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January 5, 2019

Read John 5

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+5&version=NLT

 

ScriptureJohn 5:39-40- “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life."

 

Observations- The Pharisees and other religious leaders were angry at Jesus for teaching with such authority and power. They were upset about the signs and wonders that accompanied His teaching, but they were most enraged by the intimate connection Jesus claimed to have with His Father. In their minds this was grounds for blasphemy, but Jesus simply stated His relationship with the Father as a truth they couldn't yet see. The religious leaders poured over the scrolls of Scripture, but they couldn't grasp that the very Word of God was standing in front of them. 

 

Application- Reading the Bible remains the #1 method to experience transformation; that is, as we read it in the power of the Holy Spirit for inspiration, not only information. It is vital for us to rooted in God's Word represented by Jesus Christ Himself and the words that point to Him in Scripture. We read to see Jesus at work in the Old Testament as a foreshadowing of things to come. The Gospel of John is clear- Jesus Christ is the true Word of God made flesh. Every word contained in God's Word points to Jesus, but we have to be in the right frame of mind and heart to be open to hear the truth in love. If we want to know who God is, then we look at Jesus- period. 

 

Prayer- Thank You, Lord, for Your all sufficient and amazing grace that saves a wretch like me! When we open up Your Word, help us see Jesus, the Word made flesh. Thanks for this new day to serve You and love the people You love so much. Help me have eyes to see Your glory all around me. Nudge me to speak up for You today in ways that will point to Jesus. Let Your Holy Spirit guide me in my encounters with people today. Amen.  

 

"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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January 4, 2019

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Check out this brief video giving us a great picture of what happens in the Gospel of John: https://thebibleproject.com/explore/john/

 

Read John 4

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+4&version=NLT

 

ScriptureJohn 4:7-9 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.

The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”

Observations- This woman was a Samaritan. Need I say more? Well, just in case, Samaritans were people of mixed heritage whom the Jews normally avoided. They were despised and they were held in the sight of great discrimination. To add to the drama, this woman did not have a great reputation and she was in a public place.....with Jesus. No respectable Jewish man would acknowledge, much less talk to a woman of such stature under any circumstances. Jesus, however, didn't make any excuses or let excuses get in his way from talking with her.

 

Application- Would you have done the same thing? Have you ever been in a situation where you let social pretenses reflect your actions or words? Why do we avoid certain people? There are various reasons we can come up with, but when we are called to follow Jesus we must be prepared to cross the barriers that will prevent us from sharing the Good News. For example, there is a wonderful prison ministry organization called Kairos. I love what they do, but more than anything, those involved have not let a social stigma dictate where they should go and who they should reach. It is impact. Impact without agenda. To me, this is what Jesus does in this moment with this woman. Impact. But without agenda. Don't cross the street to share the love of God because they need to hear it, but because they deserve the same love and respect that was given to the last person we shared a meal with. Yes, Kairos wants to give the Gospel to those who need it, but they also want to let those imprisoned know that we are all loved. This is impact. This is love. This is God working.

 

Prayer- "God, we thank you for the inspiration of Jesus. Grant that we will love you with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves, even our enemy neighbors. And we ask you, God, in these days of emotional tension, when the problems of the world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail, to be with us in our going out and our coming in, in our rising up and in our lying down, in our moments of joy and in our moments of sorrow, until the day when there shall be no sunset and no dawn. Amen."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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