Week 1: What are God’s plans for you for 2015?

Are you ready to jump into the Bible but you don’t know where to begin?  We’ve got the perfect start for you!  Join us for 100 days as this New Year we accept the Essential Jesus Challenge. This Bible plan will take you through twenty five Old Testament and seventy five New Testament passages about Jesus.  You can pick up your fold-out planner from Colin.

This week Lynn introduces us to the series with a week entitled Who is Jesus?

The five readings for the week beginning Sunday 4 January 2015 are:

Truth Beyond Facts: John 1:1-18

Living Like Jesus: Philippians 2:1-11

It’s All about Jesus: Colossians 1:15-23

What is God Like?: Hebrews 1:1-4

The Big Church: 1 Peter 1:4-10

Leave your thoughts on one or more of the passages by clicking the Comment link on this post!

28 thoughts on “Week 1: What are God’s plans for you for 2015?”

    1. Apparently when verse 14 says ‘The Word became a human being and lived among us,’ the actual Greek words say He ‘pitched His tent’ among us. I like that, He came to rescue us, but there was also a sense that He was here a temporary visitor.

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    1. From the Essential Jesus book, ‘Jesus humbled himself (verse 7). The creator of the universe was willing to serve His creatures. Are you willing to serve those ‘lower’ than you?’ (Day 2).

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      1. There is a lot of Pauline clutter in this passage. Essentially, Jesus is the image of the invisible God (15), and ‘in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell’ (19).

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    1. Colossians 1:21, 22: ‘At one time you were separated from God. You were his enemies in your minds, and the evil things you did were against God. But now God has made you his friends again. He did this through Christ’s death in the body so that he might bring you into God’s presence as people who are holy, with no wrong, and with nothing of which God can judge you guilty.’

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    2. In the Essential Jesus book (Day 3) it asks what are the basics of Jesus, in your opinion. Click here to find what we decided were the basics when we tried in our Explore Church meeting 12 October last year.

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    1. Hebrews 1:1, 2, ‘In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets many times and in many different ways. But now in these last days God has spoken to us through his Son.’

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    1. From Essential Jesus book (Day 4) “If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus; He’s the “exact representation” of God (Hebrews 1 v.3). Want to know what God thinks about the world? Look at Jesus. Want to know what God likes and dislikes? Look at Jesus. Want to know what God thinks about people? Or about you? Look at Jesus.”

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      1. From Essential Jesus book (Day 4)
        “Heavenly Father,
        I’m so thankful that You want me to know who You are.
        In spite of all my distractions, my heart’s desire is to know You.”

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    1. 1 Peter 2:9, 10: God called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. At one time you were not a people, but now you are God’s people. In the past you had never received mercy, but now you have received God’s mercy.

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    2. Day 5. According to Wikipedia, the Cornerstone (or foundation stone) was the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure’. The cornerstone is the reference stone. All the other stones are to be set according to that stone.

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