Scripture Focus: Psalm 1:1 The Lesson in Context Everyone has a defining moment. For James, there were certain individual actions that could measure a person’s whole character. We might think of these individual actions as samples, samples that reveal what lies in the core of our identity. We might refer to this as the “royal law” theory. The royal law, James said, is loving our neighbor as ourselves. If we break this law and, say, welcome a rich man who can bless us, but we keep at arm’s length a poor man who cannot, we have broken every conceivable law. Conversely, if we welcome both, we have upheld the whole law. James taught that our true attitude toward Jesus is revealed in how we treat those who can neither bless us nor hurt us. To demonstrate how this principle might manifest itself in our daily lives: consider your emails. If you take great care in how you write to someone who is in a position to help you, give you a job, give you a promotion, or give you accolades, but you take relatively little care with how you write a subordinate, you are subtly breaking the royal law. This one act is a sample representing the whole of your character— the defining moment, the defining act. Group Discussion 1. Who or what do you think of when you think of the word blessed? 2. How does the“way of sinners” differ from the“way of the righteous”? 3. Why is receiving the right counsel so important? 4. How can someone meditate on the Word of God day and night? 5. How does someone “walk in righteousness”?
3.1 Walking in Righteousness
HE WHO SITS ON THE THRONE - 02JAN22
January 2, 2022 • L.J. Harry - PPH • Revelation 22:1–3
LESSON BIG IDEA I will worship the one God who sits on the throne. FOCUS VERSES Revelation 22:1–3 1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him. LESSON TEXT Revelation 21:1–5, 9–13, 21–27; 22:1–5 TRUTH ABOUT GOD Throughout Revelation, God and the Lamb are identified as one and the same.
I AM - 26DEC21
December 26, 2021 • L.J. Harry - PPH • John 8:58
LESSON BIG IDEA I will call on the name of Jesus, recognizing I am calling on the one God of the Bible. FOCUS VERSES John 8:58- Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. LESSON TEXT John 8:39–59 TRUTH ABOUT GOD The Lord revealed Himself to Moses and to the first- century Jews as I AM.
REJOICING WITH GREAT JOY - 19DEC21
December 19, 2021 • L.J. Harry - PPH • Luke 2:10–11
LESSON BIG IDEA I will embrace the joy Jesus gives because He was born to be my Savior. FOCUS VERSES Luke 2:10–11 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. LESSON TEXT Matthew 2:7–12; Luke 2:1–20 TRUTH ABOUT GOD God manifested Himself in flesh to save us from our sins.