July 19 – Jesus’ Response to Doubt

 

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Sunday

 

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March 29, 2020

 

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March 15, 2020

Our identity as human beings, made in the image of God, is constantly being deconstructed. Many believers have lost sight or have been fooled by the current thinking regarding who they are. It is appropriate to remind ourselves of who we are IN CHRIST.
 
 

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I AM A CHANGE AGENT

In Christ, all that is true of Him changes all that is true of us.  We are change agents.

Jesus makes a difference in our lives and we are to make a difference in the world.

  • John 1:4 (NIV) 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
  • Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV) 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14  “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

 

Fact: You are ordinary change agents.

“You are the salt of the earth.  You are the light of the world.”

 

He states it as a fact.  

If you are in Christ, you are a change agent; you make a difference just like salt and light.  

 

Jesus didn’t pick examples of extraordinary change-agents.  He knew that we’d disqualify ourselves.  

He picked ordinary change-agents—salt and light—things that we use so often that we take them for granted, but you wouldn’t want to live without them. You are ordinary change-agents.  You make a difference!

 

The two primary uses of salt were to season and preserve.

Light makes it possible to see; light makes invisible things visible.  

 

Notice the scope: you are the salt of the earth, the light of the world.  

How do you change the world?  One person at a time.  

 

Warning: You can lose your influence.

“If the salt loses it saltiness…don’t light a lamp and put it under a bowl.”

 

Jesus suggests two ways that influence can be lost…

Influence can be lost by compromise.  

When you compromise the core values that make you different, that make you who you are as a Christian, you lose your saltiness and sacrifice your influence.  

  • Luke 14:34-35 (NIV) 34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?35  It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

 

Influence can be lost by isolation.  

Some Christians have no influence because they have no contact with a needy world.  

 

  • Jesus didn’t mean for the church to be a rest home for saints; it’s a rescue mission for sinners!  
  • Jesus didn’t mean for the church to be a fortress to keep the world out; He meant for the church to be a force that invades the world and changes it!  

 

Challenge: Make the most of your influence.

“Let your light shine.”

 

Be different.

You make a difference by being different.  

Let God change you and the change will ripple out.

 

Be there.

You have to be in contact with the people you hope to influence.  

 

Show up as salt and light:

  • Coaching youth sports.
  • Mentoring kids.
  • Volunteering in our community.
  • Open your homes to someone in need.
  • Use your businesses to help those in need.

 

Get that salt out of the saltshaker!  Get that light out in the open!  Be there.

 

Do Good

  • 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

 

Good deeds leads to goodwill that leads to the Good News.

 

What kind of good deeds would make people praise our Father in heaven?  

Remember the good deeds is not the end of the story – good deeds never truly changes a person – it is Jesus who changes us.  The good deeds must help lead them to God.

 

Do good for someone each day this week.

  • When you do good and people notice how will you point them to Jesus. Tell His story and your story.
 

FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION

 

Has Jesus made a difference in your life?

Would someone share how He has in two minutes or less.

 

Jesus says that we are change agents, so why do we not see ourselves as change agents?

What are some of the reasons we give for why we can’t be change agents?

Too young, busy, old…

 

How many of you think that to be a change agent we need to be extraordinary?

Why do we believe that?

Why did PG say was the reason Jesus may have used salt and light as the examples of change agents?  They are ordinary, everyday items.

 

Salt preserves and seasons and light illuminates and makes the invisible visible.  What are practical ways we can do that in our everyday life as Christians?

 

We can lose our influence through compromise.  What are some of the ways that we have compromised as Christians? 

 

What are some ways we need to be different from the world?

Where are the places that you can be salt and light in right now?  



March 8, 2020

Our identity as human beings, made in the image of God, is constantly being deconstructed. Many believers have lost sight or have been fooled by the current thinking regarding who they are. It is appropriate to remind ourselves of who we are IN CHRIST.
 
 

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I AM A POWERFUL WITNESS

In Christ, all that is true of Him changes all that is true of us.  In Christ I am a powerful witness.

 

If you are a Christian, it’s because someone told you about Jesus.  

Someone was a witness.  That’s how the good news spreads.  And every follower of Jesus gets to be part of the fun!  

 

  • Mark 5:18-20 (NIV) 18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19  Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20  So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

 

Two questions…

  • What difference has Jesus made in your life?  
  • And what difference are you making in the world?  

 

In Christ I am a powerful witness.   

  • Acts 1:8 (NIV) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

 

1. You will receive power.

 

This power or ability comes from the Holy Spirit.  

  • Luke 24:46-49 (NLT2) 46 And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. 47  It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ 48  You are witnesses of all these things. 49  “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”

 

The Christian life requires God’s power to do God’s work, and to live God’s way and God provides us with that power.

 

  • 2 Timothy 1:6-8 (NIV) 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 8  So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord…

 

The Holy Spirit not only gives us power to tell the story, but to live the story.

  • Ephesians 5:18 (NLT) Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,

 

Keep on being filled…

When we’re filled with the Spirit, He changes the way we do life, the way we do relationships.  

He gives us the power to live a new and different life.  

Our relationships become a living example of the gospel, a picture of God’s love and grace.  

 

Why is this important?  

Because if we tell the story but don’t live the story, we will be discredited.  

 

 

2. You will be my witnesses.

 

  • 1 John 1:3 (NASB77) what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also…
  • John 21:24-25 (NIV) 24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. 25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
  • Acts 1:22(NIV) For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
  • Acts 2:32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.
  • Acts 3:15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.
  • Acts 5:30, 32 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

 

“How can I be a witness?  I wasn’t there.  I didn’t see it.”  

How are we witnesses?

 

Tell His story.

Even though I haven’t seen Him myself, I have the written testimony of people who did.  I can tell His story with confidence that I have it from right from eyewitnesses.  It has been carefully preserved and passed down in an unbroken chain for 20 centuries.  

  • Romans 1:16 (NIV) I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

 

The gospel is good news.  

It is story of what God did for us in Christ.  

It is the Jesus story in all its simplicity and power.  

 

Tell your story.
  • John 4:39 (NIV) Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”

 

“But, I don’t know what to say.”

  • John 9:25 (NIV) 25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

 

Fill in the blanks.  

  • I once was…
  • But now I am…

Here’s what Jesus did for me.  He can do it for you.

 

Tell your story.  It’s powerful.  God will use it.



March 1, 2020

Our identity as human beings, made in the image of God, is constantly being deconstructed. Many believers have lost sight or have been fooled by the current thinking regarding who they are. It is appropriate to remind ourselves of who we are IN CHRIST.
 
 

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I AM RECONCILED TO GOD

When you are in Christ, all that is true of Him changes what is true of you.  In Christ, we are reconciled with God and each other

 

1. In Christ, we are reconciled to God.

 

To be reconciled means…

  • enemies become friends. 
  • we exchange our hostilities for friendship. 
  • to bring into harmony with.

 

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (NIV) 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ…

 

First, the enmity was all ours. 

God was never your enemy, we were rebels who declared our independence from God. 

 

  • Romans 5:10-11 (NIV) 10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11  Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

 

  • Colossians 1:21-22 (NIV) 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22  But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation–

 

Second, the reconciliation was all God.

God was the one who made peace. 

 

  • 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (NIV) 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

 

  • Romans 5:10-11 (NIV) 10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11  Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

 

“No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.”  Ulysses S Grant

 

We are given a ministry of reconciliation

  • 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (NIV) 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

 

Be open for business this week.  Be ready to tell people that the war is over and they are reconciled to God.

 

2. In Christ, we are reconciled to each other.

  • Ephesians 2:11-13 (NIV) 11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)– 12  remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

 

  • Ephesians 2:14-22 (NIV) 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15  by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16  and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17  He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18  For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19  Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

 

In Christ, we are one. 

In Christ, we are reconciled to God and each other. 

In Christ, the old divisions and barriers have been destroyed. 

In Christ, we are one new humanity.  We are no longer enemies, but friends.

 

  • Galatians 3:26-28 (NIV) 26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27  for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

In Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile: race is no longer a barrier.   

In Christ there is neither slave nor free: social and economic status is no longer a barrier. 

In Christ, there is neither male nor female: gender is no longer a barrier. 

In Christ, all the old barriers cease to matter.  We are no longer enemies but friends. 

 

What is the best way to get rid of an enemy?  Turn him into a friend. 

 

  • Matthew 5:43-48 (NIV) 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44  But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45  that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47  And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

When you love your enemy, you turn him into a friend. 

 



February 23, 2020

Our identity as human beings, made in the image of God, is constantly being deconstructed. Many believers have lost sight or have been fooled by the current thinking regarding who they are. It is appropriate to remind ourselves of who we are IN CHRIST.
 
 

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I HAVE ALL I NEED

“When you are in Christ, all that is true of Him changes what is true of you. In Christ you have all you need.”

 

1. In Christ, I have all I need.

  • Philippians 4:18-19 (NIV) 18 I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
  • Ephesians 2:4-7 (ETRV) 4 But God is rich in mercy, and he loved us very much. 5 We were spiritually dead because of all we had done against him. But he gave us new life together with Christ. (You have been saved by God’s grace) 6 Yes, it is because we are a part of Christ Jesus that God raised us from death and seated us together with him in the heavenly places. 7 God did this so that his kindness to us who belong to Christ Jesus would clearly show for all time to come the amazing richness of his grace.
 
  • Ephesians 3:14-16 (NIV) 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
  • Ephesians 3:8 (NIV) Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

 

All these riches are ours in Christ.

 

So when Paul promises that God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ, what does that mean?

 

  • Matthew 6:25-32 (NIV) 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

 

When I am in Christ, I can relax: God will meet all my needs according to His glorious riches in Christ. Generously. He will take care of me.

 

2. In Christ, I have forgiveness.

  • Ephesians 1:7 (ETRV) In Christ we are made free by his blood sacrifice. We have forgiveness of sins because of God’s rich grace.

 

God is pouring out forgiveness according to the riches of His grace.

No matter how big or how many your sins, God’s grace is greater still.

 

  • Romans 5:20 (NIV) …where sin increased, grace increased all the more,

 

  • Colossians 1:12-14 (ETRV) 12 and give thanks to the Father. He has made you able to have what he has promised to give all his holy people, who live in the light. 13 God made us free from the power of darkness. And he brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son. 14 The Son paid the price to make us free. In him we have forgiveness of our sins.

 

  • Colossians 2:13 (ETRV) You were spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were not free from the power of your sinful self. But God gave you new life together with Christ. He forgave all our sins.

 

  • Ephesians 4:32 (NIV) Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

 

In Christ, God has forgiven us, and now we are to forgive just as we’ve been forgiven.

We receive the riches of God’s grace; now we must share them with each other.

 

3. In Christ, I have access to God.

  • Ephesians 3:12 (NKJV) (in Christ) we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

It wasn’t always this way.

  • Mark 15:38 (ETRV) When Jesus died, the curtain in the Temple was torn into two pieces. The tear started at the top and tore all the way to the bottom.

 

  • Ephesians 3:12 (NIV) In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

 

“freedom”

freedom of speech, outspokenness, frankness, to speak plainly, openly, freely.

In Christ, we have permission to speak freely. You can tell God anything.

 

4. In Christ, I have peace.

  • Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Notice he does not say that we’ll get whatever we ask for. He promises that we’ll receive God’s peace.

 

Do you ever wonder what you should pray about?

Let every worry be a catalyst to prayer. When you feel worried or anxious or unsettled, that’s a signal that it’s time to pray.

 

Why would prayer lead to peace?

Because it focuses you on God and His presence.

 

Pray until you feel peace.

5. In Christ, I have hope.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:19 (ETRV) If our hope in Christ is only for this life here on earth, then people should feel more sorry for us than for anyone else.

 

In Christ I have a hope of life after earth. That is the real payoff.

 



February 16, 202

Our identity as human beings, made in the image of God, is constantly being deconstructed.  Many believers have lost sight or have been fooled by the current thinking regarding who they are.  It is appropriate to remind ourselves of who we are IN CHRIST.
 
 

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A NEW PERSON

“When you are in Christ, all that is true of Him changes what is true of you.”

 

  1. In Christ, I am a new person.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

 

Four huge changes..

My relationship with God.

I go from having no relationship with God to that relationship being the most important thing in my life. My whole life reoriented around God. 

 

My character

People should be noticing a change in your behavior because hanging out with Jesus will change your character.

 

My relationships with others

Every relationship in your life must come under the influence of Jesus’ leadership, and because of that, it gets better. 

 

My calling

Following Jesus changes who I am and what I do in the world. 

I become part of something much larger than myself—the Kingdom of God. 

In Christ, I am called to serve God and serve people—every Christian is! 

 

  • Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. 2  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

  • John 15:4-5 (CEV) 4 Stay joined to me, and I will stay joined to you. Just as a branch cannot produce fruit unless it stays joined to the vine, you cannot produce fruit unless you stay joined to me. 5  I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me.

 

Stay connected to Jesus, and you will grow into all that is true of you in Christ. 

 

  1. In Christ, I am dead to sin and alive to God
  • Romans 6:1-4 (NIV) 1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Sin has no mastery over a dead person—they are unresponsive.

 

Here is Paul’s conclusion:

  • Romans 6:11-12 (NIV) 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.

 

You are in Christ.  What is true of Him is true of you. 

You are dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ. 

 

The big goal isn’t just being dead to sin, but being alive to God. 

 

  1. In Christ, I am created for good works.
  • Ephesians 2:10 (NLT2) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

 

You are God’s masterpiece, and He made you with a plan, with good works that only you can do.



February 9, 2020

Our identity as human beings, made in the image of God, is constantly being deconstructed.  Many believers have lost sight or have been fooled by the current thinking regarding who they are.  It is appropriate to remind ourselves of who we are IN CHRIST.
 
 

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

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PRAYER REQUESTS

We consider it our privilege to pray for you during the week.  Take a moment to share your prayer requests with us so we can be praying specifically for you.  AND when God answers your prayers will you take a moment to share those stories with us as well.
 
  • Ephesians 1:1-14 (NIV) 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.
 
 

“When you are in Christ, all that is true of Him changes what is true of you.”

 

What does it mean to be in Christ?

 

It is a status.

 

A state of being.

The word “in” is used to describe the state or position of one thing in relation to another.

  • Ephesians 2:4-6 (NIV) 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

 

So how do you get “in Christ”?

  • John 3:16 (NIV) “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.

 

We believe “into” Jesus.

  • Romans 6:3-4 (NIV) 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

 

To be in Christ describes your status. 

All that is true of Jesus changes all that is true of you. 

 
 

It is a relationship.

 

To be in Christ means that you are in relationship with Him. 

As we live in Christ (in relationship with Him), we grow into all that is true of us in Christ. 

 

Living in relationship with Jesus changes you.  You will grow into all that He says is true of you.  Being in Christ is more than just a status; it’s a relationship. 

We are called to believe and follow. 

We are called to be in Christ, in relationship with Jesus, and to grow into all that is true of us.

 

“Participate!”

 

Meet: meet together in worship and small groups.

Seek: seek God in daily prayer, Bible and journaling.

Serve: serve in our church and community.

Give: give to God and the poor.

Share: share your faith by doing PII and being part of our corporate mission.

 

This is how you grow spiritually into all that He says is true of you. 

 

  • Acts 20:20 (NIV) You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.

 

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

 

As we live in Christ (in relationship with Him), we grow into all that is true of us in Christ.  

That’s what we’re going to unpack for the next several weeks.

 



February 2, 2020

We are praying and believing that 2020 will be a year of harvest.  As we get ready for the harvest we are spending the month of January fasting and praying and preparing for the harvest.  There are four areas we will be exploring: consecration, authorization, proclamation and demonstration.  This week we will be looking at our mandate to go and preach the Good News.
 
 

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Please feel free to give your tithes and offerings here at our secure website.
 

PRAYER REQUESTS

We consider it our privilege to pray for you during the week.  Take a moment to share your prayer requests with us so we can be praying specifically for you.  AND when God answers your prayers will you take a moment to share those stories with us as well.