First and foremost it is a ________. It starts with “in the beginning” and finishes with “when time shall be no more”.
The N.T. scholar, Tom (N.T.) Wright, says it is helpful to think about the story of the Bible like a play. It has a beginning and an end, it has a plot line, and you can divide it into five acts.
Act one: Creation Genesis 1–2.
Act two: the Fall Genesis 3-11.
Act three: the chosen nation of Israel
God chose to use people from this little country of Israel to rescue the world. He gives them an identity as his chosen people, and a way of life. This has led to a lot of confusion for people of our day when they read books like Leviticus. They wonder, What’s the deal with all the strange laws and regulations in the Old Testament?
Both Testaments are primarily concerned with the human __________.
Act four: the life and ministry of Jesus (Luke 24:27)
Act five: the church
Our current story on earth is preparing us for eternity.
James’ teaching has several implications.
James assumes that every Christ follower who receives his teaching is an active part of a ______ _______ ________ who does life together.
2. The person who is distressed should have enough _________ to believe that when they do call the elders of the church and they do begin to pray for God’s intervention in their life, that God may do a _______________.
3. We are taught how to pray.
a. When you’re concerned about someone, express your deepest __________ ______________ to God.
b. Be mindful of the follow-up prayer.
Here are some personal comments to two groups of people.
We should always ask.
Sometimes the ____________ doesn’t come. (2 Corinthians 12)
Did you know that ancient Celtics Christians likened the Holy Spirit to a wild goose, which cannot be tracked nor tamed? Today, Rev. Todd Fetters shares with us about the unpredictable, spirit-guided ministry journeys of the Apostle Paul.