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For each weekís message below, I have listed the information in the following pattern:
Primary Scripture; Sample Descriptive Title
(Any additional Scriptures relating to the storyís theme)
BT: = ďBasic TeachingĒ or ďBig ThemeĒ of that weekís Story
CA: = ďCore ApplicationĒ of the Story (This answers the ďSo What?Ē of the story.)
MV: = ďMemory Verse(s)Ē
Old Testament Stories
Creation: In the Beginning| Genesis 1-2
(Psalm 33:6, 9; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:2, 11:3, 6)
BT: There is a God who created everything Ė and itís all real good!
CA: We are to value all God has created, especially His people!
MV: Genesis 1:27
The Fall: Swallowing the Terrible Lie| Genesis 3:1-21
(Isa. 59:2; John 8:44; Romans 5:12-19; 1 John 1:9-2, 2, 15)
BT: Godís children believe Satanís lie and disobey Godís command.
CA: Sin separates us from God!
MV: Genesis 3:21
New Testament Stories
(Lenten Messages Begin)
| John 13:1-17 Jesus Demonstrates Greatness in Godís Kingdom: Serving Others
(Matthew 20:26-28; Luke 2:51; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 5:8, 12:2)
BT: Jesus humbled Himself and served His disciples by washing their feet.
CA: We are to serve one another as Jesus served others.
MV: John 13:14-15
The Last Supper: A Meal of Remembrance for Years to Come| Luke 22:1-23
(Exodus 12:1-4, 5-6, 7-30; Isaiah 53:7-10; John 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:7)
BT: Jesus points to His atoning death through the Passover meal with His disciples.
CA: As followers of Jesus we must regularly remember Christís death through Holy Communion.
MV: Luke 22:19-20
| John 17 Our Lordís Prayer for His Disciples
BT: Jesus prays to His Father interceding for His disciples as He sends them into the world.
CA: Jesus prays for all His disciples to be united in mission reflecting the unity of the Trinity.
MV: John 17:21
Message on Disciplemaking
Wrestling with the Reality of the Cross: Praying in the Garden| Luke 22:39-62
(Luke 9:22-26; Romans 4:25)
BT: Jesus submits to Godís will to endure the cross while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.
CA: We must strive to do Godís will even if it is costly for us.
MV: Luke 22:42
Luke 22:63-23:56 Tried and Crucified: The Ultimate Sacrifice|
(2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 1:9; 3:18; 1 John 2:1-2)
BT: Jesus is tried, mocked, whipped, and crucified for the penalty of humanityís sin.
CA: Out of gratitude for Christís sacrifice for us, we must pledge our allegiance to honor Jesus with our lives.
MV: Luke 23:34
| Resurrected: The Beginning of the New Creation
(Matthew 28:1-15; Luke 24:9-32)
BT: Jesus rises from the dead validating his substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the world.
CA: The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is Godís seal of authenticity that Jesus is the Lord over death and life. Therefore, we must seek to honor Him with our lives and share this great news with others with a sense of urgency.
MV: Luke 24:25-26
Restored to Serve: After Denials and Doubts| John 20:24-29, 21:1-19
BT: Jesus extends mercy and grace to His sinful, selfish, and fearful followers.
CA: When we fail the Lord, He is willing and waiting to restore us to fellowship so we might follow Him in gratitude and obedience.
MV: John 20:29
Reaching the World: A God-Sized Mission| Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15;
Luke 24:47-49; John 20:21; Acts 1:8
BT: Jesus commissions His followers sending them out into the world to make disciplemaking followers of all peoples.
CA: As followers of Jesus we have a mandate to make disciplemaking followers of Jesus around the world.
MV: Matthew 28:19-20
A Final Word: Jesus Ascends to His Father| Acts 1:3-14
BT: Just before Jesus ascends back to His Father, He recommissions His disciples with clear instructions to wait for the Holy Spiritís empowerment.
CA: God has now equipped and empowered us with all the essentials for carrying out our mission of making disciplemaking followers of Jesus Christ.
MV: Acts 1:8
Old Testament Stories
Genesis 6:5-9:17 The Flood: Regret, Reboot, and a Rescue|
(Psalm 145:17-20; Hebrews 11:7)
BT: God grieves over humanityís sinfulness and judges them with a destructive flood.
CA: God is a righteousness judge who punishes sin and yet abounds in mercy and grace!
MV: Genesis 6:22
Babel: Manís Stairway to Heaven| Genesis 11:1-9
(Genesis 1:28; Ephesians 2:8-9)
BT: God will not allow His plans to be hindered by our rebellion.
CA: There is one way to heaven and it is not through choosing to do things our own way.
MV: Genesis 11:4
| HEIBERG CELEBRATION
Abraham: The Bearer of Godís Blessing| Genesis 12:1-8
(Acts 3:25; Galatians 3:6-9, 16; Hebrews 11:8-10)
BT: God chooses Abram through whom all families on the Earth will be blessed.
CA: God calls us to be a blessing to all people throughout the world.
MV: Genesis 12:3
Isaac: The Test of His Fatherís Faith| Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7, 22:1-18
(John 1:29; Hebrews 11:17-19)
BT:God tests Abrahamís faith and rescues Isaac with a substitute sacrifice.
CA: God provides the perfect sacrifice through person of Jesus.
MV: Genesis 22:7-8
Jacob: From Deceiver to Overcomer| Genesis 28:10-22, 32:22-29
BT: God wrestles with His fearful and stubborn follower.
CA: We often wrestle with Godís words and His ways, but ultimately we must yield to Him.
MV: Genesis 28:15
Joseph: From the Pit to a Prince| Genesis 37-46, 50:20
(Matt. 6:12-15; 1 Cor. 6:18; 2 Cor. 12:7-10; Col. 3:13; 2 Timothy 2:22; James 4:7)
BT: God strengthens Joseph to flee temptation, to endure hardship in faith, and to forgive others.
CA: We must be strengthened by Godís Word and His Spirit to flee temptation, to endure hardship in faith, and to forgive others.
MV: Genesis 50:20
Exodus 3:1-4:18 Moses: The Reluctant Deliverer|
BT: God calls Moses to deliver His enslaved and oppressed people.
CA: When God calls us to a specific task, He will empower and equip us to fulfill that task.
MV: Genesis 3:7, 10
Passover: A Dramatic Deliverance| Exodus 12:1-36
(Leviticus 4:32-35; 1 Cor. 5:7; Hebrews 9:11-10:14; 11:27-28)
BT: God teaches that blood sacrifice is necessary for salvation.
CA: Only the blood of Jesus provides for our salvation and deliverance from the bondage of sin.
MV: Exodus 12:12-13
God Makes a Way through the Red Sea| Exodus 14:1-31
BT: God miraculously delivers His people from the Egyptians.
CA: We must look to God to deliver us from any type of bondage we may be struggling with.
MV: Exodus 14:31
| Exodus 19-20 The Ten Commandments: Godís Top Ten for Finishing Well
(Deut. 5:1-33; 6:4-9; 10:12; Romans 3:20-25)
BT: God gives us His timeless principles for godly living.
CA: Godís commandments show us our inability to keep them and our great need for a Savior.
MV: Exodus 20:3
The Twelve Spies: Faith vs. Unbelief| Numbers 13:1-3, 25-33, 14:1-38
(Hebrews 3:7-19; 11:6)
BT: God disciplines His faithless people by causing them to wander for forty years.
CA: God will discipline us when we chose not to believe the promises in His Word.
MV: Numbers 14:9
Joshua: Leading with Courage into Godís Promise| Joshua 1-6, 24:14-24
BT: God uses Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promise Land.
CA: God wants to use each of us to boldly accomplish His purposes.
MV: Joshua 1:8-9
| Judges 6-7 Gideon: Godís Mighty Warrior
BT: God chooses and uses Gideon in spite of his weak faith.
CA: If we make ourselves available to God, he will use us in spite of our fears or weaknesses in our faith.
MV: Judges 6:12, 14, 16
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