Sunday, December 21, 2014

On 12-28-14, Matthew 14:22-36 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Worship God’s Son or In Awe of Christ’s Power

Worship God's Son
Or
In Awe of Christ’s Power
Matthew 14:22-36
International Sunday School Lesson
December 28, 2014
                                                                                 


Commentary
By
Jed Greenough

You of little faith why did you doubt?”
Faith, that is really what this scripture for today’s lesson is about for me today.  We can’t doubt Peter had it, he said, “tell me to come to you on the water.”  What’s more he meant it.  We don’t read of hesitation at this point just that he got down out of the boat and walked on the water!
Being His first water walking experience with waves that could toss a boat it must have been an experience to say the least.  I won’t criticize him for his panic.  I’m not sure Jesus does either but just says, “you of little faith why did you doubt?”  Another word I’d like to insert in there is the one found in some translations, instead of doubt put waver.  When I read, “why did you waver?”  I can see things from Peter’s view point a bit more.
I’m afraid I’m all too familiar with the waver part.  My problem is I don’t like doing more than one thing at a time.  Walking on water is one thing but throwing some tossing waves in their can mess me up in my faith walk.
I’m cruising along and I’m doing really well concentrating on Him and His face and then other distractions like work, family or health draw my attention and though I still have faith I’ve lost my concentration on it.
I know many of you know how to balance your faith with these things and you really need to realize that a lot of your brothers and sisters don’t have that gift.  Have you ever considered how much help you could be to them?
Well the people at the end of today’s scripture didn’t have any trouble mustering and keeping the faith they had.  They were dying or hurting so bad.  They wanted relief.  They had all heard the stories, so many they developed a faith so sure they felt that just touching his clothes would be enough to heal them. 
They were right and they were rewarded for their faith.  Imagine if we could concentrate like that all the time even through distractions in our walk of faith.  Pray about it!
For Discussion:
1.      If you waver, discuss it.
2.      If you used to waver but things are better now, discuss that.
3.      If you have managed to not be distracted discuss your ability.
4.      Discuss what Peter went through.
5.      If you are hurting, discuss what you would do to just touch the edge of Jesus’ cloak.
6.      Do you have a time of day when your faith wavers most?  For me it happens the worst in the middle of the night rather like the boat the disciples were in at night.
7.      Discuss if you fear what might happen if you asked Jesus to call you out into the “water”.

Upcoming Lessons            
1-4-15        Jesus’ Model for Prayer, Luke 11:1-13
                                                                                                              
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved



Sunday, December 14, 2014

On 12-21-14, Luke 2:8-20 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Give Glory to God or Glory to God in the Highest

Give Glory to God
Or
Glory to God in the Highest
Luke 2:8-20
International Sunday School Lesson
December 21, 2014
                                                                                 


Commentary
By
Jed Greenough

I hope that you were here last week and read #21 where I encouraged you to discuss inviting new people into your class.  Of course it is a good thing to do any time but this Sunday being right before Christmas regular church attendance should be at a peak and Christmas celebrations that these people might be having won’t “get in the way”.  This can also help to get them back to church on the 28th if they are not regular in their attendance.
No offense to those that preach but these class rooms are just a better place to learn about God and to truly see like the shepherds from today’s scripture did that the story of Jesus was “just as they had been told.
Once that is accomplished my hope and prayer is that they, again like the shepherds will return to where they come from “glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen.”
The shepherds could not help to share the good news so how about you?  If you procrastinated or if this is even the Saturday before there must be someone you can visit with in person, phone, Facebook or whatever.  This maybe the best attended Sunday of the year, please do your part to help others find the peace of God the angels mentioned.
For Discussion:
1.      Consider how hard it is for most people to walk into a class on their own for the first time.
2.      Discuss what the angels must have felt
3.      Discuss what the shepherds must have felt
4.      Discuss what it must have been like to see what those shepherds saw and heard.
5.      Discuss what Mary must have been feeling.
6.      Discuss that this was announced to shepherds tending their flocks.
7.      Discuss the words found in verse 11, “a savior has been born to you”.
8.      Discuss how and the ways that people today use and can’t help but share good news in their life.
9.      Merry Christmas, Jed.
Upcoming Lessons            
12-21-14   Give Glory to God or Glory to God in the Highest, Luke 2:8-20
12-28-14   Worship God’s Son or In Awe of Christ’s Power, Matthew 14:22-36
1-4-15        Jesus’ Model for Prayer, Luke 11:1-13
                                                                                                              
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved