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FAITH: Intentional Atonement

Today we continue studying the five points of grace using the helpful acronym, FAITH, which stands for: Fallen Humanity, Adopted by God, Intentional Atonement, Transformed by the Holy Spirit, and Held By God. This week, we’re studied Intentional Atonement. It’s a tough subject that sometimes can make our heads spin. And ultimately, we saw that we as humans cannot always understand the things of God. But we can praise and thank him for sending Christ as an atoning sacrifice to wipe our sins away. We can also give thanks and praise that decision of saving isn’t up to us. It is our job to be agents of reconciliation.

 As you read the passages for this week, you can dive deeper into what the atoning death of Christ is all about and who it is for. 



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FAITH: Adopted by God

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Today we continue studying the five points of grace using the helpful acronym, FAITH, which stands for: Fallen Humanity, Adopted by God, Intentional Atonement, Transformed by the Holy Spirit, and Held By God. This week, we’re studying Adopted by God. Ephesians 1:3-12 teaches us that God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world! God planned our adoption as His children through Jesus Christ. The question we should ask, is, why? Why did God choose us? Why didn’t he condemn everyone to what we deserve: death? The answer we are given is that it pleased God to do so. And because he was pleased to lavish on us His love and grace, he did it. He poured out his incredible mercy, love, forgiveness, and grace. He gives and gives, He is extravagant in his giving! What God decides to do, he does. You are reading this blog because God wants you to know that He has chosen you. He wants you to know that His Son, Jesus, paid for all the things you’ve ever done wrong. The debt is paid. Do you know this? Do you trust this? Those who do have the assurance that they belong to God!

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FAITH: Fallen Humankind

On Sunday we stared a five-part series on the doctrines (teachings) of grace. These teachings came out of a meeting that took place 400 years ago, called the Synod of Dort. It was held by the Dutch Reformed Church in the city of Dordrecht, Netherlands in 1618-1619. Its purpose was to answer questions people had concerning God’s grace toward humanity. The Synod published their response in a document called the Canons of Dort. The word canon (not to be confused with the weapon cannon) means rule, principle or standard. For a long time, the Canons of Dort were summarized by the acronym, TULIP (Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, Perseverance of the Saints). Some people haven’t found that summary very helpful. Jim Osterhouse developed a different acronym, FAITH (Fallen Humanity, Adopted by God, Intentional Atonement, Transformed by the Holy Spirit, Held by God).

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It's All Latin to Me

As mentioned last week October marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. An event that shaped what our church is today. 

In 1517 Martin Luther took 95 Theses or arguments and nailed them to the church door in Wittenburg Germany. These Theses called for debate between Martin Luther and the Catholic church. Luther called out the Catholic church on a number of practices and wanted to see those things reformed. 



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Breakfast

When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 

John 21:9-13



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Backpack Calling

Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.”
The blind and the lame came to him at the temple and he healed them. But when the chief priest and teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. 

“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.



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Coffeeshops and Church

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread
and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the
apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and
possessions to give to anyone in need. Everyday they continued to meet in the temple courts.
They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God
and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added daily those who were being saved.

Acts 2:42-47
 



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Mapping the Opportunities

Luke 10:25-37


One day an authority on the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “How do you understand it?”
He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your strength and with all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ ”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do that, and you will live.”
But the man wanted to make himself look good. So he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”



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The Lord's Supper - You're Invited

I remember back to when I was 8, another student in my grade 3 class was having a birthday party. He had been playing up the party for weeks, he was saying how great it was going to be, that there might even be a bouncy castle. Sounds amazing right? 

And finally one morning he handed out the invitations. An array of brightly colored cartoon drawings covered the card, then in big, bold, blue letters it said You’re Invited! 



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Travel and the Word of God

We are back! After a lovely 10 day holiday Sam, Rory and I have returned home to Lethbridge. We had a wonderful time with family and were blessed greatly at the Inspire conference. We look forward to sharing resources and material with you soon! 

As part of our travels we spent time in airports. We got an idea of the size of O’Hare airport in Chicago in fact when we had to run from one end to the other in twenty minutes to catch our connecting flight. 



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