New Series: Getting To Know Jesus

How much do you know about Jesus the Christ, the Son of God? Do you believe that He is the Christ, the Son of God? When it comes to Jesus, there are many different views that people have. When Jesus asked His disciples in Matthew 16:13-14 what people said about Him, they gave Him various answers. The passages says, “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”

During His ministry Jesus was accused by some to have a demon, John 10:20.  The text says, “Many of them were saying, “He has a demon and is insane. Why do you listen to Him?” There were others who couldn’t see who He really was, because they simply saw the boy of Joseph and Mary.

What about you? If someone were to ask you who is Jesus, what would you say?

How can one really learn about Jesus? Where can we go to learn about His life, His teaching, His miracles, His death, and His resurrection? The answer is the Bible.

This series of lessons that I will be posting the next 6-7 days will assist you in learning the facts about Jesus. More importantly, it will help you to know what Jesus desires from us in our lives. The information in this booklet will come from the gospels. The word Gospel means good news. There are four books in the New Testament that are referred to as the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). These four books provide us with the most information about Jesus than any other book/s in the world!

If you want to get to know Jesus, then you must open up your Bible. As we dive into our study you will learn a lot about Jesus and the Bible. As you study, I want you to be thinking about one question that you will need to answer.

“If Jesus is the Son of God, will you submit to Him no matter what the cost may be?”

Be thinking about this as we study. Jesus wants you to submit to Him. Salvation is free, but there is a cost if you decide to follow Him. Listen to the words of Jesus in  Luke 14:25-27.

“Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, ‘If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be my disciple.”

Thank you for reading. Here’s what’s on the schedule in the coming days. If you have questions, please let me know.

  1. The Certainty of These Things
  2. Basic Facts About the Gospels
  3. The Names of Jesus
  4. His Teaching
  5. The Miracles of Jesus
  6. The Death, Burial, and Resurrection
  7. Salvation, Commitment, the Lord’s Church

When You Begin To Drift, Hold On To Your Anchor

Is it possible for Christians to fall away? Many say NO. But what does the Bible say?

The Bible says YES. I’m currently teaching the book of Hebrews in my Bible class. What a great study it’s been. I would like to share a few passages with you to consider.

The first is found in Hebrews 2:1 where it says, “For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.”

What had they heard?

They heard about the SUPREMACY of Jesus Christ. They were reminded in chapter one that Jesus is heir of all things, creator, the radiance of His glory, the exact representation of His nature, purified us from our sins, and has sat down at the right hand of God!

They had been given the words of Jesus Christ, Hebrews 2:3-4. The words that had been spoken by the Lord, then confirmed to them by those who had heard (apostles) who testified with signs, wonders, and various miracles.

What they had heard was sure. They could be confident in it. But they need to PAY MUCH CLOSER ATTENTION TO IT. Why?

Because they could begin to neglect their great salvation, Hebrews 2:3.

What do you have to do to neglect something? NOTHING. Far too often this can happen when it comes to our faith. Apathy creeps in. So does Complaining. The same for being too BUSY. Before you know it, BOOM….We’re drifting.

The solution?

  1. Pay Attention more closing to what you’ve already heard.
  2. Remember, Jesus is the anchor for our soul, Hebrews 6:19. Our hope in Him is an anchor for our soul. Remember what you have now in Christ, and what is to come.
  3. Remember who Jesus is. Never stop appreciating His majesty and what He has done for us.

FOCUS.

God is with us.

Let’s Go.

I CAN DO…SO CAN YOU

Personal Evangelism Is Personal

There are a variety of ways one can reach out to the community and share the gospel. 

1. One can post sermons or articles on Facebook. That’s a good thing to do. 

2. You can purchase a newspaper ad inviting the community to sit in on a Bible study. That’s good as well. 

3. You can begin a neighborhood Bible study. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. 

4. You could write write religious articles for a newspaper. Earlier this year, I was able to write an article about the resurrection of Jesus in one of our local newspaper. 

All of these tactics are really good. Yet there is something very important to remember. 

Evangelism is Personal. 

Personal Evangelism must be Personal. 

As we seek to invite other and welcome people who visit our congregation, let’s remember that eventually things must become personal. Here’s what I mean by that. We will need to get personal and ask someone if they would like to have a Bible study. We will need to get personal and sit down with someone face to face. We will need to get personal and answer tough questions people will have. Evangelism is personal in nature. While we can do things as a congregation (like a Bible class on Evangelism), eventually it must become personal. We must make the decision to talk, share, and study with others. 

Let’s make it personal. Great things will happen when we do. 

God Bless. Don’t forget that Jesus loves you. 

Is It Really Worth It?

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Is it really worth it?

Is it really worth my time to look for opportunities to share my faith with others? Is it really worth my time to study so that I can be prepared to share the good news of Jesus with others?

Is it really worth it?

Some may have theses kinds of thoughts when it comes to evangelism. I’m sure many of us have heard countless sermons about this topic.

After all, giving a card to someone is not really going to convert them, right? And in the unlikely event that they comes to services, they will probably be turned off since we don’t have women preachers or a band, right?

So, is it really worth putting myself in an uncomfortable position to invite someone to come to a building they have never been to or to spend time with people they don’t really know? The answer is YES. When it comes to doing God’s great work, it is always worth our time. It is worth our time to study God’s word for ourselves so that we can share it with others.

It’s worth our time to think about the people around us. It seems like more than ever people are isolated, hurting, and lonely. So many people are wandering around like sheep without a shepherd. The words of Jesus from Matthew 9 are still true today.

Do you have someone you can talk to today? Do you know someone who is need of prayers? It will be worth your time.

It’s always worth it.

Ask Questions

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As you read your Bible be sure to ask yourself some questions.

Here are some questions to consider.

  1. What is talking?
  2. The person that is speaking, who are they talking to?
  3. What is the setting of the verses I’m reading?
  4. Where is this event taking place?
  5. How might other passages relate to what I’m reading here?

I Was Prom King…But My Son Will Not Be Prom King

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Somehow I won prom king my senior year in High School! How did I win it? I have no clue. 

How did I even get nominated? No clue! 

When they announced the winner of King it went like this…

“The winner of prom King is Corey Le…I mean Benjamin Lee.”

I think the announcer was even surprised. Oh well, anyway I won prom king, big deal. The metal they gave me broke later that night!

I don’t believe I was even dating the girl I went with to the dance (if my memory is correct). The girl in the picture was prom queen. I was home by midnight. No hotel room for me. No drinking for me. No prom kiss. 

The dance was at the Union on the University of Illinois campus (again if memory is correct).

I was a terrible dancer! Many would say what I did was not dancing, but something closer to the Elaine dance from Seinfeld. 

I won prom king…but my son Joshua will never win prom king! He won’t be at the prom. 

I can remember going to a dance in the 8th grade. Boys on one side and girls on the other. As the night progressed I gathered the courage to ask a girl named Suzanne to dance with me. 

She said…”No.” Crushed, devastated, embarrassed…

I went to dances in high school! I remember the dances in high school in the cafeteria. It was dark, loud, and hormones were often raging. There were chaperones, but I don’t know what they did. They stood there as young teens were all hugged up on each other. 

Things have changed since 1996. I know what happens on the dance floor at many of these dances. It’s teenagers rubbing up on each other for a few hours, who then have access to a hotel room (how does that happen) with the expectation of having sex. Some may say, “That’s an extreme.” Is it? 

Many of the girls wear dresses that you think would make dads cringe!

 Their breasts are about to fall out of the dress. Some of these girls are half naked. 

Many of these boys already have the expectation that sex is going to happen. Condoms are available, beer is available, and something is going to happen because it’s prom night. 

I went to prom, won prom king, but My son Josh won’t be going! 

Google prom dances and you may be surprised what happens at these dances. Maybe not… 

I just did. Something that popped up is “prom dancing grinding.” Yep! Even Google agrees with me! 

Girls backsides are rubbing up on the boy’s private area. For hours! 

The only thing stopping these kids from having sex are the few articles of clothing they are wearing. And it’s in public! Sex on the dance floor. The same thing happened in college. Yep! I know, I was there on the dance floor. I did it. Not proud of it. My son ain’t going. 

I went to prom and won prom king. But my son will not. It would not be good for him to be in that environment. 

I felt like if I didn’t go to the dances that I would be left out. I think a lot of kids feel that way. But it’s a dance. If you don’t go, you are not missing anything. 

There is a great temptation for sure. Teenagers hormones are all over the place. It’s not a good idea to put them in a situation like that. 

Parents, do you want your daughter grinding on guys with erections at prom? Parents, do you want your son grinding on a girl with an erection? 

Is that graphic? Not with what’s happening in many high schools.  I’m just telling you what happens at these dances. 

Are we encouraging our children to take the next step and to just go ahead and have sex? For some, I guess they don’t care. Some parents give their kids condoms, which is basically the green light to do what they want. What? 

Some parents will give their children access to liquor and even a hotel room! What??? 

I know some will not like what I’m saying. I don’t care! 

I went to prom and won prom king, but my son will not be going. One thing I do like about the picture above is that the girls dress covered her. Even my dates dress fully covered her. Now it’s a contest of how much skin can be shown.

Parents, do you want your kids to be mimicking sexual moves on the dance floor? I’ve heard that some schools are canceling their dances because they are so out of control. Google that! 

Maybe Josh will get a tux and go out to a good dinner with his friends. I’ve heard parents do that. I like that idea. 

But I know what goes on at prom dances. I won prom king. But he will NOT!