February 4, 2014
Today we are looking at John chapter 9 and two things come to mind as we are reading this beautiful account of Jesus giving sight to a man born blind:
â€œLight and darknessâ€
But how could we describe them from personal experience?
As I was thinking of this, I remembered a dear friend of mine and her story of what she went through in the 2010 earthquake in Chile.<<>>
February 4, 2014
In todayâ€™s society, not many of us have experience as shepherds. We many have seen shepherds in movies or while on holiday somewhere, but shepherds arenâ€™t a part of our every day life here in Dubai. Reading John 10 and the way Jesusâ€™ teaching centers around the sheep fold and the role of the shepherd might be as confusing for many of us today as hearing Him speak about applied physics or advanced calculus. Shepherding isnâ€™t the field of expertise for many of us and so we must approach John 10 carefully to understand what Jesus was saying to His first century listeners.<<>>
December 4, 2013
â€œHe came to his own, and his own people did not receive himâ€ - John 1:11.
He is the Creator of all, but His own creation rejected Him and sought to kill Him. Jesusâ€™ deity is the major theme and the focus of conflict in John 6. By the time we get to chapter 7, Jesus has performed many miracles and signs whose purpose was: John 20:30-31 â€œNow Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.â€ However, despite the miracles and signs that Jesus performed, not everyone believed in Him.>>> Continue Reading...>>>
November 18, 2013
We live in the midst of the Muslim world. Not only that, but we live in a city where many different religions are represented. We have a Seikh Temple right down the road, and many of us have Hindu and Buddhist friends we interact with in our daily lives. Of course, there are many in our city who are completely secular and donâ€™t believe in God at all. To our friends from other backgrounds, Jesus is a controversial figure.>>>Continue Reading...>>>
November 14, 2013
Thus far in our study of the book of John, we have seen Jesus. We have seen Him revealed through Apostle Johnâ€™s inspired writings, by John the Baptist and through Jesus' own words and signs. Last week in chapter 3 we saw Jesus revealed through a discussion He had with Nicodemus. This week in chapter 4 we see Him revealed through His encounters with a Samaritan woman and a Roman government official. It is interesting to note that these personal encounters Jesus had were with people from different backgrounds.>>>Continue Reading...>>>
November 10, 2013
We all know John 3:16.
We see it proclaimed on coffee cups, bookmarks, T-shirts, bags, golf caps, and signs outside churches. It might even be on your front page of your bible. John 3:16 is one of the best known verses of the Bible among both Christians and non-Christians. Biblegateway.com says that itâ€™s is the most read verse on their website! So, what more can we learn from this verse? Surely we know it well enough?>>>Continue Reading...>>>
October 31, 2013
With Dubai being a transient community, people are always coming and going and it seems everywhere we go we have opportunity to meet new people. New people at church. New people in ladiesâ€™ Bible study. New people in our neighborhoods. New people at our kidâ€™s schools. New people in the elevator. Weâ€™re all pretty good at asking and answering the questions that come along with the meeting of new people. We ask and answer â€˜whatâ€™s your name?â€™, â€˜where are you from?â€™, â€˜how long have you been here?â€™, and â€˜what brought you here?â€™ all the time. In essence what weâ€™re asking is â€œWHO ARE YOU?â€ This is the question that we see asked and answered in our passage this morning.
October 31, 2013
In the Gospel of John we will find evidence upon evidence of Jesus as the Son of God. This will through the many signs Jesus did which were recorded. In John 20:30-31 we read â€œNow Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.â€ Today we will look at the first of the many signs Jesus performed. It should be observed that Jesus had not performed any miracle until this time at the wedding in Cana. John chapter 2 marks the beginning of Jesusâ€™ public ministry. It gives us two important tasks that Jesus came to perform: To establish a relationship with his people and to purify his bride the church. At the wedding in Cana they run out of wine and when Jesus had turned water into wine, the master of the feast said, to the bridegroom â€œyou have kept the good wine until now.â€ He did not know where the wine has come from.>>>Continue Reading>>>
September 26, 2013
Before we dive in to a Bible study, we should ask ourselves, â€œWhy?â€ Why do we daily read and study our Bibles, and why do we gather together to talk about what we have learned?
The answer is simply that we believe this book to be the very words of God, as 1 Timothy 3:16 says, â€œBreathed out by [Him].â€ We were created to know and enjoy the God who spoke the universe into being, and we know him by reading what he has revealed about himself in the Bible. >>> Continue Reading >>>
September 26, 2013
"Who do you think Jesus is?" Islam teaches that Jesus was a great prophet who lived in Palestine, was taken up to paradise and will come again. Hindus believe he was a wise guru or even a godï¿½ï¿½"one of the many in their pantheon of gods. New Agers believe that Jesus was a spiritual master who attained enlightenment.>>> Continue Reading >>>