A beautiful gift awaits you. Swarovski crystals punctuate the ribbon. You gently release the bow and carefully fold the ribbon. Loosen the brightly-colored wrapping paper and set it aside to use another time. An even more beautiful piece of wrapping paper appears … another, golden … another, silver … one more bejeweled. You pick up the glistening silver-laden box.Continue reading Let’s Be Lovestruck Together
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Luke 24:27
Dee Brestin’s The Jesus Who Surprises invites the student of the Word to walk on the Road to Emmaus with two of Jesus’ disciples. Not recognizing Jesus, they told Him that their hopes had been dashed when the One they thought was Israel’s Messiah had been crucified on the cross, buried, and now His body was missing.
As they walked, Jesus opened up the Scriptures to them. Brestin imagines the Scriptures that Jesus may have used.
As we walk with God, it is helpful to glean what others have learned along their walk with God. May these links bless you in your walk with God.
Promises of God
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 2 Peter 1:3-4
Kay Arthur and David Arthur have created a six-week no-homework small group Bible study that walks the group through Mark 7-13.
Even though there is no homework, the study introduces the principles of Inductive Bible Study. This Bible Study could spark a small group member’s interest in a more in-depth study, like a Precept Upon Precept Bible Study.
Small group members observe Scripture, mark specific words and phrases, and discuss their observations. Key insights into the background of the topic or the culture help participants understand the Scripture more fully. For example, week one introduces us to the scribes and Pharisees, their devotion to the Law and the traditions of the religious life. (P. 4)
Throughout the study, we are encouraged to question our understanding and learn from the Scriptures.
- What we learn from how Jesus responded to questions.
- What we learn about Jesus from His words and actions.
- What we learn about ourselves as we meditate on His words and apply them to our lives.
“The life and ministry of Jesus pointed to the great reversal of power, displacing the world’s preconceived notions about societal ranks and what was truly important.” (p. 63).
Each week examines a topic that prompts us to listen deeply to Jesus:
- Are You Giving Priority to Jesus or to Tradition?
- Who Is Jesus and What Will It Cost to Follow Him?
- “I Do Believe; Help My Unbelief”
- What Do You Want More Than the Kingdom of God?
- How Much Love Does Jesus Want from You?
- Listen Carefully: The Son of Man is Coming.
True to Scripture, Jesus: Listening for His Voice, is a great small group Bible study or a solo Bible study for busy participants.
Kay and David Arthur have provided a valuable tool for Bible study that asks for more than study … it asks for an assessment of our understanding of Jesus and His words and of what we value.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I have been a Precept Upon Precept Bible Study leader
Father, thank You for Kay and David Arthur’s commitment to Your Word and to Your followers. Bless them with the fullness of all spiritual blessings in heaven, and bless those who participate in this study. Convict them as You have convicted me, and renew their minds and lives with a fresh commitment to listening deeply to the voice of Jesus. Praise the name of Jesus! Amen.