At North Side, we’re all about discipleship. In addition to discipling our worship team on Wednesday nights, I am also discipling a great group of college students right now. These guys come over to our house on Wednesday nights and we get into the Word. This semester, I am teaching this group, and our worship team, through the gospels.
We are doing a Christology of sorts. A study of the life of Christ is normally organized around speculations or disagreements instead of simply going to the text. In this study, I am using 14 main events or categories of Jesus’ life to get a clearer picture of the historical figure and the world-changing Savior.
Last night, we discussed the Anticipation of the Christ. We actually started in our previous session by teaching through the entire Old Testament in one night. I told the big picture of God’s plan from the beginning. The blank page in between the testaments reveal a 400-year period of silence where God said nothing to his people. While Israel waited to see if God would speak again, God brought a word in the Word himself!
In John 1, the apostle teaches that Jesus was that Word in the beginning at creation, and not only was he with God, he was God. Just like the light that God created with a simple word in Genesis, at the fullness of time, the Word appeared and was the light of man. The darkness could not overcome the light, the Word, the God in flesh who dwelt among us.
During this study, we also looked at the reasoning and information concerning the difference of the 4 gospels. Four gospels were written because 4 authors had 4 specific audiences that they were educating concerning Jesus:
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