Sunday Bible Study: John 1:1-18
As we come to the end of our journey to the manger of the Christ child in Bethlehem, our Bible study gave us an opportunity to reflect and discuss the presence of God in Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. We specifically examined the idea of God's action in the world and in our lives through God's sacred gifts of Light and Life.
We read our Scripture passage (John 1:1-18) and discussed the meaning of the images of "Word," "life," and "light;" and how God's action of love and restoration is for all people. We also compared the Scripture passage in John's Gospel account to the opening verses of Genesis (Gen. 1:1-5) as God creates the world; and Proverbs (Prov. 8:22-31) in the description of Wisdom's account of presence and participation in all creation. The Scripture from John's Gospel account doesn't simply echo these ideas, but connects these ancient understandings of God to what is happening in the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ, and therefore, how our lives are changed because of Jesus Christ's presence among us.
For continuing study on your own, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below): read "What is important to know" and reflect on the meaning and influence of "the worshipping community" in your life; how can you "see into the heart of God, the Father" by be given the gifts of grace, Jesus Christ, and vision, as described in the section, "Where is God..."; and read "So What does this mean..." and reflect on "how Love brings God into your neighborhood" and how the idea of Love in your life might give you courage to go into the world to help others.
Below you will find the study guide for your own review and reflection: