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Cross

A Seattle Church
Cross

Week 2 of the JPC Project:

(ICYMI: You can learn more about and sign up to join us in the JPC Project HERE).

Sunday Scripture: 

Galatians 6:12-16, Matthew 16: 21-23 (You can listen to Tim's Sunday Sermon HERE).

Go Deeper Passages: 

I Peter 3:18, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Luke 9:23-25, Romans 6:23, John 3:16-17, Romans 5:6-8, Titus 3:5-7

Reflection:

I love watching zombie shows. The walking dead seem so ridiculous but still make me jump out of my seat. Perhaps my fascination with them is my ability to relate to them. Sometimes I just feel like a living corpse. Where do you feel dead? That deep guttural feeling you get where you know things are not right? Is this your default setting? For many of us we talk about life as if it is to be endured. As if we are under a significant weight. Jesus once chastised religious leaders for refusing to come to him to have life, because of their investment in good things at the expense of intimacy with Christ. They had many good things, but were dead. This is why Jesus came. To overcome the power of sin and death. The apostle Paul talked about his life in the way that he was dead to sin and alive to Christ. He longed to “know Christ crucified and to share in his sufferings.” He wanted to be intimate with the reality that apart from Christ’s finished work on the cross, he was hopeless. Do you believe that to be true for yourself? Or are you looking elsewhere for healing? Are you functionally alive but walking dead? Are you a living sacrifice, or just trying to crawl off the altar?

Questions:

  • Where do you seek to find salvation? How is that search going? Where are you afraid of death?

  • What hinders you from trusting that Jesus’ death freed you from the power of sin and death?

  • Where do you see the power of the cross at work in your life? Where do you hope it will be?

Next Steps:

  • Jesus: Trust your self to Jesus. Pray and ask God how you can die to yourself. Give God what He is asking you to that you may follow him? Is it your life? Something in particular?

  • People: Choose to lay down your rights for a friend. Consider how you can die to self by reconciling with someone at ASC, a friend, or a family member. Is there someone you need to apologize to for your sin against them? Someone you need to forgive?

  • City: Ask a friend who doesn't follow Jesus how you can be a better example of Jesus' love in the world? How you can help serve our city in ways that they think are important. If you believe it is a faithful invite, make plans to act on it.

Please share what you experienced going through this/how God moved in your life by emailing us at story@aseattlechurch.com