Matthew 5-7 Memorization Exam - September 23rd through October 14th

From September 23rd through October 14th, we had memorization and review sessions in place of our usual Workout sessions.

9/23 - Review day

9/30 - Review and Recitation of Matthew 7

10/7 - Review and Recitation of Matthew 6

10/14 - Review and Recitation of Matthew 5

As a group, we did the following to help each other memorize Matthew 5-7 (on 9/30, 10/7, and 10/14):

  • We broke each chapter up into blocks of a few verses each.
    • Each block length closely followed the length of the previous weekly passage selections.
  • Using a timer to keep track of time, we spent 1 minute per verse to review and memorize each block.
  • When the timer went off, the group would collectively recite the verses from verse 1 through the last block of verses that was reviewed.

For example, we spent 2 minutes reviewing and memorizing Matthew 7:1-2. After the timer went off, we recited Matthew 7:1-2 as a group. Then, we spent the next 3 minutes reviewing and memorizing Matthew 7:3-5. After the timer went off for this block, we recited Matthew 7:1-5 cumulatively as a group. This pattern was repeated until all of the verses in chapter 7 were reviewed and recited. By the end of the session, we were able to recite the entirety of Chapter 7 from memory as a group.

Men's Workout #19 - September 16th

We started off our time together by singing Hymn #54, "My Lord, I Did Not Choose You."

Afterwards, we turned to the book of James to read and identify propositions.

Trials are a joy and a blessing.

  • We don't consider trials as happy or celebratory things.
  • The world looks at trials as evil things that just land on your lap. In contrast, Christians know that trials are designed by God and He uses them to produce something good within us.
    • Some examples of pain that yields good results - the pain of a needle, a dentist appointment, the discipline of studying
  • It takes effort to consider trials as things to be joyful about.
  • When someone goes through serious pain, it can mess with the mind and get you to think things that you wouldn't think otherwise. And yet, there are some believers who have gone through serious pain and still trust in the Lord.
  • Question: Could/should a parent "design" experiences or trials for their children in order to sanctify them?
    • No. The trials that James talks about are engineered by God.
    • The role of the parent is more of a benevolent giver, than to go as far as designing experiences. We should leave the design and bestowing of trials up to God.
      • However, parents should aim to foster endurance, character, and maturity in their children.
  • Question: Could trials be related to the Lord's discipline referenced in Hebrews 12?
    • Hebrews 12 is more referring to corrective discipline, whereas the trials found in James is is more about training and sanctification.
  • Christians can be encouraged when they are in the midst of trials.

God gives wisdom to those who ask in faith.

  • We can be confident that God hears our prayers and gives generously to those who ask.
  • For the believer, prayers should be made across the whole spectrum of needs: simple things, lofty things, and everything in between.
      • Don't only pray for your heart, attitude, character, and interaction with coworkers; pray also for physical, basic things, like food, success at work, or resolving an issue at work. Trust and have confidence in knowing that God hears our every prayer.
      • Jesus prayed for daily bread! There is nothing too mundane to ask of God in prayer.
      • Praying for all things demonstrates that you have an abiding relationship with God.
    • Test your heart.
      • Some people say that "prayer is not a way to change God but to change us"
      • As you pray and ask of God, you have opportunities to test your heart and work out truths in the context of your life.
    • Sometimes God's answer to our prayers is "no."
        • God said no to Jesus, God said no to Paul; God can certainly say no to us!
        • James 4 teaches us that God is sovereign. He will say "no" to our plans if they are in oppositions to His own plans.
      • Question: Can our prayers change God? Or do they not change God?
        • We don't have the capacity to fully understand how the two interplay. But we do know that prayer is a means by which God does things.
          • This is not to say that God is limited by our prayers. To put it differently, God will act for good even if we don't pray for good.
        • Just to give a sense of how big God is, if you don't pray, He can get someone else to pray - He's the sovereign God!
        • When thinking about the responsibility of the believer vs. God's sovereignty (and other topics for that matter), we ought to properly use the knowledge that God gave us as he intended to give us. He didn't intent for us to hack theology.
      • Question: Is wisdom the only thing we can ask for in faith?
        • No . There are other passages that generalize the principle of asking in faith. James is drawing from the broader principle that we should pray in faith.

      The source of sin is our own lust

      • When we deal with sin, we're dealing with our desires. If you want to break sin's neck, you must deal with your desires.
        • For example, we must deal with what makes money desirable, not just with the surface issue of money (i.e., a materialistic, greedy heart vs. a situational lacking of money)
          • Matthew 6:24 teaches us that we cannot serve both God and wealth.

      Question: What is the crown of life?

      • This is likely referring to eternal life. If it isn't, we're not sure what else it could be. However, we know for certain that the crown of life is not referring to a works based salvation.
        • For example, the thief on the cross next to Jesus at His crucifixion didn't go through trials or a proving grounds as a prerequisite for receiving eternal life.
      • Keep in mind that this is written through believers. A genuine believer will endure through trials. Unbelievers will not have the strength to endure through trials.
      • "Once" is idiomatic by NASB. Translated from the Greek, verse 12 reads: "...having been tested and approved, he will receive the crown of life..."

      Question: How should we view Peter's denial of Christ in light of this text?

      • Peter's denial of Christ is not the best example of the application of this passage in James. The Peter that denied Christ was the Peter before Pentecost. We wouldn't say that Peter didn't exercise faith before that, and we definitely wouldn't say he didn't exercise faith after that.
      • A more fitting example of Peter's faith would be his perseverance through his trial of imprisonment.
      • When it comes to denying the Lord, it is black and white - if you deny Christ, Christ will deny you.

      MINISTRY FORUM

      • Sassoun volunteered to coordinate church gatherings for holidays, such as picnics and BBQs. He'll work with the Planning Team on this.
      • On Sundays that don't have scheduled homegroup meetings, we should think of things to do with our children.
      • Question: How can we encourage one another?
        • We have to be friends. Loving others is predicated on having a relationship with others.
        • When we're task oriented it's harder to think about the people around you. We need to be people-oriented.

      Men's Workout #18 - September 9th

      OPENING DEVOTIONAL
       
      Pastor Dan led us in a singing of "Across the Lands" (hymn #198). Afterwards, we went through a devotion of 1 Corinthians 3.
       
      As a group, we discussed and came up with the following prepositions:

      • Ministers of the Word are God's servants; they are not authorities in and of themselves.
        • It is interesting that it is Paul who says this. He could have said that he was an apostle and therefore he was special, but he does not say that. Rather, in verse 10, Paul says that the grace of God was given to him.
        • Paul is not denigrating the role that he has - he is a "master builder." Rather, he humbly understands the role of this work, and that God is the one who gave it to him.
      • God uses men as His instruments to cause growth in men. Or, to put it another way, ministers are God's instruments.
        • An instrument in and of itself can be valuable, but if it is not being played by a skilled musician, it is impossible to appreciate its true value.
        • For those who minister, this means:
          • We are utterly dependent on the Lord. Our confidence must reside in the Lord and not in ourselves.
          • We participate in God's work, but the glory is entirely His. All recognition should be directed toward God, and not toward us. God is doing the real work, all of its substance is always God's.
          • Paul planted, Apollos watered, but ultimately it is God who causes the growth (v 5-6). It is not any work of man that can cause change in people's hearts; only God can accomplish such a thing.
      • Our work will be tested with fire.
        • We should seek to build things that are eternal, not worldly. Christian labor can be wasted and result in worthlessness if they are not built on an eternal foundation.
        • God will evaluate our work, and He will expose its true eternal worth.
        • Not everything that is done in the name of the Lord is necessarily glorifying to God. It is feasible that one could even spend a lifetime pursuing the wrong aims and building the "wrong structures." Therefore, each man must be careful how he builds his works and honors the Lord through them.
        • We can "do church" in such a way that might seem exciting on the outside, but in reality it could potentially not honor or glorify God at all. If our motivations in our service and our works are not for the aims of glorying God and filling the hearts of people with that same aim, then our works are worthless and will be burned up.
      • The wisdom of man is foolishness before God.
        • Judge your works and pursuits against this qualifier: does this glorify God?
      • The church is precious to God.
        • Factionalism, division, jealousy, strife, and competition within the church demonstrates immaturity in the faith.
        • God destroys those who destroy His church.
      • Christ is the foundation that God has already laid.
        • Jesus Christ has finished His work. His foundation has once and for all been laid, and is forever finished. It is not continually being laid down. There is no further development needed.
      • There is no glory intrinsic to man
        • The one and only true glory is God's.
        • It is moral and right for God to love His own glory, for it is incomparable to any other glory.
      • Spiritual immaturity is unnatural.
        • Believers are spiritual people, not just fleshly. Believers who live like fleshly people, therefore, are unnatural.
        • Immaturity does not exclude the process of growth, but spiritual maturity should be a rapid process that is concentrated in the early stages of one's Christian walk. A good analogy would be to compare to how an infant develops rapidly over a relatively short amount of time; in the same way, a Christian ought to develop rapidly in maturity and understanding early on in his/her walk.
      • God uses man's work to build His church.
        • God can use our work for His purposes and His glory. It can be useful and have significance!

      We also discussed the following questions:

      • Verse 9 says that "we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building." Is this unique to the time and situation of apostles and laymen? Is there a distinction between apostles and the church?
        • This group of people being referred to is broader than just apostles, because Apollos is included and he was not an apostle.
        • We should understand "fellow workers" as any man who does the work of building on the foundation of Christ.
      • Verse 22 refers to "things belonging to us" (the church). How do all things belong to us?
        • Servants of God are not people to rally around; they are gifts of God to the church.
        • Benefitting from someone's ministry is not exclusive to any group of people; anybody can benefit from the ministries of any of God's servants.
        • All things in the church - the ministers, the world, life, death, present things, future things - they all culminate into a blessing of God's people for their good.
          • Similar to what is written in Romans 8, all things work together for good to those who love Him. The final good is the glorification of His redeemed people for all eternity.
        • This is why we are called "fellow workers".

      MEMORY VERSES
      We recited Matthew 7:13-18 together as a group.

      • Questions
        • Should there be a distinction between how we treat believers and unbelievers? (Matthew 7:12)
          • This is a principle of considering how we should treat others in general. We should treat others in the same way that we would want to be treated.
          • In general, we should always be aiming to do what is best for others. We should put ourselves in the other's shoes, yet we should not to go so far as to pamper other people either.
          • "This is the Law and the Prophets" - this statement is a corollary of the command to "love your neighbor as yourself."
          • However, there is a special attitude we should have toward fellow believers. Galatians 6:10 tells us to "do good to all people, and especially those who are of the household of the faith." This shows that there is a priority to love those in the church.

       

      Next week's passage for memorization is Matthew 7:19-23.

      Men's Workout #17 - September 2nd

      OPENING DEVOTIONAL
       
      Pastor Dan led us in a singing of "Jesus is Lord" (hymn #102). Then, he led us through a devotion of 1 Corinthians 2.
       
      Some propositions that the group came up with are:

      • God reveals His power through the Holy Spirit.
      • God reveals His mind through the Holy Spirit.
      • The Holy Spirit teaches Christians.
      • God purposefully intended to reveal His wisdom to His people.
      • The wisdom in our speech and in our mind comes from God.
      • God revealed His truth through His apostles and prophets, and the church readily received and embraced it.
      • There is a difference between natural man and spiritual man.
      • There is a difference between merely knowing the truth and living by the truth.

      The group then spent some time discussing the topic of knowing the truth, and trying to grasp "the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood". What kind of knowledge is this?

      • Empirically, many people can understand the truth of the gospel and yet reject it. This understanding of the gospel means that the individual has an acknowledgement or an intellectual understanding of the facts. They may perhaps also understand the personal implications of the gospel if they were to accept it to be true. In a sense, the rulers of this age could have had to this degree an understanding.
      • However, the gospel is more than mere intellectual understanding of facts. It is more, because this is a message from a speaker. In general, when there is a message from a speaker to a particular audience, that speaker has an intent with which he speaks so that his audience would understand. This intent is a crucial element of his message.
        • Sometimes we hear someone say, "I don't think you understand what I'm saying," or, "I don't think you understand what I mean."
        • Comprehension of facts does not always equate to understanding of the message's intent.
        • The gospel is not merely a bunch of facts. We must personally understand its intent from God, the speaker. And the gospel from God has a direct application to us and to our sins against God.
        • It is in this sense that people cannot understand the gospel unless God converts them and enables them. It is also in this sense that people cannot perceive the true nature of Christ's glory in the gospel apart from God opening their blinded eyes (2 Corinthians 4:3-6).
      • Can someone be a Christian and not really want to know God?
        • No! One of the natural results of knowing God is to want to understand and seek more of the Lord and to obey Him.
        • 1 John 2:3-6 says that "by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments."
      • God has to be working in people to change them.
        • We can't fabricate conversion or rationally convince anybody to faith. What we are meant to do is to match people with God ("matches made in heaven").

      CHILDREN'S VERSES

      Pastor Dan went over the acronym "ABS" to help us lead our children through understanding the following:

      • AGE of 99
        • When Abram was 99 years old, God changed his name to Abraham and confirmed the timing of his son's birth through Isaac and that his name should be Isaac.
      • BIRTH
        • God enabled Sarah to conceive and give birth to Isaac.
      • SACRIFICE
        • God tested Abraham's fear/obedience toward God through his willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac.

      MEMORY VERSES
       
      We recited Matthew 7:7-12 as a group.

      • In verse 7, Jesus tells us to “ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." This verse is very popular in prosperity gospel messages, but that's not the intent of what the Lord is proclaiming at all!
        • Verse 11 tells us that God gives what is good to His children. God discerns and decides what is good and bad - not our flesh!
        • In the mind of the Lord, the maximum good is God Himself.
        • The Spirit's work in a person's life is the greatest good God can provide to anybody.
        • Other Biblical arguments against the "name it and claim it" philosophy:
          • One cannot serve God and wealth (Matthew 6:24)
          • Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness - not your own kingdom (Matthew 6:33)
          • Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy (Matthew 6:19-20)

       Next week's passage for memorization is Matthew 7:13-18.

      Men's Workout #16 - August 26th

      We started off our time together by sharing things that were weighing on our hearts so that we could pray for them together.

      • One topic that we discussed was Jesus' address to the Pharisees, where He discussed the outside vs. the inside of the cup (Matthew 23:25).
        • The Pharisees clean the outside of the cup, which is what people can see and observe. But they don't clean the inside of their cup. The result is that whatever is on the outside of the cup is actually an overflow of what's inside.
        • Another example of how the outer appearances may not be what they seem: if you had a cup with brown liquid inside of it, people would probably assume that you were drinking coffee. However, in reality, you could actually be drinking mud water and fool everyone into thinking you were drinking coffee all along.
        • We shouldn't merely focus on our outer appearances, but more importantly, we should be focusing on the makeup of our minds, hearts, and character. In doing so, we can live consistently, internally and externally.

      After this short discussion, Pastor Dan prayed for the group and then led us through the singing of hymn #307, "Christ Arose."
       
      We then read through the book of Jude together. Some propositions that we discussed were:

      • We must build ourselves up on the most holy faith. (verse 20)
        • We must walk in a holy manner, and not be deceived by false teachers that take the grace of the Lord as an opportunity for the flesh.
          • Extending this point, this is also a severe warning against false teachers.
      • Those who are in the church but revile God are doubly dead (v.12)
        • This is describing what they are in the church now, because they are talking about the present. These people are not yet in hell at the time of this writing.
        • However, people who are like this are not a just cause for anyone to be a "hunter of heretics." We ought not to go around the church looking to draw out a heretic. But, we should be active in confronting others when they say things that are contrary to sound doctrine.

      We took the time to sign up to lead the children during homegroup. Here's an example of a high-level outline that we can use as we lead them:

      • Go through one of the children's memory verses with hand/body motions.
      • Consider opportunities to explain the verse in further detail, foster discussion, and encourage interaction from the kids.
      • Sing songs together. "Seeds Family Worship" style songs could be a good format for this.
      • Play games with them.

      We then took time to review Matthew 7:1-6 together.

      • Question: Is verse 1 talking about the judgment of God or of men?
        • There is no sense in which God's judgment is wavering or dependent on our own standards. One might argue that if someone had really low standards, God would judge that person by their own low standards. However, we can clearly see that God establishes His own high standard for us and explains what that is throughout the sermon on the mount.
        • At a high level, this passage is talking about the principle of reciprocation.
          • To reiterate, this is not saying that we should have low standards for ourselves or others. Rather, the point here addresses criticism of others and dealing with unfair judgment.
            • We should be reasonable people. Do not hold people to a standard that you're not willing to live by yourself. Don't put something on people that we ourselves aren't willing to do or work on ourselves.
              • This is the folly of the Pharisees - don't be like them!
              • Would you expect other people to read the bible everyday if you don't read the bible everyday for yourself? Do you expect others to worship the Lord day after day if you don't do it yourself?
      • Verses 3-5 brings up the principle of hypocrisy.
        • In the Greek, there is a conjunction that begins verse 3. However, most translations don't translate it. This ties verse 3 to verses 1-2.
        • Do not be a hypocrite when confronting someone of a committed wrong.
        • There is a priority and a chronology in dealing with hypocrisy.
          • First, take the log out of your own eye, then take the speck out of the other brother's eye.
          • Some might be tempted to leave the logs and specks where they are, but Christians should work through these issues with each other.
      • Verse 6 brings up the principle of prudence.
        • Some commentators say that verse 6 has no connection with the statements before or after, and say that this is about evangelism. However, you will most likely come across a situation like this when you're pointing out the fault in any other person.
        • Be careful to observe how the other person reacts to you.
          • Ask yourself, "do I answer a fool according to their folly or not?" (Proverbs 26)
          • As Christians, we have to be sensitive to assess the circumstances and the person's reaction.
          • Will the other person react to you harshly instead of receiving your instruction/confrontation?
        • When taking verse 6 to be a continuation of verses 1-5, there's a sweet reasonableness in coming alongside another person and beckoning them to join you. But you must take the lead yourself, and then you're encouraging them to proactively come alongside you
        • We need to be sensitive and forsake all "holier than thou," condescending, and critical attitudes if we want to be a help to others.
      • Question: If someone comes to you and confronts you about something that they also have an issue with, how do you react? 
        • Don't point it out to them right at that moment, but instead, choose the way of humility and focus on your own sanctification.
        • Entrust everything to God. If you feel that there is still an issue with the other brother down the road, then you should bring it up and work it out with that brother.
      • Question: In verses 1-2, there is no mention of anything related to "brotherhood," nor is there mention of it when discussing the "dog & swine". It is only mentioned in the context of the "log & speck" example. Is this an important significance?
        • These are principles to govern our thoughts and how we deal with judgmental and hypocritical attitudes. The principle described in verse 6 applies all across the board - believers and unbelievers alike.
        • Because of inherent differences in personality (or other deeper issues), sometimes there can be irreconcilable differences between certain people.
          • If someone doesn't respect you, they will condemn you no matter what you try to tell them. At that moment, it is important to recognize that you may not be the right tool needed to sanctify that specific person at that time. In these cases, we should pray that somebody will be the right tool used by God to sanctify that person.
          • If someone confronts you after prayerful consideration, and your response is to point out sin in their life, you're being reactionary and retributive, not humble and penitent.
          • When we confront others, we shouldn't always automatically assume a "Matthew 18 mode." The principles in Matthew 18 are prescribed for specific circumstances, not necessarily for general situations.
            • This passage doesn't trump all other passages in the bible regarding loving confrontation. Or, to put it another way, the method laid out in Matthew 18 is not the only one we can employ to sanctify each other.

      Men's Workout #15 - August 19th

      OPENING DEVOTIONAL
       
      Pastor Dan led us in a singing of "Wonderful, Merciful Savior" (hymn #162), after which he led us through a devotional of Colossians 1:1-12.
       
      Some propositions from this passage included:

      • Christians should pray for spiritual maturity and growth.
        • Paul and Timothy knew that God is the one who causes Christians to grow, and so they relied on God in prayer for the Colossians' spiritual growth (v 9-12).
      • A Christian's hope is laid up in heaven, not in the world.
        • It is important for us to always be looking forward to eternity in heaven.
        • There are things in our lives on earth that are exciting, such as getting married, having a baby, or getting a new job. To be sure, these are all blessings from God; however, in reality, these things are all temporal and will fade away in time. In contrast, heaven and the blessings laid up there are eternal, and so Christians ought to place their hope in heaven.

      Questions about this passage included:

      • What is the "big picture" of this passage?
        • Verse 9 mentions the "goal", which is that Christians should be filled with the knowledge of God's will.
      • The world filled refers to the idea of "a saturation of knowledge". The Christian life begins with the filling of the mind with knowledge of what God wants.
        • In verses 9-12, Paul outlines the resultant fruit that is borne from the life of a Christian whose mind is filled with the knowledge of God's will.
      • Verse 12 refers to God as the one "who has qualified us". What does this mean? Is this describing the selection of those who have been chosen to receive the inheritance, or does it the describe the qualification of those who will receive inheritance?
        • It describes the qualification; the word "qualified" should be understood as "made adequate".
        • God is the only one who can do (and who has done) something to make us fit for inheritance. He can be the only one who qualifies us. In ourselves, we have no credentials that can serve as credit for receiving the inheritance from God.

      MEMORIZATION
       
      Daniel Khuc, Nate Chang, John Tang, Peter Chen, and Pastor Dan recited all of Matthew chapter 6.
       
      Some reflections from Matthew 6:

      • The full reward of recognition from men is contained in the earthly realm, but cannot be found in or brought to heaven. Social media can serve as a metric for us to measure and gauge approval from our fellow man (likes, etc.), but these earthly rewards, trophies, and honors are temporal and can be destroyed and forgotten.
      • Jesus calls God "our heavenly Father" numerous times. Hearing and reading about this helps to remind us that God cares for us and loves us as our Father, and helps to spur us on to love and thankfulness toward Him.

      Men's Workout #14 - August 5th

      Pastor Dan kicked off the devotion by opening us up in prayer, then leading us in singing hymn 129, Crown Him with Many Crowns

      DEVOTIONS - ROUND 1

      Next we opened up and read 2 Timothy 3, then each of us individually wrote down propositions to share with the group. Below are some of the propositions that the men made:

      • We see that all scripture is inspired by God to equip us for good works (vv16)
      • Godlessness is in our nature, but we who have been acquainted with the sacred writings shall be wise for salvation through Christ, and be equipped for every good work.
      • The Godly will be persecuted.
      •  God's inspired word is sufficient for the believer.
      • The love of pleasure is directly in opposition to loving God. (vv4)
        • Question - is Paul using a narrow definition of pleasure, because God gives us things to enjoy, doesn't He?
          • We certainly should enjoy what God has given us!
          •  However, we ought not to idolize anything or enjoy what God has given to us in a way that is devoid of giving glory to God
          • Reference Psa 16, 1 Tim 6:17
      • Merely holding to a form of godliness is not Godliness.
        • Question - What are some examples of a façade of godliness?
          • Rituals and vestments devoid of true Godliness
          • Being motivated by what others may think of you, or doing things in a way that is visible to others rather than doing things for God.
          • One practical example of that can be memory verses
            • However, we ought not to let our struggles with these things prevent us from memorizing, but always err on the side of memorizing rather than not because of all the blessings we open ourselves up to by memorizing.
          • We don't want to be showy, but we want to strive to be an exemplary model of Christ.
          • Our motivation should be, "what would really please Christ?"
      • Somewhat related to the point above about being motivated by what others may think of you…here's an example:
        • Imagine if a husband is only nice to their spouse when everyone is watching, but in private, he acts like she's not there.
        • This wrong marriage relationship helps us realize the folly of someone who has a relationship with God in public, but not in private.
      • We need to get away from ungodly men, and grow through God's word.
      • God defines what Godliness is.
      • The folly of men is obvious to all (vv9).
      • Something to note - while the pastoral epistles were addressed to individuals, it was fully understood that the entire church would read it.
        • This is why you find statements like, "grace be with you [plural]" at the end of 1st and 2nd Timothy and Titus.

      DEVOTIONS - ROUND 2

      Next we continued on to read 2 Timothy 4, and we had another round of individually writing down propositions to share with the group.

      • Sober-mindedness is Godly; all things should be done in a sober-minded state.
        • On one hand we can point to passages like Ephesians 5 that command against being drunk, but we need to also think about the positive benefits of being sober-minded.
        • An example: if you are so engrossed in a novel, or TV show, or hobby that you are not aware of spiritual reality, that is not pleasing to the Lord.
        • We can still enjoy things, but we need to maintain a level of control.
        • An example: thinking about fighter jets, when a pilot is in battle, he is making evasive maneuvers and firing missiles, but he always knows where the ejection button is. Why? Because he may need to use it at a moment's notice to spare his life.
        • Don't be so engrossed in one thing where you lose the undercurrent.
      • Men can desert us.
      • Brothers should support each other, but not count a lack of support for each other against each other.
      • The love of the world is at odds with the love of God, and you can only serve one master.
      • Be on guard against those who oppose God.
        • Paul names them by name (Alexander the coppersmith), in order to warn Timothy about how much harm he could inflict upon Timothy if he doesn't guard himself.
        • Don't see this as Paul putting someone down.
      • The time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine.
        • Related to 2 Timothy 3:1; the men of the world are embracing/will embrace falsehood.
        • Be on guard, ready in season and out of season, as we will have to endure hardship.
        • Hardship is not just something physical, but there is also spiritual hardship - false teaching, for example.
        • There is an urgency to preach because of the progression of religion and the spreading of false doctrine.
      • He who is accountable to Christ holds on to sound doctrine.
        • Without accountability to Christ one could teach whatever he wants.
        • There are many men who are only seeking those to tickle their ears.

      CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATIONS

      After this Pastor Dan handed out a couple sets of illustrations for the children, and due to time constraints we only went through one of them - Abraham (part 1)

      The acronym is BABE, and stands for:

      • Blessing (Gen 12:1-3)
      • Age: Seventy Five (Gen 12:4)
      • Battle (Gen 15:5-6)
      • Enslavement (Gen 15:13-14)

      Next time we'll go through Abraham (Part 2), and the acronym for that is ABS.

      MEMORY VERSES

      We concluded the time by reciting our memory verses, Matthew 6:30-34. A few notes:

      • God knows how people are, and the world works - enough trouble of its own.
      • This passage should be of great comfort to us when we are worried about the things of the world.
      • However, this doesn't mean you can "rest in Christ" and do whatever you want, or be recklessly risky - this is not a license to disregard being good stewards of God's blessings.

      NEXT WEEK

      Pastor Dan will take a mini-vacation with his family next weekend, but the men agreed (by vote) to gather next week and have a Matthew 6 memorization cramming session.