Bible Lessons

Permanent link to this article:

All Age Church – a way of life

ALL AGE CHURCH– NOT SO MUCH A SERVICE – MORE A WAY OF LIFE.                 – learning from the experience of God’s people in the Old Testament.


The inclusion of children alongside adults in the life and decisions of God’s people in the Old Testament is a challenge to the way that churches operate today.

View page »

An Emotional Storm


Matthew 14v21-32

The number of men who ate was about 5000, not counting women and children…………….Excited

Jesus made them get into the boat and go ahead while he sent the people away …………..……………………………………………………………………………………………………Wondering what’s happening

By this time the boat was far out in the lake………………………………………Thinking everything is ok

The disciples were …

View page »

Being an influencer for Jesus


SPEAKING – 2 Timothy 1v7

The Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love and self-control.

FAITH – Luke 12v29,31

So don’t be all upset, always concerned about what you will eat and drink… Your …

View page »

Being like the “Wise Men” for Jesus

Being like the “Wise Men” for Jesus – Matthew Ch 2

1. Unknown but important for Jesus    –    From the east is all we know.

2. Hearts for Jesus    –    They knew his importance.

3. Treasure for Jesus    –    They were blessed with things they could give.

4. On the lookout for Jesus    –    They …

View page »

Believing, receiving, feeling God’s love




 – loss  –  bereavement.    “If you had been here….” John 11v21,32

 “He has sent me… to comfort all who mourn, and provide for all those who grieve… to bestow on them a crown of beauty …

View page »

Building for Jesus


1. Matthew 7v24 Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on a rock.

What led you to begin to build your house on the rock?

2. 1 Corinthians 3v10 Each one should be careful how he builds. . …

View page »

Building in vain or Building in Jesus



1. “I did it my way”

Psalm 127v1 – Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.

self-reliant “I did it my way” – building

2. In church but not in Jesus

Matt 7v26-27 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine …

View page »

Children and Spiritual Warfare

What is the spiritual warfare?

Psalm 8v2 says:

“You have ordained strength because of your enemies, that you might silence the foe and the avenger”

Satan and his forces are against us – seeking to stand in our way – to block our progress and to push us back. They try to restrict …

View page »


1. Putting up with hard things for Jesus

Happy is the person who endures trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1v12


2. Caring for others who are following Jesus

Be shepherds …

View page »

Do You Have a Relationship with Jesus?

Do you have a relationship with JESUS like…


A direction changing relationship


A happily receptive relationship


A step by step discovery  relationship

Wise men

A faith journey relationship

John and Elizabeth

A Holy Spirit manifestation relationship


A forward looking relationship


A committed persistent relationship

View page »

Do you want things to be the same or different?

How do you want things to be different?

Are you prepared for all the implications of that?

Do you want to be the same or different?

How do you want to be different?

Are you prepared for all the implications of that?

John the Baptist

He wanted things to be different – he was effective

View page »


1 Kings 17

The king thinks that he is in charge, doing what he chooses, but here Elijah shows that the most basic necessity – water from rain is not in the king’s control but in God’s – and operational through His servant.

The prophet’s responsibility is to announce the withholding of God’s blessing as …

View page »

Ever need reassurance?

Eph 1 – We have every reason to have confidence in The Purpose of Father, The Place of Jesus, the Provision of the Holy Spirit

(at the end choose one – stand – prayer)

The Purpose of Father

– A Jesus- purpose

1. track laid down before the foundation of the world.

View page »

Faithfulness Reminders

What Jesus wants, the Holy Spirit is ready to help make happen.

1. What does Jesus think?   I Cor 4v2

Required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

2. Am I looking outward for the needs of others? Matthew 24v45

Faithful servant – to give servants food …

View page »

Getting on the Road

People of the WAY


In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3v6)


To all who received him, to those who believe in …

View page »

God’s best is what Jesus gives

Don’t miss God’s best.

God’s best is what Jesus gives:

1. To all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become God’s children. John 1v12

2. Whoever drinks of the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed  the water I give will become in him a spring of …

View page »

Good Things

My prayer is that our fellowship with you as believers will bring about a deeper understanding of every good thing which we have in our life in union with Christ.  Philemon v6


Acts 14v17. Nevertheless he did not leave himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from …

View page »

Guidance and decision making in the life of Paul

1. Acts 9 v1-9

Situ: persecuting Christians

Light from heaven – voice of Jesus “Lord, what will you have me to do?” “Arise, go into the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” He took that step – obeyed that first instruction. At that point he had no idea what that …

View page »

Holy Spirit Horizontal and Vertical Moves


Right hand – called alongside to help – constant presence. John 14v16

Revelation – teaching about and from Jesus.  John 14v,26; 16v7-15

Resource – Producing fruit – to enable us to be all we are meant to be. Galatians 5v22,23

Giving gifts, abilities – to enable us to do all we …

View page »

Holy Spirit Ministries

HOLY SPIRIT MINISTRIES (Ephesians 4:11-12)

Being prepared for serving God.

Jesus gives to the church five different sorts of helpers to prepare us for serving God. The Holy Spirit helps them to help us.

Jesus may decide to use any of us to be one of those helpers. He may use us in different ways …

View page »

Hope Verses

Hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us.  Romans 5v5

Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, in order that we might have hope through the patience and the encouragement that the Scriptures give …

View page »

How to be a Holy Spirit person like Simeon

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” Galatians 5v25

Lessons on walking in the Spirit from the example of Simeon Luke 2v25 -36

1. Holy Spirit interference– v25 “Behold! See what happens next! – (not “Now” as in NIV)

2. Holy Spirit ordinariness – v25 – a man …

View page »

I have loved you says the Lord

“I have loved you”, says the Lord Malachi 1v1

“How have you loved us?”




 – loss  –  bereavement.    “If you had been here….” John 11v21,32

• “He has sent me… to comfort all who mourn, …

View page »

Jeremiah 1

Jeremiah 1

1.The Word of the Lord came to me

 (4 times) – that’s what we want.

2. “I formed you, I knew you, I set you apart, I gave you” – we are each special to God from the time we are in our mother’s womb.

3. What’s stops people doing all that God …

View page »

Jesus and the Easter crowds

Often, by preachers and others, the impression is given that there was one Easter crowd who welcomed Jesus with “Hosannas” at the beginning of the week, then shouted , “Crucify him!” a few days later.

That is not true. There were several Easter crowds, very different from each other.

Who is in the crowd?

What …

View page »

Jesus comes alongside us to give us fresh hope

1. They were committed to Jesus but they did not understand his ways.

1. He had died for their personal redemption.

2. They were expecting revival but it had not happened in the way they had been expecting.

2. He had risen from the dead to release the power of His Kingdom into the whole …

View page »

Jesus coming to the temple


“The Lord you are looking for will suddenly come to his temple”

Malachi 3v1

1. Jesus comes to his temple to stir up the faithful waiting older people.

Luke 2v25-38

2. Jesus comes to his temple to stir up the Bible studiers.

Luke 2v46

3. Jesus comes to his temple …

View page »

Jesus dying means that…

We are safe

I am the good shepherd, who is willing to die for the sheep. John 10v11

We are changed

When we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5v6

We are loved that much

God has shown us how much he loves us – it was while we were still sinners …

View page »

Jesus from beginning to end

He was there at the beginning.

He was with the people in the Old Testament.He became a baby in Mary’s womb and was born.

He was committed to his Father when he was 12.He worked as a carpenter in the town where he lived.

He was baptised and said no to the Devil.He said what …

View page »

Jesus has power over every aspect of death

“The rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” Luke 1v78, 79

1. Death was not able to hold onto him.

Acts 2v24 God has raised him up, freeing him from the labour-pains …

View page »

Jesus introduces his disciples to the Holy Spirit

How did Jesus introduce his disciples to the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit?

He introduced them to:

The Holy Spirit of power

 – doing things beyond human ability – Luke 4v16-21 (A1v8)

The Holy Spirit of prophecy

 – speaking through you – Matthew 10v19,20

The Holy Spirit of purging

 – …

View page »

Jesus is with us in all aspects of life

Psalm 23   

Jesus is with us in the

1. Cry of Life

for relationship – the Lord is my shepherd

not shepherdlessnot any other – the Lordnot just a shepherd or the shepherd but my shepherdnot will be or may be but is

How?  recognising him – voluntarily giving our lives to him

View page »

Jesus knowing people’s thoughts

Jesus knowing/seeing what people were thinking

Matt 9v4 – healing the paralysed man – Knowing their thoughts Jesus said

Matt 9v36 – seeing the crowds – he had compassion because they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd.

Matt 12v25 – Pharisees – Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them…

Matt 22v18 …

View page »

Jesus shares our feelings

“We do not have a high priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses” Heb.4v15

(the words in italics show what the meaning of the “feeling” words are in the original Greek)

1. Hunger, tiredness, thirst.

Matt4v2 temptations; Mk11v12 fig tree

John 4v6,7 – at the well

Jesus understands our needs.

2. Surprise at …

View page »

Jesus Turning Points

1. REALISATION – Jesus is interested in me personally.

John 1v35,36

When the two disciples heard him (John the Baptist) say this, they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned and saw them following and asked, “What are you looking for?”

2. RECEPTIVITY – I can receive what I need from Jesus.

Mark 5v30

At …

View page »

Jesus warnings of wrong roads

Matt 5 -7

1. Don’t hide the light of Jesus. Matthew 5v14-16

2. Don’t think that little wrongs don’t matter. Matt 5v17-20

3. Don’t say cruel things to people. 5v22-24

4. Don’t want things that you have no right to. 5v27-30

5. Don’t get your own back on someone who does wrong to you. 5v38-48

View page »

Jesus will take you from where you are

Jesus will take you from where you are to where he wants you to be.

– He has a plan and a purpose for you.

–  He will make all the arrangements for that to be fulfilled.

– He just needs your agreement to go with him.

Peter’s experience of Jesus as an example for …

View page »

Jesus’ dependence on Father


1. 3v31,32 He that is from heaven is above all. He tells what he has seen and heard.

2. 3v34 He whom God has sent speaks the words of God.

3. 5v19 The Son can do nothing from (apo) himself, but what he sees (blepo)the Father do, for whatever …

View page »

Jesus’ Expectation of Children

Jesus’ Kingdom is designed with children in mind. Jesus shows how He expects them to be involved.

1. Children will experience and enjoy the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus said to adults, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)

2. Children will come to him …

View page »

Jesus’ Fixed Appointments Diary


1. Matthew 20v18

We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will …

View page »

Jesus’ revival preparation plans

Acts 1

1. Giving us power-assisted instructions

2. doing whatever is needed to make us sure of  him. 1v3

3. helping us to understand his kingdom. 1v3      (John 10v10)

4. gearing us into the coming move of God. 1v4,5

5. getting us to think “outside the box”. 1v6-8

6. teaching us to trust Father’s timing. …

View page »

Joseph of Arimathea

1. Joseph was from Arimathea, but he was now in Jerusalem. Luke 23v50

God has a purpose in you being somewhere different from where you came from.

2. Joseph was a rich man (we don’t know how that came about) – he was able to afford a tomb. Matt 27v57

God has a purpose for …

View page »

Knowing and following God’s leading

How are we meant to live?To know the leading of God and to follow it.

Ex 13v17 Now when Pharaoh let them go, God did not lead them the way of the land of the Philistines though that was near, for God said, in case the people change their minds when they see war and …

View page »

Living as Jesus’ family

1. To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1v12

2. Those who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s children. For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead …

View page »

Living in the presence of God

1. The presence of God is a wonderful place to be.

Glory and honour are in his presence. Strength and gladness are in his dwelling place. (I Chron 16v27)

Seeing what Jesus did amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” (Mark 2v12)

2. The presence of God is …

View page »

Miracles signs we need to know

John’s Gospel

The miracles that Jesus did are SIGNS of things that we need to know.

Wedding problem (John 2):

When things don’t work out as you had hoped,

Jesus can bring to you even more than you were expecting.

Official’s dying son (John 4):

When you don’t see how your prayers can be answered,

View page »

Path Verses

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119v105           

You will show me the path of life; going with you gives the greatest joy. Psalm16v11

Everywhere you go, look to him, and he will guide you in the right path. Proverbs 3v6

If you wander off to the …

View page »

Priorities for a zealot

To be zealous for:

1. God’s glory – for holiness in God’s people.

John 2v17 “Zeal for your house has consumed me.”

2. Personal righteousness – repentant zeal.

2 Cor 7v10,11 Godly sorrow works out in repentance …. what zeal! – in all things you have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

3. …

View page »

Psalm 23


The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need.

Refreshment He lets me rest in fields of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water. 

 He gives me new strength.


He guides me in the right paths, as he has promised.


Even if I …

View page »

Readiness for Revival

Twelve doors of readiness for Revival/ more of Jesus  (John chs1-5)

Look at what keeps those doors closed

1. Be hungry to experience more – be ready to move forward in the next kingdom of heaven adventure.

1v35-39 – “What are you looking for?” – “We want to be where you are.”

the barrier

View page »


Ephesians 1

Ever need reassurance?

Eph 1 – We have every reason to have confidence in The Purpose of Father, The Place of Jesus, the Provision of the Holy Spirit

The Purpose of Father

– A Jesus purpose  – “THE JESUS TRAIN”

1. track laid down before the foundation of the world.


View page »

Results from receiving Jesus

1. Family

John 1v12

To everyone who received him, to those who believed in His name, he gave the right to become God’s children.

2. Foundation

John 3v32,33

He tells what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his message. But whoever receives his message confirms by this that …

View page »

Samuel is an example to us

1. SAMUEL is an example to us in knowing we are special.

Special to parents – “I prayed for this child and the Lord gave me what I asked for. So now I give him to the Lord.” 1Samuel 1v27

We can thank God for our parents who love Jesus. There may be …

View page »

Satisfied or Hungry


Jesus said,

The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.

I have come that they might have life – life in all its fullness.

(John 10v10)

Jesus Christ is totally committed to make up completely

for every




and stain in your life,

whether caused by

yourself, others, the …

View page »


SIGHING (the same word is sometimes translated “groaning” or “grieving”)

In the places where the word SIGHING is used in the Bible, it has to do with:

being dissatisfied at a present condition, and looking for a different condition (where the kingdom of heaven is more fully expressed).


Mark 7v34 Faced with a man …

View page »

Steps to fulfilling God’s purpose



1. God has a multifaceted purpose for your life.

2. You have already accomplished some of that purpose.

3. God wants you to fulfil that purpose.

4. God will do everything He can to help you to fulfil that purpose.

5. He will call you into …

View page »

The Difference Jesus makes in us and for us

2 Cor 4v13-5v10

The difference Jesus makes in us

1. We believe and therefore speak because we know. 4v13

2. We do not lose heart. 4v16

3. We fix our eyes on what is unseen. 4v18

4. We know we have a house in heaven. 5v1

5. We long to be in our …

View page »

The Way

Acts 9 v1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.

He went to the high priest 2 and asked for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to THE WAY, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners …

View page »

The woman at the well


1. This is wonderful – he wants to talk to me

2. This is wonderful – he wants to give me something special.

3. This is wonderful – he wants to bless me and provide for me every minute, every hour, every day, every week, every month, every year if my life.

4. …

View page »

Understanding Sacrifice

The Old Testament sacrifices have nothing to do with any idea of God using a pagan practice for his ends. This is complete misunderstanding of the place of Biblical sacrifice. Any pagan use of sacrifice is a distortion and wrongly directed use of what is God’s particularly chosen way of helping people to understand the …

View page »

Understanding the heart of Jesus

Isaiah 55

1. “Hoi!”

It is in the heart of Jesus to let us know what is in the heart of Jesus.

John 1v37-39; – “Come and see!”

John 15 v15 – “not servants but friends”

2. “Every one who thirsts, come to the waters, and you who have no money, come, buy and …

View page »

Welcome the Holy Spirit

Welcome the Holy spirit

1. to become a child of God – to connect with God and His Kingdom.

John 3v6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

2. to have your life directed from heaven – to be a son or daughter …

View page »

What can we expect? Learning from Simeon & Anna

Luke 2v25-38

In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3v6

1. See! Take notice

2. There was a man in Jerusalem – God has people in every place – God needs people in every place – we are placed by God for His purposes

Has God got you where …

View page »

What does Jesus want?

John 4v3-26

To give  – v10 you ask he would giveAn everyday – like waterHoly Spirit flowing  – v14 well springing upPersonalRelationshipWith Jesus  for each of us

What might hinder us from asking?

1. view of self

How can you ask me?

Simon Peter – depart from me

2. view of God – what God …

View page »

Your History with Jesus

learning from Peter’s experience

CONSIDERING – becoming aware of Jesus and discovering more about him.

1. John 1  – brother Andrew – “We have found the Messiah” – then he took Simon to Jesus.

Who first told you about Jesus? Who brought you to church? Who taught you about Jesus?

2. Mark 1 v16,17 – …

View page »