Monthly Archives: April 2014

Part IV: 9 Exile and the Promise of Restoration

This chapter ends the Old Testament. It’s about Gods new covenant with us. His promises of redemption. He had every reason to give up on Israel as well as us but he doesn’t! He creates a new covenant with us in Jesus’s blood! We are all in need of this and don’t deserve it and yet he provides it! I just think that it’s amazing how much he loves us 🙂 the video lesson this week was good….go watch it and tell me what you think.

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Part IV: 8 The Kingdom of God

The video lesson this week was good. It helped to illustrate the chapter better. This lesson was about how God is our King and we are to advance His kingdom by making disciples!! He wants to be King in our lives. After so many kings trying to lead the way and failing in their attempts God becomes their King (and ours)! He just wants us to bring more people into the kingdom 🙂 He loves us!

Part IV: 7 -Gods Presence on Earth

It starts off…. Does anything matter more than Gods presence with us? What could be worse than being separated from Almighty God? This whole chapter was about Gods presence. It shows His presence in the Old Testament in the Garden and in the Tabernacle. Then the book references the making of the temple and Gods presence there. I highly recommend the suggested bible scripture reading with each of these. It really helps to understand why His presence in our lives is so crucial. We need Him dwelling in us and around us in other people. If we are going to disciple someone God must be present in our life so that we can disciple. We need to explain why it was so important for Jesus to be present here on earth with us. He was “fully man” just like us!! It was a great example the authors used in the video presentation also this week. You have to watch it.

Part IV: Sacrifice and Atonement

Did you spend time going back and reading the suggested chapters this week? Leviticus 16? What about Hebrews 9:11-10:25? It was great reading about the Old Testament System of sacrifice and atonement!! Really makes you understand how amazing this was that God would sacrifice his only son for us!!! How significant Jesus’s death was. Did you watch the video too…..short, but convincing. It is weird how we try to make good for our sins. We do wrong so we try to “do right” for a little while before we talk to Him about it…..when all the while the price has been paid! We just need to confess and turn from our sins. We can’t DO good to make up for it…..this is difficult to show others, especially a non believer that we are discipling……crazy stuff! What a strange concept to grasp and explain 🙂

Part IV: Gods Covenant with Moses

I was having a hard time following this chapter for some reason?? Maybe just having trouble focussing but it felt like it didn’t flow from the last chapter. Once I watched the video tho it made more sense I guess. When we are discipling someone it’s tough to show them how God wants them to encounter Him! He wants them to have a relationship with Him! He wants them to follow his laws but not in a legalistic way…..that is difficult to show someone that. In this chapter the authors reference the covenant God made with Moses but I felt there was a lack of connection with the video this week. You need to watch it anyway and tell me your thoughts.