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Lorelle is 50 tonight

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2014 by grosey

 

Proverbs 31: 10 Who can find a capable wife? She is far more precious than jewels.

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11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will not lack anything good.

12 She rewards him with good, not evil, all the days of her life.
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13 She selects wool and flax and works with willing hands.

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14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from far away.

15 She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and portions for her servants.

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16 She evaluates a field and buys it; she plants a vineyard with her earnings.

17 She draws on her strength and reveals that her arms are strong.
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18 She sees that her profits are good, and her lamp never goes out at night.

19 She extends her hands to the spinning staff, and her hands hold the spindle.

20 Her hands reach out to the poor, and she extends her hands to the needy.

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21 She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all in her household are doubly clothed.

22 She makes her own bed coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple.

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23 Her husband is known at the city • gates, where he sits among the elders of the land.

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24 She makes and sells linen garments; she delivers belts to the merchants.

25 Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come.
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26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.
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27 She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.

28 Her sons rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her:
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29 “Many women are capable, but you surpass them all!”
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30 Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who  fears the Lord will be praised.

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31 Give her the reward of her labor, and let her works praise her at the city gates.

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A Priceless Christmas Why do we give the gifts we give?

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2014 by grosey

 

Isn’t the history of this season laced with unbelief and idolatry?

Certainly, the Romans decorated their temples and their pagan altars with greenery and candles.

December 25th was the celebration of one of their chief gods.

Go back into the days of the Roman Empire and you’ll discover pagan priests using mistletoe in their pagan ceremonies; arranging holly and ivy for decor in their pagan temples.

By the 5th century, all of these trappings had become a part of the church’s celebration of Christmas.

The Puritans tried to stamp out any observance of Christmas. They passed a law in England in 1644 that made Christmas Day an official working day. In fact, for a while in England, it was literally illegal to cook special desserts like plum pudding and mince pie on December 25th – which only made people to bake all their pies on Christmas Eve.

Even Great Britain’s Parliament met for years on December 25th to show their disdain for Christmas Day celebrations.

One way to handle all these old pagan things is to give it redemptive, gospel meaning. Like Martin Luther the reformer who many believe was the first to come up with the idea of taking lighted globes and attaching them to his Christmas tree . . . signifying the birth of the Light of the World. He took something pagan and gave it redemptive purpose.

In my study I found it interesting to read one article that traces the hottest selling toys for kids over the past few decades and how those gifts have changed – not only in price, but in complexity.

For instance, in 1967 the top selling Christmas gift was the board game Battleship. Fifty years later – in 2007, it was the Ipod touch.In 1990 the biggest seller was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If you don’t know who they are, I don’t have time to explain.

In 1995 it was the Beeny Baby craze. In 1980 it was Rubik’s Cube.

Go back even further and the most popular Christmas gift for kids in 1965 was An Easy Bake Oven.

Four years later, in 1969 it was your own personal chemistry set

Buying gifts for men is not nearly as complicated as it is for women. Follow these rules and you should have no problems.

      Rule #1:       When in doubt – buy him a cordless drill. It does not matter if he already has one. I have a friend who owns 17 and he has yet to complain. As a man, you can never have too many cordless drills. No one knows why.

      Rule #2:       If you cannot afford a cordless drill, buy him anything with the word ratchet or socket in it. Men love saying those two words. "Hey George, can I borrow your ratchet?" "OK. By-the-way, are you through with my 3/8-inch socket yet?" Again, no one knows why.

      Rule #3:       If you are really, really broke, buy him anything for his car, a 99 cent ice scraper, a small bottle of deicer or something to hang from his rear view mirror. Men love gifts for their cars. No one knows why.

      Rule #4:       Never buy men bathrobes. Once I was told that if God had wanted men to wear bathrobes, he wouldn’t have invented Jockey shorts.

      Rule #5:       You can buy men new remote controls to replace the ones they have worn out. If you have a lot of money buy your man a big-screen TV with the little picture in the corner. Watch him go wild as he flips, and flips, and flips.

      Rule #6:       Do not buy any man industrial-sized canisters of after-shave or deodorant. I’m told they do not stink – they are earthy.

      Rule #7:       Buy men label makers. Almost as good as cordless drills. Within a couple of weeks there will be labels absolutely everywhere. "Socks. Shorts. Cups. saucers. Door. Lock. Sink." You get the idea. No one knows why.

      Rule #8:       Never buy a man anything that says "some assembly required" on the box. It will ruin his Special Day and he will always have parts left over. No one knows why.

      Rule #9:       Good places to shop for men include …. It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t know what it is. ("From Super cheap Auto, eh? Must be something I need. Hey! Isn’t this a starter for a ’68 Ford Fairlane? Wow! thanks.")

      Rule #10:       Men enjoy danger. That’s why they never cook – but they will barbecue. (No one knows why) Get him a monster barbecue with a 100-pound propane tank. Tell him the gas line leaks. "Oh the thrill! The challenge! Who wants a hamburger?"

      Rule #11:       Tickets to a Cowboys game are a smart gift. However, he will not appreciate tickets to "A Retrospective of 19th Century Quilts." Everyone knows why.

      Rule #12:       Men love chain saws. Never, ever, buy a man you love a chain saw. If you don’t know why – please refer to Rule #7 and what happens when he gets a label maker.
      Rule #13:       It’s hard to beat a really good wheelbarrow or an aluminum extension ladder. Never buy a real man a stepladder. It must be an extension ladder. No one knows why.

      Rule #14:       Rope. Men love rope. It takes us back to our cowboy origins, or at least The Boy Scouts. Nothing says love like a hundred feet of 3/8" manila rope. No one knows why.

1. Some gifts meet a basic NEED.

2. Some gifts thrill their HEART.

3. Some gifts quiet the CONFLICT.

4. Some gifts make you a HERO.

5. Some gifts IMPRESS their friends.

6. Some gifts change their LIVES.

1. REMEMBER THE PAST

For many hundred years had the Jews been waiting for the Messiah’s advent: and at that precise time, when Jesus came, were they “expecting him, as the consolation of Israel,” and “looking for redemption in Jerusalem.” And no sooner was he born into the world, than an angel appeared to certain shepherds, to announce his advent; saying, “Behold, we bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people: for unto you is born, this day, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord [Note: Luk 2:10-11.].” As for the joy which these tidings excited, we may judge of it, not only from the exultation of the shepherds, but from the expressions of that aged saint, who, on taking the infant Saviour in his arms, exclaimed, “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation [Note: Luk 2:25-30.]!”

2. RELISH THE PRESENT

We live in the in-between time, between Christ’s first and second coming.

Isaiah 25:9 On that day it will be said, “Look, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He has saved us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him. Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”

He said Luke 2;10,11, Luke 2:28-32

Joy is to be the mark of the Christian today!

3. ANTICIPATE THE FUTURE

In the 1800’s the French novelist Victor Hugo (1802-1885) who is best known for writing Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame made this statement about the future: “In the twentieth

century war will be dead. The scaffold [hanging] will be dead. Hatred will be dead. Frontier boundaries

will be dead. Dogmas will be dead. But man will live. He will possess something higher than all these: a

great country, the whole earth, a great hope, the whole heaven.” [Quoted in Ray Stedman, God’s Final Word, page 337] If Mr. Hugo was alive today, he would be quite disappointed. War is very much alive, the scaffold may be rare, but it has been replaced by the electric chair, the gas chamber and lethal injections. Things are actually quite worse than they were in the 1800’s. Like Victor Hugo, mankind has always looked for a sort of utopia here on earth, but the more we have tried, it seems that life here on planet earth just keeps getting worse. According to Scripture, there is coming a time when things will drastically change. Even though we think of Joy to the World as being a Christmas song, it actually looks forward to this time in the future when everything wrong is made right here on earth. This song written by Isaac Watts in 1719 talks about Jesus coming to earth as King. It speaks of all creation rejoicing in His coming to rule and reign on the earth. It speaks of an earth with the curse of sin lifted. It speaks of Christ ruling the world with truth and grace and ruling the nations on earth. Listen to a few of the verses with that in mind:

Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns; Let men their songs employ;

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow

Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love, And wonders of His love.

What the song writer was writing about, what even nature looks forward to is the return of Christ to lift

the curse of sin and establish His millennial kingdom here on earth

Old Testaments prophets (especially Isaiah) describe this time as a time when the curse on the earth is lifted, the Messiah will rule with a rod of iron (no rebellion prohibited), and there will be peace on earth. Isaiah described it in Isaiah 11:6-9 (NKJV) 6 "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

Isaiah 2:4 (NKJV) “He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their

swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

Isaiah 25: 6 The Lord of •Hosts will prepare a feast for all the peoples on this mountain— a feast of aged wine, choice meat, finely aged wine.
7 On this mountain ⌊He⌋ will destroy the ⌊burial⌋ shroud, the shroud over all the peoples, the sheet covering all the nations;
8 He will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from every face and remove His people’s disgrace from the whole earth, for the Lord has spoken.
9 On that day it will be said, “Look, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He has saved us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him. Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
10 For the Lord’s power will rest on this mountain.

The Church is now expecting a second advent of our Lord, when he shall take to him his great power, and reign over the face of the whole earth. We verily believe that the time is near at hand, when “all kings shall bow down before him, and all nations shall serve him,” and “all the kingdoms of the world become his undivided empire.” And oh! what joy will his advent diffuse throughout the whole intelligent creation, both of Jews and Gentiles! Of that time the Prophet Isaiah speaks, when he says, “Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: for thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream. And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like a herb [Note: Isa 66:10-14.]. It is this reign of Christ’s rule that the old song refers to that says: There shall be peace in the valley for me some day; When the beast of the wild shall be led by a child, There shall be peace in the valley some day.

 

Are you ready?

Do you have the Joy now?

Have you reflected on the joy that first Christmas brings you now and hereafter?

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Question 1 – What makes you so sure that God exists at all- especially when you can’t see, hear or touch him?

In Uncategorized on December 27, 2014 by grosey

 

 

1 Peter 3;15 but honor the •Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.[

Worldview Matters!

Ideas  Consequences e.g., Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp

•“I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were ultimately prepared not in some ministry or other in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.”

[Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live without God?, p.25]

Nihilism: A worldview that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths

•Hitler’s boast: “I freed Germany from the stupid and degrading fallacies of conscience and morality …. We will train young people before whom the world will tremble. I want young people capable of violence – imperious (dominant), relentless and cruel.” [Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live without God?, p.23]

A worldview is a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic makeup of our world….They are generally unquestioned by each of us, rarely, if ever, mentioned by our friends, and only brought to mind when we are challenged by a foreigner from another ideological universe. James Sire, The Universe Next Door, 16, 17

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25 (17:6,)

Which Worldviews dominate society today?

Atheism •Existentialism •Hedonism •Humanism •Materialism •Nihilism •Pantheism •Postmodernism

•Pragmatism •Socialism •Theism •Deism

The Worldview Stage

Experience General Revelation Reason Emotions Tradition Scripture

Modernism / Scientism PROOF : Scientific method alone

The Ideal Modern Man: Mr. Spock

Spock is always logical and objective.

Never acts upon feeling, because that would be “illogical.”

“Physical laws simply cannot be ignored. Existence cannot be without them.”

“Pain is a thing of the mind. The mind can be controlled.”

Post-Modernism / Relativism PLURALISM / ALL views are personal

The Ideal Modern Man Mocked: Data

Due to the barrier between mind and brain, it is impossible for any truth to be more than a personal perception of truth, and therefore relative. Data is the “perfect” modern human. Despite his “perfection,” Data

1.Wants to be human. 2.Rebels against logic. 3.Attempts to develop emotions and feelings

How would you answer the question How Do You Know there is a God for..

Tony Abbott, Experience General Revelation Reason Emotions Tradition Scripture ?

ABS census indicates

Scientific Rationalism 17%

Postmodern Pluralism 22%

Christian Theism 61%

Christian 10%: 8% RC, 2% evangelical

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25 (17:6,)

I have experienced God …

The Power of an argument depends on the worldview of those arguing

There is danger in adopting non-Christian presuppositions when we argue from their worldview

There is the danger of being irrelevant if we don’t argue from their worldview.

We could attack the basis of their worldview;

Empiricism is emotionally and morally unhealthy

Relativism is unrealistic

St. Thomas Aquinas in his book Summa Theologica the unmoved mover; (cosmological argument) the first cause; (cosmological argument) the argument from contingency; the argument from degree; (the perfect) the teleological argument ("argument from design").

Evidence #1 Cause Whatever has a beginning has a cause.

Science shows us that the universe had a beginning. It therefore had a cause – one that’s outside of itself and is therefore beyond time, space, matter, and physical energy. In other words. That cause has the characteristics of the God of the Bible.

Evidence #2 fine tuned universe Our universe is fine-tuned, with astounding “just-so” precision, in ways that make it a place that can support life. The odds of that happening on its own, by sheer chance, are vanishingly small and thus point powerfully to an intelligent designer – one whom the Bible calls God.

The Watchmaker Analogy

Evidence #3 Morality Apart from God there can be no objective moral standards.

But we clearly live in a world that has objective moral standards. Therefore there has to be a divine moral lawgiver. We refer to that lawgiver as “God.”

Making it personal….Psalm 19

Psalm 19:1-6

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2 Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they display knowledge.

3 There is no speech or language

where their voice is not heard.

4 Their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world. Action

Content

Scope

God reveals Himself in creation.

Psalm 19:1-6

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,

5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.

Romans 1:18

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Descartes’ ontological argument based on the theory of innate ideas and the doctrine of clear and distinct perception. God’s existence is inferred directly from the fact that necessary existence is contained in the clear and distinct idea of a supremely perfect being. It is a self-evident axiom.

Jesus used evidential arguments that led to rational beliefs John 5 34There is Another who testifies about Me, and I know that the testimony He gives about Me is valid. 33 You have sent [messengers]to John, and he has testified to the truth. 36 “But I have a greater testimony than John’s because of the works that the Father has given Me to accomplish. These very works I am doing testify about Me that the Father has sent Me. 37 The Father who sent Me has Himself testified about Me. 39 You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me.

the ways of knowing of john 5

Knowing Rationally

Knowing Experimentally (empirically) His Works

Knowing Historically

The witness of others,

The Word as a witness

Tips for Talking …Realize there may be deeper personal issues – beyond what people are talking to you about – that hold them back from believing or trusting in God.

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Christmas BC – Seed of Woman

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2014 by grosey

 

 

Genesis 3:14,15 Then the Lord God said to the serpent: Because you have done this, you are cursed more than any livestock and more than any wild animal. You will move on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life. 15 I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel

There is Prophecy in this passage

Gal 4: 4 But when the completion of the time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

There is History in this passage

Rev 12: 9 So the great dragon was thrown out—the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan,  the one who deceives the whole world. He was thrown to earth, and his angels with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of  His  Messiah have now come, because the accuser of our brothers has  been  thrown out: the one who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not love their lives in the face of death.

There is Theology in this passage

Col 2: 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him

There is Victory in this passage

2 Cor 2:14 14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

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I Believe in the Holy Spirit

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2014 by grosey

What exactly does the Holy Spirit do in a believer’s life?

REGENERATION Titus 3:5 John 3:5-8

INDWELLING 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

NON-EXPERIENTIAL

BAPTISM 1 Corinthians 12:13

ANNOINTING 1 John 2:27

GIFTS 1 Corinthians 12 – 14

SEALING Ephesians 1:14

Ephesians 4:30

PRAYING Romans 8:26

EXPERIENTIAL

FRUIT Galatians 5:22-23

FILLING Ephesians 5:18

TEACHING John 12: 12-15

ASSURANCE Romans 8:16

GUIDANCE Romans 8:14

PRAYING Romans 8:26

GIFTS 1 Corinthians 12 – 14

John 3:8 The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

The Ceaseless Action of The Spirit              The wind blows

The Sovereign Freedom of The Spirit             where it pleases,

The Indisputable Evidence of The Spirit              and you hear its sound

The Inscrutable Origin of The Spirit                             but you don’t know where it comes from

The Incalculable Destiny of The Spirit                             or where it is going.

 

 

1. Why did Jesus promise the Holy Spirit?

2. Why is it possible for us to have a more intimate relationship with Jesus than the early disciples?

3. Who has the Holy Spirit and for how long?

4. How could recognizing, moment by moment, WHO dwells within you impact your life? Attitudes? Worries? Fear? Relationships? Prayers? Self-image?

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I Believe in the communion of saints

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2014 by grosey

Psalm 133

1 How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.

3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore

Togetherness is Enjoyable

Togetherness is Evident

Togetherness is Essential

Togetherness is Earnest

Ephesians 4:1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

It Takes Honesty

It takes Humility

It Takes Courtesy

It Takes Confidentiality

It Takes Frequency

Satan delights in division; he knows it stops us from bearing effective witness in our community.

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Following Jesus In Our Work Luke 9:23

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2014 by grosey

Pastor Steve spoke on Sunday about the dominion of daily Work, the Drudgery, dignity and duty of daily Work. He then turned to something above our work.

What struck you from the message on Sunday?

23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. 25 What is a man benefited if he gains the whole world, yet loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and that of the Father and the holy angels.

“Too many churches are looking for decisions. Jesus is looking for disciples.” What is the difference?

What do you think is the difference in a half-hearted follower of Jesus and someone who is all in?

1. Deny Yourself (Luke 9:23)

1) What are the first 2 words of this verse (23)?

2) How do they affect what Jesus is saying? Is He trying to force anyone to follow Him?

3) How does Jesus describe being His disciple in this verse? We always say salvation is free, but is there a cost?

4) What does it mean to deny oneself? (Greek, “deny” means to lose sight of yourself, or to forget yourself).

5) How does denying yourself differ from works-based salvation? Is this something we must do in order to be saved, or because we have been saved? And what is the difference in the two?

6) Discuss the view of self-denial in Australia

2. Die to Yourself (Luke 9:23-24)

7) What did Jesus mean by, “Take up your cross?” What was the cross used for in His time?

8) How does verse 24 go on to describe dying to yourself?

9) How do you lose your life, practically speaking, in order to save it?

10) In this passage, Jesus is basically boiling life down to 2 choices: You can keep your life for yourself and eventually lose it; or you can lose your life to Jesus and eternally keep it. Compare these 2 choices. Be practical!

3. Devote Yourself (Luke 9:23-25)

11) What else does this verse say we must choose to do daily?

12) What does it mean to “follow” Christ daily?

13) Jim Elliott, a missionary to South America, said: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Discuss this statement.

14) What does it mean to gain the world, yet lose your soul (verse 25)?

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