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Dale Lewis – Mark 9:1-8 “Glory through the veil of humanity”

  Mark 9:1-8 “Glory through the veil of humanity” Introduction Vs. 1 A preview Vs. 2-8 Fourfold impact of the transfiguration Introduction One Greek scholar listed the first rule of scripture interpretation as: “Ignoring all chapter divisions”. All chapters and verse numbering were added at a much later date: (Chapter’s were added in the 13th…

“What’s wrong with the Church”

  1 Timothy 1:4-5 “What’s wrong with the Church” In 1 Timothy chapter 1 verses 4-5 Paul defines biblical maturity for us by revealing to us two important things: What biblical teaching is and What biblical teaching produces: Vs. 4 Biblical teaching: Is that which builds up the individual believer into more and more the…

Dale Lewis – Mark 8:35-38 “Living by losing”

  Mark 8:35-38 “Living by losing” Introduction Vs. 35 Getting the most out of life Vs. 36-37 The cost of compromise Vs. 38 No “Closet Christians” Introduction Having examined in detail the threefold process of discipleship we move on to the motivation and expectation behind making such a decision. As I said last week I…

“THE IN HIM’S”

  Ephesians 2:14-17 “THE IN HIM’S” Have you ever noticed, as far as people are concerned, that there are really only two races of people? It does not seem to mater where on the globe people reside, what language they speak, their income bracket, education or age, there are only two nationalities, US an THEM!…

Feb.03 Genesis Study

Genesis 45:1-28 “Forgiven” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-8 You sold me, God sent me III. Vs. 9-20 Seeking relationship and not revenge IV. Vs. 21-28 From unbelief to enough I. Intro. The focus of the last chapter was pointing out difference between “regret” and “repentance”. Repentance may very well have real regret which is seen…

Dale Lewis – Mark 8:34 “What do you want from life”

  Mark 8:34 “What do you want from life” Introduction Vs. 34 The threefold process of discipleship Introduction Before I start I wish to offer a sincere apology with regards to this message only having one verse in the study. I had every intention to finish this chapter and worked diligently to accomplish this task…

“The Race”

  1 Samuel 23:1-13 “The Race” There seems to be at times in my mind a formula to success in life that says, “If I seek the Lord and obey His leading in my life then the events of my life will follow my expectations”. David experienced this very dilemma not just once but over…

Jan.27 Genesis Study

Genesis 44:1-34 “Regret or repentance?” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-15 Searching out the heart III. Vs. 16-34 How shall I go to my father I. Intro. The most difficult thing to weigh in all eternity is the “human heart”, fortunately that will not be something that you or I will have to do. 1 Chron…

Dale Lewis – Mark 8:31-33 “From rock to stumbling block”

  Mark 8:31-33 “From rock to stumbling block” Introduction Vs. 31-32 The message of the cross Vs. 33 Three truths about the cross Introduction Nothing could illustrate the point I made last week with regards to; having a true vision as to who Jesus is but not a clear vision, then the section we are…

“What the church ought to be doing”

  Acts 2:42 “What the church ought to be doing” Acts is the continuation of what Jesus began to do and to teach as seen through His disciples. It began with Peter’s preaching concerning the person and work of Jesus, as 3000 wanted to know what they must do to be saved. In response to…

Jan.20 Genesis Study

Genesis 43:1-34 “Unexpected grace” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-15 Not Egypt again III. Vs. 16-25 Suspicious of grace IV. Vs. 26-34 Righteous reunion I. Intro. Samuel Johnson once said, “Shame arises from fear of men but conscience from the fear of God!” Last week we saw that Joseph’s brothers finally had gained a conscience but…

Dale Lewis – Mark 8:22-30 “The Hinge”

  Mark 8:22-30 “The Hinge” Introduction Vs. 22-23 Bread crumbs Vs. 24-25, 27-29 Two stage process Vs. 26, 30 Prohibition Introduction Having left the section on Jesus warnings against seeking a sign and how such things can dull our comprehension towards seeing our Lord, we come to a perfect illustration of this in the strange…

Jan.13 Genesis Study

Genesis 42:1-38 “Revenge or restoration” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-5 The need to go to Egypt III. Vs. 6-25 The testing of brothers IV. Vs. 26-38 The gift of truth I. Intro. We left off looking at Joseph’s two son’s names “forgetful” and “fruitful”. I believe that those names hold a secret to personal peace,…

1 Corinthians Chapters 8-10

  1 Corinthians Chapters 8-10 In Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians it is apparent that the major reason for writing was to address seven questions the church wanted answers for. The gist of their 2nd question had to do with eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols, but the root of their question…

Dale Lewis – Mark 8:10-21 “Earth crammed with heaven”

  Mark 8:10-21 “Earth crammed with heaven” Introduction Vs. 10-12 Every bush afire with God Vs. 13-21 Plucking blackberries Introduction I’m fascinated at the work of the Holy Spirit as He came upon the writers of the Bible. He always places a thread from one section to another and it is up to the student…

“Graceful in grace”

  As we are at the beginning of a new year with all the uncertainties of life, I find looking at the words of Jesus in the book of Revelation the most comforting and hope filled. The 20th chapter of the book of Revelation deals with life during the 1000-year reign of Christ upon the…

Dale Lewis – Mark 8:1-9 “Food for thought”

  Mark 8:1-9 “Food for thought” Introduction Vs. 1-3 Loving your enemy Vs. 4-9 Show them what they have won Introduction The 8th chapter is a continuation of Jesus’ ministry among the gentiles as the words “In those days” are meant to tell us not a specific date but that they were still in the…

Dale Lewis – Mark 7:31-37 “Can you hear me now?”

  Mark 7:31-37 “Can you hear me now?” Introduction Vs. 31-32 The most difficult person to reach Vs. 33-34 A strange cure Vs. 35-37 The actions of God verse’s the God who acts Introduction It’s been a few weeks since we were in Mark and so I’ll review briefly by saying that the Holy Spirit…

Dale Lewis – Christmas Eve Service

  John 1:14 “The Word Became Flesh” Every time this year we celebrate the mystery that is the birth of Christ. Paul spoke to Timothy in 1 Tim 3:16 saying, “great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on…

Dale Lewis – Matthew 1:18-25 “The Birth of Jesus”

  Matthew 1:18-25 “The Birth of Jesus” I.) Intro. II.) Vs. 18-19 Earthly Situation III.) Vs. 20-23 Heavenly Pronouncement IV.) Vs. 24-25 Loving Obedience I.) Intro. The birth of Christ is a story that most are quite familiar. Matthew who wrote this version was a converted tax collector and uses his pin to give us…

Dale Lewis – Mark 7:24-30 “Mercy to ministry”

Mark 7:24-30 “Mercy to ministry” Introduction Vs. 24-30 He could not be hiddenp Introduction By placing the first 23 verses of chapter 7 next to verses 24-37 Mark wants to show the benefits of Jesus’ administration when compared to the traditions of the religious establishment. Paul the apostle who had once in his own words…

“Graceful in grace”

  Acts 16:1-5 “Graceful in grace” Christian liberty and grace can be a difficult hurdle to jump. While we Christians are under grace and not the law, there have been times when our freedoms have caused us to stumble. In Acts chapter 16 verse 1-5 Paul and his young convert Timothy faced just such a…

Dale Lewis – Mark 7:8-23 “The Heart of the Matter”

  Mark 7:8-23 “The Heart of the Matter” Introduction Vs. 8-9 A poor substitute Vs. 10-13 Side stepping Vs. 14-16 Defied or defiled Vs. 17-23 A difference in what is clean Introduction As we noted this section deals with the religious delegation sent from Jerusalem seeking a charge that they might accuse Jesus of. They…

Dale Lewis – “Lost in the garden of worry”

  Philippians 4:6-9 “Lost in the garden of worry” I. Intro. II. Vs. 6-7 Personality III. Vs. 8-9 Perspective I. Intro. I’m trusting that you all experienced a wonderful time of thanksgiving! I felt led by the Lord to take a week off from our study in Mark and address what most people this time…

“Been Born Again”

  John 3:16 “Been Born Again” The “New Birth” is the theme for the 3rd chapter of John and ought to be the theme of our lives also. Well known British evangelist George Whitefield wrote a letter 1700’s to inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin with a special request just for old Ben writing, “I find…

Dale Lewis – Mark 7:1-7 “Tradition verses relation”

  Mark 7:1-7 “Tradition verses relation” Introduction Vs. 1-2 Finding fault Vs. 3-5 The fence of the Pharisees Vs. 6-7 The problem with traditions Introduction The only link between the first 23 verse of chapter 7 and what we just read about the feeding of the 5000 in chapter 6 is one that is not…

“The land of the living”

  Revelation 22:1-2 “The land of the living” In the 21st chapter of the book of Revelation John was shown what heaven would be like practically as well as physically. But because heaven is eternal and we dwell in a temporal place John described heaven from what it was not going to be or have….

Nov.18 Genesis Study

Genesis 39:1-23 “The Lord was with Joseph” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-12 The steps of dealing with temptation III. Vs. 13-23 Better not bitter I. Intro. We now move back to the life of Joseph and look at how he compared to Judah in dealing with temptation. Corrie Ten Boom once said; “If God sends…

Dale Lewis – Mark 6:45-56 “The unfavorable winds of obedience”

  Mark 6:45-56 “The unfavorable winds of obedience” Introduction Vs. 45-48 Trouble with a capital T Vs. 49-52 Be of good cheer it is I Vs. 53-56 A touch of Him Introduction This would be a night of miracles when we take into account the other gospel records. Matthew records for us that not only…

Nov.11 Genesis Study

Genesis 38:1-30 “Pleasures pitfalls” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-19 The pleasure of sin for a season III. Vs. 20-30 Rotten roots to healthy fruit I. Intro. Having just started our look at Joseph this chapter takes a detour into the life of Jacob’s fourth son through Leah Judah. The question ought to come to our…

Dale Lewis – Mark 6:30-44 “True Manna”

  Mark 6:30-44 “True Manna” Introduction Vs. 30-34 Burn on or burn out? Vs. 35-44 Manufacturers or distributors Introduction I am amazed at the training methods and risks Jesus took when entrusting the greatest message and only hope to unlearned and inexperienced people. The fact that He did astounded experts in the book of Acts…

“Jump”

  Philippians 2:5-11 “Jump” Mark Twain once wrote, “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” In Philippians chapter 2 verse 5-11 Paul gives us the best example in the threefold view of Christ. But before he does he tells us that we ought to have the same…

Dale Lewis – Mark 6:14-29 “The terror of goodness”

  Mark 6:14-29 “The terror of goodness” Introduction Vs. 14-15 Three views of Jesus Vs. 16-18 The terror of goodness Vs. 19-29 A sinners conscious Introduction Looking at the gruesome details of this story you would have thought that I planned it to follow the day most in our country celebrate evil, but I didn’t….

“Shaping a heart in a clay pot”

  1 Samuel 23:1-13 “Shaping a heart in a clay pot” One of the great benefits to reading the Bible and examining the lives of people like David is we gain perspective for our lives while looking at their lives. It is easier to see the work that God is doing has a purpose in…

Oct.21 Genesis Study

Genesis 35:5-29 “Doing the first works” I. Intro. II. Vs. 5-15 A journey down memory lane III. Vs. 16-29 So this is living I. Intro. The focus of the first four verses of chapter 35 was upon personal renewal in the life of Jacob. There are five parts to having our relationship with Him restored:…

Dale Lewis – Mark 6:1-6 “The majesty of the Master”

  Mark 6:1-6 “The majesty of the Master” Introduction Vs. 2-3 The mystery of the Master Vs. 4-6 The marvel of faith Introduction While in the 6th chapter of Mark last week we spent the entirety of our time looking at the mystery that was the majesty of the Master in His early earthly life….

Oct.14 Genesis Study

Genesis 35:1-4 “Returning to your first love” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-4 Five steps in submission I. Intro. By the time we get to this chapter, thirty years have elapsed between when Jacob had first vowed to God to return to Bethel in chapter 28:20; ten of those years had happened since his leaving Laban…

Dale Lewis – Mark 6:1 “A Perfect Person in a sinful world”

  Mark 6:1 “A Perfect Person in a sinful world” Introduction Vs. 1 Familiarity breads contempt? Introduction In the first 6 verses of chapter 6 Mark finishes off this section with the limits of human popularity by showing another hindrance when popularity is coupled with familiarity. These two collided in Jesus’ home town of Nazareth,…

“We have seen Him”

  1 Corinthians 15:1-4 “We have seen Him” In the 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians Paul address a question the Corinthian Church had that most of ask at least once ourselves, “What happens to us after we die?” Corinth was a Greek city and like Paul’s debate in Acts 17 with the philosophers on Mars…

Dale Lewis – Mark 5:35-43 “Hope interrupted”

  Mark 5:35-43 “Hope interrupted” Introduction Vs. 35-38 Fear stilled, faith stirred Vs. 39-43 O death where is your sting Introduction We take up the conclusion of the account of Jairus and we left him hearing the words spoken by Jesus to the women who had the issue of blood. He knew this little girl…

“To big for God to use”

  Judges 7:1-25 “To big for God to use” Judges chapter 7 describes Israel’s victory over the Midianites. But to understand this victory you would have to understand the incredible odds against them in defeating them. To put Israel’s victory in perspective one sports writer put the odds at 450 to 1 and then went…

Sep.30 Genesis Study

Genesis 34:1-31 “The rape of righteousness” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-12 A deal for Dinah III. Vs. 13-31 From a relationship to religion I. Intro. Last week we left Jacob moving to Shechem from Succoth yet God had called him back to Bethel. Dinah is most likely in her teens and her brothers Ruben, Simeon,…

Sep.23 Genesis Study

Genesis 33:1-20 “One step forward, three back” I. Intro. II. Vs. 1-16 A divided man III. Vs. 17-20 A compromised man I. Intro. In the last chapter Jacob has an encounter with the Lord that left him changed. He had been brought down to only being able to cling to the Lord in his wrestling….

“Abiding at Animal house”

  Acts 18:1 “Abiding at Animal house” The ancient Greek city of Athens’ was a town of about 20,000 and home of the most prestigious of the three universities in the world at that time. Fifty three miles from this university town was a city called Corinth 10 times its size. When you read the…

“Eve of Destruction”

  Joshua 2:12-24 “Eve of Destruction” In 1965 P.F. Sloan wrote a protest song eventually recorded by Barry McGuire called the “Eve of Destruction”. What Sloan wrote and Barry sang in 1965 is a lot closer today than it was then, but it is still Jesus who offers deliverance from the “Eve of Destruction”. In…

Dale Lewis – Mark 5:1-20 “Pigs Parish”

  Mark 5:1-20 “Pigs Parish” Introduction Vs. 1-2a From fear to fear Vs. 2b-6 Six characteristics of demonic influence Vs. 7-13 Even demons believe – and tremble Vs. 14-20 Go from Him or go for Him Introduction This section of scripture from the end of chapter 4 through chapter 5 is Mark’s examination of the…

Dale Lewis – Mark 4:35-41 “Finding Rest During Restless Times”

  Mark 4:35-41 “Finding Rest During Restless Times” Introduction Vs. 35-36 As He was Vs. 37-38 Confidence or carelessness? Vs. 39-41 The only fear Introduction Mark now moves to two situations where the popularity of Jesus effected people’s perception of Him which led them to fear instead of faith. We will look at the first…

Aug.19 Genesis Study

Genesis 32:1-32 “Life’s struggle” I.) Intro. II. Vs. 1-12 Ready to surrender III. Vs. 13-32 Pinning your “self” down I.) Intro. There is perhaps no greater chapter in all the Bible that illustrates the death of the old nature then the one before us. Three times in scripture Paul uses the phrase “old man” in…

“Power tools in the hands of babies”

  Romans 3:1-8 “Power tools in the hands of babies” In the movie “Fiddler on the Roof” Tevye asks God, “I know, I know. We are Your chosen people. But, once in a while, can’t You choose someone else?” Looking at the tragic history of the Jewish people it is hard to see how anyone…

Engaging Mormonism with Compassionate Boldness

Saturday, September 12th 9am—2:00pm With Mormonism Research Ministry’s Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson, co-authors of Answering Mormons’ Questions and hosts of Viewpoint on Mormonism. Together they bring over 60 years experience sharing the gospel of grace with the Mormon people.

Dale Lewis – Mark 4:1-20 “Sacred secrets for the asking”

  Mark “Sacred secrets for the asking” 4:1-20 Introduction Vs. 1-2 What did He say? Vs. 10-12 Two kinds of hearers Vs. 3-9, 14-20 The parable of the sower Introduction Because Jesus’ increased popularity and notoriety He was no longer teaching in the local synagogues and instead His pulpit was a small boat set out…

Dale Lewis – Mark 3:20 – 35 “Love, Lunacy or in league with the devil”

  Mark “Love, Lunacy or in league with the devil” 3:20-35 Introduction Vs. 22-30 No signs in a morgue to the deceased Vs. 20, 21-31-35 Unhinged by Love Introduction Mark offers another liability to Jesus’ increased popularity: Misunderstanding the purpose and intentions behind His actions. This came about as a direct observation of His preoccupation…