Faith You Can Touch
Posted by adventbiblestudy on August 23, 2013
Faith You Can Touch
Written by Dennis Herman
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We live in a world of choices. We can:
- Pursue God
- Remain neutral
- Run away from God
- Oppose God
Although the world leads us to believe we have freedom to choose, there are only two possible outcomes:
- Eternal life
- Eternal death
“Faith You Can Touch” is a collection of twenty short stories about people who met Jesus. Some came to be healed from sickness and/or a lack of faith. Some tried to combine what Jesus taught with traditions they grew up with. A few walked away thinking Jesus was asking too much. Of course there were the religious leaders who opposed Jesus every step of the way. How do lessons recorded in the Bible relate to us today? How do we find the deeper meaning in God’s Word?
Many times it is a simple process of identifying words and phrases the author repeated. The author is using the simple technique of repetition to draw attention to the main point. These stories include lessons from Mark’s Gospel showing how Jesus taught this simple method to His disciples. The author of this book, Dennis Herman, illustrates this simple method of study by using colors to show key words in scripture and explains how to locate associated scripture to reveal the spiritual meaning.
Unfortunately the use of color makes a printed version of these books too expensive to properly market. Taking advantage of the latest technology makes this book possible at a price everyone can afford. The use of color helps the main theme and key words jump off the page. Finding supporting scripture becomes much easier. Identifying context is also explained. The bottom line is, these books will teach you how to study on your own.
Remaining neutral may seem like an option, but actually puts you at the mercy of other people remaining neutral, running away, or opposing God. The only safe route on the road of life is to learn to study His Word on your own.
While writing these books on the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, lessons took their own twists and turns. The series on Matthew looks into personalities of people who came to Jesus. The book looks at some of the behind the scenes people. What was their relationships with family and friends before they met Jesus? Why did they go to Jesus? What did Jesus teach them during their encounter? How did Jesus change their lives? Although times and names have changed, human emotions remain consistent. These stories still reflect on our time and lives. We still have needs, a reason to go to Jesus.
When I began writing on Mark’s Gospel, the main idea was to write new stories while looking into the lessons through the eyes of a new believer. How do stories recorded over 2000 years ago still effect our lives? More importantly, how does modern Christian religion, views, doctrines, and traditions reflect on those stories today?
Everyone will agree, Mark’s writing style is unique. He has a way of jumping from one subject to another in a quick orderly succession. Order is the key. Once the key words are highlighted, a new, deeper pattern emerges.
The parable of the sower has always been one of my favorites. I have written a number of studies showing the parable of the sower reveals how Jesus used this and other parables to teach everyone how to study the Bible using simple word searches. While writing on Mark’s Gospel line by line, it became evident, Jesus was teaching His disciples how to understand all scripture. His lessons were taught using a sequence of events following the parable of the sower. Mark chapters 4 to 8 show how Jesus used repetition to teach His disciples how to understand scripture. These lessons are highlighted and explained in the book, “Understanding Parables According To The Gospel Of Mark Chapters 1 to 8.”
It often seems today’s Christian world is stuck on sermons and lessons derived from children’s stores to the degree they have become nothing more than cliches with little depth or meaning. This makes it almost impossible for the Christian world to accept any new concepts derived from the Bible, even though those concepts were widely accepted and taught 150 years ago. Something has manipulated the world’s thinking. Christianity has married the world. The message Jesus gave His disciples to preach has been lost. God’s Word has been replaced by entertainment. While religious leaders search for one answer to solve all the world’s problems, it has been sitting right in front of them all this time. Jesus never came to fix this world. He came to save it, one person at a time. The majority of Jesus’ time was spent on individual ministry. His personal touch is the legacy Jesus left behind. Nothing has changed. The fact still remains, a close personal relationship with Jesus is what He died for. This is the essence of the lesson taught in the series of books from Matthew and the second book written on Mark’s Gospel, “Jesus Teaches About Relationships The Gospel Of Mark Chapters 9 – 16.”
In the ninth chapter of Mark it became evident Jesus’ message was taking on a whole new meaning. Jesus had to teach His disciples the most important lesson required to understand scripture. Understanding requires a close, personal relationship with God and His Spirit. Jesus used a number of examples showing how much He desired a close relationship with everyone. How many people accepted Jesus’ invitation? Can you name them? The answer may surprise you. Then again, it may not. The fact remains, establishing a close relationship with Jesus takes more than knowing His name.
- Faith You Can Touch
Matthew 1:21 Call His Name Jesus
Matthew 4:23-25: Jesus Begins His Ministry
Matthew 9:1-8 Paralytic
Matthew 12:38-42 Ask for a Sign
Matthew 15:29-39 Jesus Feeds Thousands Again
Matthew 17:14-21 Heal My Son
Matthew 19:13-15 Jesus Blesses the Children
Matthew 21:18-22 Withered Fig Tree
Matthew 24:37-42 Like in the Days of Noah
Matthew 25:1-13 Ten Virgins
Matthew 26:17-30 Last Supper
Matthew 27:45-50 Jesus Dies on the Cross
Mark 1:16 20 Jesus Calls Simon and Andrew, James and John
Mark 4:21-25 Light Will Shine
Mark 6:45-56 Jesus Walks on Water
Mark 8:10-21 Jesus Asks Why The Disciples Cannot Understand
Mark 10:32-45 Jesus Tries to Explain Prophecies Again
Mark 11:19-25 Have Faith In God
Mark 13:11-14 Desecration Standing Where It Should Not Be
- Mark 15:40-47 Jesus Is Buried
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