1. Women’s Bible study is available on our website “refreshaz.church”. Find the women’s tab, under Ministries and click on the link to download and print your copy at home. My wife will get in touch with you about having her women’s study via Zoom until we can meet again.
2. Please pray and have faith right now. We are respecting the laws of the land by not having church in person. Please see our website and know that we are available to chat and meet with you in small groups as you feel led.
3. You can still give online- as you know, we never pass the plate (especially now) but if you feel called, you can tithe on our website as well.
Spiritual success, Jesus Style!
1. Obey and Grow
2. Are you looking for Jesus?
3. How’s your business?
4. Obey and Increase
*In review: In the past few weeks, we saw that Mary and Joseph came to be counted, Jesus was born in a stable and the 3 shepherds came to visit the Savior child. We also read of the account of Simeon and Anna who finished well.
39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 And the Child grew and became strong [k]in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
1. Obey and grow
Joseph the earthly father of Jesus was a righteous man. Joseph and Mary were people who were obedient to the religious laws of the land. They were good people who loved God devoutly and honored God with their obedience, which at that time was obeying the law of Moses.
They did all the requirements of the law. I love the obedience to the law, and the fact that they’re raising the Son of God resulted in these good people raising a great kid. I don’t think if they had been bad parents would have been an issue raising Jesus, but their good virtue and genuinely being good people led them to raise a good soon. So that begs the question, do you obey and see growth? I would say that there are people reading right now who wish they could have raised their children in a more Christ-like arena. Thoughts race through all our minds and we know that hindsight is 20/20, but we know the song “dear younger me”. For those of you in the room today with families, ask some of our older saints what you could learn from them. Ask them what they wish they would have done differently. Ask them what they did well? Ask them what they wish they would have done better.
Look at how Jesus grew, THOUGHT - If Jesus needed strength, wisdom and grace, then so do we beloved, for Jesus is our example of how to live the (supernatural) Christian life, naturally.
NET NOTE adds that "the Child of God grew and became strong, and filled with wisdom. Luke emphasizes the humanity of Jesus and his growth toward maturity." That’s the greatest thing about following Jesus. Look we don’t clean the fish before we catch them. WE catch the fish and then the cleaning happens.
41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And [l]Joseph and His mother did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him.
2. Are you looking for Jesus?
This good Jewish family is going to their type of church. What a glorious thing to go to church together, even online. Unity and family. At ReFresh we teach the same concepts to the children’s ministry as we do in the main service. We believe that the Spiritual meal should be eaten together and discussed as we go down the path of life together from all ages. WE are looking for Jesus. Amen
Deuteronomy 16:16 “Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.
Jesus is the Passover lamb going to the Passover. Remember this feast is the celebration and remembrance of the Children of Israel being delivered from the Angel of death who killed all the first-born male children in the land of Egypt. Pharaoh and his family and the Egyptians families all lost their first born that night. Of course, we know that the Passover was instated by putting the blood over the door post and the lentil of a house that would in essence make the shape of a cross. That would signify that the Angel of death should pass over that home and not kill the first born son.
One commentator noted this and I want to share.
We are told that “they went to Jerusalem every year, at the feast of the Passover.” They regularly honored God’s appointed ordinances, and they honored them together. The distance from Nazareth to Jerusalem was great. The journey, to poor people without any means of conveyance, was, doubtless, troublesome and fatiguing. To leave house and home for ten days or a fortnight was no slight expense. But God had given Israel a command, and Joseph and Mary strictly obeyed it. God had appointed an ordinance for their spiritual good, and they regularly kept it. And all that they did concerning the Passover they did together. When they went up to the feast, they always went up side by side. So, ought it to be with all Christian husbands and wives. They ought to help one another in spiritual things, and to encourage one another in the service of God. Marriage...is a state of life which has the greatest effect on the souls of those who enter into it. It helps them upwards or downwards. It leads them nearer to heaven or nearer to hell. We