Tuesday (3/17/20)

Read John 10 

Let’s do the Know, Be, Do method for the whole chapter.

While I am reading, I like to put a light “K,B,D” right over the text so that I can immediately see the different areas.

KNOW (what does the text say about God?)

BE (What does the text say about us?)

DO (what is the text calling me to do?)

Take time today to think through those questions from this passage.

KNOW:

BE:

DO:

  • Write out your one sentence summary!

Monday (3/16/20)

Read John 9

The miracle of the blind seeing!  This is the first time, at least recorded in scripture, of  a person being born blind and then receiving sight.  Surely this blind man had no hope of ever seeing, so when the miracle was performed he couldn’t deny this was someone sent from God. Genesis 2:7 says we’re “made of dust;” how fitting is it that Jesus uses dust to open the blind man’s eyes.  Truly, the Creator was standing before this blind man.

The sad truth of blindness of sight versus blindness of the heart is what  seems to be the point of this chapter.  The blind man knew he was blind and needed help, yet the Pharisees did not know the blindness of their hearts to see the truth that was right in front of them.

Recently, I sat at lunch with a friend who has been a follower of Jesus for a while. He had recently been in a relationship that involved a lot of sexual sin. He was now out of that relationship and said that the pressing question on his mind was, “How is it that in my mind I know that Jesus has the best path for me, and yet I woke up day after day deciding to disobey in the area of sexuality?”Our areas of disobedience often point to hard or blind areas in our hearts.

  • Are there areas of your heart that you might be blind to? Ask the Spirit to show you.
  • Don’t forget your one sentence summary. 

Sunday (3/15/20)

This morning we are going to spend just some time in rest and quiet.

Close your eyes and picture yourself sitting with Jesus in a place that feels comfortable, safe and welcoming.

Just sit with Him there, perhaps tell Him some things that you appreciate about Him and the way that He cares for you. Perhaps just sit seeing in your mind how He holds you tightly and loves you.

Spend some time praying and listening to your favorite worship song preparing your mind and heart to be soft for this morning’s worship service.

Saturday (3/14/20)

Read John 8:12-59

  • What does Jesus tell the people about themselves?
  • What does He proclaim about Himself?
  • Is there anything perplexing or confusing?
  • Remember your one sentence summary.

Friday (3/13/20)

Read John 8:1-11

As they were trying to trap Jesus, He turned the trap on them with a brilliant response to their question: “Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (v. 7b, NIV). The Lord did not act like what this woman had done was okay.  In the presence of Jesus, in fact, not one person in the crowd claimed to be without sin. Jesus both forgave people and warned them not to return to sin.

  • What do you think this woman learns about who Jesus is?
  • If the Lord said to you today, “neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more,” what sin would He be referring to?
  • What steps can you take to walk away from that sin?

Thursdsay (3/12/20)

Read John 7

The scriptures are so powerful – they reveal God’s will. Many people say they desire to do God’s will, yet they don’t search the scriptures to find out His will.  

In verse 17, “what Christ means here is that if anyone truly wants to do the will of the Father, then he will choose to get to know the Lord’s doctrine so that he can figure out if it is really a teaching that comes from God or not.  This was true then, and it is still true today.  Many there are who claim to want to worship God, and yet they never take the time to get to know and to examine the words of Jesus Christ to see if they are from God or not.” – Nathan Johnson

In Hebrews 4, Keith spoke about Hebrews 4:12 – the word of God being sharp and penetrating. How have you seen God’s word speak to you in the recent weeks?

  • What is one way that you have discerned God’s will through His word?

Read John 7:37-38 and John 4:13-14

  • Where are you thirsty? Where are you dry?
  • Write out your one sentence summary.

THE FEASTS OF TABERNACLES
There were three primary feasts that the Jewish people celebrated yearly: Passover (the Feast of Unleavened Bread), Tabernacles (the Feast of Booths), and Pentecost (the Feast of Weeks). We read earlier about the Passover Feast and what it was meant to help them remember. Today we see Jesus heading to the Festival of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles is prescribed in Leviticus 23 and Deuteronomy 16. The festival is a week long feast that begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month Tishrei, roughly late-September to mid-October on our modern calendar. The feast begins with a collection of palm and willow branches to be used as a symbol of rejoicing before the LORD (Lev 23:40). All of Israel would camp out in tents for the entire week (23:42), offering all types of sacrifices as burnt offerings to the LORD (Lev 23:37-38). The prescription in Deuteronomy extends participation in the festival not only to male Israelite citizens but also to priests, orphans, widows, immigrants, and both male and female children and slaves (Deut. 16:14). The purpose of the Feast of Tabernacles was to remember the giving of the Law and to renew the covenant made between Israel and the LORD (Duet. 31:10-13).

Wednesday (3/11/20)

Read John 6

After  the  5,000 were miraculously fed, they desired to be fed continuously. They seek Jesus because He provided immediate fulfillment of food, but Christ challenges them to labor for food that endures to everlasting life.  Those who desired to do God’s work asked Jesus the question,  “What should we do?” (v. 28b) Jesus’ answer is the best ever: “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” (v. 29) BAM! The only thing they must do for this eternal life is to believe.

  • Who are the various people and groups called on to believe in this chapter?
  • How would you explain John 6:40 to someone?
  • Where do you see each member of the Trinity at work in this chapter? 
    • Father?
    • Son? 
    • Holy Spirit?
  • Think about a one sentence summary and write it out.