Scriptures that have spoken to us

— Joji, Mike, Luke & Anne


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John 11

Joji Mathai

John 11:1-7

  1. Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
  2. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.
  3. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
  4. When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

John 11:1-7 cont’d

  1. Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
  2. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.
  3. Then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

John 11:17-24

  1. On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
  2. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,
  3. and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.

John 11:17-24 cont’d

  1. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
  2. “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
  3. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
  4. Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
  5. Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Key Points 1:

  1. He is with you (fully engaged in your situation)
  1. Job 1:12
    • The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
  2. John 11:6
    • Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.

Key Points 2:

  1. He will withold no good from you
  1. Genesis 2:18
    • The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
  2. Psalm 23:2
    • He makes me lie down in green pastures,
            he leads me beside quiet waters,
  3. Psalm 84:11
    • For the Lord God is a sun and shield,
            the Lord bestows favour and honour;
      No good thing does he withhold,
            from those whose walk is blameless.

He loves us, understands and cares for us and is calling us to a partnership

Ephesians 1:18-21

Mike Campbell

Ephesians 1:18-21

  1. —since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened—so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 1:18-21 cont’d

  1. and what is the incomparable greatness of his power toward us who believe, as displayed in the exercise of his immense strength.
  2. This power he exercised in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms
  3. far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

Because we believe, we have Jesus’ power at work in us.

Nehemiah 4

Luke Fountain

Nehemiah 4

  1. Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews.
  2. And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?”
  3. Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Yes, what they are building—if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!”
  4. Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives.

Nehemiah 4 cont’d

  1. Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders.
  2. So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
  3. But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and that the breaches were beginning to be closed, they were very angry.
  4. And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it.

Nehemiah 4 cont’d

  1. And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.
  2. In Judah it was said, “The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing. There is too much rubble. By ourselves we will not be able to rebuild the wall.”
  3. And our enemies said, “They will not know or see till we come among them and kill them and stop the work.”
  4. At that time the Jews who lived near them came from all directions and said to us ten times, “You must return to us.”

Nehemiah 4 cont’d

  1. So in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people by their clans, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
  2. And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”
  3. When our enemies heard that it was known to us and that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work.

Nehemiah 4 cont’d

  1. From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, who were building on the wall.
  2. Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other.
  3. And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built. The man who sounded the trumpet was beside me.
  4. And I said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “The work is great and widely spread, and we are separated on the wall, far from one another.

Nehemiah 4 cont’d

  1. In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.”
  2. So we labored at the work, and half of them held the spears from the break of dawn until the stars came out.
  3. I also said to the people at that time, “Let every man and his servant pass the night within Jerusalem, that they may be a guard for us by night and may labor by day.”
  4. So neither I nor my brothers nor my servants nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us took off our clothes; each kept his weapon at his right hand.

1 Peter 2:5

Key Points

Acts 9:36-42

Anne Fountain

Acts 9:36-42

  1. Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which in translation means Dorcas). She was continually doing good deeds and acts of charity.
  2. At that time she became sick and died. When they had washed her body, they placed it in an upstairs room.
  3. Because Lydda was near Joppa, when the disciples heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Come to us without delay.”

Acts 9:36-42 cont’d

  1. So Peter got up and went with them, and when he arrived they brought him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him, crying and showing him the tunics and other clothing Dorcas used to make while she was with them.
  2. But Peter sent them all outside, knelt down, and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
  3. He gave her his hand and helped her get up. Then he called the saints and widows and presented her alive.
  4. This became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

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