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Beyond Sunday

February 2019

Behaving Generously

On Sunday, we talked about Luke 6:27-38.  Love our enemies? Do good to people who hate us? Bless people who curse us? Pray for people that mistreat us? That is counter cultural. It is probably easier to throw hate back at those who hate us, or repay curses for curses. We like to live in our sinful nature, what Pastor Paul called the old economy. But because of Jesus and his atoning death on the cross and glorious resurrection we are called to live in a new economy, one in which we live out the words of Luke 6:27-38. Is that easy? No way! Take time this week to read through the following text. Reflect on the counter cultural way God calls us to live. 

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Beatitudes

A few Sundays ago, we looked at how the Holy Spirit transforms us, making us more like Christ. Today, from Luke’s gospel we studied the contrast between those who find delight in God, and those who profess to follow Jesus, but who find delight in themselves, in this world, or in anything other than Jesus.

Walking in step with the Holy Spirit means doing what Jesus did. It means seeking and saving the lost. This is something we do individually, but it is also something we do together, as Maranatha Christian Reformed Church. The danger every Christian and every church faces is “mission drift”. This happens when we forget our primary purpose (love God, love others, make disciples), and start loving ourselves, forgetting others, and focusing on getting what we want, wherever we are.



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FAITH: Held by God

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Yesterday found me at Southern Alberta Bible Camp with our middle school students. And while I was not worshipping with you, God was at work, and today as you all heard about the truth of being Held by God, our middle school students heard that same thing all weekend long! How cool that God orchestrated that!



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FAITH: Transformed by the Holy Spirit

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. We now turn to Transformed by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 teaches us that the Holy Spirit applies the atoning work of Jesus Christ to us. It is the Holy Spirit who enables us to understand spiritual reality. The Holy Spirit works in our hearts, replacing our rebellious, stone hearts, with obedient new hearts of flesh. The Holy Spirit makes us receptive to God, giving us the gift of faith, and removing our spiritual blindness.

All this is part of the process of salvation, all of which is God’s gracious work in us. Not only does God seek us first, he provides salvation through Jesus Christ, as well as the heart change necessary for our response. This grace saves us and creates in us a love for God and others.



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