Sorry for the long break in-between posts, normally I try to do my filming on Sundays and then post the videos on Fridays. However Mother's day through a monkey wrench in my plans. I had a great time at brunch with my family, the only bad thing was that I didn't have time to work on many of my communication tasks for the week. My wife and mother-in-law had a great day which was the important thing.
So diving back in, this week we look at Jesus talking to a Samaritian woman and how that relates to John 3:16. We also ask the question does reading the scripture do anything to us as people. As always feel free to comment below.
Give yourself some applause we are in Chapter 3. This is a good feat, and we need to give ourselves some props that we have been in the Bible for three weeks now. So has there been anything the has surprised you so far? Do you use more than one version of the Bible when yo do this? How has the version you are using so far working out for you.
Well today is the day, when we begin to hear some power verses out of the Bible. We get to talk about what does it mean to be born again or born from above. Believe it or not, we can translate the Greek word into either of these two phrases. I think the bigger question is what does it mean for our lives? Besides this text we also get the football verse John 3:16. I call it the football verse because when I was growing up every time I had an NFL game on the TV I would see signs with this verse plastered everywhere. It talks about God's love and God's decision for God to send God's son own to Earth. What does this say about the character of the God we worship? These are just a couple of things we look at in our youtube video for this week.
Next week's assignment is Chapter 4....it is exciting this week but next week will just blow your doors off.
We are two weeks into our Bible. How is it going? Is it getting easier to read the Bible or harder? What are the challenges with reading the text? Is it too late in the day when you read the text or too early? Are you too distracted? Is it the language of the text? So this week, if it feels more like a chore, I want you to take some time and ask yourself why it seems to be more of a chore. Maybe there are some adjustments you can make because this week's text has a lot of good stuff for us to dig into. We have our first sign/miracle; Jesus cleans out the temple; he talks about his upcoming death; and finally Jesus discusses briefly who he trusts. Please leave your questions or comments below. Next week's is John chapter 3. Happy reading!
So what was it like to read your first chapter in the Gospel of John? Was it fun? Was it confusing? Was it boring? This week's text is important because it allows us to get a little bit of a grip into what the author of John feels important. Many times as we examine the Bible, the stories or words can seem pretty random. However, as we move the Gospel of John, I would like you to look at this text with a different mindset, a mindset which asks, what is the author trying to get us to see. The Gospel writer is very intention with the wording and the stories which are used. So let us dive into this week's text. After watching the Youtube video next week's assignment is to look at the second chapter of John.
So you have found a Bible you think will fit your particular style? Last time we said that there were 66 books in the Bible, so where do we start? Is the Bible best read if we start with Genesis or read through Revelation? Do we read one chapter at a time or multiple chapters? Do we read just a few verses a day or one chunk at a time? Check out this week Youtube Video and see how we plan on going forward.
We are tasked as Christians to read through our Bibles because it helps bring us closer to becoming the people God wants us to be. However, for most of us, we don't know where to begin or we feel we need to have a theological degree to understand what is going on in the text. So often then we throw up our hands and instead choose to ignore looking at our Bibles completely. Here at Gethsemane, one of the focuses of our ministry is to give people the resources they need to help with their faith life. So over the next couple of weeks, and months, I would like to start a Bible study here on the website. This first week, we are going to start with the basics. What Bible do we use? It seems like an easy question but there are hundreds of different Bibles out there, so it is not an easy choice. Click on the Youtube video above as we talk about looking for a Bible to use for our study.
I have been a little more long winded recently with this last sermon series. I have added a video with the extra piece I took out talking about how the Trial of Jesus gives us some good insight on how to get through what we are going through. I haven't blogged a lot before, but maybe I will give it a go. I was thinking of adding a Bible study where anybody can pop in and out and maybe this will be the best way to give it a go. Thanks for reading! PP