Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line): 1.P, apostle o JC, 2Gs elect,exiles scattrd throughout Pontus,Galatia,Cappadocia,Asia,Bithynia(1) 2.chosen accordg24knowlg o G thru sanctfyg wk o S,2b obed to JC&sprnkld ...

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  1. Homiletics: 1 Peter 1
  2. Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace
  3. Homiletics: John 21
  4. Homiletics: John 20
  5. Homiletics John 19:31-42
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Homiletics: 1 Peter 1

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.P, apostle o JC, 2Gs elect,exiles scattrd throughout Pontus,Galatia,Cappadocia,Asia,Bithynia(1)

2.chosen accordg24knowlg o G thru sanctfyg wk o S,2b obed to JC&sprnkld w/blod:grace&peace(2)

3.praise2Fr! In grt mercy,givn us new birth thru resurr o JC in2 inheritnc tht nvr perish/spoil/fade(3-4a)

4.inhrtnc kpt hvn4u who thru faith r shieldd by Gs pwr til cming o salv ready 2breveald in last time (4b-5) this u grtly rejoice, tho now u may’ve had2suffr grief in trials; thes cm so genuinss ur faith (6-7a)

6. (>worth thn au-perish tho refind by fire)result in praise, glry, honr whn JC reveald (7b)

7.tho u seen Hm,uYHm;tho u see Hm now,u bel&r filld w/inexprssbl&glrius joy,4u recv salv(8-9)

8.concrng this salv, proph who spoke o grace2cm2u,searchd intently w/grtst care(10)

9.trying 2find time&circumstncs Spirit was pointing when predictd suffrings o Mess&glories2follow(11)

10.revld they servg u whn spoke things told u by preachd Gosp2u by HS,angels long 2lk n2 thesthngs(12)


11.Ther4,w/minds alert&sober, set ur hope on grace2b brought when JC=revld@His cming(13)

12.cnform2evl desirs had whn livd n ignornc;as He who calld u=holy,b holy;writn:b hly bec I holy(14-16)

13.Since u call FR who judgs ea pers’s wk impartially, live as foreigners here in revernt fear (17)

14.u know it not w/perishbl things such as silver/au u redeemd frm empty life handd u frm ancestrs (18)

15. but w/precious blood of Christ, a lamb w/o blemish/defect (19)

16.He was chosn b4 creation, but reveald in these last times 4 ur sake (20)

17.Thru Hm u bel in G who raisd Him frm dead/glorfid Him, so ur faith/hope r in G(21) uve purifd urselvs by obeyg truth so u hv sincreY4ea othr,Y1anothr deeply frmY(22)

19.4u brn agn, imperishable seed thru living/enduring wd o G(23)

20.ppl lk grass,glry lk flowers, grass withrs,flowers fall, word o L endures 4evr, this wd prchd2u(24-25)


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Peter to God’s elect: praise God the Father  Who has given us new birth, though we may suffer so our faith may result in praise, glory and honor when Christ is revealed; the prophets predicted Messiah’s suffering and glories and even angels long to look into these things (1-12)

Principle:  Believers live lives of praise to God.

2.Don’t conform to evil desires, live as foreigners in reverent fear, through Jesus believe in God, obey the truth, love each other deeply, born again through the imperishable word of the Lord. (13-25)

Principle:  Believers live lives of obedience to God.


Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Peter to God’s elect: you may suffer; praise and obey.


Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Believers are foreigners on earth, rejoicing, obeying the truth and enduring temporary suffering.


Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.To whom can you show grace and peace and how will you do that this week?  (the one who hurt me.  I will do this by adding them to my daily prayer list because praying for them less often hasn’t healed my heart, and by spending time with them.)

What needs to change in your heart or attitude so you live a life characterized by praise for Christ?  (Welcome suffering, praise Him for persecution, remember His joy is my strength)

2.In what area(s) of your life are you conforming to evil desires rather than God’s Word and what might you change this week to get back on track?  (See my work as service to Jesus and do it diligently and with excellence and integrity.  Quit complaining and disrespecting authority.  I had been boycotting staff meetings because of inappropriate comments made during the meeting – I went to the last one and when my boss tried to bait me into saying something inappropriate, I told him, “I’m not falling for that.”)


How can I be a blessing to the nations this week?  (I can start by sharing grace and peace with one person!  I can welcome suffering in my life and encourage others who are suffering.)


A few notes on 1 Peter 1:


Remember Peter?  Fisherman…One who witnessed the transfiguration…walked on water…denied Christ 3x…he authored the gospel penned by Mark…his 1st sermon brought 3000 to Christ…experienced Pentecost…declared Jesus to be “the Son of the Living God”…didn’t want to eat with Gentiles…


This letter was written by the apostle Peter during the time of Nero’s persecution of Christians around AD 64, from Rome (Babylon), penned by Silas, to believers who were undergoing trials (possible stemming from Nero’s persecution) in 5 provinces in the area now known as Turkey.


Written to emphasize and encourage Christian living, especially in the face of suffering and persecution.


We need to understand our suffering in light of God’s higher purposes for ourselves and others.


We are foreigners/strangers/exiles who should live as citizens of heaven.


By living this way, we are God’s priestly people.  One source indicated we are fulfilling our calling where Israel failed: to be a blessing to the nations.  Read 1 Peter with this in mind.


Do you thank and praise God for choosing you?


Are you experiencing His grace and peace in abundance?  To whom can you show His grace and peace?


What has God given you in His great mercy?


Praise Jesus!  Eternal life doesn’t erode or diminish!


We are totally protected by God the whole time we’re on earth!  Hallelujah!!! This doesn’t mean we won’t suffer.


How are you suffering?  (Disease, unemployment, relationships, addictions, pain)  Are you able to rejoice in that suffering?


A pregnant woman has pain (physical labor and childbirth) and joy (bringing a child into the world) at the same time!  The joy is so much greater than the pain, she’ll get pregnant again!  A pregnant woman will PRAY for labor to begin!  Are you praying for your spiritual labor to start so something amazing can be birthed in you?  (thanks, Joyce Meyer!)


The joy of the Lord is your strength!!!


Our trials are purposeful.  What purposes have you observed from your trials or the trials of others?


Rejoice in your suffering.  Wouldn’t the enemy leave you alone is you weren’t making an impact for the kingdom of God?


One day, EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!


How has Jesus filled you with “inexpressible and glorious joy”?


Eternal life began the moment Jesus saved you.  How does your life reflect that?


The prophets and angels don’t understand salvation, repentance and man’s intimate relationship with God.  Do you treasure that relationship?  Have you thanked Him for it lately?


We show our gratitude through our obedience.  How is your obedience?  Are you conforming to the evil desires you used to have? Have you prayed expectantly for God to take them from you?


What are you hanging onto from your past that keeps you desiring those evil things?  Are you willing to let them go?


Do you seek God’s will for your life daily?  How about hourly?


When He reveals His will, do you obey it?


What thoughts need to be taken captive and what activities need to be purged because they talk you out of obeying God?


Partial obedience is disobedience.


We are legal aliens…Ambassadors!!!


How can you live as a foreigner on earth?  We need to hold to the laws, customs, language, etc of our homeland: Heaven.


We should look different.  We should sound different.  We shouldn’t fit in with the world.


Where are you compromising your heavenly citizenship to fit in with the world?


Being a foreigner isn’t easy.  How can you encourage your Christian siblings for being different from the world?  Who will you encourage today?  Does your phone allow you to type a text now to be sent in the future?


Believers are to live in reverence to God…in awe…not arrogant…not hard-headed (or hearted)…not reckless…


Would someone watching you say you are reverent of God?  Or would they say you are arrogant?


Are there areas of hard-headedness in you that need to be softened?  Ask God to soften you in those areas.


Where are you living recklessly? Do you tend to “wing it”? Or are you deliberate about prayer and Bible study and fellowship and ministry and sharing the gospel?  Ask Jesus to guide you in leading a more deliberate and influential life to advance His kingdom.


Your life is purposeful.


We are called to follow Jesus.


We are called to love each other deeply.


We are called to be pure and obey the truth.


We are called to be holy.


We’ve been born again through the living, active, enduring Word of God that is sharper than any two-edged sword.  It’s like a scalpel in the hands of the Great Physician, and He is ready to use that scalpel to cut deeply and get all the evil and compromise and worldliness and arrogance and recklessness out of us.  Are you ready to let Him do that?


Will you entrust yourself to the Savior of your soul?  He has your best interest at heart.  He has plans for your life.  Plans to prosper you and not harm you.  Plans to give you hope and an eternal future.


Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

Forensic Faith

by J. Warner Wallace
Christian Living
David C Cook

Christianity has a rich evidential history, yet most of us are ill-prepared to make the case for what we believe. In Forensic Faith, veteran detective J. Warner Wallace teaches us the principles investigators use so we can develop a clear, evidence-based faith. Forensic Faith will help you:
  • embrace your duty to defend the truth
  • devise a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity
  • learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God's Word
  • become a better communicator by learning the skills of professional case makers 
Are you ready to start a new journey as a follower of Christ? Are you ready to have greater impact on your culture? Forensic Faith provides you with the strategies and the tools needed to become an effective Christian Case Maker.


 Meet the Author

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on
Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene. Wallace has a master's degree in theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.

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Here's my review of this amazing witness-building tool:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to J. Warner Wallace and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Forensic Faith" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
“Forensic Faith” by J. Warner Wallace is a valuable resource enabling the Christian to deepen their faith by building their case for why they believe what they believe.  When we defend our beliefs, we strengthen them and we may also influence the thinking of others. 

I used the Readiness Review to which this book refers in my adult women’s Sunday school class.  We learned that not many of us is capable of defending our faith.  We also learned specific areas where we need to figure out why we believe what we believe not only to defend our faith, but to strengthen it. This evaluation is going to help me tailor the curriculum we use to pose questions designed to help my ladies build their own case for faith.
I visited the site to obtain the Readiness Review and articles pertaining to each question.  The yellow font on the website makes the titles difficult to read, but I was able to trip over everything I needed to prepare my lesson.  I highly recommend this book and its accompanying resources.

Homiletics: John 21

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.After, J revealed self again 2disc by Sea of Tiberias: SP, Thos, Nath, Zeb sons&2others together (1-2)

2.SP:I’m going fishing;they:we’re coming; went into boat, that nite caught nothing (3)

3.When daybrk came, J stood on shore, disc know it J;”men”,J called,”u have fish, do u?” “no” (4-5)

4.”cast net rt side boat&you’ll find some”, they unable 2 haul bec of lg # of fish (6)

5.discJlv2P:it is the L;P tied outr garmt round him/plungd in2 sea; discs came in boat draggin fish(7-8)

6.when they got out, saw charcoal fire w/fish&bread;”bring some fish u caught,”J told them (9-10)

7.SP hauled lg fish 153,net torn;“come have breakfast”;none ask who r u bec they knew it was L(11-12)

8.J came,took bread,gave2em,same w/fish;this 3rdtime J appeard2disc after raised(13-14)


9.Whn they’d eaten,J:Sim,son of John, do u lv me mo than these?Y,L u know I lv u;feed lambs(15)

10.2nd x:Sim, do u lv me? Y,L u know I lv u; shepherd my sheep(16)

11.3rd x:Sim, do u lv me? P grieved He askd 3rdx:L u know evrythg,u know I lv u; feed my sheep(17)

12.whn young u walk where u wantd,whn old u’ll stretch out hands some1 carry u where u want 2go(18)

13.He said to signify kind of death he glorify G; “Follow me” (19)


14.P saw disc J lv following, P:L what about him?(20-21)

15.”If I want him 2 remain till I come, what’s that to you? Follow me”(22)

16.Rept spread to bros this disc wouldn’t die, yet J tellhim he wouldn’t die(23)

17.This is disc who testifies to these things&wrote them;we know testimony true(24)

18.There many other things J did, if they were written 1x1, not even wrld could contain bks written(25)


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Jesus revealed Himself a third time to the disciples by the sea of Tiberias. (1-14)

Principle:  Jesus reveals Himself to those who love Him.

2.Jesus asks Simon Peter three times “Do you love me” and assures Peter by what kind of death he will glorify God. (15-19)

Principle:  Jesus restores His people so we may serve and glorify God.

3.The disciple Jesus loved follows Jesus and Peter, a report spreads to the brothers that this disciple would not die, he is the one who testifies to these things and wrote these words and declares if everything Jesus did were written, the whole world couldn’t contain the books! (20-25)

Principle:  Jesus did and does so much more than we could ever imagine out of love for people.


Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Jesus’ third appearance and restoration of Peter complete John’s gospel.


Jesus’ third appearance and Peter’s love declaration complete John’s gospel.


Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK  Jesus loves you and came to earth to reveal God to you and restore you into relationship with and service to Him.


Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.How has Jesus revealed Himself to you lately and how has this changed your behavior and worship of Him?

2.In what areas of your service to Christ do you need to be restored and how will that restoration affect your relationship with and service to Him?

3.What are some of the things Jesus has done for you that are not recorded in books and how will those things change how you treat Him and others?

Homiletics: John 20

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.Early 1st day/wk, still dk, MaryM2tomb, saw stone rem (1)

2.She run 2SP & disc J lvd: They taken L & we knowwhere they put Him (2)

3.P& other disc started4tomb, running, other disc reached tomb 1st (3-4)

4.He looked at linen, didn’t go in, SP went straight in, saw linen/cloth still lying in place (5-7)

5.Finally other disc went inside, saw/believed;(they understdJ had to rise from dead);went back (8-10)

6.Mary outside tomb crying, bent2look in, saw 2 angels is wt where body had been 1@head,1@ft(11-12)

7.”Wmn, YU crying?”  “They’ve taken my L&I know where they put Him” (13)

8.She turned, saw J, realize was J; He:Wmn YU crying?  Who U looking for? (14-15a)

9.Thinking He gardener: Tell me where U put Him&I’ll get Him; J:Mary; M:Rabboni! (15b-16)

10.J:hold onto me, I ascended to Fr; go to bros, tell them I’m ascend to my/ur Fr,my/ur G (17)

11.Mary2disc: “I’ve seen L” & told them He said all these things (18)

12.Evening 1st day disc together w/doors locked J stood among them: Peace Bw/U(19)

13.He showed hand/side, disc overjoyed; J:Peace Bw/U, as Fr sent me, I send U (20-21)

14.He breathed on them:Receive HS, if you 4give anyone’s sins, forgiven, if not, not (22-23)

15.Thos, 1of12, not w/disc when J came; other disc: we’ve seen L (24-25a)

16.Unless I see nail marks in hands, put my hand into side, I believe (25b)

17.1wk l8rThos w/em,doors lockd,J came:Peace Bw/U;2Thos:put fingr here,hand in2side,stop doubt, bel (26-27)

18.Thos: my L& my G; J:bec U seen, U bel, blessed are those seen, yet bel (28-29)

19.J perf many other signs in pres of disc recordedin this bk (30)

20.these written so U be J=Messiah/SonofG & by bel U hv life in His name (31)


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1. Early on the 1st day, Mary Magdelene, Peter and John see the empty tomb, John believes and Mary sees the Lord (1-18)


2.Evening on the 1st day, Jesus stood among the overjoyed disciples, except Thomas, who wasn’t there, won’t believe unless he sees (19-25)


3.One week later, Jesus comes, Thomas believes and (author declares) signs recorded in this book were written so you may believe (26-31)



Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

The empty tomb and Jesus’ appearances lead disciples to believe.


Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Belief is the disciple’s role in relationship with Jesus.


Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.With whom is God calling you to share that Jesus’ tomb is empty and how will sharing this change their life and yours?

2.What part of Jesus’ story are you struggling to believe and what will it take for you to come to faith in that area?

3.Which signs performed by Jesus speak directly to an issue you or a loved one is challenged by and how will you use that sign to minister to that issue?

Homiletics John 19:31-42

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line): day o Prep,next Spec Sabb; Jew ldrs wantbods on crosses,askd Pil 2hv legs brkn/bods tkn dn (31)

2.soldats brk legs 1st man crux w/J, then the other (32)

3.when they came to J, found he already dead, didn’t brk legs (33)

4.instead, 1of soldats pierced Js side w/ spear bringing sudden flow of blood/water (34) who saw is has givn testimony & testimony is true; he testifies so you believe (35)

6.these happened so Scr fulfilled: “not one of his bones will be broken” (36)

7.and another Scr says: “they will look on the one they have pierced” (37)


8.later, Jos of Arima askd Pil 4 body, Jos disc secretly bec feard Jew ldrs; w/Pil permis, he took body (38)

9.He accomp by Nic, man who visitd J @ nite; Nic brought myrrh/aloes, 75# (39)

10.taking Js body, the 2 wrappd it w/spices in strips of linen in accord w/Jew burial customs (40)

11.@ place where J crux was garden, in garden was new tomb in which no1 ever laid (41)

12.bec it Jew day o Prep & tomb nearby, they laid J there (41)


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Jesus, already dead, is pierced with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water (31-34)

Principle: Jesus’ blood (and living water) cleanses every sin!

2.True testimony so you may believe Scripture fulfilled (35-37)

Principle: Testifying about Jesus’ activity in your life can help others believe.

3.Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus took Jesus’ body, wrapped it and laid it in a new tomb (38-42)

Principle: We minister to Jesus when we minister to His body/others.


Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Jesus’ pierced, Scripture-fulfilling body is laid in a tomb.


Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Jesus’ death perfectly fulfilled God’s plan to pay the debt for all your sins.


Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.How will you express your thanks to Jesus today for washing you in His sin-cleansing blood?

2.What testimony will you share about Jesus this week so others may believe?  With whom, specifically, will you share?

3.How will you minister to Jesus this week by serving others?

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