MOMUSA: John 5 Part 3 on 7.13.2016 by Sato Suka

July 17th, 2016

John 5 part 3 study by Sato Suka

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MOMUSA: Gospel Trilogy 7.6.2016 by Surleigh Tara

July 7th, 2016

Gospel Trilogy Teaching by Surleigh Tara

Human Contribution: Faith, Love, & Hope
Divine Contribution: Justification, Sanctification, & Glorification
Divine Contributor: Jesus, Holy Spirit, & Father

Under Faith, we believe
Under Love, we behave
Under Hope, we become

Scriptures:

1 Corinthians 13:13, Ephesians 1: 15-18, & Colossians 1: 3-5

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MOMUSA: John 5 Part 1 Study by Sato Suka

June 16th, 2016

MOMUSA Online Bible Studies lead by Mr. Sato Suka

DO YOU WANT TO BE MADE WELL?

SCRIPTURE: JOHN 5:1-15

I. JESUS WENT UP TO JERUSALEM

A. All Jewish male required to go up to Jerusalem three times a year to celebrate

feasts: Passover, Pentecost, Feast of Tabernacle, (Deut. 16:16).

B. Every direction you come from, you always go up to Jerusalem. 2500 feet above

sea level on Mount Zion. Jesus went up to celebrate the feasts.

C. Jesus attended feasts not Jewish traditions.

II. AT THE POOL CALLED “BETHESDA”

On His way up there, the “Good Shepherd,” the “Lamb of God” who takes away sins

of the world, passes by the Sheep Gate.

A. Jesus passes by the pool called “Bethesda” by the Sheep Gate (vs. 2)

i. Sheep Gate – Jesus as the Gate (John 10:9)

ii. Bethesda – “House of mercy,” called on account of its healing properties,

restoring health to the sick and infirm.

B. Sick people by the pool waiting for the water to be stirred (vs. 3)

i. A Pool

ii. Notice the sick people – Those who were “feeble” rather than afflicted

with “acute” diseases (vs. 3).

iii. Reason of gathering by the pool (vs. 4).

C. Application

i. Looking at the scene at Bethesda, those around it, picture of the world.

1. Blind - Spiritually blind apart from Christ (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

2. Paralyzed - A person can be paralyzed by sin (Mark 2:5).

3. Lame – Cripple in a sense not moving forward, dead spiritually

w/out Christ.

4. If you look around today, many still sitting as by the pool for

something to be change. But their life is slowly slipping away.

5. Wages of sin is dead, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus

Christ our Lord, (Romans 6:23).

III. THE PARALIZED MAN

A. John highlights one particular man, the paralyzed man.

i. Been in that condition for 38 years.

ii. Jesus knew he had been in that condition a long time (vs. 6)

1. Nothing hidden from the sight of the Lord (Hebrews 4:13)

2. Jesus sees your life

iii. Jesus saw him (vs.6)

1. Jesus didn’t pass by him, didn’t ignore him, but He saw him.

iv. He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" (vs. 6)

1. A “Yes” or “No” answer. (vs.7)

2. Instead he answered what the problem and solution are.

IV. THE IMPOSSIBLE

A. Jesus told the paralyzed man to do something impossible, “Rise, take up your bed

and walk,” (vs.8).

i. The Impossible - 38 years been completely paralyzed!

1. Anything impossible for God to handle? “With God all things are

possible,” (Matt. 9:26).

ii. Obedience to His Command will make you well (vs.9).

1. When Jesus commands, you better obey! There are rewards for

obeying God. Obedience is followed by blessings.

2. No indication Jesus held his hands, or picked up his bed. He simply

obeyed and was healed.

3. God won’t force you to do it. But once you take up that step, He

will enable you!

4. Many are in the situations today because they are unwilling to do

the Lord’s command.

V. HEALED ON THE SABBATH

A. He picked up his bed and walked. The only problem, it was on a Sabbath Day

(vs.9)

B. Jesus did many miracles on the Sabbath Day purposely.

C. Obey the Lord, not the tradition of men - When Jesus raises you up and you begin

to walk, how other people don't always understand what happened. “The man

responded, I'm doing what I was told to do.” (vs.10-12)

VI. SICKNESS AS A RESULT OF SIN

A. Jesus said to him, “See you have been made well, sin no more, lest a worst thing

come upon you.” (vs.14)

B. “Sin no more, lest something worst come upon you.” (vs.14)

VII. JESUS CAME FOR THE LOST

A. Jesus Came - Jesus knew that that man was in that condition for 38 years. And

He also knew it was a result of his sin. Yet, He still came to that pool of Bethesda

and found that man.

B. He Willingly Came - He had made the decision that put him in the position he

was in. Jesus could have said, you did this to yourself. You're on your own.

You're paralyzed because of what you did. It wasn't an accident, you made it

happened. (Isaiah 53:4-7)

C. God’s Grace - Don't miss the grace of God that comes and find this man in 38

years. He knows he's there because of his sin. In that miserable place, Jesus

comes and finds him. Seeks him out individually and heals him, not because he

deserves it, but because He's gracious.

VIII. APPLICATION

A. Do we see ourselves in this story? We were in that situation because of decision

we made. We chose to do those things. Jesus came and found us. "Do you want

to be made well?"

B. Similarities between the Nobleman and Paralyzed man.

i. Nobleman was desperate, but he had the word of Jesus and he believed it

and experienced a miracle to his son raised from death.

ii. The paralyzed man, he was in the situation he was in because of decision

he had made. Yet, he too, received the words of Jesus and experienced a

miracle in his life, the grace of God so clearly demonstrated.

C. Do you see yourself in these stories? Come to Jesus, allow Him to take hold of

that need and heal you.

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MOMUSA: John 4 Part 2 on 6.1.2016 by Surleigh Tara

June 2nd, 2016

Part 2 of John 4 teaching by Surleigh Tara

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MOMUSA: John 4 Part 1 on 5.25.2016 by Surleigh Tara

May 26th, 2016

John 4: Samaritan Woman at the Well by Surleigh Tara

Jesus met a Samaritan woman at the well of Jacob. At noon time on the way from Judea to Galilee, Jesus was sitting by the well while a Samaritan woman came to draw water. Due to cultural differences, Jews and Samaritans do not have a good relationship. Jesus asked the woman for water, but the woman responded by questioning Jesus’ intention.   Jesus already knew the reputation of the woman, and he wanted to reach out to her regarding sharing with her what is yet to come. First, the culture would not allow a Jew to carry out conversation with a non-Jew. Let alone, a Samaritan woman who had had five husbands. She was the third striker, yet Jesus wanted to share the living water with her. In this passage, Jesus is the main speaker speaking to the audience of one. The conversation with the Samaritan woman took place at the well of Jacob. The well is in the city called Sychar. The city was near the land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. We learned from the passage the Jesus met the woman at well about noontime, and the event took place approximately 33 AD.

The literary context of the passage conveys the salvation is for one and all. Looking at the events before this passage, Nicodemus, who was highly educated and well respected, came during dark hours asking Jesus the way to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. The response that he got from Jesus was to be born again. At first, he did not understand the meaning of being born again until Jesus explained. Following this, John the Baptist also confirmed about the one who comes from heaven is above all. John baptized with water and Jesus, who is the son of God, baptizes with the Holy Spirit.

The historical context conveys that Jesus came to abolish the cultural struggles that had been in existence. And in the passage, we learned about the ongoing 700-year-old struggle between the Jews and Samaritan. The city between Judea and Galilee is Samaria. The Jews when taking a regular route from Judea to Galilee, they would go further east just enough to a point that when they start going north, they would not have to go through Samaria. There was an absolute avoidance between the Jews and the Samaritans. And in Jesus’ case, he confronted the issue by going to the city of Samaria where he waited by the well and the reached out to the woman. After the confrontation, the woman went back into the city, and we learned that the entire town was involved with Jesus’ ministry and some received salvation.

Galatians 3: 8 talks about God in His plans that Abraham is a blessing to the Gentiles. One man’s absolute obedience is a blessing to one and all. We learned that Abraham is the father of the Jews and thousands of years later, Apostle Paul was telling the people of Galatia that the non-Jews will receive the Gospel by faith. The death and resurrection of the Lord and Savior fulfill this promise that by faith in Jesus Christ, we will have eternal life.

The book of the Acts of the Apostles chapter 10 also affirms that salvation is for one and all. A centurion, who feared God, had a vision from God to send for Peter, who was in a different town. The centurion’s name was Cornelius. After the vision, he sent his men to Peter. And before they got to where Peter was, he, too, received a vision from God about the Gospel being for one and all. Right before he was out of the trance, he was informed while in the trance that two men were waiting for him at the entrance. He went with them and there they received salvation and started ministering to the other Gentiles.

Jesus sends out the 12 disciples to get food for 13 people, 12 disciples, and Jesus. The question that was brought to my attention was how many men would it take to get food for a small group of men? The consensus would commonly answer with one maybe two. Now I learned that if these 12 men were in town or with Jesus, they might have scared away the woman from spending time in answering question whole-heartedly. They would not have been ready to handle the situation because of the cultural stigmas. Jesus, being God and man, handled the situation according to the will of God.

Jesus is the gift of life by the grace of God we can receive salvation. It is not by our works but only the love of God through our Lord and Savior we can have eternal life. Grace is a gift that we do not deserve. Jesus did it all as we read in these passages.

Many times, we tend to avoid confrontations. As Christian, we behave exactly like the disciples in the passage. Jesus could not use them in the situation so he had to send them away so he could accomplish the will of God. He could have made a miracle converting stones to bread to satisfy their hunger. But he chose to perform another teaching moment.

This passage speaks louder to me now. Before this, I always looked at the angle of the message within this passage that there will be a day where everyone will worship in truth and spirit. In my opinion, this was the big angle that everyone I know would consider. The new perspective that I learned from this would have to do with the disciples being a hindrance to Jesus’ mission. The omniscience quality of our Lord led him to remove the followers from the scene because they were not ready to be in His service. Now I start asking that question about my service to God. I started asking myself and wondering how many times Jesus had to remove me from the scene because I was a hindrance to His work. This message brings humility in me. I need Jesus more to show me the way that I can be of service to Him.

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MOMUSA: John 3 Part 2 on 5.18.2016 by Sato Suka

May 19th, 2016

WEDNESDAY ONLINE BIBLE STUDY

TITLE:  WHAT IT ALL COMES DOWN TO

SCRIPTURE:  JOHN 3:22-36

BY:  SATO SUKA

DATE:  MAY 18, 2016

 

I.         JOHN’S MINISTRY COMING TO END (John 3:22-26)

A.    The ministry of Jesus just beginning and the ministry of John the Baptist coming to an end.

B.    John the Baptist was called to be the Forerunner of the Messiah. (John 1:6-7)

C.     John was not the True Light, but was sent to bear witness of the Light that gives light to all man. (John 1:8)

D.    John was the voice crying out in the wilderness, “Preparing the way of the Lord,” (John 1:23).  (Read John’s testimony from verse 19-26)

E.     He has been faithful in that ministry, and now his ministry is transitioning to ministry of Jesus.  What we have here is John’s final testimony concerning Jesus.

 

II.         JOHN’S MINISTRY WAS CONSISTENT

A.    Always pointing people to Jesus,

B.    His message was consistent from beginning to end,

C.     He never changed the direction of his message,

D.    He was faithful in what he preached to the end,

E.     And Jesus said there has never been a greater prophet than John the Baptist, (Matthew 11:11).

 

III.         DESCRIPTION OF BOTH MINISTRIES (John 3:22-24)

A.    Both in their ministries, preaching the same message of repentance.  The Kingdom of God was at hand and the people need to repent, similar message.

B.    Now both not only preaching the message of repentance, but now baptizing.

C.     Keep in mind, at one point, John was the only one who was baptizing.  People came from every direction to be baptized by John.  Big revival took place in the wilderness.

D.    But now, Jesus’ ministry starts baptizing.

 

IV.         DISPUTE AMONG JOHN’S DISCIPLES AND JEWS (John 3:25-26)

A.    Dispute over ministry arises between John’s disciples and Jews about purification.

B.    John’s disciples still with John the Baptist, he’s still baptizing:

                                     i.     They noticed change, the numbers were dropping

C.     The dispute was more personal than purification.

D.    And so they came to John so concerned about his ministry.

E.     Not the first time this happens in Scriptures:

                                     i.     Joshua - Out in the wilderness, Eldab and Medad were prophesying.  (Numbers 11:26-29)

                                   ii.     John the Apostle - Came across a guy who was casting out demons in the Name of Jesus. Jesus said, “If not against us, they’re for us.”  (Mark 9:38-40).

·      We can be that way in the church.  We think it is about our church but it’s not.  It’s about the Kingdom of God! It’s about promoting the Name of Jesus!

                                 iii.     Apostle Paul also had to deal with this.  While Paul was in prison, some preached for self-glorification.  “But what does it matter? Whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.” (Philippians 1:15-18)

F.     So much need to be done.  The work is too great to be limited to one group of people.

 

V.         MINISTRY THE WAY IT SHOULD BE (John 3:27-30)

A.    Ministry comes from the Lord.  “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.” (vs. 27)

B.    We are only vessels, obeying our calls.  “Not Messiah but only sent ahead of Him.” (vs. 28)

C.     A friend who waits and rejoices at the bridegroom’s voice when he arrives. (vs. 29)

D.    “He must increase, I must decrease,” (vs. 30)

 

VI.         WHERE JOY IN MINISTRY REALLY FOUND

A.    There is joy when it is all about Jesus and not about us.  When Jesus is increasing, and we are decreasing, that’s when you find the most joy in ministry.

B.    The moment that ministry becomes about you and about me, our church, our thing, when our priorities are out of line, there is no joy.

C.     We never use the Name “Jesus” to promote ourselves.  It is a very dangerous thing to do.  John did, but always pointing people to Jesus.  May we always promote Jesus; it is His Name that’s going to last forever.

 

VII.         WHOEVER BELIEVES THE SON HAS ETERNAL LIFE (John 3:31-36)

A.    This is the final, faithful testimony of John the Baptist.  And he boils it all down to say, “If you believe in the Son of God who has come from above to the earth, if you believe in Him, you will have the hope of everlasting life.  If you don’t believe the message of Christ, the wrath of God remains on you.”

B.    1 John 5:12, “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

C.     This is the final testimony of John the Baptist.  It all comes down to Jesus, the Son of God.  Do you have the Son?  Or do you not have the Son?  That’s what it all comes down to.

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MOMUSA: John 3 Part 1 Study by Sato Suka

May 13th, 2016

ONLINE BIBLE STUDY

SCRIPTURE: JOHN 3:1-16

WEDNESDAY MAY 11, 2016

BY: SHADOW SUKA

I. JESUS IN JERUSALEM

A. HE’S IN THAT BEGINNING OF HIS PUBLIC MINISTRY (Chapter 1)

B. MAKING HIS WAY TO THE PASSOVER CELEBRATION (Chapter 2:13)

Jewish male required to attend three feasts: Passover, Pentecost and Feast of

Tabernacle.

C. JESUS OBSERVED THE TEMPLE (2:14)

D. JESUS CLEANSED THE TEMPLE (2:15-16)

E. ONE THING TO BELIEVE AND ANOTHER THING TO FOLLOW JESUS (Chapter 2:23-25)

II. THERE WAS A MAN OF THE PHARISEES NAMED NICODEMUS

A. A RULER OF THE JEWS

1. A member of the Sanhedrin

2. Sanhedrin – Jewish Supreme Court. Greek word means “Assembly,” or “Council.”

3. 71 men were chose to serve on the Sanhedrin, Nicodemus was one of those. A ruler

of the Jews, a powerful person.

B. ALSO A PHARISEE

1. One of the 6,000 men that were separated. Pharisee means “Separated Ones.”

2. Devoted to keeping the minute details of the Law. Not just what the Laws declares

in Torah, but all of the other added laws and regulations, 400 plus. They were

determined to keep everything perfectly. They were separated from others.

E. A TEACHER OF THE LAW (3:10)

1. Master means – Premier Teacher, not a rookie, a master.

III. NICODEMUS CAME TO JESUS BY NIGHT

A. A Pharisee, a Separated one, a Ruler of the Jews, A Teacher of the Law, came to Jesus (vs. 2)

by night.

B. Why at night? Possibilities:

1. It could be because of Timidity?

2. It might be he did it respectfully, out of respect?

3. Opportunity for having a lengthy conversation with Jesus, better time?

C. But one thing we do know…

1. He came when it was dark and he left with lots of light.

2. He came when it was night, but he left with the light, because he will be converted.

• Became a secret follower (John 7:50)

• Joseph from Arimathea and Nicodemus buried Jesus (John 19:38-42).

IV. PRIVATE CONVERSATION

A. Nicodemus made his way to see Jesus to have a private conversation.

B. There are some things you’ll never receive from Jesus in a crowd. You must pay Him a

private visit.

V. BORN AGAIN

A. He came to Jesus at night (verse 2) and said, “Rabi,” Nicodemus said, “We know that that no

one could do these things except God be with him.” By the way, what is Jesus name given

by Prophet Isaiah prophetically? “Emmanuel” which means, “God with us.”

B. Vs. 3 “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

C. Vs. 4 – Nicodemus’ response, “How” not “What” or “Why.” “How could I be born again?”

D. Vs 5, “Except a man be born of Water and of Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

VI. BORN OF WATER AND SPIRIT

A. The man on the cross, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” Jesus didn’t say, oh, sorry,

you we got a problem, you got to be baptized.”

B. Best thing to do, is to read the next verse; the best Commentary on the Bible is the Bible.

C. Jesus unlocks that mystery, “that which is born of flesh is flesh, that which is born of spirit is

spirit.”

D. Physical birth, #1, Spiritual, #2, you got to be a new creation, spiritual birth.

VII. YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

A. You MUST be born again – the only time Jesus used the word “MUST” as a command is right

here.

B. Vs. 7, “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.”

C. Vs. 8, the wind blows… - You can sense the wind, feel the wind, you can see things that are

blown, but you don’t know where it comes from and where it’s going. So everyone that is

born of the Spirit. It’s a mystery. It’s a miracle! You can feel its presence; you can feel its

effects.

D. Vs. 9 “How can these be?” Vs. 10, - Jesus expected Nicodemus to know his Bible. Jesus

expects us to be progressive in our faith. That is why Bible Study is very important.

E. Vs. 14-15, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so that Son of Man must be

lifted up, that everyone who believers may have eternal life in him.”

F. Vs. 16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever

believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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MOMUSA: John 2 Part 2 Study by Surleigh Tara

May 6th, 2016

Jesus Cleaned the Temple
Scripture: John 2: 13-25
By Surleigh Tara

Following the miracle of Cana, Jesus and his disciples came to the temple in Jerusalem.  The first opportunity for Jesus to experience corruptions in the house of prayers. What used to be holy was no longer holy because people allowed the unholy practices to enter into the place reserved for worship.

Where does God live? At the beginning of Genesis, God had fellowship with Adam when it was perfect until the fall of man, which separated humanity from God.  Thousands of years later, God again had fellowship with Moses in the Tent of the Meeting or the Tabernacle where He gave divine instructions to the Israelite. Then fast forward another thousand years, in the chapter, God Himself became man standing in the temple filled with corruption. Now it's time to clean house. 

Where is the temple now?  We are all sinners but through Christ, we have been justified.  Our bodies have been bought at a high price. Therefore, we must honor God with our bodies.  The old body is dead, and the new has become alive in Christ.

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MOMUSA: John 1 Part 2 Study by Lawrence Yinolang

April 23rd, 2016

Gospel of John 1 part 2.

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