forthefameofjesus

Part 2 - Pretending & Performing

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Each of us tends to “shrink the cross,” which is to say that something is lacking in our understanding, appreciation, or application of Jesus’ sacrifice for our sin. This manifests itself in two main ways: pretending and performing. Pretending minimizes sin by making ourselves out to be something we are not. Performing minimizes God’s holiness by reducing his standard to something we can meet, thereby meriting his favor. Both are rooted in an inadequate view of God’s holiness and our identity.

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Part 1 - The Gospel Grid

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If the gospel is constantly “bearing fruit and growing” (Col. 1:6), then everything has to do with the gospel—God, humanity, salvation, worship, relationships, shopping, recreation, work, personality...everything! The objective of this first part of the series  is to establish a framework for talking about the gospel. This framework will get worked out in greater detail over the next two weeks, so this lesson is designed to help us understand the concepts and begin exploring how they relate to actual life.

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Jesus and a Community of Pursuit

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In John 4 we see Jesus have an unlikely interaction with a woman at a well. Jesus pursues this woman with intentionality, with compassion and with the truth and it changes everything for this woman and an entire town. How does his pursuit of us motivate our pursuit of one another?

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