WELCOME TO OUR SUMMER STUDY!
I BELIEVE YOU WILL BE GREATLY REFRESHED
BY THE SWEET COMMUNITY GOD HAS PROVIDED HERE.
SUMMER IS A GIFT!
FOR MANY OF US IT CAN MEAN
BREAKING FROM THE MADDENING PACE.
AND IF WE ARE PURPOSEFUL, A TIME TO
SLOW DOWN AND SEE
OUR LORD IN UNEXPECTED PLACES!
THE SCRIPTURAL SPRINGBOARD FOR THIS SUMMER STUDY
IS MY FAVORITE HISTORICAL BIBLE STORY:
THE WALK TO EMMAUS.
WHEN THE RISEN CHRIST WALKED BESIDE THE TWO UNSUSPECTING DISCIPLES, HE SHOWED THEM HOW HE WAS IN ALL THEIR SCRIPTURES. NEXT WEEK, FOR EXAMPLE, WE WILL LOOK AT GENESIS 1,
FIND JESUS HIDDEN THERE, AND CONSIDER HOW THAT IMPACTS US,
FOR IT DOES!
WE WILL KEEP OUR ANTENNAE UP
TO SEE JESUS IN EVERYDAY LIFE
WE WILL GET HELP IN THIS FROM A CLASSIC BOOK
CALLED THE GOD HUNT.
WE’LL LEARN SOME WAYS TO SPY
JESUS IN EVERYDAY LIFE
WE DID THE GOD HUNT WHEN RAISING OUR CHILDREN
AND IT IMPACTED THEM PROFOUNDLY,
BUT THE GOD HUNT IS NOT JUST FOR KIDS,
BUT, FOR, AS DAVID MAINS PUTS IT,
“ADULTS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR TREASURE IN THE WRONG PLACES.”
IF YOU ARE NEW,
JUST CLICK ON THE GETTING STARTED ICON ON THE HOME PAGE
AND FOLLOW THE EASY DIRECTIONS.
JOIN THIS WONDERFUL GROUP OF SISTERS
FOR, TOGETHER, WE SEE MORE.
1ST SUNDAY IN JUNE:
1. What stands out to you from the above?
2. Does summer help you change your pace? Why, or why not?
MONDAY-TUESDAY: How We Know Jesus is in All of the Old Testament (The springboard for our Bible study)
Even if you are familiar with this account, skim Luke 24:13-24 to get your bearings. If you aren’t familiar, read it slowly.
3. Read Luke 24:25-27
A. What did Jesus say to them in verses 25 and 26?
B. Where did Jesus begin in the Scriptures to show them Himself and His plan to rescue us?
C. In how many of the Scriptures according to verse 27 did Jesus show them Himself and His plan to rescue us?
Darrel Bock, head of New Testament exposition at Dallas Seminary says that phrase “all the Scriptures”
means from front to back — in other words, everything.
During this last Memorial Day Weekend, two of my grandchildren got together with their “fourth” cousins — as my daughter Sally and her “third” cousin, Coburn, delighted in watching them connect, just as she and Sally connected up here as children.
It made me think about what Rankin Wilbourne said in Union with Christ:
Union with Christ connects you to a history far longer and you could ever trace on a family tree.
It stretches from eternity past to eternity future and puts everything in between into a fresh perspective.
You, as a believer, are in union with One who has always existed and who will always exist, and therefore, in union with the family of God, who will always exist. Blood ties are important, but the strongest blood tie we have is the blood of Christ, for this is forever. So value your spiritual families, and make your greatest treasure the head of that family: Jesus Christ.
4. How did the two on the road to Emmaus look back on their time of discovering Jesus in all their Scriptures? (See Luke 24:32)
Wednesday-Friday: Introducing The God Hunt
(The Springboard for our discovering Jesus in everyday life)
For over thirty years, David and Karen Mains had a wonderful program on Moody Radio and other syndicated stations called Chapel of the Air. Every year during Lent they hosted “The 50 Day Adventure.” I have always loved Karen’s books, seeming a cut above most other contemporary Christian women authors. Her most famous was on hospitality, called Open Home, Open Heart. That changed the way I did hospitality. Their book, The God Hunt, was so helpful in making God real to children — and adults! I also was privileged to meet Karen and loved her. Before the turn of this century, Karen endured vicious slander. I am absolutely convinced it was slander and she was terribly misunderstood, for she used metaphors that were misunderstood and twisted — much in the same way that Ann VosKamp’s was, when she wrote, “I flew to Paris and made love to God.” VosKamp seems to have survived the attack, but the attack on Karen, and subsequently on her husband, simply for defending her, lasted much longer and ended their radio ministry. I say all this in case you have heard negative things, but I would not be introducing you to this book if I thought there were any truth to those attacks. I felt they were legalistic and so unfair. 1 John has many tests to discern false teaching, and the Mains pass all of them with flying colors, both in doctrine and in lifestyle. You can check out Karen herself at her website: karenmains.com
If you have children in your life, include them in this summer adventure of The God Hunt.
This week, to get your bearing for the God Hunt, I’d like you to read this overview by David Mains, and then answer a few questions. And next week we will officially begin!
5. Some people are only aware of God when their world collides with Him, in times of great need. But, as Mains say, that is a sorry sort of life. Others are too busy with this transitory life to look for the eternal. Do either of these describe you? If so, what could you do to change your pace or perspective?
I do love Simon and Garfunkel, often amazed at the talent that poured from these men in their early twenties.God can use even unbelievers. I cannot hear “Bridge over Troubled Waters” without thinking of Jesus. And remember their: “Hey, hey, hey, Mrs. Robinson, Jesus loves you more than you can know…” And in the 59th Street Bridge Song, I hear the message that it is possible, even in the midst of New York City, to slow down and enjoy this great wide wonderful world God created — and if there ever is a time to do that, it is summer! Okay — that’s a tangent! :-)
6. According to David Mains, list four ways we are going to start becoming aware of God through this God Hunt. Give an example of each from the story of Jacob’s servant finding a bride for Isaac.
7. Do you have any comments on the article?
8. What’s your take-a-way and why?