CP Students’ Next Step (2/22)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed how regardless of our circumstances, God is faithful. How can you rely on God’s faithfulness in your life?

KEY TEXT: Nehemiah 9:32-37

CENTRAL TRUTH: Regardless of our circumstances, God is faithful.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: One of the easiest things to do when you find yourself in a difficult situation is to blame somebody else. The role of the victim is the easiest role to choose and the most detrimental to our development. Make a choice today that you are going to take responsibility for where you are regardless of your situation, realize that God is faithful and hasn’t left you and that He has a glorious plan for your deliverance.
  • Memorize: Nehemiah 9:33
  • Pray: Ask the Lord to help you take responsibility for your own actions and to realize that He has not left you nor forsaken you. Acknowledge that He is Lord of your life and you desire to follow His plan. Pray for strength to trust God’s faithfulness even when the path is unclear and the circumstances are difficult.

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Covenant: Throughout history, God initiated covenant relationships. Covenants between people or nations involved mutual negotiation.

  • In the Old Testament era, God established formal covenants with Noah (Gen. 6:18), Abraham (Gen. 17:2), David (2 Chron. 7:18), and others.
  • God’s covenants were conditional. People could lose a covenant’s blessings through disobedience (2 Chron. 7:19-21). By repenting and returning to the Lord, they could experience forgiveness.
  • God’s greatest covenant was made through Christ (Heb. 12:24).

SUNDAY NIGHT

Luke tells us that Jesus came to die for our sin, but also to form a people of God who, renewed by his Spirit, are able to serve him in righteousness and holiness all of their days. This good news is open to all and God wants the news of Jesus shared with all. As followers of Jesus, as Christians, we are to partner with God is carrying this good news of forgiveness and hope because of Jesus to those in our lives where God has placed us and is calling us.

KEY TEXT: Luke 5:27-32

CRITICAL QUESTION: What do you learn about Jesus from this passage? How does what we learn about Jesus cause us to respond to Him?

CP Students’ Next Step (2/15)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed how God’s Word should hold a high priority in our life. Are you comfortable with a Bible in your hands?

KEY TEXT: Nehemiah 8:1-8

CENTRAL TRUTH: God’s Word should hold a high priority in my life.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: Once the wall was finished and the people had moved back to their homes they began to desire more. They wanted to hear from the Word of God. While people all around the world are dying to get their hands on a Bible, we have several copies in our homes, many of which are gathering dust. Challenge yourself today to grow in your desire for the Word of God. Understand its value and make sure that it is a part of your daily life. It is our privilege to have access to such a precious document.
  • Memorize: Nehemiah 8:5
  • Pray: Let your prayer today focus on your desire for the Word of God. You may need to begin your prayer with repentance, asking God to forgive you for neglecting His Word and time with Him. After you have repented, ask God to give you the same desire for the Word that the Israelites had. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the knowledge to understand it and the wisdom to know how to apply it to your life.

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People often misunderstand what true worship is. The people in today’s lesson worshiped with their voices, with their hands lifted up, their heads bowed down, and their faces to the ground. They also worshiped through the hearing of God’s Word being taught. See these passages about worship:

  • Isaiah 6:1-13
  • Romans 12:1-2
  • Ephesians 5:18-21
  • John 4:24-29

SUNDAY NIGHT

Luke tells us that Jesus came to die for our sin, but also to form a people of God who, renewed by his Spirit, are able to serve him in righteousness and holiness all of their days. This good news is open to all and God wants the news of Jesus shared with all. As followers of Jesus, as Christians, we are to partner with God is carrying this good news of forgiveness and hope because of Jesus to those in our lives where God has placed us and is calling us.

KEY TEXT: Luke 5:17-26

CRITICAL QUESTION: What do you learn about Jesus from this passage? How does what we learn about Jesus cause us to respond to Him?

CP Students’ Next Step (2/8)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed the importance of executing a plan with wisdom.

KEY TEXT: Nehemiah 7:1-7

CENTRAL TRUTH: We must learn to execute a plan with wisdom.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: Several things that Nehemiah did as the wall was completed can help you move forward as you examine your own life. One important lesson is to take responsibility. Nehemiah was involved in overseeing every decision. Second, be smart about who you surround yourself with. Nehemiah knew that he needed godly people who he could trust to help him. Finally, always lean on God. Nehemiah sought God’s guidance and did everything to glorify Him.
  • Memorize: Proverbs 14:23
  • Pray: Thank Jesus for allowing you to be part of His work. Pray that he would give you wisdom as He continues to reveal His plan to you. Honor God by taking responsibility for what He has given you to do. Ask Him to lead you to people who are moving in the same direction so that you can work together to further the gospel and to bring Him glory.

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To learn more about the importance of genealogies to the Jewish people, explore the Scripture and books of the Bible listed in parenthesis:

  • The first genealogy detailed six generations of Cain, culminating with the world’s second murderer, Lamech (Gen. 4:17-24).
  • Genealogies often related persons to their functions. Some were known for warriors; (Neh. 11:14); craftsmen (1 Chron. 4:14); goldsmiths, apothecaries, and merchants (Neh. 3:8, 31).
  • Other family records validated rights of inheritance, especially of kings and priests (1-2 Kings and 1-2 Chronicles).
  • Matthew and Luke detail genealogies of Jesus Matthew focused on Jesus’ role as the Jews’ Messiah and Luke emphasized Jesus’ identity as the Son of God.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Luke tells us that Jesus came to die for our sin, but also to form a people of God who, renewed by his Spirit, are able to serve him in righteousness and holiness all of their days. This good news is open to all and God wants the news of Jesus shared with all. As followers of Jesus, as Christians, we are to partner with God is carrying this good news of forgiveness and hope because of Jesus to those in our lives where God has placed us and is calling us.

KEY TEXT: Luke 5:12-16

CRITICAL QUESTION: What do you learn about Jesus from this passage?

CP Students’ Next Step (2/1)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed how you will face opposition when you are pursuing God’s call for your life. Stay strong because Jesus is  standing for you.

KEY TEXT: Nehemiah 6:1-9,15-16

CENTRAL TRUTH: You will face opposition when you pursue God’s call for your life.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: Like Nehemiah, we can anticipate that any time we step up to serve the Lord, we may face potential distraction and possible discouragement. Sometimes distraction and discouragement may come from our enemies. Other times, they come through a temptation to settle for less than God’s best. Whatever the source, we need to look to God to strengthen us. Focusing on God and the strength He provides will enable us to hang in there and finish our task well.
  • Memorize: Nehemiah 6:3
  • Pray: God’s Word says that as believers, we should not be surprised when we face opposition because of our commitment to God. Ask God to equip you with the strength you need to make it through opposition, and to help you live your life in such a way that others would see Jesus when they look at you. Pray that when opposition comes, you will remain focused on Him.

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To learn more about what God’s Word says about dealing with opposition, read the following verses:

  • Psalm 27:1-3
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • 1 Peter 4:12
  • 2 Timothy 2:24-26

CP Students’ Next Step (1/25)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed about the value of human life, and understanding God’s perspective on human life.

KEY TEXT: Genesis 9:1-7; Psalm 8:4-8

CENTRAL TRUTH: To understand the value of life, you must understand God’s view of human life.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: One of the greatest tactics of Satan is to get you to believe that lies that the world promotes when it comes to the value of life. If it is an unborn baby in the womb or a teenage girl who is struggling with her identity, the world desires to fuel the lies that human life is not valuable. Think about the messages that you are listening to when it comes to the value of life. How you live your life and how you treat others will be a reflection of what you believe. Allow the truth of God’s Word to dwell in you and reflect on the Creator’s love for you.
  • Memorize: Philippians 2:16a
  • Pray: Let your prayer today focus on your understanding of what Jesus says about your value and how you can begin living in that message instead of the negative message of the world. Jesus values your life so much that He was willing to give His life for yours. Believe that truth and live it out today!

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God’s Image: God set humans apart from animals by creating people in His image. God’s image involves at least three aspects: having a spirit, being holy, and having dominion.

  • God is not flesh and blood; He is a Spirit (John 4:24). God gave us a spirit so we can relate to Him (Titus 3:5; John 14:17; Rom. 8:16).
  • God created humans in His image. god is holy and He wants us to be holy (1 Peter 1:16).
  • God gave us the task to have dominion over creation (Gen. 1:28b). Unlike God, our dominion derives from being under His authority. We are also to be good stewards of His creation.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Luke tells us that Jesus came to die for our sin, but also to form a people of God who, renewed by his Spirit, are able to serve him in righteousness and holiness all of their days. This good news is open to all and God wants the news of Jesus shared with all. As followers of Jesus, as Christians, we are to partner with God is carrying this good news of forgiveness and hope because of Jesus to those in our lives where God has placed us and is calling us.

KEY TEXT: Luke 5:1-11

CRITICAL QUESTION: What do you learn about Jesus from this passage?