Last week we talked about vivification. This week we are going to talk about sponsorship. The end goal of the program outlined in this study is to advance the Kingdom of God for the glory of God.
Last week we talked about mortification. This week we are going to talk about vivification. “What is vivification?” To vivify is to give life to something or someone. The term vivification implies adding life, quality, or energy to something.
Last week we talked about reconciliation. This week we are going to talk about mortification. Mortification means to put off or put to death the works of the flesh. It means the battle against sin.
Last week we talked about forgiveness. This week we are going to talk about reconciliation. Reconciliation means to make things right with people we have sinned against. But reconciliation is both scary and hard because relational stuff is gritty.
Last week we talked about grace. This week we are going to talk about forgiveness. True change in our lives is a radical act of God’s grace. The process for experiencing that change then, requires that we humble ourselves and learn to receive his grace. But we will never be able to fully receive and experience grace until we are able to extend grace to others.
Last week we talked about what it means to commit to serving God as our master rather than our sinful desires and behaviors. This week we are going to talk about God’s grace and how it applies to our growth in holiness.
Last week we talked about confession. This week we are going to talk about commitment. It is a spiritual truth that we cannot serve two masters; it is also a spiritual truth that the one we serve is, our master. If we listen to and obey sin, then sin will be our master. If we listen to and obey God, then God will be our master.
Last week we talked about self-examination – getting to the sin beneath the sin in our lives. This week we are going to talk about a very natural next step, which is confession. If we want freedom from our sins, we must be honest about those sins with others.
We have talked about believing & applying, powerlessness, hope, and surrender. The goal of the first four weeks was to get us to the point where we are ready to seek God and trust him to change us. This week we are going to start digging deeper into our struggles by discussing the principle of self-examination.
Last week we talked about how the truth that though we are powerless to change ourselves, we are not without hope for change. There are two ways to live: (1) on our own strength according to our own wisdom and (2) on God’s strength according to God’s wisdom.