The lesson taught on June 21, 2020 was part 1 of "John's Gospel" study. Wayne reviewed the materials he would like us to use to support our study of John's gospel which are attached to this lesson so you may download them. Matthew 22 laid the foundation to talk about the three invitations that God used appealing to Israel using the wedding analogy. The first calling was when Christ came. The second calling was after his crucifixion during the Acts period. The third calling was after the destruction of the temple in AD. 70 and this was called the highways ministry. The highways calling is to whosoever and include the Gentiles which is what we will learn by studying the gospel of John. We want clarity on what is our calling today and what hope of inheritance we should focus on. This will contrast quite well with the highways calling that provides life in Christ. Once a person is saved in Christ, they have everlasting life. If you want to pursue more excellent things after your salvation, that is what PAul the prisoner was given in the Mystery for us today. Wayne finishes the lesson on a chart that was created by Charles Welch that does a fine job comparing the calling of John and The Mystery that was revealed by PAul the prisoner. The scripture reading was from Proverbs 8:22-36 KJV
"22 The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. 23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. 24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: 26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. 27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; 31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. 32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. 34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. 36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death."