Thursday, March 3, 2011

You Learn Something New Every Day

I'm terrible at studying the Bible. Really, I am. I'm working on it! I'm trying to improve! I'm trying to tell myself that, while an education in Greek and Hebrew may be helpful, they're not required, so I should just hunker down and get into the Word. No excuses. So I'm totally going to do my study.

Right after I watch this episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer...

*ahem*

But now my husband and I lead a small group. As in, we're kind of in charge. And our group is really trying to hold each other accountable for stuff. As in, if someone doesn't do their study, someone gets all up in their grill and says, "Why didn't you do your study?" Instead of just ignoring it and hope they get it done the next week. Which is far more comfortable. Easier.

Being a leader, though, means I definitely have to get mine done. There's no two ways about it. I need to study the book of John like it's my job. Like I get paid by the hour to learn about Jesus. 

So I did my study last week. It was an in-depth look at John 1:1-18. We're using the LifeChange study guide to John. If you've never tried the LifeChange series, I highly recommend it, especially if you want to learn how to do a study without having to use a book every time. It's a good starting place.

I did the study. Even the life application questions, which I've always considered optional. Very, very optional. I even learned a passage! "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was there with God in the beginning. Everything was made through him. Without him, nothing would be made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:1-5

And I totally just did that from memory! If you don't believe me, you can look it up since I'm sure it's not 100% correct because I rarely memorize scripture unless I'm told to.

If you've never read that passage before, "the Word" is Jesus (it says so in verse 17). One of the questions the study guide asked was, "What does it mean to you that Jesus took part in Creation?"

Hmm. I never thought of that before. Jesus is the Savior in my mind. Jesus isn't the Creator. 

But he is.

This means Jesus knows how many hairs are on my head. He knows why my pancreas acts up. He knows how many of those little white flecks I have on each of my fingernails and how they got there. 

He knows that I don't love to read my Bible 24/7. He knows that in college I used to swear like a sailor's little sister. He knows that I haven't always been an upstanding citizen.

He knows me inside and out.

And he was willing to die for me. Me. This awful, selfish me that I am 99.9% of the time. He was willing to sacrifice his life knowing all the worst things about me.

And he's willing to believe the best things about me. He's willing to give me chance after chance. Willing to say, "I'm sure she'll read her Bible tomorrow. Yes, I'm sure she will." He doesn't give up on me.

This gives me a whole new perspective on Christ's death. 

And all because I actually did my Bible study for once.

6 comments:

  1. Isn't it amazing! Someone knows us THAT WELL and loves us anyway? Wow!

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  2. I'm horrible at studying the Bible too! Really horrible!

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  3. Wow! Great post.

    I have a related story. I'm teaching my son's Sunday School class. One of my co-teachers is 98 years old (no exaggeration, we celebrated her 98th birthday last week). She is making us all (teachers & kids) memorize the books of the Bible and one Bible verse each week. Then we have to say it out in front of everyone.

    You think you're under pressure? I've got my 9 year old son there waiting on me to mess it all up! ;)

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  4. lol!! this was so refreshing to read. :) Thank you.

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  5. It's amazing what God does when we step into areas of leadership. When we are in the position to lead and shepherd others, we have a huge responsibility.

    I have discovered it this season of my life as my husband and I lead a small group in the latter part of last year, and I have been leading a Celebrate Recovery program for the past 6 months with a co-leader. Talk about gut-wrenching lessons to learn at times because the people who you are guiding, they are looking to you to that guidance even on the smallest level - and that is enormous!

    But yes...the lesson you learned in your studies is sooo, so true! All because of John 1:1-5! His Word is truth, and Christ is truth because...God is truth. I could get all deeply theological on you beyond this...but this is perfect. This is really all we need to know. He knows us, and loves us, despite our ugly human selves - and that alone, makes us beautiful in Him! :) Hallelujah!

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  6. I love the accountability and pressure that comes from being part of/leading a group. I experienced the same thing as I began teaching my kids about God. As I taught them to memorize-presto! I began to memorize. I had to give them what I had, which meant I had to go to the Source. PS Your link to the study guide isn't working. Check John Ortberg's study in 1John "Love Each Other"-Wow! Keep on keeping on!

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