Eternal Life – Lesson 54

As we grow in our knowledge of Christ, things start to happen inside of us. We begin to be transformed in the image of Christ. We are part of a bigger picture. God works in us to connect others to the love of God. That’s really what grace is all about – it’s God work in us to connect us to his love, to enable us to understand, to be grounded in that love and to grow in that love. As we do we see that salvation is much more than me being saved. God uses our story to connect others to that same grace and love. To be part of that plan is the most exciting thing in life. That’s the direction of grace – it reaches down and saves us but it continues to work in us and bring us to the point where we are fully engaged in God’s purpose and plan. The skeptics say that grace is a license to sin. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Holy Spirit works in you to animate your faith, anchor your hope and source your love. He has lifted you out of that old way and ordered your steps to walk in
love. (Chapter 15, page 114)

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God’s Will – Your Sanctification

We live in a sexually charged society today. Paul lived in times like that as well. And he addressed Christians concerning this in 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.”
* Bill asks about the assertion that the Bible could not have been written by ” illiterate fishermen”.
* Susie asks about the four promises of the New Covenant. Specifically “I will put my laws in their minds…” and “no longer will a man teach his neighbor…”.

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Work Out Your Salvation

It’s the will of God. We’ve connected that to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And because he’s been raised from the dead we are in the very center of God’s will. God’s will moves us from the ways of this world and centers us in the life of Jesus Christ. So how do we live out his will? p 2:12, 13 “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” * Do people really understand God lives his life through us?

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Love the Lord with All Your Heart and Live

What does it mean to live in the power of the resurrection in our daily life? What are the laws that are written on our heart in the New Covenant? They are the laws of faith, hope, and love. 30:6 “The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.”
* Edson asks for clarification on 1 Corinthians 15:29 “Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them?” * Esha struggles with whether she’s really hearing from God.

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The New Commands

The resurrection effects us on a daily basis. Jesus said, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me…” John 14:21 So what commands are Jesus referring to? We read in Hebrews 7:12, “For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.” The new commands are these. Believe in Jesus Christ (I John 3:23), Hope in God’s promises (1 John 3:1-3), and Love God and people. (John 13:33-34, Romans 5:5) * How can I be godly and loving to ungodly and unloving family members? * Autumn is not sure she has repented enough and is unsure of her salvation.

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Eternal Life – Lesson 53

Jesus Christ defined eternal life this way: “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” As we grow in grace we grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. John addressed this growth in 1 John. He addresses, children, young men, and fathers. How would a father’s knowledge of God differ from that of a child? Think about a long term relationship you’ve enjoyed. What do you know about that person now that you didn’t know when it first started? How has that knowledge strengthened and enriched that relationship? How has that knowledge changed you? (Chapter 15, page 113)

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If Then You Have Been Raised With Christ…

Paul starts Colossians 3 with the declaration: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” This is the invasion of Christ’s life into our very hearts and souls. If you’ve been raised with Christ take off the old and put on the new. Let go of those earthly things and set your minds on things above. Paul points us the practical reality of life in Christ.
* Myles shares the recent loss of his mother and how she was an incredible example of love and truth.
* Do you think the thoughts of who we were before Christ will be erased in Heaven? * The grace of God teaches us to say no to ungodliness … Titus 2:12

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