When Jesus came to the Temple in Jerusalem, his actions were bold and dramatic. Overturning tables and setting free the animals who occupied the Temple courts, Jesus showed a great strength of character and resolve, and yet did it all in a way that showed he was fully in control of his actions. While the Jews wanted further proof of his authority that led him to do these things, Jesus pointed them forward to his own resurrection. This would be the proof of who He was and the authority He claimed.
It’s become something of a tradition at Bendigo (St John’s) Presbyterian that we gather together for a meal and discuss where and when Home Groups will meet for the next 12 months. If you’re thinking of being in a Home Group this year, attendance is a must! This year’s Home Group dinner will be held at the church hall on Thursday February 7th from 6pm. Please bring something to share for main course and dessert. See you there!
When Jesus attending the wedding in Cana, he was called upon to do something about the shortage of wine for the guests. His actions formed the first of seven ‘signs’ that John recorded for his readers that show something of His glory. While Moses’ first miracle was to turn water to blood which indicated judgement, Jesus’ first miracle was to show the fullness of coming blessing for the people of God as he turned something from the old covenant arrangement into something new and better. Not all saw his miracle but his disciples did and by it their faith in Him was confirmed.
When John the Baptist announced that Jesus was the Messiah, some of his disciples turned and followed Jesus, others became convinced of Jesus’ identity by their experience and still others came to follow Jesus because of their own study of the Scripture. John’s words led to an immediate growth in the number of disciples who followed Jesus. In many ways the same happens today as believers share their personal testimony or what they have found through believing the Word of God. This ‘ripple effect’ will grow if and when today’s disciples continue to speak ‘just a word’ for Jesus.
We continue to meet at 10:30am each Sunday through January, steadily working our way through the early chapters of John’s Gospel. Come and join us…!
On Sunday January 28th we will have our (4th Sunday) lunch in the hall..
Russ Grinter asked us to consider what is noteworthy about the new year. More than wishing “happy new year” and resolving to seek happiness ourselves, in 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 we read that Jesus makes us really new. From now on, our identity should be in Christ – not what we do or how the world sees us. We should not depend on our effort but on what Jesus has done as our substitute. By faith, God looks at us and sees Jesus’ righteousness. Jesus makes us really new.