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How can we be free yet slaves at the same time? Before Christ, we are slaves to sin. Through Christ, we have been set free from sin but in so doing, we have become. slaves to God. We have to make a choice who we will be slaves to: sin or God.
The paradox this week is seeing the unseen. Faith is the key to being able to “see” that which is unseen. Not that the unseen is able to be seen with the physical eyes, but the spirit perceives the unseen through faith.
What do you do with your weaknesses? We all have areas of our lives that are not as strong as we would like them to be. God uses our areas of weakness to show his strength.
How can one be sorrowful yet also be rejoicing? The key is knowing that though life is hard and painful, God is good and we are able to rejoice in Him. “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” C.S. Lewis
Peter needed to understand what is required to follow Jesus. The paradox is that in order to find his life he had to lose it. This requires a change of mindset; take your mind off the things of man and put it on the things of God.
A paradox is one truth along side a seemingly contradictory second truth. How do we deal with two truths that seem to contradict each other? Scripture presents many paradoxes, and we will explore how to deal with a few of them in this new series.
Getting to know Jesus is our goal. We want to build a relationship with Him through the practice of prayer.
Gathering to worship with the church is a practice that helps us to abide in Christ. The church is a “who” far more than it is a “where.” People are worshipers by nature; they don’t choose whether they will worship, they can only decide who or what to worship. The church gathers to worship God together.
Bible Reading Jeremiah 15:16Matthew 4:42 Timothy 3:16-17Hebrews 4:12John 17:17
Identity. Abiding in Christ
Christmas season often inspires feelings of warmth and comfort. The Christmas story has some elements of conflict to it though. Jesus was born into a world at conflict, and his ministry created conflict. But Jesus came into the world to fix the broken things and nothing is able to stop him.
We aren’t amazed when the description of “X” matches the actual appearance of “X” when we buy a product. However, even though the coming of the messiah was prophesied (description of “X”), we continue to be amazed at the was Christ fulfilled those prophesies.