Monday, January 19, 2015

On 1-25-15, James 5:13-18 or James 5 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Powerful Prayer or We Prayer for One Another

Powerful Prayer or We Pray for One Another
James 5:13-18 or James 5
International Sunday School Lesson
January 25, 2015
                                                                                 


Commentary
By
Jed Greenough



As a teacher or a student who actively participates you are always in search of that tidbit you hadn’t thought about or that new way to share a familiar scripture.  Some might be looking at 6 verses this week and others the whole chapter.  Coming up with those ideas is obviously harder for the former than the latter.

I’d bet that when we pray before we seek we will come up with those tidbits or new ideas. Further I’d wager you’ve found no matter the number of verses the ways we share when we come together are still diverse.

For me this week in James 5 what I would bring to class is how we need to do more for each other through out the life of our Christian walk.

Most of us, while we might not be rich in the ways that many might label the rich, realize that they do have a roof, a car, many pairs of shoes and clothes and excess pounds.  There is a pantry, many pots and pans and often food that gets wasted.  There are 401k’s, savings accounts, jars with change and forgotten dollar bills in jackets.  What that means is that we are in fact rich.

Most of us will not have workers and harvesters per say in the literal sense as mentioned in verse 4 but we all have them figuratively in each other.  By all I include the churches not just its members when we cast the net of saying there is neglect.  Jesus said, “give to everyone who asks you…” Luke 6:30a  How are we doing as churches when we limit our giving to 2 church camps, 1 college and 3 missionaries?  What about the struggling churches, missionaries and ministries some that we even take advantage of in some capacity?  Instead we add an addition, buy publications, new iPads, and carpet and so on, again INSTEAD.   Oh, but be sure everyone puts as much as they can into the plate on Sunday.

The neglect is not just in the sharing of our wealth monetarily there are other ways that we can be motivated by today’s James 5 to not neglect.  In many of our places of worship neglect extends to our prayer and prayer has been our background theme for weeks now so I hope this aspect of today’s scripture will leap out.

Do you have the structure where you worship for the individual to freely pray when they are in trouble or happy as mentioned in verse 13?  How about feeling like they can burst into a song of praise or ask that the elders pray for them in their sickness?  Will you elders come together in your role for this individual or is it passing consideration at best?

There is much in this chapter, and tidbits to share, no longer appears to be an appropriate word.  It doesn’t fit when we have so much to do for each other that we currently neglect.

For Discussion

1.      Discuss ways that you are wealthy.
2.      Discuss ways that you could give more.
3.      Discuss church choices in how they use what they have.
4.      Discuss how members of congregations, not just classes could more freely pray.
5.      Discuss ways that people could begin to come to their elders.
6.      Discuss ways that elders could take this role more seriously.
7.      Discuss how we will have to answer for the use of our wealth, our worship practices and our responsibility to each other from congregant to elder.
8.      Discuss how your class could take a leadership role with regard to your church in seeing these ideas implemented.


Upcoming Lessons

2-1-15     Feasting and Fasting     Daniel 1:5, 8-17; Matthew 6:16-18






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



Monday, January 12, 2015

On 1-18-15, Hebrews 4:14-5:10 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Jesus’ Intercession for Us


Jesus’ Intercession for Us

Hebrews 4:14-5:10

International Sunday School Lesson

January 18, 2015

                                                                                 

 

 

Commentary

By

Jed Greenough

 

 

Have you ever seen someone burn out in a job or a relationship?  They no longer have the fresh outlook, the excitement, the energy or motivation.  Maybe you have experienced this first hand as that person.

Last week when I wrote in the For Discussion section to read and discuss verse 8, I had this in mind.  Verse 8 from John 17 reads, “For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them.  They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.”

I said, “How are we doing with regard to that today in our roles?”  And by that I mean the roles of teachers and preachers.  Is the gospel message old to them?  Are they looking for new things to teach and preach because they think they need to in order to stay fresh?

Most people don’t have the option to move on once the spark is gone they just put their nose to the grindstone and go about their workaday life.  In most cases this isn’t dangerous to others, but even if it were, nothing of this world compares to the danger of losing everlasting life.

In this book of Hebrews we are in today Paul is making the case for Christ to, as we understand it, Jewish converts.  He talked of Christ’s superiority to angels, why it was imperative they not drift away from what they had come to believe.  Paul explained why Christ was greater than Moses and in today’s scripture why He was greater than the priests of the temple that they were familiar with. 

Most of the time we remember that we are not infallible as Christ was and is but we seem to forget it by what we teach and preach by departing from the simple but effective message He left us.

For Discussion

  1. I have experienced this burn out in different ways have you?  If so discuss.
  2. Read more about Melchizedek in Genesis 14 and Hebrews 6:20-7:17
  3. Many feel that this Melchizedek was what they call a prefiguration of Christ.  Discuss
  4. Discuss how verses 14-16 from today can encourage us.
  5. Discuss verse 7.
  6. Discuss verse 8-9.
  7. Discuss teachers and preachers.

 

Upcoming Lessons

1-25-15     Powerful Prayer or We Prayer for One Another     James 5:13-18 or James 5    

 

 

 

 

 

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