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Word Becoming Flesh:

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Ben Lovelady

on 10 December 2017

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”
John 1:1-2 ESV
Horizontal Advent
“As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:9-13 ESV
Word Becoming Flesh:
The Discipline of

“No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side [in the bosom of the Father], He has made Him known.”
John 1:18 ESV
“…the Word became flesh and dwelt [or have one's tent] among us.”
John 1:14
“…just as in men speech is called the expression of thoughts, so it is not inappropriate to apply this to God and say that He expresses Himself to us by His Speech or Word.”
John Calvin
“I glorified You on earth, having accomplished the work that You gave Me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me in Your own presence with the glory that I had with You before the world existed.”
John 17:4-5 ESV
“The Word moved into the neighborhood.”
The Message,
Eugene Peterson
“As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved You.”
John 15:9 ESV
Vertical Advent
“As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. …This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
John 15:9, 12
“…lay[ing] down [your] life for [your] friends.”
John 15:13
“He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…”
Ephesians 4:10-13 ESV
“[Acts is] the story of how the vertical advent of God in the mission of Jesus bends out and becomes the horizontal advent of Jesus in the mission of the church. In us. Jesus came into the world at the first Advent, and every Advent since is a reminder of His continual advent into more and more lives. And that advent is, in fact, our advent—our coming, our moving into the lives of those around us and into the peoples of the world.”
John Piper

“Bearing each other’s burdens…”
(Galatians 6:2)
“Encouraging one another…”
(1 Thessalonians 4:18; 5:11; Hebrews 3:13; 10:25)
“Building each other up…”
(1 Thessalonians 5:11)
“Spurring one another on
to love and good deeds…”
(Hebrews 10:24)
“Confessing sins to each other
and praying for each other…”
(James 5:16)
“Speaking the truth in love…”
(Ephesians 4:15)
“And [God] put all things under [Christ’s] feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
Ephesians 1:22-2:1 ESV
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Matthew 16:18 ESV
“…I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Philippians 1:6 ESV
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 ESV
Connect Group Goal: building authentic Christian relationships around the Word of God to assist in bringing about full maturity in Christ @ FBC.
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies--in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
1 Peter 4:8-11 ESV
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