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How do we move past guilt, lies, and insecurities to step into the life that God has accomplished for us through His Son? This is the question we are discussing! Paul gives us some great truths to focus on that reshape the internal dialogue we have with ourselves that brings freedom, power, and purpose in our lives!

“God has already justified me and declared me to be righteous. Will even God Himself make a charge against me after paying such an awesome price to bring me into this great relationship? Who is it then who has any power to condemn me? Jesus alone has that power. Shall He condemn me after dying for me, suffering for me, and being raised to life for me? Shall Jesus, the One who loves me so much that he ever lives to make intercession for me, condemn me now? Who is it that can separate me from such love?” (James Riddle, The Complete Personalized Promise Bible)

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Romans 8: Suffering

“While other worldviews lead us to sit in the midst of life’s joys, foreseeing the coming sorrows, Christianity empowers its people to sit in the midst of this world’s sorrows, tasting the coming joy.” Tim Keller

As we continue to study Romans 8, we explore one of the challenges to living a life of freedom and power… the problem of pain. How should we view seasons of struggles as Christians? What difference does Christ make in our lives verses the life of one who does not embrace Him? Should struggles be seen as devastating to our happiness or is there something deeper at hand that we can grab hold of and thrive? We invite you to join us as we dig deeper into these questions and more as we look at a life where we have “No Condemnation” in Christ Jesus!

Romans 8: Adopted

Steven Curtis Chapman once wrote “Until we adopted…. I didn’t fully understand the depth of what Jesus has done for us… Without Christ, I was hopeless, without a future, without a name…Then Jesus came into my life, gave me hope and a future… He gave me a new name!”

As we take another step into Romans 8, (one of the most powerful books in the Bible) we will be looking at the truth of what it means to be adopted into the family of God, why it can be so hard to receive it, and how to move forward into living with the privileges and responsibilities of a child of the King! We are taking steps into how to experience and live in the kingdom of God today! We would love to have you join us as we continue this study.

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My wife sent me a video today that is moving around the internet. In watching it, it was a touching moment from a couple days ago where a little boy asks the pope if his father is in heaven. His father was an atheist but had all four of his kids baptized into the catholic faith.
I have had similar questions posed to me. I find and give comfort in the fact that while someone spent their life rejecting Christ’s gift of salvation and purpose, that we simply do not know if they come to Him before their passing. Like one of the other men on the crosses, I do know that any who cry out to Jesus, even in their final moments find eternity with Him.

However, this is not the answer the pope gave. The short answer was that even if the father never had the “gift of faith”, he did have his son’s baptized which means he was a good dad. He said only God knows who goes to heaven so if this man with a dad’s heart came face to face with God who has a dad’s heart, do you think that God would not let him come into heaven. The crowd yelled “no” and the pope said “Well, there’s your answer.”

My first response was to fact check the video. Here the pope is not speaking in English so I figured someone had added subtitles to make him say something he was not saying. I was saddened to find that this is not the case.

What the pope taught here is simply wrong and dangerous. Why? Because it is contradicts the Bible and if people believe it, they could completely miss heaven and a relationship with Jesus thinking that they are good and that’s what it takes.

Look at what the Bible says…..

“And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” Mark 10: 17-18

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Do you struggle with guilt? Do you wonder if God could ever love you again? Are you growing weary of trying to get ahead and it never seems to work out? Have you given up on church?

We invite you to join us as we dig into what many say is the greatest chapter of the entire Bible together. Certainly, saying one chapter is better than all the others is argumentative but consider Charles G. Truebull’s thoughts when he says….

“The eighth of Romans has become peculiarly precious to me, beginning with “no condemnation,” ending with “no separation,” and in between, “no defeat.” This wondrous chapter sets forth the gospel and plan of salvation; the life of freedom and victory; the hopelessness of the natural man and the righteousness of the born again; the indwelling of Christ and the Holy Spirit; the resurrection of the body and blessed hope of Christ’s return; the working together of all things for our good; every tense of the Christian life, past, present, and future; and the glorious, climactic song of triumph, no separation in time or eternity “from the love of God which is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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ACT: Power

For thousands of years, God had been working with the world through His law trying to teach mankind the importance of holiness and lead them to Him.

For thirty three years, Jesus lived in the flesh on this earth teaching, loving, and changing many He came into contact with. For 40 days, Jesus spent time on this earth after His resurrection to restore, minister to, and prepare his disciples to usher in the church age. With the law being fulfilled, God was ready to move in a fresh way to bring the world to salvation and freedom!

For ten days, the apostles were in the upper room praying and positioning themselves for the mission Jesus gave them before ascending into Heaven! Now, it is time to LAUNCH! It’s time for POWER!

Many of us have fallen back into the traps of the law, the ways of the world, and an internal church focus. Join us as we lean into the moment the Church began on Pentecost and see what it means to us, our families, our churches, and our world today!

ACT: Position

As we dig back into our study in Acts 1 and 2, we continue our look of what our calling is, how to move forward, and how to see God’s power move through you! Last week, we explored the power and the necessity for foundational prayer. You can see this video study by going to https://youtu.be/_NevfZta8Qg

This week, we move to what it means to step up to the plate and take your POSITION. By looking at one of the least mentioned heroes of our faith in the Bible, we will explore what it means to stand in the gap and make a huge impact in the lives of those around us! We invite you to join us as we dig back into the Bible, catch some vision, and take one giant step forward together!