We’ve just finished with week three of Jesus the One and Only by Beth Moore, looking at the early ministry of Christ. We walked right into the early ministry of Jesus as we read through Luke and John. When we saw Jesus healing the sick, we saw a healing of sins. As we observed Jesus interacting with the Pharisees and teachers, we saw he taught with authority. When he selected the 12 apostles from all disciples, we saw he prayed before important decisions. This was “the way and the life of Jesus the one and only.” Beth presented us with five insights into the life of Christ:
- Jesus is in our homes
- Jesus engages in our lives
- Jesus rebukes the sin, not the person
- Jesus encounters much desperation
- Jesus is determined
While reading about the insights this week, we had the opportunity to come closer to the Son we love, just a few days before celebrating His birth on Christmas Day.
We had a few more women join us this week and they are just starting the study- Welcome! We discussed having a one week break and based on the opinion poll, just over fifty percent asking not to take a break, we are NOT taking a break. When we started the study many knew that the week of Christmas would be a challenge. We normally have 150 or more women in the study and this time we have about half the amount, some of the regular participants decided to wait until after the busy holiday. To accommodate those who are falling behind, we will have a one week break between this study and the next. So Stepping Up Through Psalms by Beth Moore will begin February 15, 2011 and you’ll have a week between these two studies.
Heavenly Father, as I draw closer to you this week of Christmas, I seek the alone time to be wrapped in Your Presence. Reveal to me any specific areas in my life where I am not obedient to your will. If You, in Your wisdom and plan see a purpose I am not filling, reveal it to me so that I may do your will, not mine. In Jesus name, amen.
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Beth Moore Quotes
- Unchecked anger can easily lead to unchecked behavior regardless of how much we attend church.
- Meanness at church sometimes exceeds anything that occurs in secular surroundings.
- God lives in the hearts of those who trust Him and in the homes of those who provide room for Him.
- God can use the worst of circumstances to introduce us to the best of relationships.
- Few people are more compelled to serve than those who have experienced the healing power of Christ.
- His hands may be currently invisible but His prints appear in countless restored lives.
- Few things require more strength than submission.
- They were not prepared to receive their call until they confronted their sin.
- Bathe yourself in the river of God’s forgiveness.
- Christ was blameless yet blamed continuously.
This Week’s Scripture Verse-NIV
When the other ten heard of this conversation, they lost their tempers with James and John. Jesus got them together to settle things down. “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around,” he said, “and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage.” Mark 41-45 The Message
His teaching was so forthright, so confident, so authoritative, not the quibbling and quoting they were used to. Luke 4:43 The Message
I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent. Luke 4:43 NIV
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Col 3:23 NIV
You will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Col 3:24 NIV
The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. Luke 5:24 NIV
For Next Week
- Read Week Four in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Four Audio (optional)
- OR…Listen to the Session Four Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Christ chose to minister His way and not the way of the teachers or Pharisees. What do you think their way would have been? (page 57)
- What circumstances led to the invitation for Christ to come into your home? (page 61)
- have you ever been paralyzed by sin? (page 71)
- Share something you enjoyed from this week’s study.