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October 12, 2017: Worship in Spirit and Truth

Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 30-31, Ecclesiastes 9, John 4:15-26, James 5:13-20 John 4:15-26: Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: Jesus' comment in verse 18 is very searching. Why is it encouraging when God’s Spirit convicts of sin? How are we to respond when we are convicted of sin? If the hour will come—and now has come come—when God’s worshippers will not worship at this mountain or that mountain, but will instead worship in Spirit and in truth, how does...

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October 11, 2017: Never Be Thirsty Again

Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 26-29, Ecclesiastes 8, John 4:1-14, James 5:7-12 John 4:1-14: Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: What do we learn from Jesus’ request for help (“give me water”) as an introduction to an evangelistic conversation? Does this reset the potential power dynamic in such a way that there might be openness hear the good news? Are we willing to talk to the “Samaritans” of our day and share with them the good news of Jesus? Have...

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October 10, 2017: He Must Increase

Today’s Bible Reading:  Jeremiah 23-25, Ecclesiastes 7:15-29, John 3:22-36, James 5:1-6 John 3:22-36: Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: Baptism was practiced by John and also by Jesus’ disciples. Have you been baptized? If Jesus himself was baptized, and if Jesus’ disciples baptized, what prevents you from being baptized? Jealousy spoils so much of life. It can even spoil our witness. How does John model an open-handed, humble, and “he must become greater, I must become lesser” approach...

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October 9, 2017: For God So Loved the World

Today’s Bible Reading:  Jeremiah 19-22, Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, John 3:16-21, James 4:11-17 John 3:16-21: Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: What do these verses tell us about the nature of God? If God has such great love for such bad people, then what does this mean in terms of our joyful worship of him? What are the only two alternatives? If there is no “third way” beyond life on the one hand and condemnation on the other, what sort of...

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October 8, 2017: Born Again

Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 16-18, Ecclesiastes 6, John 3:1-15, James 4:1-10 John 3:1-15: Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: What does it mean to be “born again”? Why is that we must be “born again” to see the kingdom of God? Why must we look at / believe in Jesus as he is lifted up on the cross in order that we may have eternal life? Have you been born again?   To receive God Centered Bible devotionals directly in your inbox, sign...

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October 7, 2017: Cleansing the Temple

Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 14-15, Ecclesiastes 5, John 2:12-25, James 3:13-18 John 2:12-25:  Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: Can zeal ever be wrong? How can we make sure that in our anger we do not sin? What sign does the temple cleansing point to? Why do we need Christ's resurrection power? How does it help to be realistic about people? In what way does the biblical doctrine of the fallenness of man help us guard against unrealistic expectations?   To receive...

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October 6, 2017: House of Wine

Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 12-13, Ecclesiastes 4, John 2:1-11, James 3:1-12 John 2:1-11: Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: Wine is a symbol of joy in the Old Testament. Does such joy characterize your relationship with God? Some people say Jesus could not have turned water into wine because that is impossible. How would you answer that challenge? Why do you think Jesus’ mother told the servants to do what Jesus told them to do (rather than what she...

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October 5, 2017: Jacob’s Ladder

Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 10-11, Ecclesiastes 3:16-22, John 1:43-51, James 2:14-26 John 1:43-51: [Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I will refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material.] Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and instead this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: Read the story of Jacob’s ladder in Genesis 28. What is Jesus saying about how that story is now fulfilled in him? If Jesus is the one and only through whom “heaven [is] opened” (1:51), how should we then prioritize our lives? How should we emphasize evangelism? How should we emphasize missions? What comfort does this give us as...

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October 4, 2017: On Being an Andrew

Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 7-9, Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, John 1:35-42, James 2:1-13 John 1:35-42: [Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I will refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material.] Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and instead this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: What would it mean for you to invite someone to Jesus? (1:42) How much is the “Andrew” ministry of personal invitation emphasized in Christianity today? (1:41) How could we model the significance of “being an Andrew”? Do we make a priority of “personal ministry”?   To receive God Centered Bible devotionals directly in your inbox, sign up here.  ...

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October 3, 2017: Behold the Lamb of God

Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 5-6, Ecclesiastes 2:17-26, John 1:29-34, James 1:9-27 John 1:29-34: [Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I will refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material.] Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and instead this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: What are you “beholding”/staring at/longing for/focusing on? What are your goals, ambitions, and desires? What is your “vision”? John the Baptist urges us to “behold” the Lamb of God. Make a conscious effort this morning to turn your focus and attention to Christ! Why does John the Baptist urge us to behold the Lamb of God? What does the...

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