Mike Eells 04-14-19 // Romans 1:28 - Overcoming Spiritual Depression; Focus on Doctrine of Justification
Eric McLaren 04-07-2019 // 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 - God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things
"Like father like son," is a phrase often used to show that the son, or daughter, follows the same pattern of behavior as the father, or mother. If the child represents the father well, then it is said, "the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree." If, however, the child does not resemble the parent, it might be said, "It was a windy day when the apple fell from the tree." For the believer we are now identified as children of a heavenly Father. But what does it mean to be children of God. In our passage we explore what Peter says in his first epistle to the churches in Asia, where he exhorts the believer to live holy lives with three motivations to live lives that exemplify our Heavenly Father; Our Christian hope, God's Character and the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.
We work hard. We follow the "rules." We try to live out our faith to the best of our ability. But trials still come and we are tempted to ask, "Is it even worth it?" But in the midst of this, James tells us to "count it all joy when you fall into various trials..." How is this possible? What does this look like? In this lesson, we explore what scripture has to say about trials, especially the purpose of trials and the hope that all believers in Jesus Christ have as their eternal resource to go through the trials of life.