Thursday, December 31, 2015

412 Blog Moving - 412 Network Changing


Yes, the 412 blog is moving and becoming johnmcclendon.com.  You won't have to do anything if you have subscribed to this current blog. This is part of a transition that is taking place with the 4:12 Network, which will cease operations in January.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Explore the Bible: The King Worshiped


This week our Explore the Bible study focuses on the worship of the King of Kings and Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. After His birth, wise men traveled to see this new King. We will examine the response of the wise men to His birth and the responses of others who heard of his birth. While the wise men sought the King to worship Him, not everyone wanted a king.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Explore the Bible: The King Arrived


When Jesus the King arrived in human history, there were no parades nor great fanfare. He simply came as a baby. But His coming brought about the fulfillment of God's grand plan for man's salvation. Jesus, our Savior was born! Imagine being introduced to God's plan as Joseph was in Matthew 1:18-25. We know he struggled to understand what was happening to Mary and to their future as a married couple. After his conversation with the angel, he might have struggled trying to wrap his mind around everything the angel said; yet he chose to obey. This is the focus of our Explore the Bible study this week.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Explore the Bible: The Way Prepared


Why are we starting with Matthew 3 before focusing on chapters 1 and 2? Dwayne McCrary, Team Leader at LifeWay Christian Resources explains this approach in his post on the Explore the Bible blog. He explains that it was LifeWay's desire to "place the Christmas stories (chapters 1 and 2) as close to Christmas as possible in a way that made some sense." Placing John’s announcement as the first lesson and titling it "The Way Prepared" helps you connect John's arrival on the scene as a means of preparing the world for the mission and message Jesus came to deliver.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Explore the Bible: God Provides

What can we learn about obeying God and maintaining high standards when making decisions, from the servant's response to Abraham's directions as told in Genesis 24:1-61? We can learn from this Explore the Bible session that God provides if we remain faithful, follow His directions, and maintain high standards.

Many times, when we make decisions, we get ahead of God, or we modify God's standards in order to get what we want. We see a beautiful story of God's provision and blessings that come from following Him throughout all decision-making situations.

I have included a video clip that you can use to introduce the topic of following directions. I hope you enjoy the study and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Explore the Bible: The Faith Test



Abraham trusted God in the midst of one of the greatest and most unimaginable tests of his life. Our Explore the Bible Study: The Faith Test focuses on this test. This is one of the most challenging passages to study, yet one of the most beautiful passages which ultimatly points to the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God's Son for our sins. 

God had made a covenant with Abraham and clarified and reminded him of that covenant multiple times. God promised to bless the nations through him. He patiently taught Abraham and Sarah about Himself and His ways even when they laughed at His plans. He extended grace when they took His plans into their own hands such as when Abraham produced a child with Sarah’s servant, Hagar. God gave them a child and Abraham could finally begin to see the fulfillment of God's promises. With the birth of Isaac, they could finally begin to enjoy the blessings of a young child and begin to witness the fulfillment of God’s promises. But now, God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son!

In spite of this, Abraham knew they would return together. He knew God would provide a lamb for the sacrifice. He held on to the promise that God would fulfill His promises to Abraham through Isaac. We even see in Hebrews 11:17-19 that Abraham believed God would keep His promise even if it meant that God would raise Isaac from the ashes.

As believers, we should expect that God will test our faith, and we should pray that we will respond correctly. A test of our faith is not really for God’s benefit, as He already knows our hearts, but for our own, so that we evaluate our own spiritual maturity and grow from the experience.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Explore the Bible: November 15


Due to events taking place in our church the Explore the Bible teaching helps for November 15 aren't available. They will resume next week. If you need ideas for teaching this weeks session be sure to visit the following: