Looking a the gospel of John, and actually the person of John, was very inspiring to me. I immediately read the gospel again, and wrote a sermon on this stand alone gospel. I am developing a bible study now on the Gospel of John. I love the relationship between John and Jesus, and how John accepted and felt the great love that our Lord had for him and has for each of us today. I heard Joyce Meyer say one time that it's hard to grasp anything in the bible without first grasping HOW MUCH GOD LOVES US. And I believe that is true, but not easy. Maybe this touched me so deeply because grasping God's love has always been difficult for me. Although I know he deeply loves us, and it is impossible to fathom how much, on this side of heaven, feeling God's love has simply been a slow process for me. My love for him is great, and I know his love for me is extravagant, and John is helping me grow in realizing how much. I've decided to share with the class the lesson on John 10:9-14, with the discussion being interactive, as my bible studies are. The title of this particular lesson is "Our Shepherd", with the premise being the need to cling to Jesus, our Shepherd, and in doing so, being safe from the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy. I love the area of spiritual warfare, have numerous favorite verses, however, we can easily get caught up in focusing too much on our enemy, the destroyer, and not enough on our Shepherd, the one who gives us life. These verses do just that.
Mar 15, 2018
Jim Penn Week 5 Assignment I have selected the devotional format for my assignment. My church constitution requires a devotion at the opening of the monthly board meeting. This step has been neglected for a long time for unexplained reasons. We have eleven meetings per year (we skip December) this gives me ample opportunity to share a message with the leaders of the congregation. I have chosen Ephesians as the book to work from. I will work with one chapter at a time. This will give me six devotions to start with. I will choose a key verse or theme from the chapter as I proceed. The purpose of this set of six devotions will be to focus members’ attention toward unity, prayer, and humility. As I work through this first set of six devotions I can address some difficulties in the congregation. None of them are large, they can all be considered small bumps in the road, but it would be beneficial to focus members attention on these challenges to living a Christian life.