Wednesday, April 25, 2012

James: Mercy Triumphs – Intro

First, let me say that I am thoroughly excited about this study. Not only do I love the book of James, one of my favorite verses comes from there (4:7b – Resist the devil and he will flee from you.). I’ve studied the book several times before on my own and with study guides, and I’m always challenged and changed in positive ways. Let the change begin, Jesus!

Also, I’ve learned that there are new levels of commitment for this Bible study, and I am looking forward to deepening and heightening and widening my relationship with Christ through the exercises in this study. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but one of the challenges is to memorize the book of James. The reason I mention it now is that Beth shares in the video session a few weeks from now that she does her memory work in a different translation of the Scriptures to add dimension and freshness to her study. I would have liked it if she suggested that earlier, so I wanted to give you the opportunity to begin the memory work this way.

Class Project: Each table in our meeting room was given construction paper and crayons. Each piece of construction paper had a name on it (Mary, Joseph, Jesus, James, Judas, etc.). After a few minutes, each table presented our facilitator with a drawing of the person whose name appeared on the paper. She hung them on the wall of our classroom. What a fun activity!

Video Segment: Beth Moore’s teaching consistently energizes and inspires me. This introductory week concentrated on James’ identity as Jesus’ brother, his unbelief regarding Christ’s deity, and the possible (probable) moment of his spiritual birth. Personal application led me straight home – to my family. The nature and importance of family is important to the Lord. So is our restoration from pain inflicted by family – or that we have inflicted on our family members. We will serve Him more fully if we allow Him to heal us.

I am sure it is no coincidence that there is a family event scheduled for this weekend. I cannot wait to see what Christ has planned for us. Praise Him!

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