Tuesday, March 31, 2015

On 4-5-15, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Resurrection Guaranteed or Believe in the Resurrection


Resurrection Guaranteed or Believe in the Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22

International Sunday School Lesson

April 5th, 2015

 

Commentary

By

Jed Greenough



What is the gospel? That is the most important question you might ever be asked and yet MOST of us do not have a clear and concise answer to this most important question.

Could you answer after 40, 50 or even 60 years what your very first address or phone number was? No doubt. Think about why that is. Well, I guess I’ll just tell you. It was drilled into you by your parents and teachers. For example, I know my kids were taught by a song I made up that they can still sing today.

Goodness, our parents didn't want us getting lost and if we did, they wanted us to be able to tell authorities helping us where our home was.

Now what about the ultimate lost, the risk of lost souls? Why are we not drilling the answer to this question about what the gospel is into every Christian mind and then regularly refreshing that? I will let you answer that.

The scripture for today in verses 3 and 4 very clearly shows us this gospel message that Paul is talking about as he begins. You don't need to memorize these verses in telling someone about the gospel but rather adapt them.

Write some sentences out. Make them concise and natural to you and write them in more than one place in your Bible and review often.

In this way you will be able to readily, confidently and succinctly be able to tell those who ask why and how Christ died for their sins, was buried and resurrected on the third day.

Encourage those who are to proclaim this message from their called roles to never be fearful about concentrating on the message "of Christ and Him crucified".

And as it says in 1 Peter 3:15 in part, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have"



For Discussion:

  1. If you have one, share your personal definition of the gospel
  2. Read 1 Peter 3:15-22
  3. Discuss "on which you have taken your stand" from verse 1
  4. Discuss verse 2
  5. Discuss how whoever gives this message, the message that saves, is the same
  6. Happy Easter!

 

 

Upcoming Lessons

4-12     Love One Another   1 John 3:11-24


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Sunday, March 22, 2015

On 3-29-15, Mark 11:1-11 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as The Son of David or The One Who Comes


The Son of David

Or

The One Who Comes

 

Mark 11:1-11

International Sunday School Lesson

March 29th, 2015

 

Commentary

By

Jed Greenough

 

How many people will come to know Jesus for the first time this Easter season?  How many more of those Easters do you think there will be?  For some, they will not even see this one.

As I write this my mother is in the throes of advanced age and all that brings.  Three trips to the ER and two to skilled care in the last two months have brought on a quickening of dementia that has only brought glimpses of her now to me.

But yet something remains for which I am immeasurably happy.  In amongst the anger and nonsense are times when she comforts herself with prayer while being unaware that others are around her.  Frequent statements with names from the past are interrupted with repetitions of “come Lord Jesus, come Lord Jesus.”  She remembers He said He was coming back because He said He would.

When we read today’s scripture we see that Jesus told the disciples that they would find a colt tied in a certain place and He told them how to answer those who would question them.

Likewise Jesus told His disciples that they should “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

Everything that Jesus said as we know either has or will come true.  The colt is tied and waiting, baptized believers saved and nonbelievers condemned.  Eventually my mom’s prayer will be answered.

When I read in today’s scripture that when Jesus entered Jerusalem He went into the temple and looked around, it was late and He left.  I knew that the very next day He would return and His righteous fury would be displayed.

Do you think about that Jesus as well or just the Jesus riding on the colt?  In the scene we aren’t reading about today but I mention, Jesus says in Mark 11 believe in your heart what you pray and it will be so.  My mom wants it so much this Easter season for Him to return quickly, do you?

I know that He is coming back and so do you.  When you think about Him riding in on the colt this week remember also Him looking around the temple and then abruptly departing, but then remember His return to the temple the very next day.

Be prepared and share the gospel like you believe He is coming back today.

 

For Discussion:

  1. Jesus told the disciples what to expect that day.  Discuss some things He told us to expect.
  2. Share the prophecy from the Old Testament with regard to Jesus riding a colt.
  3. Share the scripture from Revelation where instead of a colt Jesus is seen on a white horse. 
  4. Compare that scripture with today’s.
  5. Share the parallel scriptures to today’s.
  6. Discuss what you think Jesus was thinking as He rode in with the joyous crowd.
  7. Discuss what you think Jesus was thinking when He looked around the temple.
  8. Happy Easter!

 

 

 

Upcoming Lessons

4-5     Resurrection Guaranteed or Believe in the Resurrection   1 Corintians 15:1-11, 20-22


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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