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(4/3/22)

In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


☆ Jesus Christ’s teachings will set everyone Free who acknowledges Him as Lord in their lives.


John 8:1-11 (AMPC)


1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.


2 Early in the morning (at dawn), He came back into the temple [court], and the people came to Him in crowds. He sat down and was teaching them,
3 When the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They made her stand in the middle of the court and put the case before Him.
4 Teacher, they said, This woman has been caught in the very act of adultery.
5 Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such [women—offenders] shall be stoned to death. But what do You say [to do with her—what is Your sentence]?
6 This they said to try (test) Him, hoping they might find a charge on which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger.
7 However, when they persisted with their question, He raised Himself up and said, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.
8 Then He bent down and went on writing on the ground with His finger.
9 They listened to Him, and then they began going out, conscience-stricken, one by one, from the oldest down to the last one of them, till Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing there before Him in the center of the court.
10 When Jesus raised Himself up, He said to her, Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you?
11 She answered, No one, Lord! And Jesus said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.


I would like to discuss what was happening in verse 5 of John 8.


The scribes and Pharisees had planned to stone this woman to death just to silence the teachings of Jesus by employing half of the truth.
Definition of half-truth….
A statement that is only partially true. They are statements which mingles truth and falsehood with deliberate intent to deceive.


☆ 5 Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such [women—offenders] shall be stoned to death. But what do You say [to do with her—what is Your sentence]?


These are key biblical scriptures that give us the unadulterated truth about committing adultery.


Leviticus 20:10 (AMPC)
The man who commits adultery with another’s wife, even his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.


Exodus 31:18 (AMPC)
And He gave to Moses, when He had ceased communing with him on Mount Sinai, the two tables of the Testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.


☆ Jesus' sentence for the woman was, "Go on your way and from now on sin no more.”


Questions To Consider


Do you think Jesus Christ would teach us something that He has not given us the knowledge and wisdom to achieve?

Would Jesus teach us a reality that we could not live in?


Romans 8:1-41 Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do [that is, overcome sin and remove its penalty, its power] being weakened by the flesh [man’s nature without the Holy Spirit], God did: He sent His own Son in the likeness of sinful man as an offering for sin. And He condemned sin in the flesh [subdued it and overcame it in the person of His own Son], 4 so that the [righteous and just] requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us who do not live our lives in the ways of the flesh [guided by worldliness and our sinful nature], but [live our lives] in the ways of the Spirit [guided by His power].




(4/10/22)

In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


☆ Jesus, the Light of the World


John 8:12 (NLT)
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to


Psalm 18:28 (GNT)
O Lord, you give me light; you dispel my darkness.


Psalm 27:1 (GNT)
The Lord is my light and my salvation; I will fear no one. The Lord protects me from all danger; I will never be afraid.


Isaiah 9:2 (NLT)
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.


John 12:46 (NLT)
I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.


Ephesians 5:6-9 (NLT)6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.


Questions To Consider

☆ What are you allowing the Light of Jesus Christ to produce in you which causes others to desire His Light for their lives also?





(4/17/22)


In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


Investment is simply taking a valuable asset and giving it into a system that provides increased returns from your valued asset that you invested.


We will take the teachings of Jesus Christ as valuable assets and apply them into our belief system while we study and expect to experience the Faith-filled results Now!!!


☆ Jesus Christ is teaching us to Make Faith Investments in God.


Mark 11:22 (NLT)
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.


How can we have Faith in God ?


Romans 10:17 (NLT)
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.


Romans 10:17 (CEV)
No one can have faith without hearing the message about Christ.


☆ Continuously hearing, listening to, and giving attention to the Word of God will provide us with the evidence that we need to have Faith in God.


Hebrews 11:1(NKJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


~ Substance relates to Realization.
~ Evidence relates to Confidence.


☆ Why is Faith in God significant to us?


Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.


☆ It requires Faith in God to believe that He exists and desires to reward us with a Rich and Satisfying life in Jesus Christ.

John 10:10 (NLT)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.


☆ God invests Faith in us from start to finish so that Jesus Christ’s Righteousness will be accomplished in us.

Romans 1:17 (NLT)


This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”


☆ The only possibility we have to please God is by Faith.


Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)And it is impossible to please God without faith.



Questions To Consider


☆ Why is Faith in God significant to us?





(5/15/22)


Making Faith Investments in
"Knowing who Jesus Christ Is."


Colossians 1:15-20(CEV)
15 Christ is exactly like God, who cannot be seen. He is the first-born Son, superior to all creation.
16 Everything was created by him, everything in heaven and on earth, everything seen and unseen, including all forces and powers, and all rulers and authorities. All things were created by God's Son, and everything was made for him. 17 God's Son was before all else, and by him everything is held together. 18 He is the head of his body, which is the church. He is the very beginning, the first to be raised from death, so that he would be above all others. 19 God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son. 20 And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God.


☆ "Jesus is Preeminent.”
This means that Jesus Christ is first, in everything. First in importance, first in honor, first in exaltation.


☆ Jesus Christ is Preeminent in all things because…

He is the exact image and likeness of God.


Hebrews 1:1-6 (GNT)
1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. 3 He reflects the brightness of God's glory and is the exact likeness of God's own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for the sins of all human beings, he sat down in heaven at the right side of God, the Supreme Power. 4 The Son was made greater than the angels, just as the name that God gave him is greater than theirs. 5 For God never said to any of his angels, “You are My Son; today I have become your Father.” Nor did God say about any angel,“I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.” 6 But when God was about to send his first-born Son into the world, he said,“All of God's angels must worship him.”


☆If we want to see God, keep looking at Jesus Christ.


John 1:18 (NLT)
No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.


John 10:30 (NLT) The Father and I are one.”


John 14:6 (CEV)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Jesus answered. “Without me, no one can go to the Father.


John 8:12 (NLT)Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”


Questions To Consider


 How is Jesus Christ important in your life?