Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P63 (09-09-20)
So we allow Christ to live His life in us and through us by having our minds renewed with truth, of who God is, so that new attitudes of heart are formed in us, the attitudes of servitude, of humility and dependency that are in Christ Jesus, and modeled perfectly by Christ as He walked on this earth, in appearance as a man, being God, but functioning as a man for our sakes. We imitate His faith, not His actions. Actions are a result of attitudes, a result of dependency on Christ, being internally led by the Spirit of God who lives in us. When you have the Spirit of God living in you, then you can hear His voice like a sheep knows the voice of a shepherd. As a new creation in Christ, we have been given the privilege to participate in the divine nature.
Now, we were not born alive with the Spirit of God living in us. We were born spiritually dead. That is why man feels empty inside, because he is. He has a body and a soul and a human … Listen to Broadcast & Read More
Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P62 (09-08-20)
When we come to understand the love of God for us, His mercy and grace to us, how do we respond to that? Should that not form in us new attitudes of heart? How should that result in love in action, in how we act toward our brothers and sisters in Christ? When you are born again, you have been made into a new creation, the body of Christ, the church of the born again, the Ekklesia, the called out ones, of whom you are brothers and sisters to one another, with Christ Jesus as your head, your Counselor, your common Father.
When you think of a physical body with many parts, controlled by the head, how does that help you to understand how we are to function towards one another in love. Each body part is unique in function and no one part is considered more important than another, and each responds to the instructions of the head to operate properly. So too with the body of Christ. When you think of the spiritual body, and compare that with the physical body, how does that … Listen to Broadcast & Read More
Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P57 (08-26-20)
Ponder how God made man, that he is made as body, soul and spirit. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, what happened? Due to sin, and God being holy, the Spirit of God departed from Adam and Eve. They knew what God had said, that the day they decided for themselves right from wrong and good from evil, that they would surely die. They died spiritually that day, so that they were separated from God. They hid from God out of fear. So, being born in that nature of Adam, that fear is ingrained in us, which is a part of what is called sin-indwelling flesh.
So what did God do to restore fallen mankind back to Himself. Out of love for us, He sent His Son into this world to take away the cause of our death, that fear in us, that knows that we deserve death for sin, so that we may freely come to God. God reached out in love to us, to do something for us we could never do for ourselves.
Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P56 (08-25-20)
This is the Christian life. It is trusting Jesus to do what I am evidently unable to do. The whole essence of this lesson is to get us to see that God loves you, and not that you loved Him but He loves us first. Our love is a response to what He has revealed to us. As you listen to the audio, and follow along also with the transcript, with additional scripture references provided, ponder over the amazing love demonstrated to us in Christ Jesus.
How we perceive God determines how we respond to Him. Error in our minds will show up in our behavior, our thoughts and deeds. But as we grow in our understanding of who God is, that God is the way, the truth and the life, our minds are renewed. Not only so, when we are born again, we have the Spirit of God living in us, who is there to reveal to us what truth is. It the truth of Christ Jesus, living in us, that sets us free to live in the newness of life He has freely given … Listen to Broadcast & Read More
Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P55 (08-24-20)
If we are honest with ourselves, when we try to love God, we know that it falls short. In reality, we do not have the ability on our own to love God. Our love for God can only be in response to how we perceive God. If we do not know Him, how can we love Him? Do we have the nature of God in us? Do you know His nature? Are you like God or different?
If you think God is mean, vindictive, uninvolved, hard-hearted, and uncaring, then how would you act toward God? If I thought God was mad at me when I sinned, ready to punish me, then would I be inclined to want to go to Him, or would I respond in fear of Him? If we know He is the powerful, creator of everything there is, yet see Him as so holy and we are not, and that we justly deserve to die for our sins, but do not know God, nothing of His nature and love, how do you think we would respond to God? Would we not cower in … Listen to Broadcast & Read More