MEET (INTRODUCING) SOME OF MY FRIENDS – PART 1
NOTES FROM PASTOR JACK
- Warning! To teach these two lessons in a way that will bless others will require you to pray and work hard! If you are looking for an easy lesson to teach, better find something else!
- Make sure when you teach this lesson that you use the first names of your friends in the introduction. Also, the brief references that I use next to each point you may change to suit you and your people.
Ed, Paul, Jerry, Bob, and John are all friends of mine. They are so special that I would like you to meet them. I’m sorry, but I cannot introduce them to you. They are not here. They are waiting for me in the presence of our Lord Jesus in Heaven.
But there are some friends of mine that are waiting for me in Heaven that I can introduce to you through their writings in the Bible. I have not met them, but the God-inspired letters make them by friends.
DAVID AND THE OTHER PSALMISTS TEACH ME DEVOTION TO CHRIST.
Remember that there are specific times David speaks directly speaks of Christ (Psalm 110, Luke 20:41-44). Devotion to God is to be through every event in life. Remember, Jesus is God along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Being devoted to God is being devoted to Jesus Christ. A few Scriptures that speak of devotion to God in the Psalms are Psalm 34:1-8, Psalm 56:3-4, Psalm 56:11, Psalm 63, Psalm 73:23-28, Psalm 100, Psalm 103, Psalm 136, and many more!
MATTHEW TEACHES ME ABOUT CHRIST, THE KING.
- We see the King’s arrival. Matthew 1-2
- We see the King’s teaching. Matthew 5-7, Matthew 24-25, etc.
- We see the King’s authority through miracles. Matthew 8, Matthew 14, etc.
- We see the King’s Death, burial, and resurrection for His subjects. Matthew 27-28
MARK TEACHES ME ABOUT THE ACTIONS OF JESUS.
- Mark’s Gospel is the “action Gospel”. From the first chapter of Mark to the last we see Jesus in Action. Mark 1:10, Mark 1:12, Mark 15:1
- The key word in Mark’s Gospel is “immediately” or “straightway”. (It means “immediately”.) and appears 36 times in the KJV (19 times “straightway” and 17 times “immediately.”)
- By his actions in Mark, the Lord Jesus showed Himself to be God in the flesh. Mark 1:21-45, Mark 2:1-12, Mark 5, Mark 6:36-52, Mark 9:1-25, Mark 15, Mark 16 etc.
LUKE TEACHES ME THAT JESUS IS PERFECTLY BALANCED (PERFECTLY GOD, PERFECTLY MAN).
- Jesus has been called the “God-Man”. Luke teaches us this about Jesus and is confirmed by the Apostle John. John 1:1-5, John 1:14
- Jesus was declared to be God in the Gospel of Luke. Luke 1:29-35 Luke 3:21-22, etc.
- Jesus showed Himself to be God throughout the whole Gospel of Luke. Luke 6:1-11 (His authority), Luke 8:22-56, Luke 9:28-36, Luke 23:26-54 (His death for our sins.), Luke (His resurrection), etc.
- Jesus showed Himself to be the perfect man throughout the whole Gospel of Luke. Luke 2:41-52 (prioritizing His Father as the one to be pleased.), Luke 4:1-13 (not yielding to temptation to sin), Luke 23:26-54, Luke 24:40-43 (His resurrection in a real body), etc.
JOHN TEACHES ME THE DEITY OF CHRIST AND THE NECESSITY OF BELIEF IN HIM
- From the beginning to the end of his Gospel, John shows me the deity of Christ. John 1:1-5, John 1:14, John 1:31-34, John 8:53-59, John 17, John 19, John 20, etc.
- John also shows me the necessity of belief (faith, trust) for eternal life. John 1:10-13, John 3:1-21, John 3:36, John 6:32-40, John 7:37-39, John11:21-27, John 20:19-30, John 20:31 (This is John’s purpose for writing the Gospel.)
ALL OF THESE DEAR BROTHERS ARE MY FRIENDS BECAUSE THEY TELL ME ABOUT MY BEST FRIEND, MY LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO, AS GOD DIED FOR ME, ROSE AGAIN AND OFFERED ME THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE WHICH I ACCEPTED BY FAITH. EPHESIANS 2:8-9 TO HIM BE THE GLORY!