PAUL IN ATHENS

The people at Athens were twisted in their mind. What they thought was the truth was a lie. On Paul’s journeys one of the towns he visited was Athens. As he walked through the town he was shocked. Everywhere he walked he could see idols, Idols, IDOLS!!! Paul went to reason with the people but all they said was “What is this man babbling about?” The people thought he was bringing strange ideas to their head. Paul told them that they were worshiping foreign Gods but the people refused to believe him. As Paul kept on walking through the town he came across an alter that said ‘The Unknown God’. Paul knew straightaway that the unknown God was our God up in heaven. The people at Athens were so concentrated on their idols they didn’t know who this mysterious God was. Then Paul went to the people of Athens and said to them,  “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. For in him we live and move and have our being,”. Paul went on speaking and told them about the resurrection, but when the people heard this they sneered and refused to believe but others wanted to hear him again on that subject. When Paul finished speaking many of them believed and were baptised.
We must learn to not be take away by our lusts it to stand firm with God…

Saul is Converted

This story gives lessons and words that tell you that it is not too late to change your ways of thinking about God. There was once a man called Saul, he worshiped at the feet of Gamalliel and was one of the most knowledgeable people in Jerusalem. Saul hated the Christians because they believed that Jesus was resurrected but Saul himself did not share this belief. Saul sent men into every house of those who believed in Jesus and killed them all, women and children. One day Saul and some of his men were travelling along the road to Damascus when a bright light shone blinding Saul. His men brought him to Damascus where he slept for three days and three nights without food or drink. A certain man called Ananias got told by God in a vision to go and baptise Saul. Saul then went and preached to the people in Damascus.

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 Even those who do evil and persecute Jesus can be changed. Only when Saul was blinded he had time to think and change his actions and ways about what he thought about God. Its never to late for us to be converted…

 

Acts – The Trial of Stephan

Stephan was a faithful and holy man. He preached the gospel to everyone about and the Holy Spirit increased by people talking about it all around and saying how wonderful it was. Most people in Jerusalem were becoming followers of Christ and getting baptized. (even the priests!) Stephanos was his real name which meant victor. He started doing miracles like healing the blind, making deaf people hear, causing the lame to walk.The people were beginning to believe more and more in Jesus.The priests started to tell lies about Stephan and arouse trouble. They said wrong things about the bible but Stephan stood up to them and proved them wrong.The priests started to bribe men into telling lies about Stephan and they said “He is saying Blasphemy”. Stephanos got taken to a court room of 70 mean people plus the high priest. Saul was sitting in the group and later in the story will become Paul. They were all shouting at him when a miracle happened. Stephan glowed like an Angel! God was on his side. Stephan began telling things about Israels history to prove God was true and faithful despite Israels unfaithfulness and treacherous behavior starting with these:

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  • God made Promises to Abraham
  • Sold Joseph as a Slave
  • Israel became slaves in Egypt
  • God Saves Israel out of Egypt
  • Jacob buried in the Promised land
  • Moses was skilled in all the Wisdom of Egypt
  • At age 40 Moses killed an Egyptian
  • God sent an Angel in the burning bush and promised deliverance for Israel
  • God takes his Ecclessia into the wilderness
  • Israel rejected Moses and worshiped a golden calf
  • Joshua (Yah shall save) led them into the promised land
  • David longed to build God a temple but God told David His son would be the house builder
  • God does not live in brick buildings he lives in us and Jesus is going to be the master architect of a temple made from living people, the believers
  • Israel rebelled against God
  • They persecuted the prophets and did not keep the law of Moses

Stephan looked into heaven and said he saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God. This made the priests so angry that they dragged him out of the city and stoned him to death. While Stephan was lying there he said “lay not this sin to there charge”.

Gods Lesson for Us

Even when people are being unkind and cruel to us we must forgive them, even though the way they treat us really hurts. Even though people do not act like Jesus we must act mercifully and gracefully. Even when bad things are happening to us and people bully us, we have a beautiful promise from God who says, “I will never never leave thee or never never forsake thee”.

Acts – Annanias and Saphira

There once was a man named Barnabas. He was a man of generosity, he sold his land and gave the money to ecclesias. Everyone loved Barnabas and thought he was so great. In that same town was a man and his wife named Ananias and Saphira. They were two wicked and selfish people. They wanted to show the people that they were generous too.

So they decided to sell there land and house and give the money to the poor and needy. When they got all the money it ended up to be about a million dollars so they said “Why don’t we keep just a little bit for ourselves and give the rest to the poor”. So along went Ananias to Peter and said “Ok Peter, this is all the money”. Peter knew he was lying, and said “Are you sure this is all the money Ananias”. Ananias replied and said, “Yes, Yes this is all, take it!”. We don’t know how but he then falls dead to the ground without uttering another word.

Saphira was wondering why her husband had been gone so long and went to Peter. She asked him if he knew where Ananias had gone, but Peter asked her if she had given all the money to him and she to said “Yes, Yes give it away to the ecclesia” and she then, like Ananias fell dead.

Gods Lesson For Us

Do not lie or be Jealous of others, be thankful for what you have and what you are blessed with. Be like the apostle and spread the word!!! Make sure you have loving friends to give you good advise. We should always be truthful in the Ecclesia of God and conduct ourselves honestly.

The Sower

Amazing lessons come from the seed, preserved down through time, and only once it is buried in good soil, springs into new life, producing and incredible yield.

In your own words summarize the parable of the sower?
The four grounds represent four different responses to the invitation to the kingdom.
Can you identify different type of ground?
How does the word of God prosper and grow in our lives?
How does the good soil person respond to the seed?
Does the sower plant different seed or is it all the same stuff?
What are essential ingredients the seeds needs in order to grow?

 

The Transfiguration

Jesus is given a glimpse of the glorious exodus he would lead through his death and personal sacrifice into a triumphant deathless state, a magnificent transformation, a metamorphosis from weak mortal nature, into a strong glorious magnificent, brilliant, dazzling, radiating beauty. To become the brightness of His glory, the express image of his person. The miraculous prediction of the Lords most incredible triumph over human nature, sin and death.

Q.1. Why Did Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus?

Q.2. Why was the transfiguration necessary?

Q.3. Can you think of a quote that shows how friends can encourage each other in the word of God?

Q.4. What does the transfiguration teach us?

Q.5. What do we learn about Jesus character?

Q.6. How did the transfiguration effect the 3 disciples that accompanied Jesus?

Q.7. What are you looking forward to about the kingdom?

The Persistent Widow

The Parable of the unjust judge isn’t so much a story to compare what God is like, rather to contrast the genuine care, responsiveness, and overwhelming love that our heavenly Father provides for his elect who demonstrate qualities found in the persistent widow..

What kind of attitude does Jesus want to see in us when he returns to the earth?

What were the elect in Rev 6:10 crying to God for?

What can we pray to God for?

What lesson do we learn from the Persistent Widow?

How should we be living in light of the Lords parable of the persistent widow?

Can you find a verse in the Bible to show how God responds to prayer?

What kind of attitude did the Widow possess?

What is the greek work that describes how often we should pray?

The Unforgiving Slave

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how many times could my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”

22 “I tell you, not as many as seven,” Jesus said to him, “but 70 times seven.[a] 23 For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 When he began to settle accounts, one who owed 10,000 talents[b] was brought before him.25 Since he had no way to pay it back, his master commanded that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt.

The Lost Sheep

In Luke 15v1-7 Jesus talks about the loving shepherd and his beautiful sheep. When the shepherd finds out one of his sheep are missing he sets out in the dark and cold, hungrily setting forth searching for his dearest sheep hoping to find him. After a day or two hidden in the cracks of the rocks, two beautiful eyes can be seen, longing to see his shepherd savior. Before she knows it that cute little sheep is safely riding home on the shoulders of the one who loved her so much.

The Lost Son

The story of the Prodigal Son is so Loveley to hear the words that Jesus spoke about the father and how much he loves his son and at the first sight of his son coming back he runs towards him with reachingful eyes, this is an example of how God longs for us when we come to our right mind and return to him.

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

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Humility is such an important kingdom attitude, Jesus tells a parable to show how important this quality is in God’s children. A lot of people pretend to be humble by humble-bragging, and not being honest with their intentions. But humble bragging is really a way of letting our pride leak out.

Q1. How does the parable of the ‘Hidden Treasure & the Pearl of great Price’ teach us about the Kingdom of God?

Q2. What was the ‘actual’ treasure in both of these parables?

Q3. What’s the difference between the parable of the Hidden Treasure & The Pearl of Great Price?

Q4. What kind of things does Jesus want us to give up so that we can gain the kingdom?

Q5. Why do you think the traveler and the merchant sold all their belongings for this one little piece of treasure?

Q6. Using either e-Sword or https://www.biblegateway.com/, can you find out what Jesus teaches us about treasure on earth?

Q7. What is the lesson for us, of the Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price?

The Hidden Treasure & Pearl of Great Price

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Check out our latest shadow puppet movie of the hidden treasure (below) 🙂

 

Wow, the kingdom of God can be found even if you’re not looking for it. However in both parables we see the genuine reaction on the one who receives this priceless gift.

 

Q1. How does the parable of the ‘Hidden Treasure & the Pearl of great Price’ teach us about the Kingdom of God?

Q2. What was the ‘actual’ treasure in both of these parables?

Q3. What’s the difference between the parable of the Hidden Treasure & The Pearl of Great Price?

Q4. What kind of things does Jesus want us to give up so that we can gain the kingdom?

Q5. Why do you think the traveler and the merchant sold all their belongings for this one little piece of treasure?

Q6. Using either e-Sword or https://www.biblegateway.com/, can you find out what Jesus teaches us about treasure on earth?

Q7. What is the lesson for us, of the Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Parable of the Pearl?

 

 

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The Parable of the Talents

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The language of the gospels is so rich and full of meaning, as the Lord draws powerful illusions of the kingdom in relation to our responsibilities, in the absence of ‘the man that travels to a far country’. Thanks Uncle Rob for sharing these wonderful lesson.

Read all about it in Matthew 25:14-30

So…

  1. “What is the meaning of the Parable of the Talents?”
  2. What does this parable teach us about God and his character?
  3. Why do you think the master gives the men different amounts of talents?
  4. What keeps the lazy servant from multiplying his talents?
  5. How does this parable teach us about the kingdom?
  6. Why do you think the master gave the one talent to the servant who had ten?
  7. Was this fair? Why?
  8. What do you think Jesus was trying to teach us by telling the parable of the talents?

 

 

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The Wise and Foolish Virgins

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  1. What happened to the wise and foolish virgins when the cry was made, “Behold the bridegroom cometh”?
  2. When Jesus had finished speaking to the disciples what did he say we should do, in Matthew 25?
  3. What can we do to be like the wise virgins when Jesus comes?
  4. Explain the meaning of the parable of the wise and foolish virgins?
  5. How does this parable teach us about the Kingdom of God?
  6. If the bridesmaids new they should be getting ready for the wedding, so why weren’t they ready?
  7. How do we prove to God and others that we really want to go into the Kingdom?
  8. Name other activities in life where preparation is important?
  9. Why didn’t the wise bridesmaids share their oil?
  10. What does Isa 62:4-5 have in common with this Parable?

The Great Supper

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  1. What is the big lesson that we learned from the great supper?
  2. Can you remember the key verse from the old testament that describes the kind of attitude that God wants to see in us? Clue: “delight” (write your verse here)
  3. One big lesson we learnt about doing bible study, wasn’t just about gaining knowledge , it was about…AND can you remember the key quote? Clue ” it’s the conversation Jesus had with the leaders of Israel about looking for eternal life ( use Esword to look for the phrase “eternal life”)
  4. The great supper is really an amazing story with a hidden meaning about the kingdom. Can you remember what it was?
  5. What is so different about the bride Jesus will marry?
  6. How long has the groom been waiting to get married?

 

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The Sword and the Flame

The Sword & the flame

A very tricky puzzle. A flaming sword, a four faced creature, can you explain the meaning of the parable, this symbolic presence of God?

Where else in the bible does God combine these elements, light, spirit, fire?

(You can find clues in the wilderness, and in the gospels), discuss this one with mum and dad. 1Pet1:16, 1Cor 15:41-42, Isaiah 24:23

 

From Punishment to Paradise

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Fig leaves were a clumsy attempt to cover shame, guilt and fear. An animal is killed, blood, death, a costly lesson to teach the effect of sin.

The blood slain animal in skinned, coverings are prepared. Wet with the smell of death, Adam and Eve are clothed before being expelled from the garden.

Lessons of hope and forgiveness are woven into the mess that sin and disobedience to God has caused.

The old dragon & the young snake

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And then I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding the key of the abyss (the bottomless pit) and a great chain was in his hand. And he overpowered and laid hold of the dragon, that old serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him [securely] for a thousand years (a millennium); and the angel hurled him into the abyss, and closed it and sealed it above him [preventing his escape or rescue], so that he would no longer deceive and seduce the nations, until the thousand years were at an end. After these things he must be liberated for a short time.
Revelation 20:1-3

The Sting and the Death of the Prince

The Death of The Prince

 

A dramatic retelling of the amazing victory over sin styled by Jesus “The death of Prince of this world”. where Jesus issues the ultimate challenge and predicts his awesome victory over the spiritual and civil rulers.

Discover how Jesus engages in a personal struggle against serpent thinking (human nature), when for a moment all seems lost, when the enemy like a poisonous serpent, surrounds Jesus heal, strikes his life down to the ground, sending him down to the dark world of the dead.

But this is where the power of sin ends…! ! ! ! !

The Enemy of God

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For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sin’s dominion) through His [[g]resurrection] life. Romans 5:10

Adam and Eves New Clothes

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How devastating for Adam and Eve to be awakened from sins moments of delight, to confront their new reality  – expelled from paradise – a wonderful relationship with God shattered.

  • And yet we see the Angels (creator, teacher, elohim) taking deliberate, decisive and compassionate action to provide essential coverings for Adam & Eves clumsy attempt to hide their shame, embarrassment and fear, a result of their sin.
  • The Genesis record tells the story of a God, acting as a saviour, providing coverings for Adam and Eve, so they can again feel comfortable coming back into the presence of the Angels, as the angels begin the process of repairing the friendship and healing the effects of sin.
  • The more we look on this scene, the more we learn about the merciful character of God, who can see through mans fickle and vulnerable efforts, and setts about to lay the foundations of the gospel, the things which concern the kingdom of God and the things of the name of Jesus, mans ultimate covering.

The Great JFP Quiz

Brain Streeetch.  How much do you remember?

Brain Streeetch. How much do you remember?

The Rulers of the World

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Yes man was different from the animals. He was prepared for a more advanced state of Gods purpose.

And so God gave man a capacity to develop in his likeness. Have dominion, rule over the creation.
How does Acts 4:19 and 5:29 reinforce the invitation that was issued to man in Genesis chapter 1:28