A Brand New Day
While God never changes in His nature, He does change the way He works with human beings. Jesus announced a significant change when He held up a cup and identified it with His blood that would establish a new covenant. After being raised from the dead, Jesus told His disciples to wait for the promised Holy Spirit. They waited and the Spirit came! The Church was born. That day, God began working in a brand-new way. And to this day, we are participants together with God as He works uniquely among us.
In this series, we’ve defined ReChurch as engaging in a fresh way with the miracle-movement of God called the church. How are you engaging in the church in a fresh way? What things pull you away from wholehearted involvement in God’s movement called the church?
Read Luke 22:19-20. What is the new thing Jesus is describing? What is the difference between God’s unchanging nature (Hebrews 13:8) and the reality that God does change the way He works with people?
God’s change from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant is drastic. Look at the following verses that highlight some of these differences: Hebrews 8:6, 13, 9:15, Romans 6:14, 7:6, 2 Corinthians 3:6-8.
After Jesus was raised to life, what did He tell the disciples to do? (Acts 1:4-8) How was the church birthed into existence? (Acts 2:1-4)
You had nothing to do with the circumstances of your birth. You’re alive now because of God’s purposes. Read Acts 17:26-27. What is your purpose in life? How would you know if you have lived a successful life?
A Beautiful Thing
As Jesus prepared for the cross, an unnamed woman responded to Jesus with faith in a unique way. She understood truth about Jesus that eluded other disciples and gave Jesus an extravagant gift. Let’s remember how her example teaches us to follow the Lord with faith...
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Death and Taxes
Death and taxes are two of life’s certainties, and Jesus responded to questions about those topics to redirect our attention to timeless truth. Remembering the source and owner of all the parts of our life, as well as life itself, radically changes our perspectives....
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Jesus approaches Jerusalem with a loud celebration, but when he enters the Temple courts no one seems to notice. His strong actions both privately and publicly demand attention and response. Jesus’ triumphal parade into Jerusalem, a withered fig tree, and Jesus’...