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LAZARUS DID IT!  HOW ABOUT YOU?

BIBLE STUDY FOR OCTOBER 7-14, 2018

DR. THOMAS Q. ROBBINS, Teacher

            John 12:1-2, and 11-12

           In today's lesson, Dr. Thomas Q. Robbins takes us to the story of Lazarus in the 12th chapter of the book of John.  The raising of Lazarus from the dead is a familiar biblical account to all of us.  But Thomas Q. Robbins points out some less common facts regarding what happened to Lazarus after the miracle took place. 

          One of these less known facts is that many Jews had become believers as a result of the miracle and left their Jewish faith.  Another fact is that the Jewish leaders had every intention of assassinating Lazarus, a worthy model for the Church today and for each of us as individuals when it comes to our responsibility of being a witness for the Gospel.

          When we take our relationship with Jesus Christ seriously we will experience opposition and have to pay a price for our faithfulness to the Lord.  Lazarus is a good model for us.  He used the powerful tool of hospitality for witness just as Jesus showed hospitality to Zachaeus.  Another excellent tool Lazarus used in his witness to others was showing in his everyday life that “he was a friend” of Jesus. 

          We search and try to perfect so many different methods and paths to become a more effective witness for Jesus Christ.  In this lesson, Thomas Q. will make some suggestions we may have not considered as he shows us how Lazarus influenced others for Jesus after having been made alive by Christ – and by doing so -- put himself in jeopardy.  We’re studying John 12, verses 1 to 2 and 11 to 12.  The lesson is titled Lazarus Did It?  How About You?    

           As you listen to the message, think about what kind of friend you are to Jesus Christ?  How does your life show this friendship?  When we take our relationship with Jesus Christ seriously we will experience opposition and have to pay a price for our faithfulness to the Lord.  Amazingly that's been the case for over 2,000 years.

          Lazarus is a good model for us.  He used the powerful tool of hospitality for witness just as  Jesus showed hospitality to Zachaeus.  Another excellent tool Lazarus used in his witness to others was showing in his everyday life that “he was a friend” of Jesus.  Good listening and thank you for your visit.

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Something To Consider

Scripture makes an incredible assertion: "God lives in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God and those who confess him live in God."  You mean to tell me that "confessing that one believes that God lives in us and we live in God" is all it takes?   That doesn't make sense!  It just doesn't compute in my 21st Century world!  Do you know why you think that?   It’s impossible to accept this beautiful truth if you only use logic or reason.  Such truth can only can be accepted and believed -- made real -- through simple faith.   (I John 4:16)   -Thomas Q