2009 Lesson Archive


Date Passage(s) Theme Instructor
December 20, 2009
Mark 11:20-26
Mark 14:36
The Withered Fig Tree John
December 13, 2009 Mark 11:12-25
Jesus Clears the Temple / The Withered Fig Tree Jason
December 6, 2009
Mark 11:1-11
John 12:8-19
Zachariah 9:9
Jesus' Triumphal Entry Jason
Jesus Was Deliberate in Four Ways:
  1. Timing - He did not avoid the crowd's attention this time, unlike in the past.
  2. The Colt - He gave the disciples very specific instructions about the colt that he was to ride on.
  3. The Message That He Was Sending - Acknowledging Himself as Messiah/fulfillment of prophesy
  4. In His Task - He came to only assess the temple this time.
November 22, 2009
Mark 10:46-52
Mark 10:35-36
What Do You Want Me to Do For You? Jason
November 15, 2009
Mark 10:32-45
Mark 8:27-29
Mark 1:1
Mark 7:17
Mark 8:22-26
Christ's Example of Humility Jason
Jesus predicts his betrayal:
  1. Mark 8:31-32
  2. Mark 9:30-32
  3. Mark 10:32-34
Four Themes from the Lesson:
  1. Humility - Christ's example
  2. Suffering - If you're going to follow Christ, expect suffering.
  3. Servanthood - We are called to serve and not be served.
  4. To love and be like the lowly ones
Summary Points:
  1. Humility is glad that God gets all the credit for choosing us, so that we boast only in Him and not in man.
  2. Humility happily admits that everything we have is a free gift from God.
  3. Humility is glad to affirm that God sovereignly governs our heartbeats, our safe arrivals and our non-arrivals.
  4. The root of Christian humility is the Gospel, that Christ died for our sins.
  5. Humility gives itself away in serving everyone, rather than seeking to be served.
  6. Humility is glad to affirm that this service is true greatness.
The 'Gates of Hell':
November 8, 2009
James 1:27
Eph 1:5
Rom 8:15
1 Peter 3:15-17
Mark 10:17-34
Psalms 34:8
Matthew 13:44-46
Collosians 3:1-4
Philippians 3:7-9
Matthew 6:19-24
Hebrews 10:34,11:24-26,11:39-12:2
Mark 4:18-19
Luke 14:25-33
Philippians 3:12-14
Ephesians 1:15-18
Orphans / The Rich Young Man Pt 2 / John
Click for video shown in class
November 1, 2009
Mark 10:13-31
Mark 9:36-37
The Little Children and Jesus / The Rich Young Man John
October 25, 2009
Mark 9:49-50
Mark 10:1-12
Leviticus 2:13
Numbers 18:19
Hebrews 12:3-17
Deuteronomy 24:1-4
Genesis 1:17, 2:18-24
Matthew 5:31-32,19:1-9
Malachi 2:14
Ephesians 5:22-30
John 4:18
Marriage and Divorce John
October 18, 2009
Mark 9:42-48
Ephesians 6:4
1 Thessalonians 5:22
1 Corinthians 6:12
Warning Against Causing to Sin Jason
In this passage:
  • Hands = Things we do.
  • Feet = Places we go.
  • Eyes = Things we see/desire.
October 11, 2009
Mark 9:38-41
Mark 9:14
Matthew 12:30
Numbers 11:26-29
1 Corinthians 9:19-22
1 Corinthians 10:31-33
Philippians 1:14-18
Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us Jason
Recommended Reading:
It's Not About Me
by Max Lucado
October 4, 2009 Mark 9:30-37
Mark 8:31-38
Who is Greatest? Jason
  1. Nobody act big.
  2. Nobody act small.
  3. Everybody act medium.
by Leslie B. Flynn quoted in:
Stories for the Heart
by Alice Gray
September 27, 2009
Mark 9:14-29
Exodus 32
1 Kings 18:16-
Mark 5:1-20
Mark 6:7
Ephesians 5:6-7
John 9:1-3
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
John 11:1-16
Mark 14:32-42
Job 1:21
Psalm 139:15-16
Romans 8:28
John 16:33
Luke 13
Col 3:10-17
The Healing of a Boy with an Evil Spirit John
The Transfiguration:
The Transfiguration
Painting by Raphael Sanzio
September 20, 2009
Mark 9:2-13
Psalm 2:7
Genesis 22:2
Deuteronomy 18:15
Deuteronomy 6:4
2 Corinthians 3:5,6,18
The Transfiguration Jason
Recommended Reading:
It's Not About Me
by Max Lucado
September 13, 2009
Mark 8:1-38
Romans 10:13-17
Psalm 23
John 10:11
1 Corinthians 10:17
John 6:48
Isaiah 53
Isaiah 6:9-10
Luke 23:8
Acts 11:26
Ephesians 1:17-19
The Bread of Life John
Recommended Reading:
Don't Waste Your Life
by John Piper
free on-line book

When I Don't Desire God
by John Piper
free on-line book
September 6, 2009
Mark 7:31-37
James 5:14-16
Are You Amazed? Jason
Video shown in class:
Book mentioned by Jason:
Couplehood
by Paul Reiser
August 30, 2009
Mark 7:14-30
Matthew 12:22-28
Isaiah 29:13
Isaiah 66:2
Proverbs 3:34
James 4:6
Clean and Unclean (Part II) John
Recommended Reading:
Humility: True Greatness
by C.J. Mahaney
August 23, 2009
Mark 7:1-13
Titus 3:1-6
Ephesians 3
1 Peter 2:13-
2 Timothy 2:24-26
Clean and Unclean John
August 16, 2009
Mark 6:45-52
John 6:15
Jesus Walks on the Water Jason
6 Applications:
  1. Are you in the fourth watch?
  2. Take courage - the first watch always comes back around
  3. Where do you find courage?
  4. Jesus: "It is I" and "I Am" - He is able
  5. Jesus didn't respond to disciples' prior request - He just came to them.
  6. Have you allowed Jesus to get into your boat?
August 9, 2009
Mark 6:30-44
John 6:1-6
Mark 6:8
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand Jason
Jewish Prayer:

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, ruler of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

August 2, 2009
Mark 6:30-34
Mark 6:7-13
Retreating with the Lord Jason
Quotes:

"The Christian life is a continuous going into the presence of God from the presence of men and coming out into the presence of men from the presence of God."

"It may well be that the whole trouble in our lives is that we give God no opportunity to speak to us, because we do not know how to be still and to listen. We give God no time to recharge us with spiritual energy and strength because there is no time when we wait upon the Lord. How can we shoulder life's burdens if we have no contact with Him who is the Lord of all good life? How can we do God's work unless in God's strength and how can we receive His strength unless we seek in quietness and, in loneliness, the presence of God."

July 26, 2009
Mark 6:14-29
Mark 1:4-8
Leviticus 18:16
Matt 11:1-15
1 Kings 16:29-33
1 Kings 18:17-19
1 Kings 19:1-3
Malachi 4:1-6
Luke 1:16-17
Luke 23:6-12
Hebrews 2:1
The Death of John the Baptist John
July 19, 2009 Mark 6:6-13
Matthew 10:1-29
Luke 12:11-12
2 Corinthians 5:17
Sheep Among Wolves Dean
John MacArthur sermon:
Sheep Among Wolves
Part 1
Part 2
July 12, 2009 Mark 6:6-13
Ecclesiastes 4:9
Matt 10:1-16
Matt 7:6
2 Corinthians 5:11
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Dean
Application Points:
  • He sent them out two by two.
  • This provided accountability and mutual encouragement.
Assignment:
July 5, 2009 Mark 6:1-6
Matthew 13:53-58
Mark 1:27
A Prophet Without Honor Jason
June 28, 2009 Mark 5:21-43
Mark 4:41
Mark 5:15
Mark 5:33
Mark 5:36
Ezekiel 36:26
What do you need from Jesus? John
Application Points:
  • We all have the same need: Payment/forgiveness for our sins.
  • Jesus came to bring us salvation from our sins, not healing from earthly afflictions.
June 21, 2009 Mark 5:1-20
Ephesians 5:25
The Healing of a Demon-possessed Man John
Application Point:

With regard to Ephesians 5:25 - How are you doing?

Recommended Reading:

The Student, the Fish and Aggasiz (article)
by The Student

June 14, 2009 Mark 4:30-34 Parable of the Mustard Seed Jason
Mark 4:35-41 Jesus Calms the Storm
Application Points:
  1. Being a friend of Jesus doesn't exempt us from storms in life - the disciples went from "All is well, to all is Hell"
  2. What was the profession of these disciples? Fishermen; We need him in the greatest place of our competency.
  3. The things that threaten me most are under God's mastery - the one who loves me!
  4. God's delay DOES NOT EQUAL God's indifference
  5. The peace with which we experience storms make people marvel
  6. Our sleep is indifference - Jesus' sleep is not.
Recommended Reading:
If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat
by John Ortberg
June 7, 2009 Mark 4:21-25
Ephesians 2:1-7
1 Timothy 1:14-16
Isaiah 42:3-4
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
2 Timothy 1:5-6
Hebrews 12:3
Hebrews 8:10
2 Peter 3:14
How's Your Flame? John
John's homework:

Camp out in Hebrews 12:12-13

From "Mental Conflict" by John Bunyan

But one day, as I was passing into the field, and that too with some dashes on my conscience, fearing lest yet all was not right, suddenly this sentence fell upon my soul, Your righteousness is in heaven; and methought with it all, I saw, with the eyes of my soul, Jesus Christ at God’s right hand; there, I say, as my righteousness; so that wherever I was, or whatever I was doing, God could not say to me that He wants my righteousness, for that was just before Him. I also saw, moreover, that it was not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor yet my bad frame that made my righteousness worse; for my righteousness was Jesus Christ Himself, the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8).

Now did my chains fall off my legs indeed. I was loosed from my afflictions and irons; my temptations also fled away; so that, from that time, those dreadful Scriptures of God left off to trouble me; now went I also home rejoicing, for the grace and love of God. So when I came home, I looked to see if I could find that sentence, Your righteousness is in heaven, but could not find such a saying; wherefore my heart began to sink again, only that was brought to my remembrance, He is made unto us of God, wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption (1 Cor 1:30). By this word I saw the other sentence true.

For by this Scripture I saw that the man Christ Jesus, as He is distinct from us, as touching His bodily presence, so He is our righteousness and sanctification before God. Here therefore I lived, for some time, very sweetly at peace with God through Christ. Oh! methought, Christ! Christ! there was nothing but Christ that was before my eyes: I was not now only for looking upon this and the other benefits of Christ apart, as of His blood, burial, or His resurrection, but considering Him as a whole Christ! as He in whom all these, and all other virtues, relations, offices, and operations met together, and that He sat on the right hand of God in heaven.

’Twas glorious to me to see His exaltation, and the worth and prevalency of all His benefits, and that because now I could look from myself to Him, and would reckon that all those graces of God that now were green in me, were yet but like those cracked groats and fourpence- half-pennies that rich men carry in their purses, when their gold is in their trunks at home! Oh! I saw my gold was in my trunk at home! In Christ, my Lord and Savior. Now Christ was all; all my righteousness, all my sanctification, and all my redemption.

May 31, 2009 Mark 4:21-25
Genesis 1:3-4
Mark 4:3
Matthew 5:14
A Lamp on a Stand Jason
Application Points:
  • The sower was given the seed.
  • We were given the light in Christ.
  • He reveals to us missed opportunities to let our light shine.
  • Don't hide your light!
May 24, 2009 Mark 4:1-9 Parable of the Sower Jason
Discussion Questions:
What is the seed?
What is the growing process?
Can you elaborate on these types of ground?
  • Along the path: How does the devil take away the word from their hearts?
  • Among the rocks: What do the rocks represent? Why do you suppose they fell away?
  • Among the thorns: How do these things "choke" the Christian life? What are indications of maturity?
  • On good soil: What are the common characteristics between soil which is good from growing plants and those who not only receive the message well, but also produce fruitfulness after much perseverance?
How can people in the first three develop good soil?
And how can those on the good soil maintain the condition of their soil?
Among which type of soil or soils represent the redeemed?
What type of soil are you growing on?
May 17, 2009 Mark 3:20-35
Mark 1:15
Matthew 12:32
Romans 2:4
2 Corinthians 7:9
Blaspheming the Holy Spirit John
May 10, 2009 Mark 3:7-35
Mark 1:15
Mark 1:38
1 Corinthians 11:1
John 2:23
John 6:66-71
Our Real Need John
May 3, 2009 Mark 2:23-3:6
Leviticus 23:22
Deuteronomy 23:25
Exodus 34:21
Exodus 31:15
Leviticus 24:5-9
1 Samuel 21:1-7
1 Samuel 22:6-23
Jesus & David John
Points:
  1. Jesus parallels David
  2. Pharisees parallel Edomites
Recommended reading:
Making Room For Life:
Trading Chaotic Lifestyles for Connected Relationships

by Randy Frazee
The Rest of God:
Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath

by Mark Buchanan

Resting on God:

O God, most high, most glorious, the thought of Thine infinite serenity cheers me, for I am toiling and moiling, troubled and distressed, but Thou art for ever at perfect peace. Thy designs cause thee no fear or care of unfulfilment, they stand fast as the eternal hills. Thy power knows no bond, Thy goodness no stint. Thou bringest order out of confusion, and my defeats are Thy victories: The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

I come to Thee as a sinner with cares and sorrows, to leave every concern entirely to Thee, every sin calling for Christ's precious blood; revive deep spirituality in my heart; let me live near to the great Shepherd, hear His voice, know its tones, follow its calls. Keep me from deception by causing me to abide in the truth, from harm by helping me to walk in the power of the Spirit. Give me intenser faith in the eternal verities, burning into me by experience the things I know; Let me never be ashamed of the truth of the gospel, that I may bear its reproach, vindicate it, see Jesus as its essence, know in it the power of the Spirit.

Lord, help me, for I am often lukewarm and chill; unbelief mars my confidence, sin makes me forget Thee. Let the weeds that grow in my soul be cut at their roots; grant me to know that I truly live only when I live to Thee, that all else is trifling. Thy presence alone can make me holy, devout, strong and happy. Abide in me, gracious God.

Bonus Teaching: James 1:2-6
Ephesians 1:15-23
Waiting on The Lord John
April 26, 2009 Mark 2:17-22
Matthew 28:18-20
Matthew 6:17-18
Acts 13:1-3
Acts 14:23
Called to Action Jason
Points:
  1. Provoke = called forth into action
  2. Fast with a true heart, not for public appearance.
Recommended reading:
Celebration of Discipline
by Richard Foster

'Next step' by Melissa Greene
April 19, 2009 Mark 2:13-17
Luke 5:27-28
Matthew 5:3
What is Christ calling you to? Jason
Questions:
  1. What does following Him today look like for you?
  2. What do you need to leave behind?
  3. What relationships do you need to invite Jesus to be part of?
  4. What's holding you back?
Recommended reading:
The Jesus I Never Knew
by Philip Yancey
April 12, 2009 Easter Sunday - no bible study
April 5, 2009 Mark 2:1-12
Isaiah 53
Forgiveness of Our Sins John
March 29, 2009 Mark 1:35-45
2 Kings 5:7
2 Kings 5:10-
Numbers 12:13
Leviticus 13:3,45-46
Numbers 5:2-4
Leviticus 14:1-20
Matthew 11:1-6
Luke 4:16-21,27
Daniel 7:13-14
Jesus Heals Lepers John
March 22, 2009 Mark 1:21-34 Jesus Heals Sick and Drives Out Evil Spirits Jason
March 15, 2009 Psalm 74
Mark 1:12-20
Genesis 3 (esp v 23-24)
Exodus 15:22-
Mark 1:31
Phillipians 2:5-11
James 4:7
1 Peter 5:9
Galatians 4:1-4
Ephesians 1:8-10
John 1:40-41
Luke 5:1-11
Jeremiah 16:15-17
Psalm 33:9
Mark 1:25,2:14,4:39,5:41,7:34,11:14,11:20,15:38-39
1 Kings 19:19-21
The Temptation of Christ John
March 8, 2009 Mark 1:8-11
John 1:33
The Baptism of Christ Jason
Points:
  • Declaration - Jesus' profession of Faith
  • Dedication - to the mission from His Father
  • Demonstration - of Jesus' committment to die on the cross
March 1, 2009 Mark 1:1-8
Acts 10:34-43
The Gospel of Mark Jason
Points:
  • Words of Peter as recorded by John Mark
  • Thought to be the first of the synoptic gospels written
  • Synoptic gospels = Matthew, Mark & Luke
  • Written to the gentiles in about 65 AD
February 22, 2009 Psalm 42-43
Ephesians 2:19-22
Ephesians 5:13-14
John 17:17
1 Peter 1:22-25
Romans 8:26-27
1 John 3:1-2
Collosians 3:1-4
Is It Well With Your Soul? John
February 15, 2009 John 21:15-25
2 Corinthians 5:17
Peter Learns About Agape Jason
February 8, 2009 Galatians 6:11-18
Luke 17:7-10
Galatians 5:19-23
Galatians Wrap Up Jason
"Fear Factors" keeping us from living to please God instead of man:
  • Good Impression - worrying about what others think
  • Safety - fear of pursecution
  • National (Family) Identity - especially in families from other faiths
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
by Fancis Chan and Danae Yankoski
Book mentioned in class discussion.
February 1, 2009 Galatians 6:1-10
Psalm 25
Hebrews 10:35-12:12
Don’t live to just get in the door... John
Don't Waste Your Life
by John Piper
free on-line book
January 25, 2009 Galatians 6:1-10
Ephesians 4:1-3,11-16
Galatians 5:22
Doing Good to All John
January 18, 2009 Galatians 5:22-26 Walking in the Spirit - cont'd Jason
January 11, 2009 Galatians 5:16-26
Romans 1:29
Walking in the Spirit Jason
January 4, 2009 Galatians 5:7-15
2 Thessalonians 3:4-5
Philippians 1:6
Ephesians 1:13-15
Freedom: through love serve one another
Spurgeon's Morning and Evening, Jan 4th:
Persevere! John
"Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 3:18
"Grow in grace"; not in one grace only, but in all grace. Grow in that root-grace, faith. Believe the promises more firmly than you have done. Let faith increase in fulness, constancy, simplicity. Grow also in love. Ask that your love may become extended, more intense, more practical, influencing every thought, word, and deed. Grow likewise in humility. Seek to lie very low, and know more of your own nothingness. As you grow downward in humility, seek also to grow upward —having nearer approaches to God in prayer and more intimate fellowship with Jesus. May God the Holy Spirit enable you to "grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour." He who grows not in the knowledge of Jesus, refuses to be blessed. To know him is "life eternal," and to advance in the knowledge of him is to increase in happiness. He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of him yet. Whoever hath sipped this wine will thirst for more, for although Christ doth satisfy, yet it is such a satisfaction, that the appetite is not cloyed, but whetted. If you know the love of Jesus—as the hart panteth for the water-brooks, so will you pant after deeper draughts of his love. If you do not desire to know him better, then you love him not, for love always cries, "Nearer, nearer." Absence from Christ is hell; but the presence of Jesus is heaven. Rest not then content without an increasing acquaintance with Jesus. Seek to know more of him in his divine nature, in his human relationship, in his finished work, in his death, in his resurrection, in his present glorious intercession, and in his future royal advent. Abide hard by the Cross, and search the mystery of his wounds. An increase of love to Jesus, and a more perfect apprehension of his love to us is one of the best tests of growth in grace. Spurgeon, C. H. (2006). Morning and evening : Daily readings (Complete and unabridged; New modern edition.) (January 4 AM). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.