November 15  – Wednesday Night Group

Matthew 5:17 – 48

We continue to work our way through this section of Scripture by reading the rest of chapter 5.  Again I suggest you read the entire passage and then slowly work through each little section (i.e. vv. 17 – 20 Jesus talks about fulfilling the law, 21 – 26 on murder…) and write your thoughts as you prayerfully study.

We talked about moving on to a book after we finish these 3 chapters of Matthew.  We will use The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith.  Let me ask people who went through this book a few years ago if they still have a copy.  I think that there are some copies of the book around the church building too.  I’m guessing this will begin after Christmas.  If you can’t wait to start reading it and want your on copy you can go to Amazon or CBD and purchase it.

Take this Spiritual Gifts Inventory this week.

November 8  – Wednesday Night Group

early in the morning with a Bible, notebook and a pen

Matthew 5:3 – 16

We began by looking at 1 – 12 last night.  I realized that I probably spent so much time on the overall picture that we didn’t have enough time to talk about all of the section of verses 1 – 12.  So we will stay in the area where Jesus tells us what the subjects of his kingdom are like.  I think there is a real break after verse 16, so I extended our section to that verse.

To prepare for Wednesday night let this section speak to you this week.  How do you do that?  We all have to develop something that works best for us.  For me it is early in the morning with a Bible, notebook and a pen.  I need to read, pray and write.  I can and do one or two of those things without the other, but I have found that when I do all three together, I get more out of my time.   Learn what works best for you.

I like to stay away from commentaries or any kind of external influences to Scripture for this part.  But after I have done the read, pray and write piece I will read what others have written about it.  I read a series of books a few years ago by James Bryan Smith which he called The Apprentice Series.  (Here’s a review on the second book)  This is one my favorites on the subject of this section of Matthew.  There are thousands of commentaries, books, articles and a gazillion more on the web.  So, find something you like and use it.

Whatever method you develop it will require that you set aside some time.  Time seems to be the one thing that is hard to come by for many people today.  But I will remind you that we are all given 24 hours today.  How will you spend it?

Assignment

See if you can spend a few minutes each day in these 14 verses.  I believe a consistent approach will do us more good than a cram the night before.

Try to make a comment on this post during the week.  Leave a question, tell us about some insight that you have or remind us to pray for you.

That’s an average of 2 verses a day.  It doesn’t sound like much, but it will make a difference in your day if you let these words sink in each day.  These are words of life.