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Week One: You + God Inventory

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The gospel must be big enough to fix the world’s problems as well as our individual ones. We must have a message that starts with God and the good news of our creation, while also staring down the depravity we see around us and being honest about it. We must name the injustice around us while also being honest about the rebellion within us. And, we trust and hope that the salvation God offers to us in his gospel is big enough to save all of it. Here are some questions to ponder:

  1. How would you summarize the world beginning?
  2. In what ways do you bear God’s image in your own life?
  3. How would you define sin and brokenness in the world and in your own life?
  4. How do you feel about God? How do you think God feels about you?

God, you are mighty. Thank you for the beauty of your creation. I see you in it. Would you continue to show me how to be more like you? I need you, Jesus. Every day.

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The world began with God’s love, in hope, with the redeeming death of Christ, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world as its enabling power. Without Him was not anything made that wad made. Hard to comprehend God’s desire for fellowship with His disobedient creatures.
I bear God’s image as I act in His love, as He transforms me through His Holy Spirit into the likeness of his Son.
I define sin and brokenness in the world and myself as all of us putting ourselves before others and before God, so that we live inisolaton rather than communion with Him. I am grateful that He calls my ttention to the sin in my life, so that I can confess it, seek forgiveness and turn from it.
I am overwhelmed by the love nd power and grace of God. I know that He loves me. I know that my sin grieves Him. I know that He is shaping me into His image, and that ‘some day I shall be like Him’ when He brings about the new heaven and the new earth.

The world full of sin
I have shared Christ with others
And I men’s group at church where I have gone
Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? The one who
is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you who, even though you have the written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 1:32,2:21,27,3:23 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Romans%201:32,2:21,27,3:23&version=NIV
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Romans%206:23&version=NIV“or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Romans 10:7,9-10 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Romans%2010:7,9-10&version=NIVFor God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
John 3:16-18 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%203:16-18&version=NIV
I have accepted him as my savior and lord and I serve him best i cann

1. In the beginning there was absolutely nothing but God. God created everything for His glory, and He created it all from nothingness with only His voice.
2. Every time I love my brother or sister or enemy I am bearing God’s image.
3. Sin and brokenness in the world and in my life is seen in every aspect of creation. It’s chaos and sadness, murder and lying, and an utter lack of love and forgiveness and grace. It is the absence of God.
4. A lot of times I view God as the sovereign judge, but I’ve come to realize He views me as His child. As Zephaniah says, He “rejoices over me with singing.” What a beautiful truth!!

In regard to sin, I remember hearing Louie Giglio day “sin doesn’t make us bad. It makes us dead.” When I think of the effects of sin in my life, I definitely see how it kills God’s life in me. Receiving his grace and mercy makes me feel alive and makes all the difference!

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