Passages for Sunday, October 7, 2018

Learning Circle

 

 

Matthew 13:44 The Passion Translation (TPT)
44 “Heaven’s kingdom realm can be illustrated like this:

“A person discovered that there was hidden treasure in a field. Upon finding it, he hid it again. Because of uncovering such treasure, he was overjoyed and sold all that he possessed to buy the entire field just so he could have the treasure.

 

Matthew 13:37-38a
37 He answered, “The man who sowed his field with good seed represents Me, the Son of Man. 38 And the field is the world.

 

Colossians 3:2-3 NIV
2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

 

Matthew 13:45-46
45 “Heaven’s kingdom realm is also like a jewel merchant in search of rare pearls. 46 When he discovered one very precious and exquisite pearl, he immediately gave up all he had in exchange for it.”

 

Song of Songs 3:6 NIV
6 Who is this coming up from the wilderness
like a column of smoke,
perfumed with myrrh and incense
made from all the spices of the merchant?

 

Matthew 28:18-20a The Passion Translation (TPT)
18 Then Jesus came close to them and said, “All the authority of the universe has been given to Me.  19 Now go in My authority and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 20 And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you.

 

John 15:12 The Passion Translation (TPT)
12 “So this is My command: Love each other deeply, as much as I have loved you.

Passages for Sunday, September 30, 2018

1 John 4:8 NIV
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:16 NIV
…God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

 

1 Corinthians 13 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Love, the Motivation of Our Lives
13 If I were to speak with eloquence in earth’s many languages, and in the heavenly tongues of angels, yet I didn’t express myself with love, my words would be reduced to the hollow sound of nothing more than a clanging cymbal.

2 And if I were to have the gift of prophecy with a profound understanding of God’s hidden secrets, and if I possessed unending supernatural knowledge, and if I had the greatest gift of faith that could move mountains, but have never learned to love, then I am nothing.

3 And if I were to be so generous as to give away everything I owned to feed the poor, and to offer my body to be burned as a martyr, without the pure motive of love, I would gain nothing of value.

4 Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. 5 Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. 6 Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. 7 Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.

8 Love never stops loving.

 

Gifts from 1 Corinthians 12

  • the word of wisdom,
  • the word of knowledge,
  • the gift of faith,
  • gifts of healing,
  • miraculous powers,
  • prophecy,
  • discerning of spirits,
  • speaking in different kinds of tongues, and
  • interpretation of tongues.

 

1 Corinthians 12:31b
And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

 

 

Passages for Sunday, September 23, 2018

Five-fold Ministry – Evangelist & Pastor

 

John 10:11, 14 NLT
11 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep.

14 “I am the Good Shepherd; I know My own sheep, and they know Me,

 

Acts 15:36-39
36 Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus…

 

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 NLT
11 And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children. 12 We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For He called you to share in His Kingdom and glory.

 

Acts 20:36-38 NLT
36 When he had finished speaking, he knelt and prayed with them. 37 They all cried as they embraced and kissed him good-bye. 38 They were sad most of all because he had said that they would never see him again. Then they escorted him down to the ship.

 

Matthew 4:23 & 9:35 NIV
23 Jesus went throughout Galilee (all the towns and villages), teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

 

Acts 8:4-8, 12
4 But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went. 5 Philip, for example, went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah. 6 Crowds listened intently to Philip because they were eager to hear his message and see the miraculous signs he did. 7 Many evil spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.

12 …the people believed Philip’s message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized.

 

1 Corinthians 2:4 NIV
4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,

 

1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV
20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

 

 

 

Passages for Sunday, September 16, 2018

Five-fold Ministry – Prophet & Teacher

 

Ephesians 4:7, 11-13 NLT
7 However, He has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the Church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

 

Matthew 7:24-29
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching, 29 because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

 

Learning Circle

 

Acts 18:24-28 NLT
24 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. 25 He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. 26 When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.

27 Apollos had been thinking about going to Achaia, and the brothers and sisters in Ephesus encouraged him to go. They wrote to the believers in Achaia, asking them to welcome him. When he arrived there, he proved to be of great benefit to those who, by God’s grace, had believed. 28 He refuted the Jews with powerful arguments in public debate. Using the Scriptures, he explained to them that Jesus was the Messiah.

 

John 2:18-19 NIV
18 The Jews then responded to Him, “What sign can You show us to prove Your authority to do all this?”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

 

Matthew 24:30 NLT
And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

 

1 Corinthians 14:3 NLT
3 But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.

 
1 Corinthians 14:29 NLT
29 Let two or three people prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said.

 

 

Passages for Sunday, September 9, 2018

Matthew 12:47-50 NLT
47 Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, and they want to speak to You.”

48 Jesus asked, “Who is My mother? Who are My brothers?” 49 Then He pointed to His disciples and said, “Look, these are My mother and brothers. 50 Anyone who does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother!”

 

Luke 4:16 NLT
16 When He came to the village of Nazareth, His boyhood home, He went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures.

 

Luke 4:22-24 NLT
22 All spoke well of Him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from His lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.

23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to Me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell Me, ‘Do here in Your hometown what we have heard that You did in Capernaum.’”

24 “Truly I tell you,” He continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.”

 

 

Map - Nazareth and Capernaum

Luke 4:31-32
31 Then Jesus went to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught there in the synagogue every Sabbath day. 32 There, too, the people were amazed at His teaching, for He spoke with authority.

 

1 John 3:1-2 NLT
3 See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are! … 2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children…

 
1 Timothy 5:1-2 NIV
5 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

 

 

 

Passages for Sunday, August, 26, 2018

Slide - The Five-Fold Ministry G'sSlide - The Five-Fold Ministry G's - Apostle

 

Ephesians 4:7, 11-13 NLT
7 However, He has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the Church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

 

Ephesians 2:20-21 NLT
20 Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in Him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.

 

Hebrews 3:1 NIV
3 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, Whom we acknowledge as our Apostle and High Priest.

 

QUOTE
“The one whom a man sends is the equivalent of himself.”
~ Rabbinic saying

 

John 3:17 NLT
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.
John 5:30 NLT
30 I can do nothing on My own… I carry out the will of the One Who sent Me, not My own will.
1 John 4:10 NLT
10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

 

John 20:21 NLT
As the Father has sent Me, so I am sending you.”

 

Additional Apostles Named in NT
James the brother of Jesus – Galatians 1:19
Barnabas – Acts 14:14
Apollos – 1 Corinthians 4:6-9
Epaphroditus–Philippians 2:25
Timothy and Silvanus– I Thessalonians 1:1 and 2:6
Andronicus and Junia – Romans 16:7
Paul

 

2 Corinthians 12:12 NIV
12 I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.

 

 

 

 

Passages for Sunday, August 19, 2018

Ephesians 1:1
“To God’s holy people in Ephesus,[a] the faithful in Christ Jesus…

 

Colossians 4:16
16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.

 

Map - Seven Churches of Asia Minor

 

Ephesians 4:2-6 NLT
2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.

5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 one God and Father of all,
who is over all, in all, and living through all.

 

Ephesians 4:7, 11-13 NLT
7 However, He has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the Church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

 

Ephesians 2:20 NLT
20 Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself.

 

1 Corinthians 14:3 NLT
3 But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.

 
1 Corinthians 14:29 NLT
29 Let two or three people prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said.