2 Corinthians 13 : 14

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13 : 14, NIV)

This is my prayer for you all as we come to the close of Biblical Challenge.

John 14 : 13

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father (John 14 : 13, NIV)

The ultimate aim of all that we ask of Jesus in his name should always be that THE SON MAY BRING GLORY TO THE FATHER.

Psalm 32 : 1

1Our God, you bless everyone whose sins you forgive and wipe away. (Psalm 32 : 1, The Contemporary English Version)

We often greet people with the words ‘God bless you’ (GBU). This verse gives us one indication as to whom God blesses.

Luke 2 : 52

52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:52, NIV)

When he was twelve years old, Jesus grew in wisdom (mental, emotional, volitional), in stature (physical), in favour with God (spiritual) and in favour with men (social). How are we growing?

Job 29 : 15 -16

I was eyes to the blind
and feet to the lame,
Father to the needy,
and champion of abused aliens. (Job 29:15-16, The Message)

Do we as individuals and as local churches follow the example of Job who gave this personal testimony?

John 10:14-15

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:14-15, NIV)

We have such a wonderful shepherd. How well do we know him?

Hebrews 13:8

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8, NIV)

2011 will bring changes in many aspects of our lives. Some of these may not seem too welcome. However, we will not face them alone because Jesus Christ, who never changes, will be with us to see us through the new situations.

2 Corinthians 9:15

‘Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!’ (2 Corinthians 9:15, NIV)

The gift, of course, is Jesus Christ. Other versions of the Bible describe the gift as: ‘priceless’, ‘beyond words’ and ‘too wonderful for words’. And so, each day of 2011, whatever the circumstances may be, our waking thoughts can always be ‘Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!’

John 3 : 16

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NIV)

During this season of Christmas and the New Year, it is good for us to remind ourselves of both God’s gift to everyone in the world – HIS ONE AND ONLY SON – and of our condition – PERISHING OR HAVING EVERLASTING LIFE.