1st Devotion in John
I am excited to be preaching through the Gospel of John. We, as one church, will take this journey together. As we study together each Sunday morning, I pray God will prompt you to devotionally study this Gospel in your quiet times. I also pray that over the next few months we would commit to memorize several verses from this divine book. Memorizing the word of God always brings significant change. Gerald L. Borchert tells of his first encounter with the Gospel of John that changed his life:
“When I was in sixth grade and living in Calgary something happened in my life that forever sealed this Gospel into the very core of my being. During that time I was placed in an isolation hospital for nearly a month and told that I would not be able to bring anything out when I emerged—everything would be burned! It was one of those old hospitals that had no telephones or radios in the rooms and certainly no television yet. I was left to myself without any direct means of communication with the outside world and every four hours for days was punctured with penicillin.
Before I departed for the hospital, however, my brother, Don, who is now the chair of philosophy at Ohio University, stuck in my hand a small paperback copy of the New Testament. Little did he know at the time that that book would become my most precious possession in the hospital. In my sense of being cut off from all of my loved ones, I made a promise to God that if people would send me letters, cards, or anything else, I would learn for each communication, a verse from the Bible. By chance or otherwise I chose the Gospel of John, and when I left the hospital I had memorized most of the Gospel.”
May God challenge us as we spend time in the book of John. I’m sure we will not be isolated in the hospital for weeks like Gerald Borchert but spending a few minutes in God’s word each day will draw us near the Savior. Memorizing the word of God always brings significant change.
We can start memorizing the following passages over the next few weeks:
The week of:
July 2 – John 1:1
July 9 – John 1:12
July 16 – John 1:29
July 23 – John 1:41
July 30 – John 2:19