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October 20 – God is Immanent: Thanksgiving

Every Friday, Growing in the Gospel will feature a theme we are focusing on as a church for the current month.

October’s Focus: God is Immanent

When we say God is Immanent, we are saying God is close, involved, and accessible to us. This is manifested in three ways:

1. He Actively Holds All Things Together

2. He Entered Creation and became Man

3. He Pursues Relationship with Us

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Read: Philippians 2:5-11

Questions:

How does it feel to know that Jesus knows what it like to be human?

What parts of this passage speak to God’s transcendence (God’s otherness, supremacy, incomparability, matchlessness)?

What parts of this passage speak to God’s immanence (God’s closeness, presence, accessibility)?

Response: Thanksgiving

Thank God that he knows and understands us and our circumstances thoroughly.

Thank Jesus for coming to earth to experience life as a man, and can understand our weaknesses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 13 – God is Immanent: Confession

Every Friday, Growing in the Gospel will feature a theme we are focusing on as a church for the current month.

October’s Focus: God is Immanent

When we say God is Immanent, we are saying God is close, involved, and accessible to us. This is manifested in three ways:

1. He Actively Holds All Things Together

2. He Entered Creation and became Man

3. He Pursues Relationship with Us

Read: Colossians 1:15-20

Questions:

What does “in him all things hold together” mean?

What parts of this passage speak to God’s transcendence (God’s otherness, supremacy, incomparability, matchlessness)?

What parts of this passage speak to God’s immanence (God’s closeness, presence, accessibility)?

Response: Confession

Confess the times you have viewed God as cold or distant.

Confess the times you have lied to yourself by saying “God does not care” or “He does not see”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 6 – God is Immanent: Adoration

Every Friday, Growing in the Gospel will feature a theme we are focusing on as a church for the current month.

October’s Focus: God is Immanent

When we say God is Immanent, we are saying God is close, involved, and accessible to us. This is manifested in three ways:

1. He Actively Holds All Things Together

2. He Entered Creation and became Man

3. He Pursues Relationship with Us

Read: Proverbs 16:9

Questions:

What does this verse mean?

Why is important to understand that God is closely involved with our lives

Response: Adoration

Worship God because, though he is a powerful and sovereign God, he is immanent.

Worship God because his is with us closely, understands us, and is intimately involved with our lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 29 – God is Loving: Confession (part 2)

Every Friday, Growing in the Gospel will feature a theme we are focusing on as a church for the current month.

September’s Focus: God is Loving (God wants the best for us)

This week’s emphasis: Confession (part 2)

Read: Jeremiah 31:3; Zephaniah 3:17; Micah 7:18-19

Questions:

What role does God’s love play in our repentance?

How is God beckoning you towards repentance today?

Response:

Confess your sins before God

Declare your dependence on God and his love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 22 – God is Loving: Supplication

Every Friday, Growing in the Gospel will feature a theme we are focusing on as a church for the current month.

September’s Focus: God is Loving (God wants the best for us)

This week’s emphasis: Supplication

Read: 1 John 4:7-5:12

Questions:

How does God’s love change us?

What should you do if you find yourself hating others? How can we learn to love them instead?

Response:

Ask God for the security and confidence that comes from understanding how much he loves us.

Ask God to help us love others as he has loved us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 20 – John 21:15-25

Read: John 21:15-25

Jesus’s disciples find forgiveness in the love of Jesus. Peter had disowned Jesus and now Jesus comes to reinstate him. This has always felt to me to be one of the most touching moments of the Gospels. Peter must have felt great shame at the start of the conversation, but the Lord somehow managed to restore his confidence. What a lesson for those who are aware of how they have failed Jesus in the past. He stands ready and willing to forgive our sins.

Jesus’s disciples show their love for Jesus by caring for his people. Peter is called to a special role: “Feed my lambs”, “take care of my sheep.” He goes on to become the leader of the church in Jerusalem. But even those who are not leaders have a role to play within the body of Christ. Do we love Jesus? Let us show it by loving his people.

THANK YOU for participating in this study in the book of John! This will be the last Growing in the Gospel – aside from Becki’s Friday posts. If you want more study of John I encourage you to attend Wyoming Park Bible Fellowship’s Sunday night Bible Study. We’re working through John 13 – 17 in close detail. If you’ve appreciated these devotionals, let me know, and let me know what you would be interested in studying in the future. God bless.

 

September 19 – John 17:24-26

Read: John 17:24-26

Inner love comes from God’s revelation. Jesus wants us to be able to see him and see his glory that comes from the love of the Father. He wants to continue to make himself know to us – to reveal himself. The result of this revelation is that we will have within us, that same love with the Father has for the Son. How can we have a heart filled with love? Does it come from loving ourselves or receiving love from others? According to this passage, it comes from having seen and believed in Jesus.

Response: Also read Ephesians 3:16-19. Then pray that God will grant you the power to know how high and how wide and how deep is His love for us and that this same love will live in our hearts through faith in Jesus.