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A Daring Dilemma

 

A Daring Dilemma

 

John 7:1-24

 
 

 
 

It would be an understatement to say that Jesus was a brave man. After all, He took the punishment for the sin of the whole world! However, as I look at this chapter, there are places where I see that Jesus had to be brave and “suck it up” at so many points in His life. There is no wonder they call Him the “Man of Sorrows,” and even though He had to be in constant emotional pain, He was able to keep it together to accomplish the Father’s Will. WOW!

 
 

One of the first things I notice in John Chapter 7 is even Jesus’ brothers really didn’t believe that Jesus was who He claimed to be. During the Feast of Booths, they wanted Him to go to Galilee with a dog and pony show to prove to those people He could perform miracles. You can almost hear an audible sigh when He sent them on their way, but Jesus did have a plan. It just didn’t include his family.

 
 

Once the brothers were gone, Jesus went up to Galilee to hear what was being said and to teach in the synagogue. His idea was not to put on a show but rather to educate His people.

 
 

Knowing that the Pharisees were out to kill Him, He had to be careful. Whatever He said had to be accurate and to the heart. Jesus is so good at that, isn’t He?

 
 

When He got there, He saw that the Jews were looking for Him. He heard various comments in the crowd about who people thought He was and what He was doing. There were people who were for Him and against Him, but He was certainly part of the gossip rag that day.

 
 

When He went to the temple, the people were amazed at His teaching; for they knew, He had no formal training. They probed Him for information about how He knew what He knew. That sure was the wrong thing to ask…there He goes again, saying what He says only comes from the Father. Who did He think He was? God? Yes, that is exactly what He was saying. In addition, He was challenging the big-guys on how they practiced their religion. He was reprimanding them on their Sabbath rules. The nerve of Him! What Chutzpah! Amazingly, the Pharisees did not challenge Him! They were in a pickle! What could they do to stop this man?

 
 

The astounding thing was that public opinion started to change. Not because of what Jesus was saying, but rather, because of what the Pharisees were not saying. Next week, we’ll see what that was.

 
 

See Ya Next Time!

 

 You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

 
 

 
 

  
 

Questions: Read John 7:1-24

 
 

In verses 1-9

 
 

1. What was Jesus’ brothers’ agenda?

2. Why did they think that Jesus needed to market His miracles?

3. Why do you think they took that approach?

4. How did Jesus respond to them?

5. Discuss why He remained in Galilee?

 
 

In verses 10-13

6. Why do you think Jesus wanted to go “in private”?

7. Why were the Pharisees looking for Jesus?

8. What were the various opinions of Jesus?

9. Discuss how these people were just like us today.

10. Why do you think people were afraid to speak out?

11. Is it like that today? Why or Why not?

 
 

In verses 14-24

12. Discuss the themes of denial, pride, right and wrong judgment that you find in these passages.

 

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

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A Daring Dilemma

 

John 7:1-24

 
 

 
 

It would be an understatement to say that Jesus was a brave man. After all, He took the punishment for the sin of the whole world! However, as I look at this chapter, there are places where I see that Jesus had to be brave and “suck it up” at so many points in His life. There is no wonder they call Him the “Man of Sorrows,” and even though He had to be in constant emotional pain, He was able to keep it together to accomplish the Father’s Will. WOW!

 
 

One of the first things I notice in John Chapter 7 is even Jesus’ brothers really didn’t believe that Jesus was who He claimed to be. During the Feast of Booths, they wanted Him to go to Galilee with a dog and pony show to prove to those people He could perform miracles. You can almost hear an audible sigh when He sent them on their way, but Jesus did have a plan. It just didn’t include his family.

 
 

Once the brothers were gone, Jesus went up to Galilee to hear what was being said and to teach in the synagogue. His idea was not to put on a show but rather to educate His people.

 
 

Knowing that the Pharisees were out to kill Him, He had to be careful. Whatever He said had to be accurate and to the heart. Jesus is so good at that, isn’t He?

 
 

When He got there, He saw that the Jews were looking for Him. He heard various comments in the crowd about who people thought He was and what He was doing. There were people who were for Him and against Him, but He was certainly part of the gossip rag that day.

 
 

When He went to the temple, the people were amazed at His teaching; for they knew, He had no formal training. They probed Him for information about how He knew what He knew. That sure was the wrong thing to ask…there He goes again, saying what He says only comes from the Father. Who did He think He was? God? Yes, that is exactly what He was saying. In addition, He was challenging the big-guys on how they practiced their religion. He was reprimanding them on their Sabbath rules. The nerve of Him! What Chutzpah! Amazingly, the Pharisees did not challenge Him! They were in a pickle! What could they do to stop this man?

 
 

The astounding thing was that public opinion started to change. Not because of what Jesus was saying, but rather, because of what the Pharisees were not saying. Next week, we’ll see what that was.

 
 

See Ya Next Time!

 

 You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

 
 

 
 

  
 

Questions: Read John 7:1-24

 
 

In verses 1-9

 
 

1. What was Jesus’ brothers’ agenda?

2. Why did they think that Jesus needed to market His miracles?

3. Why do you think they took that approach?

4. How did Jesus respond to them?

5. Discuss why He remained in Galilee?

 
 

In verses 10-13

6. Why do you think Jesus wanted to go “in private”?

7. Why were the Pharisees looking for Jesus?

8. What were the various opinions of Jesus?

9. Discuss how these people were just like us today.

10. Why do you think people were afraid to speak out?

11. Is it like that today? Why or Why not?

 
 

In verses 14-24

12. Discuss the themes of denial, pride, right and wrong judgment that you find in these passages.

 

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

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Getting a Golden Ticket

Getting a Golden Ticket

 

John 6: 60-71

 
 

In the movie “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” the entire adventure hinged on getting one of the few Golden Tickets placed in Wonka Bars. If you had no ticket, you had no adventure. Many people were disappointed to find that although they had 100 Wonka Bars, none of them held the Golden Ticket.

 
 

It seems that many of Jesus’ disciples gave up on Him after His speech about bread and blood and all that. It sounded to some like cannibalism and to others that there was no chance of ever getting that Golden Ticket that only the Father could give, no matter what one did.

 
 

Even some of Jesus’ closest companions were skeptical and Jesus knew it. He asked them, even though He could read their minds, “Do you take offense at this?”

 
 

That Jesus! Always pushing to a higher level; always trying to raise the bar on consciousness about Him, the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Plan. Always asking them to believe and believe and believe. The things He spoke about were beyond their understanding or so it seemed.

 
 

He was always rocking the boat! Now, here he was, asking them if they wanted to leave too! Where would they go? Was He telling them that He was not to be believed? What was this strange man doing?

 
 

Simon Peter, our friend who is just like us most of the time, chimed in. “Lord”, he said, “to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know that you are the Holy one of God”. (68-69).

 
 

Peter was saying, where else can we go for our ticket? You have promised us this Golden Ticket. You have told us it comes only from you! You are telling us that this IS the only way. What gives? 

 
 

Don’t you sometimes think that God pushes us to the edge of what we are, only to tell us something that requires more? Jesus does that here.  

He says, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.”

 
 

He tells them they are His, then, drops the bomb that not all of them are believers. Can you imagine what they thought? What would you think if Jesus said that to you?

How would you respond? What would you think of Him? and of yourself?

 
 

See Ya Next Time

 

 

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

 
 

 
 

Questions:

 
 

Read John 6:60-71

 

1. Why were some of the disciples dismayed?

 
 

2. What do you think made them give up?

 
 

3. Was Jesus being fair?

 
 

4. Why or Why not? (read John 2:24,25)

 
 

5. Why was Jesus offended by their behavior? (Read Isaiah 55:2; John 6:27)

 
 

6. What may have been prophetic in verse 62? (Read verse 27; Mark 16:19; John 17:5; 3:13)

 
 

7. What was the importance of what Jesus was telling them in verses 62-65?

8. Why is it so important not to put faith in the flesh?

9. What was prophetic about the betrayal theme in verses 66-71?

10. Where do you get the Golden Ticket to walk with Jesus?

11. Who can get one of those tickets?

12. Who must you see to get a ticket like that?

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

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The Difference Between Matzoh and Manna

The Difference Between Matzoh and Manna

John 6:22-59

 
 

One of the things I am most grateful to God for is my Jewish Heritage. While I am certainly a Christian, and the fact that my mother is not Jewish excludes me from saying I was born Jewish, Nevertheless, I have Jewish blood and real Jewish roots.

 
 

That being said I have a real love for Jewish people and customs and when I think of Jesus, I color Him with the memories I have of my grandmother, great grandmother, aunts, uncles, and friends. Jesus becomes more real to me because I have these memories of those whom I love who were and are close to me.

My grandmother introduced me to matzoh. She told me there were times in Israel’s history, on the move, when they did not have time to let bread rise. So instead, they made matzoh. Matzoh, if you don’t know, is a giant cracker. It’s flat, square, and scored.

 
 

 There are multitudinous ways to use it in recipes, and it forms the carbohydrate staple for anyone celebrating Passover. Matzoh is often used as the bread for communion as well.

 
 

I have fond memories of my grandmother making Matzoh Brei for me when I was little. My kids love it plain, slathered with butter…good stuff!

 
 

On the other hand, manna was the sticky stuff that came from the sky during the time of wandering in the Wilderness. It could be used to make things, but it didn’t keep; it spoiled over night. God gave it directly to the people for their sustenance as they wandered for those forty years. The people eventually got sick of it and grumbled that they had to eat it. This bread was nothing that they ever knew before, it had qualities they were not familiar with, nor particularly fond of, but it kept them alive.

 
 

In John 6:22-59, Jesus makes some comparisons of these breads to Himself. The scene takes place with the people looking for Jesus in Capernaum. They went seeking more miracles because they had seen Him feed over five thousand people with a few loaves and a few fish. They were seeking matzoh, that good stuff that Jesus had given them. They also wanted the power to do it themselves. Think about it! If they could do the works of God, there would be no hungry or sick people. They could fix their own problems. They wouldn’t have to traipse all over after this elusive magician. They could do it themselves.

 
 

Jesus knows this, and in famous Jesus style, lets them know. When they inquired of Him He said:

 
 

“Truly, truly, I say to you,
[i]
you are seeking me, not because you saw
[j]
signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.
27  [k]
Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for
[l]
the food that endures to eternal life, which
[m]
the Son of Man will give to you. For on
[n]
him God the Father has
set his seal.”

John 6:26-27 (ESV)

 
 

Not to be deterred, the people asked how they could do the works of God. Jesus’ response was classic:

Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God,
that you believe in him whom
he has sent.”
John 6:29 (ESV)

 
 

Frustrated then, the people asked for another way of getting what they came for, they asked for a sign. They knew about manna, and were looking for signs that Jesus was like Moses who performed miracles and wonders and produced the things they needed. They looked to Moses, a human, and not to God Himself. What they were looking at right now was God in the flesh.

 
 

Jesus was going to clue them in. He said:

 
 

32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is
he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
John 6:32-33 (ESV)

 
 

Still looking for matzoh, and not getting the analogy, they just demanded! Sir, they said, give us this bread always.

 
 

Then Jesus lowers the boom. 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.
37  All that
the Father gives me will come to me, and
whoever comes to me I will never cast out.
38 For
I have come down from heaven, not to do
my own will but
the will of him
who sent me.
39 And
this is the will of him who sent me,
that I should lose nothing of
all that he has given me, but
raise it up on the last day.
40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who
looks on the Son and
believes in him
should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

John 6:35-40 (ESV)

 
 

People grumbled with aggravation. They were sure this man was a nut. Wasn’t he just a person who had parents? He couldn’t be from heaven, they knew His family. All they wanted was the means to make matzoh. He could just give them that without this entire alien from outer space talk.

 
 

Jesus was not surprised. He had to teach them that their expectations were not what He was fulfilling. There was something else, something far more wonderful than matzoh or manna. It was God Himself. They didn’t get it.

 
 

So Jesus explains again:

 
 

Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves.
44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me
draws him. And
I will raise him up on the last day.
45 It is written in the Prophets,
‘And they will all be
taught by God.’
Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—
46  not that anyone has seen the Father except
he who is from God; he
has seen the Father.
47 Truly, truly, I say to you,
whoever believes has eternal life.
48  I am the bread of life.
49  Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and
they died.
50  This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it
and not die.
51 I am the living bread
that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give
for the life of the world is
my flesh.”
John 6:43-51 (ESV)

 
 

Keeping the matzoh before their faces, as usual, the people failed to see the bigger picture. Instead of seeing that God was giving them, this incredible gift of life, which the bread represented, they only saw the sticky reality of manna. They still had the carnal agenda. They missed the point again. Now they were fighting amongst themselves accusing Jesus of promoting cannibalism.

 
 

My mentor always told me never to lower the bridge but always raise the water. Jesus does this in his closing statement to these people. He skips over the cannibalism part and doesn’t even address it. He gives them an explanation that requires them to use the equipment God has given them for thinking, their brains! He says:

 
 

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of
the Son of Man and drink his blood, you
have no life in you.
54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life, and
I will raise him up on the last day.
55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood
abides in me, and I in him.
57 As
the living Father
sent me, and
I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.
58  This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread
the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”

John 6:53-58 (ESV)

 
 

Jesus was not going to show them the difference between matzoh and manna. He was not going to indulge their obsession with material goods. Jesus was showing them that their relationship with Him was more important than either matzoh or manna, and if they were listening to Him instead of their grumbling stomachs, they would never hunger or thirst…

 
 

So how’s your appetite? Ready for a little bread?

 
 

See Ya Next Time

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:
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Questions: Read John 6:22-59

 
 

1. What are some similarities to physical bread and spiritual bread?

2. What are the differences?

3. In verses 26-27; How did Jesus try to change their focus?

4. How did they  respond?

5. Why?

6.  How did Jesus try to change their minds about what kind of Bread He was bringing?

7. Was it successful? Why or Why not?

8. Jesus told the people that He came down from heaven; why didn’t they believe Him?

9. In verses 52-29, the Jews took a literal translation of Jesus’ words. How did that lead them astray?

10. Discuss literal translation of the Bible and how, in certain circumstances, this could be wrong.

11. What was Jesus trying to say?

12. How did Matzoh and Manna get in the way?

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:
Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

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As Easy as Walking on Water

As Easy as Walking on Water

John 6;15-21

 
 

After Jesus made dinner for 5,000 with just a few fish and loaves, people wanted to make Him King. However, Jesus would have nothing to say about that, so He removed Himself up to the mountain for solitude. Jesus liked people, but He also liked His space. No one was going to usurp His plan, or get in the way of His purpose here.

 
 

The telling of this story in John is different from Matthew’s version. In Matthew 14:22-33, Jesus dismissed both the crowds and the disciples. The crowds He sent away, the disciples, He launched in a boat. It was then that He went up the mountain to pray and spend time with the Father.

 
 

When He was done, about the fourth watch of the night, the boat was about 3-4 miles out to sea. No problem! Jesus would just take a stroll out to meet them. The only problem was that Jesus’ behavior was supernatural. Not behavior expected by a group of weary sailors who had just rowed 4 miles. Unlike God, people don’t just walk on water, and while they should have expected almost anything from Jesus at this point, they didn’t. They were still wrapped up in their own way of thinking about what God could and couldn’t do; sound familiar? Yes, we do it too.

 
 

When Jesus approached the boat, they all thought they were seeing a ghost! You know those amorphous specters of light that are there for no good. Amazingly–without even having the conversation– Jesus immediately perceived what they feared and how to answer that fear! He says to them, “It is I; do not be afraid” which, by the way, is the standard line for most angels when they see people (see Mary’s visit by the angel). Once He said that, they were happy to take Him into the boat.

 
 

The next thing that happened is less obvious, but still profound. As soon as they took Him into the boat, the boat was transported, it says, immediately to land. What was that? Lightspeed? How did Jesus pull that off?

 
 

There are indications in the gospels that Jesus was no ordinary person; and yet, people took Him that way. I would love to have been a fly on the wall listening to the conversations about how He did the things He did, if in fact those conversations occurred. Do you think they did? Does your church have them?

 
 

What people do you know that can make a meal for over 5,000 people with about 3 lbs of food or just casually walk on water? What people do you know that have to tell you who they are because you think you are seeing a ghost? How many people get into your boat 3-4 miles out to see and transport it immediately to land? Pretty amazing stuff!

 
 

Have you ever really talked about what it must have been like to know a person like that? What would you think of that person? What would you believe about a person like that? What do you really know about this Jesus person?

 
 

See Ya Next Time

 
 

READ: John 6:15-21;Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-51; Luke 24:38,39 

 
 

1. What are some of the outstanding features of this story?

2. What were some of the abilities that Jesus had that we do not?

3. How did Jesus use His abilities to strengthen our belief in Him?

4. What are some things that surprised Jesus about us?

5. What does ‘believing’ mean when it come to Jesus’ person?

6. What does He want us to believe about Him?

7. Why was it hard for the disciples to accept Jesus’ supernatural ways?

8. In what ways do you reject His supernatural abilities?

9. In what ways do you presume on His abilities?

10. How can you make Jesus more real in your life through this lesson?

 
 

 
 

 
 

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Bring it ON!

Bring it On!

Jesus can handle whatever you’ve got!

John 6:1-15

 

 
 

This story, the Feeding of the Five Thousand, is precious. It shows not only Jesus’ compassion on the people, but also His patient playfulness with those who are trying to follow Him. His love for everyone is astounding and miraculous in itself.

 
 

Jesus was always feeling the pain of the people who he saw as lost sheep. He was their shepherd of course, and felt responsible to do what they could not do for themselves. Ironically, those who followed Him closely often couldn’t see their own abilities or shortcomings. Jesus, being God, doesn’t possess the limitations humans do; and He can call on heaven’s resources to supply any need. Often He tried to show His disciples if they would just believe that, they could do great things as well. It was the ignorance of their lack of personal resources that kept them from seeing their wealth, having eyes but lacking sight, having ears but not hearing.

 
 

Similar to us, the disciples are often overwhelmed by what is right in front of them, and they end up missing the point. I frequently receive letters from people, who tell me that God cannot accomplish what they cannot see. They are so caught-up in the current situation that they forget the God who created everything in sight, and who has sovereignty over it.

 
 

They forget that God’s promises are for them. They feel as though they carry the burden of their lives to the extent that God is limited by what they can know. They live in the poverty of their own making, their own minds.

 
 

In this story, Jesus sees the poverty of both His disciples and the people in need. Really, it’s all the same…needy and in need of a good shepherd.

After He shows Philip and the others that they are in an untenable position, He asks for the barley loaves and two fish. What does He do? He thanks God for the little bit…and what happens? It becomes a supply so big that they have leftovers. Jesus tells them not to waste it. He tells them to “gather up the leftovers that nothing may be lost!” (v12). Jesus is so cool, another lesson! He is always giving them examples of who He is, why He is here, what He is trying to accomplish, and we are so lost…like sheep; sheep aren’t too smart!

 
 

Jesus took the little bit that they had and made it more than enough! So what are you struggling with? The economy? Starting a new life? Fear of the future?

Well, bring it on! Jesus can handle it!

See Ya Next Time

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Questions:

Read John 6:1-15

 
 

1. What was Jesus’ feeling toward all the people who thronged around Him?

2. Why did He ask Philip where they could buy bread?

3. What was Jesus’ object lesson in asking Philip this question?

4. What should have Philip done instead?

5. What do you think the disciples thought about Jesus before He fed them?

6. How many of us think that Jesus needs our resources to make miracles happen?

7. Why didn’t Jesus need to buy bread?

8. What are some things that we limit Jesus with?

9. What expectation should we have of Jesus’ ability to give us what we need?

10. Why are we so skeptical?

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Jesus Challenges the Status Quo

Jesus Challenges the Status Quo

John 5:18-47

 
 

The religious people were having a problem. Here is this new upstart: working on the Sabbath, telling the Sabbath Police their law keeping was wrong, and now He is telling everyone He is God. He’s got to go.

 
 

Jesus was a political problem for the Pharisees because He made them look bad. Pharisees were the elite of the religious world and Jesus dared to usurp their authority and replace it with His own. He not only refused to play by their rules, but He claimed to represent God Himself, not as a prophet, but as a Son, an equal. The Pharisees were so displeased they wanted Him gone. He represented a holiness they were not ready to seek.

 
 

They ignored the points Jesus had made to them. However, had they listened, they would have learned they didn’t have to be the religious police. God had it covered. They could forget about themselves, and in doing so, be great for God. All their efforts were worthless; but if they were attuned to God’s voice and program, they would have done great things.

 
 

Jesus told them what He was doing. He said that He was not representing Himself, but rather the Father. Jesus lived for the Father’s Will. He was not interested in making a name for Himself here, because life in an Earthly Kingdom is not reality. There was another Kingdom, right before their eyes that were missing completely. If they listened to Jesus instead of trying to trip Him up within their own laws, they would have learned something; but they didn’t.

 
 

Also, Jesus came to give them a life that never ends. Being preoccupied with controlling what little time they thought they had; they failed to see there were no limits on their lives. Their power struggles were self-defeating. All they had to do was open their eyes, hearts, and minds and they would have been set free from a self-imposed prison. While trying to trap Jesus, they did not acknowledge their own entrapment.

 
 

Their constant near sightedness left them senseless. They looked for God in the minutiae of the Bible and their religious practice, when God was right before their eyes in the presence of His people and His creation.

As we said before, they totally missed the point.

 
 

How are you doing? As you read this Scripture, compare it to your life. Does your life say that God is the leader? or are you? Do you reflect the will of the Father or self-will? Do you look like Jesus or the Pharisees?

See Ya Next Time

 
 

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions:

Read John 5:19-47

 
 

1. What kind of a word do the words of Jesus describe?

2. How is this different than the world we see today?

3. Are the Pharisees really any different than we are?

4. Why or Why not?

5. Who or what represents the Pharisees in our church today?

6. How do they people get in the way of mission?

7. Are you one of these?

8. How can you change your behavior to be more like the servant God expects?

9. How would Jesus critique your ministry?

10. Ask God to change your heart and mind, and behavior today.

 

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Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 
 

 
 

 
 

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