Weekly Bible Study: We will continue this week's "So Many Questions" discussion into this coming week, with another Challenging Questions Zoom Conversation at 7 p.m. on Thursday May 28th. Reach out on our "Contact" us tab, for how to sign in to that conversation. ALL ARE WELCOME!
IT'S HERE! "CHALLENGING QUESTIONS"
... An Interactive Online Bible Study
The simple word “why” appears hundreds of times in the Bible. Not always, but many times it is used in conjunction with a question of God. Such as in Psalm 10:1 – “Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”
In this step-by-step interactive Bible study we will allow such questions of God to be safely asked, and caringly, thoughtfully talked about. Not with the intention of nailing down pat answers. But so that, together, we may encounter the Living God in and through God’s Word and each other.
Each session of this study will contain:
A small bite of Scripture, with examples of possible questions to ask of God.
A short video of Pastor Riggle talking about that Bible text.
For those who wish to and have the capability (if there is enough interest) there will be a 45 minute every-other-week group Zoom discussion about the Bible study. If interested please contact Pastor via our "Contact Us" tab on our website, or by email or phone.
“SO MANY QUESTIONS!”
Step One – Read the Bible passage below – John 14:1-23 [NRSV]
[Jesus says …] 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I AM, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I AM the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.”
18 “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
Step Two – Ponder the examples below of challenging questions to ask of God, based on specific verses. Some ... but certainly not all ... of the challenging questions that want asking are:
Vs. 1 – How in the world can our hearts not be “troubled”?
Vs. 6 – What does Jesus mean practically speaking when he says, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life”?
Vs. 7 – Is Jesus all there is to know about God?
Vss. 8-9 – Given how Jesus responds to Philip, does God really want us to ask tough questions?
Vs. 11 – Is Jesus telling us to *believe* in miracles?
Vss. 13-14 – How literally should we take these two verses?
Step Three – Listen to Pastor’s short video.
Step Four – Pray this prayer: Lord Jesus, just like your first disciples I have a lot of questions to ask of you. Sometimes I feel nervous approaching you, though, to ask challenging questions. By your Holy Spirit help me boldly ask even my toughest questions of you, trusting that you will not abandon or forsake me. Thank you. Amen.
** For further engagement with this text and one another, if you choose, go on to Step Five! **
Step Five – Jot down a few challenging questions you want to ask God-in-Jesus, based on the words in John 14:1-23. Send those questions to Pastor John by email: email@example.com or text or call him at: (712) 449-0027 or use the “Contact Us” tab/page on our website. That way you and he can hold a conversation about those questions.
The Zoom Conversation for this lesson will be continued 7:00-7:45 p.m. on Thursday May 28, 2020. Please contact us for log-in information. Let’s keep the conversation going …!