Death Leads To Life

Start with prayer.
Praise God for your weekend and for another week full of opportunities to glorify him.
Confess your sins to God and ask him to help you change.
Ask him to help you focus during this time. (turn phone on airplane mode.)
 
Read John 12:20-26
Read Matthew 16:24-25
What point is Jesus making with the illustration of the grain of wheat? v.24-25 help explain this
What is required for the grain to produce fruit?
What is required of us to gain eternal life? 
How does Matthew 16:24-25 take this a step further.
What would it look like for you to take up your own cross? Matthew 16:24
Are you willing to deny yourself and the ways of the world and follow Jesus? Why or why not?
What is baptism a picture of?
 
End with prayer.
Tell Jesus you are willing to deny yourself and follow him no matter what the cost. (If that is really how you feel.)
Ask God to help you follow Jesus pattern of living and not the worlds.
Pray for the person you know that is enslaved to this world.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
Pray for the coronavirus to end.
 
 
 

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Weekend Review

Read the entire weeks reading at one time.
What stands out to you the most from what you learned this week?
What is going well for you right now?
In what ways do you need to grow in your faith?
Pray for the Coronavirus to end.
Pray for God to use you to do his work during this difficult time.
Pray that the saints would all get online tomorrow for the online message.
Pray that the saints would support each other during this difficult time.
Spend some time praising God for who he is, for his blessings and for the privilege of knowing him. 

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Faith In King Jesus

Start with prayer.
Praise God for friends and family.
Confess your sins to God and ask him to help you fight against sin.
Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 12:12-19
What did the crowd cry out when Jesus arrived?
Read Psalm 118:25-26. The word “Hosanna” is the hebrew word translated “Save us” in that passage.
If they cried out to Jesus “save us” who did they think he was? What prophecy was being fulfilled?
When did the disciples finally understand what was happening here? v.16
What did the crowd continue to do? v.17
Why did the crowd meet him there? v.18
The jews were looking for a political revolution. Many who cried out here were the same who cried out “crucify him” later.
Jesus could care less about politics. He came to save souls from an eternity in Hell.
Do you believe that Jesus is King? Not just King of your heart but ruler over all things?
Do you trust in a sovereign King Jesus or just a political figure or nice teacher? 
When someone trusts in Jesus as the sovereign king over all things that is very empowering.
Be empowered by knowing that Jesus is sovereign and you are his bride the church.
 
End with prayer.
Praise Jesus for being the one true King over all the earth.
Tell your King that you trust in him and that you will do anything for him.
Pray for the person you know that does not have faith in King Jesus.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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Your Story Matters

Start with prayer.
Praise God for being in control and for providing even though life can get hard.
Confess your sins and ask God to help you change.
Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 12:9-10.
Where does this short encounter take place? 12:1
Why did the large crowd come?
Why did the chief priests want to put Lazarus to death?
Imagine someone wanting to kill you because Jesus brought you back from the dead. 
There are always two responses to Jesus miracles. 
Response #1 – Pride
Response #2 – Belief
Which response leads to life?
Which response leads to death?
These stories and your story are meant to lead people to belief. Sadly someone will reject God and your story and possibly even you because of what God has done in your life. You need to share it anyways because lives are on the line. Do not presume to know who will and will not receive your story. Your job is to just share and leave the results to God. 
 
End with prayer.
Ask God to help you share your story with the person you have been praying for.
Pray that they would believe in Jesus.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
Pray for the Coronavirus to end.

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Worship is Greater than Work

Start with prayer.
Praise God for loving you even though you are sinful.
Confess your sins to God and ask him to help you change.
Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 12:1-8
What is the setting of this story?
What did we learn passover is really about?
Who in this story understood passover the most after Jesus?
What is the better choice made in this story?
What is your purpose in life according to what Jesus says here?
There are a lot of “good” things to be done in this world but they must not replace our worship of God.
Beware of doing so much “ministry” or “good things” that you neglect time to just be still and worship God.
 
End with prayer.
Confess to God that he is your top priority.
Spend more time praising and worshiping God.
Pray for the person you know that does not worship God.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
 

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The Suffering King

Start with prayer.
Praise Jesus for his sacrifice and suffering that he went through for you.
Confess your sins to God and ask him to help you change.
Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 11:45-57.
How sad is this story? Jesus brought someone back from the dead and these religious zealots only cared about power and so their response to a life-giving miracle was to kill Jesus. 
Was this God’s will for these men to respond this way?
Look up Isaiah 53:10 to help you answer that question.
Compare this to the story of Saul and David. Saul was a terrible king and while he was king God anointed David to replace him as king. Saul found out and tried to kill David and David went into hiding. But wasn’t it God’s will?
David suffered for God’s will. Jesus suffered for God’s will. What makes you think that you are not supposed to suffer?
Read John 15:18 and Matthew 16:24. Why is this a picture of suffering for all Jesus disciples?
Have you really contemplated what God’s will is for you? Do you really believe that the “American Dream” is God’s will?
Its time to let go of “The American Dream” and embrace God’s calling on your life which is complete surrender to his will.
True freedom is found in following Jesus not economic security or political control.
 
End with prayer.
Ask God to help you understand what it means to completely surrender to his will.
Ask God to help you follow Jesus no matter what the cost.
Pray for the salvation of the person you know that does not believe.
Pray for the next person or family on the church directory.

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Believe and See The Glory of God

Start with prayer.
Praise God for a new week with a fresh start. Ask him to help you use it well. Ask him to help you be a good steward of your time, money and energy. Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 11:38-44
Remember the famous verse 35 “Jesus wept”? Hopefully you memorized that one. What does verse 38 tell us that his compassion led him to do? What did Jesus say the result of belief would be in v. 40? Now Jesus knew he would raise Lazarus from the dead so why did he weep? Why was he deeply moved as it says in v.38? It could have been a number of things that stirred up Jesus compassion and made him weep. In my humble but accurate opinion Jesus saw death, felt the sting of death and saw how it affected others and he hated it. Jesus hates death. Death was not a part of his original creation. Death only came into the world after sin entered the world. But it would be through his death that the world would be saved. Jesus fought with death and won. He won for all of us. Our job is to simply believe. If we can believe in Jesus we will see the glory of God. In stead of death we get God’s glory. That is quite a trade. That is not price gouging that is called grace.
 
End with prayer.
Praise Jesus for the life he has bough and paid for. Praise God for the privilege of experiencing his glory. Pray for the person you know that has not believed and seen God’s glory. Pray for the next person or family in the church directory. 

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Jesus Wept And So Should We

Start with prayer.
Praise God for your physical health and well being. Pray for those infected with the Coronavirus and pray that God would find a cure and that it would stop spreading.
Confess your sins to God and ask him to help you change.
Ask him to help you focus during this time.
 
Read John 11:28-37
Why was Jesus deeply moved and troubled in his spirit?
Why did Jesus weep?
Could it be that he was weeping for his friend Lazarus?
Could it be that he was angry at the reality of death in the world and the affects it has on the living?
Could it be that he was filled with compassion for everyone else weeping?
No one really knows so this is a matter of opinion but I think it was a mix of all of it combined with the knowledge of his own death and suffering that was to come. We should be deeply moved by Jesus compassion here. This should lead us to sympathize and have compassion on others suffering. We are often separated and cold hearted when we hear of the suffering of others. What troubles have you become numb to in the world? Homelessness? Orphans? Addicts? Lost souls?
If we claim to be Christ followers, we should weep over these things. When was the last time you thought about someone you know weeping in Hell for eternity? Does that not stir your soul at all? If not, perhaps you are not as in tune to Jesus as you thought.
 
End with prayer.
Pray for God to move in your spirit and break your numbness to the suffering of others.
Pray for the person you know that does not know God and is spiritually suffering because of it.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.

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From Death To Life

Start with Prayer.
Praise God for showing you grace and giving you new life.
Confess your sins to him and ask him to help you change.
Ask him to help you focus.
 
Read John 11:1-27
How long had Lazarus been in the tomb when Jesus found him?
What did Martha tell Jesus when she saw him coming in v.21-22?
What does Jesus call himself in v.25
How does he explain that claim in v.25-26?
What does Martha profess to believe in v.27?
What is the main point of this passage?
If Jesus is the resurrection and the life, how does that impact your daily life?
 
Close with prayer.
Praise Jesus for saving you and giving you new life and eternal life.
Pray for the person you know that does not believe in Jesus.
Pray for the next person or family in the church directory.
 
 

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