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Posts from March 2022

Posts from March 2022

Even Though He Is Fully Human, Jesus Is Sinless

Section 4: Jesus Week 1: Jesus Is Fully Human Day 4: Even Though He Is Fully Human, Jesus Is Sinless Heb. 4:14-16 Jesus never sinned (2 Cor. 5:21, Heb. 4:15). That is an amazing truth. Especially when you consider the fact that, as we’ve already seen, Jesus has a human body, human emotions, and a human mind. Those things lead you and me into countless sins. So how did Jesus remain sinless? We’ll talk about this more next week, but…

Jesus Has a Human Mind

Section 4: Jesus Week 1: Jesus Is Fully Human Day 3: Jesus Has a Human Mind Luke 2:41-51 We saw yesterday that Jesus had to learn to obey the Father over the course his life, and his suffering played an important role in that process. Suffering, however, doesn’t always cause someone to grow in their faith in God. Sadly, it can also cause people to turn away from him. So how was Jesus able to grow in obedience through the…

Jesus Has Human Emotions

Section 4: Jesus Week 1: Jesus Is Fully Human Day 2: Jesus Has Human Emotions Matt. 26:36-46 In yesterday’s reading, we noted that Jesus is fully human, and therefore has a human body just like you and me. Because he is fully human, Jesus also experiences human emotions. Nowhere is that truth more obvious than at Gethsemane. Knowing he would soon be crucified, Jesus went there to pray. The prospect of dying for our sins was so painful that Jesus…

Jesus Has a Human Body

Section 4: Jesus Week 1: Jesus Is Fully Human Day 1: Jesus Has a Human Body 1 John 4:2-3 As we’ll see throughout this month’s study, the Bible teaches Jesus was (and still is) both fully God and fully man. The early Church struggled to figure out how to hold those two truths together. One of the first struggles had to do with Jesus’ body. We’ve noted before that the body tended to get a bad rap in Greek philosophy.…

One Day We Will Perfectly Reflect God’s Image Because We Will Be Fully Conformed to Christ’s Image

Section 3: Humanity Week 4: The Image of God within Us Has Been Distorted Day 5: One Day We Will Perfectly Reflect God’s Image Because We Will Be Fully Conformed to Christ’s Image 1 Cor. 15:35-58 If we want to fully reflect God’s image, we need to follow Christ’s example. The problem is, because of sin, no matter how hard we try we will never be able to fully realize that goal. Thankfully that’s not the end of the story.…

The Park City Podcast – S1:E8

Heavenly-mindedness and The Heart of God How does the heart of God soothe our worries? Can we really be excited about what God is doing in our lives presently to sanctify us though we are not yet perfect? In this episode, David and Phil discuss Matthew 6:19-34 and talk about how Christ calls us to trade in our worldly-mindedness for a heavenly-mindedness.  Then, in the devotional discussion, they talk about how the image of God within us has been distorted…

The Closer We Follow Jesus, The Better We Reflect God’s Image

Section 3: Humanity Week 4: The Image of God within Us Has Been Distorted Day 4: The Closer We Follow Jesus, the Better We Reflect God’s Image Phil. 2:1-19 We were created to reflect God’s image. When we realize Christ perfectly reflected God’s image in his life, we realize that we can fulfill our purpose by following him. That’s why the New Testament is full of calls for believers to imitate Christ. It’s not just that Christ is a good…

Jesus Shows Us What the Image of God Ought to Look Like

Section 3: Humanity Week 4: The Image of God within Us Has Been Distorted Day 3: Jesus Shows Us What the Image of God Ought to Look Like 2 Cor. 4:4-6 The gospel of John begins with an amazing description of Jesus. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). In context, “the Word” is a clear reference to Jesus. John’s point is that Jesus is God himself. We’ll…

The Image of God Wasn’t Completely Destroyed by the Fall

Section 3: Humanity Week 4: The Image of God within Us Has Been Distorted Day 2: The Image of God Wasn’t Completely Destroyed by the Fall Gen. 9:1-6 We saw yesterday that the image of God within us was profoundly damaged by the Fall. But it’s important to realize the image was not completely destroyed. That’s why God continues to place so much value on human life (See Gen. 9:6). It’s also why we never find sin fully satisfying. My…

What Did the Fall Do to Us?

Section 3: Humanity Digging Deeper Topic 2: What Did the Fall Do to Us? We Inherited a Corrupt Nature I’ve recently gotten hooked on the show The Walking Dead. On one level, it’s just a story about a zombie apocalypse (and who doesn’t love a zombie apocalypse?). On another level, however, it’s a fascinating exploration of human nature. As the characters are forced to do horrible things just to survive, you can’t help but wonder how far they can go…

The Image of God Was Damaged by the Fall

Section 3: Humanity Week 4: The Image of God within Us Has Been Distorted Day 1: The Image of God Was Damaged by the Fall Gen. 3 Earlier we focused on the fact that we were created in God’s image. Something happened, though. Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, and since then nothing has worked the way it’s supposed to. The earth was cursed, human relationships were strained, physical death entered the world, and we were separated from God…

We Have an Important Responsibility

Section 3: Humanity Week 3: God Created Us in His Image Day 5: We Have an Important Responsibility Matt. 5:43-48, Eph. 5:1-2 Most of us hate chores. They’re such small tedious things. Whether it’s doing the dishes, mowing the lawn, or making the bed, very few of us wake up in the morning looking forward to all the chores we have to do. The relative importance of such tasks doesn’t seem to warrant all the time and effort we have…