Passages for Sunday, November 4, 2018

Ephesians 4:7, 11 NAS
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift…
11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,


Colossians 4:2-6 NIV
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.


1 Peter 3:15-16 NIV
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.


SLIDE - BELLS - Steps to Living a “Questionable” Life - 2018



Passages for Sunday, October 28, 2018

Matthew 6:19-21 NIV
Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


Revelation 4:9-10 NIV
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to Him Who sits on the throne and Who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him Who sits on the throne and worship Him Who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne…


5 crowns

  • Life
  • Joy
  • Eternal
  • Righteousness
  • Glory


James 1:12 NIV
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.


Revelation 2:10 The Passion Translation (TPT)
10 Do not yield to fear in the face of the suffering to come, but be aware of this: the devil is about to have some of you thrown into prison to test your faith. For ten days you will have distress, but remain faithful to the day you die and I will give you the victor’s crown of life.


1 Thessalonians 2:19 NKJV
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?


Philippians 4:1 NIV
4 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!


1 Corinthians 9:25-27 NIV
25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.


2 Timothy 4:8 NIV
8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.


Matthew 24:45-51 NLT
45 “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. 46 If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. 47 I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. 48 But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ 49 and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? 50 The master will return unannounced and unexpected, 51 and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


1 Peter 5:1-4 The Passion Translation (TPT)
5 Now, I encourage you as an elder, an eyewitness of the sufferings of Christ, and one who shares in the glory that is about to be unveiled. I urge my fellow elders among you 2 to be compassionate shepherds who tenderly care for God’s flock and who feed them well, for you have the responsibility to guide, protect, and oversee. Consider it a joyous pleasure and not merely a religious duty. Lead from the heart under God’s leadership—not as a way to gain finances dishonestly but as a way to eagerly and cheerfully serve. 3 Don’t be controlling tyrants but lead others by your beautiful examples to the flock. 4 And when the Shepherd-King appears, you will win the victor’s crown of glory that never fades away.


Revelation 3:11 NIV
11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.


Revelation 3:8 & 10 NIV
8 I know your deeds…I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My Name… 10… you have kept My command to endure patiently…


Revelation 22:12 NIV
12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.

Passages for Sunday, October 14, 2018

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 NIV
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.


2 Corinthians 4:4b & 6 NIV
…4 the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God… 6 For God, Who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.


1 Kings 14:8 NIV
8 …you have not been like My servant David, who kept My commands and followed Me with all his heart, doing only what was right in My eyes.



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.