Harmony Bible – humility

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (B)

September 22nd, 2015|Lectionary Series|Comments Off on Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (B)

This Sunday’s Gospel reading will be from Mark 9:38-50 (Section 91 in the Harmony of the Gospels). Today’s Lectionary Gospel reading picks up directly after the Gospel reading from last week (which is not always the case).  The disciples had been arguing about which of them might be the greatest in the kingdom of God. As Jesus continues his response he provides them some basic lessons about the new order of things. For while they had been thinking (wrongfully) about […]

Just Believe

August 28th, 2015|Five|Comments Off on Just Believe

Week 61 | Section 67

One of the name’s used to describe God is Jehovah Shammah which when translated is “The God who is there”. In today’s study we see to miraculous events among those who believe – the woman who touched his cloak and those from the house of Jarius. Despair had struck them both but faith in Jesus delivered them in an instant.  Yes, the purposes and power of God reach far beyond what we can grasp or […]

The Priority of Prayer

December 28th, 2014|Three|Comments Off on The Priority of Prayer

Section 44 | Week 30

This week our study illustrates how prayer was an essential aspect of Jesus’ relationship with His Father and an integrated quality of his life, ministry, mission and strategy. In light of this, and instruction throughout the Scriptures we must integrate the same discipline into our lives or suffer the perils of pride, prayer anemia, and spiritual malnutrition.

Scripture:

Group Dialog:

Do you feel close to God?
How has prayer benefited you?
Why do you pray? (brokenness, for family, spouse, faith, […]

Fishers of Men

November 30th, 2014|Three, Two|Comments Off on Fishers of Men

Week 27 | Sections 40,41

In this week’s study we’re transitioning from phase two to phase three of Jesus’ ministry. Though this is week 26 for us, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist about a year before. In today’s study the five men who had been following Jesus choose to become his disciples. This is a major transition in their lives, and in the life of every disciple who since believed because of the ministry […]

Humble Service

October 26th, 2014|Two|Comments Off on Humble Service

Week 22 | Sections 33, 34

In these two sections we read once again the witness of John the Baptist who personifies the humility we ought all embrace with the understanding that “He must become greater; I must become less”. We also read of the first account of Jesus’ disciples “doing ministry” – the baptizing of many – more than whom John had baptized thus far.

Scripture:

Section 33
John 3:22-36
22 After these things, Jesus came with […]

The First Miracle

October 5th, 2014|Two|Comments Off on The First Miracle

Week 19 | Sections 29, 30

Today we read of Jesus’ first miracle at a wedding in the town of Cana. Its a beautiful example of how God is involved and cares about the the details of our daily lives. In our lesson today we learn about Jesus’ power, and the importance of community and our own transparency.

 

Scripture:

John 2:1-11 (Section 29)
1 The third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. 2 Jesus also […]

Behold, the Lamb of God

September 21st, 2014|Two|Comments Off on Behold, the Lamb of God

Week 17 | Section 26, 27

Word of John the Baptist’s ministry reached Jerusalem and concerned enough of the Jews there that they sent the a cadre of priests and scholars to investigate. Was he Elijah? The Prophet? or the Messiah? Why was John baptizing folks? In humility, John replied, I am “a voice” and I my role is to “make straight the way of the Lord”. These were familiar words to such learned Jews […]

Temptations of Christ

September 14th, 2014|Two|Comments Off on Temptations of Christ

Week 16 | Section 25

Immediately after Jesus was baptized he was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit and there he was tempted fiercely by Satan. Just after his baptism having heard God affirm him saying “you are my Son”, Satan jumps on the opportunity to confuse Jesus by trying to undermine his identity, distort God’s Word, and redirect his purpose. Wonderfully, Jesus spiritual foundation, knowledge of Scripture, and integrity protected him being […]

Jesus’ Baptism

September 7th, 2014|Two|Comments Off on Jesus’ Baptism

Week 15 | Section 24

Today we begin the second phase of Jesus ministry, which we will study over the next two months. In history these events took place over a period of about 12-15 months.

Now Jesus’ baptism, the event in today’s story, occurs when he is about 30 years old. John had been baptizing folks for over six months and had prophesied that one day one greater than he would come. Well that was […]

Along the River Jordan

August 31st, 2014|One|Comments Off on Along the River Jordan

Week 14 | Sections 22, 23

This week we wrap up the first phase of Jesus’ life and ministry.  We want to stress to you the importance of our spiritual foundations and the faith experiences we are provided in life (as well as those we provide our children, friends and new church members).

These iconic experiences are like spiritual cairns or thresholds in the believers life which later serve as touch points that allow us to express our faith and relate with […]