Aug 3-9 Manasseh

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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org/ …

Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org/
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers Aug 3-9.

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  • 1. Our Lesson
    • This week’s lesson is taken from
    • Max Lucado’s
    • Devotional Bible
  • 2. Raising Children
    • Situation: Because God loved Hezekiah, he healed him. Hezekiah prayed, God healed, and the king lived. His son, Manasseh, became the next king and led Israel into sin.
  • 3. Raising Children
    • Observation: What a contrast! Hezekiah obeyed God and did what was right. His son Manasseh, however, made idolatry and defection from God a mark of his reign; and Hezekiah's grandson Amon followed in Manasseh's wicked footsteps.
  • 4. Raising Children
    • Inspiration: As a general rule, parents who follow biblical principles in bringing up their children will see a positive effect on the character of their children.
  • 5. Raising Children
    • From a purely statistical point of view, children who grow up in Christ-honoring homes are more likely to remain faithful to Christ in adulthood than kids growing up in homes where the parents dishonor the Lord.
  • 6. Raising Children
    • The truism of Proverbs 22:6 does apply. We're certainly not to think that God's sovereignty in salvation means the way we raise our kids is immaterial. God often uses faithful parents as instruments in the salvation of children.
  • 7. Raising Children
    • Ultimately, however, your children's salvation is a matter to be settled between them and God. Nothing you can do will guarantee your kids' salvation.
  • 8. Raising Children
    • To that end you should be praying to God and instructing your child—using all available means to impress the truths of the gospel perpetually on the child's heart.
  • 9. Raising Children
    • But ultimately a grown child's spiritual fitness alone is not necessarily a reliable gauge of the parents' success.
  • 10. Raising Children
    • Having said that, I want to stress that sometimes—I should say often—parents are partly to blame for their way-ward children's rebellion.
  • 11. Raising Children
    • And it has been my observation over the years that parents are generally more to blame for wayward kids than society, or peers, or any of the other influences parents tend to blame.
  • 12. Raising Children
    • I occasionally encounter parents who have violated nearly every biblical principle of parenting, who nonetheless come to the pastor seeking some kind of absolution from the responsibility for their children's defiance.
  • 13. Raising Children
    • They want verbal assurance that they are in no way to blame; someone else is. Yet God Himself has given the responsibility for raising children to parents.
  • 14. Raising Children
    • Not to schoolteachers, peers, childcare workers, or other people outside the family—and therefore it is wrong for parents to attempt to unload that responsibility or shift the blame when things go wrong. (From Successful Christian Parenting by John MacArthur)
  • 15. Raising Children
    • Application: If you are a parent, how would you evaluate your parenting skills? Study God's rules of parenting. Take responsibility for raising your children to honor and love God.
  • 16. Raising Children
    • Exploration: Raising Children
    • Deuteronomy 4:9 NET Again, however, pay very careful attention, lest you forget the things you have seen and disregard them for the rest of your life; instead teach them to your children and grandchildren.
  • 17. Raising Children
    • Proverbs 22:6 NET Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
    • Ephesians 6:1 NET Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.
  • 18. Raising Children
    • 2 " Honor your father and mother , " which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, 3 " that it may go well with you and that you will live a long time on the earth . " 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
  • 19. Raising Children
    • Adam & Eve’s son Cain was the first murderer.
    • Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu did something so bad A fire flashed from the LORD and burned them, and they died in the presence of the LORD.
  • 20. Raising Children
    • Priest and Judge Eli’s sons are evil and The Lord causes them to die.
    • Samuel’s sons were evil also. The people did not want Samuel’s sons to take his place in leading them.
  • 21. Raising Children
    • King David, a man after God’s own heart, had sons that did evil.
    • In our reading this week we found out King Hezekiah’s son Manasseh led Judah to commit terrible sins against The Lord. In his case Proverbs 22:6 rings true.
  • 22. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • Situation: Hezekiahs son Manasseh succeeded him. Manasseh worshiped false gods as his ancestors had done. But God caused him to turn from his sin.
  • 23. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • Observation: It was out of his great need that Manasseh turned to God. The Lord hears our prayers and shows great mercy.
  • 24. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • Inspiration: You know the story of Peter, the first sailor. Let me tell you about the second, whose name was John.
  • 25. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • He had served on the seas since he was eleven years old, His father, an English shipmaster in the Mediterranean, took him aboard and trained him well for a life in the Royal Navy.
  • 26. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • Yet what John gained in experience, he lacked in discipline. He mocked authority. Ran with the wrong crowd. Indulged in the sinful ways of a sailor.
  • 27. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • Although his training would have qualified him to serve as an officer, his behavior caused him to be flogged and demoted.
  • 28. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • In his early twenties, he made his way to Africa, where he became intrigued with the lucrative slave trade.
    • At age twenty-one, he made his living on the Greyhound, a slave ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 29. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • John ridiculed the moral and poked fun at the religious. He even made jokes about a book that would eventually help reshape his life: The Imitation of Christ.
  • 30. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • In fact, he was degrading that book a few hours before his ship sailed into an angry storm.
    • That night the waves pummeled the Greyhound, spinning the ship one minute on the top of a wave. Plunging her the next into a watery valley.
  • 31. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • John awakened to find his cabin filled with water. A side of the Greyhound had collapsed. Ordinarily such damage would have sent a ship to the bottom in a matter of minutes. The Greyhound, however, was carrying buoyant cargo and remained afloat.
  • 32. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • John worked at the pumps all night. For nine hours, he and the other sailors struggled to keep the ship from sinking, But he knew that it was a losing cause.
  • 33. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • Finally, when his hopes were more battered than the vessel, he threw himself on the saltwater-soaked deck and pleaded, "If this will not do, then Lord have mercy on us all.”
  • 34. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • John didn't deserve mercy, but he received it. The Greyhound and her crew survived.
    • John never forgot God's mercy shown on that tempestuous day in the roaring Atlantic. He returned to England where he became a ' prolific composer.
  • 35. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • Amazing grace!
    • how sweet the sound,
    • That saved a wretch like me!
    • I once was lost,
    • but now am found,
    • was blind, but now I see.
  • 36. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • T’was grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved
    • How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed
  • 37. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • Thro’ many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come
    • ‘ Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home
  • 38. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun
    • We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we first begun.
  • 39. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • This slave-trader-turned-songwriter was John Newton.
    • Along with his hymn writing, he also became a powerful pulpiteer. For nearly fifty years, he filled pulpits and churches with the story of the Savior who meets you and me in the storm. (From In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado)
  • 40. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • Application: Take the troubles you face today—disease, alcohol, kids in trouble, cash flow—and wrap them in a prayer: "Lord, have mercy, and teach me to see your way through the storm."
  • 41. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • Exploration: God Hears Us
    • Psalms 18:6 NET In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried out to my God. From his heavenly temple he heard my voice; he listened to my cry for help .
  • 42. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • Isaiah 41:10 NET Don’t be afraid, for I am with you! Don't be frightened, for I am your God! I strengthen you — yes, I help you — yes, I uphold you with my saving right hand!
  • 43. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • Hebrews 13:6 NET So we can say with confidence, " The Lord is my helper , and I will not be afraid . What can man do to me? "
  • 44. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • King Manasseh was so terrible he covered the city in blood. He also erected idols for the people to worship. This cuts to the heart of the greatest command. Love the Lord your God with everything you have .
  • 45. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • 2 Kings 21:16 NET Furthermore Manasseh killed so many innocent people, he stained Jerusalem with their blood from end to end, in addition to encouraging Judah to sin by doing evil in the sight of the LORD.
  • 46. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • 2 Chronicles 33:11 NET So the LORD brought against them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria. They seized Manasseh, put hooks in his nose, bound him with bronze chains, and carried him away to Babylon.
  • 47. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • 12 In his pain Manasseh asked the LORD his God for mercy and truly humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. 13 When he prayed to the LORD, the LORD responded to him and answered favorably his cry for mercy.
  • 48. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • The LORD brought him back to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh realized that the LORD is the true God.
    • The Bible says Manasseh spent time undoing all the bad he had done such as tearing down the idols he had put up to worship.
  • 49. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • Acts 17:30 NET Therefore, although God has overlooked such times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent,
  • 50. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • Are we in need of repentance, turning back to God in some area of our lives? God wants us to Repent and confess our sins to Him.
  • 51. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • 1 John 1:9 NET But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.
  • 52. The Lord Will Accept Repentance
    • If The Lord can forgive such a sinful man as King Manasseh He will surely forgive each of us if we truly humble ourselves and confess our sins to Him in Repentance.