Wise Men Bringing Gifts

Matthew 2.1-12

The magi responded to the birth of Jesus by finding him, worshipping him and bringing him gifts. They understood that Jesus was not just any king; he was the fulfillment of God’s promise! When they gave him gifts, it was a way of honoring him for being the king who would make a way for all the world to come to God. When we give gifts to others it’s an opportunity to express the love of Jesus to the person we’re giving a gift to. It’s also a way of celebrating our love for Jesus! As part of this lesson we’ll be packing Restart Kits for refugees who are being settled in the city of Portland. Continue reading → Wise Men Bringing Gifts

No Love for the Ninevites

Jonah

God’s desire is that all people would turn to him and acknowledge his great love for them. Jonah had a hard time understanding God’s love for everyone. God sent Jonah to call the Ninevites to repentance but instead he went the opposite direction. After 3 days in the belly of a big fish Jonah came to his senses and went to preach to the Ninevites. The story of Jonah points us to Jesus who obediently brought God’s message of salvation to an undeserving people. Jesus referred to his own death, burial and resurrection as “the sign of Jonah” (Matt. 12.39; 16.4). Continue reading → No Love for the Ninevites

Seed on the Throne

 

1 Samuel 16.1-13; Jer. 33.14-16

David knew about trusting God’s promises! At an early age David was anointed as the king to succeed Saul’s throne. It took many years to see the fulfillment of that promise for him to rule Israel. When David was king, God made him another promise, that the seed of David would sit on his throne to rule over an eternal Kingdom. What does that mean? David wouldn’t ever live to see this fulfilled, but God’s promise has come true in Jesus!

Key Verse

“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ”
2 Corinthians 1.20a (NLT)
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Boaz the Redeemer

The book of Ruth

As a desperately poor and vulnerable foreigner, Ruth seemed a very unlikely ancestor of both king David and Jesus the Messiah. Boaz, however, took note of her loyal faithfulness to her mother-in-law Naomi. Boaz trusted God’s promises and showed Ruth gracious kindness; paying a price for her to be included in his own family. Boaz showed what it would be like when Jesus came: Jesus paid a price for us to be included in the family of God so that we can also be instruments of God’s kingdom here on earth!

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Food in the Wilderness

Exodus 16.1-36; John 6.57-58

God always sustains his people! As the nation of Israel wandered through the wilderness, God led them and he fed them. The manna and the quail that God sent reminds us that we can trust in God and his promises each day. Jesus reminds us that he is the bread of life. In the same way that God kept the Israelites alive in the wilderness, he give us new life through his Son.

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Moses the Mediator

Exodus 34.29-35; Deuteronomy 18:15; John 8:12

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the ten commandments, the Bible tells us that his face shone from reflecting the glory of God! It soon faded, but every time Moses went to speak with God his face would become radiant again. Moses was a great prophet, but God promised that he would raise up up a prophet from Israel like Moses (Deut. 18.15). This prophet proved not just to reflect the light, but he was the light (John 8:12). Through Jesus we can all come face-to-face with God and his light and love can shine through us!

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Passover: The Lamb who was Slain

Exodus 18.1-28; John 1.29; Galatians 5.1

Nobody wants to be a slave. When somebody–or something–is controlling you it becomes difficult to be who God called you to be. God promised that the Israelites would be his chosen nation, but they were enslaved by the Egyptians. By the blood of a pure and spotless lamb, God spared his people from the devastation of the final plague, and he set them free from slavery. Jesus cares about the whole world enough that he came as the pure and spotless lamb so that we could be set free from sin.

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Joseph: Slave to Savior

Gen. 37-50; Acts 7.9-14

Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes things go well and sometimes they don’t. Joseph is a great example to us that we can trust God’s promises no matter the circumstances. God had a plan for Jacob’s sons, and he used Joseph to save his brothers from the famine. God has a plan for us too but his promises to us are fulfilled in Jesus. No matter the circumstances we can know that God loves us and we can put our faith in Jesus!

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Stairway to Heaven

Gen. 28.10-22; Jn. 1.51

Imagine discovering a stairway to heaven! Imagine looking up and seeing the Lord at the top of the stairway speaking to you and promising you his presence and protection, and telling you that he wants you to be part of his plan to bless the whole world! This is what happened to Jacob, but the same is true for anyone who puts their faith in Jesus. Jesus compared himself to a stairway to heaven. Through him we can encounter God and grow in the knowledge of the truth!

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God Provides a Ram

Gen. 22.1-18; Heb. 11. 17-19

God called Abraham to offer up his son Isaac, and he responded with total obedience. This took great faith on Abraham’s part, because it was through his son that all of what God promised him was going to be fulfilled. Because Abraham trusted God fully he was willing to obey God, even with a command as tough as this one. God’s promises to us are fulfilled through his own son Jesus. We know that we can always trust God’s promises! Continue reading → God Provides a Ram