Hey, sister! It's Wednesday again and that means it's time for my favourite series; Southern In-Law Sisters In Christ!
Last week, we finished up our five week series on How to Be a Godly Woman - and this week, we're jumping straight into a brand new series, Jesus 101. There is also something new happening for us sisters that I am very excited about!
As you know, each week on a Wednesday, a brand new Sisters In Christ post goes live on the blog, however, you might finish the post each week craving more. There have been quite a few of you email me letting me know that you'd love to have some daily inspiration and more chances to share God's word with your fellow sisters - so I put my thinking cap on and decided it was time we started a Sisters in Christ Bible Study Group!
All you have to do to join us is sign up here and each week* after the Sisters in Christ post goes live, you'll be sent an email with our reading plan and questions to ponder and explore for the week - as well as a link to a comment stream on our Facebook page where you can chat with your fellow Sisters in Christ!
*At the moment, the emails will be weekly, however,l I will also set up a daily email option for those of you who'd like a daily reminder! We will also set up a new Facebook page devoted to Sisters in Christ if there's enough of us!
But, I digress! I bet you're wondering what exactly our next topic, Jesus 101, is going to be?
Well, if you read the title, you'll see that we're going to look at The Gospel of John! The Gospel of John is one of four gospels in the Bible (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) and it's often referred to as the new believer's or seekers gospel.
This is because the book of John gives us an up close and personal look at who Jesus was and what Jesus did. If you want to know Jesus, John is a great place to start - and that's exactly why I chose it as our next topic to explore together.
I like to think of John as Jesus 101, hence the name of this next study!
First, John takes us back in time to "The Beginning" where the word become flesh - and the "word" John is referring to there is our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!
The book of John includes the most famous verse in the New Testament;
John tells us that because Jesus is "God in the flesh" (that is; fully divine, yet fully human), He is able to reveal God to us clearly and accurately. Therefore, if we want to know what God is like - we only have to look at the life of Jesus!
As Paul said in Colossians 1:15;
"The Son is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation".
You can really sum it up in just four simple four words;
The great declaration of the Bible is that God was born in human flesh in Bethlehem. It was God in the person of Jesus Christ who lived a perfect life, performed miracles and amazed thousands with his teachings - and it was God who allowed Himself to be put to death on the cross for our sins. But it doesn't end there - it was also God who overcame death and rose again!
Jesus and the fact that He was God in human flesh is the "bottom line" of the Christian faith.
Luckily, you don't need to be a theologian to understand the purpose of the Gospel of John because he tells us himself in John 20:30-31;
John wants to show us how believing that Jesus of Nazareth is God the Son will change our lives in incredibly ways. He wants us to know that through believing in Jesus Christ as the Son of God we find life - real, eternal life!
Every single event recorded in John shows us that Jesus is God - he uses specific incidents that demonstrate his power and majesty. In the first twelve chapters of John we read about seven miracles. These miracles weren't simply performed to meet human needs - they were "signs" that pointed to the truth of Jesus' claim to be the Son of God.
If you're a bit of a history nerd like me, you might like to know when John was written. Whilst there is no specific date, John was the last Gospel writer and evidence points to a date of around AD 90. The other Gospels had already been in circulation for some time by the time John's Gospel came around and John wrote his Gospel to add his unique perspective whilst also filling in some of the details not recorded by the other writers.
So, why did I choose John? Well, in addition to the reasons I explained above, I chose John because this is an incredible study on the greatest person who ever lived, Jesus Christ!
After all, to trust someone completely you need to understand them - and it is only through trusting Jesus that we can understand God's plan for us and carry out His will in our daily lives!
So whether you're a new Christian, wondering about God or a Christian with years of Bible Studies under their belt - this is going to be an incredible study to join in with as we explore Jesus's life together!
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