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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.

Wednesday Worship - 15DEC21

December 16, 2021 • A.J. Dummitt

THE PRIVILEGE OF RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - 12DEC21

December 12, 2021 • L.J. Harry - PPH • Exodus 19:5–6

LESSON BIG IDEA I will pursue a close relationship with God. FOCUS VERSES Exodus 19:5–6 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. LESSON TEXT Exodus 19:1–25 TRUTH ABOUT GOD God desires close relationship with people of faith.

COMMISSIONED BY GOD - 05DEC21

December 5, 2021 • L.J. Harry - PPH • Exodus 3:9–10

LESSON BIG IDEA I will fulfill God’s Great Commission. FOCUS VERSES Exodus 3:9–10 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

1.1 Purpose In Creation

September 4, 2021 • Genesis 2:7–8

The Word of the Lord that was given to the people of Judah through Jeremiah continues to give us encouragement and confidence for what God will do in our future. Jeremiah wrote God’s plans for His people, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV). God has a purpose in our existence and a wonderful plan for our lives. Out of all His creation, God chose us to fulfill His plan in this world. In the words of one of George MacDonald’s characters in David Elginbrod, he said, “I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of. For to have been thought about—born in God’s thoughts—and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, most precious thing in all thinking” (The Complete Works of George MacDonald). Considering all God has done and the great love with which He loves us, we should naturally want to develop a passionate relationship with our God. Group Discussion 1. How did you derive your beliefs about our origin? Have your views changed over the years? Explain. 2. Is there something you have seen or somewhere you have visited that caused you to marvel at God’s incredible creativity? Explain. 3. In what ways would people act differently if they believed in God as the Creator and as the moral authority over all humanity? 4. In what ways are we responsible for the Earth and its many creatures? 5. What is our purpose in the earth and what is our responsibility to God? Purpose in Creation My Prayer for the Upcoming Week How do you want to be different because of what you have experienced today? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

God's Word For Life 1.1 - Purpose In Creation

September 1, 2021 • A.J. Dummitt • Genesis 2:7–8

LESSON TEXT Genesis 2:1–9, 18–25 God desires to have a relationship with humanity. Connect with Us: https://flow.page/thecrossrds Streaming License # CCLI: CSPL043706

1.2 God’s Redemptive Plan

September 11, 2021 • Genesis 3:14–15

The map of deliverance spans all of recorded history and beyond, even to the foundation of the earth. Jesus was “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). His love still reaches for all humanity: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). What was lost in the Garden of Eden was restored at the cross. The Tree of Life was transplanted from the Garden to Golgotha. Through the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, we have the promise of eternal life. John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus to be “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), and His death, burial, and resurrection provided salvation and the opportunity to be restored to the life lost in the Garden. We find hope in God’s redemptive plan and receive forgiveness for sins. Group Discussion 1. Have you ever tried to imagine what it would have been like to live before there was any sin? What would a perfect world look like? 2. What are some wrong choices you have made in life? As you look back at those mistakes, what is your reaction? 3. Why would people choose the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil over the Tree of Life? 4. Have you seen situations where something obviously wrong was twisted into something to celebrate? How does a new spin make the evil acceptable for some people? 5. How do we experience the gospel today? In what ways does it change our lives? My Prayer for the Upcoming Week How do you want to be different because of what you have experienced today?

God's Word For Life 1.2 - God's Redemptive Plan

September 8, 2021 • A.J. Dummitt • Genesis 3:14–15

LESSON TEXT Genesis 3:1–24 Although God judges sin, He also made a way for redemption. Connect with Us: https://flow.page/thecrossrds Streaming License # CCLI: CSPL043706

1.3 Offering Our Best

September 18, 2021 • Genesis 4:4

Lesson Title: Offering Our Best Scripture Focus: Genesis 4:4 The Lesson in Context Sacrifice is good for us. We give to God to show Him how important we think He is, not so He can see how special we are. When people commit their lives to a cause in obedience to God, it is a sacrifice. It will cost them something. It is not a deal or an arrangement. God does not owe people for what they do, even if it literally costs them their lives. God did the same for us when He manifested Himself in flesh and became obedient unto the death of the cross. The best response we can give to God’s call on our lives is to say, “I will offer my best and will not expect a reward. I will choose to follow God in every way I know how because that is my best service to Him. I will not compare my sacrifice to the sacrifice of others; I will compare it to what He asks of me.” Group Discussion 1. Which of the Ten Commandments benefit the individual who obeys them? Explain. 2. Can you think of Bible characters who did what God expected of them, and were blessed because of their obedience? 3. Share a time when you chose good over evil. Describe the benefits that ensued. 4. What could Cain have done to rectify his situation? 5. What has it been like when you talked with people who have given their lives to ministry? My Prayer for the Upcoming Week How do you want to be different because of what you have experienced today?

1.3 OFFERING OUR BEST - 15SEP21 - God's Word for Life

September 15, 2021 • A.J. Dummitt • Genesis 4:4

The best response we can give to God’s call on our lives is to say, “I will offer my best and will not expect a reward. I will choose to follow God in every way I know how, because that is my best service to Him. I will not compare my sacrifice to the sacrifice of others; I will compare it to what He asks of me.” Connect with Us: https://flow.page/thecrossrds Streaming License # CCLI: CSPL043706

1.4 Obedience to God’s Word

September 25, 2021 • Genesis 6:22

Lesson Title: Obedience to God’s Word Scripture Focus: Genesis 6:22 The Lesson in Context The world is a mess and we all need saving. We cannot make choices for anyone else, but we can choose for ourselves; we can obey God’s plan and enjoy the benefits. Like with the Flood, God’s end-time salvation will both judge the disobedient and save the obedient. It is critical we view salvation with a right perspective. God promises to be faithful and graceful toward us, both now and forever. He invites us to be a part of His incredible kingdom. Yet many people respond like the girl in the story. They ask questions like, “Do I have to be baptized to be saved? Do I have to speak in tongues and live a holy life?” Such questions are preposterous in light of the amazing offer God is making. How sad when people discuss salvation in terms of what we have to do. Salvation is not a “have to” thing; it is a “get to” thing. When we follow God’s Word and accept His invitation to salvation, we get to enjoy infinite rewards both now and in eternity. Group Discussion 1. Why do you think some people reject the reality of Creation or a great flood? 2. Why do some people have a difficult time believing God loves them and wants them to be part of His kingdom? 3. What guidelines has God given for our safety and benefit? 4. Christians often feel misunderstood and sometimes even mistreated. The truth is: everyone feels that way at times. However, what advantage do we have as believers in this regard? 5. What are the odds that you and I would be able to hear and respond to the plan of salvation if we had not yet heard it? What would it be like to be “out there” not having heard the good news? My Prayer for the Upcoming Week How do you want to be different because of what you have experienced today? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Scripture Focus: Genesis 6:22 The Lesson in Context The world is a mess and we all need saving. We cannot make choices for anyone else, but we can choose for ourselves; we can obey God’s plan and enjoy the benefits. Like with the Flood, God’s end-time salvation will both judge the disobedient and save the obedient. It is critical we view salvation with a right perspective. God promises to be faithful and graceful toward us, both now and forever. He invites us to be a part of His incredible kingdom. Yet many people respond like the girl in the story. They ask questions like, “Do I have to be baptized to be saved? Do I have to speak in tongues and live a holy life?” Such questions are preposterous in light of the amazing offer God is making. How sad when people discuss salvation in terms of what we have to do. Salvation is not a “have to” thing; it is a “get to” thing. When we follow God’s Word and accept His invitation to salvation, we get to enjoy infinite rewards both now and in eternity. Group Discussion 1. Why do you think some people reject the reality of Creation or a great flood? 2. Why do some people have a difficult time believing God loves them and wants them to be part of His kingdom? 3. What guidelines has God given for our safety and benefit? 4. Christians often feel misunderstood and sometimes even mistreated. The truth is: everyone feels that way at times. However, what advantage do we have as believers in this regard? 5. What are the odds that you and I would be able to hear and respond to the plan of salvation if we had not yet heard it? What would it be like to be “out there” not having heard the good news?

1.4 OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD - 22SEP21 - God's Word for Life

September 22, 2021 • A.J. Dummitt • Genesis 6:22

God shared His plan of salvation with the world through Scripture. Jesus gave His life and invites us to respond in obedience. Those who respond in obedience will reap immediate benefits as well as eternal rewards. Connect with Us: https://flow.page/thecrossrds Streaming License # CCLI: CSPL043706

1.5 Worshiping the One True God

October 2, 2021 • Genesis 11:4

Lesson Title: Worshiping the One True God Scripture Focus: Genesis 11:4 The Lesson in Context The apostle Paul said the church would be in front, piloting the way to a new creation, as the old creation groans, waiting for the sons of God (Romans 8:19). He said the examples of the Old Testament were written for the church, “upon whom the ends of the world are come” (I Corinthians 10:11). Notice he did not say the church had come to the ends of the world; rather, the ends had come to the church. But what ends was Paul talking about? He was referring to the eschaton, or age in which the Holy Ghost rules—the age of peace. In other words, in the eschaton, the enmity between races will end. Wars will cease. There will be a fullness of life and peace. The people will be skilled in the art of goodness and forget the art of war. This age, Paul insisted, is what has come to the church—the future. The church does not have to wait for the future; the future has already come to the church. The reason the church is always out ahead of the world is because the future—through the gifts of the Spirit—literally reaches back into the present and equips the church with power the world will only know in the age to come. Knowing God has purposed for our end to be glorious, we will choose to live our lives as offerings of praise and worship to the one true God. He alone sits on the throne. He alone is ultimately in control of the affairs of this world. Group Discussion 1. Why do you think some people get caught up in the pursuit of “making a name” for themselves? 2. In what ways do you see the spirit of Babel alive in our world today? 3. Why is pride often so destructive to the one who is prideful and to others around this person? 4. In what way have you seen pride surface in your own life? 5. Have you ever been warned or become aware of something in prayer before it ever happened? Explain. My Prayer for the Upcoming Week How do you want to be different because of what you have experienced today?

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