Monday, December 31, 2012

Romans 15

 IT'S NEW YEARS EVE!!!!!

Romans 15 first starts out by talking about how we should not be trying to please our self's, we should try to please God. It says that even Jesus did this, he was always trying to please God he never did anything to make him look good. Then it talks about how we should accepted everyone. It says: Therefore, accept each other just as Christs has accepted you so that God will be given the glory. (Romans 15:7 NLT).  I like this verse because it is how I want to be. I want to accept everyone because God has so why shouldn't I?

My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone elts. (Romans 15:20 NLT). I really like this verse too because I really hope I could be like that, just tell everyone I could about God.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Romans 14

Romans 14 is another really great chapter that talks a lot about accepting others.

It starts out by talking about how we should accepted everyone and leave the judging to God. Then it starts talking about how we must live and die for God because that is what Jesus did for us. It says: Christ died and rose again for this very purpose- to be Lord of the living and of the dead. (Romans 14:9 NLT).

Then in Romans 14 it talks about how we should not judge other believers (or any one for that matter) because we are just as bad and maybe even worse then them. Then it says in verse 13: So let's stop condemning each other. Decide to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. (Romans 14:13 NLT). I really liked this verse because this is how we should live! We should not be judging others its not right we have no superiority over any one! Also we should be lifting each other up as Christians, not tearing others down.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Romans 13

Romans 13 talks a lot about trusting authority and how love is the answer.

Romans 13 starts by talking about how authority is something everyone need to honor. It says that people are put into authority roles because God wants them there, so we should honor them and do what they say. It says: Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in position of authority have been placed there by God. (2) So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. (Romans 13:1-2 NLT).

Next Romans 13 talked about how love is so important. When you love your neighbor as yourself you will be fulfilling what God wants you to do. It says: For the commandments say, "you must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet." These- and other such commandments- are summed up in this one commandment: "Love your neighbor as yourself." (10) Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God's law. (Romans 13:9-10 NLT). 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Romans 12

I really liked reading Romans 12. It had some really good things in it! 

The first thing Romans 12 talked about was how we should worship God. Then it says: Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NLT). This verse is talking about how when you are worshiping God it should be between you and him. You should worship to please him. Not because it is the cool thing to do. If you worship God the way that is good for you and that has an impact on you then you will please God.

Second Romans 12 talks about is how we each have different gifts. We should use these gifts to help bring glory to God. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. (Romans 12:6 NLT). What is one of your gifts?

  Third Romans 12 talks about how you should always be ready to help others and you should love others as well. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. (11) Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. (Romans 12:10-11 NLT). 

The last thing Romans 12 talks about is really explaining the golden rule. It says that if someone is rude to you you should should try not to be rude back. Instead you should try to act honorable and try to help them with whatever they need. It also says that you should leave the judging to God. It says: Instead, "If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads." (Romans 12:20 NLT).

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Romans 11

 The first thing in Romans 11 talks about is how God did not reject his own people. It says: It is the same today, for a few of the people of Israel have remained faithful because of God's grace- his undeserving kindness in choosing them. (6) And since it is through God's kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God's grace would not be what it really is- free and undeserving. (Romans 11:5-6  NLT). These verses are talking about how God loves us and he will forgive us. It also talks about how we don't deserve his grace. It also talks about the people's good works are not what saves them but it is actually God's grace. Have you ever felt that you did not deserve something?
Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God's offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it. (Romans 11:12 NLT). I like this verse because it talks about how if everyone accepts God then everyone will be happy and we will all be with him in heaven we also probably get way more done. Then it starts talking about how God is both kind and severe. He is kind if you trust in him but if you stop trusting him he will be angry with you.

Then it talks about how God will save everyone as long as the Gentiles come to him. It talks about how great God is because of his mercy for us. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Romans 10

I hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday! There is no bible study tonight. :(

The first part of Romans 10 talks about how the people did not understand God's way. They tried to reach God by following his law. Then it says: For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God. (Romans 10:4 NLT). This verse is talking about how because Jesus came and died on the cross for us we don't have to follow the law. Now we just have to accepted Jesus and we will be forgiven and we will spend forever with him in heaven.

Then it stars talking about how to get saved. It says: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. (Romans 10:9-10 NLT). Then it starts talking about how we must go out and spread the word about Jesus and what he did for us. Some people may not receive the message the first time, maybe not even the third or forth time. It's all right though because it says: And later Isaiah spoke boldly for God, saying, "I was found by people who were not looking for me. I showed myself to those who were not asking for me." (Romans 10: 20 NLT). I think that this verse is talking about how when we open our self's up to God we will find that everything will work out because we will be able to trust God.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Romans 9

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I hope everyone has a great day and that we all remember what this day is truly about! Its all about Jesus and him coming for us and saving us so that we would be forgiven for our sins.

Romans 9 starts by talking about how God chose his people and what it meant to be chosen by God. Then it says: My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief (3) for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed- cut off from Christ!- if that would save them. (Romans 9:2-3 NLT). These verses talk about what someone might have to do to save someone! It also kinda talks about how we should feel when we meet someone that does not know God, we should be upset and want to do everything we can to help them find God. Then it talks about how God uses people to help him. He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory. (Romans 9:23 NLT).

Then in chapter 9 it talks about how the Gentiles were not following Gods standards but they were still made right with God because of their faith in God. It says: What does all this mean? Even though the Gentiles were not trying to follow God's standards they were made right with God. And it was by faith that this took place. (Romans 9:30 NLT). Has there ever been a time when your faith really helped you?

Monday, December 24, 2012

Romans 8

We are already half way done with Romans can you believe it? Thanks again to everyone who is reading and posting! Keep it up you are all doing great! :)

The first part of Romans 8 talks about how the law could not save us because of our sinful nature. So God sent his son Jesus to save us. Then it talks about how people who think of sinful things will never please God. But people who think of good things will always please God. Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. (Romans 8:5 NLT). Then it says that when Jesus is with us we are forgiven, and because he is in us we belong to God. Because of this it says: And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In God's glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. (Romans 8:17 NLT).

Next it talks about how God knows about us, how he knows what we need even before we pray for it. It also talks about how God helps us in times of need. And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. (Romans 8:26 NLT). Has there ever been a time when you knew you had to trust God?

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who could ever be against us? (Romans 8:31 NLT). This verse is talking about how if God is with us then we can do anything because he will take care of us. Then in chapter 8 it starts talking about how we can never be separated from the Lord.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Romans 7

We have made it through our first week of Romans! Thank you everyone who has commented! I hope everyone is learning a lot!

The first part of Romans 7 talks about how we can only try to reach God when we are alive. We can't do anything when we are dead. That is why we must do everything we can to bring glory to his name while we are alive! Have you ever done anything for God? What did you do and how did you feel afterwords? 

Then it talks about how God's law shows us what we should and should not do. It says: Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law has not said, "You must not covet." (Romans 7: 7 NLT). Have you ever heard a law and realized that if no would of told you about the law you would of broken it?

The third part of Romans 7 talks about how we as humans are slaves to sin. We can't help it we are going to sin, there is nothing we can do about it. (18) And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right but I can't. (19) I want to do what is good, but I don't. I don't want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. (20) But if I do what I don't want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. (Romans 7:18-20 NLT). Then it talks about how there is something inside of us that makes it hard for us to do the right thing. Have you ever found it really hard to do the right thing? What made it so hard?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Romans 6

Romans 6 talks about sin.

Romans 6 starts by talking about what it means when we are baptized. Then it starts talking about how because we accepted Christ, we do everything with him. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. (Romans 6:8 NLT). Then it talks about how we should only be living for God and that sin should not be controlling our life. Then it says: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NLT). This verse is talking about how once we believe in God our sins are forgiven and we can live with God forever in heaven.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Romans 5

Romans 5 is another really good chapter!

This chapter starts by talking about how our faith in God is what really saves us. We also know that with God we know that when there is hard times we can give the problem to God and he will handle it. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. (4) and endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. (5) and this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. (Romans 5:3-5 NLT). This chunk of scripture is talking about how with God we don't have to worry about our problems, because when we turn them over to God we know that he will handle them. It also talks about how much our faith will grow when we trust him. The it talks about how Jesus came and died for us, which shows how much he loves us. Has there ever been a time when it was really hard to trust God with something? Why do you think it was so hard?

The next thing Romans 5 talks about is the sin that Adam brought into the world. While Adam brought sin into the world Jesus brought forgiveness into the world. Adams sin led to condemnation but Jesus' gift led to us being with God. (v 16). then it says: Yes, Adam's one sin brings condemnation fro everyone, but Christs one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. (Romans 5:18).   

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Romans 4

This chapter talks all about Abraham.

The chapter opens up by talking about how Abraham was really the founder of the Jewish religion. Then it says that he was counted as righteous because of his faith in God, not because he was circumcised. It also said that this is how we are counted, by our faith in God. Then the chapter talks about the great relationship Abraham had with God. Because of his obedience to God, God promised him that he would be "the father of many nations." Verse 16 says: So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.  (Romans 4:16 NLT). This verse is talking about how everyone gets the chance to be with God, they just have to choose him and trust him. Then it talks about how much Abraham's faith grew and how much our faith will grow.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Romans 3

Romans 3 was really good too! It talked about some really important things! Also don't forget that we have bible study tonight at 6:30 and we will be covering Acts 25- Romans 3!

The first part of the chapter talks about when people are lying to you, you can always trust and count on God because he will always tell you the truth. Then the people said that their sinfulness was okay because it shows how not to act and it shows how righteous God is. (Verse 5 says this). Has there ever been a time when you gave in to peer pressure? If so how did you feel afterwords?

The second part talks about how everyone sins!
"No one is righteous- not even one. (11) No one is truly wise, no one is seeking God. (12) All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.  (13) Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongs are filled with lies. Snake venom drips from their lips, (14) Their mouth are full of cursing and bitterness. (15) They rush to commit murder. (16) Destruction and misery always follow them. (17) They don't know where to find peace. (18) They have no fear of God at all." (Romans 3:10-18 NLT). This big chunk of scripture is talking about the types of bad things we as people do. It is also talking about what will happen if we continue to do these bad things.

The last part of the chapter talked about how we can be forgiven. To be forgiven we must believe in what Jesus did for us. If it was not for Jesus we would still be getting punished because of our sins. Because of what Jesus did for us we can be with God forever after we accepted him. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ, and this is true for everyone who believes no matter who we are. (Romans 3:22 NLT). What was it like for you the first time you completely trusted God with something? 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Romans 2

 Romans 2 has a lot of good things in it!

Paul starts this chapter by talking about how people can't judge other people because it is bad! Only God can and will judge people! Everyone was doing some really bad things so it was wrong for them to act like they were so good and there was nothing wrong with them. Paul then talks about how forgiving God is. Paul was trying to warn these people about the day when God would judge them for their actions. Paul talked about how angry God will get at these people: But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. (Romans 2:8 NLT).

 Next Paul talked about how these people believed that they were okay and they could teach people about God. They thought that the sins they were committing were not bad enough so they could teach others about what not to do. Paul then starts asking them questions about if what they follow what they are teaching others. Paul then tells them that they are not true Jews because their hearts are not in the right place. Verse 29: No a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circiumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God's sprit. And a person with a change heart seeks praise from God not from people. (NLT). Has there ever been a time when you were trying to please someone that was not God?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Romans 1

All right time to start reading through the book of Romans! :)

Okay so Romans is written by Paul, who was chosen by God to tell the story of Jesus. God gave Paul the authority to talk to the Gentiles about what Jesus had done for them.

The next thing is that Paul writes a letter that talks about how he wants to see the Gentiles to talk to them about Jesus. He has not been able to go until know. In verse 11 it says: For I long to visit you so I can bring some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the lord. (NLT) What is one of your gifts? Have you ever thought about using it for God? Have you used it for God?

Next in Romans 1 it starts talking about how sinful the world had gotten. The people started acting as if they did not care for God at all. They never did anything for God or even worship him! Instead of worshiping him normally they started worshiping idols and doing things that were very wrong. God abandoned these people because of what they were doing. The people realized  what  they were doing was not pleasing to God but they kept doing it anyway and they encouraged others to continue to do the bad things. Has there ever been a time in your life when you were doing something wrong and you realized it but you did not stop doing the bad thing?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Acts 28 - LAST CHAPTER

Hey guys! We are on the last chapter of Acts and we will be starting Romans tomorrow. Jackie will be leading us so be supportive of her.

The crew lands shore on the island of Malta. The islanders welcome them and make a meal for them. Paul suddenly gets bitten by a snake. The islanders think this is a sign of a bad man, but Paul shakes it off into the fire and suffers no ill effects. The islanders then think Paul is a god. Paul visits the chief official of the island and heals his father and many other sick people on the island. Finally after three months, they head back to Rome. How has God used a disaster in your life for ministry? What have you learned from this?

Paul arrives in Rome and notices there is nobody accusing him. He takes this opportunity to preach to the Jewish leaders and quotes Isaiah 6-9-10. Paul stays in Rome for two years and "preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ." Probably within a few years, Paul was killed by the emperor Nero. How would verse 31 serve as a fitting epitaph on Paul's grave?

What do you need to build into your life now, so that your faith in Christ will be what people remember about you at death?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Acts 27

Wow did I sleep in! We are on the second to last chapter in Acts! Good job everyone let's finish strong!

If you remember, Paul appealed to Caesar so now they must sail to Italy. Paul warns everyone on the boat saying, "Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also." (v. 10) His warning, however, is ignore. Big mistake as we will find out later. If you were the ship's owner or pilot, how would you react to Paul's warning about the 50-mile trip they wanted to make?

A storm blows in and a first doesn't seem like a big deal and then before you know it, the crew is throwing off the cargo and hanging on for their lives. Paul stands up and tells them everyone will survive because he had a vision from an angel. (v. 24) Paul encourages the men to not give up hope and them must aground some island. In a crisis, Paul reacted with urgent forewarning  maintaining hope, counseling, common sense, giving thanks, remaining calm, persevering to the end. In comparison, how do you react to crisis?

Paul begins to take charge. He tells everyone to eat because they have gone 14 days without food. They cut off the life boats and throw off the wheat to make the boat lighter. Those who could swim went overboard to get to shore first and others grabbed onto broken pieces of wood. Then finally BOOM the ship crashes! Everyone makes it to shore safely as Paul said. What is the greatest pressure situation you're facing now? How can Paul's example and the principles you've learned from his experience help you? What is your part and what is God's part in the resolution of your storm?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Acts 26

Good morning everyone! Acts 26 is really awesome because it is about Paul giving his defense to king Agrippa and you will see that Agrippa even says that he is almost convinced to become a Christian.

Paul is given a chance to give his defense to king Agrippa. Notice that Paul breaks his testimony into three parts:
  - Who he was (v. 11)
  - What happened to change him (v. 13)
  - Who he is NOW (v. 20)
Paul in the middle of his testimony is interrupted by Festus who says, "You are out of your mind, Paul!" (v. 24) Paul replies by addressing the kng. Agrippa even says he is almost convinced to be a Christian! At the end of the defense, the king says to Festus, "This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar." Paul's obedience to Jesus resulted in a trial very similar to Jesus' trail. How has your obedience to Jesus resulted in similarities to Jesus' experience? How has Christ brought light into your life? How can you pass on that light to someone else this week?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Acts 25

Thank you everyone who came last night. Nathan did a great job leading us. After we finish Acts we are going to start the book of Romans! (Which if I did the math right, we should start on Monday) You guys are doing amazing with these devotionals so keep it up.

Acts 25!

So Paul is going to trail with Festus, not Felix, he was succeeded by Festus. The Jews wanted Paul to go to Jerusalem to be tried. Their actual plan was to ambush Paul along to way to kill him. Paul however, says he has not been accurately charged so no one has the right to lay a hand on him. He appeals to Caesar! What laws conflict with your efforts to emulate Jesus Christ? If someone wanted to prove you were a Christian, what evidence from the past week could they use?

Paul's appeal is granted and Festus meets with Kind Agrippa a few days later. Kind Agrippa wants to see Paul not because he has any authority over the situation, but out of mere curiosity. Agrippa has been ruling over Jerusalem beforehand so he knows a lot about these kind of issues... well I'm not sure if he has come across a Jesus freak like Paul. Anyways, Agrippa is seated and Paul is told to make his defense. When you have questions about your faith, to whom do you turn? How else do you seek input?

Paul's obedience to Jesus resulted in a trial very similar to Jesus' trial. How has your obedience to Jesus resulted in similarities to Jesus' experience?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Acts 24

Tonight there is the Impact Students small group at the Hinkle house. Nathan will be covering Acts chapters 18-24 so if you have not read some parts of those chapters, I encourage you to at least look over them. If you have not read any of these chapters please come anyway because you can still participate.

Paul is brought to Felix where he gives his account to. Tertullus brought charges against Paul. Verse 5-6, "We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him." These chargers are outrageous but Paul keeps his cool and addresses Felix. His reply, however, falls short and Paul is put into prison. Felix gives Paul many freedoms while in "prison". This surprisingly turns into a great opportunity to preach. Paul had few restrictions and was able to preach to whoever came in contact with him while under Roman guard. What could be better? Has God every taken something bad in your life and turned it into something good? What happened? When we pray, we need to be sure we are praying for God's way and not our way. Why is it better to pray for God's way and not our way?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Acts 23

I accidently slept in this morning so I don't have time to write anything. You can still comment below what you found interesting or what stuck out to you in this chapter.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Acts 22

Acts 22.

Paul speaks to them in Aramaic (or possible Hebrew) which makes them listen. Paul takes the opportunity to give his testimony of salvation. If you notice at the end of 22:9 it says "but they heard not the voice" but in 9:7 it says "hearing indeed the voice". This difference in wording is because the men with Saul did hear the voice but did not understand it. Everyone has their our story about how they received Christ. If you were too young to remember, you still have a story about when you first took your walk with Christ on your own and not because your parents said so. Have you ever given your testimony to someone?

The crowd has had enough and Paul is sent to be flogged. Before the flogging Paul asks if it is legal to flog a Roman citizen who is not found guilty. The commander realizes Paul is a citizen and withdrew immediately and unbinds Paul. Paul is about to make another speech! This time to the Sanhedrin! Paul's citizenship became an assent in his efforts to share the Gospel with Gentiles. What traits skills or experiences do you have which can help you share the Gospel with others?

How has your faith in Jesus redirected your life in a surprising way? How do you struggle with that redirection?

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Acts 21

Happy Sunday everyone!

Paul on his way to Jerusalem stops at the city of Tyre. There many other believers tell Paul to not go to Jerusalem "through the Spirit". So if Paul was told by the Spirit to go, but not to by other's told by the Spirit, who should he listen to? This shows that we should be listening to God with our own ears rather than what others say. Paul continues his journey and stops in Ptolemais and is confronted by a prophet, Agabus, who binds Paul's arms and feet and tells Paul this will happen if he goes to Jerusalem. Paul goes anyway. Have you ever had to make a decision that was unpopular? Was it the right decision?

Paul goes into Jerusalem and perform the Nazarite vow so when he appears in Jerusalem, the Jews think he is keeping the law. Verse 20, "And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law." In order to give the Gospel to someone, did you have to take a different approach? Can you present the Gospel the same way to everyone?

Paul's plan doesn't work and he is recognized and dragged out of the temple. They try to put him to death. Paul says....(we will hear about this next chapter!) Do we need to still hold the old traditions today? Why or why not?

Have you ever needed to make a hard decision?

How can you ask for God's help to make the right one?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Acts 20

Good morning everyone! Sorry for the late post! I slept into 9 today. Let's get started with chapter 20.

Paul once again receives a tip that the Jews were plotting to kill him. He makes a smart move and travels around the threat and back through Macedonia. Notice how Luke uses the pronoun "we" meaning Luke was also traveling with them. The even up in Troas were Paul preaches and everyone breaks bread together. During the long sermon, a man falls asleep and fall down three stories! Everyone takes him to be dead, but Paul looks at him and see life in him. The man returns home alive and everyone is comforted. This stories really makes me feel better when I'm tired in church. If someone fell asleep in Paul's sermon, then I won't feel as bad when I feel a bit drowsy. Do sermons put you to sleep? Or are you wide awake spiritually  How can you keep from falling flat?

Paul is getting ready to set sail for Jerusalem. I love verse 24, "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying the gospel of God's grace." This verse reminded me of one of my favorite verses 1 Corinthians 9:24. "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." How do you say goodbye to people you love? What do you suppose the Ephesians will miss about Paul?

In the race of doing God's will, are you in the front of the pack, one of the stragglers, or an onlooker?

Friday, December 7, 2012

Acts 19

Acts 19.

Paul stumbles across some people who haven't been updated for a long time. Paul asks them "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" (v. 2) They reply telling Paul that John the baptist baptized them and they did not even hear of the Holy Spirit before. Paul explains to them what the Holy Spirit is and baptizes them in the Holy Spirit.  Have you ever come across a person who says they are a Christian, but their ideas about it are skewed? How do you show someone the right way?

In verses 11-20 the sons of Sceva try to cast out an evil spirit in a demon-possessed man. One problem, these men had not developed a personal relationship with Jesus, so when they tried, the demon replied, "Jesus I know , and I know about Paul, but who are you?" (v. 15) The man jumped on them and beat them leaving them naked and wounded. Why didn't the demon leave the man when he heard Jesus's name called? How do people try to use Jesus for their own purposes today? What is the difference between that and real faith in Christ?

Paul travels to Ephesus and preaches there. The silversmiths become angry because they are losing their idol worshipers and blame Paul for messing with the economy. A riot is started and the crowd shouts, "great is Artemis of the Ephesians!" Finally, Alexander is able to calm the crowd and Paul thinks that its is a good time to leave and does. Success, money and independence are some cultural idols. What others come to mind? How has you faith affected your relationship to idols?

What is in your life today that most prevents you from God?

What can you do to remove those distractions?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Acts 18

Thank you everyone who could make it last night! We had a great time. Keep up the good work.

First in this chapter Paul speaks to the Jews in Corinth. After they reject the message he says, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clear of my responsibility." (v. 6) He moves on to teaching the word of God to Gentiles. Paul then receives a vision from God telling him to stay in Corinth and to not be silent. Paul stay for a year and a half preaching. Have you ever felt God told you to do something? What happened?

Paul sets sail for Syria. Right before he said he cut off all his hair. This was part of the Nazarite vow which is in Numbers 6:1-21. This willingness to still do unnecessary Jewish traditions shows how Paul wanted to reach out to the Jewish community. He is doing it to create opportunities to present the Gospel. Apollos is a will learned man who knew how to debate and prove the Scriptures. He goes to Achaia and refuted the Jews in public debate. How you ever had to defend your faith? When is it appropriate to engage in a debate or to present the Gospel?

We all have different gifts given from God. What do you sense God has equipped you with to serve?

Are you willing to use that gift?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Acts 17

Good morning! Quick reminder: Bible study and Acts chapters 11-17. 6:30-7:30 tonight at the Hinkle house.

Now lets get started.

Paul and Silas went to Thessalonica where Paul reasoned and proved in the synagogue that Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. After he finished ministering, many of the Jews and Greeks were converted. Some of the Jews were jealous of Paul so they rounded up a mop and went to Jason's house (where they believed Paul was staying). When they could not find Paul, they took Jason and a few other believes to the crowd and they accused them of "defying Caesar's decrees". After the chaos became too much, they let them go. Have you ever been in a situation where you were in conflict with authorities because of your faith? What happened?

Paul moves on to the city of Berea. The Bereans received the message more easily than the Thessalonians, but when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching, they sent crowds to stir them up. Paul leaves fro Athens and tells Silas and Timothy to stay but to join him as soon as possible. Compared to the Thessalonians, how do the Bereans receive the Gospel?

Paul goes to the city of Athens. The people there are very open minded. Verse 21, "(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)" The philosophers took Paul and questioned him about what he was teaching. Paul tell them that their idols are wrong and there is only one God. He gives the message and most of the people wanted to hear more. Whom do you know who has very little, or no background, in the Gospel? Could you share the Gospel with someone without quoting Bible verses? Why or why not?

Are there people in your life who need to hear the Gospel?

What can you do to tell them about it?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Acts 16

Hey guys! I really enjoyed reading Acts 16. Its all about Paul and Silas being put in prison and God breaking them out again. This time in the process they are even able to save the jailer! So let's get started.

Paul find Timothy in Lystra who wants to follow them. And then this is were it gets a bit awkward because there is only one problem. Timothy is not circumcised and the Jews who lived in that area still believed circumcision was mandated. You have to remember that Paul didn't circumcise Timothy because they had to, he did it for the sake of ministry What does Timothy's willingness to be circumcised show about his dedication?

Paul and Silas are in Phillipi preaching the gospel when a demon possessed girl who could tell fortunes follows them saying, "These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation." The girl continues to do this for a few days then finally Paul is fed up and commons the demon to leave her. The masters' of the girl were furious. They beat them and put them in prison. How do you think a girl shouting at the apostles affected their mood? The girl's owners rejected the Gospel because it cost them financially. What financial concerns keep some people from faith today?

While in jail, there's a huge earthquake. The earthquake is so powerful in fact that the jail doors swing open and the chains fall of the prisoners. The jailer becomes suicidal but Paul and Silas are able to tell him the good news/ "They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household.""(v. 31) What does Paul and Silas' response show about them? If asked, "What must I do to be saved" how would you answer?

Paul and Silas go all out when preaching the good news. This even gets them beaten and put in jail. What is something that can hold you back from ministering?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Acts 15

Good morning! Here we go with Acts 15!

This chapter is all about a disagreement in the church about the Mosaic Law. In verse 5 the Pharisees said, "The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses." The problem was that a lot of the new church was composed of former Jews and to them these rules were important. They thought of Christianity as an extension of Judaism. Why do you think theses rule were important to the former Jews?

To compromise, they wrote a letter to Antioch, Syria and Cilicia. In their letter they told them the only requirements for them was to "abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood  from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality." (v. 29) From the letter and the way it was delivered, what do you learn about the way to solve disagreements among Christians?

Lastly in the chapter, Paul and Barnabas split up. Paul did not want to take John (or Mark) on their journey but Barnabas wanted to. So because of this dispute they went their separate ways. Have you ever lost a friendship because of a religious dispute?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Acts 14

Paul and Barnabas spoke in Iconium at the synagogue. This time, a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed but the ones who didn't stirred up the Gentiles and planned to stone them. Paul and Barnabas stayed a bit longer and then fled to Lystra and Derbe. How does Paul and Barnabas' experience in Iconium differ from their experience in Antioch?

Paul heals a crippled man in Lystra. The city's reaction is the complete opposite of Iconium. They declare Paul and Barnabas Greek gods. The city begins to sacrifice things to them. Paul and Barnabas try to clear the misunderstanding but it only turns the crowd, and Paul is stoned and left for dead outside. Miraculously, the next day Paul got back up and went back into the city.  Paul and Barnabas went back through Lystra, Iconium and Antioch and continued to strengthen disciples and appointed elders for churches. What was one of the biggest misunderstandings about Christianity you had to overcome before you could believe?

Seeing all the opposition Paul and Barnabas faced on their first mission trip, what do you think caused them to consider it a success? When ministering to others, is it easy to focus on the opposition rather than what God is doing through you?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Acts 13

Paul now becomes a main character of the Church and you will see him speaking out against someone who is against Christ. Let me know what you think of what happens to Barjesus.

Then Paul goes to Anitioch and speaks to a synagogue to both Jews and Gentiles who are worshiping God from verse 13-41. See if you can summarize in one sentence Paul's main point of his message, it must have been well received because the asked him to stay a while to talk again during the next Sabbath.

In verse 45 you see the reaction of the unsaved Jews to Paul's popularity. How does Paul respond to their jealousy in verse 46-47? How do the Gentiles respond to what Paul says?

Do you think Paul expected he would be run out of town by the unconverted Jews for saying what he said?

Are you brave enough to speak the Truth when you know it is unpopular at school?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Acts 12

Acts 12 tells the story of Kind Herod's attempt to kill Peter. Peter is imprisoned by Kind Herod and guarded by a total of 16 guards.  All 16 guards' job was to make sure Peter didn't escape. Herod even bound Peter with two chains, not one, and locked him in with an iron gate. Even though it seemed nearly impossible to escape, God still led Peter out of prison! When you read this section today, think about what in your life is "imprisoning" you. Pray to God to help take you out of it and ask someone in this group to pray for you. Verse 5 says, "So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him."

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Acts 11

Good morning everyone. Acts 11 is a really cool chapter because Peter retells his vision to believers. Because of this vision, we can all eat bacon now! At the end of this chapter we learn about the Church in Antioch. Verse 19 tells us The Word has traveled through Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch. The prophet Agabus even predicts a severe famine that would affect the entire Roman world. Questions on reading:
  - Why did Luke take the time and space to record the events of 10:9-46 all over again?
  - Of what importance is the gift of the Holy Spirit in Peter's argument? Why would this have such a strong effect on the Jerusalem believers?
  - Antioch was the third largest city in the Roman empire. What might the apostles feel as they hear the Gospel is taking root there (v. 23)?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Acts 10

You guys are doing an amazing job! Doing this as a youth group helps a lot because when we all say what we saw we can learn from each other. Acts 10 is really cool because you can see how God can communicate to us and if we listen to Him, amazing stuff happens. Cornelius obey's God after receiving his vision and what I find so amazing is that before Cornelius's men found Peter, The Spirit tell Peter they're coming. (v 20).

Tonight Impact High School is having its second Bible Study. We are having one every Wednesday night from 6:30 - 7:30. Come prepared with your Bible and keep in mind what you've found this past week. If you've missed a chapter or two don't worry about it, but if you can try to finish what you've missed. We will be discussing Acts 4 - 10 so we have a lot of ground to cover. Keep up the great work!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Acts 9

Sorry I was a bit late on this one. Wow this is a big chapter. So much happens in it. It stretches from Saul's Conversion all the way to God raising Tabitha from the death through Peter. I wish I could write more about this one but my bus is coming so here are the questions:
  - What do you know about Saul to this point (before chapter 9)?
  - Describe what happened in verses 3-9 from the viewpoint of one of Saul's companions.
  - How do you think Saul felt when confronted by Jesus (vv. 4-6)?
  - Was Saul's heart open to Jesus' arrival?
  - Given his previous activities , what would he be thinking about during those three days of blindness and fasting (v. 9)?
  - How did the Lord first get your attention? Was it in some dramatic even or something more subtle? Have you had a post-encounter experience like Saul did?
  - Do you assume some people are beyond God's reach? How does this story challenge those assumptions?
  - Who has played the role of Ananias in your life?
  - Why would the Jerusalem disciples still fear Saul? What risk is Barnabas taking?
  - Although Peter had healed many people, he had never raised anyone from death. What might he be feeling as he goes to Tabitha's home?
  - Why is it that Tabitha was raise, but Stephen died, even though Peter was there too (8:2)?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Acts 8

This chapter covers a lot. Make sure when you read it you are able to separate the different stories. This chapter mainly goes in depth about to spread of Christianity. It provides multiple examples of conversions and also talks about Saul a few times. My favorite verse of this chapter was verse 36, "As they traveled along the road, they came a to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?" I love that attitude. The eunuch was just converted and he didn't hesitate, he immediately wanted to be baptized!

Questions:
  - What did Simon and Philip have in common? (vv. 5-11)
  - Given that the Samaritans were considered outcasts by the Jews (see Jn 4:9), why would Peter and John come to them?
  - In what ways does Simon's reaction to the apostles (vv. 18-19) show his deep misunderstanding about the Gospel?
  - Do you think that Simon's words in verse 24 reveal a change in his heart?
  - In the verse the eunuch was reading, in what ways does Jesus fit the picture of the one described there?
  - How did God pave the way for his message?
  - So far, what has been the effect of Stephen's death upon Philip? Upon the church as a whole

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Acts 7

This chapter was amazing! If you remember Stephen from chapter 6, he was accused of speaking "words of blasphemy against Moses and against God." (6:11) His accusers even produced false witnesses to testify that "This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us." (6:13-14) Most of chapter 7 is Stephens speech to the Sanhedrin. He starts off with the story of Abraham and works his way down to Moses and quotes many old testament verses along the way. I love verse 51. Stephen finishes his monologue and addresses the Sanhedrin. "You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!" Stiff-necked is an metaphor taken from and ox who cannot bend its neck and cannot yoke. It means stubborn or unwilling to submit. Uncircumcised hearts means their hearts would not submit to the law. Stephen adds, "and ears" meaning they also did not listen to what God says. This verse really hits me because sometimes we can act like these religious leaders. We can get stuck trying to obey the law and forget to stop and just listen and submit to God.

Questions:
  - From 6:13-14, how would you write up the formal charges against Stephen?
  - What does Stephen's storytelling (in effect a history lesson) reveal about his respect for the Mosaic Law?
  - What parallels does he draw between Moses and Jesus?
  - How does this relate to the charges against him in 6:13-14?
  - How does the quote in verse 37 begin to turn the tables on his accusers (regarding who is really rejecting Moses)?
  - Of what does he accuse them of in verses 51-53?
  - Why are Stephen's listeners so enraged?
  - Stephen's death was illegal (see Jn 18:31). What does that reveal about the desperation of the Sanhedrin?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Acts 6

Thank you to everyone who is commenting each day. Keep it up guys! This chapter is all about the disciple Stephen being chosen and then falsely accused. This is setting up for when Stephen makes his speech. You will see in the next chapter when Stephen replies to theses accusations.

Questions on reading:
  - Given 2:44-45 and 4:32, how could the widows be neglected?
  - How do the apostles resolve this problem?
  - Why did they choose men "full of the spirit and wisdom"?
  - Consider verse 6. Why such attention to a seemingly minor task?
  - What secondary issues hinder your church from fulfilling Acts 1:8
  - Immigrant Jews often formed their own synagogues in Jerusalem. How is their opposition to Stephen like and unlike the opposition the apostles faced from the Sanhedrin (5:27-28)?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Acts 5

Can't post right now, but if you guys want to comment now you can.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Acts 4

Good morning everyone! Acts 4 talks about the religious leaders' reaction to Peter healing the beggar. Then it also shows us how the believers prayed and how they all shared their possessions.
Here are some questions to think about while reading. You do not have to answer them but you can if you want. Remember to also share what you personally found during your quiet time.
  - Why would the Sadducees oppose the disciples' preaching (v. 2)?
  - What is the heigh priest's family trying to do (v. 7)?
  - If you were one of the authorities, how would you react to Peter's bold answer (vv. 8-12)?
  - What is the most persecution you have experienced due to your faith?
  - On a scale of 1 - 10, how sure are you of Peter's statement in verse 12?
  - How do the Sanhedrin and the disciples view themselves and God?
  - Why would the disciples begin to the prayer by recalling God's sovereignty?
  - How are your prayers in crises like and unlike this prayer (vv. 24 - 30)?
  - How well does verse 32 describe you relationship with others in your church?
  - What would have to change for such sharing to be possible?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Acts 3

Hey sorry for the late post. I slept to 10 today on accident. Anyway, Acts chapter 3!

The story of Peter healing the beggar really speaks to me because it shows how it is important to give the glory to God for any of your abilities. After healing the man, Peter could have become boastful or prideful and took the credit, but instead, he immediately says, "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." (verse 6) Peter also continues to give Jesus the credit. "By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong." (verse 16)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Acts 2

Acts chapter 2 is all about Peter's sermon at Pentecost. We get to see the power of the Holy Spirit who allows the disciples to be heard in all languages at once! Verse 7-8 says, "And they were amazed and astonished, saying, Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?" When you read through this section, think about how the Spirit can help you bear witness to Jesus. We also get to see Peter's sermon. Notice how he uses scripture to back up what he says. Verse 17-21 is actually Joel 2:28-32 being quoted. What tells you that Joel's prophecy is coming true? Peter gets the crowd so fired up, that when someone asks, "Brothers, what shall we do?" (17) they immediately begin to baptize in repent. The new believers also begin to fellowship in communion. How is could you help your church be more like this?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Acts 1

Here we go on our journey through Acts! Acts is all about the birth and growth of the early church. When reading Acts 1 today, think about some of these questions (from the Serendipity). You do not have to answer them in your comments but use them to help understand the passage:
   - How does this book pick up where Luke leaves off?
   - If you were one of the disciples how would you have felt about Jesus leaving?
   - In verse 8 Jesus says "you will be my witnesses." Where do you feel called to be Christ's witness?
   - What was the role of Scripture,  prayer, discussion, qualifications, and trust in God when disciples selected a replacement for Judas?
   - What has been your best experiences in group prayer?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

John 21 last chapter

Wow this is the last chapter of John. It is such an amazing chapter, do not miss reading it even though its Sunday. Jesus appears to His disciples for a third time, while they are fishing. He feeds them fish and forgives Peter in a special way for denying Him. There is so much you can learn in this last chapter of John. You guys have done great and we have finished our first book of the Bible. We don't know what book is next but we will decide at church and I will update this afterwards. Read this chapter as soon as you can because God has something for each of us in it.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

John 20

John 20 is a really joyful chapter! I can feel God's presence and joy just by reading it! At the start of it, Mary goes to Jesus' tomb and finds it empty. She then runs and tells the disciples that someone took Jesus' body.

The disciples eventually get to meet Jesus, and Thomas has to put his hands in Jesus' scars before he believes. John 20:25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in  his hands and put my finger where the nails weer, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."  John 20:27 Then he said to THomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." There is spiritual, physical, and archeological proof that Jesus rose. We all know he has from what He has done in our life. We need to stop spending time doubting Jesus, (I have been guilty of doubting lots of times) and believe in Him. We probably won't get to put our fingers in His scars till heaven, but Jesus in verse 29 blessed those who don't see Him and believe. John 20:29 Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed in me."


Friday, November 16, 2012

John 19

We are almost done with John. John 19 is the chapter where Jesus gets crucified. I had to read John 20 also because I didn't want to start my day with that chapter only. Jesus is so amazing with what He did for us. There has never been anyone perfectly innocent like He was. He is the only one who didn't deserve crucifixion, yet He willing died for those that did. Jesus is truly amazing.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

John 18

John 18 is a tough chapter to read. It marks the transition from Jesus going around teaching, to Him being lead to the cross. I learned most from the way Jesus' held Himself when He was being persecuted. I would of shouted and argued, but Jesus trusted in God, His Father. He knew that exactly what God wants would be done, so all He did was pray right before it happened.

Impact highschool is starting a Bible Study on Wednesdays. It will most likely start at 7:00 at the Hinkle's house. We are going to wait until after Thanksgiving to start it. Since we will be done with John by then we are deciding what books to do next. Either Job or Acts, or if people are willing to do 2 chapters a day then both. Keep up the great work on John!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

John 17

John 17 Is a really interesting chapter. In it Jesus does two things. He prays for His disciples, Then He prays for US. It is so amazing to know that Jesus left a prayer He said for people now-a-days in His Word. His prayer really only had one thing in it.

John 17:20-21 I am praying not only for these disciples, but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony. My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father-that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.

The one thing that Jesus prayed for us is that we may be united as one. I think that as a high school group we are doing good in this because we are almost all united in this Bible study. As you can see John 17 is a really great chapter  and you guys will enjoy reading it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

John 16

We are on John 16 today! John 16 is a really interesting chapter  because Jesus stops speaking in parables. He plainly tells the disciples who He is, and teaches about prayer and the Holy Spirit. Finally, in this chapter this chapter the disciples start to understand who Jesus is and what He is doing. I was reading in a serendipity Bible today and I found these questions helpful for my Bible reading. I am going to list them so that you guys can use them too.

What are the disciples feeling now?

What is their grief keeping them from understanding? (v.17)

What three things will the Holy Spirit do? (v. 8-11)

What peace does Jesus offer? (V.33)

Those are some of the questions from a serendipity Bible. You don't need to answer them, but you will know the answers of you read the chapter slowly and think about it. Have a great day Impact church! Keep up the great job on the Bible reading plan!

Monday, November 12, 2012

John 15

Happy Veterans Day! Since I'm the only one of us that actually has school today I've got to post early still.
John 15, just like all the chapters, is amazing! I felt like it taught me as much as a chapter of Proverbs except in a more spiritual way. If you want to know how to do big things for God, this chapter tells you how. John 15 also talk about how the world hates those that do not belong to it. Its a very short chapter so make sure you spend lots of time dwelling on it. I can't wait to see all that God reveals today! Have a God blessed Veteran's Day!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

John 14

John 14 we are two thirds done with this amazing book of the Bible! John 14 is a great chapter because Jesus is talking the whole time! Church was awesome today, make sure you guys show up at high school and youth 2nite. It is at 6006 Casswell Circle for highschool, and at the Maciver's house for middle school. See you guys there!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

John 13 has answered a question that I have had for a very long time. There are SO many churches in North Carolina. I have always wondered two things: What makes a church on track for God different? and what makes Impact church different? Joe, Brian, my dad, and I are together reading John 13. John 13:34-35 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. At most churches since we do not listen to Jesus' guideline, new comers do not see the love Jesus showed us, being shown by us to each other. We don't make it our job to know everyone's name, or at least as many as we can, we always leave an empty seat in between us and the next person. We show up when the service starts and leave when it ends, never having time to love on our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. That's not the vision Jesus has for any church. That's not the vision Jesus has for Impact church! What needs to make Impact church different from other churches, and showing to the world that we are different, that Christ has truly changed us, is our love for one another. John 13 is amazing! God is amazing! comment about all that God shows you today! John 13:35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

Friday, November 9, 2012

John 12

John 12
John 12 is Friday's Bible reading! I loved this chapter soooooooooooooooooooooo (23, Does that count?) much, when I read it this morning! Yesterday, I went on a run with one of my school friends that is a senior. We started talking about God, and He told me about why he thought Jesus said a Christian is a seed. He showed me how a seed is dead, then once it receives water it starts to live and grow. We were dead in sin, but then we received living water from Jesus. Now everyday we grow stronger in our faith, and closer to Jesus. Yesterday as a group we learned so many things from God.
Abbey talked about John 11:35 Jesus wept. She showed us how the verse revealed, even though Jesus is God he was also human.

Maria liked in John 11:4 when Jesus said, "this sickness does not end in death. No it is for God's glory so that God's Son must be glorified through it." Maria liked it because whenever bad things happen her faith grows so it helps keep in mind that God has a plan for us.

Jackie pointed out that in John 11:9 when Jesus referred to the 12 hours of daylight he could have been referring to the disciples letting them know they have the light of God in them.   

Brian showed how the reason Jesus waited 4 days to heal Lazarus could have been so more people could witness his miracle. And when you read John 12 today you can see he is right.

Mrs. Hinkle showed us that Ciaphas, who prophesied Jesus' death was a Saducee and didn't believe in ressurection or afterlife.

We learned all this in just John 11 so I can't wait to see what we learned at the end of this. Also I will probably put together a booklet of what you guys learned while reading through John if your interested. Keep reading the Bible, and grow closer to God.
Glory to God! God bless all of you!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

John 11

John 11. We are more than halfway through John. I have grown so  much in my Christian faith in God. through this time we spend with God. Doing this as a church group helps a lot because when we all share what we learned, we learn from everyone. Way to go for those of you that are sticking with this. John 11 is one of my favorite chapters of the Bible now! You guys are such an amazing high school group. I have never gotten another group to read through the Bible like this, and even if I did they wouldn't enjoy it as much as you guys do. Keep up the great work! He who honors God, God will honor him.(1 Samuel 2:30) I can't wait to see what you God reveals to us today!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

John 10

John 10 is our reading today. It's about Jesus being our shepherd. It's hard for me to focus on this stuff right now because of the election. Obama is our president again and Romans 13:1 (ESV) LEt every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. I don't know what God's doing with our country right now, but Romans 8:28 (NIV) But we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.
Keep up the great work on the Bible Reading Plan, and in case you haven't noticed people can respond to posts so you should check back either a few hours or a day later to see what someone said about what you said.
God bless you all! Have great days!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

We are on day 9 today which means we're reading John 9. You guys are doing awesome reading through John. Put God first and read it even if you have lots of work. 

Mathew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.

If you put God first and spend just a few minutes with Him even when you could of studied for a science test or something, then He will give you everything you need. Also it is good to take breaks in between studying. God won't give you more than you can handle. The amount He gives you just might not be handleable (10) without Him.

Secondly, If you are like me and sometimes you read the Bible and 5 minutes later you can't remember what you read, or you want to learn more from your reading and get closer to God, then you should check out this website. I'm doing the S. O. A. P. thing today.


 






 

Monday, November 5, 2012

John 8

Hey Impact Students! This is where we will probably start discussing John or any other books we read in the future, since some of us don't have facebooks.

Week 2 of reading through John. John 8 is the chapter today. Before you read the Bible try to pray a little bit for God to reveal stuff to you, and to open up your heart and mind. This always helps me be able to focus more on my Bible reading.
This website has really good insight on how to read the Bible.
Once  you read just comment what you learned 

It won't let me comment since I made the blog sooo This is what I learned:
In John 7:8 Jesus said, "he who is without sun throw the first stone." This verse really convicted me to stop condemning people that sin because I am not sinless and Jesus who is will take care of it.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light
of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12 ESV) I liked this verse too. It's very hard not to trip when you're walking in a dark room, but when it's light you really have to try to trip. When You are close to Jesus, He shows you where you should and shouldn't go, by lighting your path. However even when your path is lit up you still have to remove obstacles in your way.