He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2)
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called…
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? (1 Peter 3)
So, this is a fun idea that I’m excited about! Our team has been working on it for nearly a year! It’s going to be a remarkable collision that ultimately results in unification around a mission.
Great illustration of incarnational mission in community from Jeff Vanderstelt of Soma Communities:
DISCLAIMER: At the end of this post, you will still not understand why kids cry.
There are a multitude of reasons why kids cry. Most of which are valid.
Here are some good reasons to cry:
Here are some “not good” reasons to cry:
Wanting mom to read stories instead of dad
When mom and dad don’t want to go outside at 8:30pm.
When your Nutrigrain bar crumbles into three pieces.
When a dog licks your face.
Go back to what you were doing.
Last Friday, Michael Reeve released his book “Every Single One,” about collegiate ministry. I was grateful to have the opportunity to sit with him this week and discuss some of his thoughts about stealing students, churches stepping up to the plate, and truly caring for college students. While Mike and I have had a traditional agreement to disagree on some things, we have always agreed on caring for college students and the vital role they play in the future of the church. And the role they play in the NOW of the church.
Here is our conversation:
“Legalism is seeking to achieve forgiveness from God and justification before God through obedience to God…. It says, in effect, ‘Your plan didn’t work. The cross wasn’t enough and I need to add my good works to it to be saved.’ … None of us earn God’s approval and love by our good works. None of us can add to the finished, complete work of Jesus on the cross. He paid the price of our sins. He satisfied God’s wrath. … So yes, we work hard at obeying God’s word. We read our Bibles. We pray. We fast. We memorize and meditate on Scripture. We share the Gospel. We serve in our church. God commands us in His word to do many things, and our obedience to them is both pleasing to Him and brings His blessing to our lives. … But not one of these good spiritual activities adds to our justification. We’re never “more saved” or “more loved” by God. … What joy the gospel gives me! I can approach the throne of God with confidence— not because I’ve done a good job at my spiritual duties, but because I’m clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.”
From “Living the Cross-Centered Life”
- CJ Mahaney
Have such a Happy Easter. Everyday.