Thursday, May 28, 2015

Preparation for Wednesday Jun 3rd, 2015

Our passage of interest for this coming Wednesday is John 13:21-30.

1.  The first thing to do is to sort out the "players" in verses 22-26:
  - Peter is involved--not surprisingly;
  - Who is the disciple "whom Jesus loved"?
  - And then to whom does Jesus give the piece of bread he had dipped?

2.  Now try to think through, based upon the narrative, how these players might have been arranged around the table.  If you do, you will come to see an amazing demonstration of God's grace to Judas and an example of Jesus' persistent efforts to reach him.  

3.  One more thing--go back and read Jn 13:9-10 and see if you can explain to yourself a consistent understanding of what it means to be clean and yet need to be cleansed that applies to both the foot washing incident and the time of reclining at the table.  

As you can see, we have some very interesting things to discuss.  
See you on Wednesday.  


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Preparation for Wednesday 27 May 2015

There is no preparation for the 27th due to our quarterly business meeting.  I'll have some specific questions for you next week prior to getting into John chapter 13, but for now, if you want to get a jump on things spend some time in John 13.  Specifically, consider the meaning of verse 10.

See you on Wednesday for prayer and an update on the business of the Church.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Preparation for Wednesday May 20th, 2015

I have been planning to begin a study of John 13-17 -- Jesus' instruction to His "inner circle".  Those in whom He had made the greatest investment of both Himself and truth.  Not only that, but those through whom the Spirit would ignite and spread the Church.  I am still planning on going there, but we are going to hold off, as I have one more thing I would like to cover first.  

Read Luke 9:23-f or any of the companion texts in Matthew or Mark.  And then here are a few things for you to think about:

1.  Write a one sentence summary of what Jesus is teaching. 

2.  What does this have to do with our study of the resurrection?

3.  What does this have to do with our study of "revival"?

4.  And, what does this have to do with our study of Gospel Culture?

I would suggest to you that they all fit together.  Stated another way--if you are lacking in one, you are lacking in all.  Give it some thought, and see what kind of questions arise.

See you on Wednesday,

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Preparation for Wednesday May 13th, 2015

Scotty will again be bringing the message this coming Wednesday.  You can prepare by reading John chapter 1.  Think through carefully what we learned in verses 1-14 (and 44-47) and see what truths you can find in the remainder of the chapter.

See you on Wednesday,

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Preparation for Wednesday May 6th, 2015

There is no preparation for May 6th due to a guest speaker.  See you then.

In His grace,