Jesus is non-ignorable and he demands our lives' attention.
What do we believe about Jesus and what does the passage say is true about him?
How do we personally think of Jesus? Is he a good moral teacher? Is he our friend? Is he just a man? Or is the the sovereign Son of God and King of all creation? In what ways does our life reveal what we believe about Jesus?
Abraham Kuyper wrote, "There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!"
What areas of your life do you hold back from Jesus; over which you do not allow him to reign as king?
We pray acknowledging Jesus as our King and as our Lord. We praise him for his good rule and care for us. We admit the areas of our lives where we do not let Jesus reign. We ask for the Holy Spirit to continually convict us when we attempt to be the rulers of our own lives and usurp God's will for us.
Jesus is stronger than Satan.
Where in your life do you need to believe that Jesus is stronger than Satan?
If Jesus is stronger than Satan, what does that mean for your struggles with sin and temptation?
We are called to the mission of reconciliation, the mission that God is undertaking in the world and in our city. We are called to this mission with Jesus and the promisedHoly Spirit. What does it mean for our missional efforts?
We rejoice that Jesus is stronger than our greatest enemy. We praise him that in saving us he has freed us from the "tyranny of the devil". We pray that as we share the good news of the gospel, that we would always rely on the Holy Spirit and the strength of Jesus to live on mission.
Jesus forgives the repentant but punishes the unrepentant.
2 Thessalonians 1:5-12
What is true repentance and what are some common cultural misunderstandings of repentance? (additional reading)
Summarizing the words of Martin Luther, John Piper writes, "All of the Christian life is repentance." What are some things we can repent of right now?
This past Sunday during our worship gathering, Pastor Andy encouraged us that no one is outside the reach of God's grace, that no one is so dirty with sin that they can not be made clean by the blood of Jesus. Who in our lives can we pray for, that they would repent and trust in Jesus?
We repent of our sin to our Heavenly Father who loves us. We acknowledge the danger of our sin and take hold of the hope we have in the work of Jesus. We praise God for his goodness and mercy. We pray for those in our lives who have not trusted in Jesus as Lord. We pray that the spirit would open their eyes to see Jesus for who he truly is and that the Spirit would give them true repentance.
"This I Believe"