The Gathering 11/6/16


The Text:
John 1:1-18
Genesis 1:1-3

Some Observations of the Text:

-John 1 and Genesis 1 are parallel stories and bring a complete understanding of Jesus' creative and recreative work. (In the Beginning)

-Jesus is the author of all life vs. 4

-Belief in Jesus is adoption into Gods family vs.12

-God BECAME human, not just looked like or acted like a human vs. 14

Some Ways to Live Differently Because of the Text:

-Becasue Jesus is recreating (making all things new) I can live securely in him and his Word

-Jesus is the author of all life, therefore all life matters to the believer

-As an adopted son/daughter of Christ, my life should not only reflect my royal calling but also hold me secure in the Kings love and protection

Hebrews 4:14-16
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Some Questions to Consider Moving Forward: 

-Since Jesus was at work in creation and is now at work in our NEW creation how can you view the world around you differently?

-Knowing that you're adopted by God, what kind of self image do you have or should you have? How does/should this drive your daily living?

-In what ways do you see the world "not recognizing" Jesus for who he is? What about your personal life and actions?

-Why is Jesus being "fully human" so important to our understanding of who God is? What does it say to you?

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The Gathering 10/2/16

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The Book of John is a unique Gospel. Not one of the synoptics (seeing through one eye or perspective) John’s Gospel is one of the more theologically robust Gospels as well as it builds a high Christology throughout.

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John 1:19-34
This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.” “Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?” “No,” he replied. “Are you the Prophet we are expecting?” “No.” “Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?” John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear the way for the LORD’s coming!’” Then the Pharisees who had been sent asked him, “If you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?” John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize. Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.” This encounter took place in Bethany, an area east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’ I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.” Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him. I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God. ”

Some Observations of the Text to Consider:

-Culture at large will always be looking for A version of Jesus (vs. 19, 21, 22, 24)

-Jesus will always be thought of as “this or that” even by well meaning religious people(vs.21)

-We must clearly understand our role in this world as Jesus followers (vs.24, 26)

-John, though having a tremendous following of people, always pointed others to Jesus (vs. 29)

Some Ways to Live Differently Because of the Text:

-Understand what questions others in our culture may have about faith, life, and eternity.

-Be very aware of our identity in Christ (vs.23)

-Use every platform we have in this life to point people to Jesus (vs.29-34)

Some Questions to Consider Moving Forward: 

-What questions or attitudes do you encounter in others as it pertains to Jesus in your life and His work in our world?

-Think about your daily life. Identify some “platforms” you have been entrusted with. Now how could you use those to point people to Jesus?

-How can you “see” the Spirit working in your life now? Write them down and look at that over the next few weeks.