Living a Gospel centred life

7 Oct

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At our young adults bible study, we have started a new study called The Gospel Centred Life. The basic thread being “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 parts that stood out for me, were:

* The more we grow in maturity, the more our awareness of God’s holiness grows, as well as our awareness of our own sinfulness, and need for Jesus. I’ve always wondered about the verse where Paul says, the things he wants to do, he doesn’t, but that which he doesn’t want to do, he does. I find it so weird and awesome, how the more we grow in Christ, the more sinful we seem to ourselves.

* “We need to know, see, and savour the holy, righteous character of God. And we need to identify, admit, and feel the depth of our brokenness and sinfulness. We do not need to do these things because ‘thats what Christians are supposed to do.’ Rather, we make this our ago because it is the life God wants for us – a life marked by transforming joy, hope and love.

* During our discussion, we talked about how we judge people, and why. Its recently dawned on me, just how much I compare myself to other people, and as such judge myself and them. Its as though I use myself as the measure of how good or bad someone is. Often, I don’t meet the mark, especially when I read other women’s blogs. I feel I don’t measure up as a wife, a daughter, a Christian, and obviously, not having kids makes me feel like I don’t measure up as a mother. Satan likes to place doubt in our minds, and make us look at ourselves compared to others, instead of through cross-shaped glasses. Jesus died for me, He endured unspeakable suffering for me, to make me holy. How can I then compare myself to others, for whom He did the same. Are we not then equal? Of course I may be less mature in my faith than someone who is older and has been saved longer, but as long as I am growing, I’ll get there. I read this post on (In)courage today… Which was helpful as a reminder that we are to encourage each other, and be there when someone judges themselves to harshly. I am glad to say that I too have friends like these. And hopefully through blogging I’ll make more “imaginary” friends, who will be a blessing in my walk with the Lord, and I in theirs.

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4 Responses to “Living a Gospel centred life”

  1. Stacey October 7, 2009 at 10:44 #

    Very Cool read. At Bible study last night we kind of spoke about the same thing. We spoke mainly about sin but a lot of the points you mentioned were mentioned last night too at my Bible Study. I hope you will put up more posts like these because they help me in my Christian walk…and let’s face it, in today’s world, we need all the help we can get πŸ™‚

  2. Tyra October 7, 2009 at 16:00 #

    Very encouraging post! I enjoyed the one on (in)courage today as well. I have to admit that I struggle with not having a lot of close friends right now and it’s hard to not get down. Hopefully I’ll be making more of those ‘imaginary’ ones too! Have a great day. πŸ™‚

  3. Lizanne October 8, 2009 at 07:39 #

    @Stacey i’m thinking of doing it as weekly installment… But we’ll see, continuity is not my strong point πŸ™‚

    @Tyra I know what you mean, its discouraging when we don’t have many close friends, but I guess thats what I like about blogging. It makes the world smaller too πŸ™‚

  4. Chris October 19, 2009 at 17:39 #

    Finally got to read this post. Great to see the gospel working out in your life. We never seem to arrive in terms of reaching Gods standards but at the same time we consider Gods grace in the gospel more and more precious.

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