Saturday, September 26, 2009

USC Bible study

As i mentioned in the last post, UConn Students for Christ holds small "Connection Groups," or Bible studies, at various dorms around campus. I had the opportunity to attend one of these meetings on Wednesday night. It was a girls-only meeting, which I thought was good, because I think it encouraged us to open up more. I have known several of the girls there for awhile now, so it was very comfortable.
Our topic for today was forgiveness, and it was based out of Luke 7:36-50. This passage is the story of the prostitute who washes Jesus's feet with her tears and dries them with her hair. After she does this, she takes a bottle of expensive perfume and pours it out on His feet. There were pharisees there who scorned the woman and didn't understand why Jesus was letting her near Him. When they asked, Jesus told them a parable of two men who owed money to a moneylender. One man owed much more than the other, but neither had the money to pay the moneylender back. The moneylender canceled both of their debts, and at this point Jesus asked the Pharisees which of the men would love the moneylender more. They correctly answered "The one who had the bigger debt canceled" and Jesus compared this situation to that of the prostitute at His feet. She loves much because she was forgiven of many sins.
We discussed how this prostitute, in using her hair and expensive perfume, was actually laying down the instruments of her evil before Jesus. It was a very interesting conversation. Our memory verse for this week is "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9. I will try to keep posting Bible study/sermon topics and references for y'all. Bye for now! God bless!


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