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Introduction: The importance of gathering in the church

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MAIN IDEA

God’s heart is for us to gather in the church, where His protection, life, favor, and anointing is found!

key scriptures

Acts 2:1, Heb. 10:25, 1. Cor 12:8, Ps. 133, Mark 5:5, Matt. 18:12–14

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • Pastor Prince shares a word in season that God has for us. The word he received was “one place,” the same word used in Acts 2:1 which says: “On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place.” In these post-pandemic times, God wants us to prioritize gathering together in the church, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together (Heb. 10:25). 
  • There is power when we gather together! The gifts of the Holy Spirit come upon us in a corporate setting (1. Cor 12:8). Where God’s people dwell, there He commands His life. The church is where the dew of heaven and the anointing of God are found (Ps. 133). 
  • There is safety when believers dwell together. The church is where we receive correction and experience the goodness of God that leads us to repentance! In contrast, when we isolate ourselves, we put ourselves in a position where the enemy can harm us. An example would be the Gadarene demoniac who lived in isolation and constantly cut himself (Mark 5:5). Self-harm is not just a psychological problem but something caused by the powers of darkness. For those who are struggling with thoughts of self-harm, know that you are precious to God. The Good Shepherd will leave his flock of ninety-nine just to look for you (Matt. 18:12–14). Don’t isolate yourself. We are not meant to function alone. We are part of a flock! Prioritize gathering in church and not forsake the assembling of ourselves.
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Find hope when you read God's Word

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We can find hope in times of trouble when we spend time reading the Word of God.

key scriptures

Rom. 15:4, Gal. 3:29

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
    —Romans 15:4 NKJV
  • “For whatever things were written before” — This refers to the Old Testament. While the entire Bible is written for our learning, Paul was referring to the Old Testament when he wrote this letter to the believers in Rome.
  • “Hope” — Usually when we say things such as, “I hope so,” our use of the word “hope” connotes uncertainty and doubt. But Bible hope is different. The Greek translation of this word is “elpis,” which refers to a positive, confident, and joyful expectation of good in your future. This is how we are to live!
  • We are to live life with a joyful and confident expectation of good for our future. If we are preoccupied with such negative thoughts and live without hope, we can find ourselves in a place of depression. While depression has different forms, it stems from a lack of hope. 
  • Some of us might be plagued with fears about the future, worries about our children, and concerns about our health. The more we are filled with such worrisome thoughts, the more we see bleakness and darkness in our future. But God wants us to be anchored in hope, and we can find hope in the Word of God.
  • Since we are in Christ, we are Abraham’s seed and will be blessed just as he was (Gal. 3:29)! For those worried about the upcoming recession, we can find hope when we read about how Abraham and Issac flourished even during times of famine (Gen. 26:12). While we are not exempted from the troubles in this world, we can hold on to the promise that we will flourish even in these trying times!
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See success and healing increase in your life

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MAIN IDEA

Experience success, emotional well-being, and physical healing in a multiplied measure when you see Jesus in the Word of God!

key scriptures

Rom. 8:17, 1 Cor. 1:30, 2 Pet. 1:2–3, Exod. 31:3

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • The first key to studying the Bible is to look for Jesus in the Word. When you find Jesus, you will find yourself because you are in Him! It is our benefit to know who Christ is, what He has, and what He possesses. Because we are joint-heirs with Jesus (Rom. 8:17), whatever that we see Him have in the Bible, we also receive! 
  • “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”
    —1 Corinthians 1:30 KJV

    Christ is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. He is made unto us these things for our profit
  • Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.”
    —2 Peter 1:2–3 NKJV
  • knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” — The Greek translation of the word “knowledge” is “epignōsis,” which is a singular noun. This means that the knowledge referred to here is of one person, Jesus, who is God and our Lord.
  • Seeing Jesus in the Word multiples to you favor for good success.

    “Grace and peace be multiplied” —
    When we see Jesus in the Word, grace is multiplied to us. Grace refers to unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor. When we receive God’s favor, good things happen to us! This is independent of our abilities or intellect.
  • Seeing Jesus in the Word multiples to you emotional wellbeing and physical health

    “Grace and peace be multiplied” —
    We also receive peace in a multiplied manner when we see Jesus in the Word. The Hebrew translation for the word “peace” is “shalom.” This peace is an aggressive peace that guards our hearts and minds against worries, fears, cares, anxiety, and apprehensions. Aside from mental and emotional peace, “shalom” also refers to wholeness and health.
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Become unshakable in times of shaking

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We can be unshakable in times of shaking by receiving fresh revelations of Jesus.

key scriptures

2 Pet. 1:2–3, Matt. 16:15–18, Matt. 4:4

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.”
    —2 Peter 1:2–3 NKJV
  • knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” — The Greek translation for the word “knowledge” is “epignōsis,” which refers to precise and full knowledge. This knowledge is something that can only come from God. 
  • “He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church. . .”
    —Matthew 16:15–18 NKJV

    for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you” — “Flesh and blood” here refers to Peter and his natural wisdom. Peter had a revelation of Jesus, but this revelation came from God. When we read the Bible, we should not just look to grow in knowledge, but ask God for revelation. Receiving revelation does not mean receiving a new doctrine, but it means God shedding light on what is already present in His Word through the Holy Spirit.
  • on this rock I will build My church” — There is a belief that “this rock” Jesus was referring to was Peter, whose name means “rock.” However, in the Greek, these two words for “rock” are different words. The rock Jesus was referring to, on which He would build His church, is the revelation of who He is (the Christ, the Son of the living God).
  • Nevertheless, Peter did become solid like a rock after receiving this revelation of Jesus. Likewise, we too can become rock-solid like Peter when we receive revelations of Jesus, and we can be unshakable in trying times!
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Turn your frustrations into breakthroughs

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MAIN IDEA

Receive your breakthrough as you see Jesus in the Word!

key scriptures

Gen. 22:2, Gen. 22:12–13, 2 Pet. 1:2–3, 1 Tim. 6:17, Matt. 6:33

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • See Jesus in the Word. Jesus is all throughout the Bible. An example of this would be the story of Abraham sacrificing his son Isaac in Genesis 22. 
  • “Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
    —Genesis 22:2 NKJV

    These were the instructions that Abraham received from God. However, at this point in time, Abraham had two sons: Ishmael and Isaac. This shows us that when God said, “Your only son,” he was referring to Isaac as a picture of His only begotten Son, Jesus. 
  • Pastor Prince shares his personal experience of how his daughter, Jessica, received healing as he spent time reading the Word. When Jessica was a child, she fell sick and Pastor Prince became really worried. In his state of desperation, he decided to read the Bible. As he read about Abraham’s offering in Genesis 22, he began to see how the story was about God giving up His only Son for us. As he immersed himself in reading about God’s love for Jesus, he realized that Jessica had stopped crying from her pain and was healed! The very thing that Pastor Prince had been trying to get (healing for his daughter by praying and commanding God’s healing over her) came supernaturally as he focused on Jesus. This shows us that we can turn our frustrations into breakthroughs by seeing Jesus in the Word, by being Christ-occupied. Doing so can bring practical results in our lives! 
  • The key to your breakthrough is to focus on Christ. Whatever you need, whatever breakthrough you are trusting God for, God will richly supply you all things when you focus on Christ!

    “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.”
    —2 Peter 1:2–3 NKJV

    has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” — The knowledge of our Lord Jesus does not only lead to godliness, but it also brings us life. This includes healing, provision, and supply, which are all matters of life! 
  • all things” — God has given us richly all things to enjoy (1 Tim. 6:17)! The Bible tells us that we need not worry about what we are going to eat and what we are going to wear. These represent earthly and material things. While these things are important, Matthew 6:33 tells us that when we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, these things will be added to us!

    “through the knowledge of Him
    ” — When we see Jesus in the Word, we have multiplied favor, shalom peace, wellbeing, wholeness, and life. “Shalom” also means prosperity. These things are added to us when we grow in our knowledge of Jesus.
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How to see Jesus when reading the Old Testament

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We can see Jesus in the Old Testament by comparing and contrasting His life and the lives of Old Testament characters.

key scriptures

Gen. 1:1, Gen. 37:12–36, Gen. 42:8, Gen. 45:3, Gen. 3:15, 1 Sam. 22:2, Luke 22:28–30, Judg. 16: 26–30

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • Jesus is present all throughout the Bible. One way to discern pictures of Jesus in the Old Testament is to notice similarities between His life and the lives of Old Testament characters.
  • Jesus revealed in the life of Joseph

    Joseph is a type of Christ. Just like how Joseph was sold by his brothers (Gen. 37:12–36), Jesus was sold by Judas for thirty pieces of silver. When Joseph met his brothers many years later, they did not recognise him (Gen. 42:8). Similarly, during Jesus’ first coming, the children of Israel were blind to him and did not see Him as their Savior. Instead, they rejected him just like how Joseph’s brothers did. It was only during their second meeting that Joseph revealed himself to his brothers (Gen. 45:3). During this time, Joseph was supplying grain and food to the children of Israel during a time of great famine. Likewise, Jesus will reveal Himself to Israel in the Second Coming, and in the meantime, He has been the Bread of Life.
  • Jesus revealed in the story of David
    We can see many parallels between David and Jesus. The first example is the story of David and Goliath. In this story, David conquered Goliath, the enemy. When we compare this to the life of Jesus, we can see the similarity in Jesus conquering the enemy Satan as promised in Genesis 3:15 where it says: “. . . And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” The Seed here refers to Jesus. When Jesus was crucified at Calvary, He conquered and “bruised the head” of a greater Goliath—Satan. 

    Another highlight of David’s life was how a group of men who were distressed, in debt, and discontented (also famously known as the 3D army), followed him around during his time in the wilderness (1 Sam. 22:2). As these men followed David around, they became mighty men and soldiers! Today, our Lord Jesus is still being rejected by the world, depicted by David’s rejection in the wilderness. Just like the 3D army followed David around and became mighty men, we too become strengthened when we continue to follow Jesus. Not only are we strengthened when we follow Jesus, but  those who continue with Him have a table in heaven specially prepared for us by the Lord (Luke 22:28–30)!  
  • Another way to discern pictures of Jesus in the Old Testament is to look at the great feats of heroes of faith and notice how Jesus is still greater.

    We see an example of this in the story of Samson in Judges 16.

    Judges 16 records the story of Samson’s death and how he killed more enemies in his death than he had killed in his life (Judges 16: 26–30). In contrast, our Lord Jesus’ death at the cross saved more people than He had saved and healed in His life on earth! 
  • There are many types and shadows of Christ hidden in the Bible. We can find Jesus when we take time to study, compare, and contrast these stories with our Lord Jesus’ life!
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Let the sweetness of God’s Word encourage yoU

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In dark and trying times, we can find true satisfaction, sweetness, and encouragement in the Word of God.

key scriptures

Ex. 15, Ezek. 3:1-3, Song of Sg. 2:3, Prov. 16:24

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • A principle on how to read the Bible such that it feeds and nourishes you is to look for sweetness in God’s Word.
  • The first mention of the word “sweet” is in Exodus 15, when God turned the bitter waters of Marah into sweet waters for the children of Israel in the wilderness. It was also at the same time and place that God said: “I am the Lord who heals you.” The first mention of sweetness is related to healing. Today, we receive healing when we taste the sweetness of God’s Word!
  • “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll. And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness.
    —Ezekiel 3:1-3 NKJV
  • Eat this scroll” — This refers to God’s Word. Just like Ezekiel, we are to “eat” God’s Word, which means to find enjoyment and nourishment by meditating on Scripture.
  • honey in sweetness” — The words that God wants us to receive in the Bible are sweet like honey. While there might be judgment in the Old Testament, we can see God’s mercy at the same time. The more we study God’s mercy, the more we taste the sweetness of His Word! 
  • “Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.”
    —Song of Songs 2:3 NKJV
  • “his fruit is sweet” — This refers to God’s Word, which is sweet! 
  • sit in his shade” — This refers to us taking time to sit at the Lord’s feet to receive from Him.
  • The Bible is filled with pleasant words, which are sweet to our soul and bring health to us (Prov. 16:24). In the times we are currently living in, there is a lot of bitterness, sadness, lack, fear of recession, and brokenness. In these trying times, we can find true satisfaction, sweetness, and encouragement in the Word of God.

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