Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Purpose

READ John 20:26-31

This is John’s thesis statement and is where we’ll spend a bit of time this first Sunday in John. Memorize this verse and refer back to it as we work our way through this profound, yet simple gospel as a church this fall. Allow this purpose to inform your understanding. When reading a difficult passage in John ask, how does this section support John’s purpose in writing this book? As we see this purpose borne out in every verse, may we worship Him anew together!

Friday, August 30th, 2019

I Am…

READ John 6:35, 8:12, 10:11-15

With each “I am” Jesus hearkens back to God’s revelation in the Old Testament - not just the divine name “I am that I am” but to His identity as shepherd, sustenance, etc. As you read through just a few of these statements, reflect on Jesus’ claim in your own life. What is Jesus saying about himself? Why does it matter to his listeners?

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

A Woman Known

READ John 4:1-26

It was culturally inappropriate for Jesus to initiate this kind of conversation - both because she was a woman, and because she was a Samaritan. In effect, this episode records Jesus’ willingness to engage an ‘outsider,’ and her realization that followed. As you read, what does Jesus mean by his claim in v. 13? The final paragraph recognizes that location will no longer matter with respect to worship. Why is it so significant that true worshipers will worship in “spirit and truth” instead?

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

Nicodemus

READ John 3:22-30

Jesus’ interaction with Nicodemus is where we get the famous verseJohn 3:16. While this passage is in fact a concise presentation of the Gospel and why Christ came, how is it still profound? Looking at the text, what do you think is Nicodemus’s posture and attitude as he comes to Jesus? How do you come to Him? Do you bring your questions with snarky skepticism, or with rational expectation? How is humility the key to learning from Jesus?

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Prologue

READ John 1:1-18

John captures several major themes in his opening verses, providing both a preview and introduction to his Gospel. This includes insight both into who Jesus is, as well as why He has come. Take time to read and re-read this prologue reflecting on these two questions: What is John saying about who Jesus is? What is he saying about what Jesus has come to do?

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Jerry says “As we gaze upon His beauty we will desire to seek Him even more. And we will become progressively more aware of His redeeming love. We will want to know Him in a progressively deeper way.” When you admire someone you want to imitate them. How do you do imitating the self-control of Jesus? Knowing Him and letting His love flow through us is challenging, but when you see His fruit growing in your life, you will find it very rewarding.

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Jerry Bridges tells us, “As we concentrate on growing in our reverence and awe for God and in our understanding of His love for us, we find that our desire for Him will grow.” Do you spend time with God each day enjoying His love and grace? How could you make some more space in your life to see His beautiful character and receive the comfort of His grace?

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Gentleness as a fruit of the Spirit will result in transformation. Read Acts 17: 1-4 – how much time did Paul have with those in Thessalonica initially? Read 1 Thessalonians 2: 11-13 – this was a church of radical transformation – how does Paul conclude this happened in verse 13? How are you allowing the gospel to abide in you towards radical transformation?

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Gentleness as a fruit of the Spirit will result in transformation. Read Acts 17: 1-4 – how much time did Paul have with those in Thessalonica initially? Read 1 Thessalonians 2: 11-13 – this was a church of radical transformation – how does Paul conclude this happened in verse 13? How are you allowing the gospel to abide in you towards radical transformation?

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Read Ephesians 4: 2, Philippians 4: 5, James 1: 19-20 – continuing in the theme of self-awareness and relationship management – how are these verses prescriptive towards controlling our emotions? If the church leads the way in showing mastery over our emotions, how might that serve as a powerful testimony of the truth of Christ and fruit in our lives?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Gentleness is also the act of being sacrificial – read 1 Thessalonians 2: 5-7. Paul continues to persuade the church in Thessalonica of the authenticity and genuineness of his love for them. What method of persuasion is Paul using in this passage? What are ways you can better leverage sacrificial love and gentleness this week to influence others of your care for them and love of Christ?