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NOVEMBER 10  God of the Living & Sons of the Resurrection

27 Some of the Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Him.  28They asked Him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies leaving a wife but no children, his brother should take the wife and raise up children for his brother.  29So there were seven brothers.  The first took a wife and died childless.  30The second took her as a wife, 31and so did the third, and in the same way the seven died and left no children.  32Finally the woman died too.  33So in the resurrection, whose wife will she be?  For the seven had her as a wife.”  34Jesus said to them, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage.  35But those who are considered worthy to experience that age and the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.  36In fact, they cannot die any more, for they are like the angels.  They are sons of God, because they are sons of the resurrection.  37Even Moses showed in the account about the burning bush that the dead are raised, when he called the Lord: ‘The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’  38He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all are alive to Him.”  39Some of the experts in the law answered, “Teacher, You have spoken well.”  40Then they no longer dared to ask Him anything.

 

 

NOVEMBER 3  Signed, Sealed, Delivered   Revelation 7:9-17

9 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.  They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  10And they cried out in a loud voice:  “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”  11All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures.  They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12saying:  “Amen!  Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever!  Amen!”  13Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”  14I answered, “Sir, you know.”  And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  15Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tent over them.  16Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.  The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. 17For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their Shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

 

 

 

OCTOBER 27   Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone   Romans 3:19-28

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.  Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.  But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of His blood—to be received by faith.  He did this to demonstrate His justice, because in His forbearance He had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—He did it to demonstrate His justice at the present time, so as to be just and the One who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.  Where, then, is boasting?  It is excluded.  Because of what law?  The law that requires works?  No, because of the “law” that requires faith.  For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from observing the law.

 

 

OCTOBER 20  Persistent Prayer   Luke 18:1-8

18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 13  Moving Mulberry Trees   Luke 17:1-10

1 Jesus said to His disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come.  2It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.  3So watch yourselves. “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.  4If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”  5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  6He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.  7“Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep.  Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’?  8Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’?  9Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?  10So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”

 

   

 

OCTOBER 6  Mercy for the Marginalized   Luke 17:11-19

11 Now on His way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.  12As He was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met Him.  They stood at a distance 13and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”  14When He saw them, He said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went, they were cleansed.  15One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.  16He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him—and he was a Samaritan.  17Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed?  Where are the other nine?  18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  19Then He said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

 

 

SEPTEMBER 29  Are You Rich Or Poor?  Luke 16:19-31

19“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.  20At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table.  Even the dogs came and licked his sores.  22The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side.  The rich man also died and was buried.  23In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.  24So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’  25But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.  26And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’  27He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, 28for I have five brothers.  Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’  29Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’  30‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’  31He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

 

All Scripture verses are New International Version (NIV)®, courtesy of Zondervan Corporation, L.L.C.

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Adult Bible Class meets every Sunday from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.



CURRENT SERIES

THE BOOK OF ACTS

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NOVEMBER 10

 

Acts chapter 20 - Eutychus falls asleep during the sermon

 

NOVEMBER 3

 

Acts chapter 19 - The riot in Ephesus

 

OCTOBER 27

Acts chapter 19 - Miracles in Ephesus

 

OCTOBER 20

Acts chapter 19 - Paul arrives at Ephesus

 

OCTOBER 13

Acts chapter 18 - Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos

 

OCTOBER 6

Acts chapter 18 - The Jews take Paul before the Roman Proconsul

 

SEPTEMBER 29

Acts chapter 18 - Paul, Silas and Timothy get back together in Corinth

 

NEW MEMBER CLASS

GodConnects is a video-based adult confirmation course developed by Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM). It has been doctrinally reviewed by the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod (LCMS) and covers Christian doctrine in 12 topics. Each topic begins with a short video and is supported with a downloadable discussion guide and PowerPoint presentation.

 

Watch the introduction video for each session and then print off the corresponding lesson to read.  Each adult member of your family who is interested in membership at Ascension should do this.  Read and study each of the lessons.  Feel free to underline or highlight those parts which prove to be most helpful.

 

When you have completed all 12 lessons, please notify the Church Office at (915) 833-1009.  An upcoming, short orientation meeting will be held soon to complete the process of your membership to this wonderful family of believers.  During this orientation session, you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions or to seek further clarification on the GodConnects course.  We will also give you a quick overview of our congregation's history and our mission, vision and goals.

We look forward to walking together with you in Christ.

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1. Why Jesus? 

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2. Why the Bible?

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3. God's Law

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4. Nature of God

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5. Who is Jesus Christ?

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6. Who is the Holy Spirit?

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8. Baptism

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10. Communion

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11. End of Time

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12. Christian Life

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