Hello, this week our thoughts are based on “Give us today our daily bread” and Jesus’ teaching that “Man shall now live on bread alone, but on every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. There was once a Junior weekend entitled “The Word is not enough” but there aren’t any recordings from that online (more cassettes and mini-discs still to trawl through methinks), so this week’s talk comes from a pseudo-virtual weekend, 2015’s Truth Follow Grow which was to have been an ex-student weekend but it was cancelled due to lack of bookings. However, I used some of the material from it for talks in school. Enough of an introduction, let’s focus on Jesus.
Bible Reading: John 8:31, 32: 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’
What does Truth mean to you?
Jesus said “I am the Truth”, and that God’s Word is the Truth (John 14:6 and 17:17) – how does that affect your life, your thinking, your speaking?
Does “God’s Word is Truth” get lost in a melee of other things that claim to be true in our world?
How do we stand on the truth in 2020?
Talk: Truth, by Geoff, TFG meeting from ….? not sure. the bit about the number of chapters and psalm 118 is not right.
According to independent research, the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Biblecontains 1189 chapters; Psalm 117 is the 595th; there are 594 chapters before Psalm 117, and 594 after it. Thus, it is 117, not 118, that is the centre chapter of the Bible.
What’s the link between “Give us our daily bread” and all this “God’s word is true” stuff? The bread of God’s word is freely available, we don’t need to ask for it and yet so many Christians are starving because 1/ we don’t read it and 2/ when we do, we don’t really believe it (we don’t stand on it in faith). The challenge this week is to take something that you know is in God’s Word that you have ignored or decided is not true and choose to believe it and live as if it is true. Cos it is.
Monthly Challenge 2: Get some old material and make yourself a colourful T-shirt/shirt/blouse. Here’s how. Post up to three photos on the TFG Massive Facebook page of you wearing the shirt – make it as ridiculous as you like with different patches of material . Photos need to all be posted on or before Friday May 29th.
Prayer: Between Ascension (last Thursday) and Pentecost (next Sunday) there is a call to pray “Thy Kingdom Come” for our nation. More details here Spend some time praying that part of the Lord’s Prayer for your town, school, workplace, family now. Then pray that you will be nourished by the daily bread of God’s Word too.
My thinking for next week or the one after is to do something different. Pizza Prayer was a big thing in TFG once upon a time, with people coming to the basement to eat Pizza and pray for their year groups. Maybe we could do that virtually too? We might try that in the next few weeks as I say, meantime have a good week!