The S7GNS: Do You Want to Get Well?

 

Scripture Lesson for the Day: John 5:1-18, NLT

“The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name” (John 20:30-31, NLT).

This miraculous sign will lead you to ask yourself…
1. Do you want to get well?
“Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, ‘Would you like to get well?’” (John 5:3-6, NLT)

2. Do you realize that you are in desperate need for help?
“‘I can’t, sir,’ the sick man said, ‘for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me’” (John 5:7, NLT).

Jesus points to a deeper healing that is needed: “Later, Jesus found the man at the Temple and said to him, ‘See, you are well now. Stop sinning so that something worse does not happen to you’” (John 5:14, NCV).

True or False: Until we get to the place that we realize our desperate condition we will never know who Jesus really is!

Have you experienced the deeper spiritual healing that Jesus desires for you?

3. Do you recognize Jesus for who He really is?
“The Jews began to persecute Jesus because he kept healing people on the day of rest—a holy day. Jesus replied to them, ‘My Father is working right now, and so am I.’ His reply made the Jews more intent on killing him. Not only did he break the laws about the day of rest—a holy day, but also he made himself equal to God when he said repeatedly that God was his Father” (John 5:16-18, GW).

Jesus is showing us that He is…

  • The Initiator: Jesus seeks us out and desires to make us whole!
  • The Healer: Jesus is our physical and spiritual healer!
  • The Savior: He is the only one that can truly bring the healing that we need!

Key Understanding: Jesus confronted the healed lame man with a deeper and much more important problem in his life. It was his sin sick soul that needed to be healed. Jesus is our only remedy for this spiritual sickness!

Closing Challenge: “Would you like to get well?” Look to Jesus and nothing else for the healing that you need and He desires for you!

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THE S7GNS: Powerful faith lessons learned at Cana!

 

Scripture Lesson of the day:  John 4:43-54, NLT

Is your faith in Jesus based on what He can do for you or on who He is?

Faith lessons learned at Cana:

  • Faith grows when exercised!

“Jesus went again to visit Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. One of the king’s important officers lived in the city of Capernaum, and his son was sick.  When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to Jesus and begged him to come to Capernaum and heal his son, because his son was almost dead.  Jesus said to him, ‘You people must see signs and miracles before you will believe in me’” (John 4:46-48, NCV).

In what way(s) has your faith been exercised recently?

  • Faith stretching methods require obedience!

“Jesus answered, ‘Go. Your son will live.’  The man believed what Jesus told him and went home.  On the way the man’s servants came and met him and told him, “Your son is alive’” (John 4:50-51, NCV).

What was the faith stretching dilemma the official faced?

Key understanding:  You must learn to take Jesus at His word.  Jesus displayed compassion and speed in healing the royal official’s boy.  He did so in a faith stretching way…a long distance healing!

  • Saving faith has a ripple effect!

“The man asked, ‘What time did my son begin to get well?’   They answered, ‘Yesterday at one o’clock the fever left him.’  The father knew that one o’clock was the exact time that Jesus had said, ‘Your son will live.’  So the man and all the people who lived in his house believed in Jesus” (John 4:52-53, NCV).

3 faith stretching stages:

1. Jesus as a miracle worker

2. Jesus as a divine healer

3. Jesus as a personal Savior

Which stage best describes your faith in Christ today?

Is your saving faith having a ripple effect on your family and friends?

Closing Challenge:  Do you need a miraculous sign to see Jesus for who He really is?  If you do then you will stay stuck in the quagmire of unbelief.  Instead allow your faith to reveal the most important spiritual realization about Jesus…He is your Savior!

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THE S7GNS: Water transformed into wine!

 

Scripture Lesson of the day:  John 2:1-11, 20:30-31, NLT

How perceptive are you to the signs all around you? What is the purpose of a sign?

“This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him” (John 2:11, NLT).

Sign: sēmeion, Greek –  “A sign (typically miraculous), given especially to confirm, corroborate or authenticate…Accordingly, it is used dozens of times in the NT for what authenticates the Lord and His eternal purpose, especially by doing what mere man cannot replicate of take credit for”  (Online resource – Bible Hub).

Jesus turning water into wine is a sign…

  • The Messiah has finally come!

“When all the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.’  Jesus answered, ‘Dear woman, why come to me? My time has not yet come.’  His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you to do’” (John 2:3-5, NCV).

How was the wedding at Cana a sign the Messiah had come?

“In that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk.  Water will fill the streambeds of Judah, and a fountain will burst forth from the Lord’s Temple, watering the arid valley of acacias” (Joel 3:18, NLT).

“The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,  that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.’  He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently.  Then he began to speak to them. ‘The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!’” (Luke 4:17-21, NLT).

  • The Messiah has come to transform us!

“Jesus told the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water.’  When the jars had been filled, he said, ‘Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.’  So the servants followed his instructions.  When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over.  ‘A host always serves the best wine first,’ he said. ‘Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!’” (John 2:7-10, NLT)

Our transformation of life includes:

1.             The spiritual

2.             An abundance

3.             The quality

Have you experienced the transformation that Jesus can bring into your life?

  • To initiate faith in Him as our Messiah!

“What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him” (John 2:11, NIV).

“The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book.  But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name” (John 20:30-31, NLT).

What will (did) it take for you to believe in Jesus Christ?

Closing Challenge:  Do you recognize that Jesus is the Messiah?  Have you placed your faith in Him and experienced the life transformation that He provides?  Are you experiencing the abundant and quality of life that Jesus has for you?  Let’s celebrate with joy the fact that our Messiah has come!

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RENEW:  Till Death Do Us Part…A Commitment that Lasts a Lifetime!

 

Scripture Lesson for the day: Matthew 19:1-12, NLT & selected passages in the Bible

Do you have a Biblical view of marriage?

God’s design for marriage includes…

  • A covenant between a man and a woman!

“They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female” (Matthew 19:4b, NLT).

What is the difference between a contract and a covenant?

  • A breaking away from other relationships!

“And he said, ‘this explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife’” (Matthew 19:5a, NLT).

Why is it necessary for a person to “leave” his or her parents?

  • Two individuals being united together as one!

“…and the two are united into one. ‘Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together” (Matthew 19:5b-6, NLT).

  • Being equally yoked!

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14, NKJV)

Why is it important to be equally yoked?

  • A lifelong commitment of faithfulness!

“Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery” (Hebrews 13:4, NLT).

“Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath.  He sent someone to find out who she was, and he was told, ‘She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.’  Then David sent messengers to get her; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her.” (2 Samuel 11:2-4a, NLT).

Key Understanding: Jesus raised the bar of purity and faithfulness to an entirely new level by saying even looking at someone and lusting after them is committing adultery in one’s heart!

“You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’  But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28, NLT).

Forgiveness and reconciliation are standards to be exhibited instead of divorce!

“Jesus replied, ‘Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended.  And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery—unless his wife has been unfaithful’” (Matthew 19:8-9, NLT).

Closing Challenge:  Jesus challenged the Pharisee’s understanding of marriage and divorce by pointing out God’s original design. Do you have a biblical view of marriage? Do you believe God intended marriage to be between one man and one woman for life? God’s plan for marriage is a commitment meant to last a lifetime…till death do us part!  Married or single will you adopt this biblical point of view for marriage?

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RENEW:  The Battle for Sexual Purity in Your Family!

 

Scripture Lesson for the day: 1 Corinthians 6:9-20, NLT & selected passages in the Bible

Do you know that every member of your family is in a spiritual battle for sexual purity?

To win the battle for sexual purity…

  • Put on your running shoes!

“Run from sexual sin!” (1 Corinthians 6:18a, NLT).

“His master’s wife grabbed his coat and said to him, ‘Come and have sexual relations with me.’ But Joseph left his coat in her hand and ran out of the house” (Genesis 39:12, NCV).

  • Learn to bounce your eyes!

“You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’  But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28, NLT).

What was King David’s major mistake when he first saw Bathsheba?

“One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of his palace. While he was on the roof, he saw a woman bathing. She was very beautiful.  So David sent his servants to find out who she was. A servant answered, ‘That woman is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam. She is the wife of Uriah the Hittite.’  So David sent messengers to bring Bathsheba to him. When she came to him, he had sexual relations with her” (2 Samuel 11:2-4, NCV).

How would you respond to a man who said, “I always thought that since I was a man I would not be able to control my roving eyes?  I didn’t know it could be any other way?”

  • Maintain safe boundaries!

“…you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:13b, NLT).

“God wants you to be holy and to stay away from sexual sins.  He wants each of you to learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable.  Don’t use your body for sexual sin like the people who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, NCV).

“Life is short.  Have an affair” (Ashely Madison slogan).

“People who sin sexually sin against their own bodies.   Don’t you know that your body is a temple that belongs to the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit, whom you received from God, lives in you. You don’t belong to yourselves.  You were bought for a price. So bring glory to God in the way you use your body” (1 Corinthians 6:18b-20, GW).

  • Save yourself for marriage!

“But if they can’t control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It’s better to marry than to burn with lust” (1 Corinthians 7:9, NLT).

“However, if you cannot control your desires, you should get married. It is better for you to marry than to burn with sexual desire” (Hebrews 13:4, GW).

“When you talk to courageous World War II veterans, they say they don’t feel like heroes.  They simply had a job to do.  When the landing-craft ramps fell open, they swallowed hard and said, ‘It’s time.’  Time to fight.  In your struggle with sexual impurity, isn’t it time?  Sure, fighting back will be hard.  But your life and home are under a withering barrage of machine-gun sexuality that rakes the landscape mercilessly.  Right now you’re in a landing craft, inching closer to shore and a showdown.  God has given you the weapons and trained you for battle.  You can’t stay in the landing craft forever” (Every Man’s Battle, chp. 8, pgs. 83-84).

Closing Challenge:  Make no mistake about it everyone is in a battle for sexual purity.  Our culture would say that there is nothing wrong with all sorts of sexual immorality   You can win the battle with God’s help!  Determine in your heart to be holy and pursue a lifestyle characterized by sexual purity!  Our best strategy is found in 1 Corinthians 6:18a, NLT – “Run from sexual sin!”

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