Sunday Morning Service
Sunday Morning First Service • November 10, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"The parable (Jesus refers to in v. 19) is an illustration of a truth I have tried to communicate often. Simply put, it says that the more we sin, the worse things become. They began by rejecting prophets and beating—even killing—them. But by rejecting the Son of God, they were rejecting God’s final word to the nation! They were, in effect, committing the only unpardonable sin—blasphemy of the Holy Spirit! You see, Jesus was God’s final witness to Israel and they rejected Him and if you reject Jesus, there is no hope left. If you are here today and have not received Christ, you are, for now, rejecting God’s final witness. Risky business…"
Sunday Morning Second Service • November 3, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"I think it’s safe to say that Jesus would, if He were here with us physically, be overturning some tables in many of our churches! And those tables need to be overturned! Badly. The question the chief priests are asking is the one they should be answering! Same is true with many church leaders today—‘by what authority are you doing the things you are doing?’ This question is being asked dishonestly and Jesus deals with it as such."
Sunday Morning Second Service • October 27, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"(In this study) we walk on VERY holy ground. The whole point/purpose of Jesus’ life boils down to this final week. The date (corresponding to our calendar) is Apr.6, 32 AD…One of the most remarkable prophecies in all of Scripture was fulfilled by this moment: Daniel 9:25."
Sunday Morning Second Service • October 20, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"This parable is spoken directly in response to Zacchaeus' conversion and the discussion going on amongst the crowd. Because of the healing of Bartimaeus and his friend, the crowd would be even more convinced that Jesus was going to Jerusalem to take control of His kingdom. The necessity of the cross had not yet become evident. Thus, Jesus tells them this parable. This parable, then, is unusual in that its purpose, not its meaning, is given beforehand."
Sunday Morning Second Service • October 13, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"Genuine saving faith is more than words. It is more than appearances. Real faith produces change! If you have not changed since professing Christ, you need to do so today! How can faith be genuine if it hasn’t produced an entirely new you? Like Zacchaeus, joy can be a part of your new life."
Sunday Morning Second Service • October 6, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"Jesus said: 'What do you want me to do for you?' It is great to be on the receiving end of a question like this from the Lord! I hope you all know that right now, today, Jesus is asking you this very same question. If you have faith that persists in spite of the circumstances, you can ask anything in His will and He will do it."
Sunday Morning First Service • September 29, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"Give rid of anything/everything that comes between you and wholehearted devotion to God! Get rid of everything that keeps you from following God with abandon! If your passion is divided between Jesus and anything/anyone else, let the other thing go!"
Sunday Morning First Service • September 15, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"The principle meaning of this parable (and what follows) is only understood when connected with what we just read (in the previous chapter) regarding when the kingdom of God was coming. This is not a teaching out of chronological order; it is intended (we know from verses 7-8) that it must be understood in the context of the 2nd coming of Jesus—the Day of the Lord."
Sunday Morning Second Service • September 1, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"It has always been true that people misunderstand God’s kingdom on earth. People—then and now—view it as though something is going to happen to them. Jesus explains that it is something that happens in them. As we prepare our hearts for this Bible study, let’s ask the Lord to help us understand how the Kingdom of God can occur right here, right now."
Sunday Morning First Service • August 25, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"Please understand that being brand-new is the whole point of this story! You were once lost in sin; you no longer are. You were once headed for an eternity of torment and torture; you no longer need be! That’s why being brand-new (as opposed to being an improved version of the old-you) is the only way to start all over."
Sunday Morning Second Service • August 18, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"He (Jesus) tells His followers (you and me today) that we are to watch/protect ourselves! From what? From falling into the same trap the Pharisees have fallen into. From judging people or imposing our own legalistic standards on others. From... holding on to unforgiveness and from forgetting what the Pharisees had forgotten—that they were servants of God! Every one of us in this room this morning needs never to forget that we are servants and, as such, our job is simply to do what we are told."
Sunday Morning Third Service • August 11, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"I want to begin here this morning by pointing out that the mention of Lazarus by name is how we know this is a real story as opposed to a parable. Jesus never used real names in parables; his point here is obvious… He has tried every way possible to get the attention of the Pharisees. He has been direct. He has used parables to illustrate the truth of His statements. The sneer, however, has not left their faces and Jesus now turns to a real-life example of the exactly what it will cost the Pharisees if they do not repent."
Sunday Morning First Service • August 4, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"The opening statement in our study is frightening (at least it should be). God knows our hearts! Not the one we rationalize sin away with—our real hearts! The Pharisees were sneering because Jesus just nailed them about loving money! We, like the Pharisees, often reject the Word of God because it hits a little too close to home."
Sunday Morning Second Service • July 28, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"This parable causes more anxiety than perhaps any other parable. If you have access to a NLT, it does a much better job of translating the passage to communicate the intent. I get a lot of questions about Jesus commending the dishonest manager so let’s see if we can’t make it clear today."
Sunday Morning Second Service • July 21, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"The older son in the parable represents the Pharisees who were muttering under their breath at the beginning of the chapter. But he also represents the Pharisee in all of us. You see, there are still lots of people—in church and out—who think they are somehow good enough to be acceptable to God. ‘I follow the rules.’ ‘I don’t hurt anyone.’ ‘I go to church…’ You get the idea."