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The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed.

June 23
Lesson 4
WORSHIP IN THE NEW CREATIONDEVOTIONAL READING: Isaiah 42:1–9
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 65

KEY VERSES
Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create.—Isaiah 65:17, 18a

LESSON OUTLINE

Introduction
      A.      Isaiah: A “Mini-Bible”
      B.      Lesson Background
  I.      God’s Promise (ISAIAH 65:17)
      A.      New Foretold (v. 17a)
      B.      Old Forgotten (v. 17b)
Gone for Good!
II.      God’s Provision (ISAIAH 65:18–25)
      A.      Joy (vv. 18, 19)
      B.      Life (v. 20)
      C.      Abundance (vv. 21–23)
      D.      Access (v. 24)
Real “Instant Messaging”
      E.      Peace (v. 25)
Conclusion
      A.      Reverse the Curse
      B.      Prayer
      C.      Thought to Remember


The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed. Ronald L. Nickelson and Jonathan Underwood (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 2012). 370.

The NIV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, ed.

June 23
Lesson 4
WORSHIP IN THE NEW CREATION
DEVOTIONAL READING: Isaiah 42:1–9
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 65

KEY VERSES
See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create.—Isaiah 65:17, 18a

LESSON AIMS

After participating in this lesson, each student will be able to:
1. List characteristics of the new heaven and the new earth.
2. Tell what made the qualities of the new heaven and new earth particularly appealing to the Lord’s people in Isaiah’s day.
3. Write a prayer that acknowledges that the future is in the Lord’s hands.

LESSON OUTLINE

Introduction
      A.      Isaiah: A “Mini-Bible”
      B.      Lesson Background
    I.      God’s Promise (ISAIAH 65:17)
      A.      New Foretold (v. 17a)
      B.      Old Forgotten (v. 17b)
Gone for Good!
      II.      God’s Provision (ISAIAH 65:18–25)
      A.      Joy (vv. 18, 19)
      B.      Life (v. 20)
      C.      Abundanc…

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013 | PENTECOST
PROPER 7
YEAR C

             Old Testament Isaiah 65:1–9
 Psalm     Psalm 3
Epistle   Galatians 3:23–4:7
 Gospel     Luke 8:26–39


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013 | PENTECOST
PROPER 7
YEAR C

 Old Testament Isaiah 65:1–9
   Psalm Psalm 3
 Epistle Galatians 3:23–4:7
 Gospel Luke 8:26–39


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 7
YEAR C

   Old Testament 1 Kings 19:1–15a
 PsalmPsalm 42 (UMH 777)
 New Testament Galatians 3:23–29
Gospel Luke 8:26–39


Vanderbilt Divinity Library, United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013 | PENTECOST
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

   Old Testament Isaiah 58:6–12
Psalm       Psalm 133–134
New Testament Romans 8:18–23
Gospel Luke 6:36–42


Christian Worship One Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 7
YEAR C


  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
Old Testament 1 Kings 19:1–4 (5–7) 8–15a
Psalm       Psalm 42, 43
  or
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
 Old Testament Isaiah 65:1–9
PsalmPsalm 22:19–28

New Testament Galatians 3:23–29
 Gospel Luke 8:26–39


Revised Common Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013 | ORDINARY TIME
TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
YEAR C
On the same date: Birth of John the Baptist (Vigil)

              First Reading       Zechariah 12:10–11, 13:1
              Response       Psalm 63:2b
Psalm       Psalm 63:2–6, 8–9
              Second Reading       Galatians 3:26–29
Gospel Acclamation       John 10:27
GospelLuke 9:18–24


Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

June 23: Discernment and Prayer
Nehemiah 6:1–7:65; 1 John 5:1–5

“For all of them sought to frighten us.… And now, God, strengthen my hands” (Neh 6:9).
While God calls us to “love [our] enemies and pray for those who persecute [us] (Matt 5:44), he also calls us to act with discernment and prayer. Loving others doesn’t mean we should be weak or passive. Part of loving others means discerning their hearts and motives.
“Blessed are the meek, because they will inherit the earth” (Matt 5:5). When Jesus spoke about being meek, He wasn’t referring to weakness. Instead, He was teaching us to focus on others rather than ourselves. That doesn’t mean we should be passive toward those who wish to harm us. Part of practicing meekness is being aware of our enemies and dealing with them cautiously. Doing so successfully takes strength and discernment—necessary components of any godly work.
Nehemiah demonstrates these traits in his interactions with his enemies. When his opponents ask him to meet with the…