Small Group Recap (7/12/06) & Memory Verse - Matthew 4:23
On Wednesday we read John 11:1-44. It's the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. It's not just a story about an incredible miracle, Jesus reinforced that the Kingdom of God is a present and future reality. When Jesus told Martha, "Your brother will rise again." Martha replied, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Martha understood that God's glory would be made known on the last day because Jesus had said it earlier (John 6:39-40). However, Jesus corrects her and says, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live..." Jesus clarifies her understanding of the Kingdom of God. It's both a present and future reality. Every time we see God's glory in the present, we are getting a glimpse of the future Kingdom of God that will come on the last day. At small group, we laid hands on Holly and prayed for healing for her borderline diabetes.
You guys are really doing a great job memorizing these Bible verses! This week's memory verse is Matthew 4:23.
Matthew 4:23 (NIV)
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
Matthew 4:23 (NLT)
Jesus traveled throughout Galilee teaching in the synagogues, preaching everywhere the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed people who had every kind of sickness and disease.