* In many cases, given the culture at the time, this was extraordinary. Jesus was often primarily interested in the faith of the person, this was most important to him, rather than their special needs or disabilities. One in five children and young people have an additional need or disability of some kind, and for many their additional/special needs or disabilities are lifelong and so continue into their adult life. Connect with Mark Arnold at www.theadditionalneedsblogfather.com, www.additionalneedsalliance.org.uk, www.urbansaints.org/additionalneeds. Each encounter reveals something about the nature of Christ, enabling the reader to more deeply understand His mission as well as His revelation of God. Originally published as an eSeries, Encounters with Jesus focuses on several of these meetings — including with a skeptical student, a religious insider, an outcast, even Jesus’ mother — and shows how the central events in Jesus’ life provide ways for us to encounter him again or for the first time. It is helpful to see what Jesus modelled for us when it comes to relationships with people who have disabilities, what he did that we could follow. He healed some, rebuked others, and encouraged those … The sheep and the goats. Jesus’ encounters with religious leaders. ncounters with Jesus restores Jesus’ compelling encounters with people back into their Middle Eastern context. Also, send me the Family Newsletter and special offers. He didn’t expect people to come and find him in the temple, he went out to them. No man spoke like Jesus spoke, and Jesus greatly impacted those he encountered. In Luke 5:17-26 Jesus is speaking to a room full of people when some friends bring a man who couldn’t walk to see him. The people who met Jesus Christ in person faced the same big life questions we face today. and whether there are special needs or disabilities, or not…. It includes modern day encounters with Jesus via dreams, visions, visitations, near-death experiences, and other spiritually transformative experiences, as well as historical encounters. Jesus usually met people on their own turf. Jesus met with people where they were, in the street, in the market, by the lake, wherever people gathered. by I Gordon. The "Angel" who appeared to an Egyptian slave named Hagar. Originally from Egypt, Hagar lived first … I believe that one of the most amazing things about Jesus’ ministry is the way in which he dealt with people here on Earth. This work will tell of individuals in the gospels who had a personal, real life Jesus encounter. Your personal encounters with Jesus will compel you to speak in his name. Reveals the gross parts of us. Five strangers with nothing in common are forced to come together at a remote roadside eatery because of a road closure. Focusing on the encounters Jesus had with people during his ministry, he demonstrates how those who seek Christ now differ little from those whose stories we learn about in the Gospels: Peter, Nicodemus, Mary, the Samaritan leper, even Judas. The vast majority of all supernatural encounters with God/Jesus of all kinds in the Bible were ambushes initiated by God. Michael Lee Farley is an author, entrepreneur, musician and keynote speaker. Just because someone came to Jesus, or was brought to him, who had special needs or disabilities, he didn’t automatically assume that what they wanted was healing. One of my subscribers wrote to me and shared a story so powerful, I had to make a video out of it. All who believe in Jesus are full members of his kingdom. People, I think, that tell us a lot about not only the story of the passion, and the incredible intensity of the mood and emotions; but I think encounters in Jesus passion is a story about humanity. Encounters with Jesus Each one of us needs an encounter with Jesus! The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 1 (Luke 19:1-10), Bible Storying Series - Teaching The Story Of God Chronologically. Church and ministry leadership resources to better equip, train and provide ideas for today's church and ministry leaders, like you. It involves connecting your faith with people’s experience in a way that they can understand it, in their own time and manner. Jesus turned first to his disciples and warned them, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees—their hypocrisy. The gospels record some fascinating stories of Jesus' interaction with people. Jesus seemed to relish His conversations with all of these, from a despised tax collector (Zaccheus) to a respected Pharsee (Nicodemus) to the thief on the cross. Again, Jesus treats them with respect and dignity, allowing them to follow him indoors where he could spend time with them, listening to them. “Encounters with Jesus: A Teacher” Introduction: In Jesus’ life here on Earth he said and did amazing things. He often would spend time asking them what they wanted from him. Susie has contributed to several p... More. His name was Nicodemus. Here's How Jesus Calls Us to Engaged a... As I write this, our nation faces a time of great social... Expect plenty of storms in remarried life. These groups were touched, influenced, taught, reprimanded, and even rebuked by Jesus. In one provocative parable, Jesus says that when he comes in all his glory … It was Bartimaeus’ choice. Jesus Encounters: Jesus, Jairus and a desperate woman. Published by Dutton. 2. She frequently teaches or speaks at women's Bible studies or events. Publication date: November 2013. Your … Encounters with Jesus This collection looks briefly at forty-one encounters between Jesus and various people from Luke's Gospel. Because the Old Testament was explicit about teaching Scripture to “sons” (Deuteronomy 4:9, New A… (See also my blog post, ‘Faith More Important Than Healing’). The gospels record some fascinating stories of Jesus' interaction with people. His very first book and companion CD, Jesus and Me, Encounters with the Christ will be an experience in stories, art and song. There is a subtle rhythm to the way we live. In first-century Palestine, a woman’s social sphere was only as large as her family. To find out more about how Mark and his work can help you, contact him at: marnold@urbansaints.org  or  @Mark_J_Arnold. This website is dedicated to life-changing encounters with Jesus. He wanted Jesus to heal his servant, who was not with him but at home. Amid many texts in the gospels that provide more lengthy interactions of women with Jesus, there are four brief stories, often overlooked, that express Jesus’ concern for women. Susie earned a Masters in Christian Leadership and a Masters of Arts in Theology from The Criswell College, Dallas, TX. This series emphasizes the love and compassion of Christ for humanity and His creation. In the story we’ve just looked at regarding the Roman Centurion and his servant, Jesus comments about the faith of the Centurion, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith” (Matthew 8:10). Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Patheos’s Partners, When You And Your Spouse Are In Different Spots Emotionally. Jesus encountered several people in his passion. Once again Jesus is on the road, and he heard a man crying out to him “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!” There was a crowd going along with Jesus, but he heard the man and stopped, and very importantly, he asked the man a question “What do you want me to do for you?”. Jesus' interactions with women are an important element in the theological debate about Christianity and women.Women are prominent in the story of Christ Jesus.He was born of a woman, had numerous interactions with women, and was seen first by women after his resurrection.He commissioned the women to go and tell his disciples that he is risen, which is the essential message of Christianity. Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world. In Mark 10:46-52 we see Jesus’ encounter with Bartimaeus, a man who was blind. A little later in Matthew’s Gospel (9:27-31) Jesus encounters two men who were blind. Jesus responds to people who believe they are religious and deserve heaven by saying that their outward religiosity is detestable to God and the only thing God desires is that they would exercise their faith by obeying the command of God- to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. Now it feels like a bummer to start a series called Encounters with Jesus by talking abot a group of people who encountered Jesus and left unchanged. The man was blind, the crowd must have wondered why Jesus asked this question, but Jesus didn’t assume that he knew what the man wanted. Much has been made of Jesus’ challenging remark at the beginning of the encounter: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24, ESV). They were the leading citizens – yet Jesus criticised them and exposed their hypocrisy. He was loving, caring, and treated people with dignity. It is easy for children, youth, and families workers, as well as church leaders, to be uncertain about how to appropriately support people with special needs and disabilities, with it being common to see churches either totally ignoring this part of our community or overwhelming them. This is true for anyone, regardless of their additional needs or disabilities, who believe in him. Happy New Year: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives, 4. Directed by David A.R. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here you will catch a glimpse of both the sheer authority and the intimate compassion of Jesus Christ. When it comes to Jesus’ manner of evangelism, Jesus connected with people on a personal basis. With Bruce Marchiano, Steve Borden, Jaci Velasquez, Jamie Nieto. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. There are many stories of encounters with Jesus throughout the Gospels, including people with a wide range of special needs and disabilities meeting him; indeed 25 of the 34 miracles recorded in the Gospels involve Jesus interacting with people with disabilities. John 3:16 doesn’t use the word “whoever” accidentally! Jesus often clashed with the Jewish religious leaders. Jesus asked about their faith, and only when they had answered that they did indeed believe in him did he then heal them. New York Times bestselling author of The Prodigal Prophet Timothy Keller explores how people are changed by meeting Jesus personally—and how we can be changed encountering him today. Here you will be encouraged to both trust and love him as you put yourself in these encounters. Jesus Plus Nothing Bible Studies. The study today is taken from Mark 5:21-43 and focuses on a couple of very needy people. In this 10-part ebook series, available as a hardcover book in Fall 2013, Timothy Keller explores these encounters and how they can still address our questions and doubts today. *Barrier-Free Friendships by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Jensen, “Imitating Christ in Friendship”, Zondervan Publishing House, 1997. p. 41. Jesus thought first about a person’s salvation. The first step in the New Evangelization must be the personal encounter of individual Catholics with the Lord Jesus, in the power of his Presence. Take for example the story in Mark 7:31-35 of the man described as deaf and mute. Take for example the story in Mark 7:31-35 of the man described as deaf and mute. Get updates from Not Alone: Special-Needs Parenting delivered straight to your inbox. The book contextually restores twelve “familiar” Lukan passages—return to Nazareth, Simon, the leper, the paralytic, calling of Levi, the demoniac, Jairus, the bleeding woman, and more—in an engaging narrative story-telling format. “And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem,” (Acts 9:28). Jesus interacted with all kinds of people. Maybe there is a lesson there for us too in how we view people, all people, and what we see as the primary purpose of ministry; whether it is with children, young people, families or adults (or everyone together!) Identity Politics vs. Transactional Politics. Encounters with Jesus is a series of ten accessible, winsome, well-articulated sermons on different personal meetings with Jesus in the Gospels. So let me close by talking about one Pharisee who did believe. A Canaanite (Gentile) woman’s faith was rewarded when her daughter was healed. As a result of the work of the people of the Archdiocese and the Synod participants, over the next several years the Archdiocese of New Orleans is committed to these priorities and goals: Form Welcoming Communities Who Celebrate our Unity in Diversity: White. Each encounter reveals something about the nature of Christ, enabling the reader to more deeply understand His mission as well as His revelation of God. 4:4-7), 3. Jesus listened, and then responded. As they couldn’t get in through the door they lowered the man through the roof in front of Jesus. This 30 day series highlights the many different encounters people of the New Testament had with Jesus as recorded in all four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Related Topics: Messages, Women's Articles, Susie Hawkins is a Bible study teacher and ministry wife in Dallas, Texas. 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