NT 7

This is it! I have learned so much in the weeks that I have been studying the 4 Gospels. While the class may be coming to an end, I know I have so much more to learn from the scriptures and I’m excited to be able to continue learning and maturing and coming closer to Christ as I continue to study diligently.

This week we studied Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21. A few of the sections that stuck out to me are listed below.

  1. Pilate was given multiple warnings and chances to choose the right. We are never given only one warning. Luke 23
  2. Jesus had an immense love and respect for women. John 20:16
  3. Repetition of 3x asking and repeating to feed His lambs showed how important it is to Jesus that we sacrifice for others. John 21:15

This week I was able to focus on obedience, like when Peter was asked to feed His sheep. He is asked to do this three separate times, so it has to be important. Unfortunately, the disciples didn’t catch on to that importance and returned to fishing once Christ was gone. Christ of course does not want them to do this but to share His gospel with everyone. We too can be like Peter, we know we are supposed to do something and we fall back and start doing the thing we are comfortable doing. We have to get out of our comfort zones and do what Christ would have us do.

Throughout all of the New Testament, we can see examples of the love Jesus has for women. My favorite is here where he would have preferred the women sit and listen to His teaching than clean. This certainly was far from the normal at the time and helps me to set my priorities not to how society would like me to look or appear, but to how Christ would like me to be.

This is a good perspective to look at. I’m sure quite a bit of it comes from cultural differences and personal differences between the apostles. I have commandments that I am more willing to accept and then others where I need a little more prayer and to change my perspective in order to accept. Each person has a weakness.

NT Week 6

This week had some of the most powerful and influential chapters for me to study. Focusing on the end of our Saviors life and how selfless He was, highlights just how much we can improve.

We read Matthew 25:1-26:35; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 13; Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 14-18. From this, there were a few main principles that stuck out to me.

  1. Depending on our circumstances, we do things we never thought possible for us to want or consider doing. Matthew 26:35
  2. Even being perfect and having all the answers, He was still mocked and rejected. Luke 22:63
  3. Without the presence of the Lord in our lives, we cannot live up to our true potential. John 15:4

My first point relates back to Peter and how he denied the Lord three times. To him, that was an unthinkable act and would never happen. As the day went on, he tried to blend in with the crowd and said those things he regretted so. But it doesn’t change the fact that in a moment of weakness, who really knows what we are capable of.

What really stuck out to me this week was when Jesus spoke about the disciples as if they were branches of a tree. When a branch is no longer connected to the tree, it cannot bring forth fruit. This is a perfect analogy for our lives without Christ. We must stay not only connected to Him, but we also need to bring forth the fruit that is a result of following Him. My favorite account of this was in John 14.

We can go through the motions of following the gospel by going to church on Sundays and reading our scriptures and saying our prayers, but if we don’t grow as we do those things, make changes in our lives to reflect these changes, then we are not showing that fruit of our work. If we don’t show the result of the things we learn or put them into effect in our lives, it’s as if we are ignorant to what we learned.