“Get Up and Walk!” Faith and Healing – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: Jesus’ power and authority were used to serve humanity. Who ever came to Him was embraced by His love and included in His grace. “Get Up and Walk!” Faith and Healing April 16-22, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 8:1-4. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important … [Click to read more …]

The Sermon on the Mount – Hit the Mark
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Nicodemus the Pharisee comes to a night time private meeting with Jesus.

Twenty-five years ago in 1991, the first For Dummies book was published. It was titled DOS for Dummies and it was the first in a long line of instructional books that presented complex subjects in simple, non-threatening ways. From that first computer software book the brand has expanded to cover a huge variety of topics … [Click to read more …]

The Sermon on the Mount – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: The sermon on the mount gives us the basic principles that govern God’s kingdom and a guide to our mindset and actions. The Sermon on the Mount April 9 – 15, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 5:11-16. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point … [Click to read more …]

The Sermon on the Mount – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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He taught with authority.  Were Jesus’ listeners amazed that He spoke with authority even before they knew He was Jesus Christ? In other words, was it “who He was” or “How He spoke” that first impressed them concerning Jesus?The “Sermon on the Mount” is fairly short, but it is “the most powerful sermon ever preached,” according to … [Click to read more …]

The Ministry Begins – Hit the Mark
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Jesus summons the fisherman to follow Him.

If one didn’t know better they might think that Jesus could have benefited from a savvy P.R. marketing manager. We know that first impressions are lasting, and it is imperative for any public figure to get their debut right. The society in which Jesus began his ministry was very religious. At the top of the … [Click to read more …]

2 The Ministry Begins – Discussion Questions
Joyce Griffith

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“Come follow Me…” Our lesson begins by wondering if we all tend to think, sometimes, that we don’t really know why we’re here and what we’re doing where we are. Do you ever sense doubts that deep? Or at least wonder what your purpose in life is? “Another day, another dollar.” Why are we tempted to let ourselves … [Click to read more …]

The Ministry Begins – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Jesus Begins His Ministry

Key Thought: Matthew presents repentance, victorious living, and discipleship as essential features of the kingdom of God. The Ministry Begins April 2-8, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 3:7-12. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.b. What message did John have for the leaders … [Click to read more …]

Son of David – Hit the Mark
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The Wise Men Journey to Jerusalem

In this week’s lesson on the Son of David I originally planned to focus on the character of Joseph, since he is often marginalized in our discussions of the incarnation of Christ. Mary rightly draws our attention, as it was she who actually carried to birth the long-awaited Messiah. But it was the lineage of Joseph that the … [Click to read more …]

01: Son of David – Questions for discussion
Joyce Griffith

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The Son of David. Do you have a hard time with the expression that Jesus was “the Son of David?” What does this phrase mean? What special meaning does this title give to Jesus? Why is it important to believe that Jesus was the “son” of David? Another Genesis. If the account of Jesus’ genealogy in … [Click to read more …]