WEEK 5 - march 18TH, 2018
"i give up my life"
Is there something you expect or hope for when you think about your life in general? The Apostle Paul wrote the book of Philippians while he was in prison in pain, awaiting his execution. Despite these circumstances he wrote, “To live is Christ. To die is gain”. Where does that expectation come from? In the book of Philippians, we find out how we can have a similar attitude no matter our circumstances.
WEEK 4 - march 11TH, 2018
"i give up enemies"
You’ll never find in the Old Testament a directive to hate your enemy. It’s not there. And yet as we look back on our history we’ll find many instances where we have justified our hate even while calling ourselves believers. In the book of Matthew, however, we read that Jesus tells us to love our enemies. But how do we love our enemies? When we’re trying to figure out how to love an enemy we start not with our feelings or the events that led them to become our enemy. We start with Jesus.
WEEK 3 - march 4TH, 2018
"i give up superiority"
Pride causes us to stay horizontally-focused first. We are always looking around comparing ourselves to others instead keeping our focus on God. We know that humility is the opposite of pride but how do we truly live in humility? In the book of Luke we learn that the way up is down.
WEEK 2 - february 25TH, 2018
"i give up expectations"
Our world is full of trouble. The Bible tells us so. If we don't remember this, we can have expectations for how our life should look. When those expectations are not met, there's disappointment. In the book of Genesis we read about Joseph who had great dreams for his future, that were delayed or even different from what he expected. We can learn from his experience that the grace of God is often found in the trials of life.
WEEK 1 - february 18TH, 2018
"i give up control"
To some degree, we're all born with a need to be in control. As Christ followers, this can be problematic. In John 21, we learn about Peter who also struggled with giving up control and how God used that to point him to the grace and strength that comes only through a life of faith fully dependent upon Christ.