Jesus IS…Teacher

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Matthew 5:1-12

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Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain,
and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
And he opened his mouth and taught them…
Matthew 5:1,2ESV

  • For an interesting perspective try reading the Beatitudes in several different translations.
  • From a world-view the state of those who are blessed does not appear to be desirable. However, from a spiritual perspective they are close to God. Write each state and its spiritual blessing (example: Poor in spirit = kingdom of heaven).
  • Note how EVERY spiritual need is met in Christ.
  • You are told in Matthew 5:11 that you are blessed if you are hated for the sake of Christ. There are times I find it a great challenge to speak the truth in love. Write a prayer asking God to give you wisdom, strength and discernment to know when HE is calling you to share His truth.

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Day Four – Jesus said, “I AM…

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
John 14:1-14

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There are many rooms in His Father’s House . He wants to share one with you!
Listen to His invitation…

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6 ESV

  • Freedom from worry is a common theme in Jesus’ ministry. What does Jesus share with the disciples in John 14:1? Copy the verse.
  • What is the key  to avoiding a troubled heart?
  • If you know Him, Jesus assures you that He will prepare a place for you in His Father’s house. What does He also promise?
  • Still Thomas doubts! Many people, like Thomas, wonder, “How can we know the way?” What is Jesus’ answer?
  • Again, Jesus goes on to emphasize His relationship to the Father. What do verses 9-12 explain about this connection?
  • Jesus explains why it is important to pray in His name. He also relays his purpose in answering prayer – what is it?
  • What can you do today to bring glory to God the Father (it can be as simple as pointing out His blessings, His creation, His provision in this day – or whatever He moves in your heart)?

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Day Three – Jesus said, “I AM…

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
John 11:17-44

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Jesus shows His humanity and love in these verses while also exhibiting His divine power.
Jesus said, …

“I am the resurrection and the life.
Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”
John 11:25,26 ESV

  • What does Jesus say is the key to the resurrection and the life?
  • How does Jesus explain resurrection?
  • Jesus shows His humanity as they are going to Lazarus’ tomb, what does he do?
  • Jesus experienced a human existence including emotions (Hebrews 4:14-16). Share what it means to you to have a Savior who can sympathize with your thoughts and emotions and loves you unconditionally?
  • Christ exhibits His power over death! He first thanks God and then says, “Lazarus come out.” What happens next?
  • Before Christ raises Lazarus, He asks Martha if she believes that He is “the resurrection and the life”. Jesus asks you the same question, “Do you believe this?” Write Him an answer…

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Day Two – Jesus said, “I AM…

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
John 10:1-20

Do you hear it…do you hear His voice. He knows your name and He is calling you today!

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“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
John 10:14,15 ESV

  • Jesus not only calls himself the Good Shepherd in this passage He also labels himself _______.
  • What happens to all who enter through the door (gate)?
  • Explain the difference between the Good Shepherd and the hired hand. What does that show you about His faithfulness to you?
  • How is the relationship between Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and His sheep like that of the relationship of Jesus and the Father (think about the intimacy that is available to you in Christ)?
  • In this passage Jesus expresses His willingness to die for YOU. Write down what he says …

Jesus’ life was not taken – HE GAVE IT UP – that we might have life in him (Romans 6:23)

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Jesus said, “I AM…

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
John 8:12-30

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In this passage in John, Jesus proclaims exactly who He is, where He came from and where He’s going. He validates His testimony and proclaims…

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me
will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 ESV

  • Think about what it’s like to walk in a dark house – especially an unfamiliar one. This is life without Jesus. Write about the difference between living life in the dark or in the light of Christ.
  • Jesus is accused of bearing false witness about himself. Who are the two witnesses that prove His testimony?
  • The Pharisees then ask Jesus, “Where is your Father?” (John 8:19). What is His reply to them?
  • Later they ask, “Who are you?” (John 8:25) What is Jesus’ explanation of the relationship between Father and Son?
  • Jesus explains to them exactly what they need to do so that they will not die in their sins.
    What is it (see also Acts 2:37,38)?
  • Think of the connection between Jesus, the Father, and you. Meditate on this and write down whatever the Spirit stirs in you.

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And He dwelt among us

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Read John 1:1-18

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This passage is so rich! We see as John illustrates how Jesus fits into the world and into the lives of each one of us!

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

  • Thinking back to last week – how is Jesus as the Word significant?
  • Paraphrase John 1:1-5
  • Write down the different names or descriptions of Jesus in the whole John passage. Pick one and meditate on it – how does it help you to better understand who Jesus is?
  • Jesus is truly the light to the nations. This prophecy was made in Isaiah 49:6 pointing to exactly Jesus’ purpose, “I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” God does not restrict who can be saved! Is there someone that God wants you to share this message with…pray about it!
  • If we believe in Christ what do we become? Write down “I am a Child of God”! What does it look like to be a child of God?
  • We are told in John 1:17 that the law was given through Moses, but what was given through Christ?

God really does love you. He gives grace upon grace through the fullness of Christ! May you feel that in your life in a special way today! Remember…I’m praying for you!

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Just Do It

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Read James 1:19-25

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As much as God desires us to study His word and grow to know him, he longs for so much more.

Do not merely listen to the word,
and so deceive yourselves.
Do what it says.
James 1:22 (NIV1984)

  • In verses 19-21 we are given instruction regarding the righteous life God desires. What are the characteristics James instructs us to know?
  • We are instructed to be doers not just hearers! Paraphrase verses 22-25.
  • What do you need to do today to honor God and follow His word in your life?

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Food for thought

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Read Deuteronomy 8:1-9

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This passage is a warning, a reminder & a promise! God is mighty and he has a purpose in every event in the history of the Israelite people (and us too)…

…to teach you that man does not live by bread alone,
but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 8:3b ESV

  • What personal warning, reminder & promise do you take from these verses?
  • Jesus quotes this verse while he is being tempted in the desert (see Matthew 4:1-4). Christ himself uses God’s word to fight temptation! Record your toughts about how both the Matthew & Deuteronomy passages connect with what we journaled about in Psalm 119:11b.
  • Like food bringing physical nourishment, our soul yearns for spiritual sustenance. What do you do (or need to add) each day to nourish your spirit?

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More than words

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.
Read Hebrews 4:12-13

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The Bible is not a book of ancient words only relevent when it was written. This passage makes it clear. God’s word is alive!

For the word of God is living and active.
Hebrews 4:12a ESV

  • Write some characteristics of God’s word as described in this passage in Hebrews.
  • How have these characteristics made it clear that the Bible is more than words?
  • How have you felt God’s living word active in your life?

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Have you heard it?
Casting Crowns
“The Word is Alive”
https://castingcrowns.com/music/the-altar-and-the-door
you will need to click on the play button for the song

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It’s all about action

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today.  

Read Psalm 119:9-16

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All of Psalm 119 is an expression of love for God’s Law and for His word. The psalmist gives us beautiful insight into how to stay close to God through His word.

I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11

  • Make a list of action words used in this passage. What does this reveal about how you should apply and grow in God’s word?
  • Share how storing (or hiding) God’s word in your heart could impact you. How could you see yourself using it in your day-to-day life?
  • As the psalmist did in Psalm 119:12-16, write your praises to God for His precepts, laws, statutes & decrees.
  • CHALLENGE: Think of a verse that has spoken to you in the past. Memorize it so that it is stored in your heart forever.
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