Oak Pointe Church http://www.oakpointe.org Changed by Christ. Changing Our World. Mon, 19 Nov 2018 11:36:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 John 20:30-31 http://www.oakpointe.org/john-2030-31/ Mon, 19 Nov 2018 07:00:30 +0000 http://www.oakpointe.org/?p=43027 Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.

– John 20:30-31

DEVOTION

The miracles of Jesus, as recorded in the four Gospels, are super-natural; but they are precisely the kinds of deeds that we might expect “God in the flesh” to perform to assure us of His true identity. Jesus exercised power over nature, over disease, over demons, and over death. The small sampling of miracles in the Gospels are there for a single purpose: “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God”. The miracles were not man-made myths. They were divine credentials that Jesus was who He claimed to be – the Son of God and Savior of the world.

THE BIG QUESTION

Outside of the things that Jesus said, what other evidence do we have that Jesus was who He said He was? Do you believe in divine miracles? Have you ever experienced a divine miracle in your life? Without the record of these divine miracles, how would we know that Jesus was God’s long-awaited Messiah?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence, reflecting on what God revealed to you today.

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Matthew 7:24-29 http://www.oakpointe.org/matthew-724-29/ Fri, 16 Nov 2018 07:00:38 +0000 http://www.oakpointe.org/?p=42996 Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell with a great crash.” When Jesus finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught as One who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

– Matthew 7:24-29

DEVOTION

The final admonition of the Sermon on the Mount comes by way of a short parable. The wise man not only hears Jesus’ words, but also acts on them. Such a man is building the kind of house that will withstand the storms of life. The foolish man on the other hand, merely hears Jesus’ words, but fails to act on them. While he/she may appear to be quite devoted, the weakness of his/her devotion will be shown when the tests of life pound against his/her life. His house will collapse, and great will be its fall.

THE BIG QUESTION

Why is this parable a fitting end to the Sermon on the Mount? What’s the real difference between wise and foolish builders? What does the foundation of your house (life) look like? What was the reaction of the crowds to Jesus’ teaching? What is your reaction to Jesus’ teaching?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence reflecting on what God revealed to you today.

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Matthew 7:1-5 http://www.oakpointe.org/matthew-71-5/ Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:00:02 +0000 http://www.oakpointe.org/?p=42994 Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

– Matthew 7:1-5

DEVOTION

Here Jesus warns us not to “judge” others. The word used here can mean “to decide, to condemn, to avenge and to damn.” Jesus is telling us that we are not to judge the inward motives of others in the sense of condemning them. We are to exercise discernment when it comes to good and evil. Because of our sin nature we are not in a position to judge or condemn others. If we do this, we will be known as the type of person who is severe in his considerations of others. We must watch out for the spirit of criticism and prejudice. The toxic poison of comparison has shipwrecked many a soul. Instead, we are to view our lives and the lives of others through the lenses of God’s mercy, grace and forgiveness.

THE BIG QUESTION

What does Jesus teach us here about self-awareness? Why is it easier to be critical of others than self-aware? What must you do before you can view others through the lenses of God’s mercy, grace and forgiveness? The self-aware person, who is merciful toward others, will receive similar mercies in return.

Conclude your time in prayer and silence reflecting on what God revealed to you today.

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Matthew 6:25-34 http://www.oakpointe.org/matthew-625-34/ Wed, 14 Nov 2018 07:00:21 +0000 http://www.oakpointe.org/?p=42992 Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

– Matthew 6:25-34

DEVOTION

Worry or anxiety is fear based. In the Gospels, Jesus often says, “Do not be afraid”. In this text, Jesus assures His listeners that God is aware of their needs and is committed to meet their needs. Sometimes we get confused about the difference between needs and wants. Often when we struggle to trust God it is because we don’t know Him well enough. In First John, we are told, “Perfect love casts out all fear!” The only love that is perfect is God’s love for us. Our love for Him is imperfect. Therefore, as we begin to understand and embrace God’s love for us, we supernaturally become less fearful.

THE BIG QUESTION

If you are struggling in your faith, how can you get to know God better? What kinds of “worry” was Jesus warning against here? What’s the difference between being a worrier and being a responsible conscientious person? The Father knows what we need. How do we discern between needs and wants? What are you worrying about today? What can you do to trust God with this matter?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence reflecting on what God revealed to you today.

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Matthew 5:13-16 http://www.oakpointe.org/matthew-513-16/ Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:00:16 +0000 http://www.oakpointe.org/?p=42989 Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

– Matthew 5:13-16

DEVOTION

Here Jesus uses two metaphors to communicate that as His followers we are to have an influence for good in the world. As we live out the eight beatitudes found in Matthew 5:3-11, we will have a profound impact on the world around us! As salt, we influence our world for Christ. As light, we reveal the truth of God in a very dark world. When we are acting as salt and light in this world, we glorify our Father in heaven!

THE BIG QUESTION

As followers of Jesus, we are called to be salt and light in this world. Unfortunately, we don’t always reflect Christ in word and deed. Why is there a tendency to conceal our faith in Jesus? If people do notice our faith, who should it point them to? What adjustments do you need to make to more accurately represent Jesus in this world?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence reflecting on what God revealed to you today.

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Matthew 5:1-12a http://www.oakpointe.org/matthew-51-12a/ Mon, 12 Nov 2018 07:00:35 +0000 http://www.oakpointe.org/?p=42981 Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

Now when He saw the crowds, He went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, and He began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who thirst and hunger for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven…”

– Matthew 5:1-12a

DEVOTION

Moses went up on Mt. Sinai and brought down the Laws of God for the people of Israel. Similarly, Jesus went up to a mountain and delivered the famous “Sermon on the Mount”. Here Jesus laid out the higher law for the new people of God. Most of the themes appear in sharp contrast to the then-present religious system in Israel. Poverty of spirit, in place of spiritual performance and pride; a desire for righteousness that gets to the heart of issues, in place of religious observances that deal merely with external behavior management; a heart that desires to please God in secret, in place of a heart that performs public displays of righteousness in order to be honored by men; a longing to accumulate treasures in heaven, in place of the desire for earthly rewards; a humility that is concerned with my own sin(s), in place of the tendency to see everyone else’s sin(s).

THE BIG QUESTION

In this sermon, Jesus laid out the higher law of the Kingdom of heaven. It showed us that we are not capable, in our own power, to fulfill this higher law. We need a Savior who will provide forgiveness for our failures, and we need the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit to live out these truths. As you look at these eight beatitudes, which one can you relate to the most? Which one do you struggle with the most? What adjustments do you need to make in your life to live out these kingdom principles?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence reflecting on what God revealed to you today.

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John 4:27-30, 39-42 http://www.oakpointe.org/john427/ Fri, 09 Nov 2018 07:00:59 +0000 http://www.oakpointe.org/?p=42973 Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

Just then His disciples returned and were surprised to find Him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” Then leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” They came out of the town and made their way toward Him. Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to Him, they urged Him to stay with them, and He stayed two days. And because of His words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

– John 4:27-30, 39-42

DEVOTION

Jesus’ disciples were troubled that He was talking to a Samaritan woman. None of them dared to say anything to Jesus. The Samaritan woman runs back to the village where she was an outcast and proclaims that perhaps she has met the Messiah. She urges them to come and see this man who offered her living water. Many of the villagers were curious and came out to check out this man who said He was the Messiah. After hearing Jesus speak, many of the villagers from that town believed in Him.

THE BIG QUESTION

What aspect of Jesus did the woman excitedly tell her village about? How was Jesus able to win this woman’s heart? How did her encounter impact the people in her village? How has your encounter with Jesus impacted the people in your sphere of influence? What lessons do you learn from Jesus’ interviews with Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence reflecting on what God revealed to you today.

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John 4:15-26 http://www.oakpointe.org/john-415-26/ Thu, 08 Nov 2018 07:00:48 +0000 http://www.oakpointe.org/?p=42971 Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go,
call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is Jerusalem.” Jesus declared, “Believe Me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and now has come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and His worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth.” The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ)”is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am He.”

– John 4:15-26

DEVOTION

Once again, we see that the Samaritan woman did not understand the type of water that Jesus was offering. Jesus now delves deeper into an issue that lies at the heart of this woman’s inability to understand what He is talking about. He addresses her need for this “living water” by causing her to consider her own sinfulness and depravity. Once He goes there, she changes the subject to religion. We all do this to avoid dealing with heart issues! Then Jesus clearly identifies Himself as the Messiah; the true Water of Life! Now she knows who He is and that He is the One who forgives and gives eternal life.

THE BIG QUESTION

Have you ever changed the subject to religion to avoid real heart issues? What did Jesus want the Samaritan woman to know about Himself and His offer of living water? Jesus was able to go right to the real issue which was her sin. What can we learn from Jesus method here? What does it mean to speak the truth in love? Jesus cared enough about this woman to speak truth to her. Who has God placed in your life that needs to hear the truth concerning “living water”?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence reflecting on what God revealed to you today.

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John 4:4-14 http://www.oakpointe.org/john-44-14/ Wed, 07 Nov 2018 07:00:28 +0000 http://www.oakpointe.org/?p=42967 Quench your spiritual thirst from the "Well of Life", Jesus.]]>

Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

Now He (Jesus) had to go through Samaria. So He came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as He was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to Him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and Who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

– John 4:4-14

DEVOTION

Unlike His interview with Nicodemus, Jesus is now encountering a Samaritan woman with a questionable past. The contrast between Nicodemus and this woman is vast. This shows that Jesus came to save the ultra-religious and the vilest of sinners. We are all in need of God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness! From the story we glean that Jesus intended to be alone at the well at this exact moment in order to interact with this Samaritan woman. Based on her response to Jesus’ request for a drink, we see that she is surprised that He would even talk to her being a Samaritan and a woman. Jews did not associate themselves with Samaritans (they were considered half-breeds) and Jewish men did not communicate with women in public. Jesus breaks through both of these barriers in order to speak to her concerning eternal life.

THE BIG QUESTION

What do we learn from Jesus’ willingness to cross cultural barriers when it comes to sharing the Good News? This conversation began with water. What type of water did Jesus change the focus to? Like Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman struggled to understand Jesus’ analogy. What kind of water was Jesus talking about? Have you quenched your spiritual thirst from the “Well of Life”, Jesus?

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John 3:8-18 http://www.oakpointe.org/john-38-18/ Tue, 06 Nov 2018 02:00:53 +0000 http://www.oakpointe.org/?p=42965 Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

Jesus said, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and you do not understand these things? I tell you the truth, We speak of what We know, and We testify to what We have seen, but still you people do not accept Our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak to you of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the One who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s One and Only Son.”

– John 3:8-18

DEVOTION

Jesus continues His dialogue with Nicodemus. Nicodemus was obviously confused by what Jesus said. Jesus points Nicodemus to an Old Testament story (See Numbers 21:4-9) of Moses to point him to a better understanding. When Moses lifted up that brass serpent on a pole, because of God’s judgment upon the sin of the people, all they had to do for healing and forgiveness was to look at it. As Moses lifted up the serpent, so Christ is going to be lifted up for the spiritual healing of many. Jesus points to Himself as the One who will ultimately reconcile mankind to God. Trusting in the finished work of the Son of Man on the cross is the key to experiencing the “new birth” that Jesus is talking about.

THE BIG QUESTION

How did the O.T. story of Moses help Nicodemus understand Jesus’ statement about being “born again”? According to John 3:16, what must each person do to experience eternal life? What is the difference between “intellectual belief” and “heart-felt faith”? Are you trusting in the finished work of Christ for your soul’s salvation?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence reflecting on what God revealed to you today.

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John 3:1-7 http://www.oakpointe.org/john-31-7/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 02:00:45 +0000 http://www.oakpointe.org/?p=42947 Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born again when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.'”

– John 3:1-7

DEVOTION

Early in His ministry, Jesus two defining interviews that reveal the heart of His message. The meeting with Nicodemus tells us that even highly religious people needed a spiritual rebirth in order to be allowed entrance into the family of God. Then, the meeting with the Samaritan woman tells us that all people have access to the spiritual rebirth that Jesus came to offer. Whether you were especially religious or not, Jesus came to offer you the gracious gifts of God: forgiveness of sins, spiritual rebirth, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and eternal life. In this first interview, Jesus interview Nicodemus. He was a member of the Jewish High Council. He came seeking information about the identity of Christ. Instead Jesus speaks to him concerning the importance of a spiritual “new birth”.

THE BIG QUESTION

What did Jesus very directly tell Nicodemus it would take for him to enter God’s kingdom? Nicodemus was a “moral” (rule keeping) Pharisee. How did he interpret Jesus’ words? What was he misunderstanding? How does it make you feel to know that even very religious people have to enter the kingdom of God the same way as everyone else? What does this passage communicate regarding good deeds and salvation?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence reflecting on what God has revealed to you today.

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John 15:1-8 http://www.oakpointe.org/john-151-8/ Fri, 02 Nov 2018 02:00:45 +0000 http://www.oakpointe.org/?p=42930 Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. You can’t bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

– John 15:1-8

DEVOTION

Here Jesus is communicating to His disciples the importance of them being meaningfully connected to Himself. He emphasizes how the branches (us) must be joined to the Vine (Jesus). For what purpose? For fruit-bearing. The fruit Jesus is referring to here is the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians chapter five: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This is the fruit in the life of a follower of Jesus. Abiding in Christ will produce these attributes of Jesus in our lives so that the world will know that we are Christ’s disciples.

THE BIG QUESTION

How intimate is this connection that Jesus is describing, using the common cultural knowledge of the grapevine? Are you abiding in the Vine? What will it take for you to experience deeper intimacy in your relationship with Jesus?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence reflecting on what God revealed to you today.

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Mark 10:17-22 http://www.oakpointe.org/mark-1017-22/ Thu, 01 Nov 2018 02:00:47 +0000 http://www.oakpointe.org/?p=42928 Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

As Jesus started on His way, a man ran up to Him and fell on his knees before Him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call Me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and your mother.'” “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” He said. “Go, sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

– Mark 10:17-22

DEVOTION

In the above text, Jesus invites this young man to “come follow Me”. Unlike the twelve who dropped everything to follow Jesus, this man walked away sad and unwilling to forsake everything to follow Jesus. Jesus addresses a heart issue with this young man that would keep him from making a deeper commitment to follow Christ.

THE BIG QUESTION

What kept this young man from following Jesus? Why did Jesus bring attention to the young man’s wealth? Despite this young man’s inability to follow, how did Jesus feel towards him? What might be keeping you from experiencing a deeper walk with Christ?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence reflecting on what God revealed to you today.

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Luke 8:1-3 http://www.oakpointe.org/luke-81-3/ Wed, 31 Oct 2018 02:00:21 +0000 http://www.oakpointe.org/?p=42926 Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

BIBLE READING

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the “Good News” of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

– Luke 8:1-3

DEVOTION

There were female followers of Jesus as well as men. Throughout the Gospels, women played a prominent role in the earthly ministry of Jesus. They came from different walks of life and supported Jesus’ mission through sacrificial giving and serving. It was women who were the first witnesses to Christ’s resurrection. Jesus not only entered this world with a radical message of “Good News”, but He broke down the barriers between men and women, Jew and Gentile, rich and poor and the righteous and sinners. His mission was and is all inclusive. Everyone can contribute. Everyone plays a part.

THE BIG QUESTION

How did the religious leaders react to Jesus’ inclusion of women in His ministry? What are some ways that women made a significant impact on Jesus’ ministry? What are some ways that women are making a significant impact on the cause of Christ today? If you are a woman, how has Jesus’ inclusion of women encouraged you today?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence reflecting on what God revealed to you today.

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