Bible Talk: Summer Psalms: Psalm 41

Psalm 41

John 13:12 - 27

13th January 2019

Neil Atwood

Regarding the weak - Psalm 41: 1-3

  • Blessed is he who has regard for the weak.

  • The Lord will protect him and preserve his life.

Disregarding the weak - Psalm 41: 4-9

  • Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one shared my bread, has turned against me. v9

Trusting God

Psalm 41 - in light of Jesus

  • But this is to fulfill the scripture: He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against me. John 13: 18

Implication for us…

“Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:22

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8

God’s Grace… Made perfect in your weakness.

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Bible Talk : Summer Psalms : Psalm 63 – Fully Satisfied

Psalm 63

Philippians 3:4b-14

 

6 January 2019

David Simmons

 

1.     Exercise

2.      Eat Healthy

3.      Quit Smoking

4.      Quit Drinking

5.      Learn a new skill

 

Satisfaction

David’s Desire v1

David’s Satisfaction v2-8

David’s Joy v9-11

 

What do we do with this psalm?

 Psalm of Jesus

 

I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ

Philippians 3:8-9

 

I want to know Christ — yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Philippians 3:10-11

 

‘Seeing lives transformed through Jesus’

 

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Bible Talk : I Am Second  ( Zechariah's Song ): Christmas Songs.

1:57-80 Luke

23 December 2018

Neil Atwood

 

I Am Second

“…it’s not about you.”

 

Zechariah

not about him

not about the baby(!)

 

Celebrating
someone else

 

Jesus

 

Not about John. It’s about Jesus

 

“Praise be to the Lord the God of Israel because he has come to his people and redeemed them, he has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.”

Luke 1:68

 

Promise fulfilled


Rescue from our enemies   v74

 

His plan of reversal

His promises are kept

Responding to God’s glory

 

“And you my child will be called a prophet of the most high. For you... will go on before the Lord. To prepare the way for him.” 

Luke 1:76

 

“You, my child... will go before the Lord.
To prepare the way for him.”

 

Salvation from our enemies

Salvation from our sin

 

Not. About. Me.

All about Him

 

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Bible Talk : From Here to Eternity : Romans 7-8, Celebrating Certainty

Romans 8:1-17

Romans 8:18-39

 

2 December 2018

David Simmons

 

If God is for us, who can be against us?

 

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from your hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Daniel 3:17-18

 

God gave his Son for us, so God will give us all things

 

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?

Who then is the one who condemns?

 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 

 

“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.”

Romans 6:5

 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 

Bible Talk : From Here to Eternity : Romans 7-8, Assurance in Suffering

 

Daniel 7: 1-4

Romans 8:18-30

 

25 November 2018

Josh Wheeler

 

GOD IS ALL POWERFUL

GOD HAS OUR GOOD AT HEART

so

SUFFERING SHOULD NOT EXIST

 

From our perspective

GOD’S WORD and OUR EXPERIENCE sometimes seem to clash

 

1). God is all powerful

He FORKNEW us and PREDESTINED us.

 

2). God does everything for our good

We are CONFORMED to

the image of Jesus

 

GOD IS ALL POWERFUL

GOD HAS OUR GOOD AT HEART

so

EVERYTHING IS WORKING FOR OUR GOOD

 

We can depend on God

We can long for Jesus return

Bible Talk : From Here to Eternity : Romans 7-8, Suffering with the Hope of Glory

 Romans 8:14-27

Revelation 21:1-5 & 22:1-5

11 November 2018

David Simmons

 

‘I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea…I have laboured and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked’

2 Corinthians 11:23-27

 

Creation waits in eager expectation (19)

Creation is in a state of frustration (20)

 

Cursed is the ground because of you;

through painful toil you will eat food from it

all the days of your life.

It will produce thorns and thistles for you,

Genesis 3:17-18

 

Creation groans (22)

Bible Talk : From Here to Eternity : Romans 7-8, The Spirit of Sonship

1 John 4:16b – 5:5

Romans 8:5-22

 

4 November 2018

Roger Cunningham

 

I’d love our children to be like me

We are members of God’s family

We take on the family likeness

We take courage, not fear

 

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:1-2

 

We are heirs of God

Bible Talk : From Here to Eternity : Romans 7-8, Set Free from Sin

Romans 7:14-25

Romans 8:1-13

 

21 October 2018

David Simmons

 

1.      Problem

2.      Solution

3.      Application

 

1.      Problem

We can not free ourselves from sin

‘the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes’

Romans 1:16

Law + flesh = sin and death

 

2.      Solution

God sets us free from sin

 

God sent his own son

in the likeness of sinful flesh

to be a sin offering

he condemned sin in the flesh

 

“the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

Romans 13:8

you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’

Mark 12:30–31

 

3.      Application

Set free in the struggle with sin

 

Christ for us

The Spirit in us

 

“if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

 

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Bible Talk : From Here to Eternity : Romans 1-4 : Saved for Sure

Romans 1:1-17

Romans 3:19-31

 

14 October 2018

Roger Cunningham

 

Can we be sure

Looking back

 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.

Romans 1:16-17

 

This claim of salvation

 Our common problem

 

There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Romans 3:22-26

 God’s common grace

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 

Romans 5:1

 

The benefits and call to obedience

 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

Romans 8:1

 

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Bible Talk : Proverbs : Wisdom for Life : Wisdom & Money

Proverbs 3: 1- 18

Luke 12 : 13- 21

 

7 October 2018

David Simmons

 

1.       Proverbs are wisdom

2.        Proverbs are principles not promises

3.        Proverbs assumes a worldview

 

3.       Proverbs assumes a worldview

1.        God owns everything

2.        God gives us everything

3.        Therefore, we are stewards

 

How to be a wise steward

Keeping and Giving

 

Wise stewards

know how much to keep

 

Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,

give careful attention to your herds;

for riches do not endure forever,

and a crown is not secure for all generations.

Proverbs 27:23-24

 

the lambs will provide you with clothing,

and the goats with the price of a field.

You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family

and to nourish your female servants.

Proverbs 27:26-27

 

The greedy bring ruin to their household’

Proverbs 15:27

‘The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them…

The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper’

Proverbs 28:22, 25

 

 

Wise stewards

know how much to keep

are careful of greed

give generously

‘Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed’

Proverbs 19:17

‘Honour the Lord with your wealth,

with the firstfruits of your crops;

then your barns will be filled to overflowing

and your vats will brim over with new wine’

Proverbs 3:9-10

Wise stewards

know how much to keep

are careful of greed

give generously

trust God will provide

 

Better a little with fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.’

Proverbs 15:16

‘Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice’

Proverbs 16:8

Better a little with fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.’

Proverbs 15:16

‘Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice’

Proverbs 16:8

How much better to get wisdom than gold,

to get insight rather than silver’

Proverbs 16:16

‘Blessed are those who find wisdom,

those who gain understanding,

for she is more profitable than silver

and yields better returns than gold. ’

Proverbs 3:13-14

‘He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?’

Romans 8:32

'God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work’

2 Corinthians 9:8

‘In your presence there is fullness of joy;

at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.’

Psalms 16:11

‘For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.’

2 Corinthians 8:9

Treasure Principle

“You can’t take it with you but you can send it on ahead”

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Bible Talk : Mark 1-8 : Who Is This Man? : The Suffering Lord

Daniel 7:13-28

Mark 8:27 – 9:1

 

30 September 2018

Roger Cunningham

 

Expecting the conquering Lord

Getting the suffering Lord

 

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isaiah 53:1-3

 

Following the saving Lord

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Bible Talk : Mark 1-8 : Who Is This Man? : The Suffering Lord

Daniel 7:13-28

Mark 8:27 – 9:1

 

30 September 2018

Roger Cunningham

 

Expecting the conquering Lord

Getting the suffering Lord

 

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isaiah 53:1-3

 

Following the saving Lord

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Bible Talk : Mark 1-8 : Who Is This Man? : Jesus the Christ

Mark 8:11-30

Romans 1:1-7

 

23 September 2018

Roger Cunningham

 

How many do you see living with Jesus as Lord?

Two groups of people

Having your eyes open

Hardened hearts

 

Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. 

Romans 1:5

 

And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.)

Romans 1:6

Recognising Jesus as Lord

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Bible Talk : Mark 1-8 : Who Is This Man? : Jesus and the Gentiles

Mark 7:24 – 8:10

Ephesians 2:11-22

 

16 September 2018

David Simmons

 

separate from Christ,

excluded from citizenship in Israel

foreigners to the covenants of the promise

without hope

without God in the world

Ephesians 2:12

 

1. Hope for the hopeless

because Jesus is powerful

Mark 7:24-30

 

2. Hope for the hopeless

because Jesus is merciful

Mark 7:31-37

 

3. Hope for the hopeless

because Jesus is compassionate

Mark 8:1-10

 

Praying for a new compassion for the lost

that leads us to show mercy by sharing the gospel

while trusting the power of God to save

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Bible Talk : Mark 1-8 : Who Is This Man? : Jesus and Our Heart problem

Mark 7:1 – 23

James 1:19-27

 9 September 2018

Roger Cunningham

 Symptoms in one place – problem in another

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Mark 2:17

 The doctor will see you now

 The symptoms

‘Holy Scripture contains all things we need for salvation, so that whatever is not read in it, or can’t be proved from it, is not to be required of any person to be believed as a doctrine or necessary for them to be saved.

Article 6, 39 Articles of Religion

 The diagnosis – the heart problem

 The cure

 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

Ezekiel 36:26-27

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

John 3:3

 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

John 3:3

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17

 The cure - transformation

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Bible Talk: Mark 1-8: Who is this Man?

One or the Other

Mark 6: 1-44

Roger Cunningham

02/09/2018

The gathered crowds.

  • The apostles coming back together after being sent out to tell the people to repent

Those who didn't recognise Jesus as King - deny and reject

The Compassionate Shepherd

  • leads and protects
  • God describes His chosen leaders as shepherds and His people are described as like sheep.

2 Kings, 2 Meals, 2 very different outcomes

  • Herod kills John the Baptist to protect his honour
  • Jesus has compassion and mercy, feeding the 5000 and having more left over than needed

The King foreshadowed by Moses

So many don't recognise, but instead reject Jesus, no matter how much they are told they still reject Him

We are called to:   

  • Recognise
  • Repent
  • Rejoice
  • Repeat

Mark 1:15 - preach repentance

 

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