Authoritative Commandments of Jesus Christ
Previously, we have studied two series on the sayings of Jesus. In the autumn of 2011, we had a 10 week series on the “I Am Statements of Jesus Christ” from the Gospel of John which clearly indicate that Jesus claimed to be God. In the autumn of 2012, we had a 14 week series on the “Hard Sayings of Jesus Christ”, based on some of Jesus’ difficult statements that were highlighted by F.F. Bruce in his book of the same name. Beginning on New Year’s Day we will be starting a new 28 week series in the adult Sunday school class on the “Authoritative Commandments of Jesus Christ”, based on the commands given by Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry. There are three major reasons why we must be very familiar with Jesus’ commands:
- We show that we love Jesus when we keep His commandments [John 14:15, 21].
2. We show that we abide in Christ when we keep His commandments [John 15:10].
3. Jesus’ final command as stated in the Great Commission requires us to be “teaching them [new disciples] to observe all things that I have commanded you” [Matt. 28:20a – NKJV].
Therefore, it is imperative that we know the commandments of Jesus Christ. How else are we going to show others that we love Christ? How else are we going to confirm to ourselves that we abide in Christ? How else are we going to teach others to observe His commandments? If you have never studied the commandments of Jesus Christ, now is the time to begin. Coming to this class would be a great New Year’s resolution for every true believer in Jesus Christ.
The list of commandments that we will study during this series has been taken from John Piper’s book “What Jesus Demands from the World”.
New Series Subject: The Authoritative Commandments of Jesus Christ
Week 1 – “Be born again.” – John 3:7
Week 2 – “Repent.” – Matt. 4:17; Luke 13:3, 5
Week 3 – “Come to Me.” – Matt. 11:28; John 5:40; 6:35; 7:37
Week 4 – “Believe in Me.” – John 14:1
Week 5 – “Love Me.” – John 8:42
Week 6 – “Hear Me.” – Mark 7:14; Luke 8:8, 18
Week 7 – “Abide in Me.” – John 15:4
Week 8 – “Follow Me.” – Matt. 8:22; 16:24; 19:21; Mark 1:17; John 8:12
Week 9 – “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.” – Mark 12:30
Week 10 – “Rejoice.” – Luke 6:22-23; 10:19-20
Week 11 – “Fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” – Matt. 10:28
Week 12 – “Worship in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:23-24
Week 13 – “Pray and not lose heart.” – Luke 18:1
Week 14 – “Do not be anxious about your life.” – Matt. 6:25, 34; 10:18-19
Week 15 – “Become as little children.” – Matt. 18:3-4; 23:12;
Week 16 – “Forgive men their trespasses.” – Matt. 6:14-15; 18:34-35
Week 17 – “Do the will of My Father in heaven.” – Matt. 7:21
Week 18 – “Enter by the narrow gate.” – Matt. 7:13-14
Week 19 – “Your righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees.” – Matt. 5:20
Week 20 – “Love your enemies.” – Matt. 5:44; Luke 6:27-28
Week 21 – “Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matt. 22:39
Week 22 – “Love One Another” – John 15:12
Week 23 – “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” – Matt. 6:19-21
Week 24 – “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No’.” – Matt. 5:37
Week 25 – “What God has joined together, let not man separate.” – Matt. 19:6
Week 26 – “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s …” – Matt. 22:21
Week 27 – “Do this in remembrance of Me.” – Luke 22:18
Week 28 – “Let your light so shine before men.” – Matt. 5:16
Week 29 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” – Matt. 28:19-20
Book of Jeremiah
The purpose of the book of Jeremiah was to proclaim judgment and give warnings to a “backsliding” nation. “backsliding” is mentioned 13 times in the book. There is much in this book that is relevant to us today, because we also live in a backsliding nation. In fact, some have described Jeremiah as the prophet to today’s church. Much of what Jeremiah had to say to the Jewish nation prior to Nebuchadnezzar taking Judah into captivity is applicable to the American church today.
The 22 lessons will be as follows:
1. Introduction (Jeremiah 1:1-3)
2. Backsliding and Rejection (Jeremiah 2:1-19, 31-37)
3. The Love of a Father (Jeremiah 3:11-22)
4. The Search for a Man (Jeremiah 5:1-31)
5. A rebellious nation (Jeremiah 6:10-19)
6. Boasting (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
7. Hear what the lord has to say to you (Jeremiah 10:1-12)
8. Characteristics of a nation about to be judged by god (Jeremiah 10-13)
9. Jeremiah’s ministry (Jeremiah 14:1-16:9)
10. Some spiritual principles (Jeremiah 17:5-10)
11. God is the sovereign potter (Jeremiah 18:1-12 & 19:15)
12. The persecution of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:1-13)
13. Jeremiah’s message to the king (Jeremiah 21-22)
14. Jeremiah’s prophecies regarding the birth of Christ (selected passages)
15. Jeremiah’s message concerning false prophets (Jeremiah 23:9-32)
16. Judah’s reaction to Jeremiah’s message (Jeremiah 25:1-11 & 26:1-16)
17. God’s plans for his people (Jeremiah 29:1-14) & God’s previous covenants with his
people (Jeremiah 31:31)
18. The new covenant (Jeremiah 31:27-40)
19. Jeremiah’s view of god (Jeremiah 32:17-25)
20. Responding to god’s guidance (Jeremiah 42:1-43:7)
21. A commitment to excellence (Jeremiah 48:10)
Christian believers are to be engaged in the work of ministry for the edifying of the church according to Eph. 4:11-13: “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to
the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ_.” In order to do the work of the ministry, every believer should be a disciple of Christ. In this short series, we will look at what it means to be a disciple of Christ and how to become a disciple of Christ.
In Lesson 1, we will look at Jesus’ reaction to lukewarm churchgoers, that is, those who attend church but essentially are no different than their unbelieving neighbors. They claim to know the Lord, but they are skin-deep, nominal Christians who are not involved in any ministries. In Lesson 2 we will be looking at the definition, the requirements, and the characteristics of a true disciple of Christ. In Lesson 3 we will see that the term most often used in the New Testament to describe a follower of Christ is slave. This means that our primary concern in life should be to please our Master and to do what is right in His eyes. Finally, Lesson 4 will show that the only way one can become a true
disciple of Christ is to regularly attend a Bible believing church where sound doctrine is taught, where the leaders lead by example, and wherethe believers in the congregation exhort one another to love and goodworks.
The 4 lessons are :
1. NO SUCH THING AS A LUKEWARM DISCIPLE (Rev. 3:15-17)
2. THE ESSENTIALS OF TRUE DISCIPLESHIP (Luke 9:23; 14:26, 27, 33)
3. A TRUE DISCIPLE IS A SLAVE OF CHRIST (1 Cor. 7:22b-23)
4. THE BREEDING GROUND OF TRUE DISCIPLES (Heb. 10:24-25)
The Key Events of Jesus’ Life and Ministry
To be a Christian is to know Christ, but how do we get to know Christ. The only reliable sources we have for knowing anything about Him are found only in the Bible. If we are going to know Christ, we have to know what the Bible has to say about Christ. During this series, we will be looking at nine critical events in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ which will help to give us a true portrait of who Jesus is and what He has done. The events that we will look at during this Sunday school series are suggested from the chapters in the book Ichthus written by Sinclair Ferguson and Derek Thomas.
The 9 lessons will be as follows:
1. THE BIRTH OF CHRIST – HIS INCARNATION (John 1:1-18)
2. THE RIVER OF JORDAN – HIS BAPTISM (Matthew 3:1-17)
3. THE WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE – HIS TEMPTATION (Luke 4:1-15)
4. THE MOUNTAIN TOP EXPERIENCE – HIS TRANSFIGURATION (Luke 9:28-36)
5. THE GARDEN EXPERIENCE – HIS DECISION (Matthew 26:36-46)
6. THE CROSS – HIS PASSION (Mark 15:1-39)
7. THE TOMB – HIS RESURRECTION (John 20:1-23)
8. THE THRONE – HIS ASCENSION (Luke 24:50-53 & Acts 1:1-11)
9. THE SECOND COMING – HIS RETURN (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
Paul’s Epistle To Titus
Titus was one of the men into whom Paul had poured his life and with whom he shared his ministry. Although Titus is never mentioned in the Book of Acts, Titus probably came into Paul’s life during Paul’s first missionary journey, as he accompanied Paul and Barnabas to the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15, Gal. 2:1-3). He was with Paul at Corinth and is mentioned nine times in the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, having delivered that letter to the church at Corinth (2 Cor. 8:16-19). Paul described Titus as “a true son in our common faith” (Tit. 1:4), as “my brother” (2 Cor. 2:13), and as “my partner and fellow worker” (2 Cor. 8:23). At the time of this epistle, Titus was in Crete, having been left behind by Paul to set in order the churches on the Island of Crete (Tit. 1:5). This letter was follow-up instructions from Paul on how to build up the local churches so that they would function well and so that the believers in those local churches would be recognized as the people of God by the surrounding local communities.
There is much that we can glean from this epistle that will help us to be the church Christ wants us to be.
The 8 lessons will be as follows:
1. The Leaders’ Commitments To God’s People (Titus 1:1-4)
2. Leading God’s People (Titus 1:5-9)
3. Protecting God’s People (Titus 1:10-16)
4. Training God’s People (Titus 2:1-10)
5. Purifying God’s People (Titus 2:11-15)
6. Reminding God’s People (Titus 3:1-5)
7. Motivating God’s People (Titus 3:5-8)
8. Warning God’s People (Titus 3:8-15)
There are two major errors in the contemporary church regarding the subject of the Holy Spirit:
The charismatics tend to focus obsessively on the Holy Spirit to the point that personal experience is elevated over the objective truth of Scripture, while the non-charismatics tend to ignore the Holy Spirit altogether resulting in man-centered ministries operating as if the Holy Spirit was unnecessary. Both errors are spiritually debilitating. If we misunderstand the role of the Holy Spirit, or if we ignore Him altogether, how can we truly be empowered by Him?
We must remember Paul’s words to the Galatians: “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”
The Holy Spirit is vital in the life of the church; He is the antidote for every error, the power for every weakness, the victory for every defeat, the answer for every need; and He is available to every believer. The goal of these lessons is help us to have a better understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in the church today, and to show us how we may better rely on Him both individually and corporately. ” ‘Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit’, says the Lord Almighty.” (Zech. 4:6)
The 10 lessons will be as follows:
1. Introduction – Who Is the Holy Spirit?
2. The Role of the Holy Spirit in Old Testament Times
3. The Filling of the Holy Spirit – The Spirit Filled Life
4. Transformation – The Main Agenda of the Holy Spirit
5. The Transforming Ministry of the Holy Spirit
6. The Guiding Ministry of the Holy Spirit
7. The Sealing Ministry of the Holy Spirit
8. The Gifting Ministry of the Holy Spirit
9. Baptism with the Holy Spirit – What Is It?
10. Blasphemy of The Holy Spirit – What Is It?
The Messianic Psalms
In one sense, practically all the psalms could be considered as prophetic of the coming Savior (Luke 24:27; 44), but there are some psalms which are so explicitly clear in their description of the person or work of Christ that they are described as the messianic psalms. Their prophetic descriptions are so accurate as to be outside the range of speculative probabilities and thus they provide powerful evidence of the divine inspiration of Scripture. Follow the links below to get a copy of the lesson:
1. Psalm 2 – Christ, the Son of God
2. Psalm 16 – The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
3. Psalm 22 – Christ on the Cross
4. Psalm 23 – Christ, the Good Shepherd
5. Psalm 24 – Christ, the King of Glory
6. Psalm 40 – Christ’s Meditation as He Hung on the Cross
7. Psalm 68 – Christ Setting the Captives Free
8. Psalm 69 – Christ, the Man of Sorrows
9. Psalm 82 – Christ, the Judge
10. Psalm 102 – Christ, the Eternal Savior
11. Psalm 110 – Christ, the Eternal Priest
12. Psalm 118 – Christ, the Chief Cornerstone