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CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T02 - Shape your Life with the Words of Life
Transcript of CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T02 - Shape your Life with the Words of Life
The fundamental means of God’s ongoing grace
God’s self-expression in his Word
"The fundamental means of God’s ongoing grace, through his Spirit, in the life of the Christian and the life of the church is God’s self-expression in his Word." (Mathis)
Part 1: Hear His Voice (God's Word)
“The Christian life, from start to finish, is utterly dependent on the grace of God.” (Mathis)
- new spiritual life
Shape Your Life with the Words of Life (ch. 1)
- living by God's grace
- able to stand trials
- strengthened for everyday life
- growing into greater maturity
- making right choices
Principles of Ongoing Grace
hearing God’s voice (his word)
having God's ear (prayer)
belonging to God's people (fellowship)
God's regular channels of grace
The Word Incarnate
The Word Evangelical
The Word Written
The Word Pervasive
John 1:14 (ESV), And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
the gospel word, the message about Jesus (Col. 3:16)
If we are to saturate our lives with the words of life, we must be people of the Book. (Mathis)
Why should God's word (listening to God's voice) have top priority over prayer (having God's ear) and fellowship (belonging to Christ's body, the church)?
God speaks, he reveals himself
List three ways God has revealed himself to you through his word, i.e., you knew that God is speaking to you.
Col. 3:16 (ESV), Let the
word of Christ
dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
What regular rhythms and specific practices of life - daily, weekly, or monthly, or however regular - do you see yourself using to engage yourself with God's word?
Phil 2:14-16 (ESV), Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
e.g., Philippians 2:14-16