Tuesday Morning Recap

HEAVENLY MANSION( Original, and Scripture, below this one) made in photoshop

Gentlemen,

It was great having Mark with us Tuesday morning and talking to us about the “Extreme Makeover – Home Addition” building project that will occur in the near future.  I know we all look forward to helping with such a worthwhile cause.

Tuesday we discussed Romans 8:33,34.

“Who will bring  a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”

What does it mean to be one of God’s elect?

Ben said it means believers –  Those who have accepted Christ as their personal savior. Having believed we have a new “Extreme” home that awaits us.

“Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”  John 14:1-3

In addition being one of God’s elect means Jesus is on your side. He is working for you. Jesus is using every circumstance in your life to draw you nearer to Him and to conform you to the image of His Son.

How does Satan accuse us?

Jack said Satan whispers “You can’t trust God.” Chris added that Satan wants us to believe we aren’t good enough. He wants us living in fear. Satan can’t take away our salvation but he can destroy our witness. Mature Christians live bold and adventurous lives. This doesn’t mean lives free of suffering.  in the words of the  familiar hymn we are “victors in the midst of strife.”

How does Christ intercede for us?

Bob pointed out that the question is rhetorical. Christ set us free from sin so Satan can’t condemn us. Our sin is as far from God as the east is from the west. Christ is about the future not the past. He encourages us to become better.

Next week Romans 8:35. Consider the following questions:

1) What is the purpose of suffering?

2) Think of a time in your life where you experienced difficulty. Did it drive you closer to or further away from God?

3) How does God’s love effect your relationship with others?

See you Tuesday.

John

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