Bible Study

06
Dec

Week Two Advent 2015 daily reading: PEACE

Week 2: PEACE The second week of Advent’s readings focus on the immediate prophecies surrounding Jesus’ birth. These accounts tell of God’s divine interjection into the lives of ordinary men […]

29
Nov

Week One Advent 2015 daily reading: HOPE

Week One: HOPE This week centers on the longing of God’s people for the coming Messiah. They longed for the fulfillment of God’s promises, deliverance from exile, and the establishment […]

08
Nov

Pray for the persecuted church – SUNDAY

Monday was prayer for Christians around the world imprisoned for their faith. Praying that God would strengthen, protect and encourage them. Tuesday was prayer of God’s protection over pastors and […]

07
Nov

Pray for the persecuted church – SATURDAY

Monday was prayer for Christians around the world imprisoned for their faith. Praying that God would strengthen, protect and encourage them. Tuesday was prayer of God’s protection over pastors and […]

06
Nov

Pray for the persecuted church – FRIDAY

Monday was prayer for Christians around the world imprisoned for their faith. Praying that God would strengthen, protect and encourage them. Tuesday was prayer of God’s protection over pastors and […]

05
Nov

Pray for the persecuted church – THURSDAY

Monday was prayer for Christians around the world imprisoned for their faith. Praying that God would strengthen, protect and encourage them.  Tuesday was prayer of God’s protection over pastors and […]

04
Nov

Pray for the persecuted church – WEDNESDAY

This week, our church has been focusing on praying for the persecuted church.  Each day we’ve been encouraged to pray with specificity for God’s hand over our oppressed brothers and […]

03
Nov

Pray for the persecuted church – TUESDAY

Monday’s prayer focus was for Christians around the world imprisoned for their faith.  Pray that God would strengthen, protect and encourage them. Today, we add prayers of God’s protection over […]

02
Nov

Pray for the persecuted church – MONDAY

This week is an international focus on prayer for the persecuted church.  Since the fall of Adam, God’s message has ignited a passion for those who love Him and aggression […]

26
May

The Book of Acts – birth is messy

I have to watch myself and not glamorize the first century church.  I wish I could gain an understanding of the Holy Spirit power as it moved through the new […]

12
Apr

The Book of Acts – the 10/40 window

This first week of our study covered introductory material on the book of Acts.  As we worked through the questions in Lesson One, we discussed the rapid spread of the Gospel […]

02
Mar

Follow-Jesus-graphicWhat an encouraging time spent in Mark 10 yesterday!  The relevance of Jesus’ teaching is so practical to His audience and with just a little bit of context, it still comes alive today!   Here is the Week 8 worksheet.  We have only four more lessons to go but there is so much yet to cover!

In our worksheet, I included a map of the region where Jesus traveled in Mark 10.  While researching that, I came across a different website that had a fascinating presentation of Jesus’ travels during His life on earth.  I especially loved two details he presents in this article, Miles Jesus and Mary Walked.

First, he made a statement that, “An average of 20 miles (32 km) a day on all His journeys would mean that Jesus spent at least 1,076 days and nights on the road in his life! This is a total of Two Years, 346 days on the road in his life! All these miles He walked by the age of 33.”  I think this does a good job of debunking our excuses that in today’s society, people are just too busy.  The gospels show that Jesus never dismissed the interruptions (the children, the crowds, the crippled) but He was far from sedentary and bored!

The second detail this article presents is “Grand Total Miles Jesus walked on trips! 21,525 Miles (34,640 km)…The distance around the world at the equator is 24,901.55 miles (40074 km).  This means the Jesus ‘walked’  ‘Almost’ the distance around the world!”  When we consider that John states that so many other things that Jesus did were not documented in the gospels, the idea that Jesus walked the equivalent of the circumference of the world just stirs a deeper appreciation of the effort our Savior took to live among us.

Our motto for this study has been, “We study Him to know Him, and by knowing Him, learn how to better live for Him.”  Never forget that any amount of time spent in His word gets us closer to Him and that closeness motivates us to better live for Him.  But we will never exhaust the depth and breadth of who Jesus is….I don’t think our eternity in heaven will open our eyes to everything there is to know about Jesus.

~ Elizabeth

Week 8 facilitator notes