Monday, March 2, 2015

On 3-8-15, John 14:15-26 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Jesus Promises an Advocate or Another Comforter/Advocate


Jesus Promises an Advocate or Another Comforter/Advocate

 John 14:15-26

International Sunday School Lesson

March 8th, 2015

 

 

Commentary

By

Jed Greenough

 

As a teacher or student in a class do you ever rely on what others in the class are going to do to help assure you have a good class?  I know I have and for the last several years I have also been relying on my computer to always be there and for 230 consecutive weeks for Sunday School it has been there but now alas it is time to rely on other measures to get this blog out as “old faithful” is failing me.

This got me thinking about those in classes around the world that we rely on.  As with everywhere in or lives there is always a low percentage of people who produce a large percentage of results. I’d like to see that change.  It has been almost 3 months since I last had a blog entry that centered on getting more people that attend your classes involved in the discussions.

For some followers of Christ speaking up takes a lot as they are intimidated by this so the more ideas we can put out there for conversation the more chances we can increase the numbers that are involved.

We would have pretty quiet classes if we didn't have those usual leaders of discussion but I have found these that are more quiet have very significant things to share when they are compelled to speak. So for students who need to speak up and for teachers who need to encourage them let’s see if this long list of ideas can’t bring more people around to contribute. 

For Discussion:

1.      How many names does the Holy Spirit have?

2.      How many ways is the Holy Spirit known?

3.      How do you think then of yourself while reading this and how does that change back and forth over time?

4.      Do you feel at times very strong with the Holy Spirit and other times not?

5.      If this changes discuss what you think happens.

6.      Jesus now had a very short time to left to share. Discuss why He chose to say what He did.

7.      Does your version of the Bible have the words "another comforter"? Discuss the significance of those words.

8.      Discuss that Jesus is leaving but the Comforter or Advocate will abide here forever.

9.      Discuss that this is only for believers.

10.  Discuss Jesus' meaning in verse 18.

11.  Discuss Jesus resurrection in regard to verse 19-20.

12.  Discuss keeping Christ's commands as mentioned in verse 15 and 21.

13.  Discuss verse 21's the meaning of both having and keeping commands.

14.  Discuss what Jesus meant by "manifest myself to him" or “show myself to him” as mentioned in 21.

15.  Discuss why the disciple in 22 would ask the very same question.

16.  Discuss people who pray to God but are not believers.

17.  What would you say to these people if you value their being saved?

18.  Discuss what to say to people who tell you they are religious but don't follow Jesus.

19.  Again what would you say to people like this?

20.  Discuss the necessity for loving Jesus to be loved by God.

21.  Discuss the difference, if any in verse 23 versus 15 and 21.

22.  And again in verse 24.

23.  Why is it important for Jesus to say these are not His words but Gods?

24.  What does Jesus mean by saying the Holy Ghost/Spirit is coming in His name?

25.  Discuss why it is important for this week to include verse 27 though it is not a part of the lesson.

26.  Discuss if the words of verse 26 apply to all believers.

 

Just like I have to figure out how to get this blog out for a while without a computer of my own, so to must we figure out how to engage others in the church.  For some this is not easy and sometimes we always rely on those who produce, but let me stress one very, very important fact, the fellowship of the Spirit is needed by us all.  Sunday school is the most likely place now that this is going to occur.

Make it your mission to develop the use of the gifts of the Spirit that you and others have been given by engaging others and by being engaged.

 

Upcoming Lessons

3-15     The Spirit of Truth     John 16:4b-15
3-22     The Spirit of Peace      John 20:19-23

 

If you know that your title or scripture is in some way different in the weeks ahead please contact me so that I can include these subtleties.

 

 

 

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved





 

 

Monday, February 23, 2015

On 3-1-15, John 1:29-34 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as The Lamb of God


The Lamb of God

John 1:29-34

International Sunday School Lesson

March 1st, 2015

 

 

Commentary

By

Jed Greenough

 

"I myself did not know Him". " I myself did not know Him"

This is repeated twice in today's short scripture and is what you should build your Sunday around.

Sure there is much other to observe if you look. We can see in verse 29, John giving us a clear title for Jesus in " Lamb of God".

We can learn much about the prophet John by seeing that God had given him his mission to bring awareness " make straight the way for the Lord", the need for a sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. We can see that God gave John a way to know for sure who Jesus was when He saw Him.

We know that John knew Christ was from before, meaning That Jesus always was here.

But most important to my thinking this Sunday was that John still needed to learn about Jesus, to KNOW Him and then to reveal Him to others.

That's where we come in, to also "make straight the way for The Lord", to reveal Him to others.

This is the responsibility that John was given and this is the responsibility that Jesus gave to His disciples (including us) when He left.

I eluded to this role of ours as it relates to each other a few weeks ago when I quoted the story of the servant left in charge of His fellow servants. We read about it again when we saw a couple of weeks ago our role as shepherds. And now we can continue that theme if we pull it from today's scripture.

The scriptures had pointed to Christ but the Jews needed Him revealed to them according to what we read in today's scripture.

Now today we have the whole Bible that if not explained to people would in most likelihood confuse them. What do we have in place today to do this explaining?

In some instances we have missionaries in the world who do a wonderful job at revealing Christ. I don't think we as a whole do enough to help aid them.

In some instances we have churches who do a fine job as well. And we have families that can raise up their children in the way that reveals Christ. But do either of these do as good a job as they used to?

When you look at how the beginning church did it, when you look back at how it was done even just 100 years ago, how do we measure up? With the technology we have available to us in this generation how do you think we are doing?

Quote the talents scripture here Matthew 25:14-30

Everyone who reads this has the ability to do more with what they have been given then generations past. Imagine if every one of us supported, created, or led a ministry that reveled Christ to those who do not know Him.


 

For Discussion:

1.      Discuss what our generation has been given to reveal Him.

2.      Discuss the myriad of ways every individual could take part today if they choose.

3.      Discuss Jesus as the Lamb of God

4.      Discuss John’s role

5.      Discuss the trinity as shown

6.      Discuss baptizing with water versus the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Upcoming Lessons

 

3-8-15     Jesus Promises an Advocate or Another Comforter/Advocate John 14:15-26

 

 

 

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved