Randy's Reflections
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September 22, 2017, 3:28 PM

Pastor Randy's September Reflection

Psalm 96

Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.

 

For the past year I have read a lot about the Jewish background of the New Testament. It has been an eye opening endeavor. Most of my information has come via an internet class out of Norway taught by a doctoral student who is studying this area. I took this class for 30 weeks and have been reading some of the extra biblical resources suggested by my professor. Ask me about the book of James sometime.

 

I am fascinated by this information, and it has enriched my understanding of the context in which the Bible was written, both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Lately, however, I have become weary of learning all this information, not because it is redundant. I believe it is pertinent to a greater understanding of the Bible. Yet, this information is more about the Bible, about God, and about his people, but it is not about the relationship we have with Jesus.

I did not “sign up” to be a Christian because of the way the Bible was written and put together. I signed up because of an encounter with the risen Savior. It is my relationship with Jesus that keeps me believing and growing in my faith.

So, even though I really like studying the context of the written word, it is more important that I spend more time with the redeemer of my life. I also want to share with you what I am discovering in that relationship as well as to encourage you to start or grow in your relationship with the living God we worship through Jesus.

I have decided that this fall is an opportune time to walk through the gospel of John and review the seven “I am” statements. I believe this will help us understand more about who Jesus is and how these metaphors speak to us of our relationship to him.

Have you started a relationship with Jesus, and if you have what is that like? Is it like filling a hunger that is deep within (Jesus says, I am the Bread of Life)? Or maybe it is like walking through a gate which opens out to a whole new world (Jesus says, I am the gate)? Come explore with me what it means to have a growing and active relationship with the risen Savior.

We will take this walk in chronological order as found in the gospel of John. You can prepare with me for the first “I am” statement by reading John 6. It is a long chapter, but since I will not begin this sermon series until September 10, you have lots of time to read the first 59 verses of chapter 6.

I look forward to sharing with you, and having you share with me, our walk with our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

Blessings,

Pastor Randy

 


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