Bible Study

September 22nd 2011
Today was our first time to meet for Bible study. We had a great turn out and we agreed to start studying the book of John together. I will be posting about what I am reading and this will be our site to connect weekly. If you have any questions don't hesitate to post them as you are reading, I will check daily to answer the questions but I might not post daily.

Here is the website that we can also use as a guide for when we are reading the chapter a week. You don't have to use it but if you have never done a bible study like this before it will help gather your thoughts.

Book of John Bible Study
work book for the first week

Here is another online resource you can use to read the bible. you can change the versions and get more clarification about what you are reading.
bible gateway

September 29, 2011
Book of John Chapter 1
One week ago we met to start our bible study! I am so excited to share with you guys what I have been reading about in the gospel of John! 

The first chapter begins by revealing Jesus to us. It goes back to the beginning (Genesis) to creation and shows us that in fact Jesus has existed before and through him all things came to be. Here is a translation of verses 1-5 from the amplified version.

 1IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word ([a]Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God [b]Himself.
    2He was present originally with God.    3All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being.
    4In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.
    5And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].

In this chapter John is speaking and about who Jesus is but who is John? Jesus also reveals to the people who John is and that the words he speaks are true. In Matthew 11 we read: 
 7Then as these men went their way, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: What did you go out in the wilderness (desert) to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
    8What did you go out to see then? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in the houses of kings.
    9But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one [[b]out of the common, more eminent, more remarkable, and] [c]superior to a prophet.
    10This is the one of whom it is written, Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, who shall make ready Your way before You.

    11Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
    12And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time,
 Wow it is amazing to see that we are put on earth for a purpose! John's purpose was to prepare the way for the Lord-in other words to tell the people that Jesus is coming prepare your hearts for to meet Him! John's birth was truly a miracle-God created something so amazing out of a barren womb. Read it here I know you will love it!
 We have a purpose although we might not see it so specifically like John the Baptist our purpose is to glorify God with our lives! To tell others that it is time to prepare our hearts for the Lord for he will come again! Our purpose is to be Jesus' hands and feet to all those we come in contact to-are we exercising our purpose daily? 
the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize--a [d]share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].
 the verse above gives me courage to go ahead and passionately seize the moment because the kingdom of heaven is a special prize!
I am so thrilled to share in this moment with you gals together we are threading on ground we have never dared to go before. I am so proud of you for taking on this bible study- I know you will grow in the knowledge of Jesus but not just that you will understand why it is imperative that we give him our hearts completely. 

Please share your thoughts in the comment section of this blog!
I can't wait to answer questions if you have them and to hear a little of what your heart is thinking about. 

Lord, I pray for these women who are striving to know you more. Lord, I pray that through this book and this bible study you will continue to reveal yourself to them like only you can do. Lord, capture their hearts like only you can. I pray that in their everyday life you will continue to make the purpose you place in them evident and clear. That when they come in contact with people daily they will be your hands and feet! Pour your love over them like they have never experienced before! Bless their families and give them strength to work through this book together. In Jesus name I pray amen.

October 7,2011
John 2
The second book of John depicts the beginning of Jesus' ministry. We learn some things about Jesus that seem to be so "human"-so normal. Something I would do and later really ponder upon the reason why I did that. We know that Jesus is God incarnate on the earth walking among men. Before I dive into the character of Jesus let me talk a little bit about his mom. 
Mary has such wonderful insight into her son's life. She was told from the very beginning what his purpose was for coming into this world. As a mom now I have to think about the little life that he entrusted me. She knew that He was God. She knew that he could be approached at all time for anything. She trusted in his power and knew that he cared about the little things. Read these verses

John 2

The Message (MSG)

When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus' mother told him, "They're just about out of wine." 4Jesus said, "Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn't my time. Don't push me."
 5She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, "Whatever he tells you, do it."
in these verses you see that she is not afraid to approach him about something that to some would seem so insignificant and almost a bother. Although Jesus tells her " it is not yet my time" he is obedient and cares about his mother word as well as for the couple  who need something at this time. He cares remember that nothing is too small or insignificant for him-if it matters to you it matters to him!

This chapter reminds me of me- this is why-JESUS LOST HIS TEMPER! Do you know how many times I have to find my temper again!!! He is jealous and Passionate about what he believes. His boldness at this time took over and you see someone on a rampage as we would say! 
 15-17Jesus put together a whip out of strips of leather and chased them out of the Temple, stampeding the sheep and cattle, upending the tables of the loan sharks, spilling coins left and right. He told the dove merchants, "Get your things out of here! Stop turning my Father's house into a shopping mall!" That's when his disciples remembered the Scripture, "Zeal for your house consumes me." 
He wants them to understand that the House of God is sacred and that they have strayed far away from that knowledge and have allowed things to take place and take home in the temple that belongs to God. When I read this I think about our bodies. Like this verse states 

1 Corinthians 6:19Amplified Bible (AMP)19Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own,

if Jesus were to step into our temple what would he find? Would he have to clean up things that we have allowed to take shelter in it that takes us away from him? Remembering that we are not going to be perfect while we are here on earth-we are called to Holiness never the less. Remember through Christ we can do all things-if he has called us to pursue Holiness then we can do it! he has given us his word to guide! so doing this Bible study together will help us to learn more about what he desires of us!

I love the insight I gain about Christ in this chapter. He allows me to understand that he was just as human as I am. He wants me to see that he knows what I am going through and understands what I go through. He is not just up there in Heaven looking down at me and not understanding my life. No- he lived it and experienced it and it was because of that knowledge that he bore the Cross for my sins so that I could live with him for ever!

Lord,  I pray for my friends as we go through this Bible study together. I pray that you give us the strength to read your word. I pray that you will give us the wisdom to understand your word as we read it. Lord, help us to understand your character as we read this book so that we can be more and more like you. Lord, I pray that you will teach us how to pursue holiness the same way that you did. Lord, you were human when you lived her on earth so that you could go through the struggles we face and you leave us the example that through it all you trusted in your father God! Give us your strength, your boldness, and your passion for the things of the Lord! We ask for your favor and grace over our lives and that it would over flow to our home and those that we come in contact with! Thank you Lord because you always hear us and you care about all that happens to us! Thank you sweet Jesus for loving us!

John 3 October20,2011 
In John 3 we find the the reason for Jesus' coming to live among men. We discover that God had a plan of redemption so that we could have a way to spend eternity with Him. 
I will begin with Nicodemus:
The Message 
Born from Above 
 1-2 There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews. Late one night he visited Jesus and said, "Rabbi, we all know you're a teacher straight from God. No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren't in on it." 3Jesus said, "You're absolutely right. Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it's not possible to see what I'm pointing to—to God's kingdom."
 4"How can anyone," said Nicodemus, "be born who has already been born and grown up? You can't re-enter your mother's womb and be born again. What are you saying with this 'born-from-above' talk?"
in this passage I see myself- many times we approach Jesus when no one is watching or when we have the cover of darkness-meanwhile the people closest to us don't even know that we have approached Jesus. When we don't live in the light that Jesus is we often don't understand what he is teaching us. This is in fact what we read with Nicodemus he wanted to keep his status in society but his heart yearned for Jesus. He tried the easy approach if I just come to see him without anyone knowing I will be ok. But he was blow away by what Jesus revealed to him. He did not understand how anyone could be born again! 
What is Jesus Saying?
 5-6Jesus said, "You're not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the 'wind-hovering-over-the-water' creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it's not possible to enter God's kingdom. When you look at a baby, it's just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can't see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.
 7-8"So don't be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be 'born from above'—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it's headed next. That's the way it is with everyone 'born from above' by the wind of God, the Spirit of God."
We are created by God! We must turn over our hearts to him voluntarily. We must die to the old way of life and "be born again" so that we can now live and be lead by the Spirit of God! But Jesus does not only tell Nicodemus what needs to happen; but he lets him know that Jesus will pay the price for this to transformation to occur. 

 13-15"No one has ever gone up into the presence of God except the One who came down from that Presence, the Son of Man. In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life.
 16-18"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
 19-21"This is the crisis we're in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won't come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is."
In these verses Jesus describes our old state-when we were running from his light into darkness! But he also depicts his plan for redeeming us of our sins. How great is He! He always has a plan! In his infinite Love he was beginning to reveal his plan for our salvation right from the beginning! He chose from the greatest and most sacred part of his heart-his only son! I think about My little Sammy here and I am not jumping at opportunities to send him off into another place far away from me for the sake of others! Thank God that as his heart broke at the thought of what his Son was going to endure, he willingly gave Him away so that we could be brought back to Him through his sacrifice! 

I love how Paul describes the plan of redemption here in Colossians

2Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the [l]portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God's holy people) in the Light.
    13[The Father] has delivered and [m]drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son [n]of His love,
    14In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins.
    15[Now] He is the [o]exact likeness of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible]; He is the Firstborn of all creation.
    16For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him.
    17And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together).
    18He also is the Head of [His] body, the church; seeing He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, so that He alone in everything and in every respect might occupy the chief place [stand first and be preeminent].
    19For it has pleased [the Father] that all the divine fullness (the sum total of the divine perfection, powers, and attributes) should dwell in Him [p]permanently.
    20And God purposed that through ([q]by the service, the intervention of) Him [the Son] all things should be completely reconciled [r]back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, [the Father] made peace by means of the blood of His cross.
    21And although you at one time were estranged and alienated from Him and were of hostile attitude of mind in your wicked activities,
    22Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father's] presence.
I am grateful for you all and pray this prayer also found in Colossians for us all. 
For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [[g]special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the [h]full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [[i]in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things--
    10That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and [j]desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight,[k]acquaintance, and recognition].
    11[We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy,
    12Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the [l]portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God's holy people) in the Light. Amen.
All my love,
Gracefully Daisy   

John 4
What a beautiful time of Bible Study Lauren and I shared today! We read together chapter 4 of the Book of John and just spent time discovering the truths of God's Grace in it. 
Here are some of the highlights!
  • Lauren: "Jesus is the living water" 
 Verse 14
  • But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.
2 points  that Lauren was able to take from this were

  • I must be willing to accept  the living water that he offers 
  • The water that God offers is good! 
    • it quenches thirst and satisfies that desire for God that lies deep within our hearts! 
    • She loves how he uses definitive! " will never thirst again"
    • I love spring water and reminds me waterfalls and springs in Hawaii-awesome! 
    • this is a challenge for her but when you accept-it is also full of hope!
Daisy: the Samaritan woman an example of the struggles we face and the change that can only happen when we meet Christ!

  • She Struggles and sins as we do
  • Seeking, searching and questioning
  • needs to be accepted and loved
    • Because she does not walk away from Jesus when he encounters her but instead converses with him and dialogues with him to have her questions answered- He meets her there! He reveals himself to her! 
    • 25The woman said to Him, I know that Messiah is coming, He Who is called the Christ (the Anointed One); and when He arrives, He will tell us everything we need to know and make it clear to us.
          26Jesus said to her, I Who now speak with you am He.
  • boundaries set by society do not matter to Jesus he will meet you right where you are
    • She was a woman
    •  a Samaritan (Jews and Samaritans did not get along)
    • A "married" woman
    • an outcast (a scarlet letter type character)
  • Jesus met her right where she was: after 5 failed marriages and living with a man that was now not her her husband-to the world standards her life was undesirable. To Jesus she was a child in need of a father and lost soul in need of a savior. When Jesus looked in to her eyes he saw a woman in need of Love- She depicts Jesus purpose for coming to this world-to save the lost. 
  • An encounter with Jesus changes your life and gives you boldness and courage to live a life worthy of Jesus!
  • verse 29:Come, see a Man Who has told me everything that I ever did! Can this be [is not this] the Christ? [Must not this be the Messiah, the Anointed One?]
        30So the people left the town and set out to go to Him.
  • Verse 39Now numerous Samaritans from that town believed in and trusted in Him because of what the woman said when she declared and testified, He told me everything that I ever did.
    40So when the Samaritans arrived, they asked Him to remain with them, and He did stay there two days.
    41Then many more believed in and adhered to and relied on Him because of His personal message [what He Himself said].
    42And they told the woman, Now we no longer believe (trust, have faith) just because of what you said; for we have heard Him ourselves [personally], and we know that He truly is the Savior of the world, the Christ. 

God's Grace is available to you! But you must be willing to accept it! Lord, I pray give us a hunger and thirst for you! I pray that you will help us to accept your grace and set it as the standard for our lives! teach us to be more and like you! 
Gracefully Daisy