What’s the Goal

This weeks’ Reading Challenge
(5/30/12 – 6/6/12)
John 4

Lesson

In verse 34 Jesus says “My food is to do what the one who sent Me wants and to bring His work to completion.” (JNTP) So often we get bogged down with the here and now. Our current situation, the way things look, the way things are. Jesus wasn’t saying He wasn’t physically hungry but rather that at that moment He saw steps to the completion of His Father’s work and it gave Him the strength to keep going.

We need to keep in mind the goal. The goal is revealed in John 6:40 (we’ll get to it in more detail in a few weeks) which says that the Father’s will is “that everyone who looks on the son and believes in Him should have eternal life..” This goal os seeing people won to the Lord, seeing Lives completely changed by the power of Jesus Christ should be the main thing that keeps us going and keeps us strong in our walk with God.

Discussion Questions

What was it like for you when you first became a Christian?
What do you think it would be like to lead someone in a prayer for salvation?
How would you tell people about Jesus?

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Simple Gospel

Reading challenge

John 3

Lesson

Here we have a “ruler” of the Jews named Nicademus coming to Jesus in secret at night. The purpose of this late night meeting was for Nicademus to question Jesus, get to know him better. It is in this backdrop that Jesus gives Nicademus a very simple clear explanation of the Gospel.

Simply put God loves us that He sent His son to earth so that everyone who trusts in Him will have eternal life… meaning they will go to heaven instead of Hell.  How amazing is that! An almighty all creating being loves us so much that he made it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins and go to heaven; all by simply trusting in His son.

Questions

What is the gospel?

How do we become Christians?

What do you think it means to trust in God’s son?

Note to Parents & Reactions to Christ

Dear Parents,
As you may know, we are in the process of making our own THP Wednesday Night Curriculum. While we work on it we will be doing a study on the book of John. The information I will be sending home with the children comes from a blog called Eternal Disciples.

Eternal Disciples is a blog started by Brandon McAnelly and I, some time ago. It started off as a way to help him to gather his thoughts and communicate what he has learned from the scriptures. You can view this blog by going to http://www.eternaldisciples.wordpress.com. You are also invited to make comments on it.

Each week I will select one of the commentaries off the site and reformat it for a take home study guide. This will be a great tool and resource for you and your child’s personal study time. I would like to encourage you to take time out of each week to sit down with your child to read through the chapter and then go over the home study guide.

Be Blessed during this great journey through the book of John!

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This weeks’ Reading Challenge

(5/9/12 – 5/16/12)
John 1

Lesson

Everyone has a reaction to Christ. Some positive, some negative. John chapter 1 shows a variety of responses to the new that Jesus is the Christ. The first two men immediately followed after hearing that Jesus was the promised messiah. In Andrew, the news of the Messiah instantly birthed a spirit of evangelism in him. Some like, like Nathan, are skeptical at first and must have a firsthand experience with the Lord to believe.

Notice it was nothing that John or Phillip did that made their friends/disciples saved. It was simply testifying and pointing people towards the Christ. Too often we as Christians carry such a heavy burden about the salvation of those around us. Yes we should be mission oriented and share our faith every chance we get. Yes we should be concerned about our friends and family. But remember this; it’s NOT your job to get people saved. It’s the work of the Holy Ghost that saves men. Your only job is to share the truth.

Discussion Questions

What was your first reaction to the gospel?
Why do you think some people have a hard time believing in Jesus?
How would you tell people about Jesus?