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Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study — John 21:18-19

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s Online Bible Study! This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

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Kendra Graham notes from :  John 21:18-19

“Truly, Truly I say to you, when you were younger you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you old you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go.”  (19) Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.  And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

Step 1

THE FACTS:  

Truly Truly when you were younger you used to gird yourself, walk where you wished.  When you grow old someone else will gird you and bring you where you do not wish to go. This signifying what kind of death he would glorify God.  Then He said, “Follow Me.”

Step 2

THE LESSONS:   

Have you ever told God what you would and wouldn’t do for Him?  Some of us have ideas of what we’re fit for and what we would do if God trusted us with the spotlight.  Peter was no different.  Remember John 13:37…Peter announced he would follow Jesus to the death!  Peter was impulsive and thought more of himself than he ought to at that moment.  Peter is really no different from any of us, is he? Peter did what he wanted to do for Jesus in the way he, Peter, wanted to do it.

That very night, after Peter made his bold claim, he was humbled after his multiple denials of Jesus.  Peter wept bitterly (Matthew 26:75).  Peter’s arrogance in leading the disciples, and showing them how things were done, had evaporated, melted away in shame and guilt.  In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said that “Upon this rock, I will build My church,” meaning upon Peter, God would work to build His church.

Was Peter’s providential purpose over?  Was Peter no longer qualified?  How could such a big thing be done through a denying disciple? Would that purpose now fall to another person who didn’t make such a big mistake?

In John 21, Peter realized he did not agape (self sacrificing love) Jesus at all, but only had phileo (friendship).  This was a blow to Peter’s ego and he knew his denial of Jesus broke Jesus’s heart.  Peter is in pieces! Deconstructed all the way to the soul!

Ahhhh…NOW Peter’s heart is ready.

Jesus began the reconstruction process of Peter by publicly restoring him so that he and the disciples would know that he still had a purpose–a call on his life.  Peter’s providential purpose did not change because of what Peter did.

How many of us think we can change that purpose spoken over our lives by God Himself, because of something we do?  That is pure arrogance.  Peter was in need of restoration, and Jesus publicly restored his heart and reiterated his call! Peter had been #delivered from the guilt that his denials had on his heart,  and was #propelled to follow through with his purpose, for the church, that Jesus stated with all authority back in Matthew 16:18!  #Delivered and #propelled so Peter could tend the lambs and feed the sheep of the church in humility!  Leading through humility! It’s the opposite of what most of us think or want to do.  We want to be leaders, absolutely, but humility can find someone else to rest on.

Peter did things the way he wanted before the cross, and now after the cross, Peter would do things the way Jesus asked.  Peter went from following Peter’s ideas of what Jesus wanted, to following Jesus.  Jesus tells Peter that he will indeed follow Him to his death.  Peter will be bound as Jesus was bound.  Peter will glorify God in his life and his death.  A hard but encouraging Truth.

Jesus ends Peter’s moment of restoration with the same question He began with three years earlier,  Peter, “Follow Me.”  THE CALL NEVER CHANGES! Jesus will not force Peter to do that providential purpose He has for him, but simply asks and then waits for a response.  This is what it will look like Peter, are you in or out?

Today the question remains the same, to you and to me.  Jesus invites us to follow Him.  Will we follow, or will we choose to miss everything we were created for?  Do we want to give Jesus an approved list of things we are and are not willing to do? Or will we simply, day by day, just follow Him?  Do we prefer to lead in arrogance, trying to press God into our mold, or will we allow God to reconstruct us and restore us to follow Him and lead others in humility?

Don’t refuse to be restored.  Allow God to bring out what has been hidden so you can be #delivered, #restored to LIFE, and then #propelled to His purpose.  God’s purpose for you is a bazillion times better than your purpose for you… we just have to give up control and follow… bound to whatever and wherever He leads.

Step 3

APPLY IT:  

Are you fighting the restoration process because you would rather things stay hidden in the dark?

Sometimes we fight restoration because our lives are being choked by guilt.  Do you think you have ruined and soiled any purpose God may have had for you because of what you have done?  Are you willing to ask God what His purpose for you is, and then to follow as He restores you? Are you willing to allow God to #deliver you and then #propel you to His purpose?

Why are you fighting so hard against following Jesus?  Put honest words to it.

LIVE IT OUT:  
Today… Lord, help me follow where You lead.  Begin that restoration process on my soul, and as you begin to sand away the rough edges, and de-construct things to re-construct things… give me the courage to allow You to do so.  I cannot follow without Your strength, courage and love.  Help me to follow You in humility.

What Scripture are you studying now? What have you learned? How has the Lord spoke to you? Share with us in the comments section.

Kendra’s Bible Study…John 10: 1-10

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from John 10:1-10

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

1.   Truly truly I say to you.
2.  He who enters by the door is a shepherd
3.  He calls His own sheep by name
4.  He goes before them
5.    A stranger they will not follow  – the voice of others do not resonate like Jesus
6.    They did not understand
7.   Jesus said AGAIN, Truly truly, I say to you.
8.  All who came before are thieves, the sheep did not hear them
9.   I AM the door, ANYONE enter through me & be saved
10.  (a) The thief comes to: kill, steal, destroy.
10.  (b) I come that they have life, abundantly

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing? Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow?  Meditate on these.  Ask God what lesson it is that He wants you to hear or learn.

1.  What Jesus says is the TRUTH, trustworthy, and His message is to me.
2.   The shepherd has nothing to hide, he comes through the door to claim his own. No need to trick anyone into following, nothing to hide, all is in the open.
3.   Our names have not slipped His mind, he knows my name and calls it. God doesn’t just say, “Hey ya’ll there at the Cove Tuesday night, come on, let’s roll” He calls each of us individually, because He knows our names and each of us is important enough to Him to come to and call personally.  I am personally important to the King of kings.
4.   Jesus is not asking us to go anywhere that He is not present.  Jesus leads from the front, not poking and prodding us from the rear.  Jesus doesn’t lead from a big armchair saying, “OK, Judy, you go left 5 paces, then turn 38 degrees clockwise… Paula, you take 10 steps back, then make a sharp right turn.”  He leads presently by going before us.  Jesus does not “drive” us out either.  He leads us. There is a difference. God forces me no where, He beckons, and wants me to follow Him.
5.   No voice like the voice of Jesus penetrates and draws our hearts to follow.
6.   Sometimes we just don’t “get” what Jesus is saying, or where He is leading & it’s ok.
7.   I LOVE the fact that Jesus is patient and will explain it again, in another way.  I seem to process things slower, and don’t understand a lot, yet the love of Jesus is so evident in His patient continual explanations. Jesus does not give up on us.  Here, He is continuing to explain to a group of people (Pharisees) who don’t want to get, nor will ever get it, but it doesn’t matter to Jesus… He seems to give up on none of His creation!  How comforting.  8.   Other people, things and ideas will try to trick and deceive, but true discernment is found in Jesus.
9.   Jesus is THE WAY to be saved.  You may think that exclusive, I see that as very clear.
10. (a) Others will always try to take the place of Jesus, but will always be found out in the end to be a fraud in the end and will leave me wanting, hurt and torn up.
10. (b) A life of abundance depends on me following Jesus. Take this world, but give me Jesus.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? NOW APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.
As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.
Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

1.   Where do I go to find Truth (the news, a friend, a spouse, a church)?  Does Truth even matter to me at all? Is my life based on the Truth of God’s Word, or the lies of the world?
2.  When have I been tricked into believing someone or something is true only to let down later?  Have I taken time to read the Words of Jesus and realize He put it all out there and was faithful to every last thing He said He would do?
3.  Have I ever felt that I have fallen through the cracks of God’s mind?  Why is it so easy for me to say I am insignificant, when Jesus Himself has said He not only knows my name, but calls my name?? Did I realize my God was such a personal God? When has He called my name?  Are my eyes in His Word and my ears tuned to His voice?
4.  Am I easily led by the Word of God with Jesus in the lead or do I have to fight everything wanting God to bless my path instead of walking down His path that is already blessed? Do I require a bit for my mouth so I will go or is my heart willing?
5.  Did I know following the lead of Jesus will never fade out with the fad?
6.  When have I been in need of further clarity in God’s leading? Where do I go for clarity? Is God’s Word first or last on that list? Did I realize how patient a teacher God is?
7.  When has Jesus patiently waited for and taught me?  When have I refused to give others the patience that Jesus has and is giving me?
8.   Do I go to God’s Word when I need discernment?Where am I in need of discernment today?
9.  Is it easier for me to believe There is one heaven, but many roads to it”?  Why? How much more confusing would it be for us if there were many roads?
10. (a)  When have I been let down by what I thought would make me happy and whole, only to find out when I received it I either wanted more, or I realized it just wasn’t enough, all that I hoped for?
10. (b) Did I realize Jesus came to give me an abundant life? Did I realize the life I have been looking for is the life that is only found in Jesus?  On who or what is my life ruled by now? Ambitions for a better job, better kids, better house, better marriage….

LIVE IT OUT.
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage.
Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason??Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart.  Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Jesus does not force me to follow Him, but when I follow where He leads, I will find the abundant life He created me to have.  Where is Jesus leading me, and do I have the ears to hear, the heart to listen and the faith to follow?

HOMEWORK:  Do the Three Questions on Joshua 8:1-10  OR EXTRA CREDIT: THE WHOLE CHAPTER!

Get stuck?  www.annegrahamlotz.com  and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

2013 FREE Women’s Bible Study at The Cove…Register Now!

 

 

 

 

Ladies, we are less than 3 months away from the 2013 Women’s Bible Study at The Cove!

Studies begin: Tuesday January 8th, 2013. 

If you have attended before, we hope you and your friends will be coming back.  If you have never been, we hope you will come and join other local woman in an encouraging time of fellowship and studying the Word of God in the quiet, majestic beauty of The Cove!   

Our 8-week Tuesday morning study, on the Book of Psalms, will be led by Jane Derrick beginning at 9:45 a.m. and concluding at noon.  There will be an optional lunch available for $10. 

Watch here as Jane gives you a special invitation. 

Our 7-week Tuesday evening study, Oh, the Places He Leads, focusing on Psalm 23, will be led by Kendra Graham beginning at 6:30 p.m. and concluding at 8:30 p.m.  

Watch here as Kendra Graham shares a poem that is certain to pique your appetite for this study.

While the studies are free to attend, you must register to participate.  Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register.   

Are you in an existing Bible study and/or Sunday school group?  Take a break from your routine and let these 7 and 8 week studies be a special time of renewal and inspiration for your entire group.