How to Engage in Prayer

Today we are looking into Luke 11:1-13 and Matthew 6:1-14. Between chapters 10 and 11, there is a time interval which is covered in John 9:1–10:21. 1 Luke 11 can be summarized by generosity: If Jesus, John the Baptist, and the Twelve all needed to pray, how much more do we need to pray! We must put God’s concerns first (Luke 11:2-4) because prayer is based on sonship, not friendship. God is a loving Father, not a grouchy neighbor; He gives us what we need. He neither slumbers nor sleeps; and He doesn’t become irritated when we ask for help (James 1:5). 2 Outline: Pattern for Prayer (Luke 11:1-4) a guide, rather than something to recite. True prayer has responsibilities (Luke 11:2) honoring God’s kingdom … Continue reading

DNow 2015

This past March we had our annual DNow weekend. Here are some photos in a slideshow put to music, (Jason Gray’s, I Am New). We are so please to have the best youth pastor ever, Beth Anderson, investing so much into the lives of our young people. The visiting worship team was from Christopher Newport University, and seven of the nine Bible study leaders were former students of the King’s Grant Baptist Church student ministry, who are currently making a difference on their own college campuses as well.

Praying for Our MVPs

My text today is from Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 1:8 The emphasis of this week’s chapter in the Thom Rainer book (I Am a Church Member) is on praying for church leaders, like… The staff, shepherds, and sheep His protection, perseverance, and preaching His physical, mental, and spiritual health His faithfulness, fidelity, and family, but let me broaden you prayer list to include… The church’s mission, vision, proclamation (MVPs) Mission Vision Proclamation Pray for the Church’s Mission: The mission of KGBC is Knowing Christ and making him known. This statement incorporates two main functions: evangelism and discipleship. If we don’t do these two things, we cannot call ourselves a church. To see how we align ourselves with the mission of the early church, let’s go … Continue reading

The Optional Gospel?

What part of the gospel is optional? This is our mission, God’s global purpose… This book takes you on a transforming journey in authentic discipleship. During his time as pastor of a large and wealthy congregation, David Platt began to see a discrepancy between the reality of his church and the way Jesus said his followers lived. In Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, Platt examines how American Christianity has manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences and challenges us to rediscover the path.

How to Handle Confrontation

Matthew turns to the question of appropriate action to be taken in case a Christian is guilty of sinning against another member of the community. Jesus taught that in such instances the aggrieved party should first take it up personally and in private with the one who acted wrongly. If that does not clear up the problem, the next step is to take one or two others along, not to prove the other’s guilt but to help in reconciliation. If the person pays no attention to them, the matter should then be reported to the entire church. If this fails to bring about a satisfactory resolution, the person who has wronged should be excommunicated from the religious community. In this section, Jesus provides an application … Continue reading

How to Develop Hospitality

This lesson focuses on the heart of the leader toward strangers (Luke 9:37-50). Jesus wants us to be inclusive rather than exclusive without compromising the truth. Jesus is personally challenging his followers to deliberately go out of our way to welcome and include strangers. To be effective, this will require developing the character quality of hospitality. Following the transfiguration, the disciples who had been given the power and authority to cast out demons failed to exercise a demon out of a young boy (section 124). Two events later the disciples are arguing about who is the greatest (section 127) and then one of them forbids an unnamed exorcist to cast out demons (section 128). It appears that the disciples’ spirit of exclusivism and obsession with … Continue reading

How to Discern God’s Will

This is an additional part for the lesson on bearing one’s own cross, basically discerning God’s will over following my own self-interests. For more on this topic, consider looking over my seminar on God’s Will. There is a Sovereign Will of God: his secret plan that determines what happens in the universe. Daniel 4:34-35 – He does according to his will. Psalm 115:3 – He does whatever he pleases. Job 42:2 – No purpose of yours can be thwarted. Proverbs 21:1 – He directs the king’s heart. Revelation 4:11 – Creation exists because of his will. Ephesians 1:11 – Having been predestined according to his purpose. Proverbs 16:33 – Every decision is from the Lord. Romans 9:19 – For who resists his will? Acts 2:23 … Continue reading

How to Bear Your Cross

The passage for today is Mark 8:31–38. This lesson contrasts two orientations to life. One approach to life involves ignoring the cross and living for yourself. This is the self willed person that isn’t concerned with submitting to God’s will. The other approach involves denying self and becoming consumed with what interests God. Jesus is personally challenging his disciples to build the character quality of submissiveness toward God and his will for their lives. Luke 14:27 says, “whoever will not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” Jesus is saying you have to carry your cross to become a disciple but that you cannot presently be one of my disciples if your life is marked by submission to the Lordship … Continue reading

How to Make Lasting Change

We are often perplexed on why we make commitments to change yet fall miserably short of success. One essential start is to make your life based on the Bible: “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine.” (John 8:31b NASB) One cannot stress enough how important it is to make a commitment to reading the Bible regularly. Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31b NASB). It’s a long-term commitment to learn from Jesus and his Word that makes us his disciples. How do you continue in the Word and stay connected with Jesus through his Word for the long-term? 1. Make the decision. It starts with your commitment to actually do it. … Continue reading

How to Respect Aging Parents

This command to HONOR is all about Parental Respect, (Matthew 15:1-20) This lesson focuses on the heart of a leader toward his or her parents as they are aging. The hard-hearted Pharisees in this passage demonstrate a calloused heart for God and their own parents. Jesus is personally challenging his disciples to build the character quality of respectfulness towards aging parents. In this section, Jesus rejected the man-made traditions of the scribes and Pharisees because they focused on the outside and ignored the inner person. These men were plants that God did not plant (Matthew 13:24–30, 15:13) and blind guides who were leading people astray. “Let them alone!” was our Lord’s counsel. Historical Background: The feeding of the 5000 and the sermon about the bread of … Continue reading