Whenever we head into a new normal, there is usually an old normal we have to contend with first. We transition into a new normal when an old normal no longer works or the new normal is significantly better. This week, we’ll discuss a new command Jesus gives his disciples while identifying an old and familiar command. As we look at the ways the old normal doesn’t always work, we’ll better see how significantly better the new normal really is.
Has there ever been a time in your life when “loving your neighbor as yourself” didn’t work out the way you imagined it would?
What are some ways you’ve tried to develop your self-awareness?
Read Romans 7:15-25. According to Paul, what makes self-awareness difficult to develop? What part does sin play in our ability/inability to do what we value most?
Read Galatians 2:20. What Paul mean when he says he has “been crucified with Christ?” Paul is obviously still alive when he’s writing this letter, so what is it in himself that has been put to death?
How could developing a Jesus-awareness change the spaces you’re in?
A New Covenant
God reminds us in the Bible that He gave an Old Covenant and a New Covenant. Confuse the two and you’re in for a confusing and inconsistent attempt at living for Jesus. It’s not an exaggeration to suggest that the church across the world is mired in legalistic...
When we find ourselves moving in a certain direction and focused on our goals, it can be jarring to feel like God suddenly is taking us in a new direction. It's hard to consider that what we are currently building is no longer necessary or worse, futile all along. We...
We all identify with communities in some ways. Even the most isolated individuals acknowledge some basic common ground with other people groups. From sports teams to political parties to hometowns, communities unite us around common ideas. But when we run into...
A New Heaven and A New Earth
God makes all things new. He is about taking the brokenness brought on by sin and offering a new reality. God’s plans for a believer’s eternity are staggering in immensity and joy. We will exist forever on a new earth—a reality more alive than our present existence....
Habits can have a profound impact on our lives in both good and bad ways. And often, we’re unaware of how much we do in our lives simply by force of habit. We’ll discuss how modern behavioral science is catching up to what the church has known for thousands of years...