The church I go to in Thailand is called Grace Church and while I'm here I go along to a bible study group called Joshua Cell group. Over the years the group has been through various challenges, but one of the exciting things for me is to see how a core group of the group members have really grown in their understanding of the Bible and their love for God. Last Friday, I was excited to be able to rejoin this group and be encouraged by the ways that many of them have grown in their understanding of the Bible, the gospel and their faith. During our 'Thank you God' time (where we get to share things that we are thankful to God for over the past week/generally in our lives), one of the guys was sharing how although he has been a Christian now for many years, a recent bible study he had to do in order to prepare for our church's easter celebrations meant that for the first time, he really understood why it was that Jesus had to die on the cross for us. He suddenly realised that we are the ones that should have been on that cross, yet Jesus chose to die in our place. It was a huge revelation to him and has made the truths of the gospel even more amazing. He's now really excited about being a part of the team who are putting together the easter presentation for church this weekend so that he can try and help others to also understand just what it is that Jesus has done for us. Again I was reminded of the importance of helping people to read and understand the Bible for themselves, so that the stories of the Bible can become real and alive in peoples lives.
For those who pray:
- Praise God for all that he has been teaching Mayz
- Pray for the opportunities that we have this easter to be helping others understand what Jesus has done for us on the cross