Tuesday, April 21, 2015

On 4-26-15, 2 John or 1 John 5:6-12, 18-20; 2 John will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Watch Out for Deceivers!


Watch Out for Deceivers!

2 John or 1 John 5:6-12, 18-20; 2 John

International Sunday School Lesson 

April 26th, 2015

 

Commentary

By

Jed Greenough

 

Harsh words; sometimes they are like a bucket of cold water dumped upon us. That is what the words area like when we read our scripture for today and I am confident that the effect that we get is exactly what was intended.

God wants us to be wary because what is more important than being prepared for stopping deceit and those who deceive? Have you considered this week what can result from deceit? Here is a short list.

Improperly filled roles in the church
Improperly filled roles in the family
Misuse of God’s daily blessings to us
Unused gifts of the Spirit
Lack of discernment
Neglected individuals
Unpreparedness
Lack of accountability
Immaturity

The list can be as long as you want and if you are teaching or contributing this week you won’t have any trouble finding issues to deal with if you are concentrating on this idea of deceit.

Sometimes what we bring into church is meant innocently enough. It might not resemble anything like what we read about in today’s scripture but it accomplishes the same result when it deceives.

Deceit is like any sin to God. Just as there is no small sin there is no small deceit. Sin destroys.



 

For Discussion:

  1. What is your responsibility to stop deceit where you worship?
  2. Examine your own roll.
  3. What can be done to take a step back and look thoroughly at what you and your church has done, is doing and will do?
  4. Read the scriptures that show how deceit is a sign of the end.
  5. How does it make you feel that the master deceiver loves deceit in the church?
  6. Discuss antichrist as individuals not just one individual.



Upcoming Lessons

May 3 Coworkers with the Truth or Work Together for the Truth     3 John



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On 4-19-15, 1 John 4:13-5:5 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Trust in God’s Love or Believe God’s Love


Trust in God’s Love

Or

Believe God’s Love

1 John 4:13-5:5

International Sunday School Lesson

April 19th, 2015

 

Commentary

By

Jed Greenough

 

The scripture last week left off with this verse, "The one who keeps God's commands lives in him, and He in them. And this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit He gave us." 1 John 3:24 

We see this again as we begin this week reading basically this same thing in today's first verse. So as I concluded last week I would begin this week again by saying we should be encouraged by those two verses. 

What seems like very sophisticated scripture over the last two weeks need not intimidate but encourage. The fact is that though I tend toward the very conservative when interpreting scripture and think that making things easy opens the door for the devil there are times when we should “lighten" up. 

These last two weeks might make us all at times think we don't measure up but as I touched on last week the mere guilt or desire to be better is your proof of the Spirit in you. 

Don't get me wrong I am not condoning the status quo. I still believe we need to strive for the prize and stretch daily for sanctification through the Spirit's help but if you are at a point that you read the words from today and feel you aren't worthy than stop it and remember that none of us are and thus the necessity for Christ. 

In verse 18 we can remember that though the Bible tells us that "fear is the beginning of wisdom" it does not end there. Fearing you are not saved or dwelling on your unworthiness gets in the way of the love God wants from us and for us to give to each other. 

I make a big deal about the consistency of the Bible in showing the consistency of God’s word concerning the same issue wherever we are in the Bible. This scripture for today and last week does nothing to contradict that. 

Read these verses from today and you read in a verbose nature what Jesus said in a succinct manner in Matthew 22:34-40 

"Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 

Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” 


Dissatisfaction with where we are or how we are or how we are doing in our lives as Christians will fail us. We will never measure up to scripture though we should strive but if we can get past it all and concentrate on what Christ said rest assured He will be satisfied with us. 

 

For Discussion:

  1. Do we superficially love one another?
  2. Discuss loving when you aren't loved in return.
  3. Discuss scriptures that talk of how we are to treat one another such as widows and those in jail. 
  4. Discuss in a general sense how this scripture makes you feel when you read it.

 

Upcoming Lessons

 

4-26-15     Watch Out for Deceivers!      2 John or  1 John 5:6-12, 18-20; 2 John


 

 

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