A New Birth

(Mark 5:1-13, 18-20 Dr. Baines, Jr. 1/2020)

Introduction: A key idea in today's lesson is Jesus healed a possessed man and sent him to do home ministry. This discussion centers around how, “we will be challenged to let God use us to do His marvelous will."

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Read: Ezekiel 37:1-14

Introduction: A key idea in today's lesson is that God is able and willing to restore His people. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to trust God in our dry seasons and strive to live so that we don't have to be restored.

Summary Highlights: Ezekiel declares that the hand of the Lord was upon him. The Lord took him to a valley. The valley is known for having a huge number of very dry bones. The Lord asked, can the bones live. Ezekiel replied that only the Lord knows.

The Lord told Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones. When he prophesied, the bones came together with great noise. However, they had no breath in them. The Lord tells Ezekiel to prophesy to the breath. He obeys, and the bodies receive breath and life. The Lord explains that He will restore Israel in a fashion similar to the object lesson with the bones.

Key Points:
1. God speaks. Notice in vs. 1 that the Lord speaks to Ezekiel in a mysterious way. .....Let's work on keeping the Bible as our authoritative source, instead of chasing after or tarrying for some mysterious revelation.

2. Trusting God. Notice in vs. 3 that Ezekiel trusted God to do even that which he did not understand. .....Let's learn to trust Him with the mysterious and overwhelming problems in our lives.

3. Sharing God’s word. Notice in vs. 4 that Ezekiel was to prophesy to the dry bones. .....Let's make sure we keep on sharing God's word, even in valleys of very dry bones and hopeless looking situations.

4. Phases. Notice in vss. 7-8 that God can work in phases. The bones can come together but yet be without life. .....Let's work on simply obeying God and trusting Him to do what is best.

5. Resurrected for service. Notice in vs. 10 that breath was given to the bones, so they could be an army for God. .....Let's take our resurrection experiences and be an obedient and dutiful soldiers for the Lord.

6. Skipping over some of the "dry bone seasons" in our lives. Notice that the reason the people of Israel had to go through all of this dryness was because of their sins. .....Let's learn to simply live an obedient life, so we can skip over all of this dry bone stuff. 

What is one thing you will take from this material and work on, in regard to your discipleship goals?

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