Monday, October 29, 2012

Mark 10:46-52

Mark 10:46-52:

Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

*Healing-related to Jesus Christ
*Jesus give back restored live to each person he encounters
*reminds us that we can turn to Jesus when we need
*restoration for live and for our soul
*sometimes restoration for live sometimes distract us
*restoration for our soul is sometimes so refreshing that we can be blessed
*he responded to the cry of the insignificant blind man
*faith of blind man who was crying his heart out
*Jesus said beautiful words that would restore our soul
*he said or gave implication that he was the messiah
*chapter 10 was the last time he did his miracle before going to Jerusalem
*we should find our place in the story
*there might be a moment we want to show compassion which would.bless each others life
*or we might be in the life of a blind man who have eyes physically.but are blind because they are not at peace
*blessing of sight crowds them and leads them astray
*mark 10:51-52: "what do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
*contentment if we trust him
*God's timing is what matters
*get rid of the distraction then we will have peace
*the cry of the human heart,ask the right question but don't want the right answer
*our prayer is caught in a web of i want
*we can sometimes not be contented
*we want because we look at others
Understands that language of woundedness only
*only we alone can make that genuine cry spending some time with God
*that is what will finally answer our question
*we must see what we want
*thats the way we can celebrate our salvation
*distraction cannot separate us from the love of God (romans 8)
*makes it easier for us to be at peace
*show give and receive love
*all of us phase all works of life but showing love gives us meaning in life to see the Lord's beautiful face

**Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path**

The Pearl of Great Price

*aging is a natural process,enjoy life while u are at the present age
*wisdom cannot come just like that but through experience
*how do we go respecting seniors?
*what would that one thing be that would make u come back to church?
*in church,we want something to be placed in our system
*John 3:16:  For God so love the world that He gave his own begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life
*God offers salvation as a free gift that is worth no value
*all u can do is to accept it as God love token for a sinner
*some things are too priceless to be bought on earth

**Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path**

Fostering Christian Fellowship 2

*are u a disciple of Jesus Christ?
*Christ mandate for the church:Go and make disciples
*Christ will for individual believers-become disciples
it is not enough to just merely serve in church,attend church and pay your tithes
*a disciple of Christ commits to an obedient relationship with Jesus Christ and become like him
*Jesus never once withdrew his love from us although we were disobedient
*John 15:16- you did not choose me but i chose u to bear fruit that would last
*lessons from jesus example
*disciples were called by jesus
*disciples were called to jesus
*both types of disciples have different approach

*John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

*a choice we have to make
*our relationship with Jesus continues
*we should therefore commune him with prayer and develop that personal relationship with him in devotion
*we have the privilege of directly communicating with God but we often neglect that privilege
*1.daily devotion:reading His word and communing with Him
*2. attached to members of the body of Christ
*small groups in church is
-for making disciples
-for spiritual growth
-for growing into Christ-likeness
*John 15:12: 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

*small groups-a place to manifest love
*willing to open and be channels of grace and love to one another
*where is the church when we are hurt?
*small group is also a place
-to be nurtured
-to expand our horizons
-to be relevant
-to discover the call to serve
-to discover our spiritual gifts
*down the ages, small groups have been used to equip disciples

**Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path**

Fostering Christian Fellowship 1

*intention of baptism is to have fellowship with the church
*we should do more than going to church,by serving and bonding
*pray,disciple,correct one another
*he wants us to be holy
*we learn by engaging with people
*v13 - bearing and forgiving one another

Galatians 4:19: 19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,

*we want to see Christ fall in all of us
*we need to work hard and be forgiving just like the grace of God
*there was a place in Christ's heart for her
*when we want to repent,God forgives us
*we need help from other people to deal with our sin
*some people's life is full of fear,some with joy but we should put our feelings above what were going through on God
*we should keep our eyes in Jesus during good or bad times
*Isaiah 33:16- they are the ones who will dwell on the heights,
    whose refuge will be the mountain fortress.
Their bread will be supplied,
    and water will not fail them.-Gods providence for our lives

*thanking God for whatever there is for us
*remembrance of Christ sacrifice for us
*we leave with God's presence with us

**Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path**

Building Authentic Relationships

*Acts 20:7:

Eutychus Raised From the Dead at Troas

On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.

*where do we position God in times of trouble or joy?
*God is our point man in all situations to open the way for us
*when God is good,we must show our goodness towards each other
*discipleship is relational with God and people
*people are helpful to our growing and learning
*2 peter 1:3-5,10:

Confirming One’s Calling and Election

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;

*mutual encouragement,love and grace to keep our flame alive and growing
*signs of authentic relationship through disciplining,bonding and serving-expressed in praying and remembering one another
*doing well in christian life does not mean we will not stumble
*we must have the support and encouragement from people in the same community
*bonding with one another in good and bad times
*how do we know if we have authentic bonds and relationship?
*Acts 12:12-12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.- evidence for authentic relationship
*we are here for one another
*Acts 20:13,36-38-

Paul’s Farewell to the Ephesian Elders

13 We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul aboard. He had made this arrangement because he was going there on foot.

36 When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.-speaks about disciplining, bonding,serving

*who can we be for each other?
*in bonding,there is loving,praying and serving

**Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path**

Bonding, Discipling, Serving

*Matthew 10:1-2:

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

10 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;

*John 13:

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

18 “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.’
19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”
21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”
22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”
25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”
26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.
So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.
33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”
Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”
37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!

*what is bonding?
*moments of bonding was comforting to him before the sacrifice on the cross
*when comfort is needed there are people for you
*significance of bonding with each other
*taking a step of bonding a little further by disciplining
*he described how disciplining was about by washing his disciple's feet-a job of a servant and act of humility
*he thought his disciples servant hood and to serve with humility
*"as i have loved you,you must love one another"
*disciplining is to learn as much as we can about God
*but besides that disciplining is about positioning God in times of temptation
*is He real in your life?
*there is such thing as a point blank-must be positioned strategically his soldiers in war to win the battle(it is the same with us)
*we must decide between truth and falsehood-faith in God or idols
*some people maybe saved if they have the right people to guide them

*Micah 6:8: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

*in moments of decision making,positioning God to what is good with just and mercy
*"in changing times,we learn from unchanging principles"
*the advantage of being counseled and pointing to the truth
*though we might not see with their own eyes,they sense it in their hearts-the importance of bonding and serving
*the one thing Jesus taught more than anything else was prayer from all forms of bond-ages

*Mark1:23: 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out,
*at the start of ministry,Jesus prayed
*Mark 2-restoration of paralyzed man(he with God
*do not collect grudges because there is power in prayer that can forgive
*Matthew 5:

Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes

He said:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

The Fulfillment of the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.


21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.


27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.


31 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.


33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Eye for Eye

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

*power of prayer is setting God in control
*prayer is partnership with God
*the power of prayer comes from God to us
*God is at work in our church as much as any other church
*sometimes we dont talk or share answered prayers but this is hindering the work of God
*whatever is bound and release on earth is bound and release in heaven
*exercising power of prayer
*we should discipling,bonding and serving in our families,not only in church-through dynamics of small group and prayer
*Mark 3:

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”
Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.
He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

Crowds Follow Jesus

Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. 10 For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. 11 Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him.

Jesus Appoints the Twelve

13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons. 16 These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), 17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Jesus Accused by His Family and by Teachers of the Law

20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”
22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”
23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”
30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”
31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”
33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.
34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

*Acts 5:42: 42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.
self thoughts
*we don't need to go all out to preach the gospel,just merely showing an example is enough to show our Christ-likeness just like how God disciple his disciples by just showing servant hood of washing their feet felt the relief even before the restoration)
*let us not burden our remembrance

**Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path**


Deuteronomy 5:21: 21 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
*its the hardest commandment because it deals with the heart
*we often wish we could be better and more talented
*what does the commandment prohibit
*"covet""hamat"-a lusting after belongings and posessions of our neighbour
*provokes jealousy and greed
*we can see it
*we just wanna have more and more and there is no stopping

*Matthew 15:19: 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.
*Matthew 6:21: 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
*James 4:1-2b:

Submit Yourselves to God

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.

*the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart
*this commandment tells us to introspect ourselves
*Jeremiah 17:19:

Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

19 This is what the Lord said to me: “Go and stand at the Gate of the People, through which the kings of Judah go in and out; stand also at all the other gates of Jerusalem.

*foundations for covetousness
*the get what i have not got will bring me happiness
*the idea that things and persons can bring happiness
*the idea that self has to be pleased and satisfied
*God shaped vacuum can only be filled with by God
*this commandments brings us back to the 1st and 2nd commandment
*this big cells needs to be satisfied but we know its not true
*what breeds covetousness?
-our environment
-the advertisement
-the multimedia
-the modern financial facilities
*some of the company we keep
*discontented heart
*demanding spouse
*were good enough if we have this certain body shape,hair style,sports car
*we should be aware to be each others watch dog
*consequences about our covetousness
*story bout Judas and king David coveting Beersheba says so much about the consequences
*we must learn to be contented

*Phillippians 4:10-13:

Thanks for Their Gifts

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

*even ministers can be so calm outside but their heart of covetousness is always there
*10 commandments is there for us and our
*it works very subtly among us
*focus on relationships not things
*"love people,use things"
*life is meaningful because we have a relationship with God
*we trust God to be the all wise God and will give us what we need so that God can use us
*God will provide
*choose to be a giver and give more and more
*evaluate our priorities
*"our want is not our need"
*cultivate the discipline of fasting
*covetousness in the end destroys us

**Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path**