Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Where Does the Time Go?

Where Does the Time Go?

Theme: Honoring God with Our Time

Scriptures:
  • 1 Peter 4:8-11
  • Ephesians 5:15-17
  • Ephesians 6:5-8

B1 Priority and Time
C1 Defined
D1 Priority: Something regarded or treated as more important than others. Verses:
E1 Luke 12:29-31 NKJV  "And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.  (30)  For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.  (31)  But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
E2 Philippians 1:21 NKJV  For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
E3 Matthew 6:24 NKJV  "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
E4 Luke 12:34 NKJV  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
D2 Time: ...progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole. Verses:
E1 Psalms 90:12 NKJV  So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
E2 Ephesians 5:15-17 NKJV  See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,  (16)  redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  (17)  Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
D3 What we give our time to, is our priority.
C2 Questions
D1 What is our highest priority?
D2 How much time do we spend doing this?
D3 How do we delegate our time?
D4 When do hobbies and activities become a problem for the Christian?
B2 1 Peter 4:8-11 NKJV  And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "LOVE WILL COVER A MULTITUDE OF SINS."  (9)  Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.  (10)  As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  (11)  If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
C1 What kind of love is mentioned in 1 Peter 4:8? (Agape love)
C2 Where do Christians learn about love? Who is our example?
C3 How does love cover a multitude of sins? Consider
D1 Forgiveness--Mat 18:35 (Pickering NT), "My heavenly Father will handle you just like that, if each of you does not forgive his brother his trespasses, from the heart."
D2 How does this verse apply? Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV  Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  (4)  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
D3 Does obeying this verse forgive our sins, so we can have salvation?
D4 This verse speaks of overlooking various faults and traits.
C4 How do we show love to our brethren?
C5 Believer's Bible Commentary on this verse: Each believer has received a gift from the Lord, some special function to perform as a member of the Body of Christ (1Corinthians 12:4-11, 1Corinthians 12:29-31; Romans 12:6-8). These gifts are a stewardship from God. They are not to be used for selfish gain but for His glory and for the good of others. We are not meant to be the terminals of God's gifts to us; His grace reaches us but should not end with us. We are intended to be channels through whom the blessing can flow to others.
C6 How are we supposed to use these gifts? Consider our example: John 4:34 ESV  Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
B3 Ephesians 5:15-17 NKJV  See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,  (16)  redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  (17)  Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
C1 What does the word walk refer to?
C2 Circumspectly
D1 The Greek word ἀκριβῶς akribōs.
E1 It means exactly, accurately, diligently according to Thayer.
E2 Verses
F1 Matthew 2:8 NRSV  Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage."
F2 Luke 1:3 NRSV  I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus.
F3 Acts 18:25 NKJV  This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John.
D2 It is defined as Wary and unwilling to take risks.
C3 What is the difference, in God’s sight, between being wise or foolish?
C4 Knowing the will of God
D1 Pray
D2 Then read, study, search Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Psalm 111:2
D3 There are things we must do. 1 Timothy 6:11
D4 There are things we must not do. 2 Timothy 2:22
D5 Examples, both wise and foolish choices and consequences.
E1 Judas Iscariot, the betrayer--foolish Matthew 27:3-5
E2 Hananiah--foolish Jeremiah 28:15-17
E3 Ruth--wise Ruth 1:15-16
E4 Moses--wise Hebrews 11:25-26
D6 Principles of what is wise or foolish. Many of these principles can be found in Proverbs.
B4 Ephesians 6:5-8
C1 Ephesians 6:5-8 NKJV  Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;  (6)  not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,  (7)  with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men,  (8)  knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
C2 Does God like slavery?
D1 Two types are spoken of in the Bible
E1 Voluntary--because of debt, etc.
E2 Involuntary--because of war, etc.
F1 Old Testament
G1 Cities that are not in the land of Canaan (Deuteronomy 20)
H1 Offer peace. If they agree, they will serve you.
H2 Offer peace. If they reject, the men die and the others are spoils of war.
G2 Cities in the land of Canaan. (Deuteronomy 20) All must die, because they have sinned enough, that God has judged them, and Israel was to carry out the sentence.
F2 New Testament. The saints lived in the Roman culture and were under Roman laws.
G1  Were you a slave when you were called? That shouldn't bother you. However, if you have a chance to become free, take it. If the Lord called you when you were a slave, you are the Lord's free person. In the same way, if you were free when you were called, you are Christ's slave. You were bought for a price. Don't become anyone's slaves. (I Corinthians 7:21-23 [GodsWord])
D2 Old Testament rules for slaves (Jews could not be considered property)
E1 If one is a thief (to serve until restitution is paid in full): Exodus 22:2-3 NKJV  If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed.  (3)  If the sun has risen on him, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed. He should make full restitution; if he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.
E2 If one sells himself because of debt (as in indentured servant): Leviticus 25:39-41 NKJV  'And if one of your brethren who dwells by you becomes poor, and sells himself to you, you shall not compel him to serve as a slave.  (40)  As a hired servant and a sojourner he shall be with you, and shall serve you until the Year of Jubilee.  (41)  And then he shall depart from you—he and his children with him—and shall return to his own family. He shall return to the possession of his fathers. AND Deuteronomy 15:12-15 NKJV  "If your brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you and serves you six years, then in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you.  (13)  And when you send him away free from you, you shall not let him go away empty-handed;  (14)  you shall supply him liberally from your flock, from your threshing floor, and from your winepress. From what the LORD has blessed you with, you shall give to him.  (15)  You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this thing today.
E3 War (possibly until they die): 2 Samuel 12:29-31 NKJV  So David gathered all the people together and went to Rabbah, fought against it, and took it.  (30)  Then he took their king's crown from his head. Its weight was a talent of gold, with precious stones. And it was set on David's head. Also he brought out the spoil of the city in great abundance.  (31)  And he brought out the people who were in it, and put them to work with saws and iron picks and iron axes, and made them cross over to the brick works. So he did to all the cities of the people of Ammon. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
E4 Master causes injury to slave (injured and dies, the slaveowner will be given the death penalty. Injured and lives, slaveowner loses a worker): Exodus 21:20-21 NKJV  "And if a man beats his male or female servant with a rod, so that he dies under his hand, he shall surely be punished.  (21)  Notwithstanding, if he remains alive a day or two, he shall not be punished; for he is his property.
E5 Master abuses slave (Slave goes free): Exodus 21:26-27 GNB  "If someone hits his male or female slave in the eye and puts it out, he is to free the slave as payment for the eye.  (27)  If he knocks out a tooth, he is to free the slave as payment for the tooth.
E6 If slave runs away (Do not return them to their master): Deuteronomy 23:15-16 GNB  "If slaves run away from their owners and come to you for protection, do not send them back.  (16)  They may live in any of your towns that they choose, and you are not to treat them harshly.
C2 Working for an employer
D1 How are we to do our work when the boss is watching, and if he is not watching?
D2 For what can an employer get in trouble with God? (James 5:4 GNB  You have not paid any wages to those who work in your fields. Listen to their complaints! The cries of those who gather in your crops have reached the ears of God, the Lord Almighty).
D3 Ephesians 6:8 NKJV  Knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
E1 How does being a conscientious worker receive the same from the Lord?
E2 Does this verse apply? Matthew 25:23 NKJV  His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'
E3 Also, Matthew 6:19-20 NKJV  "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;  (20)  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
B5 Next week
C1 Totally devoted
C2 Theme: Honoring God with our devotion
C3 Scriptures:
  • James 4:1-4
  • Luke 14:26-27
  • Acts 12:20-23
  • Matthew 22:34-40

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Lure of Materialism



Theme: Honoring God with Our Treasure

Scriptures:
  • Deuteronomy 8:10-18
  • Colossians 3:1-5
  • 1 John 2:15-16
  • Luke 12:13-34
  • 1 Timothy 6:6-10
  • Matthew 6:24-33

Notes and questions:
B1 Objectives: (from the D6 Fusion Sunday School lesson book)
C1 Know: We are to worship and honor God before investing in our own pleasure and comfort.
C2 Think: Seeking God first is more important to me than material possessions.
C3 Do: Seek God and His kingdom first and avoid getting caught up in the desire for material possessions.
B2 What is the highest priority in life?
B3 Remember Balaam? Money was more important to him than God.
C1 Numbers 22-25. Balaam was to prophesy God’s word to Balak. God blessed Israel. Balak wanted Israel cursed. Balaam finally gave advice to have the Moabite women become prostitutes to the Israeli men. Many in Israel died and Balaam, because he gave evil advice (Numbers 31:16), was killed (Numbers 31:8 and Joshua 13:22).
C2  Forsaking the right way, they went astray, having followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of wrongdoing; but he was rebuked for his own disobedience. A mute donkey spoke with a man’s voice and stopped the madness of the prophet. (II Peter 2:15-16 [WEB])
C3 Woe to them! For they went in the way of Cain, and ran riotously in the error of Balaam for hire, and perished in Korah’s rebellion. (Jude 1:11 [WEB])
C4 But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to throw a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. (Revelation of John 2:14 [WEB]
B4 Some things about money and things.
C1 Good things
D1 Giving
E1 Be ready to give:  Tell those who have the riches of this world not to be arrogant and not to place their confidence in anything as uncertain as riches. Instead, they should place their confidence in God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. Tell them to do good, to do a lot of good things, to be generous, and to share. (I Timothy 6:17-18 [GodsWord]
E2  For neither was there among them any who lacked, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet, and distribution was made to each, according as anyone had need. Joses, who by the apostles was also called Barnabas (which is, being interpreted, Son of Encouragement), a Levite, a man of Cyprus by race, having a field, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet. (Acts 4:34-37 [WEB]
D2 Helping
E1 Helping to support pastors, missionaries, and other gospel workers:  Nevertheless, it was kind of you to share my troubles. You Philippians also know that in the early days, when I left the province of Macedonia to spread the Good News, you were the only church to share your money with me. You gave me what I needed, and you received what I gave you. (Philippians 4:14-15 [GodsWord])
E2 The poor with their needs: For it has been the good pleasure of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are at Jerusalem. (Romans 15:26 [WEB]
C2 Bad things Riches...
D1 Cannot pay God off:  Those who trust in their wealth, and boast in the multitude of their riches— none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give God a ransom for him. For the redemption of their life is costly, no payment is ever enough, (Psalms 49:6-8 [WEB]
D2 Can make a person do more evil: “Behold, this is the man who didn’t make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.” (Psalms 52:7 [WEB])
D3 Brings a temptation to trust in riches rather than God: Don’t trust in oppression. Don’t become vain in robbery. If riches increase, don’t set your heart on them. (Psalms 62:10 [WEB])
D4 Develops an attitude that since one is rich, there is no need for God: Behold, these are the wicked. Being always at ease, they increase in riches. (Psalms 73:12 [WEB])
D5 Don’t deliver on the day of wrath: Riches don’t profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 11:4 [WEB])
D6 Are more important than honor: A gracious woman obtains honor, but violent men obtain riches. (Proverbs 11:16 [WEB])
D7 Are more important than a good name (reputation): A good name is more desirable than great riches, and loving favor is better than silver and gold. (Proverbs 22:1 [WEB])
D8 Causes people to make hasty decisions (get rich quick): A stingy man hurries after riches, and doesn't know that poverty waits for him. (Proverbs 28:22 [WEB]
D9 Hinder one from becoming a Christian: Jesus looked around, and said to his disciples, “How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23 [WEB])
D10 Cause a person to neglect their love for God: That which fell among the thorns, these are those who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. (Luke 8:14 [WEB]
D11 Cannot buy the Gift of God: But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! (Acts 8:20 [WEB]
B5 Deuteronomy 8:10-18,
C1 Deuteronomy 8:10: When God blesses us with what we need and perhaps more, what are we to do?
C2 What happens sometimes when we have more than what we need? (We forget God and His ways). How do we prevent that?
C3 When is it right and good for us to look back on our life and reflect on God’s goodness and times of deliverance? Can you share a time this happened to you?
B6 Colossians 3:1-5,
C1 Colossians 3:1, what are the things above that we are to seek? (God’s ways, for that is where Messiah sits).
C2 In Colossians 3:2, the word for set is φρονέω phroneo. It means to have as our main interest, our highest priority. Does this mean that all we think about is singing songs and playing harps in heaven? (No, for we are servants of the Most High and need to promote, live, teach His ways, especially the Gospel).
C3 What are we to put to death? How do we do this?
B7 1 John 2:15-16,
C1 What does the word world refer to? (See John 15:19, Romans 12:2, and Ephesians 2:2).
C2 What are 3 identifiers of the world? (The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life). Give an example of each.
B8 Luke 12:13-34,
C1 In Luke 12:16-19, what did this rich man not understand? How can we avoid his foolishness? Why do many people miss what is really important?
C2 Why does Jesus encourage them not to be anxious? (He knows anxiety is hard on our health, and He emphasizes what is really important. We should be wanting to be rich spiritually). How do we become rich spiritually?
C3 What is the key teaching in Luke 12:34?
B9 1 Timothy 6:6-10,
C1 Another translation: A godly life brings huge profits to people who are content with what they have. (I Timothy 6:6 [GodsWord]). What kind of profits is the Apostle referring to?
C2 How does earthly riches compare to heavenly riches?
C3 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away[ from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10, NASB). Is the love of money the only root of evil? (The Greek does not have THE root of all evil, but A root of all evil).
B10 Matthew 6:24-33,
C1 What is the reason that we cannot serve 2 masters?
C2 Which master should we serve?
C3 How do we do that? (Consider, But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you. (Matthew 6:33 [GodsWord])
C4 How do we not worry?
B11 Next week:
C1 Where Does the Time Go?
C2 Theme: Honoring God with Our Time
C3 Scriptures:

  • 1 Peter 4:8-11
  • Ephesians 5:15-17
  • Ephesians 6:5-8