Category Archives: Past Studies

PORTRAITS of JESUS

Discovering how Jesus described Himself in the Gospel of John

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Did you know that there are many ways to have a portrait made?  Most often we think of a painting or a photograph that captures a very close likeness of an individual.  Usually, a portrait features simply the face or head and shoulders but it also portrays aspects of the subject’s personality as well as the mood or disposition that has been chosen.  An equally viable portrait, however, is one that creates a graphic portrayal through words. This verbal picture can include not only a description of the external appearance of someone but can describe with clarity and insight the varied feelings, aspirations, experiences and character of the one who is being featured.  

While we have no totally accurate portrait of what Jesus looked like physically, His disciple, John, described Him in very helpful and picturesque ways verbally.  John often quoted Jesus own self-portraits when he used the words, “I Am . . .”  These self-descriptions were vitally important to the disciples, as well as to the crowds, as they gradually came to understand who Jesus really was and what He came to this earth to accomplish.   

You are invited to join us during these winter months as we study together these self-portraits of Jesus found in the Gospel written by John.  Your discoveries will enable you to come to know Jesus in a vibrant and life-impacting way.  As God’s Spirit illuminates your mind and stirs your heart, your love for Jesus and for other people, will deepen and grow.  What more could you want?  

©2021 by Marilyn Miller

“I LOVE YOU, O LORD”

A study based on David’s Song of Praise and Trust – Psalm 18 To View or Print Study Guides “I LOVE YOU, O LORD” If someone asked you to list ten or more reasons why you love God, how would you respond? Why don’t you try it? Then you’ll have your answer ready just in…Continue Reading

I’M PRAYING FOR YOU

What do the New Testament Epistles Teach about Prayer?

Before you actually decide to do this particular Bible study you might want to think about it carefully! It has the potential to be very encouraging and comforting, but it could also be quite convicting and challenging. In either case, if it is taken seriously, then it will be life changing. You just might find that God will touch your heart and teach you more than you even imagined about how much He desires to have you, His beloved child, choose to spend time in His presence.
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FINDING DELIGHT IN THE LORD

TO VIEW OR PRINT STUDY GUIDES When you hear the word “delight” or “delightful”, what images come to your mind?  Perhaps you see a tea party or a particularly happy event.  Maybe it is visualizing a stroll along the ocean front with a good friend or relaxing for a few minutes in a hot tub. …Continue Reading

FROM BETHLEHEM TO CALVARY

Meeting Jesus through His story in the Gospel of Luke To View or Print Study Guides Have you ever said to someone, “I would really like to get to know you”?  What would be some of the reasons that would make you feel that way about another person?  What are the ingredients that are intrinsic…Continue Reading

GOD’S PROMISES – THEN and NOW

11 Discovery Lessons Based on the Book of Isaiah To View or Print How often do you use the words “always” and “never”?  They are words that make a big impact when you hear them and often we use them for emphasis and clarity, but rarely can we be sure that they represent the truth. …Continue Reading

THERE’S HOPE FOR YOU!

Discovering New Testament HOPE To View or Print It has been said that “we can live 40 days without food, 8 days without water, 4 minutes without air, but only a few seconds without hope.”   What is it about hope that makes it so essential to our lives?  Surely it is not simply the capacity…Continue Reading

DID YOU HEAR WHAT JESUS SAID?

An opportunity to focus on what Jesus had to say as recorded in Matthew’s Gospel – To View or Print Study Guides Would you agree that words are “singularly the most powerful force available to humanity”? What a person says, along with how it is said, can heal or hurt, can build up or destroy,…Continue Reading

Who, ME? . . . Yes, YOU!

A 10 week study focused on listening for the voice of God To View or Print Study Guides Excuses, excuses, excuses!  Would you agree that most of us became very skilled in the “art of excuse-making” as teenagers?  Whether it was school work, cleaning up the bedroom or coming in past the curfew, it became…Continue Reading