Aug. 16, 2020
Primary Text: Matthew 6:9-10 August 15 & 16, 2020
Last Week’s Teaching: How Much More
1) One Body
1 Corinthians 12:12-14: The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.
DQ 1) What does it mean that “we were all baptized by one Spirit
into one body”?
2) Eagerly Desire
1 Corinthians 14:1: Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
DQ 2) Why should we eagerly desire spiritual gifts?
3) Good Gifts
Luke 11:9-13: "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
DQ 3) Are you regularly asking God to fill you with the Holy
This Week’s Teaching:
1) Advancing the Kingdom
Mark 1:14-15: After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"
Mark 10:14-16: He [Jesus] said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
John 3:1-3: Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him." In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
Luke 17:20-21: Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."
Romans 14:17: For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit….
Matthew 6:9-10: This, then, is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come..."
DQ 1) Define the Kingdom of God.
DQ 2) How do humans inherit the Kingdom of God?
DQ 3) How do people bring the Kingdom of God to fruition in this
2) Without Ceasing
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
DQ 4) Define prayer.
DQ 5) Is prayer a duty, obligation, responsibility or opportunity?
(Choose only one and explain why.)
DQ 6) How is it possible to pray without ceasing?
3) Incense of the Saints
Revelation 5:6-10: Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."
DQ 7) Why are the prayers of the saints an incense unto God?