Tuesday: John 1-3

We are going to start this Bible study in the book of John. Over the next couple of months we shall go through this book together. Today we will start with John 1-3. On your own, as you read, choose one verse from these chapters that stands out to you and tell us which one and why in the comments below.

Read John 1-3

John 1 – ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ That verse is one of the most recognized from the Bible. It begins the book of the Bible often given to new believers to read. It is the basis of Christianity. The Word is Jesus. In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.

John starts off with telling us about who Jesus is, His background. Then he goes into the story of John the Baptist. John tells us the story of Jesus’ baptism and how the Spirit came down on Jesus in the form of a dove. John the Baptist tells two disciples, who we find out are Andrew and John, that Jesus is ‘the Lamb of God!’ The disciples follow Jesus and Andrew takes Him to his brother Simon. Jesus makes His declaration that Simon ‘“shall be called Cephas.”’ (Cephas means stone and can be translated to Peter) Jesus also picks up two more disciples: Philip and Nathaniel.

John 2 – Chapter two begins with Jesus’ first miracle at Cana. Jesus seems a bit reluctant in this passage to do His first miracle but luckily His momma is there. She tells the servants to do exactly what her Son says. They fill some water pots and when they serve the ‘water’ it turns to wine. Jesus’ first miracle on earth is a success.

John picks back up in the Temple at Passover, the holiday where the Hebrews celebrate being liberated from Egypt. Turns out, no surprise here, the Jews are disrespecting the Temple. Jesus trashes the Temple, destroying the booths selling oxen, dove, and sheep. He overturns the money-changers tables fulfilling the prophecy in Psalms 69:9a, ‘zeal for Your house has eaten me up.’ Jesus also makes a prophecy of His own, ‘“Destroy this temple and in three day I will raise it up.”’ The people thought He was talking about the physical temple but really He was talking about His body.

John 3 – This chapter is well known because of the most used verse in it, John 3:16. In this chapter John tells us about when Nicodemus, a Pharisee, comes to visit Jesus in the night. He was one of the few Jewish rulers to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus tells him that one must be born again to see the kingdom of heaven. You must be born of the spirit to live in a kingdom of the spirit. Jesus also rebukes Nicodemus for not knowing such things, being a teacher of the Law. Jesus teaches Nicodemus and us how to be saved and go to heaven. We only must believe in the Son of God.

Please do not forget to comment your favorite verse and why. I really cannot wait for this Bible study to continue. Come back next Tuesday when we discuss John 4 and 5.

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Monday: Different-Micah Tyler

Micah Tyler has written some great songs but this one takes the cake. It is not just a song, it is an anthem. It is a declaration that we want to be completely sold out to God. We want to be different than the rest of the world. We want to be a light ‘so bright the whole world can see.’ I love songs like this. You can listen to it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUT4trsrBCw. So let’s sing this anthem and be different.

In Everything Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, this Thursday actually. Everybody is preparing for the bloated stomachs, crazy family members, and if you are in high school multiple questions about where you are going to college. Well, maybe you are not thinking about the annoying side of Thanksgiving, but you might. And if you think of them, give thanks. I know that is not what you usually would think of doing but you should. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, ‘in everything give thanks.’ We should thank God for the good things in life, even if they cause us pain at times. Give thanks for the money to buy so much good food. Give thanks for a family that loves you, even though they are crazy and annoying at times. Give thanks for the stage of life you are in, even if it brings along the game of 20 questions about your future. And we should not just give thanks around this time of year. We should give thanks through everything. I like to say that there is always a silver lining to every dark cloud. So look for the things you can be thankful for every day, even when it feels like nothing good is happening.

Announcement!!!

I have an announcement! I am going to start posting six times a week. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and the weekend. I really want to be more active on this blog and so next week it starts. I would love to hear feedback on my topic ideas including any ideas.

Music Monday: I’ll let you know my uplifting song of the week and why it is that.

Bible Study Tuesday: Time for the Young Theologians Bible Study!

Random Wednesday: Just something random.

Short Story Thursday: A little short story for you. Ideas are needed so let me know what you want in the comments.

Live It Up Friday: Just something to make you happy and lift you up. 

 

We are the Young Theologians

I have been praying for a long time about what God wants me to do. He has finally revealed to me what my current calling is, youth ministry. So I bring you said ministry, We Are the Young Theologians. My goal is to train other young believers in God’s Word. Teach them how to study the Bible, grow in God, and train others to be Young Theologians. I recently started a Bible study with a young girl I mentor that will hopefully grow. That and this blog are the start of this ministry. Please pray for me as I embark on the next leg of my journey in life.

In Christ,

A Young Theologian

International Day of the Bible

Bonus post! Today is the international day of the Bible. So in honor of this momentous occasion here are a few verses that mean a lot to me.

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.  1 Timothy 4:12

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.     Psalms 37:4

If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.  John 15:18-20

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrew 4:12

 

Following Your Dreams

What are your dreams? Do you want to be a lawyer, a singer, a vet? Well, I believe that you can be anything you want to be. Whatever your dreams you can do them as long as God is in it. The Bible says in Psalms 37:4-5, ‘Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.’ So to make our dreams happen first we have to follow God. Let Him lead you and take you where He wants you to go. If you do He promises to make your dreams come true. They may not happen when you are 20. Your might not get your dream job until you are 60. But as long as God is in it, your dreams will come true. Just follow God and make Him the center of your life and dreams. For example, my biggest dream is to be a recording music artist. But right now that is not what God is leading me to do. I know though that if I go where He leads, my dream will one day come true. I start where He wants me, singing at youth groups and Bible studies. One day God will give me the ability to record an album. So what are your dreams? What do you want to do but cannot? Just focus on God and what He wants you to do; one day your dreams will come true.