our memory verses again in First
Kings (1:35; 8:23). In every possible way, our Lord Christ Jesus is greater
than Solomon (1Ki 1:35; 2:3-4). God has increased the boundaries of redemption
beyond the borders of Israel (Ps 2:8) by appointing Him ruler forever over all
the redeemed ones of the earth. He purchased them with His own blood (Rev 5:9) on
the cross—a once-for-all-time sacrifice that effectively secures their
salvation forever (Heb 9:12, 28). On that cross, what began in a minor key with
the words: “My God, my God why have You
forsaken Me?” ends in a key change to major with the triumphant three-word resolution:
“It is finished!” Nothing more needs
to be added to it. Now, God calls upon all men everywhere to repent and believe
in Christ Jesus His Son as Lord and Savior (Ac 17:30-31).
Because Christ is now ascended to the right hand of the Father
in heaven, He has poured out the Spirit of God upon His servants so that they
may walk before Him “with all their hearts” (1Ki 8:23). In heaven, there is no
such thing as a half-hearted Christian. It should not be so upon the earth. The
most precious thing to Christ is in keeping “covenant and mercy” with those He has
purchased. We have so much to be thankful for—and truly humbled by—in so great
a Savior as our Lord Jesus.
After this, we
had a time of prayer requests and sharing
of praises for answered prayer. We also read a missionary letter from our
missionaries Bob and Teresa Reister. They serve the Lord in Japan. We then
closed this portion of our class with public
prayer for our church, our community, our country, and our world.
our final 30 minutes, we began an overview
of First Kings.
saw that First Kings broke into two easy to remember parts, just as with Second
Samuel. The first half of the book deals with: THE REIGN OF SOLOMON, chs 1-11. The latter half of the book details:
THE DIVISION OF THE KINGDOM, chs 12-22.
From that point, we looked at the broad points outlined in the first eleven
chapters of the book.
chapter points to remember under THE REIGN OF SOLOMON:
- Solomon’s coronation
- Solomon’s rise
- Solomon’s temple
- Solomon’s fame
- Solomon’s fall
Sunday, March 10, we’ll pick up in First Kings with the second major division
of the book in chapters 12-22. We encourage all to come and learn with us.
10:30 AM MORNING WORSHIP
our Bible Lesson during Morning Worship, we looked at Hebrews 12, verses 2-4. You can visit our “Sermons” page to access
the mp3 and PDF of slides for that message.
points to remember from the message
- Jesus is the exemplar of our faith—Role Model, Originator, Completer
- Before the cross w/death in view, Jesus embraced God’s future w/joy
- Going to the cross, Jesus counted its momentary shame as nothing
- On the cross, Jesus clung w/conviction to God and His promises
- After the cross, Jesus prepared His disciples for the race of faith ahead
- We are to reflect deeply upon our Lord & His triumphant race of faith
- We are to strive against sin even if it means losing our life for the sake of Christ’s name (See also Mt 16:24-27; Jn 6:37-40)
- “Jesus broke the power of eternal death over God’s elect. If we are God’s children, we rejoice that eternal death is made impotent – since it is Christ who will raise us up at the Last Day.”
This afternoon, we began a 5-part DVD series entitled:
“The Spreading Flame – 1,000 Years of
Church History.” Part 1 was entitled: “Comes the Dawn” and took us on a
brief course through the Dark Ages in the second millennium to early believers
in various parts of Europe. We learned of the Waldenses in Italy and the
Huguenots in France. We saw Wittenberg University where Luther taught and the
church door upon which he nailed his famous 95 theses starting, in effect, the
Protestant Reformation. We saw monuments in Central Europe to the reformers
Zwingli, Beza, and Calvin who turned back
the darkness of their day with clear and powerful expositions of biblical truth
that all could understand. We heard about the Reformation
in Scotland under Knox and the Bible translation work of the English martyrs Wycliffe
We want to encourage you to come and hear for yourselves
what God has done in history for the last 1,000 years to bring His gospel of
grace in Christ Jesus to all nations by faithful, dedicated servants of His
This series concludes at
the end of March and will be followed up in the beginning of April
with our new Banner series on “Behold Your God: Rethinking God Biblically.”
Again, we encourage all to attend one or all of these opportunities to publicly
gather for worship and instruction.