Matthew 18:20

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. More »

Romans 1:7

Romans 1:7

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. More »

Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. More »

Romans 5:1

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: More »

 

Salvation – Created in God’s Image

So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground – everything that has life.” And that is what happened. Then God looked over all He had made, and He saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day. (Genesis 1:27-31 NLT)

When a baby is born we often say they have their mother’s eyes or their father’s chin.  As a child grows we say they have traits like their mother or father.  Did you ever think that God created us to be like Him?  He made us special.  He made us to have the same character traits that He has.  To name a few of His character traits: Faithful, Just, Love, Righteous, Truth, Goodness, and Holy.  God wants us to be like Him!  Wow!

–Diane

How are we tested?

Conceit is self-given

Salvation – God IS Love

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. (1 John 4:8-9 NIV)

What word best describes God?  Love.  How does He show His love for us?  He sent His one and only Son into this world so that we might live through Him.  How do we know we love Him?  By loving others.  The love of God that fills you spills out to those around you.  May your love from God overflow to others today.

–Diane

Divinity of Christ – He did it for us!

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, (Philippians 2:5-12 NIV)

Jesus gave up heaven to come to this earth for us.  He came to show us the way to salvation.  He came to take our place.  He took our sin on Himself so that we might have eternal life.  He is the truth and the way to salvation.

Thank you Jesus, for taking my place for my sins so that I can live with you forever.  You are awesome!  Amen.

Divinity of Christ – Jesus has Keys to the Grace

I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. (Revelation 1:18 NIV)

Jesus has power over the grave and death.  His resurrection gives us assurance that we will rise in the resurrection in the last day.  We will rise to everlasting life.  He has the POWER!