Just Wanna Say by Israel Houghton

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Matt Chandler: Preaching the Gospel to Yourself Video

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Happy Wednesday!  Only a few days left in this bible study, keep at it!!

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Mimi

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The Explicit Gospel: Week 5 Recap

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We will begin our last week of assignments this week.  I hope you will keep pushing ahead and finish well.  You can do it!

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God!  How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways.”  Romans 11:33

On Day 1, we were encouraged to evaluate and test our spiritual lives.  We were instructed to examine our lives for spiritual maturity and the fruit of good works.  We also were to inspect those works and determine if they were produced by genuine faith.

Our lesson on Day 2 was a continuation of evaluating the works we do in God’s name.  Matt Chandler guided us into discovering how God works in and through us.

We considered on Day 3 the potential of losing our hope and falling away from God due to suffering.  Our scripture focus for this day centered on the life of Job.  I, particularly, liked this quote from our study.

“Suffering reveals the authenticity of what we claim to believe.” 

When I went through a time of great trial and suffering in my own life, I found that the book of Job offered me hope to remain faithful and trust God.   I reasoned if Job could proclaim the LORD in the midst of the tremendous suffering he endured, then I could do likewise.

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes– I, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me!”  Job 19:25-27

On Day 4, we questioned ourselves about what we really treasure.  Matt Chandler ascertained that suffering reveals in us the answer to that question.  We also focused on verses that dealt with the glory of God and how our works are done for the glory of His name.  The lesson concluded by reading verses that Paul wrote to the Ephesian Church.  He wanted to assure them that he was praying for them to increase in their capacity to know, enjoy, and glorify God.

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe…”  Ephesians 1:18,19a

We finished the week on Day 5 considering the justice of God.  We can confidently rest in the knowledge that our God will set things right and restore the brokenness of our world.  A time will come when sin will be no more.  We need only to believe and stand firm in faith.

Questions to Ponder

  1. Have I ever been plagued with doubt concerning the gospel due to a difficult season in my life?
  2. How seriously do I take God’s warning about sin in my life?
  3. Have I stubbornly refused to allow God to comfort me during a time of suffering in my life or have I allowed Him to minister to me and through me to others during suffering?
  4. What have I done today that brought glory to God’s name?
  5. Will I allow God to increase my desire for Him as He continues to work in me?

Start Week 6 lessons this week!  Let’s finish well!

Blessings,

Mimi

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A Witness for Jesus Video

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Matt Chandler: Religion and Relativity Video

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The Explicit Gospel: Week 4 Recap

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 “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  2 Corinthians 5:21

One of the most impactful experiences I’ve had in my spiritual walk was participating in an international mission trip that I took with my church.  We went to help a congregation in Liberia, Costa Rica build a church.  We physically built this church from the ground up and became quite good at hauling sand, gravel, and cement.  I went because I felt the ‘push’ of God to reach out and help others.  This experience of faith turning outward is the topic we studied this week as we considered the ways the gospel moves us into maturity of faith and then compels us to reach out and serve others.

Using the example of the church at Ephesus, our lesson on Day 1 explored how the Ephesian church grew in faith.  They had received the message and embraced Christ fully even under resistance.  But after Paul left Ephesus, controversy and distortions of truth began to reveal themselves and some believers were turning away.  The church at Ephesus had begun to deny the power of the gospel.  They had lost sight of keeping ‘the main thing, the main thing.’  In Revelation 2:1-5, the church was commended for their hard work, perseverance, and hatred of the practices of the Nicolatians, but they were warned to return to their first love.  They needed to repent and return to the things that they did at first.  They needed to regain their missional edge.

On Day 2, we explored how our God creatively fashioned us for specific tasks.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. ” Psalm 139:13-16

 Not only did God equip us physically for the missions He placed before us, but He has also provided all the qualities that we need mentally and emotionally.  God has assigned each one of us to a specific place and time to serve Him.  We are to live with intentional purpose and to view our bodies, our minds, our gifts, and all that encompasses our life as part of His glorious purpose.

Following this understanding, we dug deeper on Day 3 into realizing that as dearly loved children of God, we are freed to dearly love others. We are to reflect His love and character.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:…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.”  2 Corinthians 5: 17,18,20

On Day 4, Matt Chandler reminded us that we need to take care in distinguishing between the gospel and our response to the gospel.  We must ensure that our good works are a response but not the gospel, itself, in our lives.  Put another way — the gospel is our root from where we get nourishment while our response to it, the deeds that we do, is the fruit.

Week 4 concluded on Day 5 with the encouragement that we have only one responsibility and that is to tell people the truth of the gospel.  We do not have to have all the answers or a slick presentation.  We only need to be open and willing to share.  God, Himself, will handle the rest.

Questions to Ponder

  1. What holds me back from sharing the gospel with everyone I encounter?
  2. Is my understanding of my spiritual life based on the good things that I do or on the gospel alone?
  3. What things has God uniquely wired me to do for His glory?
  4. How is my life reflecting God’s love?
  5. Why is the gospel offensive to someone?

You’ve crossed the halfway point!  Way to go, you’re awesome!

Begin Week 5 lessons this week.

Blessings,

Mimi

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Clouds by Zach Sobeich

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Mimi

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