Sunday School

6/7/2020

Mrs. Joyce Hicks

Luke 17:20-21

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

We are only going to cover 2 verses this week.  Please take the time to dig into these verses.  Do a little research on the kingdom of God and what the Jews were looking for and what the Pharisees were afraid of.  

Demanded when the kingdom of God should come

  • Still looking for the wrong kind of kingdom
  • Observation – here are two different quotes to ponder

The ancient Greek word translated observation is better-translated, hostile examination. Jesus told the Pharisees that their hostile, doubting eyes were unable to see or receive the kingdom of God. – Guzik

The word there in the Greek is a word that means with outward manifestation or an outward show. You’re not gonna see an outward display of the kingdom at this time. – Smith

  • Always looking for a sign
  • Nervous

Kingdom of God

  • Those who fail to recognize the King cannot see His kingdom – MacArthur
  • King – they were not looking for a Savior 
    • After all they were already righteous in their own eyes
    • Jesus did not fit their expectations of a King
    • Nothing regal
  • King of Kings – Do you know Him?

Sunday School 5/31/2020

Mrs. Joyce Hicks

Luke 17:11-19

  • And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
  • And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
  • And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
  • And when he saw them, he said unto them, go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
  • And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
  • And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
  • And Jesus answering said, were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
  • There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
  • And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Outline

Samaria/Galilee

  • Right next to one another but couldn’t stand each other – hmmmm

Leprosy

            Social Distancing (way worse than what we have just been through)

            Outcasts

            Laws

Crying Out to Jesus

            When was the last time you cried out to Jesus?

Rituals vs Worship

All ten were willing to do a religious ceremony; that is go to the priest. Only one was filled with true praise and thanksgiving. “External religious exercises are easy enough, and common enough; but the internal matter, the drawing out of the heart in thankful love, how scarce a thing it is! Nine obey ritual where only one praises the Lord.” (Spurgeon)

  • Naaman (2 Kings 5)

Ungrateful – Where are the nine?

  • Ungrateful:  not feeling or showing gratitude

Synonyms:  Unappreciative; unthankful, thankless, ungracious

  • We live in such an ungrateful society today.  It is the norm not the exception.
  • How often does anyone even say thank you? 
  • Age of entitlement

True Worship

  • Do we even know what that means?
  • Worship:  the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.
  • Synonyms:  reverence, adoration, adoring, devotion, praise, thanksgiving, praising, glorifying, exaltation, extolling, homage, respect, honor, esteem, magnification
  • Adoration:  deep love and respect

“O Come let us adore Him”

Thy faith hath made thee whole

This man alone out of the ten who were miraculously healed received the second miracle of salvation from sin.  His trust, gratitude, humility, commitment, love, praise, and worship mark his faith in Jesus as the faith that saves. – MacArthur

Have you been made whole?

Sunday School 5/24/20

Mrs. Joyce Hicks

Luke 17:1-10

  • Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
  • It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
  • Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
  • And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
  • And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
  • And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
  • But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
  • And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
  • Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
  • So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Lesson Outline for May 24, 2020

Jesus is talking to the disciples again.  But I’m sure as usual, the Pharisees were still listening in to the conversation.  Jesus is constantly using the Pharisees actions as examples of WHAT NOT TO BE. He as usual, doesn’t mince any words!

Verse 1 and 2

Inevitable

Offenses /Stumbling Blocks 

    Stumbling blocks translates the plural form of the noun skandalon, which referred originally to the bait stick in a trap.  The world is filled with traps, which can seduce the unwary into error regarding the Scriptures, salvation, and living the Christian life. – MacArthur

How can you be a stumbling block?

How were the Pharisees being stumbling blocks?

Blasphemous lies about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Jealousy and fear led them to be stumbling blocks to all who would listen.

  • Eventually led to the Crucifixion

But Woe unto him

A millstone is a large stone used in a mill to grind wheat and/or other grains. Depending on its size, a millstone could weigh anywhere between 100 and 1000 pounds.

It is a very serious thing to tamper with someone’s faith in Jesus Christ!

Verses 3 and 4

We must be ready to forgive

If someone stumbles you deal with it and forgive them

  • Seven times in a day – really?
  • Seventy times seven – Matt 18:21-35

Forgiveness is the most God-like act a person can do.

Rebuke him

  • Matt 18:15-17
  • Ephesians 4:15 – speak the truth in love
  • A Christian never has the right to be unkind

Christians need to remember that whoever offends has offended God more – Psalm 51:4

Matt 5:23-24 – unforgiveness affects our worship

Verses 5 and 6

Great faith is needed to get along with people like this!

Lord, Increase our faith!

  • Have you ever prayed this?
  • Reminds me of Mark 9:24 – Lord I believe; help thou mine unbelief
  • God help that area of my life where there is still unbelief
  • Disciples were probably saying….Lord, this is gonna be hard, I’m going to especially need your help to be able to do this forgiveness stuff!

Greek verb translated ”Increase” means: 

  • To add to
  • Supplement
  • Develop
  • Grow

“This work of pardoning every offence of every man, and that continually, seemed so difficult, even to the disciples themselves, that they saw, without an extraordinary degree of faith, they should never be able to keep this command.” (Clarke

 Increase our faith: On this occasion, the disciples were extremely perceptive. They recognized that great faith in God is needed to get along with people in this forgiving, non-offending way.  – Guzik

Sycamine Tree

  • very large and deep root structure.  
  • Growing 30 ft or more
  • Could stay rooted for 600 years

Little faith can accomplish great things; but great faith can accomplish even greater things. What matters most is what our faith is in, the object of our faith. “The eye cannot see itself. Did you ever see your own eye? In a mirror you may have done so, but that was only a reflection of it. And you may, in like manner, see the evidence of your faith, but you cannot look at the faith itself. Faith looks away to itself to the object of faith, even to Christ.” (Spurgeon)

You may have unforgiveness and bitterness that is deeply rooted within you; it may be like one of those trees that send down deep, strong roots. But through faith, Jesus can rip those roots clean out; it can be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea. – Guzik

Verses 7-10

Having a servant plowing or tending sheep: Jesus had just spoken to His disciples about great works possible by great faith. Here Jesus added some words meant to work against the pride that often rises when someone is used by God. – Guzik

Luke 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Humble people reject honor

  • understand that nothing we do for God makes him indebted to us
  • Our duty to serve Him
  • Less than He deserves
  • Unworthy of the blessings He graciously gives
  • His pleasure before our own
  • His people before ourselves
  • His name before our own name
  • Attitude
  • He deserves the praise of ALL people everywhere

When our hearts are right, we live and act as if we are happy to have the privilege of being allowed to serve God. 

Not enough Christians have this attitude today. Instead, many today often want to project a “super-Christian” image that makes them seem to be anything but unprofitable servants. We only think that we are better than others are when we look to man, not Jesus. – Guzik