Day 1-2 – 52 Weeks of Pursuit

Grace and Truth Church recent sermonsHello, and Happy New Year!

Pastor Ray Stewart here, and by now, I hope there are many of you who have taken up the challenge of reading through the Bible in 52 Weeks! Biblically speaking, the number 40 is the number of testing, and it is said that it takes 40 days to form a habit.  My prayer is that the Lord will magnify in you a heart attitude that truly desires to read His Word. This cannot be just an exercise in reading—you must allow what God has written to pierce your heart.

God’s Word is one of His methods for shaping and molding you into the image of Christ. If this becomes just a reading project alone, all you will gain is information that may “puff you up” with knowledge. The real challenge is to allow what you read in the Bible to be used by God to “create in you a clean heart” that is determined to serve Him. In this way, as you put His Word into practice, God will allow circumstances and situations to mold you into the image of Christ.

We are very happy you made the decision to read the entire bible, and we will be praying for you! Should you have any questions about anything that you read along the way, I am personally available to any questions or concerns you may have. Feel free to reach out to me at 816.304.3823.

Wishing you a new year enriched by the Word of God!

2018-01-05T16:36:39+00:00January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: , , |5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Ms. Wanda January 3, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

    I am extremely excited for those who have taken up this challenge to read through the bible in 52 weeks. I am looking forward to hearing how lives are transformed in 2018 by this year long reading.

  2. Bella Mounce January 10, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Hello everyone, I have a questions, first, angels, were they in human form back in the old testament? there are several verses that they were seen and converse and ate. second, did God appeared to Abram in human form in Chapter 18:1, ? because he was conversing with them, if so, then what about John 1:18 and 1 John 4:12
    then in verse 2, there were 3 men. please explain.

    • Admin January 10, 2018 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      Bella, when angels appeared to men they always appeared in the form of a man and not in the form of an animal, or bird. They always took on the form of a man by going into “celestial” bodies (though they are terrestrial beings), and manifested themselves as men (Genesis 6). Angels always appear as men and never as women. When it says that “the Lord” appeared unto Abraham in Genesis 18:1, it is the “incarnate” Jesus Christ, who is the “word.” It was the same “Word” that they heard in Genesis 3:8, “walking” in the garden in the cool of the day. How does a “voice” walk? When that “Voice” is the “Word” of God! The same is true of the 3 men who appeared at Lot’s door. 2 of them were angels, who took on the form of men, and the 3rd was the “incarnate Word.” You see this with Daniel in the Lion’s den as well. The Word, as we know in John 1, became flesh and dwelt among us, in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. No man has seen the Father (John 1:18 and 1 John 4:12) but, remember what Jesus said in John 14:9 – “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?”

      • Bella Mounce January 10, 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply

        Thank you.
        My other questions was from last week reading, on Gen Chap 6:6,”And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” I understand that the Lord GOD knows everything, then why, He repented and so sad that He made man, He knew that men will become evil, that is why He sent Jesus to redeemed us, so why does He repented? even go further, He knew that Lucifer will become the devil and take 1/3 of the angels with him and now God had to create Hell for the devil. It seems like GOd is saving us from his creation, the devil and hell. wouldn’t it be easier if Lucifer were not created because it all started with him. These are questions that could come up later with unbeliever, and it will be good if I would know the answer.
        Just to clarify, I am grateful that Jesus came to saved me.

  3. Admin January 13, 2018 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Two things that is says here. (1) It repented the Lord. When God repents of something, it means that He changed His mind on something that before He was inflexible about. Yes, God’s omniscience means that he is “all knowing,” but that does not remove the fact that God offers to every man, “free will,” or “volition.” This is true of Lucifer as well.
    When God created Him, He was Lucifer, he became “satan,” as a result of him exercising his “free will.”

    God is never pleased with sin or sinners, so their sin did not change His heart, but it did change the way that He deals with sin. When God “created” man (Adam), He made Him in the “image and likeness” of Himself. That “creation,” God said of him (Gen. 1:31), “it was very good.” So God was not repentant of creating” man, but He was repentant of the sin that man had become, “after his fall.”
    Numbers 23:19 (KJV)
    “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
    And the man that He made, in his “image and likeness” was good, and God was pleased with what He had created, but he fell and lost that “image and likeness,” so that by the time we get to Genesis 6, God is not pleased, with his sin, not His creation.
    (2) It grieved him at his heart. This expression is call “an anthropomorphic expression,” or written so that man can understand it. All of us know what it means to be “brought to grief,” and the expression that Moses uses in writing here, is to help us understand in context. That is what sin does, it brings us to grief.

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