Monthly Archives: July 2016

When Would Jesus Say “No”?

Yesterday we saw how Jesus’ compassion compelled Him to help a leper who asked for cleansing. There are numerous examples of this in the gospels. We are to follow Jesus’ example!

Jesus did not however, grant the requests of everyone who ever asked Him for help! Consider the following examples: Luke 4:40-43, John 6:22-29, John 12:4-8.

Question: What circumstances factored in to Jesus’ decisions of whether or not to keep helping?

Note: If you are in the Jacksonville area join us for our review of this weeks lessons. All are invited Wednesday night at 7pm at 1796 Old Middleburg Road North.




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If You Are Willing…

Mark 1:40-45

In our class we are looking at the example of Jesus and then asking, “how should we be like Him?”  In today’s text a leper comes to him saying “if you are willing you can make me clean”.  What did Jesus say?  What would we say?

Before dismissing applying this to ourselves “because only Jesus could perform miracles”, consider that there are non-miraculous ways we can help those who are sick and otherwise in need. We could even feed 5000 if we were so inclined (though not with five loaves and two fishes!).

What does the text say about Jesus’ heart that explains why He was willing to heal the leper?  What does this mean?




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Jesus Submission To The Father: Prayer (#2)

Matthew 26:36-44

Today we look at what is the best known example of Jesus praying: The garden of Gethsemane.

How would you describe Jesus purpose in this prayer?

Note two things Jesus says in His prayer (v39). What does each teach us about His faith in prayer? How should we follow His example?

(1) “If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me”.

(2) “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will”.





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Jesus’ Submission To The Father: Prayer

See  Mark 1:35, Matthew 14:23, Luke 5:16, Luke 6:12

Aside from the simple fact that  Jesus prayed, what other features of Jesus prayer life do these accounts have in common and why is each important??

Do you think Jesus needed prayer more than we do? Less than we do? Or about the same as we do?


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Jesus’ Submission To The Father: Resisting Temptation

Matthew 4:1-11

Immediately after His baptism Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness where He fasted for 40 days and was tempted by the devil.  Hebrews 4:15 tells us that He “was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin”.


As we observe Jesus response to the devil how does He demonstrate His faith?

How does He demonstrate His knowledge of the word?

What other thoughts or questions do you have about the temptation of Jesus?




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Jesus’ Submission To The Father: Baptism

Early in the gospels we see John the Baptist doing his work of preaching and baptizing  and see that Jesus also comes to the Jordan for the purpose of being baptized.  John is at first reluctant but Jesus persists: “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15).

Mark 1:4 tells us that John’s baptism was “a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins”. We know however that Jesus had no sins to repent of or to be remitted!

What does it show about Jesus that He was determined to be baptized?

Reading through the baptism story – what else might have been involved in why Jesus was baptized?

What other events in Jesus life show His determination to submit to the will of the Father?



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Following Jesus’ Example: Is It Possible?

Is it really possible to live like Jesus lived?

If we focus on the wide chasm between the divinity of Jesus and the weakness of human flesh it is easy to think of such an assignment as impossible.

Another point of view places Jesus in His life on earth and mankind in much closer proximity. “The Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory!”  (John 1:14).


How do Hebrews 2:14-17 and Hebrews 4:15 describe the extent to which Jesus identified with our human fleshly experience?

What about man? Are we hopelessly destined to failure? Hows does 1 Corinthians 10:13 help with this question?


JOIN US FOR A BIBLE CLASS REVIEW OF THIS WEEKS LESSON.  If your in the Jacksonville, Florida area join us at 1796 Old Middleburg Road North at 7pm on Wednesday night.  Everyone is invited!


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Following Jesus’ Example: Is It Commanded?

Christians are commanded to follow the example of Jesus. Note for example, 1 Peter 1:21, 1 John 2:4, John 13:34, 1 John 3:3, John 13:15, Colossians 3:13, Matthew 16:24, Romans 8:29, Ephesians 4:15.

2 Corinthians 3:18 uses beautiful language to describe how a Christian’s behavior changes from the old selfish, sinful man to the new man that is like Jesus. “We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord”.  That verse also describes the goals of our class: (1) Read about how Jesus lived and study His behavior and (2) with God’s help be transformed into the same image.


Are there other verses that command us to follow Jesus’ example?

Do you consider it a sin if you fail to live up to Jesus’ example?

What other thoughts do you have about these verses?




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