In our worship gathering on Sunday, we continued in our summer series “I AM: Facing Uncertain times with an ever-present God.” We also celebrated what God did during our amazing at-home online VBS week. He is great!
On Sunday, we checked out a new “I AM” statement of Jesus. In John, chapters 13-17, Jesus is sharing parting instructions with His followers. This will be His “Last Supper” with them. That brings up a question: how will they be able to connect with God if Jesus wont be with them soon? To their “troubled hearts,” Jesus provides answers:
John 14:3 “…I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
Jesus first encourages them with this news: His “going away” (to the Cross) will make it possible for them to enter His Father’s “House” (Heaven)! Second, Jesus teaches if they want to connect with their Creator, God the Father, they need only look to Him and His own example:
John 14:9 “…Whoever has seen me has seen the Father…”
It’s within this section Jesus proclaim Himself the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). This huge truth is the center of this entire passage. Watch church member Anna’s spoken word poem describing more meaning behind this powerful phrase!
Jesus then encourages them with this:
John 14:13 “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
Jesus invites His followers into joining God’s Kingdom Work. We have a role to play, and Jesus will empower us to do “greater things” in order to bring God glory!
What do we do with these truths from Jesus? Remove distractions, find a place to be still, and tune your ears for His voice. Take some time to think on either one of these ideas below:
1) How does the exclusivity of Jesus’ claims in John 14:6 make you feel?
- Is it off-putting? How can you reconcile what He’s declaring?
- Do His claims fire you up to share Jesus more with your family, friends, neighbors, etc who don’t know Him yet? Why or why not?
- Ask God for boldness to share Jesus with others more this week!
2) Think back on your prayers recently:
- Do you often ask God to help you do “greater works” for His Kingdom’s advancement, for His glory (John 14:12-14)? Or are your prayers more about your own preservation and maintaining how things are?
- Why do you think this is?
- This week, how can you focus your prayers more on His glory and His kingdom?
Bible Reading Plan for the week
Chapters 13-17 are a new section of the Gospel of John called the Upper Room Discourse. Grow in God by soaking in these Scriptures describing the background and setting for Jesus’ teaching in 14:1-14!
*Use an easy-to-read printed Bible, or even an audio bible while you exercise or commute! (or explore other Bible reading plans). Enjoy!
Monday, July 20 John 13:1-20
Tuesday, July 21 John 13:21-30
Wednesday, July 22 John 13:31-35
Thursday, July 23 John 13:36-38
Friday, July 24 John 14:1-14
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Learning alongside you,