BSG 1st Quarter

First Quarter, Adult Bible Study Handouts to match up with the Bible Study Guide for All Ages Curriculum

from David Lemmons (not affiliated with the website above)

Click on the numbers to the left to be directed to the PDF files

001Joseph’s Coat and Dreams Genesis 37:1-11

002… Brothers Sell Joseph Genesis 37:12-36

003Joseph Over Potiphar’s House; In Jail Genesis 39

004… Dreams of the Cupbearer and Baker Genesis 40

005Pharaoh’s Dreams Genesis 41:1-36

006… Joseph Prepares for the Famine Genesis 41:37-57

007Brothers Go to Egypt to Buy Food Genesis 42

008The Brothers Eat Lunch at Joseph’s House Genesis 43

009Joseph’s Cup Found in Benjamin’s Sack Genesis 44

010… Joseph Reveals Himself to the Brothers Genesis 45

011Joseph’s Cup Found in Benjamin’s Sack Genesis 44

012The Egyptians Sell Everything for Food Genesis 47

013Jacob Blesses Joseph’s Sons Genesis 48

014Jacob Dies; Joseph Dies Genesis 49-50

015Captives in Babylon Daniel 1

016Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream Daniel 2

017The Fiery Furnace Daniel 3

018Nebuchadnezzar’s Pride Daniel 4

019Writing on the Wall Daniel 5

020Lion’s Den Daniel 6

021Genealogy of Jesus Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38

022Birth Announcement of John the Baptizer and Jesus Christ Luke 1:1-38

023John the Baptizer is Born Luke 1:39-80

024Birth of Jesus Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-20

025Purification at the Temple; Wise Men Visit Luke 2:21-38; Matthew 2:1-12

026Jesus’ Youth Matthew 2:13-23; Luke 2:39-52

BSG 021-036

Unit1-Binder

Study of Jesus

Matthew–John

Lessons #021-036

These are usually 4-page handouts suitable for use in an Adult Bible Class.  They are tied to the passages dealt with by the Bible Study Guide for all Ages series, Unit 1.  These include outlines, commentary, puzzles, etc.  They are in the form of a PDF file and can be downloaded at my Evernote Shared Notebook by clicking H-E-R-E.  Look for Unit 1, Lessons 021-036.

bsg021…  Jesus–Genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38).
bsg022…  Jesus–Birth Announcement of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ (Luke 1:1-38).
bsg023…  Jesus–John the Baptist is Born (Luke 1:39-80).
bsg024…  Jesus–Birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-20).
bsg025…  Jesus–Purification at the Temple; Wise Men Visit (Luke 2:21-38; Matthew 2:1-12).
bsg026…  Jesus–Jesus’ Youth (Matthew 2:13-23; Luke 2:39-52).
bsg027…  Jesus–John the Baptist Preaches and Baptizes (Matthew 3:1-17).
bsg028…  Jesus–Jesus Tempted; Jesus Makes His First Disciples (Matthew 4:1-11; John 1:29-51).
bsg029…  Jesus–Jesus’ First Miracle and Cleansing the Temple (John 2).
bsg030…  Jesus–Nicodemus; John the Baptist Imprisoned (John 3; Luke 3:19-20).
bsg031…  Jesus–Jesus Meets a Samaritan Woman and Heals the Nobleman’s Son (John 4).
bsg032…  Jesus–Jesus is Rejected in His Hometown; Miraculous Catch of Fish (Luke 4:16-30; 5:1-11).
bsg033…  Jesus–Jesus Rebukes an Unclean Spirit; Heals Peter’s Mother-in-Law; Cleanses a Leper
(Mark 1:21-45).
bsg034…  Jesus–Healing a Paralytic; Matthew Called; Fasting Questioned (Mark 2:1-22).
bsg035…  Jesus–Healing at Bethesda (John 5:1-47).
bsg036…  Jesus–Miracles on the Sabbath; Calling the Twelve (Mark 2:23-28; 3:1-19).

Priorities


That Good Part

David Lemmons

File Under:  Luke 10:38-42; Priorities; Christian Living
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Throughout the Bible we read about the choices that are made by men and women, boys and girls.  Sometimes these choices are clearly held up to us as examples to follow and at other times it is obvious that we ought not make that given choice in our own lives.  Consider an incident recorded in Luke 10:38-42…
     Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into
     a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha
     received him into her house.  39  And she had a sister
     called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his
     word.  40  But Martha was cumbered about much serving,
     and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that
     my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore
     that she help me.  41  And Jesus answered and said unto
     her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about
     many things:  42  But one thing is needful: and Mary
     hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away
     from her.

It is said here by our Lord that Mary had chosen that good part.  So then, Jesus is pointing out a choice that is worthy of our consideration to follow in our own lives.
   
What joy must Mary have felt when her action brought about the words of her Lord that indicated His approval of a choice she had made!  For a faithful follower of Jesus could there be any greater delight than to know I have made a choice which is well pleasing to my Lord?  Can we not see that here is a very significant incident that Luke has recorded for our instruction?
   
The choice that Mary had made was to sit at Jesus’ feet and hear His word.  Now we would think that such a choice would be reckoned by all of Jesus’ disciples as a wise and good choice.  However, Mary’s sister, Martha had not so reckoned.  Martha, in fact, thought in her own mind that her sister had made a foolish choice.  Martha thought that Mary was being neglectful and was in need of rebuke from the Lord.
   
Instead, a mild rebuke was given to Martha for her own misplaced priorities.  This brings to the mind of a careful Bible student that there could be many occasions on which Jesus might either question or commend choices we have made with regard to how we use our time.  I wonder how often we even consider this matter in our daily lives.
   
It is not as if Martha had chosen some ungodly pursuit with which to occupy her time.  Rather that which she was doing in showing hospitality is a good thing and quite often commended in Scripture (Rom 12:13; 1 Tim 3:2; Titus 1:8; 1 Pet 4:9).  No, Martha had made a GOOD choice, what is troubling about her choice is that she might have made an even wiser choice–the choice made by her sister, Mary.  Mary had made a choice which recognized that the mundane things of this life become utterly insignificant when placed beside an opportunity for spiritual growth and understanding.  The Messiah was present!  Jesus, the Lord of glory (1 Cor 2:8), was in the building!  Is there not time to sit and listen to His teaching.
   
What is the solution for the problems we face in our world today?  How do we cope with all of the unsettling and even upsetting news of the day?  Is there a lesson to learn from the visit Jesus made to that Bethany home?
   
Surely we need to examine our own priorities of life.  Surely we need to appreciate that we may be dwelling entirely too much upon those “Martha-things,” which are good, in and of themselves, but which are hampering, even preventing,  our spiritual maturity and development into powerful servants of the Lord who can be used in a mighty way to serve the risen Lord.
   
How much time do I spend examining my priorities?  Do I ever even consider that there just might be a better use of my time?  Have I ever even considered that my Lord might have a commendation for me on Judgment day similar to the one He gave to Mary?
   
What about the Bible classes?  Is there a more direct comparison we could make than to consider this choice we make weekly?  What activity could my feeble mind conceive of that would take priority to listening to Jesus at Bible Class time?  If I want to choose THAT GOOD PART, where will I find myself at 9:30 on Sunday morning and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night?
   
What about the worship assemblies?  What about gospel meetings?  What about our Berean School? It is shameful that we have differing numbers from the Sunday morning worship assembly count on these other occasions of study from the word of the Lord.  To those of you who do not come–are you being like Martha or are you being like Mary?  Think ahead for just a moment.  On that Judgment day of John 12:48, which person would you have to be your model?
   
Jesus said to Martha, concerning her sister, Luke 10:42  “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”  The one thing that is needful somehow is not appreciated to the degree that it ought to be in our day.  That one thing that is needful seems to be “pushed off to the back burner” of our lives.  That one thing that is needful will make us a great church when we begin to appreciate this wonderful commendation and go and do likewise!

Perspectives of Jesus

SOURCE: Gospel Advocate, January 19, 1984.

Four Perspectives of Jesus

by David Paul Smith

The first four books of the New Testament are commonly known as “the four gospels.”  Each of them set forth the record and the meaning of the life of Jesus Christ.  Though their purpose is common in that respect, each of them has a unique perspective of Jesus.  We might say that each writer portrays Jesus in a different light of emphasis.

Matthew emphasizes the “position” of Jesus.  He alone records the claim that Jesus made, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18).  As if Matthew wants to emphasize this point, he makes certain that this is one of the last points he mentions.  Yet, this point was emphasized throughout the book.  Near the beginning, we find some asking, “Where is he who has been born King of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:2).  Throughout the inspired book, we find reference to “the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew portrays Jesus as the King that has come to establish his kingdom (cf., Matthew 16:18-19).

Mark underlines the “power” of Jesus.  Merrill C. Tenny wrote, “Mark gives more space to the miracles than any other Gospel; for it records eighteen out of a possible total of thirty-five” [New Testament Survey, Merrill C. Tenny, Eerdmans, 1961, page 164].  He has power over disease (Mark 1:40-45), demons (Mark 5:1-20), and death (Mark 5:35-43).  His power is not without purpose though, “the son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).  Just as the miracles his apostles performed in his name confirmed the message they proclaimed (Mark 16:20; Hebrews 2:2-4), the miracles Jesus himself performed attested to his claims (cf., Mark 2:1-10).

Luke draws attention to the “purpose” of Jesus.  Luke records Christ’s own words concerning his purpose, “for the son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:9).  This is only reasonable since Luke’s work is continued in the book of Acts, the book above all that sets forth clearly the gospel plan of salvation.  The position and power of Jesus makes this wonderful purpose possible.  Isn’t it likely that on many an occasion Luke the physician (Colossians 4:14) marveled at the “surgical ability” of Jesus that could remove a man’s sin?

The last of the four, John, boldly sets forth the “person” of Jesus.  Most of all, we see Jesus held up as God’s son.  John himself declared that this was his purpose in writing, “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God; and that believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).  However, in this same book, we see Jesus as a man.  He was “the word” that “became flesh” (John 1:14).  As a man, he knew what it meant to be tired (John 4:6), sad (John 11:35) or thirsty (John 19:28).  Jesus, though in every way like us in nature, was also an incarnation of God in the flesh.

The first four books of the New Testament declare the position, power, purpose, and person of Jesus Christ.  It is now up to us to allow Jesus to hold the supreme position in our life.  Let us rest confident in his power to save us, his great purpose.  Since he is God’s son, we know that he can and that he knows our needs, and those first hand.  Praise God for th epositioni, power, purpose, and person of Jesus Christ.

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Luke 10:38-42


SOURCE: North Marshall Messenger, #540

THAT GOOD PART

by David Lemmons

Throughout the Bible we read about the choices that are made by men and women, boys and girls.  Sometimes these choices are clearly held up to us as examples to follow and at other times it is obvious that we ought not make that given choice in our own lives.  Consider an incident recorded in Luke 10:38-42…
    

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.  39  And she had a sister     called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.  40  But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that     my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.  41  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about    many things:  42  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

It is said here by our Lord that Mary had chosen that good part.  So then, Jesus is pointing out a choice that is worthy of our consideration to follow in our own lives.
   
What joy must Mary have felt when her action brought about the words of her Lord that indicated His approval of a choice she had made!  For a faithful follower of Jesus could there be any greater delight than to know I have made a choice which is well pleasing to my Lord?  Can we not see that here is a very significant incident that Luke has recorded for our instruction?
   
The choice that Mary had made was to sit at Jesus’ feet and hear His word.  Now we would think that such a choice would be reckoned by all of Jesus’ disciples as a wise and good choice.  However, Mary’s sister, Martha had not so reckoned.  Martha, in fact, thought in her own mind that her sister had made a foolish choice.  Martha thought that Mary was being neglectful and was in need of rebuke from the Lord.
   
Instead, a mild rebuke was given to Martha for her own misplaced priorities.  This brings to the mind of a careful Bible student that there could be many occasions on which Jesus might either question or commend choices we have made with regard to how we use our time.  I wonder how often we even consider this matter in our daily lives.
   
It is not as if Martha had chosen some ungodly pursuit with which to occupy her time.  Rather that which she was doing in showing hospitality is a good thing and quite often commended in Scripture (Rom 12:13; 1 Tim 3:2; Titus 1:8; 1 Pet 4:9).  No, Martha had made a GOOD choice, what is troubling about her choice is that she might have made an even wiser choice–the choice made by her sister, Mary.  Mary had made a choice which recognized that the mundane things of this life become utterly insignificant when placed beside an opportunity for spiritual growth and understanding.  The Messiah was present!  Jesus, the Lord of glory (1 Cor 2:8), was in the building!  Is there not time to sit and listen to His teaching.
   
What is the solution for the problems we face in our world today?  How do we cope with all of the unsettling and even upsetting news of the day?  Is there a lesson to learn from the visit Jesus made to that Bethany home?
   
Surely we need to examine our own priorities of life.  Surely we need to appreciate that we may be dwelling entirely too much upon those “Martha-things,” which are good, in and of themselves, but which are hampering, even preventing,  our spiritual maturity and development into powerful servants of the Lord who can be used in a mighty way to serve the risen Lord.
   
How much time do I spend examining my priorities?  Do I ever even consider that there just might be a better use of my time?  Have I ever even considered that my Lord might have a commendation for me on Judgment day similar to the one He gave to Mary?
   
What about the Bible classes?  Is there a more direct comparison we could make than to consider this choice we make weekly?  What activity could my feeble mind conceive of that would take priority to listening to Jesus at Bible Class time?  If I want to choose THAT GOOD PART, where will I find myself at 9:30 on Sunday morning and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night?
   
What about the worship assemblies?  What about gospel meetings?  What about our Berean School? It is shameful that we have differing numbers from the Sunday morning worship assembly count on these other occasions of study from the word of the Lord.  To those of you who do not come–are you being like Martha or are you being like Mary?  Think ahead for just a moment.  On that Judgment day of John 12:48, which person would you have to be your model?
   
Jesus said to Martha, concerning her sister, Luke 10:42  “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”  The one thing that is needful somehow is not appreciated to the degree that it ought to be in our day.  That one thing that is needful seems to be “pushed off to the back burner” of our lives.  That one thing that is needful will make us a great church when we begin to appreciate this wonderful commendation and go and do likewise!

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