Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Orleans Mission Trip

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Reflect Bible Study:John 2:1-12

As we study through John the book seems to become more and more precious as the Spirit shows us more of Jesus. 

After Jesus is filled with the spirit and begins his ministry by picking his first disciples we see Jesus perform his first miracle. Turning water into wine which at first glance seems to be a small miracle in comparison but as we discovered is and was incredibly important and symbolic. 

This small miracle performed only for a few servents gives us a clear picture of Jesus intentions and purposes were. 

Jesus in turning water into wine is making a Comparison of Himself  to Moses. Moses first plague was similiar but much different in turning water of the nile into blood. 

Moses/Lawgiver
Jesus/Grace Giver

River/into Blood
Water/wine 

Law/Always bloodies things up
Grace/Always brings Joy


Understanding the Heart of Legalism is important because it is how the world defines the church. We must understand what it is to live in Grace and to share it with the world. 

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Reflect Bible Study:John 1:35-51

This past week at reflect Bible study we studied Jesus as He began to pick people for ministry. 

He had just been empowered for Ministry by the spirit and began with choosing his first converts. 
1. John 2.Andrew 3. Simon 4. Nathanael 5. Phillip 

The Question we asked ourselves was "why these men?". 

1. John "son of thunder" a seemingly angry person
2. Simon "shifting sand" Faith was constantly challenged
3. Andrew "brother of Simon" Andrew is not even a strong enough personality to be mentioned outside the context of his brother in the entire scope of the Bible. 

The answer can be found in Mathew 13:44-46 were we see the Saved as described as a pearl of Great price the God would sell all He had for. 

You see God gets determine your value not man, and we were bought with a High price and paid in full. The father sold all He had, you and I were bought with the blood of His son. 

We are a Pearl of Great Price to the Lord.