And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)
LORD, let these words characterize the witness of all our clergy and lay leaders throughout this diocese. The power of their witness will not depend on excellence of speech or of wisdom in declaring your testimony. Help them make the choice to know nothing among us except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Paul came in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling, and his speech and his preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but he demonstrated the power of the Holy Spirit so that the Corinthians’ faith and ours should not rest on the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Thank you for his life and witness to us.
A word received: Keep listening.
STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 21, March 4 2012
Theme Verse: Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Readings: Mark 8:31-38; Romans 8:31-39; Haggai 2:1-23; Psalm 16:5-11
A word received: I want to build you into the church I want. I AM the foundation and cornerstone. Look to me — let me build you up by my Holy Spirit and my word.
Gospel: Mark 8:31-38
(verse 33b) “But you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” A word received: Where is your attention fixed? What are the concerns that drive you? I want you to look at what drives and motivates you. Are you concerned about the things of God or of men?
Epistle: Romans 8:31-39
(verse 31b) A word received: So many of my people are deluded by the judgments of others. Look at my word to you. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Use this verse to armor your heart and your mind from the concerns of men.
Old Testament: Haggai 2:1-23
(verse 4b) A word received: “‘And work; for I am with you’ says the LORD of hosts.” If you do the work I call you to, your strength will be sufficient for the task. Do not listen to the naysayers and the prophets of doom. I AM with you and I AM sufficient.
Psalm: Psalm 16:5-11
(verses 7-8 ) A word received: Listen for my Spirit and I will instruct you. I will show you the way to go.
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, ; Gen. 37:25-36: 1 Cor. 2:1-13: Mark 1:29-45
Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 19, 46; Gen. 39:1-23: 1 Cor. 2:14-3:15: Mark 2:1-12
Notes from the Front Line
***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Mark 8:31-38; Romans 8:31-39; Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 16 or 16:5-11).
***** Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
R U spinning you wheels? R U lost in the moment of instant gratification and missing life in the process. Is your face buried in some electronic device? LOL. . I had a moment of truth TBTG. The other day as I was trying to take a photo DLPQ (sorry, just made that up) I was trying to get the image and missed it. Not only on my camera, but far more importantly, my eyes. I just missed it. I was looking at my camera! My focus was on the wrong thing. What is more important, the camera, the blackberry, the IPad, or life? Ummm. Now that was a life lesson. Jesus, BFF. Just sayin! GBU.