Sunday morning learning

Deep roots in faith

On Sunday mornings, you’ll find three options for adult classes on Sundays, 10:20-11:05 a.m., September to May. Come. Meet up with God’s Word, some riveting ideas, and a host of interesting people. There’s no need to register in advance. Just grab your cup of coffee and settle in.

September 23

Campus ministry is for everyone: Campus ministry is crucial in the faith formation of many young adults. Leaders and students from University of Iowa and UNI share stories and lead conversations about how to connect with campus ministry in Iowa and around the country. Sarah Goettsch, campus pastor, University of Iowa; Jon Fry, campus minister, University of Northern Iowa; and students. In the Chapel.

Scott County Kids: Learn about Scott County Kids and its mission to provide effective programming deterring children and youth ages 6-18 from entering the juvenile justice and the child welfare system. The organization also supports programs ensuring safe exit for children already in these systems. Dawn Knutson, family system coordinator, Scott County Kids. In Luther Loft.

With the eyes of a child: Get ready to study the Bible with renewed curiosity and playfulness. Each week begins with reading a story from a children’s Bible before digging more deeply into the scripture itself. Conversations about what was included or left out, or the insights from word choices, images and more will expand our understanding as we enter the Bible with the eyes of a child. Pastor Peter W. Marty. In Room 208.

September 30

Finding your prophetic voice (1 of 2): God calls us to use the prophetic voices with which we are created. Yet most Christians have few chances to recognize or hone their own prophetic voice. This first of two sessions explores the question “What is prophetic speech?” by looking at the biblical witness and theologians’ perspectives on the prophetic. Jan Schnell Rippentrop, pastor, JustChurch in Iowa City, professor of homiletics at Association of Chicago Theological Schools. In the Chapel.

Becoming a sanctuary congregation: After a year of study the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities decided to declare itself a Sanctuary Host Congregation in alliance with the Iowa Sanctuary Movement. Learn how they came to the decision and what it means. John Dunsheath, UUCQC. In Luther Loft.

With the eyes of a child: Get ready to study the Bible with renewed curiosity and playfulness. Each week begins with reading a story from a children’s Bible before digging more deeply into the scripture itself. Conversations about what was included or left out, or the insights from word choices, images and more will expand our understanding as we enter the Bible with the eyes of a child. Zacchaeus with Pastor Kelsey Fitting-Snyder. In Room 208.

October 7

Faith & Life speaker: Austin is a leading new voice on racial justice, and author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Austin is committed to exploring the intersections of racial justice, faith, and black womanhood. Her workshops are infused with justice, pop culture, humor, and truth-telling. Whether she is being interviewed, lecturing, or leading a workshop, Austin elicits a full range of emotions as she invites people to celebrate blackness with her.

October 14

Loving kindness (1 of 2): What does God require of you?  …Do justice… love kindness and walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). Jesus revealed this kind of compassion for the sake of the world.  Based on the book Boundless Compassion by Joyce Rupp, learn about embodying a compassionate presence for the sake of the suffering in the world, building bridges to others and discovering joy. Elaine Olson, pastor and certified spiritual director. In the Chapel.

We’ve come a long way. We’ve got a ways to go:  In the 50 years of the Handicapped Development Center, things have changed a great deal for people with disabilities. Learn about HDC through the story of someone who has been involved in services from the beginning. Pick up some tips on how to communicate with people disabilities. Linda Gill, vice president, Handicapped Development Center. In Luther Loft.

With the eyes of a child: Get ready to study the Bible with renewed curiosity and playfulness. Each week begins with reading a story from a children’s Bible before digging more deeply into the scripture itself. Conversations about what was included or left out, or the insights from word choices, images and more will expand our understanding as we enter the Bible with the eyes of a child. In Room 208.

October 21

Loving kindness (2 of 2): “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Luke 10:37. Affirm the importance and process of living with compassion for oneself to build the bridge of being a compassionate presence for others and find joy. Elaine Olson, pastor and certified spiritual director. In the Chapel.

Creating hope: Hope at the BRICK House shares their inner-city ministry located in the Hilltop area of Davenport. This faith-based ministry gives hope to children and families through after school, summer programming and neighborhood outreach. Joyce Klopp, director. In the Loft.

With the eyes of a child: Get ready to study the Bible with renewed curiosity and playfulness. Each week begins with reading a story from a children’s Bible before digging more deeply into the scripture itself. Conversations about what was included or left out, or the insights from word choices, images and more will expand our understanding as we enter the Bible with the eyes of a child. Pastor Josh Kestner. In Room 208.

October 28

Finding your prophetic voice (2 of 2): God calls us to use the prophetic voices with which we are created. Yet most Christians have few chances to recognize or hone their own prophetic voice. Explore identifying and claiming our own prophetic voices, which embody our prophetic calling in daily life. Jan Schnell Rippentrop, pastor, JustChurch in Iowa City, professor of homiletics at Association of Chicago Theological Schools. In the Chapel.

Family Bible Study: In place of regular learning, families will strengthen their intentional conversations by digging into the Bible and learning about the Reformation. Bring your Bibles! In Fellowship Hall.

With the eyes of a child: Get ready to study the Bible with renewed curiosity and playfulness. Each week begins with reading a story from a children’s Bible before digging more deeply into the scripture itself. Conversations about what was included or left out, or the insights from word choices, images and more will expand our understanding as we enter the Bible with the eyes of a child. In Room 208.

November 4

Politics of Christianity: Since political opinions often run as strong in people as their faith commitments run deep, what is the proper relationship between politics and faith? How should Christians think in a fresh and helpful way about the role of their faith convictions in a politically charged world? Peter W. Marty, senior pastor. In the Chapel.

Paying bond: The Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project raises money to pay bond (bail)  for immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The vision is to break down barriers for vulnerable people who otherwise would not be able to post bail fees and challenge a system that results in poorer outcomes for individuals based solely on one’s economic status. Nicole Novak, Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project. In Luther Loft.

With the eyes of a child: Get ready to study the Bible with renewed curiosity and playfulness. Each week begins with reading a story from a children’s Bible before digging more deeply into the scripture itself. Conversations about what was included or left out, or the insights from word choices, images and more will expand our understanding as we enter the Bible with the eyes of a child. In Room 208.

November 11

Men who would become gods – Luther and ancient Arian heresy: Contrast Arianism (4th century heresy which denied the divinity of Christ) with Lutheran theology. Arianism highlights the importance of directionality in theology (i.e. God became a man, not the other way around), grace, condescension, atonement, and faith. Strikingly different to Arianism and its modern forms, Lutheran theology has psychosocial import as it offers a corrective to our contemporary culture of perfectionism, stress, and do-it-all-ism, which can lead people to try to “earn their way into heaven.” John Thompson, assistant professor of social work, St. Ambrose University. In the Chapel.

The church and criminal justice – Hearing the cries: Recognizing many people in the criminal justice system serve their professional vocations with competent and humane performance, the church also recognizes that current approaches, such as the emphasis on mass incarceration, impose significant costs on all involved in the system and on society as a whole.  Drawing from the biblical witness to God’s rich forms of love and justice for all people, this presentation explores the ELCA’s yearning for reform to attitudes, policies, and procedures within the criminal justice system. Kelsey Fitting-Snyder, pastor in residency. In Luther Loft.

With the eyes of a child: Get ready to study the Bible with renewed curiosity and playfulness. Each week begins with reading a story from a children’s Bible before digging more deeply into the scripture itself. Conversations about what was included or left out, or the insights from word choices, images and more will expand our understanding as we enter the Bible with the eyes of a child. In Room 208.

November 18

The rest is silence – voices of moral injury (1 of 2): Hidden injuries occur from exercising moral agency in combat. Moral injuries are not the same as post-traumatic stress disorder. The session will introduce a two-mirror model to examine narratives from WWI Veterans in order to understand the spiritual effects from MI in modern soldiers. Jeff Zust, First Army Chaplain. In the Chapel.

Braking Human Traffik: Human trafficking happens in our community. Hear about how Family Resources’ program, Braking Traffik, is here to help. Kelly Saul, Family Resources. In Luther Loft.

With the eyes of a child: Get ready to study the Bible with renewed curiosity and playfulness. Each week begins with reading a story from a children’s Bible before digging more deeply into the scripture itself. Conversations about what was included or left out, or the insights from word choices, images and more will expand our understanding as we enter the Bible with the eyes of a child. In Room 208.

November 25

Movement to minimize stress, grief, or trauma (1 of 2): Former professional dancer, theater director, and trauma movement specialist teaches simple self-care exercises for finding calm in the midst of life’s tumultuous journeys. Sequences of breathing, stretching, and meditation exercises help with sleepless nights, body fatigue, stiffness, and whole-body health. Participants may choose to get down on the floor, or sit in a chair. Wear soft, loose fitting clothes for easy movement. Meg Eginton, registered somatic movement educator. In the Lower Commons.

Family Advent Learning: During the learning hour, people of all ages are invited to Fellowship Hall to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord. Kick off the Advent season with songs, a Bible story, and family craft. In Fellowship Hall.

With the eyes of a child: Get ready to study the Bible with renewed curiosity and playfulness. Each week begins with reading a story from a children’s Bible before digging more deeply into the scripture itself. Conversations about what was included or left out, or the insights from word choices, images and more will expand our understanding as we enter the Bible with the eyes of a child. In Room 208.

December 2

We went to Africa and we didn’t save anyone: When 11 women from the U.S. traveled earlier this year to visit the women of rural Tanzania, they encountered beauty, resilience, and deep need. However, they endeavored to embody the posture of a curious student, suppressing their American impulse to “fix” the things they observed and instead listen and learn in order to ultimately encourage sustainable, culturally sensitive change. Hear stories of the people they met and about the work carefully being done by Empower Tanzania to bring clean water, an end to violence, and the education of countless women and children living in rural, sub-Saharan Africa. St. Paul women. In the Chapel.

Loss in the midst of celebration: Holiday celebrations can heighten the pain of losses, past and present. We’ll explore ways we can manage our pain and perhaps grow through it. Lynn Batcher, deacon and retired hospital chaplain. In Luther Loft.

With the eyes of a child: Get ready to study the Bible with renewed curiosity and playfulness. Each week begins with reading a story from a children’s Bible before digging more deeply into the scripture itself. Conversations about what was included or left out, or the insights from word choices, images and more will expand our understanding as we enter the Bible with the eyes of a child. In Room 208.

December 9

Moral injury as spiritual crisis – care for the sorrowing soul (2 of 2): Practicing Just War doctrine doesn’t guarantee immunity from moral injuries, and conscientious objection doesn’t guarantee absolution. Healing of these injuries comes within the shadow of the cross. Jeff Zust, First Army Chaplain. In the Chapel.

Movement to minimize stress, grief, or trauma (2 of 2): Former professional dancer, theater director, and trauma movement specialist teaches simple self-care exercises for finding calm in the midst of life’s tumultuous journeys. Sequences of breathing, stretching, and meditation exercises help with sleepless nights, body fatigue, stiffness, and whole-body health. Participants may choose to get down on the floor, or sit in a chair. Wear soft, loose fitting clothes for easy movement. Meg Eginton, registered somatic movement educator. In Fellowship Hall.

With the eyes of a child: Get ready to study the Bible with renewed curiosity and playfulness. Each week begins with reading a story from a children’s Bible before digging more deeply into the scripture itself. Conversations about what was included or left out, or the insights from word choices, images and more will expand our understanding as we enter the Bible with the eyes of a child. In Room 208.

December 16

The anatomy of prayer: Ever wondered how some people rattle off prayers seemingly with no effort? Today we discover frameworks used for spontaneous and written prayer. And, as a group use these frameworks to write our own prayers. Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez, writer and seminarian. In Luther Loft.

With the eyes of a child: Get ready to study the Bible with renewed curiosity and playfulness. Each week begins with reading a story from a children’s Bible before digging more deeply into the scripture itself. Conversations about what was included or left out, or the insights from word choices, images and more will expand our understanding as we enter the Bible with the eyes of a child. In Room 208.

 

Sunday morning learning will be on break for Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 23 and 30. Learning resumes Sunday, Jan. 6, with Pastor Peter Marty’s annual look at cartoons from The New Yorker.

Proverbs 9:1-6

1Wisdom has built her house,

She has hewn out her seven pillars;

2She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine;

She has also set her table;

3She has sent out her maidens, she calls

From the tops of the heights of the city:

4“Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!”

To him who lacks understanding she says,

5“Come, eat of my food

And drink of the wine I have mixed.

6“Forsake your folly and live,

And proceed in the way of understanding.”

Psalm 34:9-14

9O fear the LORD, you His saints;

For to those who fear Him there is no want.

10The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;

But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.

11Come, you children, listen to me;

I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

12Who is the man who desires life

And loves length of days that he may see good?

13Keep your tongue from evil

And your lips from speaking deceit.

14Depart from evil and do good;

Seek peace and pursue it.

Ephesians 5:15-20

15Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,16making the most of your time, because the days are evil.17So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.18And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,19speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;20always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

John 6:51-58

51“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

52Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”53So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.54“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.55“For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.56“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.57“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.58“This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18

Psalm 34:15-22

15The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous

And His ears are open to their cry.

16The face of the LORD is against evildoers,

To cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17The righteous cry, and the LORD hears

And delivers them out of all their troubles.

18The LORD is near to the brokenhearted

And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

But the LORD delivers him out of them all.

20He keeps all his bones,

Not one of them is broken.

21Evil shall slay the wicked,

And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

22The LORD redeems the soul of His servants,

And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

Ephesians 6:10-20

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.14Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVINGPUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,15and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;16in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,19and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

John 6:56-69

56“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.57“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.58“This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

Words to the Disciples

59These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.

60Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?”61But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble?62What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?63“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.64“But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.65And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”

Peter’s Confession of Faith

66As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.67So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?”68Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.69“We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9

Psalm 15

1O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?

Who may dwell on Your holy hill?

2He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,

And speaks truth in his heart.

3He does not slander with his tongue,

Nor does evil to his neighbor,

Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

4In whose eyes a reprobate is despised,

But who honors those who fear the LORD;

He swears to his own hurt and does not change;

5He does not put out his money at interest,

Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things will never be shaken.

James 1:17-27

17Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.18In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.

19This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;20for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.21Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.22But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;24for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.25But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

26If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.27Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Isaiah 35:4-7a

4Say to those with anxious heart,

“Take courage, fear not.

Behold, your God will come with vengeance;

The recompense of God will come,

But He will save you.”

5Then the eyes of the blind will be opened

And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.

6Then the lame will leap like a deer,

And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.

For waters will break forth in the wilderness

And streams in the Arabah.

7The scorched land will become a pool

And the thirsty ground springs of water;

In the haunt of jackals, its resting place,

Grass becomes reeds and rushes.

Psalm 146

1Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD, O my soul!

2I will praise the LORD while I live;

I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

3Do not trust in princes,

In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.

4His spirit departs, he returns to the earth;

In that very day his thoughts perish.

5How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

Whose hope is in the LORD his God,

6Who made heaven and earth,

The sea and all that is in them;

Who keeps faith forever;

7Who executes justice for the oppressed;

Who gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets the prisoners free.

8The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;

The LORD raises up those who are bowed down;

The LORD loves the righteous;

9The LORD protects the strangers;

He supports the fatherless and the widow,

But He thwarts the way of the wicked.

10The LORD will reign forever,

Your God, O Zion, to all generations.

Praise the LORD!

James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17

Mark 7:24-37

24Jesus got up and went away from there to the region of Tyre. And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it; yet He could not escape notice.25But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet.26Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.27And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”28But she answered and *said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.”29And He said to her, “Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.”30And going back to her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having left.

31Again He went out from the region of Tyre, and came through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, within the region of Decapolis.32They *brought to Him one who was deaf and spoke with difficulty, and they *implored Him to lay His hand on him.33Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva;34and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh, He *said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!”35And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly.36And He gave them orders not to tell anyone; but the more He ordered them, the more widely they continued to proclaim it.37They were utterly astonished, saying, “He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

Isaiah 50:4-9a

4The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples,

That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word.

He awakens Me morning by morning,

He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.

5The Lord GOD has opened My ear;

And I was not disobedient

Nor did I turn back.

6I gave My back to those who strike Me,

And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard;

I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.

7For the Lord GOD helps Me,

Therefore, I am not disgraced;

Therefore, I have set My face like flint,

And I know that I will not be ashamed.

8He who vindicates Me is near;

Who will contend with Me?

Let us stand up to each other;

Who has a case against Me?

Let him draw near to Me.

9Behold, the Lord GOD helps Me;

Who is he who condemns Me?

Behold, they will all wear out like a garment;

The moth will eat them.

Psalm 116:1-9

1I love the LORD, because He hears

My voice and my supplications.

2Because He has inclined His ear to me,

Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.

3The cords of death encompassed me

And the terrors of Sheol came upon me;

I found distress and sorrow.

4Then I called upon the name of the LORD:

“O LORD, I beseech You, save my life!”

5Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;

Yes, our God is compassionate.

6The LORD preserves the simple;

I was brought low, and He saved me.

7Return to your rest, O my soul,

For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

8For You have rescued my soul from death,

My eyes from tears,

My feet from stumbling.

9I shall walk before the LORD

In the land of the living.

James 3:1-12

The Tongue Is a Fire

1Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.2For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.3Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.4Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.5So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.

See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!6And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.7For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race.8But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.9With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;10from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.11Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?12Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.

Wisdom from Above

Mark 8:27-38

27Jesus went out, along with His disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He questioned His disciples, saying to them, “Who do people say that I am?”28They told Him, saying, “John the Baptist; and others say Elijah; but others, one of the prophets.”29And He continued by questioning them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter *answered and *said to Him, “You are the Christ.”30And He warned them to tell no one about Him.

31And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.32And He was stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.33But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and *said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

34And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.35“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.36“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?37“For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?38“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Jeremiah 11:18-20

18Moreover, the LORD made it known to me and I knew it;

Then You showed me their deeds.

19But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter;

And I did not know that they had devised plots against me, saying,

“Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,

And let us cut him off from the land of the living,

That his name be remembered no more.”

20But, O LORD of hosts, who judges righteously,

Who tries the feelings and the heart,

Let me see Your vengeance on them,

For to You have I committed my cause.

Psalm 54

1Save me, O God, by Your name,

And vindicate me by Your power.

2Hear my prayer, O God;

Give ear to the words of my mouth.

3For strangers have risen against me

And violent men have sought my life;

They have not set God before them.

Selah.

4Behold, God is my helper;

The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.

5He will recompense the evil to my foes;

Destroy them in Your faithfulness.

6Willingly I will sacrifice to You;

I will give thanks to Your name, O LORD, for it is good.

7For He has delivered me from all trouble,

And my eye has looked with satisfaction upon my enemies.

James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

Mark 9:30-37

30From there they went out and began to go through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know about it.31For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later.”32But they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him.

33They came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house, He began to question them, “What were you discussing on the way?”34But they kept silent, for on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest.35Sitting down, He called the twelve and *said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”36Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them,37“Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me.”

Dire Warnings

Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29

Psalm 19:7-14

7The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

8The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;

The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;

The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.

10They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;

Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

11Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;

In keeping them there is great reward.

12Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.

13Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;

Let them not rule over me;

Then I will be blameless,

And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.

14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

Be acceptable in Your sight,

O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

James 5:13-20

13Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.14Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;15and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.16Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.17Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.18Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.

19My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back,20let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Mark 9:38-50

38John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to prevent him because he was not following us.”39But Jesus said, “Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me.40“For he who is not against us is for us.41“For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward.

42“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.43“If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire,44[where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.]45“If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame, than, having your two feet, to be cast into hell,46[where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.]47“If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell,48where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, ANDTHE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.

49“For everyone will be salted with fire.50“Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”