Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we continued our series on the difficult sayings of Jesus with a discussion of what Jesus means when He says we must eat His flesh and drink His blood. Our text was John 6:35-69.

1) What does Jesus mean when He calls Himself the Bead of Life?

Sam noted that just before Jesus made this statement He had fed the 5,000. For the Jews this miracle brought to mind when God gave them mana in the wilderness. Jesus is telling the people that He is the bread that has come down from heaven. (more…)

 

10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday we continued our Advent series with a discussion of John 1:9-14.

“The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name he gave the right to become children of God…”

1) What do these verses add to your understanding of why Jesus came?

Tom noted that it must have broken Jesus heart to know that the very people He created rejected Him. Laurie said that it makes her marvel anew at the depth of God’s love for us. (more…)

 

Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we concluded our Advent series with a discussion of Isaiah 53. We will meet again on Wednesday,  January 4th to begin a new series.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.”

1) What do these verses add to your understanding of why Christ came?

Carroll said that Jesus came to die. He paid our sin debt on the cross so we can live forever. (more…)

 

Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we continued our discussion of Jesus difficult sayings. Our text was about the persistent widow — Luke 18:1-8.

1) Why should we be persistent in prayer?

The widow receives justice not because the judge is just but because she pestered him.

Chic noted that we should persist in prayer because Jesus wants to hear from us. He wants a meaningful relationship with us and that requires frequent conversation. (more…)

 

10 Alive Recap

Friends,

Sunday we continued our Advent series with a discussion of Joseph.

1) What do you think Joseph understood about who Jesus was going to be?

Laurie said that as a devout Jew Joseph would have known the prophicies about Messiah, therefore, Joseph would have found Mary’s story about how she became pregnant plausible. However, as a man he would have had his doubts.

Jean said that in the end Joseph had to trust in his love of God and his Mary. (more…)

 

Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Next week will be our last meeting for 2011. We will kick off a new year of bible study on Wednesday, January 4th.

Wednesday we continued our Advent series with a discussion Isaiah 9:6,7.

” For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.”

1) What does this passage tell us about the coming Christ?

Jim said that Christ will bring peace. We tend to think of peace as the absence of hostility but the peace of God means much more. There will be reconciliation between God and man. In addition the peace of God will allow us to be joyful in any circumstance. (more…)

 

Tuesday Morning Recap

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Gentlemen,

Tuesday we discussed another difficult saying of Jesus.

“Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill; men throw it away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 14:34,35.

1) How does salt lose its taste?

Before addressing this question we discussed why Jesus used this analogy. We agreed that the ‘salt’ represents Christians. We also agreed that we can’t lose our salvation and were uncomfortable with the suggestion that salt could lose its taste. (more…)

 

10 Alive Recap

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Friends,

Sunday we continued our Advent series with a discussion of wise men and King Herod.

1) What were the wise men seeking and how did they know to look for the star?

The wise men are seeking the Messiah. “Where is he who is born the King of the Jews? For we have we have seen his star in the east and have come to worship him.” These men, who presumably are not Jewish, have come to worship Messiah.

How do these wise men know to look for the star? Scripture is not clear on this point, however, I believe that these men are likely decedents of the followers of Daniel. Daniel was taken to Babylon and there he taught and wrote about the coming of the Christ. These men knew when the Christ would come and what would be the sign of His birth. (more…)

 

Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we concluded our series on David and Bathsheba with a discussion of the consequences of David’s sin.

1) Why was Absalom upset with his father?

David refused to discipline Ammon. (more…)