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Jesus Incarnated … Christmas through the Eyes of John

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Jesus Incarnated … Christmas through the Eyes of John

Our job is to do exactly what Jesus did. Jesus INCARNATED.

Break down the word carnivorecarnalflesh.

As followers of Jesus our job is simple. We do what Jesus did. Jesus incarnated. We incarnate. We enter the world of others. We don’t come to condemn, we come to understand their world and to care.

We are touched by Jesus, and we, in turn touch others. It’s really simple. This is the message we heard from Christ and are reporting to you: God is light, and there isn’t any darkness in him (1 John 1:5 GW).

Throughout the rest of John’s pastoral letter, he seems to deal with the same themes over, and over again:

  • The brokenness of our flesh.
  • The pain and darkness of our world.
  • The endless battles between life and death.
  • And the unlimited power of Jesus love that overcomes the world.

The amazing book of 1st John ends with a great awareness: We know that we are from God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we know the real God. We are in the one who is real, his Son Jesus Christ. This Jesus Christ is the real God and eternal life. Dear children, guard yourselves from false gods (1 John 5:19-21 GW).

Aren’t you glad that Jesus came in the flesh to give hope to my flesh and bring peace to a broken world!

Watch or listen to the complete message here.

 

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Why We Do Life Together

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Why We Do Life Together

We must learn to stand apart and to stand together! The balance is difficult because these forces seem at odds with each other. Some people are so connected and enmeshed with others, they don’t know who they are. Others are so disconnected they have no idea the richness of relationships they are missing.

It’s time to examine our true selves, to look deep into our souls and ask the hard questions about our level of connectedness to the Body of Christ.

Consider these questions:

  • Am I experiencing true AGAPE with the Church of Jesus Christ?
  • Is my connection appropriate and authentic?
  • Am I giving and receiving?

Agape was NOT the main characteristic of religious life in the Old Testament. It was more about obedience, rules and regulations. It was not about relationships. But something shifted the day the New Testament church was born.

Relationships became central. Life together was transformed people.

The believers studied what the apostles taught. They shared life together. They broke bread and ate together. And they prayed. Everyone felt that God was near. The apostles did many wonders and miraculous signs. All the believers were together. They shared everything they had. They sold what they owned. They gave each other everything they needed. Every day they met together in the temple courtyard. In their homes they broke bread and ate together. Their hearts were glad and honest and true. They praised God. They were respected by all the people. Every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.”[1]

Four great questions to ask ourselves:

  1. Who am I connected with in the Word?
  2. Who am I sharing life with?
  3. Who am I breaking bread with?
  4. Who am I praying with?

These are natural outflows of Christ-followers who are connected to one another in life-giving relationships.

 

[1] Acts 2:42-47 NIRV

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