July 18


        Much More with Jesus!

        Mark 6:30-44

30The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to Him all that they had done and taught.  31He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while."  For there were so many people coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat.  32They went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.  33But many people saw them leave and knew where they were going.  They ran there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them.  34When Jesus stepped out of the boat, He saw a large crowd.  His heart went out to them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  He began to teach them many things.  35It was already late in the day when His disciples came to Him and said, "This is a deserted place and it is already very late.  36Send them away so they can go into the surrounding courty and villages and buy themselves something to eat."  37But He answered them, "You give them something to eat."  They asked Him, "Should we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?"  38He said to them, "How many loaves do you have?  Go see."  When they found out, the said, "Five, and two fish."  39He directed everyone to sit down in froups on the green grass.  40They sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.  41Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to heaven, and blessed the loaves and broke them.  Then He kept giving pieces to His disciples to set in front of them.  He also divided the two fish among them all.  42They all ate and were satisfied.  43Then they picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.  44There were five thousand men who ate the loaves.



The Mystery of the Mission of God

Genesis 12:1-3 

Exodus 19:1-6



1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

2 “I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”


1 On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on that very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai. 2 After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.

3 Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you[a]will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”




God Changes Our Nation and World Through Our Prayers

1 Timothy 2:1-8



1First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2for kings and all those who are in authority, in order that we might live a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and dignity.  3This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  5For there is one God and one Mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.  7For this testimony, I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I speak the truth; I am not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.  8Therefore, I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument.




Reach Out to Jesus

Mark 5:21-43



21When Jesus had again crossed over in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him near the sea.  22Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came.  When he saw Jesus, he fell at His feet 23and repeatedly pleaded with Him, “My little daughter is near death.  Please come and place Your hands on her so that she may be healed and live.”  24Jesus went with him, and a large crowd was following Him, pressing tightly against Him.  25A certain woman who was there had a discharge of blood for twelve years.  26She had suffered much under the care of many physicians and had spent all that she had.  Yet instead of getting better, she grew worse.  27When she heard what was being said about Jesus, she went up behind Him in the crowd and touched His robe.  28She said, “If I just touch His robe, I will be healed.”  29Immediately her flow of blood stopped, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.  30At that moment, Jesus knew that power had gone out from Him.  He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched My robe?”  31His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing tightly against You and yet You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”  32Nevertheless He kept looking around to see who had done this.  33The woman was trembling with fear since she knew what had happened to her.  She came forward, fell down in front of Him, and told Him the whole truth.  34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well.  Go in peace and be healed of your suffering.”  35While He was still speaking, people from the synagogue ruler’s house arrived, saying, “Your daughter is dead.  Why bother the Teacher anymore?”  36But when Jesus heard this report, He told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid.  Only believe.”  37He did not allow anyone to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.  38They went into the house of the synagogue ruler, and Jesus saw a commotion with people weeping and wailing loudly.  39When He entered, He said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping?  The child is not dead but sleeping.”  40They laughed at Him.  But after He put everyone out, He took the father of the child, her mother, and those who were with Him and went in where the child was.  41Grasping the hand of the child, He said to her, “Talitha, koum!” (When translated, that means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”)  42Immediately the little girl stood up and began to walk around.  (She was twelve years old.)  They were completely and utterly amazed.  43Then He gave them strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and He told them to give her something to eat.




Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Mark 4:35-41

35On that day, when evening came, Jesus said to them, “Let’s go over to the other side.”  36After leaving the crowd behind, the disciples took Him along in the boat, just as He was.  Other small boats also followed Him.  37A great windstorm arose, and the waves were splashing into the boat, so that the boat was quickly filling up.  38Jesus Himself was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.  They woke Him and said, “Teacher, don’t You care that we are about to drown?”  39Then He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace!  Be still!”  The wind stopped, and there was a great calm.  40He said to them, “Why are you so afraid?  Do you still lack faith?”  41They were filled with awe and said to one another, “Who then is this?  Even the wind and the sea obey Him!”




From Earthly Tent To Heavenly Home"

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10

1Now we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal home in heaven, which is not made by human hands.  2In fact, the reason we groan is that we long to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven.  3If we do indeed put it on, we will certainly not be found naked.  4To be sure, while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed, but to be clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.  5Now the One who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as the down payment.  6Therefore we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord, 7for we walk by faith, not by sight.  8But we are confident and would much prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  9And for this reason we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home or away.  10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he did while in the body, whether good or bad.




Are You Crazy?

Mark 3:20-35



20They went into a house.  A crowd gathered again so that they were not even able to eat a meal.  21When His own people heard this, they went out to take control of Him, because they were saying, “He is out of His mind.”  22The experts in the law who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “He drives out demons by the ruler of demons.”  23Jesus called them together and spoke to them in parables.  “How can Satan drive out Satan?  24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  25And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.  26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand but is finished.  27On the other hand, no one can enter a strong man’s house to steal his possessions unless he ties up the strong man first.  Then he can plunder his house.  28Amen I tell you:  Everything will be forgiven people, their sins and whatever blasphemies they may speak.  29But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.’  30Jesus said this because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”  31Then His mother and His brothers arrived.  While they were standing outside, they sent word to Jesus, calling for Him.  32A crowd was sitting around Him.  They began to tell Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You.”  33He replied, “Who are My mother and My brothers?”  34He looked at those who sat around Him in a circle and He said, “Look, My mother and My brothers!  35For whoever does the will of God is My brother and sister and mother.”


MAY 30


Simply Believe and Receive

Isaiah 6:1-8, John 3:1-17



1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple.  2Above Him stood the seraphim.  Each one had six wings.  With two they covered their faces.  With two they covered their feet.  With two they flew.  3One called to another and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Armies!  The whole earth is full of His glory!  4The foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of the one who called, and the temple was filled with smoke.  5Then I said, “I am doomed!   I am ruined, because I am a man with unclean lips, and I dwell among a people with unclean lips, and because my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Armies!”  6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, carrying a glowing coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.  7He touched my mouth with the coal and said, “Look, this has touched your lips, so your guilt is taken away, and your sin is forgiven.”  8Then I heard the Lord’s voice, saying, “Whom shall I send?  Who will go for us?”  Then I said, “Here I am. Send me!”


1There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.  2He came to Jesus at night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these miraculous signs You are doing unless God is with him.”  3Jesus replied, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: Unless someone is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  4Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old?  He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”  5Jesus answered, “Amen, Amen, I tell you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God!  6Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh.  Whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7Do not be surprised when I tell you that you must be born from above.  8The wind blows where it pleases.  You hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  9“How can these things be?”  asked Nicodemus.  10“You are the teacher of Israel,” Jesus answered, “and you do not know these things?  11Amen, Amen, I tell you: We speak what we know, and we testify about what we have seen.  But you people do not accept our testimony.  12If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?  13No one has ascended into heaven, except the One who descended from heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven.  14“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15so that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  16“For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  17For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.



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





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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.


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1. Why Jesus? 


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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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