Oct 04 thru Nov 15 - "Life on the Rope"

Discipleship series

Life on the Rope Oct. 04 
Life on the Rope Oct. 11 
Life on the Rope Oct. 18 
Life on the Rope Oct. 25 (Reformation Sunday)  
Life on the Rope Nov. 01 (All Saints' Day) 
Life on the Rope Nov. 08 
Life on the Rope Nov. 15 


Sep 06 - Sep 27 "James"

James: Look back to move forward
Sept. 6 Faith without works is dead
Is. 35:4–7a
James 2: 14–18
Mark 7:(24–30) 31–37

James: Reach In
Sept. 13 Taming the tongue
Is. 50:4–10
James 3:1–12
Mark 9:14–29

James: Reach Up
Sept. 20 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you
Jer. 11:18–20
James 4:1-10
Mark 9:30–37

James: Reach Out
Sept. 27 Prayer and the wanderer
Num. 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29
James 5:13–20
Mark 9:38–50


Jul 26 thru Aug 30 - "Elijah"

Elijah 1 - July 26 
Elijah fed by ravens
 1 Kings 16:29-17:7

Elijah 2 - Aug. 2 
Widow of Zarapheth
 1 Kings 17:8-24

Elijah 3 - Aug 09
Elijah vs. Prophets of Baal
 1 Kings 18:17-40

Elijah 4  - Aug. 16  
Elijah flees Jezebel
 1 Kings 19:1–8

Elijah 5 - Aug. 23 
The still, small voice
 1 Kings 19:9-18

Elijah 6 - Aug. 30 
Fiery chariot
 2 Kings 2 


Jun 21 thru July 19 - "Scenic Overview"

Jun 21 - The Coastal Plain 
Jun 28 - The Mountains 
Jul 05 - The Harbor 
Jul 12 - The Wilderness 
Jul 19 - The Oasis 


May 10 - "Living Hope" (Easter 6)

Week 5 (5/10) – In Speaking of Jesus (Justin Preaching Notes – Due 4/20)

1 Peter 3:13-22; Luke 24:13-35
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
The Resurrection of Jesus impacts our sharing faith:

  1. Hope properly focused
  2. Reasons Individually Prepared
  3. Gentleness sincerely expressed


1 Peter 3:13-22

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 
Section before: Repay evil with blessing; keep tongues from evil speech; seek peace and pursue it.
People will be more willing to harm you if you do evil, so why not do good??
ESV: if you are zealous for what is good
KJV: And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.” 
Just because you do good does not mean you are safe from harm.
Blessed. Also means “set apart.”
makarios: blessed, happy
Sermon on the mount blessed
dictionary.com: consecrated, sacred, holy, sanctified
Isaiah 8:12. Israel’s fear of invasion
KJV: But and if! Blessed= happy are ye
NLT: God will reward you for it
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, 
But… instead of fearing.
Always. That’s a lot.
Be prepared. Like a boy scout. Hmm.
To give an answer. Original notes talked about “apologia.” A defense. A legal term.
The reason for the hope. Not a fleeting hope that the world offers. An eternal hope. This is a great message to all of us, but especially to the graduating seniors as they head off to their next chapters.
But do this with gentleness and respect. How often are we prepared to give a defense in a defensive (or offensive manner)??
ESV: prepared to make a defense
KJV: Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts
16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 
What a word for the church as we live out our witness on Twitter and Facebook.
It’s easier for someone to to speak nastily about and annoying, non-gentle, disrespectful Christian.
ESV: so that when you are slandered
Not if, but when

17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 
God’s will for us to suffer for doing good. Schwew!
MSG: It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad.
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 
Christ also suffered for not just having an answer for the reason of the hope that he had; he WAS the hope. He suffered for our sins so we could have a hope.
Put to death in the body/made alive in the Spirit. Peter is NOT saying that Jesus’ resurrection was only spiritual and not physical.
CEV: listed like a poem or hymn.
Christ died once for our sins.
An innocent person died
     for those who are guilty.
Christ did this
     to bring you to God,
when his body
     was put to death
and his spirit
     was made alive.
NLT: Christ suffered for our sins once for all time
19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 
Is Peter talking about during the 3 days in the tomb? Jesus was physically dead but still spiritually alive?
Imprisoned spirits. This is tricky stuff.
20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 
Are the imprisoned spirits only those who were disobedient before the flood? Or all who have been disobedient?
God waited patiently while Noah built the ark. Was God waiting to bring the flood, anxious, anticipating it?
Saved through water
MSG: saved from the water by the water
Life Application Study Bible: between death an resurrection, Christ announced salvation to God’s faithful followers who had been waiting for their salvation during the OT era; others say Christ went to Hades to proclaim victory and condemnation to the fallen angels imprisoned there since Noah’d day. Christ’s Good News of salvation and victory is not limited. God speaks; God triumphs; God saves.
21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 
The flood water symbolizes baptism; baptism is not a symbol. Water is great at removing dirt, but the water of baptism does way more than that. It saves you!!! A symbol can not save you. God working through the means saves you.
ESV: baptism, which corresponds to this; as a appeal to God…
KJV: the answer of a good conscience toward God
MSG: not from washing away dirt from your skin but by presenting you through Jesus’ resurrection before God with a clear conscience
NLT: It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ
22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
Angels, authorities and powers in submission to Jesus. Angels in heaven. Authorities and powers on earth?
Gospel reading—Luke 24:13–35
Road to Emmaus
Jesus walked alongside them; they were kept from recognizing him
They stood still, their faces were downcast: they had no hope
But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel
Their hope was in Jesus, but was still confused
It took Jesus to explain everything to them: opening their eyes to the truth of the scriptures about what must happen to him.
Then, at supper, he opened their eyes to him!
Were not our hearts burning!!
Jesus recognized in the breaking of the bread