Thursday, April 30, 2015

What's on Your Mind?

Church of the Living God

Bible Study Lesson

Presenter: Overseer Ennis F. Tait


Date:   Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Series: Transformation – 50 Days of Expectation
Scripture Reference:  The Gospel of Matthew
Focus Verse:  Matthew 6:25-34
Today’s Discussion:    “What’s on Your Mind?”

There are a number of approaches to extract one’s view on a particular subject matter.  All of which encourage all those involved to carefully process what’s being presented.  As we consider the topics of discussion that are atop the various media sources, we can see the mass confusion arising from the mixed thoughts plaguing the world.

For those within academic realm the process is known as “logical reasoning”.  However, if I were looking at a situation or discussing an issue of concern from a biblical perspective, I would strongly consider “what would Jesus do or say” about the matter.  

The lesson aim is to evaluate and assess the mindset of believers.  Believers are encouraged in the Word to be careful how we present ourselves to God and each other. In addition, we should be fully aware and able to discern the daily struggle between flesh and spirit which affects how we live our lives. (Reference: Romans 12:1-2)

The Apostle Matthew records Jesus’ appeal to HIS followers to consider three major factors by which we as believers should live: giving, prayer (forgiving), fasting. (Reference: Matthew 6:1-18) In addition the Lord instructs us to focus our minds on the righteousness of God and not the things of the world. (Reference: Matthew 6:19-21)

It is quite obvious that many of us put more energy into what we wear; what we eat; where we live; or how much money we have or need to make it.  All of these are essential to the natural man.  The Apostle Paul suggests to the church to consider adopting the Christ way of thinking. (Reference: Phil. 2:5-8)  We can conclude that the opposite of high-mindedness is humility.  Humility is a spiritual characteristic that should guide our thinking.  (Reference: I Peter 5:5-6)  However, Jesus wants each of us to redirect our attention away from the flesh and consider a new way of thinking.

(Read verses 31-38)

31 What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. 32 People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. 33 Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 34 "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (MSG)

Point to Ponder:  How much time do you spend meditating on the word of God? 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Internal Affairs

Church of the Living God
Bible Study Lesson

Presenter: Overseer Ennis F. Tait
Date:   Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Series: Great Expectations
Scripture Reference:  Matthew 3:1-12
Focus Verse: Matthew 3:1-3

Today’s Discussion:    “Internal Affairs”

The lesson aim is to validate the process that God uses to bring HIS plan to fruition.  More importantly, the earthly ministry of Christ was preceded by the courageous work of John the Baptist.  God used John’s ministry to release a new dispensation for living a life pleasing unto God. (References: Romans 12:1)

The next few weeks will be critical to our understanding of living in the will of God.  Before the church can evangelize the lost, we must address the internal concerns that have caused many to question the authenticity of the “kingdom of Heaven”. (Reference: Matthew 6:10)

Interestingly, Matthew’s account of John’s ministry lays the foundation for a heavenly guided succession plan. The ministry of John the Baptist is the 2nd crowning jewel in God’s master plan for spiritual reformation upon the earth.  Parenthetically, God released the blue prints for this New Testament work to the Prophet Isaiah regarding the work and path of John the Baptist. (Reference: Isaiah 40:1-8)  Subsequently, John’s method and message would serve as the precursor to the impeccable work of the Lord Jesus on the cross. 

Matt 3:1-3

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

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2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

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3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.


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