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What does it mean to carry your cross? How can we carry our cross daily?
Putting to death the self life is the culmination of the fruit of the Spirit series we've been in 2011. To see accompanying presentation, visit the link to Prezi.Com
An overview of the discipline of fasting and a life of self denial.
Both the idea of and desire for love is hardwired into our human fabric. Everybody wants its, fewer want to give it, every person needs it. Love is is in the heart of man. This is so because man is created in God’s image, and love is foundational to the nature of God. (1 John 4:16) “God is love”; (John 3:16) “For God so loved the world” (John 17:24) “loved Me before the foundation of the world” (John 13:34-35) “world will know you by your love for one another” 1 John 3 “by this you assure your heart before God … that you love your brother” Eph. 5 “Be imitators of God and walk in love” Eph 5 “husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church” 1 John “how can anyone love God, whom he has not seen, if he does not love his brother, whom he has seen” Love is foundational the nature of God, the eternal relationship of the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), the grounds of God’s redeeming work, the foundation of man’s relationship to God and to one another, one of the chief testimonies of the church to the world, and the one of the chief marks of regeneration. Heaven will be a place of the eternal experience of perfect love. It is not surprising, then, that love is the very foundation of the Law. If you want to boil all of God’s revelation about how man is to know Him, relate to Him, and relate to one another it is this: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your strength, with all your soul … love your neighbor as yourself, on these two commandments depend the whole law and the prophets.” True righteousness can be boiled down to the matter of: LOVE. But for now there is the reality of sin. You have the command to love God and neighbor in a world that is hostile to God and neighbor. Yet, it is precisely against this backdrop that God has designed His love and the love of those who know Him should shine most brightly. It is not that the Jews rejected love, they had just redefined to their censorious and self-centered agenda. It is this attitude that the Lord is addressing.
Many people are near the kingdom of God but not in the Kingdom. God has prescribed the life he blesses in his kingdom
Peter goes on to emphasize the need for “patient endurance” when we suffer wrongfully because that patient endurance is “pleasing to God” (v. 20), it follows the example of Jesus Christ (v. 21), and it displays the outworking of our redemption. Peter sums up his appeal by calling the believer to become an “underwriter” of Jesus Christ and to conduct ourselves in such a way that we draw people into relationship with Him. Jesus is the watchful Shepherd and our Overseer (employer/director) of our souls.
We see Mark's story take a pivotal turn as Jesus begins journeying to his death. Jesus teaches that following him means completely giving of ourselves and surrendering to him.