviction. 


What references to food do I see in this passage?  Physically, talking about fruit.  Spiritually in the rich teaching.


If this were the only page torn out of a Bible I possessed, what would I treasure about it?  Verse 43 (“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.”) hit me like a lightning bolt as I just read it!  There is nothing nonchalant about being a fruit inspector.  Fruit can look pretty, but taste horrible.  That’s not good fruit.  Since we are talking about words revealing what’s in our heart by verse 45, I’m guessing that’s our fruit: our words.  We can tell the condition of our hearts by the words that come out of our mouths.  What do my words say about the condition of my heart?  Oh, this passage is so rich!!!


Friday, June 07, 2019

Homiletics Training: Applications

We are back!  Today’s topic is Applications.  They are open-ended (not “yes” or “no”) questions. You must have one Application for each Division.  They should do one of four things: convict, encourage trust in God, cause evaluation of thinking or create change.  We are after thinking and heart change, here.  Behavior will follow, but shouldn’t be the focus.  Your Applications should also relate to each Division’s text.  Here are my Applications for this exercise:

1.How have you guarded your heart to continue sharing your faith from painful experiences of rejection because of your faith in Jesus?

2.How have you kept your heart from becoming prideful over mission success?

3.How does God minister to you when you get alone with Him that keeps you motivated to seek Him daily?


You will hear “homiletics people” talk about “root versus fruit”.  A change to the root will affect the fruit.  Doing something to the fruit doesn’t alter the root.  We are targeting the root with our Application questions.

What do your Application questions look like?

Here's a suggestion: answer your Application Questions.  It may surprise you what you learn when you do this.

I don’t always do these steps in order.  Content is always first.  Divisions will present themselves as I read, so I may note Divisions before I finish my Content.  But I will always polish my Divisions after I finish my Content.  Sometimes an Application question will pop out while I’m reading and I will note it.  But I always polish the Applications after I’ve crafted my Subject Sentence and identified my Aim so I know my Applications support those pieces.  Sometimes an amazing Application question will drive my Aim.  When the order is disrupted, I pray because I want to be led by God, not my worldly mind in this process.

Homiletics is a worthwhile way to spend time with God where He reveals beautiful truth from Scripture I don’t see just by reading the text.  Yes, it can be a lot of work, but it is always worth the time spent.  And when I’ve done a thorough job of homiletics, I find I can better answer questions about the text.

Remember this: homiletics is primarily for YOU!  This is time you spend with God to hear from Him.  Out of the overflow He gives you, you will give to others.  Be blessed as you do your homiletics.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Homiletics Training: Aim

Alright.  We are back!  Today, we’re discussing the Aim.  The Aim is a statement in your own words describing what you want your audience to take away from your teaching.  It begins with the phrase “TCMATK (To Cause My Audience To Know [See, Learn, Desire, Understand…]).”  The Aim is the goal of the teaching.  It’s the main idea of the passage.  Here is my Aim for this exercise:

TCMATK To serve God well, God’s people need to get alone with Him regularly so He can prepare us.

Looking at it now, it seems focused more on my third Division.  It does imply the first and second Divisions, but I want to better embrace all three Divisions.

Let’s adjust it: Serving God will involve rejection and success, so God’s people need to get alone with Him so He can prepare us.

Does that sound better?  What does your Aim look like?

That’s all for today.  I understand the main takeaway of the passage to be that serving God will bring both success and rejection and that I need to be prepared to handle both by spending time with God in Bible study and prayer.  Doing this will keep me encouraged when I want to give up because of failure and it will keep me from becoming prideful over successes.  How did your Aim encourage you?  Be sure to come back tomorrow to learn more about Application questions.  See you then.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Homiletics Training: Subject Sentence

Welcome back!  We’re talking about the Subject Sentence today!  Your Subject Sentence must be ten words or less.  It must be grammatically correct.  It must touch upon each of your Divisions.  It must identify where you are in Scripture.  Sound simple?  It can be very challenging and a lot of fun to craft your Subject Sentence.
Often, I will start this process by writing words that I think are important to include.  For example, I wrote these words: “Jesus Nazareth cliff Capernaum authority healing demons out solitary place” for Luke 4:14-44.  Then I shaved and massaged and added and subtracted and smoothed.  And came up with this:
“After teaching Nazareth and Capernaum, Jesus seeks a solitary place.”
  • It’s exactly ten words.
  • It is grammatically correct.  I would’ve liked to write, “After teaching in Nazareth and Capernaum,” but that would’ve put me at 11 words, so I embraced the idea that Jesus taught the towns.
  • It touches on each of my Divisions.
  • It gives a vague idea of where we are in Scripture by pointing to the Gospels.
Not too bad.  What did you come up with?
That’s all for now.  I can’t wait to see you tomorrow when we discuss the Aim of our Homiletics.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Homiletics Training: Divisions

Alright, we’re back.  I hope you’re using your own Content for this, but you will find mine here (  We’re looking at Divisions today.  You will have between two and four Divisions.  You still want to use wording directly from the Scripture passage.  Look at your Content.  Where do you see natural breaks in the passage?  Look for words like: Then, After, Therefore, When.  Look for changes in scenery or tone.

You cannot create a Division in the middle of a piece of Content.  For example, I cannot create a Division for 4:14-30.  I must break at verse 29 or go all the way to verse 32 because I wrote my Content grouping those verses.

So, where do you see natural breaks?  I see 4:14-29 (or 30) and 4:30 (31)-44 which has Jesus in Nazareth in the 1st Division and Capernaum in the 2nd.  I also see 4:14-29 (or 30), 4:30 (31)-36 and 4:37-44 which shows Jesus in the synagogue in Nazareth, in the synagogue in Capernaum and in Peter’s house. I also see 4:14-29 (or 30), 14:30 (31)-41 and 14:42-44 where Jesus is ministering in Nazareth, ministering in Capernaum and seeking solitude by Himself.  Where do you see breaks in the passage?  I’d love for you to post about your Divisions.

Usually, we want our Divisions to be pretty even so our teaching is even.  So, initially, my Divisions were 4:14-29 and 4:30-44.  But I decided on 4:14-29, 4:30-41 and 14:42-44 because I wanted to end my teaching with a punch to encourage my students to get alone with God because we need time alone with Him so He can fuel and empower us to do ministry.  Here are my Divisions:

1.Jesus teaches in Nazareth, infuriating the people who try to throw Him off a cliff. (4:14-29)

2.Jesus teaches in Capernaum, amazing the people with authority, healing and casting out demons. (4:30-41)

3.Jesus goes to a solitary place, where the people find Him and try to keep Him from leaving. (4:42-44)


Divisions do not have to be full sentences.  They may be run-on sentences, but they still need to contain words directly from Scripture.  We must be very careful NOT to interpret Scripture at this point.  We want to purely hear what the Bible is saying.  What are your Division sentences?  Why did you divide the passage this way?

One more thing before we quit for the day: you may have noticed that I have a Principle listed for each Division.  A Principle is a universal truth about God or man.  It’s a truth on display in both the Old and New Testaments.  It is basically the Aim for the Division.  We’ll talk more about Aim in a couple days.  But for today’s purposes, let’s say it’s the main idea or the main takeaway of the passage.  I still struggle with identifying Principles.

Ok, that’s all for today.  Clear as mud, right?  Just keep practicing.  I’ll see you tomorrow when we come together to create our Subject Sentence.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Homiletics Training: Content

Homiletics.  By definition, “homiletic” is the art of preaching or writing sermons.  I think we would all agree that our pastors study the Bible thoroughly to deliver sermons every Sunday to their congregations.  The beautiful news is that every child of God can use this discipline to study the Bible for themselves.

As a member of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) Leadership, part of my required preparation each week is to prepare homiletics for the passage we are studying.  BSF offers an engaging seminar on how to use this method to study the Scriptures.  I’ve taken the seminar several times under two different leaders and I’ve learned something new every time I’ve attended.  I’ve also been doing the process of homiletics for over ten years and I can say that there is no better teacher than the Holy Spirit in this process!  So keep practicing.  Keep sharing and discussing.  I’ve been posting my homiletics on this blog for quite a while, now.  And I would like to share with you some things I’ve learned about how to go about studying God’s Word using this method.

Let’s start with the absolute basics.  Homiletics is a five step process: Content, Divisions, Subject Sentence, Aim, Applications.  We will discuss one step in each post so it’s not too overwhelming, but I will post the steps daily so there’s not too much of a gap before proceeding.  I welcome your comments and questions and any tips you may have regarding how you do your homiletics.  If you’re new to homiletics, you may ask: “why would I do this?”  If you notice your pastor’s sermon title, that could be his Aim or maybe his Subject Sentence.  If he outlines two or three or four points in his sermon, these are his Divisions.  Some of the things he says that challenge you are probably Application Questions or Principles.

When you do homiletics, you are digging in the Bible for treasure.  Treasure that will speak to you right where you are.  Treasure that will also speak to your audience, whether it’s a Sunday School Class, Youth Group, Family dinner…

Are you ready to get started?  Before you begin, pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal to you what He wants to teach you.  Then, you’re going to read the text.  Honestly, you’re going to read the text A LOT.  When I first began doing homiletics, I would write my content the first time I read through the passage.  I did this for years, to be honest.  I don’t recommend this.  Reading and re-reading the Scriptures is transformational.  God will reveal so much.  Stay in those Scriptures and you’ll know God and the Scriptures better than you ever have before.

Content.  It is not a complete sentence.  It is verbiage direct from Scripture, not a paraphrase of the text because we don’t want to interpret the text, we want to record what the text says.  It must be short and sweet because one piece of content must not exceed one line on the page.  You must have between 10 and 20 lines of content.  So, the first thing I do when preparing homiletics is count how many verses there are in the assignment.  For example, this week I am preparing homiletics for Luke 4:14-44.  That means there are 30 verses in the assignment.  So I divide 30 (verses) by 20 (pieces of content) to figure out how many verses should be included in each piece of content so I can complete the assignment.  In this case, the answer is 1.5.  I’m not going to try to break every other verse in half.  Some pieces of content will contain one verse, some will contain two or more, some may contain half a verse.  It depends on what I believe the Holy Spirit is revealing to me to write down.  I will group verses that flow together.  Group together events or ideas.

So let’s do this.  Take a minute to pray.  Yes, right now.  OK.  Now read Luke 4:14-44.  I’m using the NIV translation.  Do you have a feel for the flow of this passage?  I read the verses a few times – until I can identify natural breaks in the passage and I’m familiar with the story.  I look for repeated words.  I look for unusual words.  Now, let’s write our first line of content:

4:14-15 J retd Gal pwr Sprt,news sprd abt Hm thru whole ctrysd;He tchg syngog,evry1 praisd Hm

I could’ve fit more on the line, but I didn’t want to move to verse 16 because it’s pretty long.  Maybe I’ll adjust later.  I also used a personal shorthand that I continue to develop.  It includes foreign words (“ou” below is French for “where”), symbols, numbers, etc. that remind me what the word in Scripture is.  You will develop your own shorthand to maximize the number of words and ideas you can include in each piece of content.  Let’s try another:

16 He went Naz,ou He brt up,Sabbat He went syngog,as was His custom,stood2read

17-18a scroll Isa hnd2Hm,unrollng,He found ou wrtn:Spirt L on me,He anoint me2proclm gd news2poor

18b-19 snt me prclm freedm4prisnrs,recvry of sight4blind,2set opprssd free;2prclm yr L’s favor

Imagine you are standing before a Sunday School class and all you have is your homiletics to teach the class.  Your Content acts as your reminder of how to tell the story without reading it directly from your Bible.  Can you use my Content above to tell someone else what is happening in those five verses?  Better still, can you tell someone what those verses say from your own Content?

Ok, that’s all for today.  I challenge you to do your own Content for Luke 4:14-44 to use tomorrow as we discuss Divisions.  See you tomorrow.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Homiletics 5:1-6:11

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

5:1-3 J stdg Lk Gennesaret,ppl crwdg&listng2WoG;2boats,fishrmn washg nets;got in boat,Simon’s,taught

4-6 fin spkg,2Sim:deep h20,dn nets;S:wrkd all nite,caught anythg,bec u say, I dn net;lg#fish,net beg brk

7-9 signald prtnrs sos,filld both boats,beg sink; SP fell@J knees:I sinfl mn;he/cmpnions astonishd@catch

10-11 so were Jas&Jn;J:be afraid, now u fish4ppl;boats ashore,left everythg, followed Hm


12-13 mn w/leprsy saw J,fell2grd,beggd:L if willng,u can mk me cln;J touch:I willng,b cln;immed lprsy left

14-16 J:tell any1,go prst,sacrfice;yet news spread,crowds cm2hear&b healed;J often w/d2lonly plc2pray

17-20 J tchg,Phar/toL there;men carry paralz man up roof, lowrd thru tiles in frt J;J saw faith:ur sins 4gvn

21-22 Phar&toL thinkg:who spk blsphmy?Who 4gv sins but G?J knew thinkg:Yu thinkg these things in

23-24 which easier2say:ur sins 4gvn or get up/walk? I want u know SoM has authrty 4gv;tk mat&go hm

25-26 Immed stood,went,praisng G;evry1 amazd,gv prais G;filld w.awe,”seen remrkbl thgs 2day”


27-29 J saw Levi tax booth:follo me;Levi lft evrythg,followd;grt banquet4J,lg crowd tax coll/others eating

30-32 Phar/toL cmplaind:yu eat/drk w/tx coll/sinnrs?healthy need dr,sick;I cm call rtous but sinnrs2rpnt

33-34 They:Jn’s disc fast/pray& disc of Phar,urs eatg/drnkg;J:can u mk friends brigrm fast while w/them

35-36 time cm bridgrm tkn,they fast;parable:no1 pc new garment2patch old;not match

37-38 no1 pours new wine old skins;new burst skins,wine run out,skins ruined;new in new

39 no1 aftr drnkg old wine wants new, they say old better


6:1-3 Sabbath grainfields disc pick,eat;Phar:yu doing unlawful on Sabbath?J:hv u read David did

4-5 He entrd hs oG,tkg consec br,ate&gv2companions;J:SoM=L of Sabbath

6-7 another Sabb syngog tchg,man rt hand shrivld;Phar&toL lkg4reas2accuse J,watchd2see if He’d heal

8-11 J knew thinkg,2man:get up;which lawful-do good or evil;J:stretch hand,restored;Phar/toL furious


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

1.Fishermen leave everything to follow Jesus after He teaches at Lake Gennesaret (5:1-11)

Principle:  Following Jesus is worth leaving everything.

2.Jesus heals a man with leprosy and forgives a paralyzed man’s sins (5:12-26)

Principle:  True healing and forgiveness is found only in Christ.

3.Jesus calls Levi and dines with tax collectors (5:27-39)

Principle:  Whoever believes in Jesus has eternal life.

4.Jesus’ disciples pick grain and Jesus heals on the Sabbath (6:1-11)

Principle:  Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.


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

Jesus teaches, forgives sins, calls Levi and performs Sabbath healing.


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

TCMATK Relationship with Jesus is worth the cost because it brings healing, forgiveness and eternal life.


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

1.What do you need to leave behind to follow Jesus more completely?

2.What areas of your life need healing and/or forgiveness that you are willing to expose to Jesus?

3.To whom are you introducing Jesus?  With whom are you celebrating Him?

4.Where do you need to focus more upon Jesus during your Sabbath?

How would I describe God in this passage?  He is teacher.  He is healer.  He is forgiver.  He is caller.  He is fellowshipper.  He is Lord of the Sabbath.


Who are “the lost”?  The lost are those who didn’t follow Jesus.  The truly lost are those who are trying to find fault with Jesus because He threatened their authority.


Where do I see the Holy Spirit’s power?  I see His power in the fishermen leaving everything to follow Jesus!  I see His power in the healing touch of Jesus with the leper.  I see His power in the faith of the litter-bearers, in Jesus’ forgiveness and in the paralytics’ faith to attempt to stand.  I see His power in Jesus choosing Levi to follow Him and in the tax collector’s impulse to throw a party because he recognized his life would never be the same and he wanted to share the best thing that ever happened to him with the people he knew.  I see His power in knowing that goodness toward people is more important than observing manmade rules.  I see His power in Jesus’ authority and decisiveness.


Where do I see an emphasis on prayer?  I see confession from Peter on his knees before Jesus, saying he is a sinful man.  I see a reference to Jesus often withdrawing to lonely places to pray.  I see praise from the paralytic and the people after the healing. When Jesus is eating with Levi and his friends, the Pharisees condemn Him for eating and drinking with sinners.  Saying He should be like John the Baptist and his disciples who regularly fast and pray.


Where do I see joy?  Levi’s dinner party for Jesus.  They are celebrating, eating, drinking.  He is introducing Jesus to his friends and Jesus is giving them His time and attention.  I also see joy in those who have been healed – leprosy, paralysis, a withered hand.  Lives changed because Jesus touched them.  My life has changed because Jesus touched me.


How could this joy be my strength today?  I am reminded that he who has been forgiven much, loves much.  In other words, when I’m in touch with my sinfulness and what Jesus did to forgive me, I will be immensely grateful!  That should be cause every day for celebration and joy!!!  Jesus chose me to be His!  Hallelujah!


What do I love about Jesus?  I love that He’s a kind and truthful teacher.  I love that He touches those others won’t.  I love that He forgives all my sins.  I love that He called me to follow Him and He gives me the privilege of introducing others to Him.  I love that He allows me to celebrate Him with food and fun and fellowship.  I love that He does good on the Sabbath rather than holding to unkind rules and regulations.  I just love Him!!!


What references to food do I see in this passage?  Levi, the tax collector, held a great banquet for Jesus at his house.  The Pharisees and tax collectors confront Jesus about eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners.  The disciples picked and ate grain on the Sabbath.


If this were the only page torn out of a Bible I possessed, what would I treasure about it?  This passage shows so many aspects of who Jesus is and who He calls me to be: teacher, toucher of the outcast, healer, forgiver, celebrator, fellowshipper, good doer.  What a beautiful heart He has.  I will learn from this passage until I meet Him face-to-face.