Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Jesus of Nazareth Study Guide

What was Jesus like? As a child my image of Jesus was determined by a flannel graph and Sunday school books – a cartoonish cut out image of a Jesus who was slender and stoic with long hair and wearing a robe. He never smiled. He was emotionless and one dimensional.

The Bible describes Jesus as being radically different then the flannel or cartoon Jesus. How do you describe Jesus?
This is the subject of our conversations during our weekends as we continue in our series on “Jesus of Nazareth”. During these weeks we discover a colorful and passionate Jesus who possessed a charisma, love and a boldness that shook the world of his day.

It will be my privilege to teach this weekend from Matthew 3 on “The Baptism” of Jesus.

We’re told that when Jesus approached John the Baptist to be baptized, John tried to deter him, saying “I need to baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

God sometimes asks us to do things that we feel incapable of doing. He calls us to encourage when we need encouragement. He calls us to bless when we need blessing. He calls us to love when we need love. He calls us to give when we feel empty. When we minister out of our brokenness, our emptiness and our own inadequacy, we are blessing Jesus – Scripture says as much as we’ve done it for the least of these, we’ve done it for Him. My prayer for you today is that you would be free to give and at the same time you would receive what you need from the Lord!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great!! I think Jesus wants the church to be like him, to be BOLD, PASSIONATE and full of love and grace....and I absolutely agree about serving even though we may feel physically, emotionally, or spiritually inadequate; because when we are weak then HE is strong!! He has proven this to me so many times that I truelly believe that with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. Now to Him who can do so much more than we can possibly think or imagine, to HIM be ALL GLORY in the church..may REVIVAL rain fall hard upon us and may we be equiped and ready for the coming harvest!!