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Zechariah 3-4 Grace to walk in Assignment and Destiny

How to read the Bible

  • God centered view
  • Contextual view
  • Self focused view

Reading a self focused view first can lead to unpredictable and unreliable results. Its very difficult to see ourselves in the biblical narrative if we do not understand the relevant context.

Book of Zechariah

  • If you are a prophetic person then Zechariah is the book for you.
  • Zechariah is the second to last book of the Old Testament.
  • 14 chapters and 8 prophetic dream visions.
  • The visions go together in pairs. Vision 1 & 8, vision 2 & 7, vision 3 & 6, vision 4 & 5
  • The book of Zechariah takes place just after the 70yr Babylonian exile (586BC) Prophesied by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 25:11, Jeremiah 29:10)
  • Approximately 42,360 Jews returned to Israel to build the temple. This is decreed by Cyrus the Persian King who overthrew Babylon. (Ezra 1:2-4; cf. also 6:2-5)

Main Characters

  • Zechariah – Prophet that is receives 8 visions and delivers Gods messages to Israel.
  • Joshua – Isreals high preist High preist
  • Zerubbabel – political and spiritual leader. Royal heir to davids throne.

Building of the temple

  • Zerubbabel immediately begins work on the temple foundation and after finishing the foundation
  • The Israelites are opposed by the samaritans who inhabited the land while Israel was in Exile.
  • King Cyrus who released the initial decree to build the temple is dead and the samaritans write a letter to the new Persian king and get him to write a decree to stop work on the temple for 17yrs. (Ezra 4) The people lose heart.

Zechariah 3

  • Cleansing of Israel’s leaders and people from sin. Its a fresh start, with full authority is reestablished to Israel’s leaders necessary to finish the task at hand. (Romans 6)
  • Joshua is opposed by Satan. (Guilt and shame) using our past record of failure to disqualify us.
  • How can you use a man like this to build your glorious temple? He is a failure!

Zechariah 3:1

 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan[a] standing at his right side to accuse him

Ezra 5:3-4

“Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and to finish it?” They also asked, “What are the names of those who are constructing this building?” But the eye of their God was watching over the elders of the Jews, and they were not stopped until a report could go to Darius and his written reply be received.

Zechariah 3:2

The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”

Ezra 6:12

Darius edict to Tattenai the Governor of the Trans-Euphrates

  • v6 Stay away from there!
  • v7 Do not interfere with the work on this temple of God!
  • v8-9 Their expenses are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury, from the revenues of Trans-Euphrates, Whatever is needed must be given to the Jews daily without fail.
  • v11 Furthermore, I (Darius) decree that if anyone defies this edict, a beam is to be pulled from their house and they are to be impaled on it. And for this crime their house is to be made a pile of rubble.
  • v12 I Darius have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.

Read Ezra 5-6

Zechariah 4

  • Israel’s leaders are commissions to walk in their God given assignment and to embrace the small components of their God given destiny.
  • Being faithful in small and unrecognized things.
  • Speaking grace is to speak with kindness into all situations and have authority over your own heart. We cannot expect to have authority over external storms if we don’t have authority over our internal storms. Luke 8:22-25
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Market Place Prayer

Prayer Point #1: Pray for God’s people to turn from sin and be the salt and light of the kingdom of God in the marketplace

Matthew 5:13-16

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Prayer Point #2: Pray for believers to be empowered with Holy Spirit boldness in the marketplace

Acts 4:29-30

“’Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.’ And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”

Prayer Point #3: Pray for our companies to have the resources and provision needed to fulfill their purposes in the kingdom of God

2 Corinthians 9:8

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”

Prayer Point #4: Pray for the leaders and the team members of the organization to be empowered in grace to work with a spirit of excellence, wisdom, commitment, generosity, humility, and faith.

Titus 3:1-2

“Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.”

Prayer Point #5: That financial means would be released to build the infrastructure and tranportation necessary to make contact with unreached people groups.

Isaiah 19:23-24

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.

24In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

Prayer Point #6: Pray for the release of ideas and inventions that further the great commission and the Kingdom of God. Ideas that will create more revenue to provide for the needy.

James 1:27

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

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Power to walk in victory over sin

Introduction

Prayer to overcome demonic fog and darkness on this message. Jesus plum line our hearts

The gift of Grace is the power to walk in victory over sin and darkness. Grace was not given to us so we can make excuses or excuse ourselves from our sin.

The Bible

  • Its just head knowledge
  • Leads to experience
  • Confirms Experience.

Testimony of Anger

The First Commandment

Empowered to Walk out the first commandment. Learning how to love ourselves

Paul gives us the keys in Romans 3-8. Romans 3-8 contains foundational truths that are necessary to walk in what Paul calls newness of life (Romans 6:4). Jesus prayer is that we would live in the fullness of the First Commandment.

Mark 12:29-31 (ESV)

29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

The exhortation to Love God this way comes with the promise that he will help us accomplish it.

John 17:26 (ESV)

26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

  • What does romans 3-8 have to do with the first commandment and why is it important?
  • When we understand these truths and how they are operating in us, we gain confidence that God will help us overcome our spiritual darkness and Love God as described in the first Commandment through a deep frendship with the Holy Spirit.

Our human frame is made up of 3 parts

  • Body – Our physical makeup cravings and appetites
  • Soul – Our emotions and expressions
  • Spirit – Our eternal being

We are very familiar with our Body and Soul, however. Our spirit was dead before Christ made it new.

Genesis 2:17 (ESV)

17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV)

4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—

Romans 8:10 (ESV)

10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

  • With the new spirit inside of us Jesus progressively wants to transform our lives.
  • For the most comprehensive teaching in the Bible on personal transformation we must read Romans 3-8. Most importantly within those chapters is Romans 6, specifically verses 11-13
  • Paul summarizes Romans 3-8 in 2nd Corinthians 5:17-21

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (ESV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Our Spirit was reconciled to Christ when we gave our lives to him. Jesus is making all things new according to the spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:17

17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

The plan of the enemy

  • Isolation – Your problems are unique to you.
  • Condemnation – You are not good enough nor will you ever be. You must achieve something to receive the goodness of God.
  • Self Hatred – At the core of who I am I do not like myself. Without stuff to prop me up, the Evidence is I am bored spiritually and emotionally.
  • Ditch #1 – Sin, get your life so full of darkness that your emotions are full of Chaos
  • Ditch #2 – Licentiousness. Give you a false confidence in the grace of god. A grace that overlooks your sin instead of empowering you to overcome it. A life of presumption.

3 Principles to overcome darkness (Sanctification)

Romans 6:11-13

PRINCIPLE #1: KNOWING (FAITH)

11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

  • Romans 6:1-10
  • Getting free from sin and being anointed to Love God are the same thing. Paul says it 2 different ways to grab the attention of everyone in his audience.
  • We must have the revelation that before The Holy Spirit lived in us we had no chance of salvation because our spirit was dead
  • When we received Jesus we were reconciled to him in his resurrection and into new life through the spirit. The problem is that we don’t always feel it.

1 Corinthians 6:15-17 (ESV)

17 But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.

PRINCIPLE #2: RESISTING (REPENTANCE)

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13a and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness;

  • We must go to war with sin and temptation. We do not make peace with sin or excuses for it. We call it what it is and declare war on it. “God knows my heart.” “Boys will be boys.”
  • We do not present our members to sin, eyes, legs, arms. We don’t put ourselves into positions with people or places that enflame sin in our flesh. 10×10

PRINCIPLE #3: PURSUING (LOVE)

13b but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

  • We present ourselves to God with confidence that our dead spirit is no longer in us but have been given a living spirit and that new living spirit has been reconciled to the Holy Spirit.
  • We present our members by going to places that serve the lord, that honor people and engage the great commission. Even the smallest acts in our life when done unto the Lord are considered presenting our members. The most important way you can present yourself to God is PRAYER!
  • ex: Van ministry, opening doors at church, helping your mom do the dishes. Encouraging a brother or a sister, Playing on worship team. Small favors, blessing others, giving time, energy and effort.

These three principles, over time create a deep and intimate friendship with the holy spirit.

Do not neglect one principle for the sake of the others.

  • Some people go hard after understanding and studying God
  • Some people go hard after resisting sin
  • Some people go hard after loving God
  • We don’t get to pick our favorite, we must do all three in order for any of them to work in fullness.

How to cooperate with the Spirit (Practical Application)

When we think of walking in victory over sin we must not only think of the outward of expression (behavior) of sin but the inward cause. What is it in our hearts that causes us to agree and participate with darkness?

  • We are not looking for simple behavior modification.
  • We need Jesus to touch the deep and secret areas of our heart to truly have victory.

Galatians 5:22-25 (ESV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

  • The day we were joined to the spirit. A full deposit of the spirits gifts was made to us. Not in part, but in full. 100%!
  • We activate these gifts in us by having a conversation with the holy spirit about them.
  • Over time by accessing the gifts of the Holy Spirit in this way We gain confidence and boldness in the presence of God.

Ephesians 3:8-12 (ESV)

8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in[a] God, who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

  • If  you don’t believe in the creative miracle that is done in you, it is extremely difficult to believe that Gods creative miracles can be done through you.
  • If we do not access the fruit of the Spirit

Hebrews 12:15 (NASB)

15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

We must work together with the spirit to cultivate the empowerment of our body and emotions.

  • This is the mark of spiritual maturity. When we are predominately motivated and oriented by our spirit. When we are no longer dominated by our flesh and emotions.
  • God does not do it for us. That is presumption.
  • This is not legalism. It is how we live with power and confidence on our hearts and lives to overcome and help other people overcome.

2 Corinthians 6:1 (ESV)

6 Working together with him [God, holy spirit], then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.

Matthew 7:24-27 (NLT)

24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

READ Romans Chapter 8

More Scriptures

John 4:24 English Standard Version (ESV)
24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

 

 

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Gospel of Grace

2 main types of legalism. Both stem from performance and external-ism and produce either pride or self hatred.

Type#1 Self Degradation – Deconstructing ones self worth by attaching their personal value to their failed life experiences and sin patterns. This type of Legalism keeps the believer bound in a unhealthy state of Mind. The thought process here is that  they are never good enough and have to earn the favor of God through ritualistic practices, often distorting the exhortations of Jesus, Paul and the other biblical authors into a “to do” list that earns them favor, love and acceptance from God. Some of the ritualistic practices can be biblical (prayer, fasting, reading the word) While some practices can be created by the individual through personal belief (spiritual probation or timeout). It is nearly impossible for this type of believer to live as salt or light, because their lens of Christianity does not produce a sense of confidence before God. With a lack of confidence (Hebrews 4:16) in Gods love for them, it is impossible for them to see other humans as God does. Their lack of self love, strips them of the ability to love other humans and see them as redeemable.

Type#1 Self Righteous – Believing ones works have the power to earn love and favor from God. This type of believer evaluates their life based on what they believe they are doing correctly before God and Men and by their evaluation they believe they are hitting all the marks (Matthew 6:3). This produces the wrong type of confidence and a damaging pride. It’s success by external-ism. This type of behavior also creates an attitude based in arrogance that crushes other believers under the weight of failure. It lacks mercy, compassion and humility and disregards the meaning of poor in spirit. The type of “help” that is offered to believers in bondage is to modify external behavior until it models a form of biblical living.

For instance the Sermon on the Mount is achieved and measured through effort instead of first commandment love (Matthew 22:37-38). The sermon on the Mount and other biblical exhortations become a measurement system instead of a helpful guide. A guide where Jesus is leading our hearts. Jesus says some extremely challenging things, but the lens in which we interpret Jesus teachings makes all the difference. We can view Jesus teachings a long list of issues that we need to correct in our lives through self effort. Or Jesus is giving us the information that we need to overcome in the deepest recesses of our hearts, and to live in the fullness of the first commandment. John 17:23. A proper understanding of Jesus teaching must be filtered in a healthy way. If he exhorts us in an area of a weakness he is committed to be with us and help us in the process. It’s when we obey his exhortation’s without asking for his help that we fall into un-biblical striving. The reason it’s un-biblical is because it skips the relational side of the equation and achieves its goals on its own strength.

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Eternal Rewards

Any biblical teaching that is not actively taught, defaults to the secular narrative in the believers mind.

1 Corinthians 2:9, Isaiah 64:4 Amplified Bible (AMP)
but just as it is written [in Scripture],

“Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].”

https://www.openbible.info/topics/rewards_in_heaven

Revelation – 18 eternal rewards

“Overcomes” is from the Greek word developed from nikh “nika” which means “conquest, victory” to be the victor, to gain a victory, to be victorious.

  1. The right to eat from the tree of life.
  2. crown of life
  3. will not be hurt by the second death
  4. Hidden Manna
  5. White Stone
  6. New Name
  7. Authority over nations
  8. A scepter
  9. The morning star
  10. be dressed in white
  11. Never blot out his name
  12. Acknowledge his name before the father and angels
  13. Be made a pillar in the temple
  14. Write on him the name of my God
  15. Write on him the name of the city of my God
  16. Write on him a God’s new name
  17. The right to sit with Jesus on his throne

Many of these promises are found in Jesus’ teachings and the NT epistles.
None of these teachings are radically new here.

7 Principles of Eternal Rewards

 

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Jesus’ Arrest, Death and Resurrection: Notes

A. 4 Attitudes and Actions of a Disciple (Leadership training accelerated)

2-3 months before the cross Luke 17. Jesus teaches on the road to Jerusalem.

Leadership principle #1 Luke 17:1-2 Resist temptation and resist tempting others.
Leadership principle #2 Luke 17:3-4 Be proactive to heal and restore relationships.
Leadership principle #3 Luke 17:5-6 Use your little faith and in time it will grow.
Leadership principle #4 Luke 17:7-10 Serve without entitlement.

B. One week before the cross.

Saturday – John 11:55-12:22 Jesus arrives in Bethany for a Dinner in his honor. Mary anoints him.
Sunday – Luke 19 Triumphal entry. Cleanses the temple for the second time
MondayMatthew 21:19, Luke Luke 20-21 Curses the fig tree, teaches in the temple
Tuesday – Matthew 23 Luke 21 Openly rebukes the pharisees. Teaches on the end of the Age
Wednesday – Matthew 26:1-5, Matthew 26:14-16 The religious leaders plan to kill Jesus
Thursday – Luke 22 Last supper, Prayer on mount of Olives and Arrest
Friday – Luke 22-23 Brought before Sanhedrin on trial, goes to Pilate, goes to Herod, back to Pilate.

C. Arrest Trial and Resurrection Luke 22-23

Judas agrees to betray Jesus Luke 22:1-6, Matthew 26:14-16
Related verses: Zechariah 11-12, Jeremiah 19:1-3, 32:6-9

The Last Supper – Luke 22:7-38, Matthew 26:17-35, Mark 14:12-26
Related verses: Revelation 19:6-9, Matthew 10, Luke 9:46, Mark 9:33-36, Matthew 18:1-4, Isaiah 53:12, Luke 9:3

Prayer at the Mount of Olives – Luke 22:39-46, Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42
Related verses: Matthew 6:9-13

Jesus is Arrested – Luke 22:47-52, Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-51, John 18:1-11
Related verses: John 18:10, Zechariah 14:4

Peter Disowns JesusLuke 22:54-62, Matthew 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, John 18:15-18, John 18:25-27

The guards mock and beat Jesus – Luke 22:63-65, Mark 15:16-20

Jesus goes to Pilate – Luke 22:66-71, Luke 23:1-7, Matthew 27:11-25, Mark 15:1-15, John 18:28-40

The Crucifixion – Luke 23:26-43, Matthew 27:32-44, Mark 15:21-31, John 19:16-27

Jesus Death – Luke 23:44-55, Matthew 27:45-55, Mark 15:33-41, John 19:28-37
Related verses: Matthew 27:46 , Mark 15:34, My God, Why have you forsaken me?, Psalm 22, Isaiah 53

Jesus Burial – Luke 23:44-55, Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, John 19:38-42
Related verses: John 19:39

D. Jesus Resurrection and 10 Appearances

  1. Sunday Early Morning – Appears to the women with the burial spices Matthew 28:1-10,
  2. Sunday Early Morning – Mary Magdalene Mark 16:9-11, John 20:11-18
    1. “Dear woman, why are you crying?”
    2. “Who are you looking for?”
  3. Sunday midday – Appears to the Disciples on the Road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-32
  4. Sunday midday – Appears to Peter Luke 24:34, 1 Corinthians 15:5
  5. Sunday Evening – Appears to the Disciples  Luke 24:36-43, John 20:19-25
  6. 8 Days after the crucifixion – He appears to the entire apostolic company Mark 16:24, John 20:26-31
  7. 32 day period – Appears to the seven disciples fishing on the Sea of Galilee John 21:1-2
  8. 32 day period – Appears to the eleven disciples on the mountain of Galilee Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-16
  9. 32 day period – Appears to more than 500 and James 1 Corinthians 15:6-7
  10. 40th Day – Ascension from the Mount of Olives Luke 24:44-49, Acts 1:3-8
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Jesus’ Arrest, Death and Resurrection

A. 4 Attitudes and Actions of a Disciple (Leadership training accelerated)

2-3 months before the cross Luke 17

Discipleship training curriculum

Leadership principle #1  Luke 17:1-2 Resist temptation and resist tempting others

  • It’s better to have your life cut short(milestone) than to continue as a leader that leads people into sin.

Leadership principle #2 Luke 17:3-4 Be proactive to heal and restore relationships

“Take heed” – Pay special attention! This is a common violation of relationships in the kingdom. Don’t hold a grudge!
Don’t avoid
Don’t slander – Creates division (Whispering)
Get the courage (rebuke) straight forward talk to him/her Galatians 6:1
If you don’t take heed, the issue will fester like a sore in your heart.

Leadership principle #3 Luke 17:5-6 Use your little faith and in time it will grow.

Many avoid the process of their faith growing.

  • Drawing back
  • Fretting
  • Complaining
  • Venting

Growing by faith is

  • Speaking the word over our circumstances and situations Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing…
    Hear it (written), believe it, and speak it.
    Luke 4: Temptation of Jesus
  • Exercise your faith in small acts. 10 second prayers
  • Deliver us from temptation (Matthew 6:13) Get help from the helper
  • Invite the holy spirit to help in every circumstance
  • Consistent small acts of faith equip us with a robust history to tap into full of life and testimony

Leadership principle #4 Luke 17:7-10 Serve without entitlement

  • Serve with selfless gratitude
  • We scream at each other what our rights are (politically, socially, economically) and why we should be offended that our rights are being violated. It produces a sense of entitlement.
  • God does not owe anyone special treatment because of diligence, hard work or service. This attitude creates a huge offense in our hearts.
  • Cultivate a lifestyle of serving without a sense of entitlement or offense.
  • Attitude of entitlement will steal your vibrancy, steals your ability to grow in faith.
  • Never focus on the measure of the payback you get from serving

B. 1 week before the cross.

Saturday – John 11:55-12:22 Jesus arrives in Bethany for a Dinner in his honor. Mary anoints him.
SundayLuke 19 Triumphal entry. Cleanses the temple for the second time (His message didn’t change)
MondayMatthew 21:19, Luke Luke 20-21 Curses the fig tree, teaches in the temple
TuesdayMatthew 23 Luke 21 Openly rebukes the pharisees. Teaches on the end of the Age
Wednesday – Matthew 26:1-5, Matthew 26:14-16 The religious leaders strategize a plan to kill Jesus
Thursday Luke 22 Last supper, Prayer on mount of Olives and Arrest
FridayLuke 22-23 Brought before Sanhedrin on trial, hes sent to Pilate, then to Herod and  then back to Pilate and condemned by 9:00am

C. Arrest Trial and Resurrection Luke 22-23

Judas agrees to betray Jesus. Luke 22:1-6, Matthew 26:14-16,
v1-3 Religious leaders want to kill Jesus but were afraid of the public reaction
v4-6 The Religious leaders needed an insider because they could not find Jesus Zechariah 11-12, Jeremiah 19:1-3 ; 32:6-9

The Last Supper. Luke 22:7-38, Matthew 26:17-35, Mark 14:12-26
v7-13 Jesus sends Peter and John to make preparations for Passover
v14-20 Jesus and the Disciples eat Passover
v16-18 Jesus will not eat or drink until the Kingdom comes (Marriage supper of the lamb) Revelation 19:6-9
v19 Do this in remembrance of me (Life, Death, Resurrection and Betrothal)
v21-24 Jesus reveals there is a betrayer which sparks a debate of who is greatest Matthew 10, Luke 9:46, Mark 9:33-36, Matthew 18:1-4
v25-26 Jesus describes poor leadership “Lord it over them” and compares true greatness to one who serves
v27-30 Because the disciples were faithful to Jesus in trials they will be on thrones (service)
v31-32 Jesus warns Peter of Satans sifting, Jesus has prayed is faith will not fail and to strengthen his brothers upon his return
v33 Peter is more confident (false bravado) in his commitment to Jesus than he is in Jesus’ commitment to him.
v34 Jesus tells Peter that he will deny him 3 times
v35-38 Jesus tells them to take a bag, purse and sword. This fulfills Isaiah 53:12 opposite of Luke 9:3

They would now be considered enemies of the state

Prayer at the Mount of Olives. Luke 22:39-46, Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42,
v39-40 Jesus and the disciples go to pray on the mount of olives. Jesus exhorts them to pray that they will not fall into the temptation to quit Matthew 6:9-13
v41-v44 Jesus prays by himself and receives strength from an angel
v45-46 Jesus finds the disciples sleeping and exhorts them to wake up and pray so that they will not fall into temptation

Jesus is Arrested. Luke 22:47-52, Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-51, John 18:1-11

v47-48 Judas betrays Jesus with a Kiss
v49-51 Peter cuts off the servants right ear John 18:10

Does peter believe this is the moment that Jesus begins to rule as King? Zechariah 14:4

v51 Jesus heals the servants ear
v52-53 Jesus asks chief priests why the arrest him with clubs and swords and why they did not arrest him in the temple.

Peter Disowns Jesus. Luke 22:54-62, Matthew 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, John 18:15-18, John 18:25-27

v54-57 Peter follows Jesus to the high priests house and denies him in the court yard
v58 Peter denies him a second time a little while later
v59-62 After another hour Peter denies Jesus a 3rd time, Jesus turns and looks at him. Peter leaves the court yard and weeps bitterly.

The guards mock and beat Jesus. Luke 22:63-65, Mark 15:16-20

Jesus goes to Pilate Luke 22:66-71, Luke 23:1-7, Matthew 27:11-25, Mark 15:1-15, John 18:28-40

v66-71 The council asks Jesus if he is Christ the Son of God, he says they are right in saying this and they use it to accuse him.
23 v1-2 The council accuses Jesus before Pilate as one who subverts the nation of Israel and opposes taxes
v3-7 Pilate finds no basis for Jesus guilt, the council further presses Pilate, revealing the Jesus was a Galilean. Pilate sends Jesus to Herod
v8-12 Herod stands before Jesus and remains silent. Herod, Soldiers and teachers of the law mock him and send him back to Pilate
v13-16 Pilate calls the religious leaders to a public council of Jesus, declaring his innocence
v18-19 The religious council stirs up the people (Mark 15:11) to release Barabbas instead
v20-25 Pilate appeals to the Jews again wanting to release him, but the crowd shouts louder. Pilate releases Barabbas and sends Jesus to be crucified.

The Crucifixion Luke. 23:26-43, Matthew 27:32-44, Mark 15:21-31, John 19:16-27

v26 Simon the Cyrene, is assigned to carry Jesus cross
v27-31 Jesus warns woman that a worse time is coming. If they respond like this to my mercy, how will they respond to my judgement. 70AD Hosea 10:8
v32-33 Jesus is crucified at the place called the Skull with two other criminals
v34 Jesus prays for the forgiveness of his accusers
v35-39 The leaders, the soldiers and the thief on the cross all mock Jesus
v40-43 The other criminal on the cross rebukes the mockery and repents, Jesus tells him he will be with him

Jesus Death. Luke 23:44-55, Matthew 27:45-55, Mark 15:33-41, John 19:28-37

v44-45 From the sixth to ninth hour darkness covered the land. Estimated to be from noon to 3pm. The curtain in the temple is torn in two.
v46 Jesus commits his spirit to the father and takes his last breath Matthew 27:46 , Mark 15:34, My God, Why have you forsaken me?
Psalm 22
v47-49 The centurion, the crowd and the women express grief over Jesus Death

Jesus Burial Luke 23:44-55, Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, John 19:38-42

v50-52 Joseph of Arimathea was a disciple of Jesus but also a part of the Sanhedrin Asked Pilate for Jesus body for burial.
v53-54 Joseph of Arimathea takes Jesus body down and is accompanies by Nicodemus to prepares Jesus body for burial John 19:39
v55 The woman that accompanied Jesus from Galilee follow Joseph to the tomb and then prepare burial spices.

D. Jesus Resurrection and 10 Appearances

Jesus appears 5 times on Easter Sunday

  1. Sunday Early Morning – Appears to the women with the burial spices Matthew 28:1-10,
  2. Sunday Early Morning – Mary Magdalene Mark 16:9-11, John 20:11-18
    1. “Dear woman, why are you crying?”
    2. “Who are you looking for?”
  3. Sunday midday – Appears to the Disciples on the Road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-32
  4. Sunday midday – Appears to Peter Luke 24:34, 1 Corinthians 15:5
  5. Sunday Evening – Appears to the Disciples  Luke 24:36-43, John 20:19-25
  6. 8 Days after the crucifixion – He appears to the entire apostolic company Mark 16:24, John 20:26-31
  7. 32 day period. To the seven disciples fishing on the Sea of Galilee John 21:1-2
  8. 32 day period. Appears to the eleven disciples on the mountain of Galilee Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-16
  9. 32 day period. To more than 500 and James 1 Corinthians 15:6-7
  10. 40th Day Ascension from the Mount of Olives Luke 24:44-49, Acts 1:3-8

Jesus appearance chapters
Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21, Acts 1

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Discipleship training and sending

Review

  • Final Six months before the cross. Jesus is focused on training his disciples.
  • Jesus puts a major emphasis on leadership and discipleship.
  • Luke 10 Tells the leaders what they should do and in Luke 11 he teaches them what not to do.

Jesus Teaches on Prayer Luke 11:1-13

“how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

  • v8 Jesus emphasizes that he releases increased power of the Holy Spirit to those who ask persistently
  • v13 We are not asking for the holy spirit. We are asking for increased activity. When we pray it increases the activity of Angels and the Holy Spirit.
  • If Jesus releases more Holy Spirit activity there will be a greater attack of the enemy against you. Luke 11:15

Jesus accused of driving out demons by Beelzebub Luke 11:14-28

  • v15 Some people in the crowd accuse Jesus of driving out demons by the power of Beelzebub. Because of the delegation from Jerusalem. Mark 3:22
  • v22 Jesus says it takes a stronger man(himself) to drive out the strong man
  • v26 It’s worse than before for a man who does not respond appropriately to the activity of the Holy Spirit in his life.

The Sign of Jonah Luke 11:29-32

  • v31 The queen of Sheba and the v32 men of Nineveh would stand in Judgment against the generation that rejected Jesus (Gentiles!)

Warning the Pharisees Luke 11:37-53

  • v42 Woe#1 Practiced externalism but rejected the first(Love God) and second commandment(Neglecting Social Justice) Isaiah 3:15
  • v43 Woe#2 You position yourself in places of honor outside of Gods will. (Demanding position and stature)
  • v44 Woe#3 Unmarked Graves. Don’t touch a dead body and “the traditions of men”. Numbers 19:11-13 (Confusing people with poor doctrine)
  • v46 Woe#4 Heavy Burdens (legalism and unnecessary works) Isaiah 29:13
  • v47 Woe#5 Hypocrisy, false honor and blood of the prophets (Associating with the prophetic message while being guilty of rejecting it)
  • v52 Woe#6 Taking away the key of knowledge. The key of knowledge is Gods plan of Salvation in the person of Jesus. The religious leaders had religious and legal power. (Manipulation)
    Example: Obscuring the truth about Jesus, his authority as God, who he says he is and the authority of his words.

Warned multitudes against hypocrisy of Pharisees Luke 12:1-12

  • v1 identify and reject false doctrine and practice
  • v2-3 Both the positive things (friends) and negative things(Pharisees) will be exposed over time.
  • v4-7 Do not be afraid of what men can do. But live in fear (high respect) of God.
  • v8-10 God acknowledges those who acknowledge him, disowns those who disown him and but does not forgive blasphemers of the Holy Spirit (Attributing works of the spirit to demons)

The rich fool Luke 12:13-21

  • v15 Possessions and money can destroy your heart and walk with the Lord if a biblical perspective is not kept Matthew 6:19-23
  • v19-21 Reject a life focused on possessions and presumed comfort. Jeremiah 23:28-29 and Ezekiel 13:5

Do not worry Luke 12:22-32

  • v22 “Therefore” links what he will say in the following verses to the previous teaching about finances, possessions and position related to other men.

Parable of the watchful servants Luke 12:35-48

  • v35-40 Live with the fullest commitment in your heart that the Lord has revealed to you, always prepared and never presumptuous Matthew 5:48
    “It will be good” (3x) for those who are v37 Watching 38 are ready v39 doing
  • v45-48 The results of living in presumption of a delayed return. Those who live a lifestyle that is abusive to the grace of God.
    The servant that knows his masters will and doesn’t obey it will be beaten with many blows. But the ignorant that disobey will be beaten with few blows. Jesus is not talking about beating people. He is using an analogy that was relevant to the culture at that time with the political hierarchy and system of slavery. Paul refers to it as suffering loss 1 Corinthians 3:15

This week: Luke 12-13
Next Teaching: The Cost and Rewards of Discipleship Luke 13-16

 

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True Discipleship and Overcoming Hardheartedness – Notes

A. Gennesaret – Mark 7:1-23 The religious leaders confront Jesus in about hand washing.

  • v6 The heart changes the behavior the behavior doesn’t change the heart. Isaiah 29:13
  • v10 Corbin vow – Give money to God. Moses says to honor your father and mother.
  • v14-15  Nothing that goes into a man makes him unclean, but what comes out of a man.
  • v17-21 Jesus begins to train his disciples, its the darkness in your heart that defiles you. Matt 5:3-11

B. Tyre – Mark 7:24-30 Jesus leaves Gennesaret and goes to Tyre

  • v26 The woman was a Greek (unclean) begged Jesus.
  • v27 He wants her to stick with it. (Bread now becomes the topic of conversation)
  • Jesus uses the woman as an example of faith for his disciples Matthew 7:7-12
  • v28-29 she wants the crumbs. and because she responds in this way Jesus heals her daughter.

C. Decapolis – Mark 7:31-36 Jesus passes through Sidon then goes to Decapolis

V32-37 Jesus heals a deaf and dumb man

  • It’s no coincidence that Jesus declares all food clean Mark 7:15  and people are clean Mark 7:26.
  • Peter is still going to struggle with these topics in Acts 10:34

Mark 8:1-10 Jesus feeds the 4000 in Decapolis

  • In Mark 6 Jesus feeds 5000 mostly Jewish people. Compassion has no favoritism
  • v2-3 “I have compassion for these people, some have traveled a long way”
  • v4 “Where can we get bread?” The disciples show their hardheartedness and unbelief
  • v5 He asks the same question he did when he fed the 5000 in Mark 6:38
  • v8 The disciples picked up seven baskets
  • v10 Jesus goes back across the sea of Galilee to Dalmanutha

E. Delmanutha – Mark 8:11-13 The Pharisees demand a sign from Jesus

  • v11 the Pharisees want a sign in the heavens.They are asking for a sign from Joel 2:30
  • v12 Jesus gives them the sign of Jonah Matthew 12:38-42, Matthew 16:4
  • The sign will be me coming in the clouds and the people of Nineveh will judge you
  • v13 Jesus heads back to the other side of the sea to Bethsaida

Mark 8:14-21 Jesus confronts the disciples hardheartedness

  • v14-15 the disciples forget bread and Jesus warns them of the bread of the Pharisees
  • v16 His disciples think he means not to buy bread when they get back 
     Mark 8:17-20
  • “V18 Don’t you remember?” V21 “Do you still not understand?”
  • Review your God story, cynicism and doubt are not the right response for a true disciple

F. Bethsaida – Mark 8:22-26 In Bethsaida Jesus heals the blind man with spit.

G.Philippi Ceasarea Mark 8:27-30 Peter confesses Jesus is the Son of God.

  • v27 Jesus Asks “Who do people say I am?”
  • v28 Elijah, John the Baptist, A prophet
  • v29 Peter declares “You are the Christ”

Mark 8:31-38 Jesus predicts his death, rebukes peter and teaches selflessness.

  • v31 That Jesus must suffer and die is a brand new teaching. Isaiah 53, Psalm 22
  • v32 Peter says “I rebuke you for that negative thinking”
  • v33-38 Jesus rebukes Peter and tells the crowd to live a life of self denial

Mark 9:1-12 Jesus brings Peter, James and John up a mountain for the transfiguration.

  • V1 “Some will not taste death… 2 Peter 1:16-18 “…coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power
  • V2 The three that saw Jesus in power (transfigure) were Peter, James and John. His inner circle.
  • V4 Elijah (prophets) and Moses(Law) are present and discussing Jesus death (Exodus) Luke 9:30-31
  • V7  The glory cloud comes “This is my Son, Whom I love. Listen to Him”

Mark 9:14-29 Jesus heals boy with a demon

H. Galilee Capernaum Mark 9:30-32 In Galilee Jesus predicts his death a second time.

  • 3 times in the final 9 months Jesus tells his disciples he is going to die

Mark 9:33-36 Jesus Disciples argue who is the greatest in Capernaum

Mark 9:38-50 Using Jesus name and maintaining the qualities of salt(beatitudes)

  • Mark 9:49-50

Next weeks readings: John 7,8,9,10 1. Think of one practical application 2. What did the holy spirit highlight 3. How can I put this into action?

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True Discipleship and Overcoming Hard Heartedness

A. Gennesaret – Ceremonial hand washing
B. Tyre – Woman at the table asking for scraps.
C. Sidon
D. Decapolis – Heals the Deaf Man, feeds the 4000
E. Delmanutha – Pharisees ask for a sign
F. Bethsaida – Yeast of the pharisees, heals the blind man
G. Philipi Ceaserea – Peters confession, the transfiguration healing of the demonic boy
H.Capernaum – Who is the greatest, accept all who come in Jesus name, Refuse sin.

3 main points to defining true discipleship Mark 7,8,9

Jesus is pointing out that Christianity is a relationship and not a religion.

  • True discipleship is not religious rituals or external ism. A disciple makes costly responses based in love. It’s a heart exchange with a real person.
  • Jesus really wants us to see his works and grow in expectation of his intervention in our life. We must resist apathy and cynicism.
  • All people are accepted by God and he wants all of his people to accept all of his people. Jesus wants us to take a radical position agains racism.

Jesus ministry years

  • Year 1 and 2 Jesus ministers to the people.
  • Year 3 Jesus focuses on his disciples and gets them on the fast track for the book of Acts leadership.
    • He’s the messiah ( Savior of humans)
    • He’s the son of God (He is God)
    • He’s going to die and then be resurrected (Savior)

Hardness of heart

  • One of the primary negative issues the disciples had was hardness of heart. When Jesus did a miracle the disciples didn’t take the implications of it seriously in their own life.
  • Jesus defines hardness of heart as unbelief.

Mark 7

A. Gennesaret

Mark 7:1-23 The religious leaders from Jerusalem confront Jesus in Genesarret about the ceremonial hand washing.

  • v6 The heart changes the behavior the behavior doesn’t change the heart.
  • Jesus exposes the externalism in the religious leaders (tradition of the elders)

    Isaiah 29:13
    “Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service,
    But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,

  • preoccupied with the ritual but not their heart posture toward God.
  • The old testament rituals were pointing to Christ.
  • People often confuse policy with ritualism or legalism. Use the word required, watch heads explode.
  • v10 Corbin vow – Give money to God. Moses says to honor your father and mother.
  • v14-15 Jesus makes a big announcement. Nothing that goes into a man makes him unclean, but what comes out of a man. Partners with v6
  • v17-21 Jesus begins to train his disciples, its the darkness in your heart that defiles you. How to change your heart? Matthew 5:3-11

B. Tyre

Mark 7:24-30 Jesus leaves Gennesaret and goes to Tyre (modern day Lebanon)

  • All food is clean and all people are clean. All people who come in his name must be received.
  • v26 The woman was a Greek (unclean) begged Jesus.
  • v27 “It’s not good to take the children’s bed and toss it to the dogs”. He wants her to stick with it. (Bread now becomes the topic of conversation)
  • Jesus seemingly ignores her but she wont let go. Jesus uses her as an example of faith for his disciples (training). Matthew 7:7-12 – Ask, seek, knock
  • v28-29 she wants the crumbs. and because she responds in this way Jesus heals her.
    • 2 LESSONS in discipleship displayed
      1. Fully accepting of all people 2. Fully expecting of miracles (faith).

C.Decapolis

Mark 7:31-36 Jesus passes through Sidon then goes to the sea of Galilee in Decapolis.

V32-37 Jesus heals a deaf and dumb man

  • It’s no coincidence that Jesus declares all food clean Mark 7:15  and people are clean Mark 7:26 and then goes to the Greeks in Decaopolis. He’s living out his message by example.
  • Peter is still going to struggle with these topics in Acts 10

    Acts 10:34
    Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism
     35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 

Mark 8

Mark 8:1-10 Jesus feeds the 4000 in Decapolis

  • In Mark 6 Jesus feeds 5000 mostly Jews. The message is that his compassion has no favoritism. ALL PEOPLE.
    • 2 LESSONS in discipleship displayed
      1. Fully accepting of all people 2. Fully expecting of miracles (faith).
    • True discipleship doesn’t reject people who don’t do Christianity the way we do. Accept EVERYONE that comes in my name
  • v2-3 “I have compassion for these people, some have traveled a long way”
  • v4 “Where can we get bread?” The disciples show their hard heartedness and unbelief. They maybe didn’t think he would do for the greeks what he did for the Jews. Jesus has already also walked on water so their faith should be at an all time high.
  • v5 He asks the same question he did when he fed the 5000 in Mark 6:38 “How many loaves do you have?”
  • v8 The disciples picked up seven baskets.
  • v10 Jesus goes back across the sea of Galilee to Dalmanutha.

 

E. Delmanutha

Mark 8:11-13 The Pharisees demand a sign from Jesus in Dalmanutha (Galilee)

  • v11 the Pharisees want a sign in the heavens not a miracle. they are asking for a sign from Joel 2:30
  • v12 Jesus wont give them a sign right now accept for the sign of Jonah Matthew 12:38-42, Matthew 16:4
  • The sign will be me coming in the clouds and when every eye sees me, you will see me and the people of Nineveh who repented will stand with me in judgment of you. That will be your sign in the heavens.
  • v13 Jesus heads back to the other side of the sea to Bethsaida

 

Mark 8:14-21 Jesus confronts the disciples hardheartedness due to their lack of faith related to bread

  • v14-15 the disciples forget bread and Jesus uses it as an opportunity to warn them of the bread of the Pharisees
    • Externalism
    • Hardheartedness
    • Hypocrisy
  • v16 His disciples think he means not to buy bread when we get back 
     Mark 8:17-20
    17 
    Knowing this, Jesus asked them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you don’t have any bread? Don’t you understand or perceive yet? Are your hearts hardened? 
    18 Do you have eyes, but fail to see? Do you have ears, but fail to hear? Don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the 5,000, how many baskets did you fill with leftover pieces?” 
    They told him, “Twelve.” 20 When I broke the seven loaves for the 4,000, how many large baskets did you fill with the leftover pieces?” They told him, “Seven.”
  • The disciples are not taking the implications of Jesus doing something miraculous seriously. Hardness of Heart!
  • “V18 Don’t you remember?” V21 “Do you still not understand?” He’s is telling them their faith at this point should be increasing. To remember how faithful he has been in their time together. Doesn’t Jesus follow through? Financially, relationships, hard endeavors? Look at your testimony and believe. Your faith should be increasing, you should not b living in doubt. Jesus considers this hardheartedness.
  • Review your God story, cynicism and doubt is not the right response for a true disciple. Hardness of Heart! You have a string of pearls in your history.

 

F. Bethsaida

Mark 8:22-26 In Bethsaida Jesus heals the blind man with spit and warns him not go back to the village

G.Philippi Ceasarea

Mark 8:27-30 In Ceasarea and Philippi Peter confesses Jesus is the Son of God.

  • 9 months from the cross.
  • v27 Jesus Asks “Who do people say I am?”
  • v28 Elijah, John the Baptist, A prophet
  • v29 Peter declares “You are the Christ”

 

Mark 8:31-38 Jesus predicts his death, rebukes peter and teaches everyone to take up their cross.

  • The disciples still have an incomplete understanding of what Messiah is.
    • Most anointed man ever He is messiah (king)
    • He is son of God (God Himself)
    • He must die and be resurrected
    • He will be resurrected as a human. And I’m going to resurrect you.
  • v31 That Jesus must suffer and die is a brand new teaching. Isaiah 53, Psalm 22
  • v32 Peter says “I rebuke you for that negative thinking”
    • Peter, you want a cross less Jesus
    • Man doesn’t want a messiah that goes to the cross
    • Man doesn’t want a messiah that leads us to our cross
    • Man doesn’t want history to go to the cross.
    • Letting go and denying our dark desires and obey Jesus leadership, that’s taking up our cross.
  • v33-38 Jesus rebukes Peter and then turns to the crowd and tells them they must live a life of self denial and take up their cross.

 

Mark 9

Mark 9:1-12 Jesus brings Peter, James and John up a mountain for the transfiguration(Mount Hermon).

  • V1 “Some will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God come in power”
    • When? The next verse. See Also 2 Peter 1:16-18 “…coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power
  • V2 The three that saw Jesus in power (transfigure) were Peter, James and John. His inner circle.
    • Jesus is showing Peter James and John the aftermath of his death and resurrection. That he will walk in full glory. Death does not equal defeat
  • V4 Elijah (prophets) and Moses(Law) are present and discussing Jesus death (Exodus) Luke 9:30-31
    • The presence of Elijah, Moses and the transfiguration is God validating what Jesus said about his death and resurrection.
  • V7  The glory cloud comes “This is my Son, Whom I love. Listen to Him” Listen to what he says about his death and resurrection.

 

Mark 9:14-29 Jesus heals boy with a demon

H. Galilee Capernaum

Mark 9:30-32 In Galilee Jesus predicts his death a second time. the disciples don’t understand.

  • 3 times in the final 9 months of his Life Jesus tells his disciples he is going to die, all 3 times they do not get it.

 

Mark 9:33-36 Jesus Disciples argue who is the greatest in Capernaum

Mark 9:38-50 Using Jesus name and maintaining the qualities of salt(beatitudes)

Mark 9:49-50
49 Everyone will be salted with fire. 50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

Next weeks readings: John 7,8,9,10