John is writing this letter close to the end of his life expressing his love and concern for the church. He is explaining that true believers have a helper [advocate] to keep them from sinning, and to provide forgiveness for when we do stumble.
Also read 1 John 1:5-10 
  *Explain the spiritual meaning of light and darkness
  *If a person has a relationship [born again-2 Corinthians 5:17, John 3:3] – How is the fellowship with God broken or made 
  *In 1 John 1:9 what is the meaning of the verse to the Believer? How does this restore fellowship with God?
Spend time today in prayer asking the Lord to reveal anything in your life that is hindering your fellowship with the Lord.
Pray for forgiveness & cleansing-renewing a deeper fellowship with the Lord.
  *John writes in verse one that we have an advocate [attorney] who pleads our case before the Father-He is Jesus Christ.
   What does that mean for the Believer? How do you personally feel knowing Jesus Christ is standing up for you-in spite of your 
   sins and disobedience?
  *John also says-“…He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly Righteous– what does this mean? Describe the character of Christ!
   Jesus Christ-He alone has the right to stand before God. In God’s presence as our Advocate or Attorney representing us.
  *John writes in verse two- “He is the propitiation for our sins, “- the sacrifice for our sin.”
Spend time thinking about what this truly means to you- your past-present-and future.
Why would the Father give His Son as a sacrifice for us? Spend time today in prayer thanking the Lord for what He has done for you-realize the price that was paid for your salvation.
Also pray that you will never take this for granted and that your fellowship with the Lord will continually increase- that your life will bring glory to the Lord.
  *Verses 1 and 2 tell us Jesus Christ is our Advocate/Helper and the Sacrifice for our sins.
  *Verse 3 is the TEST for genuine salvation 
   What is the proof of our relationship and fellowship with the Lord?
 There are 3 motives for obedience:
   1] Because we have to.—Example: a slave
   2] Because we need to.—Example: employee
   3] Because we want to.—Example: Christian
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15
   *The word “know” is used four times in verses 3 through 6. This is assurance for the true Believer who is striving 
     to live in obedience for the Lord out of love.
   *In verse 4 John writes that those who say they know Him, but do not obey His commandments are “liars.” He is 
    speaking of those who continually live in disobedience and have never given their lives to the Lord-lying about 
    their relationship with the Lord.
Spend time today praying that you will continually grow in your fellowship with the Lord-realizing to “know” Him more requires time with Him! [prayer, the Word, Bible Studies, Worship]
   *In verse 5 John writes that: “But whoever keeps His word, in him truly. the love of God is perfected.
   *The Word keeps means to treasure and guard.
     How much do you treasure and guard the Word of God in your life-your heart?
   *The word perfected means to mature.
     Describe a person maturing in the love of God. Is this your heart’s desire?
   *John closes in verse 6 stating that if a person says he “Abides in Him” [Jesus Christ]- He should be walking / living the same 
     way as Christ. Is your desire to walk with Christ? To pattern your life after Him?
 We are to be intentional in growing in Christ! Becoming more Christlike! Giving Him ALL of our heart!
 …Leaving you an example , so that you might follow [walk] in His steps. 1 Peter 2:21
 The Test-are you obedient- keeping His commandments.
 Spend time today that you will have the desire in your heart to grow in Christ-to follow in His steps-to obey out of love for your
 Also pray for Wes May as he preaches tomorrow at 1am on 1 John 2:7-11.
 Pray for: Our church-our Nation- TRUE REVIVAL!! 

DEVOTIONS: 11/03/20 – 11/07/20 Ephesians 5:15-17

The devotions this week were scheduled to be 1 John 2:1-6.  Due to having guest speaker, Ron Harris, the devotions will be on Ephesians 5:15-17.
TUESDAY  11/03/20  “Walking In Wisdom”  Ephesians 5:15-17
Ron Harris spoke this past Sunday on Ephesians 5:15-17.
What does the first part of verse one mean?  “Look carefully then how you walk,”  
What is the meaning of the word “walk” in this context?
Paul also says “look carefully” – these are not idle words; what is he saying?
We often stumble in the “dark”:  when we first get up, when we are not alert, when we are not “walking in the light”.
Life is a walk, a journey.  Identify some of the things that have caused you to stumble.
Read Psalm 119:105.  What difference does the Word of God make in YOUR life?
Spend time today praying for the desire to “walk in the light”.  Seek the Lord with all of your heart.  Thank Him for our salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ – for the presence of the Holy Spirit in our life and for His Word!
WEDNESDAY  11/04/20  “Walking In Wisdom”  Ephesians 5:15-17
Paul writes in the second part of Ephesians 5:15 that believers are to walk “not as unwise but wise.”
Describe an individual that is walking “unwise” in their life.  (with out wisdom)  Identify a time in your life (or times) when you were walking unwise.
Describe an individual that is walking “wise” – in wisdom.  Read Proverbs 1:1-7, Proverbs 2:1-5.  Describe the difference it makes in your life when seeking “wisdom’ from the Lord.
Ron spoke of three words in the beginning of his message:  conscience (knowing right from wrong), character, and courage.
How does each one of these words apply to walking in wisdom?  The difference each characteristic makes in your life?
  • Conscience – ___________________________________________________________________________________
  • Character – _____________________________________________________________________________________
  • Courage – ______________________________________________________________________________________
Spend time today praying for God’s wisdom in your life.  Pray through Proverbs 2:1-5.
THURSDAY  11/05/20  “Walking In Wisdom”  Ephesians 5:15-17
Paul writes in verse 16 that we are to be “making the best use of the time,”.  What does this mean?
He also states “because the days are evil.” in verse 16.
Describe the days we are living in:  our culture, morals, influence, our country, media, politics, marriage, our schools, abortion, violence, lack of respect, and apathy in the church.
Verse 16 is a picture of “urgency.”  Why is it urgent to you, your family, others, our country, and to our church that you (all believers) pursue God’s wisdom and WALK in LIGHT!
Be specific!
Identify times you have wasted your time!
How could those times (or in the future) be spent for God’s Glory?
Spend time today praying you will seek the Lord’s will in your life, making the most of the remainder of your journey here on earth for God’s Glory!  Pray for a sense of urgency!
FRIDAY  11/06/20  “Walking In Wisdom”  Ephesians 5:15-17
Ron had three additional questions in the message.
  1. In light of your past, what is the easiest thing to do when decisions come in your life?
  2. In light of your past, what is the wisest thing for you to do in your current situation?  Marriage, family, life           decisions, work, our current situation (the virus, political unrest, lack of unity)
  3. What is the wisest thing to do in light of what I want to become?  (in your spiritual life)
Ron spoke of Paul (the author of Ephesians) – applying these three questions above to his life – before conversionhis conversion, and his life after conversion.
Before Paul’s conversion (the leader of persecution against the church) – the church was praying!  The power of prayer!
Walk in God’s Wisdom!  (in God’s light)
Making the best use of your time!  A sense of urgency!  Living for God!  Reaching and praying for the lost!
Doing the will of God!  (not yours nor the world’s)  Matthew 6:33
                                 A MATTER OF THE HEART!
This is a critical time in our country -in our church – and in your life!
SATURDAY  11/07/20  “Walking In Wisdom”
  • Spend time today praying for those you know who are lost or unchurched.
  • Pray for our country – for revival/spiritual awakening
  • Pray for our church to come alive spiritually – for apathy to be defeated.
  • Pray for uncommon unity.
  • Pray for the message tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Tommy Turner speaking – sharing a vision based on               scripture for Huntsville First Baptist Church.

3 CHOICES: TO COVER UP, TO CONCEAL, TO CONFESS 1 John 1:8-10 10/27/20 – 10/31/20

TUESDAY  10/27/20  3 Choices:  to cover up, to conceal, to confess  1 John 1:8-10
Last week we talked about the difference between relationship and fellowship.  (1 John 1:5-7)
Define relationship.
Define fellowship as mentioned in verses 5-7.
Define darkness in verses 5-7.
How does sin/darkness interrupt our fellowship with God?
Describe the difference when we walk in the light.
Spend time reading through 1 John 1:8-10 and pray for the Lord to reveal the message of these verses.
WEDNESDAY  10/21/20  3 Choices 1 John 1:8-10
The word “sin” in verse eight is singular – referring to our sin nature.
What does verse eight say about a person who says, “we have no sin”?
What does verse ten say happens when a person states “we have not sinned”?
Why is it easy to confess the sins of others?  To correct them?
It’s easy to recognize their sins, but what about ours?
Spend time defining sin.  How does it impact you?  How does God feel about our sins?
Spend time today asking the Lord to reveal sin in your life and spend time praying for forgiveness and the strength to “walk in the light”!
THURSDAY  10/29/20  3 Choices  1 John 1:8-10
Sin is a transgression, a failure before God, an offense, a sin against God!  It is a violation of what God says is true.  Read Psalm 51:4.
Our sins hurt ourselves and others; however, nothing compares to the offense to God.  The most dangerous thing you can feel is Nothing!
Sin is real!  Sin breaks _______________ with God.
In verse eight John says, “if we say we have no sin,” we are doing what?
1.  _________________________________
2.  _________________________________
In essence we are covering our sin, hiding it, lying to ourselves and to others and pretending to be walking with God.
The person who covers/conceals – eventually leads to _____________________
Again there are three options
1.  ________________________
2.  ________________________
3.  ________________________
In verse nine John says “if we confess our sins,” God will do what?
Describe the meaning of true confession.
What did God do showing how serious He sees sin in mankind?
What did He do enabling the lost to have a relationship with Him?
Enabling the believer to have fellowship with Him?  To renew our fellowship?
Verse nine shows we have the option to confess our sins!  (to agree with God, to say the same thing, to be broken)
Spend time today praying that you will not cover nor conceal your sins, but confess and renew your fellowship with the Lord.
FRIDAY  10/30/20  1 John 1:8-10  3 Choices
John says, don’t cover nor conceal your sin – confess your sins – let God cover your sin in the blood of Jesus Christ.
Read 1 John 2:1.  What does John say the believer has?
What does he do?
Who is he?
In verse ten, John says:  “If we say we have not sinned,” – what does this say about the person who is concealing their sin?
What is the meaning of Romans 3:23?
To claim being without sin is proof a person is not walking with God.
You can either give up sin (confess) or give up Hope!  Isaiah 1:18
Proof of Your Relationship/Assurance:
  1. Do you enjoy fellowship with God and God’s people?               1 John 1:3
  2. Would people say you walk in light or darkness?                       1 John 1:6-7
  3. Do you admit/confess your sins?  1 John 1:8-10
If so, you have every reason to be confident!
In closing, you have 3 Choices:  Cover – Conceal – Confess.
Spend time praying for true repentance in your life and ask the Lord to forgive you and to cleanse you and renew your fellowship!
SATURDAY  10/31/20  3 Choices  1 John 1:8-10
Today read through 1 John 2:1-6 and pray for the Lord to speak to you through this passage.
Pray for the message tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.!
Pray for Wes as he leads worship.
Pray for Bro. Jack as he shares God’s Word.
Pray for:
  • Our country – for spiritual awakening – true revival!
  • Unity in the church and our country – realizing the only               answer is Jesus Christ!
  • Our church to passionately pursue the Lord above everything!
      THINK  *  PRAY  *  VOTE

IT’S REAL! 10/13/20 – 10/17/20 1 John 1:1-4

TUESDAY  10/13/20  IT’S REAL  1 John 1:1-4
  • What is reality?
  • Have you ever purchased something or been involved in something and found out it wasn’t what it was supposed to be?
  • Describe what real faith looks like!  How a person acts – reacts – treats others – living out their faith.
  • In the midst of Covid-19 and the unrest that is going on in our country, how should Christians (you – our church) be living out our faith?
  • What impact could that possibly have on others?
  • In verse one John begins by saying “That which was from the beginning…”  – from before time began Jesus existed.  How real is Jesus Christ in your life?
Spend time today praying for a deeper – more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ – giving you assurance – hope and peace.
WEDNESDAY  10/14/20    IT’S REAL!  1 John 1:1-4
In these four verses there are three vital facts about the life that is REAL!  JESUS CHRIST!
Fact #1:  The life that is REVEALED!  The reality of JESUS CHRIST!
God reveals Himself to man in three ways!
  1. Creation – Romans 1:20
  2. His Word – the Bible
  3. God’s final and most complete revelation is in His Son, Jesus Christ.  John 14:9
How have you seen God:
In creation?_________________________________
In His Word?________________________________
In His Son, Jesus Christ?_____________________
What evidence does John share in verse one of the reality of Jesus?  List the four!  
  4.                                                                                                                                                                                   False teaching was entering the church!                                      *  Teaching the denial of the incarnation – that God became man.  (Read Philippians 2:1-11 denying the humanity of Jesus)      *  Teaching that the body was evil and that it does not matter what the body does – no rules – no morals – no boundaries!                                                                                *  Teaching the denial of the substitutionary atonement of Christ on the cross.
How can the beliefs destroy our faith – destroy the church?
Have you ever had a conversation with anyone who stated Jesus was only a good man or any of the beliefs above?
How did you respond?
Spend time praying for anyone in your life who may be struggling with the reality of who Jesus Christ is and that He died for us on the cross, enabling us to receive salvation through grace.
THURSDAY  10/15/20    IT’S REAL!  1 John 1:1-4
Fact #2:  Experiencing Jesus Christ!  (verse 2)
Reflect over your salvation experience!  Describe how you came to that point and what Christ did in your life.
Even though it appears John had the advantage of living with – walking with – (hearing Him, seeing Him, learning from Him, and touching Him), what is the greater advantage we have today as followers of Jesus Christ?
John 3:3-8,16
1 John 5:9-13
Read 1 John 2:29 and 1 John 4:7.  What two characteristics do followers of Christ have that are described in these verses?
Read Matthew 7:22-23.  What is Jesus saying in these verses?
What is a counterfeit christian?
Do you know someone who is struggling with assurance of their salvation?  Spend time praying they will truly experience the peace and confidence that comes when we put our trust in Him as Savior.
FRIDAY  10/16/20  IT’S REAL!  1 John 1:1-4
Fact #3:  So we can experience “fellowship and joy”!  (verses 3 & 4)
What is true fellowship with God?  Describe!
What is true fellowship with other believers?  Describe!
How does true fellowship with God and other believers lead to Joy?  Psalm 16:11
How important is the church in providing fellowship – community?
Read Philippians 4:4-7.  Define true joy, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Read John 10:10.  Describe the meaning of this verse and what type of life Christ provides when we trust in Him.
Spend time today praying through Philippians 4:4-7.
SATURDAY  10/17/20
Spend time today praying for:
  • The message Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 1 John 1:5-10 “Walking in the Light”!
  • Our church – for the desire and passion for the Word, to worship together, to love each other and for an uncommon bond of love and unity.
  • Our country, our president, other leaders (nationally, state, and locally)
  • Pray for Christians and the church to rise up in love and unity!
  • Pray for revival and spiritual awakening!  That we will see things that only God can do!

WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER 10.6/20 – 10/10/20 Ecclesiastes 4:7-12

TUESDAY  10/6/20  We Are Stronger Together!  Ecclesiastes 4:1-12
After reading Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 today, write down times in your past things you invested your time in that did not really matter – that did not last – that took away from things that really mattered.  (that you might not consider “meaningless”.)
Now write down things you have invested your life in that really had value – that made a difference in your life – your relationship with the Lord and others – possibly impacting other lives.
What would you invest more of your time in the rest of your life?
What would you leave out or change?
Spend time today praying for the Holy Spirit to guide you in your decisions, choices – making the most of your life!
WEDNESDAY  10/7/20  We Are Stronger Together  Ecclesiastes 4:7-12
In verses nine through twelve, Solomon shares “five” relationship goals!
  1.  Community                                                                                                                                                   Verse nine begins with “Two people are better than one”!  
    What does Community mean to you?
    How important is Community to you and the Church? 
   Acts 4:31-32.  How important is praying together?  
   2 Timothy 4:1-5.  How important is studying together?
   Hebrews 10:23-25.  How important is worshiping together?
2.  Productivity
     Verse nine also says “because they have a good reward for their toil.”  (work)
            What are some of the benefits of working with someone (or others)?
            Working Together!  Read Ephesians 4:16.
            Working Together!  The Result!  Read John 17:21.
            How important is it that the church works together in unity and under the leadership of the Holy Spirit?
            What are the possible results of a church working together in unity and purpose under the leadership of the             Holy Spirit?
Spend time today praying for an uncommon unity – working together – and for the spirit of the Lord to overwhelm us personally and as a church.
THURSDAY  10/8/20  We Are Stronger Together  Ecclesiastes 4:7-12
3.  Stability
     In verse ten Solomon speaks of Stability!  Having someone (or a group) to help, support, encourage, and                  pray for you makes a huge difference in all areas of your life, especially your spiritual walk.
    Write down at least two times in your life when someone (or a group) were there for you – lifting you up                   physically or spiritually!
   The support of others also provides accountability and challenges us when we sometimes need to be pushed            or redirected.
   Identify someone you can help support, encourage and pray for.
4.  Intimacy
     In verse eleven Solomon speaks of Intimacy (Warmth)!  How does your relationship with your mate or a                    close friend help you get through a rough or challenging time?
    Identify at least two situations that this has been a huge help in your journey in life.
    Identify how you can come alongside your mate or close friend helping or sharing the load they are                         experiencing?
FRIDAY  10/9/20  We Are Stronger Together
In verse twelve Solomon speaks of Security!
5.  Security
     We are stronger together!!!
     In what ways are we as a body of believers stronger together?

1 Peter 5:8 English Standard Version (ESV)

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
    In what ways can being together as believers help in spiritual warfare – attacks?
    “Three are even better for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken!”  Ecclesiastes 4:12b NLT
    What is the one cord/braid that is key?  That holds our spiritual lives together?
We are stronger together in Jesus Christ!
Spend time today praying that as a church we will have an uncommon bond of unity and love!  That Jesus Christ will be the center of our lives and our church!
SATURDAY  10/10/20
Spend time today thanking the Lord for all He has provided and blessed you and First Baptist Church with.
Pray for:
The message tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.
Spiritual awakening/revival in our lives, our church and our nation
The health of our President and his wife
The health of our church family
The lost!
                                 Bro. Jack

RIVERS OF REVIVAL Ezekiel 47:1-12 9/29/20 – 10/3/20

TUESDAY  9/29/20
  • Define Revival in your own words.
  • Where does revival begin?
  • Describe an individual who is desperately praying for revival.  (their heart and desires)
  • How has the pandemic affected the spiritual lives of believers?
  • How has the pandemic affected your spiritual walk with the Lord?
  • What are the dangers of being disconnected from the Church for over six months?
  • Many in the church desire to go back to some type of “normal”.  What do you think the Lord desires for us?          Going back to normal?  Or could there be something much more?
  • Read John 7:37-39.  In these verses, Jesus is referring to “Rivers of Living Water will flow from his heart.”  –            Meaning the Holy Spirit.
  • Describe a life controlled/filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • How should we return from these past six months?
Spend time praying for the presence of the Lord (the Holy Spirit) to overwhelm your life.  That “rivers of living water will flow from His (your) heart”!
WEDNESDAY  9/30/20  Rivers of Revival  Ezekiel 47:1-12
This passage is a millennial vision given to Ezekiel.  He is envisioning a time when the Lord will bring about absolute healing in the Nation of Israel.  He sees a time when the river of God’s grace and blessing will flow from His throne and will refresh the promised land.  While this prophecy is for the Nation of Israel and will be fulfilled one day, there is application for us today!
  • The water begins in the temple – coming under the threshold – flowing by the altar.  The altar is a place of            sacrifice — what is the ultimate sacrifice given for us?
  • In Ezekiel’s vision the man measured the river every 1000 cubits (1750 feet).  At each stop the depth and              power of the river increased.  (verses 3-6)
  • First measurement – ANKLE DEEP representing salvation – the beginning of your life with Jesus Christ.  Describe      your salvation experience.
  • Second measurement – KNEE DEEP representing prayer – learning to depend on the Lord.  (Read John 3:30)            Describe your prayer life.
  • Third measurement – WAIST DEEP representing spiritual growth – maturing – desiring to serve the Lord.                  Describe your spiritual growth.  Do you desire to serve the Lord and others more than yourself?
  • Fourth measurement – DEEP ENOUGH TO SWIM IN – a river that could not be passed through.  Describe who is        in control of your life.  Whose will are you pursuing?  Have you surrendered your life completely to the Lord?
  • How important is a spirit of humility and repentance in each one of these steps?
Spend time today praying:
  • You will have a desire to grow spiritually – to go deeper.
  • You will live a life of prayer – depending on the Lord.
  • You will serve the Lord with all of your heart and serve others.
  • You will surrender all of your heart – allowing the Holy Spirit to control your life – going beyond your ability.
THURSDAY  10/1/20  Rivers of Revival  Ezekiel 47:1-12
What is the result of True Revival?  (see verses 6-12)
Have you felt Depressed in the last six months?
Have you felt Dry or Empty spiritually in the last six months?
Is our culture, our country, headed for Death?  (Romans 6:23a)
What is the answer to depression?  Being dry or empty spiritually?  Being spiritually dead?
When true revival comes, people are drawn to the Lord!  Evangelism is a by-product of Revival!
Spend time praying for the Holy Spirit to bring peace, joy, purpose, and confidence in knowing when we completely surrender to the Lord.  If we allow the Holy Spirit to lead, we will experience a River of Life.
FRIDAY  10/2/20  Ezekiel 47:1-12″
We cannot stop the flow of the river except at its source.  By stopping the source, we can stop the flow.
The river from the Throne of God has feeder streams.  The power of the spirit cannot be stopped; however, we can quench the spirit in our personal lives and the church.
The one thing that can stop revival in your life is ___________________!
  • Are you in the river?
  • How deep are you willing to go?
  • What’s keeping you from moving into deeper water?
  • Is the river (Holy Spirit) in absolute control of your life?
  • What do you need to do today?
SATURDAY  10/3/20  Ezekiel 47:1-12
Pray for the Worship Service tomorrow – “Back to Church Sunday” – as we move back to our sanctuary for worship and return to Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.
Read Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 “We Are Stronger Together”!

BE DILIGENT: 2 Peter 3:10-18 9/22/20-9/26/20

TUESDAY  9/22/20  2 Peter 3:10-18
What does the word “diligent” mean?  
Why is it vital believers are “diligent” in all aspects of their faith?
Read 2 Peter 3:10 and Matthew 24:42-44.
What is the meaning of “the day of the Lord”?
How does the scripture describe Christ’s return?
Describe a believer who is alert, awake, and preparing for the return of Christ.
Describe a believer who is complacent and not alert nor anticipating the return of Christ.
Spend time today praying for a sense of “urgency” in your life and the Church in being prepared for “the Day of the Lord”.
WEDNESDAY  9/23/20    2 Peter 3:10-18
Peter writes in this passage about Three Reasons to Be Diligent!
  1. Be diligent to godly living!  verses 11-14
   What are most people (even believers) pursuing in their lives?  Their priorities?
   List the pursuits that the world treasures!
   Question:  Do you spend more time piling up possessions or striving to develop Christ-like behavior?
   What keeps you personally from pursuing to develop and grow spiritually?  Identify any distractions.
   What is the motivation for us to look forward to the return of Christ?  (2 Peter 3:13)
   Peter writes in verse 14 to “…be diligent to be found by Him without spot or blemish, and at peace.”
   Describe the meaning of this verse and what “without spot or blemish, and at peace” looks like in your life.
   How does an expectant attitude make a difference when we meet Jesus Christ?
           Spend time today praying for an attitude of diligence – pursuing a life without spot or blemish and at peace. 
           Pray through 1 Peter 1:5-7 and Galatians 5:22-23.
THURSDAY  9/24/20  “Be Diligent”  2 Peter 3:10-18
     2.   “Be Diligent” to win the lost!  (verses 15-16)
           Is there someone in your life who is lost?  (Identify them)
    What is the meaning of 2 Peter 3:9,15?
    What does this show us about the patience and love the Lord has for us?
    Peter’s letters encourages and challenges Christians to grow spiritually and to persevere.
    Paul’s letters emphasizes salvation and grace.  (Romans and Ephesians)
    Read Romans 8:1-5 – The law prepared the way for GRACE!
    False teachers often twist, distort, and take out of context the writings of Paul – given to him by the Lord.                 Peter in verse 15 and 16 confirms Paul’s writings as the inspired Word of God.

Ephesians 2:8-10 English Standard Version (ESV)

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

We become Christians through God’s unmerited favor, not as a result of any effort, ability, or act of service on our part.
The by-product of our salvation is to grow spiritually – serving the Lord and reaching the lost!
Spend time praying for the salvation of the lost who are in your life.  (Pray by name.)
FRIDAY  9/25/20  “Be Diligent”  2 Peter 3:10-18
    3.  Be diligent to grow spiritually!  verses 17-18

1 Corinthians 10:12 (ESV)

12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
             Not losing your salvation, but stumbling – being distracted and misled.
          How important is “stability” in your spiritual journey – your spiritual growth?
          What is the danger of evangelism without discipleship?
          We must continuously grow spiritually!  Adding supplements daily – 2 Peter 1:5-7 – pursuing Christ-like                    character.  Galatians 5:22-23
  •  We were saved by Grace!  (Ephesians 2:8-10)
  • We are strengthened by Grace!  (2 Timothy 2:1-2)
  • Grace enables us to endure suffering!  (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)
  • Grace helps us give when giving is difficult!  (2 Corinthians 8:1)
Grace helps us worship when worship is difficult!  (Colossians 3:16-17)
Growing in GRACE means experiencing trials and even suffering – we don’t experience the Grace of God until we are at the end of our own resources!  (John 1:16)
We must also grow in knowledge of the scripture – there must be a balance of knowledge and grace!
Knowledge without grace is a terrible weapon!
Grace without knowledge can be very shallow!
But when we combine Knowledge and Grace, we have a powerful tool for building our lives and for the Church!
It is one thing to know the Bible and another to know the Son of God!
Growing spiritually requires “Diligence’!
Grow in Knowledge and Grace!  A balance producing stability in your spiritual journey!
Pray for the desire to grow in Grace and Knowledge – to have stability – not tempted to stumble and drift.
SATURDAY  9/26/20  “Be Diligent”  2 Peter 3:10-18
The result of spiritual growth is – Glory to God!  2 Peter 3:18
  • Living godly lives
  • Winning/reaching the lost
  • Growing spiritually
Make the most of every opportunity!
Pray for:
  • The worship service tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.
  • Back to Church Sunday, October 4th, “Stronger Together”!
  • Pray for spiritual awakening as an individual, as a church, and as a nation!

ANTICIPATING THE RETURN: 2 Peter 3:1-10 9/15/20 – 9/19/20

TUESDAY  9/15/20  2 Peter 3:1-10
Peter is encouraging the Church during a serious time of persecution.  He is motivating them to stay focused and to be ready!
What motivates you to get things done?
What motivates you in your spiritual life – your walk with Jesus?
In verse one Peter says he is stirring them up (waking them up)!   He is challenging them to have a “sincere mind by way of reminder.”
What does a “sincere mind” mean to you personally?
What do you sometimes have to be reminded of in your spiritual life?
What motivated Peter (and Paul) spiritually?  Read 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Pray today for scripture and the Holy Spirit to lead your life to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
WEDNESDAY  9/16/20  2 Peter 3:1-10
Peter writes in verse two to “remember the predictions” – what is the main thing Peter is encouraging  the Church and you today to remember?
What does the second coming of Christ mean to you personally?
In verse three Peter says “knowing this first of all,” – meaning priority – warns that false teachers will be doing three things.  (verses 3 & 4)
  • Scoffing – Ridicule – Give examples of situations you have experienced or seen of Christians being ridiculed             and mocked.
  • “Following their own sinful desires” – Describe the morals/desires non-believers and false teachers pursue.
  • “Where is the promise of His coming?” – “…all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of                   creation.”  (verse 4)                                                                                                                                           1.  Teaching Christ will not return.                                                                                                                       2.  Rewriting history (that the flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, parting of the Red Sea, the walls of Jericho are all              fables.                                                                                                                                                         3.  They don’t believe in creation.
What do they Believe?
Why is Judgement a problem for them?
By denying judgement from God, they justify what?
What will the Day of Judgement bring to the ungodly?  (verse 7)
Pray for strength, wisdom, and discernment to live as a light for the kingdom in our culture today.
THURSDAY  9/17/20  2 Peter 3:1-10
Verses eight and nine speak of God’s timing.  How would you describe God’s timing compared to ours?
Why the delay in Christ’s return?  There are two reasons.  (verses 8 & 9)
1.  Read Psalm 90:4
2.  Read 2 Peter 3:9, 15
Share a time in your life when God’s timing was different from yours?  Why?  Did it change things?
Read verse nine – explain why the Lord is slow to fulfill His promise.
Pray for a sense of “urgency” – “a burden” – to share the gospel with the lost and to make the most of our time for the kingdom.
FRIDAY  9/18/20  2 Peter 3:1-10
Explain the meaning of verse ten.
Read and explain Matthew 24:42-44.
Read and explain 1 Thessalonians 5:2-5.
What is our responsibility?  What should we be doing?
How will Christ return?
How can you make the most of your time?
After reading the scripture today, do you need to change your priorities?
Pray for your lost family members, friends, co-workers, classmates, and those you encounter this week.  Pray for their salvation!  Pray for an opportunity to share the gospel – and seize that opportunity!
SATURDAY  9/19/20
Pray for the worship at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.
Read 2 Peter 3:11-18.
Pray for Bro. Jack, Wes, and the Worship Team as they lead tomorrow.
Read 2 Chronicles 7:14.  Pray for spiritual awakening personally, as a church, and for our nation.

DEVOTIONS: “False Freedom” 2 Peter 2:17-22 9/8/20 – 9/12/20

TUESDAY  9/8/20  2 Peter 2:17-22
How would you describe the world’s idea of freedom?
What are some of the false freedoms promoted and taught by false teachers?
In verse 17 false teachers are compared to:
  • “Waterless springs” (springs without water, dried up springs) offering a life that is a mirage – a life that is like           an empty well or a dried up spring.
  • “Mists driven by a storm” (clouds without rain)
The picture of a false teacher making a lot of noise (promises), but producing nothing!  All bang!  No substance!
Read John 4:10-14.  The woman at the well – Living Water – Eternal Life offered by Jesus Christ!
In the second part of verse 17 Peter says what has been reserved for the people?
Spend time today praying our thirst and desires will be quenched by Jesus Christ alone.
WEDNESDAY  9/9/20  2 Peter 2:17-22
Yesterday we read in verse 17 how false teachers lead people to wells without water and clouds without rain – delivering bitter disappointment.
Verse 18 shows the target is new believers – people without a foundation.
How do they attract people?
  • “speaking loud boasts of folly” verse 18 (empty words)
  • “They entice by sensual passions of the flesh” (lustful desires)
False teachers entice – bait – lure – entrap with empty, boastful words, appealing to the old nature.
Read 1 Corinthians 2:1-5  Compare Paul’s heart and teaching to false teachers.
How important is discipleship in a new believer’s life?
How important is on-going discipleship in a believer’s life in their spiritual journey?
Describe discipleship.  What does it look like?
Spend time praying for a desire for more discipleship in your life and the opportunity to pour into the lives of others.
THURSDAY  9/10/20  2 Peter 2:17-22
Peter writes in verse 19 that false teachers promise Freedom!
List freedoms that false teachers offer!
How does sin promise freedom but actually brings bondage?
What is true freedom from God’s point of view?
Read John 8:32.
FRIDAY  9/11/20  2 Peter 2:17-22
In verses 20-22 Peter is speaking of people who have learned about Christ and how to be saved but then reject the truth and return to their sin.
Peter says they are worse off than before!
Read Matthew 12:43-45.
A picture of someone cleaning up their life on the outside but without filling their life with a relationship with Jesus Christ.
An encounter without transformation!
In verse 22 the dog and pig returned to their old nature – there was no change in their nature/instincts.
Spend time today praying for continual growth in your relationship with Jesus Christ.  Pray that your life will be light in a dark world – your nature becoming more and more Christ-like!
SATURDAY  9/12/20  2 Peter 17:22
Spend time today praying for the worship service tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. in the Family Life Center.
Pray for Back to Church Sunday – September 20th.
“Stronger Together”
Begin to invite those who have not been in church the past several months and especially those without a church home!
Pray for our church – our nation!  For spiritual Awakening/Revival!  2 Chronicles 7:14

MARKED MEN 2 Peter 2:10-16 9/1/20 – 9/5/20

 TUESDAY 9/1/20  2 Peter 2:10-16
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off in to myths.”  2 Timothy 4:3-4 ESV
Explain the meaning of this verse.  What are many people looking for?  Why?
Are you aware of people who have rejected the truth of the Bible?
Read Acts 2:42, Matthew 7:28-29, John 7:16-17
How important is sound biblical teaching?
What is doctrine?  How important is doctrine to you?  (biblical beliefs/teaching)
When churches are soft on doctrine, it creates an environment where false teaching can easily come in!
Spend time praying today for a desire for God’s Word – to spend time in it, and for understanding and application.  Pray that our individual lives and our church will be built only on the foundation of the Word!
WEDNESDAY  9/2/20  2 Peter 2:10-16
In verse ten Peter states two characteristics of false teachers:
“those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion”
“and despise authority”
Read Jude 18
What does this verse say the purpose in life is of false teachers?
The combination of lust and despising authority create Pride and Arrogance!
Read verses 10 through 12
The scripture says that even angels did not dare to charge evil supernatural beings with blasphemy, but the false teachers were so arrogant they did not hesitate to do so!  They were taking Satan’s power lightly and claiming to have the ability to judge evil.  (Read Jude 8-9)
In Jude 8 and 9 who does the archangel Michael leave judgement to?
Verse 12 describes the false teachers as irrational (unthinking) – creatures of instinct.  (Read 2 Peter 2:22)
How would you describe the character of a false teacher based on 2 Peter 2:10-12 and verse 22?
Spend time today praying for wisdom and discernment in your spiritual life.
THURSDAY  9/3/20  2 Peter 2:10-16
As you read verse 13, “their wrongdoing” is at the cost of others!
Give examples of how they take advantage of people!
Verse 13 also says they are deceptive!  What are some of the ways false teachers entice and trap people?
In verse 14 Peter says they:
Satisfy their own lusts
Entice and trap converts
Are trained in greed!
Identify the targets (individuals) they can more easily entice and trap.
Describe the importance of discipleship and biblical teaching in individual lives and in the church.
Spend time today praying for a burning desire for discipleship – for a heart like clay that can be shaped and used for the Glory of God!  Pray that we will remain in the Lord’s Hands!
FRIDAY  9/4/20  2 Peter 2:10-17
In verses 15 and 16 Peter refers to Balaam in the Old Testament who was a false teacher/prophet – for the love of money.  Balaam used religion for personal advancement, a sin that God does not take lightly.
The Lord used a donkey to restrain Balaam – “a speechless donkey spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.”  (Numbers 2:2)
The Lord saves Israel at this time; however, Israel later compromises their beliefs and experience discipline from the Lord.
How is our nation- various churches – across America compromising today?
How does the Lord view compromise in the believer’s life?  Read Matthew 6:24
Read Matthew 7:13-14.  There is only one way to Eternal Life (John 14:6) and only a few decide to walk that road.
Today pray through Matthew 7:24-27.  Pray that your life and your family will be built on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
SATURDAY  9/5/20  2 Peter 2:17-22
Spend time today praying for:
The message tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. on 2 Peter 2:17-22.
Spiritual Awakening!  In our lives, our church, and our country!