It’s Week 6 of the Believing Jesus Bible Study, and this may be my favorite week of all – such an awesome study with Lisa this week on Peter, Paul, and Barnabas in Acts and the topic of regospeling. In this week’s video you may just fall out of your seat laughing at Lisa’s opening story, and her confession of using a cuss word to a member of her congregation while on staff at a church! No spoilers here – I won’t ruin the surprise element of the story – just watch the video over on Studygateway!
Last week we faced the same conundrum that the early Church did — that our personal preferences get in the way of us being Jesus followers who live the Gospel of Jesus towards others. Sometimes we don’t even see our own biases because we’ve become so accustomed to them that they feel justifiable. Did you find yourself challenged this week as you asked yourself tough questions about discrimination? What did you discover?
I found myself really humbled as Jesus poked around my heart showing me biases long held (and a crummy new one, too) that He wants to tear down.
This is hard and painful for me to write. Since I separated from my now-ex-husband I have held a secret, deep grudge against a certain grouping of men. It’s not a Man-Hater thing — men in general are wonderful. But, because of what my kids and I have gone through I allowed myself to brew up some serious hatred towards men (and women, but mostly men) who have committed adultery. I knew the Lord was knocking on my door about it months ago but honestly I haven’t wanted to deal with it. That grudge felt good! It felt powerful and right. But, recently when my lips automatically curled as a friend revealed that before he met the Lord he regularly cheated on his first wife, my spirit said Houston, we have a problem. This friend had repented more than a decade ago, received forgiveness from the Lord, and experienced redemption in friendship with his ex-wife and in a lot of joy with his second wife. Yet, I was mad for days at him. Mad enough that I didn’t want to be his friend anymore. This week was like God following me around with a billboard that said Why can’t you love those I love? Why are you so mad at My kids when Jesus paid for them just as He paid for you? And, He was right. This week was a huge one for me in our study of discrimination last week!
I needed to hear Lisa’s reminder this week…
It’s not always easy being human, but it goes a lot better if we remember that we are humans who are loved, known, and forgiven. – Lisa Harper in week 6, page 122
All of this ties in perfectly to this week’s study… By the way, how are you doing with your personal daily study? Are you getting into a rhythm of when you go through the study guide and journal your answers to the questions? ~ Laurie, Editor, Faith.Full
This Week’s Study
We’re now in Session Six “The Need to Be ReGospeled”.
1. Read Galatians 2:11-21, Acts 9:26-27, Acts 11:19-30, Acts 15:36-41
2. Watch the video for Week 6 – either on DVD or by video streaming on the internet at StudyGateway (thanks to our friends there for making the free videos available).
3. Go through the discussion questions for Session 6 in the Believing Jesus Study Guide (pages 123-128).
4. For your personal study this week, answer the questions each day in the Believing Jesus Study Guide (pages 129-144, the light blue section).
Here are Days 1-5 in the study guide:
- Day 1: Martha Was Human
- Day 2: Mary Was Human
- Day 3: John the Baptist Was Human
- Day 4: The Disciples Were Human
- Day 5: The Early Believers Were Human
5. Recommended (but optional) reading for this week: Read chapter 8, “The Need to Be ReGospeled” in Believing Jesus – the paperback companion book, not study guide.
Regospel = We have to continually preach the Gospel to ourselves!
Or, as Lisa writes in the study, to “regospel” someone means to remind that person of who he or she is and who Jesus is.
Activity This Week
Lord Jesus, I am a hot mess. You know that! Will you please clean me up and get me back straight running hard after You! ~ Lisa Harper
We all need to be regospeled! I don’t know about you, but if you’re anything like me you’re forgetful of Gospel truths every single day and leak the Holy Spirit daily, too. We’re HUMAN! We need to be reminded of who Jesus is, why He came, who we are to Him, of His omnipotence, and of His worthiness of our devotion and worship, and what He wants us to do with this limited time we have here on Planet Earth.
Spend the next couple of minutes thinking of your top four or five favorite Bible verses, the ones that remind you of who God is and who you are in Christ. When you get home, write each of them on a notecard. Pick one to memorize, and keep the card in your purse, your pocket, or in your car. Hang the other cards in the kitchen or bathroom so that you will be continually reminded of the truth.
Here are a few of our favorites, illustrated in the new Beautiful Word Bible:
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret. – 2 Corinthians 7:10
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. – Psalm 147:3
Prayer for the Week
Jesus, You know us. You know our weakness. You know we’re going to blow it because we’re only humans. We mess up, have skewed thinking, we get into petty squabbles and blow up relationships like Paul and Barnabas, we need to be reminded again and again of Your truths, of Your Gospel, and of our mission. Help us to have humble hearts to hear you and to follow. We love you, Lord. Amen.
As Lisa says in this week’s video, when we make a mistake, we can either back further away from intimacy with Jesus and try to clean ourselves up, or we can lean into him and let him clean us up. Have you heard of the term regospel before? What are your thoughts on this week’s topic? And do share with us what favorite Scriptures come to mind when you’re doing this week’s activity. What are the Scriptures that remind you of who God is and who you are in Christ. Join the conversation right here on our blog.