When Encountering Jesus Isn’t What You Expect

During the Lenten season, I invited you to read the entire Bible in 40 days (sounds crazy, I know. Click here to download the free reading guide). We glimpsed God’s story at a breathtaking 40,000 feet. Themes popped off the page I hadn’t noticed before. Stories I had typically glazed over were brought to life once again. I learned things about God and myself during those 40 days that I’m still chewing over.  And I am busting at the seams with a love for God’s Word like never before.

While it was breathtaking to read Scripture at such a broad view, many of those who read along wanted to slow down and dive deep.

Well, me too! Me too!

That’s why I’m inviting you and your friends to go on another wild adventure with me through God’s Word this summer. I’m so excited to be diving into the Bible.

And I want you to come with! We’re going to explore the Gospel of John and the Book of Genesis in depth over twelve weeks.

Beginning today, we will spend the next six weeks studying the Gospel of John using the accompanying DVD Bible Study: Pursuing God’s Beauty: Stories from the Gospel of John. After John wraps up, we will be dive into Genesis, using the accompanying DVD Bible study: Pursuing God’s Love: Stories from the Book of Genesis.

We want to make this as affordable as possible for you. That’s why we’re offering a Summer Bible Study Special—the DVDs and Participant Guide Workbooks for BOTH Pursuing God’s Beauty and Pursuing God’s Love for only $40.00 (regularly $73.96). Click here to purchase your Summer Bible Study Special today.

Each week, we’ll read a handful of chapters from the Gospel of John, watch a session from Pursuing God’s Beauty: Stories from the Gospel of John DVD, interact with the five days of homework, listen in each Thursday with a live interview on Midday Connection (click here to subscribe), and discuss what you’re learning along the way at MargaretFeinberg.com, on Twitter, and on Facebook. For my fellow blogging friends, each Thursday you can link up your posts as you share what God’s teaching you through His Word.

Here’s your homework for Week One: Encountering Jesus:

1. Watch Session One (Encountering Jesus) on Your Pursuing God’s Beauty DVD (18 minutes) and begin working through the homework. (See below)

2. Read John 1-3.

3. Come back to MargaretFeinberg.com on Thursday, the same day you can enjoy the Midday Connection podcast on the session, to discuss what God’s revealing to you along the way.

If you have a blog, consider linking up with MargaretFeinberg.com each Thursday and share what God is teaching you through the Gospel of John!

As an extra special gift to you and a sneak peek to what we can look forward to in the weeks ahead, below, you’ll find Session One: Encountering Jesus from the Pursuing God’s Beauty DVD. To purchase the Summer Bible Study Special (which includes the DVDs and Workbooks for BOTH Pursuing God’s Beauty and Pursuing God’s Love, click here).

(RSS Subscribers, click here to view session one).

FOR DISCUSSION: Answer the following questions as a comment to this blog post. Feel free to ask questions, reply to others’ comments, and post prayer requests.

  • How did you first encounter the person of Jesus Christ? (Page 14) Share your story below as a comment.
  • Will you also share the first name or first initial of someone you are praying will encounter Christ? We would love to pray with you.


Read Thursday’s post from week one, here.

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Want to catch up on the online #SummerBibleStudy at MargaretFeinberg.com? Here are the links to the Pursuing God’s Beauty: Stories from the Gospel of John Online Bible Study Posts:



Session Three: MONDAY | THURSDAY