Jesus in John

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Jesus in John: The Son of God

Most of the book of John centers on showing the divinity of Jesus. The eagle sees things we need to see.

If we learn to listen to God’s voice we can live from God’s point of view. #destinyokc

John 5:39 “…The Scriptures testify about me.” NIV

This week we enter the final 40 days of this year. Excellence results in the final 10% of areas of your life. It's when you are 90% spent that you either settle for mediocrity or give yourself to the pursuit of excellence. How will you finish 2016? 2016 Revy? 2017?

John 5:19 …Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing * of Himself, unless * it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever * the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. NAS

You were created to be fascinated. You can't afford to be impressed by the devil but you will be if you don't stay inspired by God. #Prayer #DestinyOKC

Prov 29:18 If people can't see what God is doing they stumble all over themselves But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. MSG

I am responsible to present an inspired, vibrant me to everything in my life, my home, my work, etc. 

When we are inspired by God we become empowered by God!

If we can see the invisible we can do the impossible. Why in God’s Word is it consistently important to explore the mind of God? Memorize Scripture!

God doesn’t merely communicate with his words, he creates with them.

Genesis presents God as speaking the creation into existence. God speaks the word and everything, seen and unseen is called into being.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. NIV

With Jesus, salvation isn’t a solution. Salvation is a relational conversation God started by sending Jesus.

A conversation like that from God will change your life. It will change the way you have conversation with others. As we purpose to keep company with these words, we realize our words are more important than we realized. Saying "I believe" marks the difference between life and death. Our words have substantial gravity and express dignity when we are having personal conversations with Jesus.

There is something substantial about our words when our faith is awakened. (Faith is substance)

Take time to be inspired by God and awakened to His purposes today!

Even eternity won't allow enough time to declare all his praises & to behold all his glory.

When you choose to live a life that is inspired by God you awaken eternity!

The greatest tragedy of any person’s sin is the life they never lived and the difference they never made in the lives of others.

GP4RL:  Give thank you cards for month of November

We are a people who are defined by God more than we are defined by any other thing!


DISCUSSION GUIDE FOR COMMUNITY GROUP LEADERS

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Icebreaker: Describe one past action (big or small) you took to improve the quality of your life.

Most of the book of John centers on showing the divine nature of God revealed in Jesus. Through Christ we are actually capable of living from God’s point of view.

John 5:19 …Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. NAS

Discussion Question:
1.    Share your 2016 Revelation and explain its significance to your year?

We were created to be fascinated. We can’t afford to be impressed by the devil. This is why we must purpose to be inspired by God daily.

Discussion Question:
2.    What is one thing you can do to finish this year purposing to be inspired by God?

Prov 29:18 If people can’t see what God is doing they stumble all over themselves But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. MSG

Genesis presents God as speaking the creation into existence. God speaks the word and everything, seen and unseen is called into being.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. NIV

With Jesus, salvation isn’t a solution. Salvation is a relational conversation God started by sending Jesus.

Discussion Question:
3.    Share your experience of discovering Jesus and how he drew you into relational conversation.

When you choose to live a life that is inspired by God you awaken eternity! Even eternity won’t allow enough time to declare all his praises & to behold all his glory.

GP4RL:  Give thank you cards for month of November.


GOING DEEPER:

John wrote to the church describing how Jesus felt about peoples’ reaction to His ministry. His gospel is the most unique, based upon 7 miracles, 7 “I Am” statements and 7 discourses. John pays little attention to chronology, sometimes placing events out of order (like the Temple Cleansing in Chapter 2) for their effect in presenting Jesus as the Son of God. John’s gospel covers only about 21 days out of the Lord’s 3 1/2 year ministry. 10 chapters are devoted to one week and 1/3 of all the verses in John describe one day. His genealogy begins before time and identifies Jesus as the Eternal One Who was with God and Who was God(John 1:1-2).

The most frequently used phrase in John is “Verily, verily”, or truly, truly. His first miracle was changing water into wine, an act of enormous symbolism by which He “revealed His Glory and His disciples put their faith in Him” (John 2:11).  John’s Gospel ends with the promise of the 2nd Coming.

So why four gospels? Because no single one is big enough to contain all of the attributes of Jesus. It took all four to show His four faces as The Lion of Judah, the Obedient Servant, the Son of Man, and the Son of God. Trying to put all four perspectives into one account would be confusing. Understanding all of who Jesus was and is requires reading all four Gospels.

The Message Bible Introduction of John:

In Genesis, the first book of the Bible, God is presented as speaking the creation into existence. God speaks the word and it happens: heaven and earth, ocean and stream, trees and grass, birds and fish, animals and humans. Everything, seen and unseen, called into being by God's spoken word.

In deliberate parallel to the opening words of Genesis, John presents God as speaking salvation into existence. This time God's word takes on human form and enters history in the person of Jesus. Jesus speaks the word and it happens: forgiveness and judgment, healing and illumination, mercy and grace, joy and love, freedom and resurrection. Everything broken and fallen, sinful and diseased, called into salvation by God's spoken word.

For, somewhere along the line things went wrong (Genesis tells that story, too) and are in desperate need of fixing. The fixing is all accomplished by speaking— God speaking salvation into being in the person of Jesus. Jesus, in this account, not only speaks the word of God; he is the Word of God.

Keeping company with these words, we begin to realize that our words are more important than we ever supposed. Saying "I believe," for instance, marks the difference between life and death. Our words accrue dignity and gravity in conversations with Jesus. For Jesus doesn't impose salvation as a solution; he narrates salvation into being through leisurely conversation, intimate personal relationships, compassionate responses, passionate prayer, and— putting it all together—a sacrificial death. We don't casually walk away from words like that.