Blake Coffee and Kellie Hooker taught on Sunday, January 19. The videos and listening guides from that lesson, followed by the scripture, are below.
Core Lesson (Kellie Hooker)
Riches or Relationship?
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Luke 18:18-21; Mark 10:17-20; Matthew 19:16-20a
Luke 18:22; Mark 10:21; Matthew 19:20b-21
Luke 18:23-25; Mark 10:22-25; Matthew 19:22-24
Luke 18:26-27; Mark 10:26-27; Matthew 19:25-26
Luke 18:28-30; Mark 10:28-31; Matthew 19:27-30
Questions to ponder:
– To what “worthless idols” do you cling?
– What are you forfeiting?
– What will it take to “Come, follow me?”
Venture Lesson (Blake Coffee)
One Thing You Still Lack
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Living forever in THIS life (or whatever life you have envisioned in your dreams) is not what Jesus offers. Rather, He offers a permanent love relationship with God.
Keeping God’s law is not something we do in order to be in relationship with God. It’s something we do as a result of being in relationship with God.
Each of us turns our lives over to Him one piece at a time. What’s your next piece? For you, what’s the “one thing you still lack”?
Jesus’ teaching does not end with “don’t make possessions your God”. He goes further to say, “make your possessions point to God”.
Being willing to leave where you are and leave what you have in order to follow Jesus is harder for some than for others.
Luke 18:18-30 (New International Version)
19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’[a]”
21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.
22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”
27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
28 Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”
29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”