Your very being is contingent on God’s being. Every breath you take is a gift from Him. We explore the implications of this truth.
In followup to a recent sermon on how our culture views sex, we explore the application of 1 Thessalonians 4, which calls upon us to possess our bodies in holiness and honor. We talk strategy for the sexual battlegrounds we face.
God’s creation is good. But it is not at rest. It is fallen. And it is groaning. We too groan within it, longing for something more, longing for a state like Eden without the curse of sin and death which affects all creation. Romans 8 helps us make sense of history and God’s redemptive plan by viewing it all through the lens of the resurrection - Phase 1 with Jesus and Phase 2 still in our future.
In exploring the general resurrection through 2 exciting passages, we reflect on 2 questions the Bible itself asks on our behalf: How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?
The average person is comfortable with the resurrection story because they don't truly understand it and they don't grasp its conclusions. We reflect on Luke's record of Jesus' resurrection appearances and why we should either be terrified or thrilled by what it means. There is no middle ground.
The Bible teaches a two-stage understanding of the afterlife. The final stage is the general resurrection of the just and the unjust. The Bible spends most of its time speaking of this final stage. But what happens in between the time of my death and the time of Jesus' coming? We begin with some of the options of how people ancient and modern have understood this intermediate state and then examine biblical clues on stage one of our existence beyond the grave.
Sanctification is the process of God making us holy, as He is holy. 1 Thessalonians 5 gives us 3 components of our sanctification - SPIRIT, SOUL, and BODY. We explore all 3.
From the time of the early church onward, Christians have struggled with a proper view of the human body. Gnostic thinking tells us that the body is evil and of no value. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the condition of the body can easily become an idol. We discuss how the Bible does not endorse either of these positions but instead teaches us how to value the body without overvaluing it.
The Resurrection of Jesus is the Climax...the Ultimate Triumph...of the Gospel Story. But it's not… the end. It's the first fruits of something in which we all will participate - THE FINAL RESURRECTION. We look at 3 points...3 moments...on a path that God has planned for the individual who responds to the resurrection of Jesus: 1) Jesus' Own Resurrection, 2) The Resurrection of My Soul in Baptism, 3) The Resurrection of My Body at Jesus' Return.
As a followup to the previous lesson, we explore how the "body" terminology emerges as a theme in Ephesians, especially in terms of our collective growth as the body of Christ