SWORD: John 1:29-34

John Testifies About Jesus

I really enjoyed studying this passage and found that the more and more I chipped away at the surface of these verses, the more and more wisdom and self-discovery I realized. Here are some notes I took on verses 29-34:

What does this teach us about God?
-Before Jesus had done anything of note he is singled out as God’s sacrifice. Before he had healed, performed miracles, preached & taught. His mission and purpose was laid out for all to hear.
-In Genesis there was a lamb for a man.  In Exodus there was a lamb for a family.  In Leviticus there is a lamb for a nation.  In John its the lamb for the world. (I didn’t come up with this but am borrowing it…wish I could find the original source).

-A Lamb: tenderness, loving, kind, gentle

-THE lamb: uniqueness: there is only one. No one else like him, only way to heaven/essential for salvation.
-v34: Jesus is God’s chosen one.
What do we learn about people?
-John knew his place, his position, his purpose. John cleared the path, showed people their sin and then revealed the solution to their sin.
-We can prepare the path to God for people like John did. Testify, tell others but let’s not forget our place, position and purpose.
-Be bold in your proclamation, look at John, did he “look” like a “model” citizen
Is there a command to obey?
-Believe in Jesus as the one, our messiah
Is there a command to follow?
-Testify, tell others
– Obey, believe and have faith

Sharpening my SWORD

My pastor, Peter Horn, introduced us to a new Bible study method called SWORD. It’s not the first time I’ve tried it out with my daily reading but it was a great reminder to try a few different methods as part of my daily Bible reading to get the most out of the Bible and to continually keep things “fresh”.

I wanted to give it a try with my daily Bible reading of which I’m currently following the “Essential Jesus” reading plan through YouVersion. This is a great, 100 day plan that studies passages about Jesus.

So here’s the outline and answers that I got out today’s reading. I encourage you to watch or listen the video/podcast here as it does a great job of explaining what this is all about. I plan to incorporate this method, along with SOAP that my pastor taught me (thank you!), and study the Bible a variety of ways, whichever direction God is leading me!

Scripture reading of the day: Luke 2:41-52

o What do we learn about God? That God is in control, we are safe in His house.

o What do we learn about people? People are the reason we are too quick to assume the worst and not immediately trust that God is taking care of His people.

o Is there a command to obey? Trust God.

o Is there an example to follow? Spend time in God’s house and you will be safe. God is the great provider and will give all that we need.

SOAP Day 265 – Sealed

S: “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14, NIV)

O: God’s grace is overwhelming. For those that believe in Him (Jesus), we will inherit the greatest treasure we can’t even imagine (it’s beyond our comprehension). From the point we accept Jesus and are filled with the Holy Spirit, we are truly His possession and cannot be bought.

A: I belong to Him. He is my saviour and has given me guidance, wisdom and the ability to share the gospel, time to start living and representing the way I should be.

P: Father God, thank you for your grace and acceptance of us. Even though we murdered You on the cross as you knew we would do, You still gave us the key to heaven if we just accept it. I can’t express my love enough except to give You my heart fully and completely, I am Yours, use me for Your purpose. Amen.

SOAP Day 263 + SWORD

S: “He will be the sure foundation for your times,
a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;
the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure” Isaiah 33:6 (NIV)

O: Every day there are people, books, tv shows, etc. telling us that they have the answer, the key to happiness, success, etc. This verse is a reminder to not take your sights off of God…He will provide everything you need…from wisdom to happiness to success, He can do it all (in less than 3 easy payments to boot)!

A: I want to seek God with everything, for everything and keep my sights on Him. I also am learning that “fear of the Lord” is not to be afraid of Him, but to respect and honor him. I liken it to my fear of electricity (ha), sure, it can hurt or kill you if you’re not careful with it, that’s why you have to respect it, treat it carefully and it will brighten your day (pun intended) if you treat it properly.

P: Father God, you are my foundation, you are everything to me. I welcome you into my heart to come and shine Your light and wash out the darkness, the sin and the evil that exists in man. Fill me with Your wisdom and grace, pour out of me in my day-to-day thoughts and interactions so that I may help lead others to You. In Jesus name we pray, amen.

BONUS: My pastor taught us the Sword Bible study method, so I’m going to try it out here, please bear with me 🙂 If you’re not aware of what this is, please watch the awesome sermon, “Stop Going To Church and Start Being The Church” here: http://www.hcbcleander.com/pages/page.asp?page_id=173099&programId=120017

The Sword Bible Study Method

o What do we learn about God? That God is our everything, our life source that, when we fully depend on Him, true life change occurs.

o What do we learn about people? That no man can give us everything we need, whether knowledge, guidance, protection, there is only ONE.

o Is there a command to obey? Fear the Lord, Respect the Lord and receive his grace.

o Is there an example to follow? From what I understand, this verse is an address to Hezekiah (king at the time) but is also paralleled in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”