MYW 4.2 Turn the Page
Whiteboard from feedback for the short Bible study
Jn 3 Gospel to Jewish man
Comes to Jesus because of Miracles
Not about mind but Spirit
Old question: God loves the world.
Jesus on the cross/like the serpent.
Jn 4. Gospel to Samaritan Woman
Jesus is lost on the street
Jesus asks and does not tell, intrigues
She needs ‘something more’ in her life
Jesus crosses cultural barriers. Gets attention.
Avoids old religious questions.
No cross reference, just new life in the Spirit
Acts 17a Gospel to Synagogue
Look at Scriptures
Messiah had to suffer and rise
This happened to Jesus
Acts 17b Gospel to Marketplace
You are busy searching
Your culture has some clues.
Let’s focus on your lingering unknown
The Creator of all
Jesus is resurrected so proven Christ.
The group definitely saw the parallels between religious (Jewish) background and non-religious backgrounds.
So we thought
The gospel to the religious should be:
Based on scripture, it is about Holy Spirit not mind, the other way got the messiah crucified, so turn around/born again.
The gospel to the non-religious was:
Do you know what you are longing for, the creator has shown us to seek him, he sent Jesus to be the way, so open up the Spirit he gives.
It blew a few people out of the water to see that neither Jesus nor the apostles said what they would say was the gospel. I think, to be fair, even after those summaries , the group felt that we had a lot more to think about, and that it didn’t finish off our study of these passages. Part of it is that we discovered we didn’t know much about Jews, Samaritans, or Athenians! After all these years of bible studies and sermons!