Gospel Living Units 1-34
This week we're diving into Units 1-3 of Gospel Living.
Unit 1 challenges us to think of honoring God with the entirety of our lives. We are created, designed, redeemed, to live in such a way that we are "trophies of his grace" pointing to and anticipating God's kingdom coming on earth.
Unit 2 encourages us to love God and love others, particularly over and above love of self. If someone looks at our life, this unit asks, what would they say we love most? Self or God and others?
Unit 3 focuses us on the cross. The way of Jesus is cruciform; the way of the cross. We are called to come and die. The cross is where we find our pardon. And yet "we do not follow the way o fthe cross to be accepted by God. We are accepted by God so that we might be free to follow the way of the cross. We must constantly return to the cross to find acceptance, pardon, forgiveness, and grace. God loves us. And we know this because of the cross. The cross saves us, the cross is our confidence, the cross is our way of life. As hymnwriter Fanny Crosby wrote: Jesus keep me near the cross. That's our prayer and challenge.
So...for our conversation here on the blog post in the comments:
(1) Any quotes/passages/ideas that were particularly provocative, encouraging, or challlenging to you.
(2) The Gospel Living section opens with ths idea: character is the key issue in Christian ministry and disicipleship. Do you agree? Disagree? Why? What in our readings for this week supports or contradicts this idea?
Feel free to use the comment section to discuss whatever is brewing in your heart and thoughts in response to your study.
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