Scripture: Galatians 6:1-16 Key Verse: Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. (v. 2-3) Observation: Paul closes his letter to the believers in Galatia by emphasizing the importance of living in Christian community. In keeping with… Read More Mutual Accountability
Scripture: Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Key Verses: For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. (v.… Read More Freedom: From and For
Scripture: Acts 4:8-20 Key Verse: Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. (v. 13) Observation: The verses of this passage are a continuation of events beginning with Acts chapter 3. Peter and John… Read More Companions of Jesus
Scripture: John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Key Verse: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. (v. 34) Observation: In this passage from the gospel according to John, Jesus gets up from the table and washes the disciples feet. Peter’s initial refusal… Read More Love One Another
Scripture: Isaiah 50:4-9a Key Verse: The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame. (v. 7) Observation: Isaiah 50:4-11 is known as the third servant song or servant poem written by the prophet Isaiah… Read More Determined to Face Disgrace
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Key Verse: For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (v. 18) Observation: Paul writes to the believers in Corinth in hopes of bringing divisive conflict to an end. He does so by… Read More Foolishly Wise
Scripture: Hebrews 9:11-15 Key Verses: For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our… Read More How Much More?
Scripture: Luke 19:28-40 Key Verses: Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.” Observation: Luke recounts Jesus’ triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem during Passover. The crowds have gathered to celebrate this… Read More A Dangerous Shout
Scripture: John 12:1-8 Key Verses: Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume… Read More Smells Like…
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Key Verse: So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (v. 17) Observation: Paul articulates his understanding of what some might call being born again. Paul uses the phrase “being in Christ”, but it carries the same sort… Read More What’s New?