Jesus Declares To Be The Messiah

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Lesson 4

Seeking Jesus is a daily prayer. Stand still and listen for His voice, 

His tender love is always available to us. This samaritan woman was set on the idea that worshipping God in Jerusalem was more important than the way to go about it.

What is your attitude towards worship? 

Do you find yourself saying must I worship God only in church?

Believe that God is spirit and to worship Him in spirit & truth.

This samaritan woman on this day had no idea that she was speaking with the long awaited Messiah and can you even imagine what she must of thought when Jesus said to her “I am he”?

A privilege to have such an encounter, it makes you think about how much Jesus knows about us and that everyday is more beautiful with Him in it, leading us closer to Him.

Will you stop and give your time to praise Jesus, listen to music that draws you closer, ask for His presence in your life.

John 4:19-26

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

Lesson 5-Jesus speaks with His disciples about a Spiritual Harvest

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Blessings & Woes

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Luke 6:17-26

17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.

20 Looking at his disciples, he said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,

    for yours is the kingdom of God.

21 

Blessed are you who hunger now,

    for you will be satisfied.

Blessed are you who weep now,

    for you will laugh.

22 

Blessed are you when people hate you,

    when they exclude you and insult you

    and reject your name as evil,

        because of the Son of Man.

23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.

24 

“But woe to you who are rich,

    for you have already received your comfort.

25 

Woe to you who are well fed now,

    for you will go hungry.

Woe to you who laugh now,

    for you will mourn and weep.

26 

Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,

    for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

Commentary

Drawn in by Jesus power, the people wanted to see Him perform healings, wanted to touch Him because power was coming from Him but they were missing the point of why Jesus came, He was sent to them to give them ultimate freedom from all their diseases through His shed blood on the cross. Jesus was looking out into the crowd, He spoke to His disciples instructing them that fulfillment only comes through God’s word and obeying His truth, not being swayed by men’s philosophy or false teachings. 

Questions

Where have you looked away from God’s word and studied something contrary?

What part of Jesus’ words to His disciples help you understand Him more deeply?

*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV

Jesus Calls His Disciples

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Luke 6:12-16

The Twelve Apostles

12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Commentary

Jesus spent the night praying to his Father in Heaven, he prayed and prayed all night. In choosing the men that His Father would bring him to hear and spread his gospel teachings and follow him. Jesus chose ordinary men.

 All are welcome to be HIS disciples

Questions

What will you do when Jesus calls you to speak on His behalf?

God has chosen you, how can you prepare for what lies ahead in your walk with Him?

Jesus Heals Many

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Luke 4:38-44

Jesus Heals Many

38 Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon (Peter). Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. 39 So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

40 At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. 41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah.

Commentary: Peter’s Mother in law immediately began to prepare a meal after Jesus healed her. She gave gratitude to Jesus and everyone else by now taking care of them.

As Jesus traveled to various places he would heal the sick, demonstrating that He could heal with a single word. You may wonder why Jesus didn’t heal the whole crowd at once. Well Jesus wanted show mercy to each person individually.

Questions:

Human touch is very important does someone need a touch from you today?

How do you respond when someone wants your listening ear but you have a list a mile long of to do’s?

Jesus Declares To Be The Messiah

Lesson 4

Seeking Jesus is a daily prayer. Stand still and listen for His voice, 

His tender love is always available to us. This samaritan woman was set on the idea that worshipping God in Jerusalem was more important than the way to go about it.

What is your attitude towards worship? 

Do you find yourself saying must I worship God only in church?

Believe that God is spirit and to worship Him in spirit & truth.

This samaritan woman on this day had no idea that she was speaking with the long awaited Messiah and can you even imagine what she must of thought when Jesus said to her “I am he”?

A privilege to have such an encounter, it makes you think about how much Jesus knows about us and that everyday is more beautiful with Him in it, leading us closer to Him.

Will you stop and give your time to praise Jesus, listen to music that draws you closer, ask for His presence in your life.

John 4:19-26

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

Lesson 5-Jesus speaks with His disciples about a Spiritual Harvest

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Samaritans come to meet and to believe in Jesus

Lesson 6

As the disciples returned  they find Jesus talking to a Samaritan woman, wondering why He would (since samaritans were despised by Jews) the woman leaves with joy in her heart to let the people in her village know that she may be speaking with the long awaited Messiah.

Meanwhile the disciples were worried about Jesus nourishment, but Jesus had something much more important to think about, the nourishment of God’s people. How would the disciples understand that Jesus is speaking to them about the people that they must share the good news with. Jesus tells them that the fields are ready for the Harvest, go and make disciples of all who will hear, begin by planting a seed in someone’s mind and someone will come after you will water that seed and before you know it- a harvest is growing for the kingdom of God. Go with love in your hearts.

John 4:27-38

Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

How are you speaking to others about Jesus?

-Are you prepared to give your testimony on how Jesus saved you?

-Can you explain eternal life to those who are perishing?

A Spiritual Harvest

Lesson 5-Jesus speaks with His disciples about a Spiritual Harvest

As the disciples rejoin Jesus, much to their surprise they see Him talking to a samaritan woman, meanwhile the woman ( in all her excitement from talking to the Messiah) leaves her jar and goes back to the people in her town to tell them who she just spoke with.

Can you imagine the joy this woman must have had in finding the Savior, an ordinary day turns into an extraordinary day and no matter what she had done, Jesus forgave her and directed her to His Father’s way, not hers.

Jesus tells the disciples that there are many like her in the world, the fields are ripe, go out and spread the good news! Jesus came, taught them they must sow seeds, but that others came before them to do that work.

How have you sown a seed for Jesus?

Have you prayed with or for someone ?

Next- Lesson 6- Harvesting a Crop For Eternal Life

Woman @ The Well -Lesson 3

Lesson 3

What did this samaritan woman think?  

After hearing what Jesus said, she thought she didn’t have to come back to the well to get water everyday, thus making her life easy. But if this were true then people would accept Christ message for the wrong reason wouldn’t they? Christ came that day not to make her life easier, or ours. Jesus came to change us internally, empowering us to seek God and see things from His eyes.

John 4:15-18

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

Lesson 4 -The samaritan woman asks where to worship

The Woman @ The Well

Woman @ The Well

Lesson 2

A despised samaritan woman, an ordinary day, and the chance meeting of a lifetime!

When we think about tangible things it gives no room to see the spiritual things of everyday life, taking all for granted that there are miracles all around us. God is providing a way for you to connect with Him in a spiritual way. Yes God meets our needs, yes He is always available and yes He knows our thoughts, hears our prayers- but for this woman, on this particular day- her life is just about to change as Jesus offers “Living Water”.

John 4:11-14

 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?  Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

*Where are you placing your thirst, in things that are tangible or on things that are eternal?

Next-Lesson 3 The Samaritan woman misunderstands what Jesus is saying

Building Your Foundation

Luke 6:46-49

The Wise and Foolish Builders

46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

Commentary

Jesus tells uses this analogy of building a house on a solid foundation, a wise builder seeks to make the foundation firmly in place, whereas a person who skips through steps, tries to save money or doesn’t care will build something that does not last. When we build our lives we use God’s word as our foundation if storms come we have the word of truth to keep us from sinking and being destroyed.

Questions: 

How have you built your foundation? 

On man’s say so or the truth of the word of God?

Do you depend on God or take short cuts to meet your needs?

*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV

Does Your Mouth Reflect Your Heart?

A Tree and Its Fruit

Luke 6:43-45

43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Commentary 

What is in your heart reflects what comes out of your mouth and how you behave, Jesus sets the tone in this truth that you are a reflection of Him, how much of your life reflects Jesus is as much as you produce good things in your life.

Questions

Is it time to consider what your actions are doing to others that surround you?

Can you put bitterness aside to allow Christ in your life more fully?

*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV

Jesus Teaches About Judging

Luke 6:37-42

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Commentary

To be forgiving means you have received God’s spirit as He forgives you, you find ways to forgive others. So as it goes with criticism, if we criticize others we can be assured we will also be criticized. So be as Christ, learn to forgive and love others that are hard to love.

Be sure to follow leaders that are living the truth of Christ, teaching you His ways and helping you become stronger in your faith.

Questions

How have you seen God forgive you even when you know He should not have?

Can you overlook someone’s behavior even if it’s done you wrong?

Can you forgive the most unforgivable person?

*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV

Jesus Teaches How To Love Your Enemies

Luke 6:27-36

Love for Enemies

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Commentary 

Turning people away from himself, Jesus speaks about loving your enemies. Jews despised the Romans so they did not like what Jesus had to say. But loving your enemies means acting in their best interest. Even though the world rebels against Jesus He loved the world and gave himself up for us all.

Questions

Could you honestly forgive and pray for someone who has hurt you?

What does it take for you to forgive and move on from a hurtful situation?

*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV