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The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed - IMITATING CHRIST

January 13
Lesson 7


Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.Philippians 2:5

After participating in this lesson, each student will be able to:1. List ways that Christ serves as an example of humble service.2. Contrast the attitude of humility that Jesus displayed with the attitude(s) that seem to be prized by modern culture.3. Identify one area where his or her attitude needs to be closer to that of Christ and make a plan to change.

Introduction       A.      The Round Table       B.      Lesson Background           I.      Paul’s Desire (PHILIPPIANS 2:1–4)
      A.      If, Then (vv. 1, 2)       B.      Not This, But That (v. 3)       C.      Not Only, But Also (v. 4)           II.      Christ’s Example(PHILIPPIANS 2:5–11)
      A.      His Humility (vv. 5–8)       Sleeping by the Parasha       B.      His Exaltation (vv. 9–11)           III.      Reade…

Happy New Year! - Preach for a Year

Happy New Year!

John 3:3; Romans 6:4;Philippians 3:13–14
  I.      IntroductionA.      The Greeting of the Season          1.      Countless greeting cards sent through the mails
         2.      Salutations and celebrations
         B.      The New Year is not Really New          1.      While thousands will shout “Happy New Year,” they will awaken to the same old burdens as before
         2.      Instead of a Happy New Year, for many, it will be a terrible hangover
         3.      There is no magic hour at midnight that suddenly ushers in utopia
         C.      What Makes A New Year Happy?           II.      Body          A.      The New Birth (John 3:3–5)          1.      Necessity of the new birth
         2.      Many have dreamed of the opportunity of starting over again
         3.      What the new birth is not:
           a.      It is not baptism
           b.      It is not reformation
         4.      The new birth takes place upon receiving Christ by faith (John 1:12; 3…

Twelve Months of Sundays: Reflections on Bible Readings, Year B

The Second Sunday of Epiphany

1 Samuel 3:1–10 [11–20]
Revelation 5:1–10
John 1:43–51

The word of the Lord was rare in Eli’s day. The scroll remained sealed until the Lamb appeared. Nathanael sat under his fig tree, unknown, undisturbed. Not because God couldn't speak or didn’t care, but because his foolishness is wiser, as always, than human wisdom. A voice in the night at Shiloh. A man from Nazareth, the town from which no good comes. ALamb that had been slain. The strange stamp of authenticity.
Eli, old, blind and no longer in control, still recognizes the source and the method, even though the new word brings judgement on his family. ‘It is YHWH; let him do what seems good to him.’ The previous chapter chronicles the disobedience of his sons, the growth of Samuel, and the earlier warnings. Now the scene is set for the new thing Israel’s God will do, and it will begin with the word, initially misunderstood but finally unmistakable: a gentle repeated call, demanding that Samuel first…

Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish

Morning, January 13     

 “Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber” 
         — 1 Kings 22:48

Solomon’s ships had returned in safety, but Jehoshaphat’s vessels never reached the land of gold. Providence prospers one, and frustrates the desires of another, in the same business and at the same spot, yet the Great Ruler is as good and wise at one time as another. May we have grace to-day, in the remembrance of this text, to bless the Lord for ships broken at Ezion-geber, as well as for vessels freighted with temporal blessings; let us not envy the more successful, nor murmur at our losses as though we were singularly and specially tried. LikeJehoshaphat, we may be precious in the Lord’s sight, although our schemes end in disappointment.

The secret cause of Jehoshaphat’s loss is well worthy of notice, for it is the root of very much of the suffering of the Lord’s people; it was hisalliance with a sinful family,

“The iron did swim.”

Evening, January 13

   “The iron did swim.” 
         — 2 Kings 6:6

The [ax]-head seemed hopelessly lost, and as it was borrowed, the honour of the prophetic band was likely to be [imperiled]  and so the name of their God to be compromised. Contrary to all expectation, the iron was made to mount from the depth of the stream and to swim; for things impossible with man are possible withGod. I knew a man in Christ but a few years ago who was called to undertake a work far exceeding his strength. It appeared so difficult as to involve absurdity in the bare idea of attempting it. Yet he was called thereto, and his faith rose with the occasion; God [honored] his faith, [un looked] for aid was sent, and the iron did swim. Another of the Lord’s family was in grievous financial straits, he was able to meet all claims, and much more if he could have realized a certain portion of his estate, but he was overtaken with a sudden pressure; he sought for friends in vain, but faith led him to the unfai…

Avoiding the Unavoidable

January 13: Avoiding the Unavoidable
Matthew 16:13–20

It’s common to put people in our lives on hold, even if we love them, until something forces us to pay attention. Forgetting those who are closest to us is a frightening thought. Peter, Jesus’disciple, likely realized that people were making a similar mistake in their relationship with Jesus.
In the district of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asks His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”(Matt 16:13–14). At first, they respond with the expected: John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, and the prophets—suggesting that Jesus is anesteemed and powerful prophet, but not more. Then Jesus asks the are-you-paying-attention question: “But who do you say that I am?” (Matt 16:15).
Simon Peter understood this, blurting out, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” (Matt 16:16). Jesus asked about the Son of Man, emphasizing His humanity; Peter responds by emphasizing both His status as the anointed oneof God (the Christ) and His di…