Preparing with Hope April 23, 2023
disciple: someone who follows Jesus and leads others to do the same.
We also learned that we need to give grace to each other and ourselves. We're not going to be perfect. And when we mess up, we need grace and we need to offer grace to each other.
As we studied the verses together we discovered that Jesus was challenging the listeners to stop holding people hostage to rules and instead give them back to God, because His image is on everyone. And He loves them! And so should we! The challenge was to begin looking for God's image in everyone that we encounter and offer grace to everyone.
And now listen. Instead of telling God what you want the verse to say. Listen. Ask God to speak. And give the Holy Spirit permission to say whatever He wants to say. And listen. God will speak. Allow Him to begin to prepare you to read through the verses again and hear what He wants to say to you.
read it again.
One of the ways I'm sure God has created us to live is with other people. We were never meant to do life on your own. It doesn't matter if you're an introvert or an extrovert. We all need people. So, one thing we should be doing every week is sharing what we are learning with someone else. Invite them into your learning process. Bring them along. Tell them what you've been discovering as you've been reading the Bible. And share with them how God wants you to live differently. As you share your story one thing that happens is you possibly motivate them to live differently and it encourages them to support you in how you're living too.
get ready for Sunday.
- Begin to pray for those that are serving this Sunday. (Maybe God is encouraging your to serve in some way too. Everyone has a part to play and every part is important!).
- Pray and ask God who He wants you to invite to join you to come this Sunday. Statistics show that over 80% of people nationally don't attend church. And our community is no different. Who does God want you to invite?
- Pray and ask God to prepare your heart to hear what He is going to say on Sunday. God will speak. The question is will you be ready to hear? We want to place the responsibility on others or even God. But God wants us to be ready and we do that through prayer.
See you Sunday!
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This passage is giving instruction to a Christian about what to do if you know a Christian that is in sin. To 1st try to win the person back by yourself. If he still doesn't repent bring 1 or 2 Christians with and try again. If he still won't repent now is the time to bring it to the church to let them talk to him. If he still won't repent do not fellowship with this person. The only thing I can thing of that vs18-20 have to do with vs15-17 is that we can take authority and pray for the person that is in sin, declaring what they are doing is sin (binding on earth) and asking God to intervene in the situation and God will be in agreement with us (binding in heaven). If we see Godly things Christians are doing we can call thise things that are not in existence as into existence to help in anyway to further this good work (loosing) and God will agree with this (loosing). The Amplified version helped me with this. 18 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth [c]shall have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth [d]shall have [already] been loosed in heaven.
Vs19,20 God is saying that if 2 believers agree about asking God to do a particular thing as long as it is in God's will He will do it. When 2 or 3 Christians are together to pray GOD IS THERE, meaning He's listening and that's how He is able to answer our prayers!
(PASTOR): I'm glad you are suggesting we read different versions. The amplified version really helped on the binding and loosing. I hope I understood correctly. I will use that today for someone I know and will you also agree with me for this man (Dave), that God would convict him. He believes his sisters in Christ when they deny him intimacy, are acting 'holier than thou' and I want God to show him that these are God's daughters and He should respect that they are honoring their heavenly Father in this way. Thank you Pastor Tim.