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Give God your Best

Lesson 12 – Day by Day Bible Study Guide 2 by Pastor Ed Lapiz

PRAY

BACKGROUND

  • Abraham was a man of great faith.
  • In Genesis 17:1-6, God promised Abraham would have many descendants.
  • The problem was that Abraham was 99 years old at that time.

INTRO

  • God gave his best to us.
  • What about us?
  • What and how should we give to God?

READ

Genesis 22:1-18  (NIV)

22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”

OBSERVE – Retell the story.

DISCUSS

A. Abraham’s case

  1. Why did God test Abraham by involving Isaac? (vv1-2 Isaac was the dearest, the best)
    • Could Isaac be taking too much of Abraham’s love? (DISCUSS POSSIBILITIES)
  2. What was Abraham’s response? (vv3-8 “Yes!” No hesistationn, no grudges.)
  3. At what time did Abraham move to obey? (Early the following morning.)
    • What does this teach us? (DISCUSS)
  4. What made Abraham’s obedience difficult?
    • ( Love for son.
    • Common sense. He was too old to have another son!
    • Difficult journey for an old man. He even had to bring the fire and wood.
      • A willing heart finds all reason to obey.
    • Three days to change his mind!
      • An unwilling heart finds all the excuses.
    • The issue of murder. Genesis 9:5-6
      • What would Sarah say?
        • Who is Sarah?
        • How do we have the same difficulties? (DISCUSS)
  5. What did Abraham discover?
    • (vv 9-12) (DISCUSS)
    • WHAT PLACED ON GOD’S ALTAR CAN NEVER BE LOST!
  6. What were the results of Abraham’s obedience?
    • God became Jehoava-Jireh (God the provider)
      • v14 God provided the offering. (DISCUSS)
    • God made a greater covenant and took an oath to fulfill it! (vv 15-18)
    • God blessed Abraham with multitudes of offspring, especially that one offspring/seed by whom all nations on earth would be blessed – the Lord Jesus Christ.)

B. OUR CASE: GOD CALLS US TO OFFER OUR BEST

  1. The best of our love.
    • Matthew 22:37  (NIV)
      Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a]
  2. The best of our gifts.
    • Leviticus 27:30-32 (NIV)
      “‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. 31 Whoever would redeem any of their tithe must add a fifth of the value to it. 32 Every tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod—will be holy to the Lord.
    • Malachi 3:10 (NIV)
      Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
  3. The best of our labors.
    • Matthew 19:27-29New International Version (NIV)
      27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

      28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[a] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

    • How can we serve God?
  4. The best of our loyalty.
    • Luke 9:23-24 (NIV)
      Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.
    • Do we treat God as God?
    • How do we become disloyal in terms of giving?

** MOST OF US NEVER GET GOD’S BEST THINGS IN OUR LIVES ONLY BECAUSE WE NEVER GIVE GOD OUR BEST.

CHALLENGE

  • Who or what is your Isaac?
  • God is asknig that your Isaac be offered to him.
    • OFFER: Time, Talent, Treasure
    • Give-up: Bad habits,ungodly relationship,a person, a dream, a value,a vice, laziness, pride, doubts, selfishness that drive you away from God.
  • What is your reply to God’s command?
    • Don’t wonder if you don’t get the best from God if you do not give the bestt of your love, gifts, labor, loyalty.

QUESTIONS/REACTIONS/REMARKS

PRAY

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To do good or to do evil?

Mark 3:1-7

A Man with a Withered Hand Healed
3 And he entered into the synagogue again, and a man who had a withered hand was there. 2 And they were watching him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, in order that they could accuse him. 3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come into the middle.” 4 And he said to them, “Is it permitted on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 And looking around at them with anger, grieved at the hardness of their hearts, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it* out, and his hand was restored. 6 And the Pharisees went out immediately with the Herodians ⌊and began to conspire⌋ against him with regard to how they could destroy him. 

SINS TO AVOID:

  1. Trapping someone to commit mistake or conspiring to kill an innocent person. There is no love here. 
  2. Having a hardened heart that’s not responsive to God’s love or rebuke. 

PROMISE TO CLAIM:

  1. Receive physical and spiritual healing from God who has big compassion.

EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW:

  1. Always seek the presence of God in the church despite the hardship we are facing. Problems or physical illness should not be a barrier for us to go to church. 
  2. Any tradition or belief should never contradict doing good to others. Loving our neighbors should always be above any other law (except for loving God).

COMMAND TO OBEY:

  1. Always be ready to obey God. Be sensitive to His voice – like the man with the withered hand he obeyed Jesus when he was asked to stand in the middle of the syngogue. Maybe God will perform a miracle in your life now but you must be willing to obey first. 

SOME OTHER TEACHINGS:

  1. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath. He can do miracles and work to help others even on a Sabbath day.
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Fasting – at the right time

Mark 2:18-22

On Fasting
18 And John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, and they came and said to him, “⌊Why⌋ do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, “The ⌊bridegroom’s attendants⌋ are not able to fast while the bridegroom is with them, are they? As long a time as they have the bridegroom with them, they are not able to fast. 20 But days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a patch of unshrunken cloth on an old garment. ⌊Otherwise⌋ the patch pulls away from it—the new from the old—and the tear becomes worse. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. ⌊Otherwise⌋ the wine will burst the wineskins and the wine is destroyed and the wineskins too. But new wine is put into new wineskins.” 


SIN TO AVOID:

  1. Judging others because they don’t cope up with our standard.  Extend mercy as God extended mercy to our own shortcomings. 

PROMISE TO CLAIM:

  1. Fasting is not needed when the Lord Jesus was with His disciples – physically.  Listen to God’s direction and guidance in your life. 

EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW:

  1. Fasting has a role in the maturity of our faith. John’s disciples did and Pharisees’ disciples did. The Lord Jesus said that when He’s gone, then His disciples would fast (v20). 

COMMANDMENTS TO OBEY:

  1. Do a fast – ask God for direction when and how long. We can also fast on things that takes higher priority in our life instead of spending time with God such as games, movies, TV, FB, Youtube, etc.  
  2. New teachings from the Holy Spirit needs a renewed heart that can only be obtained by having a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Without this relationship and trust in God, change for the better is difficult to attain. 

SOME OTHER TEACHING:

  1. The teacher/pastor/leader is responsible for the behavior of his students.  As a leader, take responsibility for the growth of your members and start caring for them. 
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Dining with Jesus

Mark 2:13-17

Levi Called to Follow Jesus
13 And he went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he began to teach them. 14 And as he* was passing by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me!” And he stood up and* followed him.
15 And it happened that he ⌊was dining⌋ in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners ⌊were dining with⌋ Jesus and his disciples, for there were many and they were following him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they* saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, began to say to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when* Jesus heard it*, he said to them, “Those who are healthy do not have need of a physician, but those ⌊who are sick⌋. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 

SINS TO AVOID:

  1. Don’t be judgmental like the Scribes of the Pharisees who questioned the Lord when He ate with the tax collectors. Don’t judge other people because of what they do as we don’t know their stories and their struggles. For instance, how would you treat a prostitute? How would you treat a pastor ministering to workers of a beerhouse? God works in a mysterious way and if you were put on the spot, ask God for wisdom how you can show love and still tell the truth.  How we say the truth has a big impact to our listeners whether they will listen or become defensive. Key here is loving the person but hating sin.
  2. Pride – the scribes of the Pharisees failed to enjoy fellowship with Jesus because they don’t think they need Jesus. They can’t enjoy forgiveness as they think they don’t have something to confess. We must be humble enough to receive something from God. 

PROMISES TO CLAIM:

  1. Jesus came to call sinners like me. 
  2. Jesus is like a physician, he came to heal me especially my heart. 
  3. Jesus will dine with me and have a deeper fellowship if I follow Him.

EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW:

  1. Jesus ministry focused to the lost and those who have life issues. Any ministry should have goals of helping the needy, lifting the oppressed, & empowering the weak to the point that these people would do the same to others. 
  2. Like Jesus be always ready to teach if opportunity provided. Key is be always ready in your heart, in your mind, and prepare well. As a preacher, my goal is to always have 1 sermon outline and prezi presentation ready for any impromptu preaching. Also be ready to preach even if there is no projector.
  3. Be hungry for wisdom like the crowd who kept following Jesus but be careful to apply what you learned in your life and not just a passive listener. 

COMMAND TO OBEY:

  1. Follow Jesus like Levi to the point of having a relationship with Jesus and spending time to have dinner together (deeper fellowship requires time investment). Have a regular and consistent Quite Time with God. 

SOME OTHER TEACHING:

  1. Food is vital in the ministry. I heard several testimonies of believers who started with just interest in the free dinner provided but as they heard the Word of God preached, God started to change their hearts until they believed.  Ministry is expensive but as the saying goes “A million dollar spent to save one soul from going to hell is money worth spending.”
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The Inner Voice

The Four Voices by Bro Joseph
SERMON NOTES:

1st voice – the voice from heaven
from Jesus — go and make disciples
voice – teaching them to obey

Matthew 3:1. And a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased

“Jesus must increase , I my decrease.”
Where are the lost in Guangzhou?

2nd Voice within you. Luke 15:17-20 – “… and he arose, and came to his father.”

3rd  Voice – voice from out there

Acts 16:9
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. There stood a man of Macedonia, and begged him, saying, come over into Macedonia, and help us.

4th Voice – The voice from below

Luke 14:24-28 – the rich man begged Abraham for Lazarus to dip his finger on water and let it drop to cool his tongue.

Psalms 126:5-6
5 Those who sow with tears
shall reap with rejoicing.
6 He who diligently goes out with weeping,
carrying the seed bag,
shall certainly come in with rejoicing,
carrying his sheaves.

 

This DUA bible study guide focused on the inner voice (the 2nd voice).

 

Passage: Luke 15:17-20

Luke 15:17-20English Standard Version (ESV)
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

 

DISCOVERY:

  1. What is the man’s situation in verse 17? Why did he thought about his father’s hired servants?
  2. How did the man showed his humility in verse 18 & 19?
  3. How did the father treated his son in verse 20?

 

UNDERSTANDING:

  1. How did the man realize to go back to his home in the midst of poverty? Did anyone tell him?
  2. How does the man’s humility helped him? The father ran to his son even before the son can speak (verse 20) – so do you think the father’s reaction would change if the man is not humble? Why or why not?
  3. Who do you think owns this inner voice that the man heard?

 

APPLICATION:

  1. If we are confused or hopeless, how can we listen to the inner voice? How can we hear it?
  2. What hinders you from doing what the inner voice tells you? How can you overcome this?
  3. How can we stay humble if we are really good about one thing or how can we show our humility if we won in a contest?