Tuesday, April 9, 2013

april byu craft night


If you're a lady, you like crafts, and you go to BYU, come to craft night!

Hope to see ya there!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

1 John: A Solid Foundation Week 2: Loving the Right Thing



Lesson Overview:

The foundation of your life is closely tied to where you choose to find your worth.
When you base your identity upon the truths of God, your priorities change. Having God-centered priorities will shift your attention away from yourself and your needs, and toward the needs and concerns of others. This lesson will help you consider how the love of God can be motivation to see your life from God’s perspective and focus your actions toward displaying God’s love in practical ways.
 


- We use the word LOVE in all kinds of ways. What are some examples of things you love - but things you wouldn't sacrifice your life to protect?
- Does it matter that we talk about love so freely? Does it lessen the value of what genuine love is? Why or why not?



Main Passage:

1 John 2:3-17

"3And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
7Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 11But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
12I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake. 13I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, children, because you know the Father. 14I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
15Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever."


Questions and Thoughts:


1. Loving God means obeying God.

• Look at verses 3-6. Why is obedience a form of evidence that we love and know God?
• Are you surprised by the harshness of what John writes in verse 4 about people who say they know God but don’t obey God’s commands? Why or why not?
• In verse 6, John says we ought to live our lives like Jesus did. What does that mean, practically, here in the 21st century?

-In this passage, John is far more black and white on the issue of obeying God’s commandments than our current culture is. John makes it clear that those who say they live in God and live in the light should imitate the way Jesus lived. Love leads to obedience because it demonstrates devotion, it demonstrates recognition of who God truly is, and it demonstrates our desire to point the way to God through our lifestyle.

2. Loving God inspires you to love others.

• Look at verse 7. Why does John say that this command is both old and new? What do you think that means?
• Why does loving fellow Christians identify whether or not we are living in the light?
• Verses 10-11 reference a Christian who abides in light and someone who abides in darkness. What is the difference of these two lifestyles?
-John tells us that living in light won’t cause others to stumble. One mark of living in darkness is if we hate another Christian. John actually tells us that when you hate someone else, you are the one that suffers, not them.

3. Loving God means truly loving God.

• What does verse 15 say about those who love or show affection to this world and the things in it? How easy is it for you to fall into the trap of loving the things of this world or the things of our culture?
• In verses 15-17, John addresses three specific areas when cautioning us in loving the world. First, he talks about a craving for physical pleasure. How can lust lead us astray?
• Then he talks about a craving for everything we see. How can our eyes lead us astray?
• He also talks about having pride in our achievements. How can pride lead us astray?
• How have you seen these three areas impact your relationship with God? How have you seen them affect those around you?


Applicable Questions for this week:


• What does it mean for you to live your life in God and for God? What habits or patterns will help you continue to grow in this area?
• What is one thing that you have allowed to take your affection away from God? How can you approach God and seek change so your heart is more closely aligned with his?
• How are you mending your broken relationships? How are you helping others to restore relationships?







Tuesday, March 5, 2013

new book: 1 John: "A Solid Foundation" Week 1: "Living Light"

What is the foundation of your faith? Do you know what you believe and why you believe it? What did Jesus really accomplish through his death on the cross? These are common questions that many people wrestle with. In the first of three letters that bear his name, John eloquently and concisely explains the answers to these foundational faith questions. In this lesson, we will see how walking with Jesus leads to walking in light.


WHAT: There is a difference between walking in light and walking in darkness, and God calls us to experience true fellowship by living in the light.
WHY: Because Christ chose to die in our place for our sins, we can experience the joy of walking in the light as we follow God.
HOW: Examine the biblical truth about walking in the light to define how they see themselves.


Main Passage: 1 John 1:1 - 2:2 ///


The Incarnation of the Word of Life

1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our[a] joy complete.

Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world."




Questions & Main Points ///

1. God's light outshines darkness.
-We see several references to light and darkness in 1:5-7. What does it mean to walk in darkness? How do you know if you're walking in the light?
-How is it possible to say we have fellowship with God yet walk in darkness? What does John say about those who do this?
-How can "remaining in Christ" help you walk in light?
-The wonderful truth of God's light coming into our lives builds a solid foundation for our lives. We have the privilege of walking every day with the Creator of the universe. However, we live in a broken world where disobedience needs to be dealt with in order for us to be in relationship with God. Let's take a look at what sin is and what it does to our fellowship with God.
2. Sin creates separation from God.
-In your own words, how would you define sin?
-What are some ways in which sin can manifest itself in our lives?
-What is your response to what 1 John 1:8 says about those who claim to be without sin?
-Is it possible for us to be unaware of our sin? Why or why not? {Remember: John wrote this letter to Christians, not people who hadn't heard the good news of Jesus}.
-The Bible tells us that God is holy and that people are sinful. Sin has separated the creator, God, from creation, us. Sin is not "making moral mistakes." Sin goes deeper that "slipping up." Sin is the absence of relationship with God and the notion that you can stand sufficient without God. The Bible tells us that sin is falling short of God's standard, which is holiness. Sin always reveals itself as rebellion to God's will.
3. Confession opens the door to relationship.
-When you hear the word confession, what images or emotions are evoked? Why?
-John tells us that when we confess our sin to God, that God's faithfulness toward us leads to forgiveness and cleansing of our wickedness or unrighteousness. Why do we need to be cleansed of all wickedness? What happens if we allow these things to remain part of our lives?
-We all have a desperate need for a savior. Jesus Christ came to earth to redeem us to the Father and this passage of Scripture reveals the foundational principles that are true of God and pertinent to every Christian. Our sin must be dealt with in order for us to be in relationship with God and as we conclude we are going to look at how Jesus dealt with sin on our behalf...
 Hebrews 9:11-22 ///

The Blood of Christ

11 "But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here,[a] he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands,that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining[b]eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himselfunblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[c] so that we may serve the living God!
15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
16 In the case of a will,[d] it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it,17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.”[e] 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness."

Other passages to look at:
-Leviticus 20:26
-Romans 3:23
-Romans 6:23
-Isaiah 6:1-7
-John 15:1-5

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

february byu ladies craft night !


If you're a lady, you like crafts, you like snacks, you like girl time, and you go to byu, come to craft night!

email me for my address: kidd.molly@gmail.com

Can We Trust the Bible???



Tonight at Bible Study come loaded with questions about the Bible. We are talking about it's validity, and why it's the one true word of God. Pastor Scott, who majored in church history, will be there tonight to talk about the validity and history of the Bible. You won't want to miss it! Come ready with any question you may have, nothing is off limits! This book has been tested for thousands of years, and continues to be the most accurate book in history. But don't take my word for it, find out for yourself. See you at 7:30!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ephesians 5:1-6:9 "BEING WHO WE ARE pt 3"




Main Passage ///
Ephesians 5:1-6:9


1 "Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.Therefore do not be partners with them.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body.31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[c] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”[d]
Fathers,[e] do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.
And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him."

Lesson Objectives ///

WHAT: With the new identity that we have received from Christ comes great responsibility within our relationships.
WHY: We can benefit from examining the way that they walk because a mark of a follower of Christ is a walk of wisdom and truth.

Main Points ///

+GOD IS YOUR EXAMPLE.
+In verse 1, Paul says that Christians ought to be imitators of God - yet we don't see God in physical form, we don't engage in audible conversations with God, and we even sometimes wonder if God is there with us. How do we imitate Christ?
+What role does understanding your identity in Christ have in your imitation of God? Can you truly imitate God without understanding your identity as a Christ follower? Why or why not?
+What do you think it means to be a sacrifice to God, as Paul mentions in verse 2?
+What Paul is making clear to Christians is that because of Christ's unselfish sacrifice on the cross, we have now been reconciled to God. As a result, we are to willingly give up ourselves and all our pursuits and be imitators of Christ. 
+REFLECT GOD'S LIGHT.
+Read Ephesians 5:3-21. Paul is telling us about the differences between those that walk in darkness and those that are walking in the light. What is your reaction to the things he writes in these verses?
+What does walking as children of light look like, practically, on a daily basis?
+Why is it necessary to put off sexual immorality and all impurity? What do those things symbolize in your life if they exist? How do those reflect your new identity?
+In verse 15, Paul contrasts walking wisely with walking unwisely. How would you differentiate between these ways of living? Give a couple of examples.
+In verse 17, Paul emphasizes the importance of understanding God's will. How much do you struggle with the idea of finding and following God's will - or is it a struggle at all?
+Our identity is found in Christ and therefore we are to live differently from the world. If our lives represent the former self, then we have not fully given our lives to follow Christ. Paul says that if our lives are marked with sexual immorality, foolish talk or joking, impurity, idolatry, or living in darkness, then we are not able to take part in the inheritance found in Christ. Paul offers a rally cry for us today in verse 11: Take no part in unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
+CONSIDER PRINCIPLES OF YOUR NEW IDENTITY.
+Read Ephesians 5:23-33. How do the words of this passage about different familial relationships help you better understand the message of what it means to be a follower of Christ?
+What does submission mean? How does a wife's submission show the relationship between the church and Christ? Why is this submission so significant?
+What issues do you have with the concept of submission?
+If men understood - both dating relationship as well as in marriage - how much Christ actually loved the church, how would it change they way they view women and relationships?
+What kind of love does it take for Christians to love spouses like Christ loved the church?
+This passage shows us a window into the heart of God about relationships. The relationship between a husband and a wife is a description of the relationship between Christ and the church, We need to love unconditionally and be willing to give up ourselves completely to one another for the sake of the gospel. Marriage relationships should show a dying world just how much Christ loved his body {the church}. Similarly, the relationships between parents and children and between bosses and workers are all opportunities to display a Christ-like attitude in our world. God's light can shine in and through these important relationships.

Secondary Passages ///

1 Thessalonians 4:3-12
"3 For this is God's will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality, 4 so that each of you knows how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don't know God. 6 This means one must not transgress against and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger of all these offenses, as we also previously told and warned you. 7 For God has not called us to impurity, but to sanctification. 8 Therefore, the person who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who also gives you His Holy Spirit.

9 About brotherly love: you don't need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another. 10 In fact, you are doing this toward all the brothers in the entire region of Macedonia. But we encourage you, brothers, to do so even more, 11 to seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 so that you may walk properly in the presence of outsiders and not be dependent on anyone."

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1 John 1:5-10
"5 Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. 6 If we say, "We have fellowship with Him," and walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say, "We have no sin," we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say, "We have not sinned," we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."

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Closing Thoughts ///

Through Christ's love, he was willing to give himself up on a cross for us to live. Jesus truly put us first. Are you willing to give up everything for the sake of following Christ and putting the benefit of others first? Why or why not? What parts of your life do you struggle most with giving up? Why?

We have Christ as the perfect example. When we draw near to Him and desire to follow Him, He transforms us from the inside out, rather the outside in. Ask God to change you from the inside out, and He absolutely will.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ephesians 4:17-32 "BEING WHO WE ARE pt 2"

Primary Passage /// Ephesians 4:17-32

"17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self,created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands,that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."

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Lesson Objectives:

WHAT: As Christ followers, we are new creations and can lead lives consistent with what our new creation looks like.
WHY: Life can be extremely hard and demanding, but college-aged people can discover hope and strength when they recognize that their identity is found completely in Christ.
HOW: This lesson will encourage participants to understand that they no longer have a worldly, dying identity, but one that is found in Christ with a different heart and understanding.

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Questions & Main Ideas:

-Where is your identity found?
1. God recognizes your old identity.
-Look at verses 17-19. Paul's statement in this passage about Gentiles was not a statement about people of a particular race or ethnicity; it was a statement about people who were following their own selfish, sinful ways of living. How closely does Paul's description echo the culture that you live in today? Give some specific examples.
-When you look at the hands of someone who has worked in construction or landscaping, you will quickly notice that they're hardened and callous. These calluses didn't appear overnight; they emerged after a lot of rubbing and pain. Once a callus forms, the person starts to lose a certain amount of tolerance. Based on what Paul says in verse 19, how can this illustrate this idea of our old identity, before salvation in Christ? How can it illustrate parts of our lives even after being given a new identity?
-What are some areas in your life that have changed because of being a Christ-follower? Did this process of change happen in the way you expected, or did it unfold in surprising ways?
-Paul offers a reminder of what the former self looks like. He wants us to see that because it helps us to understand that this former identity is not at all what we ought to look like. Look at the world around you, and you will see that it is just like the description that Paul gives here of the culture of his day. Being darkened in understanding and calloused from what is right is an exact description of those people who need to hear the message of Jesus- and the people we formerly were without Christ.
2. God wants you to live out your new identity.
-Look at verses 20-24. What are some observations that you see about Paul's tone when writing this? Is he presenting these things as options? suggestions? preferences? Explain your perspective.
-Does our old self just simply fall off when we become a Christian? Why or why not?
-Electricity is a great example of what Paul is addressing here. When you walk into a dark room, you want light to see where you are going or what is in the room. So you simply reach and flip the switch, which restores the current to the light. This is the same principle that Paul is addressing here: We are supposed to "put off" the old self and "put on" the new self. Discuss how you are putting off the old self and what you are doing to put on the new self - and the Holy Spirit's role in process.
-Is the idea of putting off and putting on simply a personal experience, or are we to live this concept out within the body of Christ? What are some things that happen when we are trying to live this out on just simply a personal level?
-Putting off the old self and putting on the new self is not an easy task. Paul isn't making light of this by making it sound like an easy task. But what he is saying is that with all of the truth we know to be true about what Christ has accomplished for us, we have the confidence to live within our new identity. We are not alone in this! We have the Holy Spirit working within us, and we have other Christians surrounding us that are going through the same adventure of living out our new identity in Christ.
3. Scripture offers truth for understanding your new identity.
-Look at verses 25-32. What is your reaction to what Paul says concerning anger and how a Christian should react to anger? What does unrepentant anger give opportunity to or create in your life?
-Look at what Paul says about our speech. How can your words affect others both positively and negatively? Give some specific examples - either positive or negative - of how this has happened recently.
-What do you think Paul means in verse 30 about not grieving the Holy Spirit? What are things that we can do to make sure that this isn't true of our lives?
-The only way people can tell from the outside that you have truly been transformed is through your actions, words, and demonstrated attitudes. Because our new identity is found in Christ, we are new creatures, and it is our responsibility to every day make sure that we are living according to the identity that we have in Christ. The fruit of our new identity shows the dying world that we are different and that we truly do follow Christ.

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Secondary Passages:
Romans 7:14-8:1
"14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[b] a slave to the law of sin.

8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."

Colossians 3:1-17

 "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."


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