A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, February 18, Psalm 116
  • Monday, February 19, Psalm 117
  • Tuesday, February 20, Psalm 118
  • Wednesday, February 21, Psalm 119
  • Thursday, February 22, Psalm 120
  • Friday, February 23, 1 Corinthians 1
  • Saturday, February 24, 1 Corinthians 2

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1. What is pastoral succession?

In their book, Next: Pastoral Succession that Works, William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird cite the definition provided by Dave Travis, former CEO of Leadership Network. Pastoral succession is “the intentional transfer of power, leadership, and authority from one primary leader to another. Succession is when one senior leader intentionally transitions and hands over leadership to another” (p. 20).

2. Why are we talking about it today?

  • On Thursday, February 15, 2024, our Pastor Search Committee, with the approval of the Board of Overseers, publicly nominated Pastor Justin Nalls to be the next Lead Pastor at Ingleside.
  • On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, our Pastor Search Committee was elected by our church.
  • On Thursday, April 20, 2023, I announced that it was time for the search for my successor as Lead Pastor to begin.

3. How long has it been since Ingleside has had a Lead Pastor transition? years

1) Dr. J. Ellis Sammons (1951-1952)
2) Rev. James W. Windham (1952-1954)
3) Dr. Alvin H. Brackett, Jr. (1955-1978)
4) Dr. Robert G. Johns (1979-1988)
5) Dr. Timothy A. McCoy (1989-2024)

4. What does the Bible say about leadership transitions?

“Scripture, our rule for faith and practice, offers no uniform blueprint, no cookie-cutter template, and no step-by-step approach that outlines a specific path for a seamless succession. As the variety of successions in Scripture illustrate, our universal recommendation is that there is no universal recommendation. Healthy succession is more art than science. The plan and details must be tailored to each situation. It is also a deeply spiritual process that calls for prayer and recognition of God’s leading.” (Next: Pastoral Succession that Works, p. 21).

5. What are some biblical examples of leadership transitions?

1) Moses to
15
Moses spoke to the Lord, saying, 16 “Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation 17 who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be as sheep that have no shepherd.” (Numbers 27:15-17, ESV)

2) Elijah to
15
And the Lord said to [Elijah], “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. 16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place. (1 Kings 19:15-16, ESV; cf. 2 Kings 2)

3) Jesus to and the apostles
(cf. Matthew 16:13-20; John 21; Acts 1:1-11)

4) Paul to and to others
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:1-2, ESV)

6. What are some biblical principles for leadership transitions

1)
12
In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: (Luke 6:12-13, ESV)

2)    
Without counsel plans fail,
But with many advisers they succeed.
(Proverbs 15:22, ESV)

3) Initiative by the
2
And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. (Acts 6:2-3, ESV)

4) Approval by the entire
5
And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose . . .. (Acts 6:5a, ESV)

22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. (Acts 15:22, ESV)

5) and firm faith (Col. 2:5)
all things should be done decently and in order. (1 Corinthians 14:40, ESV)

7. What are the remaining steps in our pastoral succession process?

  • Sunday, February 25, 3:00 p.m., Worship Center
    Town Meeting Q&A with Pastor Justin Nalls
  • Sunday, March 10, 3:00 p.m., Worship Center
    Church Vote

8. If Pastor Justin is elected, when will he begin?

The Lord willing, my last day as Lead Pastor will be Sunday, June 30, 2024. Pastor Justin and I will work together for a smooth transition in passing the baton of leadership, and Pastor Justin’s first day as Lead Pastor will be Monday, July 1, 2024.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
(Ephesians 3:20-21, ESV)

 

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, February 11, Psalm 109
  • Monday, February 12, Psalm 110
  • Tuesday, February 13, Psalm 111
  • Wednesday, February 14, Psalm 112
  • Thursday, February 15,Psalm 113
  • Friday, February 16, Psalm 114
  • Saturday, February 17, Psalm 115

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1. This year’s Super Bowl is being played in:
A. San Francisco B. Kansas City C. Las Vegas

2. How many Americans are expected to watch?
A. 150 million B. 200 million C. 250 million

3. True or False: The two most popular Super Bowl snacks are pizza and chicken wings.

4. True or False: The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad this year is $3.5 million.

5. Which singer’s rendition of the national anthem is the longest in Super Bowl history at 156.4 seconds?
A. Alicia Keys B. Whitney Houston C. Lady Gaga

Bonus: Which city hosted the coldest outdoor Super Bowl on record?
A. Green Bay, WI B. New Orleans, LA C. Indianapolis, IN

“Sports is a language that is spoken by people around the world. It was certainly a familiar subject to Roman citizens in the first century. Athletes were the iconic figures of the ancient world, the heroes of young boys, and the craze of the culture. Drawing on this popularity, the New Testament writers chose to convey many important aspects of the Christian life through athletic metaphors. They used sporting events to depict important truths related to our sanctification.”
(Dr. Steven J. Lawson, Athletic Metaphors of the Christian Life,
www.tabletalkmagazine.com, June 2019)


Using athletic vocabulary and imagery, the Bible teaches us that as we follow Jesus:

1. We need in godliness.
7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train [gymnazo] yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training [gymnasia] is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:7-8, ESV)

2. We need to God’s .
5 An athlete [athleo] is not crowned unless he competes [athleo] according to the rules. (2 Timothy 2:5, ESV)

3. We need .
25 Every athlete [agonizomai] exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. (1 Corinthians 9:25, ESV)

4. We need a clear and well-defined .
26 So I do not run [trecho] aimlessly; I do not box [pukteuo] as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:26-27, ESV)

5. We need .
let us run [trecho] with endurance the race [agon] that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1b, ESV)

6. We need to .
7 I have fought [agonizomai] the good fight [agon], I have finished the race [dromos], I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown [stephanos] of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7-8, ESV)

7. We need to remember . . .

  • While every individual performance is important, it takes a to win. (1 Corinthians 12)
  • The game is not over until the final sounds. (Matthew 24:31; 1 Thessalonians 4:16)
  • It’s not how you , but how you . (E.g. Moses, David, Paul)
  • We should prepare , so that we will be when our opportunity comes. (Matthew 25; Ephesians 5:15-16)
  • Win or lose, our ultimate aim is to God.

Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
(1 Corinthians 10:31b, ESV)

 

 

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, February 4, Psalm 102
  • Monday, February 5, Psalm 103
  • Tuesday, February 6, Psalm 104
  • Wednesday, February 7, Psalm 105
  • Thursday, February 8, Psalm 106
  • Friday, February 9, Psalm 107
  • Saturday, February 10, Psalm 108

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Psalm 98

1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made known his salvation;
    he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
    to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.

4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
    break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
    with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
    make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!

7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    the world and those who dwell in it!
Let the rivers clap their hands;
    let the hills sing for joy together
before the Lord, for he comes
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.

1. God’s Works:


2. God’s Character:




3. Our Response:


  • Sing .
  • Sing praises with .

Summary (from William Jones, Psalms, vol. 2):

1. Are we by faith personally interested in the salvation which Christ has wrought? Do we know Him as our Savior?

2. Are we REJOICING in His salvation? Salvation should fill our hearts with music and our mouths with song.

3. Are we doing all in our power to diffuse throughout the world the knowledge of the Lord Christ and His salvation? Let us never cease from our evangelistic efforts till “all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.”

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, January 28, Psalm 95
  • Monday, January 29, Psalm 96
  • Tuesday, January 30, Psalm 97
  • Wednesday, January 31, Psalm 98
  • Thursday, February 1, Psalm 99
  • Friday, February 2, Psalm 100
  • Saturday, February 3, Psalm 101

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Based on Romans 12 (ESV)

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

1. God cares about what I do with both my and my .

2. I should resist the pressure to adopt the sinful values and behaviors of the .

3. Transformation occurs as my mind is – by the truth of God’s word and the power of God’s Spirit.

4. With a renewed mind, I can then discern and do God’s .

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

5. Transformation occurs when I develop an accurate assessment of .

6. Transformation occurs best in – God expects me to be a of a local church, the body of Christ.

7. Transformation occurs as I use my for the benefit of others, and as others use their gifts to benefit me.

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

8. When my life is transformed, I will relate to others with , and my relationships will be characterized by:

1) Sincerity and authenticity (v. 9a)
2) Discernment and devotion (v. 9b)
3) Warmth and affection (v. 10a)
4) Honor and respect (v. 10b)
5) Energy and enthusiasm (v. 11)
6) Joyful perseverance and faithful, hopeful prayer (v. 12)
7) Compassion and generosity (v. 13a)
8) A welcoming spirit and gracious hospitality (v. 13b)
9) Good will and blessing – even to persecutors (v. 14)
10) Empathy and sympathy (v. 15)
11) Unity, peace, and harmony (v. 16a, 18)
12) Humility and teachability (v. 16b)
13) Non-retaliation and service – even to enemies (vv. 17-21)

A Prayer for Transformation

Heavenly Father, I offer to you all that I am – my body and my mind. Please help me resist the pressure to adopt the sinful values and practices of the world. Instead, please transform all of me – my thoughts, my desires, my words, and my actions – by the truth of your word and the power of your Spirit. Help me see myself accurately and resist the urge to retreat into unhealthy isolation from others. Instead, empower me to use my gifts for the good of others in my spiritual community – the church. As I do, teach me to love others genuinely (even my enemies) and grow me to full maturity in Christ – for my own good and for your glory. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, January 21, Romans 14
  • Monday, January 22, Romans 15
  • Tuesday, January 23, Romans 16
  • Wednesday, January 24, Psalm 91
  • Thursday, January 25, Psalm 92
  • Friday, January 26, Psalm 93
  • Saturday, January 27, Psalm 94

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Based on Romans 8:18-39 (ESV)

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (8:18)

1. We should see our present in the light of our future .
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18, ESV)

19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. (8:19-22)

2. Even will one day be set from the damaging effects of sin.

23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (8:23-25)

3. We live now in the tension between and .

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (8:26-27)

4. The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives our future and us in the present.
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14, ESV)

28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (8:28)

5. We can live with the confident assurance that in every circumstance in our lives God is for our .
John Stott, The Message of Romans: “Being himself wholly good, his works are all expressions of his goodness and are calculated to advance his people’s good. Moreover, the ‘good’ which is the goal of all his providential dealings with us is our ultimate well-being, namely our final salvation. Verses 29–30 make this plain. . . .

God works for our good in all things. . . . ‘all things’ must include the sufferings of verse 17 and the groanings of verse 23. ‘Thus all that is negative in this life is seen to have a positive purpose in the execution of God’s eternal plan.’ Nothing is beyond the overruling, overriding scope of his providence. . . .

So God has a saving purpose, and is working in accordance with it. Life is not the random mess which it may sometimes appear. . . .

We do not always understand what God is doing, let alone welcome it. Nor are we told that he is at work for our comfort. But we know that in all things he is working towards our supreme good. And one of the reasons we know this is that we are given many examples of it in Scripture. For instance, this was Joseph’s conviction about his brothers’ cruelty in selling him into Egypt: ‘You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good … the saving of many lives.’ Similarly, Jeremiah wrote in God’s name a letter to the Jews in Babylonian exile after the catastrophic destruction of Jerusalem: ‘ “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ’ The same concurrence of human evil and divine plan had its most conspicuous display in the cross, which Peter attributed both to the wickedness of men and to ‘God’s set purpose and foreknowledge’” (pp. 247-248).

29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. (8:29-30)

6. God’s work to secure our salvation stretches from eternity past to eternity future – and God will the work he has begun in us!
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6, ESV)

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (8:31-39)

7. Because of what God has done for us in Christ and no matter what suffering we may face in this life, we are “more than ” now and we are forever safe and secure in his .

 

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Based on Romans (ESV)

1. The gospel is .

(1) It’s the gospel of .
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, (1:1)

(2) It’s the gospel of Jesus Christ, God’s .
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, (1:9)

(3) It’s news we , not something we .
So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. (1:15)

(4) It’s news we should not be of.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (1:16)

(5) It’s news that brings to all who .

(6) It’s news that reveals that being right with God is by from first to last.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (1:17)

2. The reason we need the gospel is because on our own . . .

(1) of us are right with God; and
For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; (3:9-10)

(2) None of us can regain right standing with God by our own or attempts to obey God’s law.
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, (3:20)

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified [declared not guilty and right with God] by his grace as a gift, through the redemption [the ransom paid to secure our release] in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation [a sacrifice that turns God’s wrath to favor] by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (3:21-26).

3. We are declared right with God the very instant that we in Jesus Christ.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (5:1)

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (8:1) 

 

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  • Sunday, January 7, Haggai 2
  • Monday, January 8, Romans 1
  • Tuesday, January 9, Romans 2
  • Wednesday, January 10, Romans 3
  • Thursday, January 11, Romans 4
  • Friday, January 12, Romans 5
  • Saturday, January 13, Romans 6

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  1. God for the wisdom you need.

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-7, ESV) 

  1. God’s wisdom from his .

Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. (James 1:18, ESV) 

Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21, ESV) 

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (James 1:22, ESV)

  1. Let times you.

2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4, ESV)

  1. Don’t be dominated by your .

14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:14-15, ESV) 

  1. Learn to the difference between worldly wisdom and godly wisdom.

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (James 3:13-18, ESV)

  • Godly wisdom is morally .
  • Godly wisdom reduces conflict and produces .
  • Godly wisdom is gentle.
  • Godly wisdom is open to reason.
  • Godly wisdom is full of mercy and good fruits.
  • Godly wisdom is impartial and .
  • Godly wisdom is sincere and .

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise.
(Ephesians 5:15, ESV)

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, December 31, 3 John
  • Monday, January 1, James 1
  • Tuesday, January 2, James 2
  • Wednesday, January 3, James 3
  • Thursday, January 4, James 4
  • Friday, January 5, James 5
  • Saturday, January 6, Haggai 1

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13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13, ESV)

1. How you

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:5-10, ESV)

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (1 John 2:1-6, ESV)

2. Who you

Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. (1 John 2:7-11, ESV)

14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:14-18, ESV)

  • Love is a genuine for the of others.

3. What you

18 Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us…23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father25 And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life. (1 John 2:18-25, ESV)

  • Jesus is the (Savior)
  • Jesus is (divine)
  • Jesus is God in the (human)

Dear God,

I know that I have disobeyed you and failed to meet your perfect standard. But I believe that Jesus died for me, that he came back to life, and that he is Lord. Will you please forgive my sins and give me new, eternal life so that I can enjoy a relationship with you now and forever? Amen.

 

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, December 17, Luke 17
  • Monday, December 18, Luke 18
  • Tuesday, December 19, Luke 19
  • Wednesday, December 20, Luke 20
  • Thursday, December 21, Luke 21
  • Friday, December 22, Luke 22
  • Saturday, December 23, Luke 23

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Based on Luke 2:1-20(ESV)

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

  1. The birth of Jesus is a of history.
  2. God is over human history, including the politics and economics that impact our lives.
  3. God’s are what we might expect.
  4. I should ask: Do I make for Jesus?

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

  1. The birth of Jesus Is “good news of great joy” . . .

(1) For people – including you and me.
(2) Because he is (to rescue us from our sins), (to fulfill God’s promises), and (to rule and to reign in righteousness forever and ever).

(3) Which should prompt our .
(4) That requires a – repentance, faith, and obedience.
(5) That we should .