I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”– John 16:33
John 16:33 records Jesus’ final words to his disciples before his arrest. Last words are always precious. These words given by Jesus are doubly so. Luther wrote of them in a letter to Melanchthon, “Such a saying as this is worthy to be carried from Rome to Jerusalem upon one’s knees.”
Jesus does not continue his chastising words of 16:31–32 but instead supplies comfort and reassurance. His exhortation was for their benefit since the days to come will be difficult for each of them. He has already referred to peace (14:27) and joy (16:20, 22) as two gifts belonging to his followers, but these must be seen together with the struggle (niv “trouble”) and conflict they have in the world. Discipleship is about learning how to discover peace when surrounded by threat, how to possess tranquility despite those hostile to your faith. The solution is “courage” (Gk. tharseo, 16:33b; niv “take heart!”). This word occurs only here in John but is used in the Synoptics to describe the attitude Jesus sought in the disciples during the Galilee storm (Matt. 14:27; Mark 6:50). It was also the word given by the Lord to Paul in Jerusalem when he was surrounded by enemies (Acts 23:11). Despite the circumstances, the victory of Jesus (“I have overcome the world”) outweighs the jeopardy of the present crisis. -NIV Application Commentary
A word from you…
January always brings to mind the first snow fall.
When you walk outside and see the world blanketed in
snow it seems to mute all the sounds around you.
In that moment there is a sense of a quiet peace.
I love that feeling.
Start this year with HIM
In regards to your Bible Study time…how many times have you used the excuse “I don’t have time”? We know there is endless appointments, endless homework (maybe that is yours and the kids’), endless piles of laundry…the list goes on. We encourage you to try two different opportunities for quick, daily study. One, is “IF:EQUIP“. Your Women’s Ministry Team just finished the Advent Study they provided in December. It was delivered right to our email every morning with a short, filled with content exchange with God. The second is the “First5” App. It is an app for your smartphone. This app even has an alarm in it! Literally takes 5 minutes or less to read these AMAZING exchanges with God. The best way to give Him the first 5 minutes of your day!
ALSO…we have Bible studies available on and off campus:
-Joy of Living, continues their study in Hebrews at 9:30am in Room 206. For more information contact Suzanne Wylie, 865-408-9426
-REFIT® will transform your life through cardio & toning exercise followed by devotion & prayer. For more information, contact Sabrina Stamper 865-755-1733. Meets in room 219 at 6:00pm.
-Ladies Bible Study, Armor of God, a seven-week study by Priscilla Shirer, begins Wednesday, January 27 at 6:00 pm. Led by Priscilla Hill in room 208.
–Girls of Grace will begin a new study on Thursday, January 28 at the home of Robin White, 2670 Hirst Circle, LC. This study title is “He Speaks to Me” by Priscilla Shirer.
For more information, contact Barbara Slaven at 865-719-0358.
Don’t forget to get signed up for the Spring Retreat coming up April 22-24. The February 17 deadline is fast approaching!
LOOKING AT 2016
February 5-6 – IF:Gathering Register here for events. Search IF:FBCLC in zip code 37772.
February 13 – Women At The Well “Polar Bear Walk” – Help them reach their goal of $20,000 this day by sponsoring a student walking.
April 22-24 – Spring Retreat
November 12 – 3rd Annual Women’s Expo
Monthly – IF:TABLE
Scatterings – Pinterest® Craft Nights, Cookie Exchanges, Mission/Outreach Projects
Follow us on our Facebook page, check back here or the First Baptist Church Lenoir City website for opportunities.