Jesus Lives to do the Will of His Father

Jesus Lives to do the Will of His Father

Tuesday Night Bible Study | Monday, June 29, 2020

Once again, we find many passages in the Scriptures that appear to imply Jesus assumed a subordinate role to the Father while on earth, and possibly even in heaven.  And, as in the past, we are faced with some questions.  But the answer to those questions and, at least on the surface, inconsistencies are found in the reality that Jesus lived to do the will of His Father.  Both then, in the pages of Scripture, and even now, in heaven.

This is a truth revealed in the Gospels.  Consider the following:

Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.  And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” (John 8:28-29)


Jesus Had No Agenda of His Own

Note, Jesus does not do things to advance His own agenda.  He purposes His life to “always do those things that please Him (Father).”

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.  This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.”  (John 6:37-39)

Again, taken at face value, this implies the Father has something the Son doesn’t and then gives it to Him to act on the Father’s behalf or best interest.

What can we learn from this?


How Did Jesus Live to do the Will of His Father?

In this message, we will attempt to glean from the life and teaching of Jesus how He was able to voluntarily submit Himself to an equal for the greater purpose.  And that would be the redemption of fallen, sinful people like you and me.  We will also try to begin to truly understand what humility looks like, as displayed in the character of the Son to His Father.

Paul puts it best when he writes:

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 3:5-9)

But how do we take these humble actions and attributes of Christ and internalize them into our lives?  How do we “let this mind be in you which also was in Christ Jesus”?

This, after all, is the most important question.  So join us as we discover this truth together.  After all, if Jesus lived to do the will of His Father, what does that say about us?

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What is the Doctrine of the Trinity?

What is the Doctrine of the Trinity?

Tuesday Night Bible Study | Friday, June 26, 2020

We have many passages in the Scriptures that appear to imply Jesus assumed a subordinate role to the Father while on earth, and possibly even in heaven.  But how is that possible if both Jesus and the Father are, in fact, God?  And this question brings us to the complicated doctrine of the trinity.  What is the doctrine of the trinity?  How is that doctrine revealed in Scripture since the word “trinity” doesn’t even appear in the Bible?

These are great questions that we will be tackling today and in the coming sessions.

But first, let’s define the truth of the doctrine of the trinity.  We can summarize the teaching of Scripture into three key points:

One, God eternally exists as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Two, each person is fully God.

And three, there is one God.

So how does all this pan out in real life?


What is the Doctrine of the Trinity?

Hence, the doctrine of the trinity.  It is clearly taught in Scripture but is often hard to reconcile in our finite minds which demand logical closure.

Let’s start with a verse that shows both Jesus, God’s Son, and God the Father are both fully God.  We’ll begin with the familiar passage from John 1:1-2:

In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word (Jesus) was with God (Father), and the Word was God (One).  He (Jesus) was in the beginning with God (Father).

Note, we have God existing as separate persons, in this case, the Father and the Son.  And we have both Father and Son assuming the same identity, God.  But how is this possible?

Join us as we begin to unpack the doctrine of the trinity and the relationship among the persons of the Godhead in regard to deference and subordination.  It should be a wild ride!

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The Relationship Between Jesus and His Father

The Relationship Between Jesus and His Father

Tuesday Night Bible Study | Thursday, June 25, 2020

As we look at the life of John the Baptist, one of his most endearing characteristics is his ability to fully grasp his place in redemptive history.  In other words, John the Baptist had a part to play, but that part was secondary to Jesus.  John was the opening act.  Jesus was the headliner.  And this was much the same type of relationship Jesus had with His Father.  Both were God, yet Jesus seemed to take a subordinate role to that of His Father.  We can see that in the way Jesus describes His relationship with His Father.

For example, consider the following:

“You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’  If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28)

Uh, what?  What did Jesus mean when He said His Father is “greater” than He is?


The Relationship Between Jesus and His Father

It appears in Scripture that Jesus chose to assume a subordinate relationship with His Father yet, as we know, Jesus and His Father are one (John 10:30).  But this raises a few questions we will be addressing as we move forward.  Some of them are:

Are they each equally God?

And, if so, is there a subordinate relationship between members of the Godhead?

Is that relationship based on worth or merit or something else?

And why is this even important?

These are some of the questions we will be answering as we dig deeper into John’s statement in John 1:30:

“This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.'” (See also John 1:15, 27 where John the Baptist makes the same claim about Jesus.)

If you have a desire to know more about the relationship between Jesus and His Father and, at the same time, uncover some incredible truth, then keep listening.

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How to Live in Victory

How to Live in Victory

Tuesday Night Bible Study | Wednesday, June 24, 2020

We have been looking at how to live in the victory Christ provided for us over our past sins and failures.  And it is really quite simple:  Choose to believe what God says about you (and your past regrets) and not what you feel or what seems right to you.  After all, He is God and we are… dust.  Yet, because of His great love for us, He chose to provide victory over the consequences of our sins by sacrificing His Son on the cross.  And for us to wallow in self-condemnation and despair over the sins and regrets Christ died to forgive, makes light of His great sacrifice.

If His death provided us victory over sin, then our reasonable duty would be to walk and live in that victory.  Period.  End of story.

But how do we go about living in His victory over our past regrets?


How to Live in Victory

In this message, we’ll give some tools to help you experience freedom from self-condemnation and unforgiveness.  And these tools are centered around turning the enemy’s temptations and taunts into praise.  After all, Satan hates it when we praise our Lord.

There is also one last Scripture we will look at that clearly puts our life and relationship with Christ into perspective.  It’s 1 Corinthians 6:20, and reads:

For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.


Second Verse, Same as the First

And finally, as we shared before, the choice offered to each of us when we struggle with past failures and regrets is to believe what the Lord says about our sins and transgressions or to hold on to what we feel about them.  And most Christians, especially when it comes to a choice of grace or condemnation, choose the latter.  Why?  Because it somehow feels good to punish ourselves for something God has chosen to forget.

If you want to know more, keep listening.

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463:  The Prayer Life of Jesus

463: The Prayer Life of Jesus

We have been looking at the four conditions/requirements found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 to have God forgive our national sin and heal our land.  The first of these conditions is for God’s people to humble themselves.  And the second, equally as difficult as the first, is to pray.  But what kind of prayer satisfies the condition?  And what is the content of that prayer?  Can it be a short prayer or does it have to be long and intense?  Can we pray with our eyes open, sitting down, all alone?  Or do we have to agonize in prayer, on our knees, among a great throng of people?  There are so many questions the text doesn’t answer.  So, to find what we are looking for, we will look at the prayer life of Jesus and see what we can learn from HIm.

I can’t think of a better teacher, can you?


What Can We Learn From the Prayer Life of Jesus

There is much we can learn about Jesus’ commitment to prayer.  Much we can incorporate in our own lives.  For example:

Jesus got up early to pray, way before dawn (Mark 1:35).

He separated Himself from distractions and went away from everyone to a secluded place to pray (Mark 1:35).

Jesus often prayed to be able to know His Father’s will.  Just like us (Mark 14:36).

Often, Jesus spent the entire night in prayer (Luke 6:12).

The focus of Jesus’ prayers, on many occasions, was the welfare of those He loved (John 7:15).

Jesus agonized in prayer (Luke 22:44).

And Jesus often prayed alone (Matthew 14:23).

And finally, Jesus offered to His disciples then, and to us today, a lesson on how to pray.  We find this in Matthew 6:9-15.  It is known as the Lord’s Prayer but it is much more than that.  Infinitely more.


The Conditions and the Promises

Remember again, the passage from 2 Chronicles 7:14 with both the conditions and promises:

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

So join with us as we learn about the prayer life of Jesus.

The following is a study on 2 Chronicles 7:14 and the Prayer Life of Jesus.

To download the slides to this message, click – HERE

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