This week we gathered around God’s word with some new seekers, studying John 13.
As we read about Jesus washing the disciple’s feet, it was humbling for us to consider how Jesus led by example. Someone called God’s kingdom an upside down kingdom, as Jesus ways are often the opposite to worldly ways. If we follow Jesus example and serve one another “Now that you know theese things, you will be blessed if you do them” V.17.
Let us have this same attitude as we serve others, no matter who they are.
This week God drew 3 men to the bible study and we studied John chapter 12.
Jesus was entering Jerusalem on a young donkey’s back, and the crowd of his followers helped fulfill Zachariah 9 v 9.
Despite many signs and miracles including Lazarus being raised from the dead, the chief priests and the pharisees were unbelieving due to the hardness of their hearts.
Pray that God would open the eyes of one of our guests who only sees judgment ahead and doesn’t understand grace.
Pray that he will come back and let us tell him more about God’s grace, which is freely available to all who believe.
We had a blessed time at bible study this week with 7 of our guests.
We looked at the story of the woman caught in adultery brought to Jesus.
He showed her compassion, forgiveness and love and still does today with us.
Jesus is a friend of sinners and a defender of the weak.
That’s why we love him!
This week we looked at John 7 with 7 guests.
We saw how the crowd had divided opinions about who Jesus was.
Was he just a good man?
Or was he a deceiver?
Others said “He is the Christ”.
People still debate over who Jesus is today.
Pray that those who attend our bible study will put their faith in him.
Eleven of out guests had a lovely Easter dinner with us this week at bible study and we looked at the Easter story in John 19 & 20.
Without Jesus death on the cross we would never have a right relationship with God our Father.
Jesus death on the cross demonstrates God’s love for us and no-one has ever loved us like Jesus and no-one ever will.
This week we looked at John 6 with 7 guests, the feeding of the five thousand.
We discussed how God sees our circumstances differently to the way we do.
Jesus saw the need for food to feed the people, as an opportunity to teach the disciples how to exercise faith.
Sometimes out difficult circumstances cause us to trust God more.
Its not what we have, its what God can and will do with what we have that counts.
This week we continued our study of John chapter 5 v 31 – 47 with 7 guests.
We discussed v 40 “yet you refuse to come to me to have life”.
The life Jesus talks about, is not only Eternal Life when we die, but a spirit filled life here on earth which gives us power to overcome sin.
Pray that those who come to the bible study regularly would become alive in Christ and dead to sin and its power over them.
This week we began the year with 10 guests looking at John 2 v 12 – 25
Much discussion was had around verse 25 ” for Jesus knew what was in a man”. The sinful nature of man can lead us into all kinds of trouble, which can have long-lasting effects on our lives and the lives of others.
Without God’s grace and mercy we are lost in a whirlpool of sin and judgement.
Romans 5 v 6 ” You see at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for us.”
Pray that the eyes of the guests hearts would be opened to see what Jesus has accomplished for them on the cross.
Five guests gathered with us to study John’s gospel chapter 1 v 19 – 34.
John the Baptist came as a witness to testify concerning Jesus and we also must do the same.
“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” said John.
Although we cannot see Jesus walk among us , we can point people to him and ask others to follow Jesus with us.
Pray for 2 of our guests who are attending a Discipleship Course at All Souls which concludes in 2 weeks.