The Gospel of John: John 9

Last week we saw Jesus make his testimony about himself. Now his attention goes to show himself to a man that was in desperate need.

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Last week we saw Jesus make his testimony about himself. Now his attention goes to show himself to a man that was in desperate need. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 9”

The Gospel of John: John 8

Last week’s chapter ended with a call from Nicodemus (yes, the same Nicodemus from chapter 3) for the Pharisees to hear Jesus’ testimony. This chapter is Jesus’ testimony, but first we have to make a small detour. There are some older manuscripts that do not have 7:53-8:11. There are some scholars that might say I should skip over it, but it is in my Bible so we are going to look at it anyway.

Last week’s chapter ended with a call from Nicodemus (yes, the same Nicodemus from chapter 3) for the Pharisees to hear Jesus’ testimony. This chapter is Jesus’ testimony, but first we have to make a small detour. There are some older manuscripts that do not have 7:53-8:11. There are some scholars that might say I should skip over it, but it is in my Bible so we are going to look at it anyway. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 8”

The Gospel of John: John 6

Last week the people became so focused on what they thought about God, they missed His work right in front of them. This week they become so focused on what Jesus is doing, they misunderstand what it means.

Last week the people became so focused on what they thought about God, they missed His work right in front of them. This week they become so focused on what Jesus is doing, they misunderstand what it means. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 6”

The Gospel of John: John 5

Sorry about the abrupt study last week. I felt that there was a lot in that chapter and I was getting way to easily distracting by going down rabbit holes. I hope that this week goes much smoother for both of us. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 5”

The Gospel of John: John 4

After being in Jerusalem for the last couple chapters, Jesus decides it is time to head back into Galilee. His travels take him through Samaria where he meets a woman and changes her life. There is a lot that we can pull out of this chapter, and I am only going to cover a small amount of it. So pick up a Bible and join me this week. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 4”

The Gospel of John: John 3

A continuation of the study on the Gospel of John

The past couple weeks we have seen many different testimonies that have been pointing out who Jesus is. The testimonies of John the Baptist and the first few disciples all show that Jesus is the Christ and God in flesh. I ended last week by making urging you to reach out to someone if you do not know who Jesus is. This week we see what it means to find salvation. We get the first real teaching Jesus offers in the Gospel. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 3”

The Gospel of John: John 2

Continuing our study of the Gospel of John.

Last week we took a look at the beginning chapter of John’s Gospel. We talked about how Jesus is the reason for Creation and how John shows people pointing the way for others to reach Christ. I ended by encouraging you to reach out to a non-believer, and hopefully, you have had the time to do that this week. This week, the testimonies continue but they are not coming from others, rather they come from the actions of Jesus. His own actions become proof that he is who he claims to be. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 2”

The Gospel of John: John 1

Continuing our study of the Gospel of John.

The Bible begins at the beginning of everything. Genesis opens with words that are very commonly known. I’m fairly certain that they might be so well known that most anyone could tell you it starts, “In the beginning.” This phrase lets us know where the story of God begins. It is not in some period that exists after a previous period. It is the beginning. Nothing before it. Everything that has ever happened is after. In this opening chapter of the Gospel of John, we find the same phrase. Where Genesis shows that God created, the beginning of the Gospel of John shows us that Jesus was at the beginning, participating with God in the act of creation. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 1”

Intro to John

The most major component I find in my spiritual life is the discipline of Bible Study. While I do this both professionally and academically, there is a need for it to be done for a personal purpose. No matter how you study the Bible, as Christians we must remember that our goal is ultimately to learn more of God. After all, we claim to have a relationship with God, how can we say that if we are not paying attention to the actual words we have of Him. Because of this, I believe it is foundational here at the HMB that we have fairly regular Bible studies. Starting today we will begin our study of the Gospel of John. This week will be an overview of the Gospel and some general ideas. Starting next week we will be working through the book a chapter at a time, week-by-week. Continue reading “Intro to John”

Relationships and Getting Prepared (Ephesians 6)

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As we all know, marriage is not the only relationship that we have in this life (aside from our relationship with God). We are also sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, and slaves and masters. These relationships must also display the same sacrificial love that I spoke about yesterday. Paul writes, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right (6:1, NASB). No matter what we are to listen to our parents. It is even one of the big 10 rules God gave us, the Ten Commandments. When we obey and respect our parents, we show our understanding of God’s authority over us. Just like our parents did when we were little, God sometimes asks us to do thing that we don’t quite understand. We must obey what our Heavenly Father is asking of us, in order to show him honor and glory.

Paul then turns his eyes on parents. “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (6:4, NASB). I know it says “fathers”, but honestly it can be applied to mothers as well. As parents, we should not intentionally do things to harm our children. In speaking about prayer, Jesus asks these questions to the crowd at the Mount, “What man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?” (Matthew 7:9-10, NASB). Jesus is talking about God taking care of us, and having our best interests at heart. This same relationship, should be the one that we have in relation to our own children. Care for them and have their best interests at heart.

Some of you may have given your screen a second look when I said “slaves and masters”. I assure you that this relationship still exists in its most basic form, only today we call it employer and employee (or government and citizen). As slaves, it is our duty to obey the authority placed over us. We get this from another of Paul’s writings, “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” (Romans 13;1, NASB), or in Jesus’ own words “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:11, NASB). We should treat all authority over us as if it where actually God giving these commands (so long as it aligns with God’s Word). As masters, we are to realize that everyone under our authority is a loved creation of God. We cannot abuse these people and exploit them so that our lives can become a little easier. No matter what, we are not the true masters. Everything has been given to us on loan from the real master in Heaven.

Finally we come to the armor of God. I know that I have heard dozens of sermons and read tons of teachings on the subject of the armor. All I will say is that this armor represents our need to be secure in God, and be prepared for the battles that face us everyday. At some point, we will be questioned for our faith. Someone will ask questions that can shake you if you are not prepared. Knowing who we are in Christ, and knowing what God’s Word has to say to us, is the best thing we can do to prepare for that day. It’s coming, are you ready?

Paul teaches us how to live out our day to day lives in this chapter. No matter what, you have one of these relationships facing you today and the need for preparation for battle. Spend time in the Word everyday. That is my best suggestion I could ever make. Don’t just read your Bible, that doesn’t count. Simply reading your Bible is an intellectual exercise that will barely scratch the surface of what Scripture can do for you. Pray through the Bible. Ask God to show you what you need for the day. Ask Him to enter into your time with Him. This allows us to be prepared for the battles, and helps us to be more like Him in our relationships. It’s hard to be imitators of someone we do not spend much time with. So spend time. I provided some Psalms to pray today if you need some help getting started. But give this practice a chance. It will help you polish your armor and get you ready for the day.

Psalms to Pray: Psalm 4-6

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