How should we worship God? #11 New Life in Christ

New Life in Christ

None of this is easy of course and you may be wondering how you could possibly keep it up, even if you started living in this way. It seems an impossible standard to achieve. It is exactly for this reason that the apostle structured his letter in the way he has done. Think how you would have responded if in the opening lesson of this course you had been challenged to live like this – to be nice to people who are nasty; to love those who hate you; to pray for those who treat you badly. You would probably not even have finished that first chapter!

But all through the opening part of the letter Paul was busy telling us about the purpose of God – what God has done to make salvation possible, how much we need it, and how it will all come together when the Lord Jesus returns from heaven to establish God’s kingdom on earth. We have seen that God is at work in the world and that He wants us to be part of His great purpose. In the middle of his explanation the apostle said that we can join that purpose by believing and being baptized into the saving name of Jesus. Then he started to explain what that means inside our minds as we begin to change the way we think and become focused on spiritual things.

It is only now, towards the end of the letter, that he spells out what this will be like as we start to live differently – as our new life in Christ is shown to other people. He started this section by reminding us that the driving force of that transformation is the mind; that it needs to be transformed every day as we understand more fully what God’s will involves. We need to keep in constant touch with God through Christ. These are the things which will enable us to start to live like this – like Jesus – and these are the ways in which that new life can be sustained. Here they are again:

“Be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2);

“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (12:11,12).

+

Preceding

Bible Teaching and Vital Doctrines to Discover

the Bible – God’s guide for life #2 Needs in life

Living as a believer in Christ

To Glorify God and His Son

To Glorify God and His Son #2 Governance and objectives of the ecclesia/charity

How should we worship God? #1 Appreciation for God

How should we worship God? #2 Spiritual Worship

How should we worship God? #3 Spiritual Transformation

How should we worship God? #4 Christian Congregations

How should we worship God? #5 Congregational Worship

How should we worship God? #6 Preachers and Teachers

How should we worship God? #7 The Breaking of Bread

How should we worship God? #8 Love one another

How should we worship God? #9 Christian Behaviour

How should we worship God? #10 In Relationships

Looking for a spiritual new life

When we think of Jesus let us strive to realise what he means to us

Today’s thought “Clothing yourselves with the right attitude” (May 16)

Salvation, Baptism and Re-baptism

Next:

How should we worship God? #12 Renewing the Mind

++

Additional reading

  1. Facing our existence every day
  2. God showing how far He is willing to go to save His children
  3. Understanding what we read
  4. Christ begotten through the power of the Holy Spirit
  5. Meaning of Sacrifice
  6. Mortal Soul and Mortal Psyche #5 Mortality of man and mortality of the spirit
  7. Matthew 19:16-24 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Difficulty of Rich Entering the Kingdom
  8. Knowing The Truth and Loving The Truth
  9. Being aligned with above
  10. A strange thing might happen when you come under Christ
  11. January 27, 417, Pope Innocent I condemning Pelagius about Faith and Works
  12. Justification – salvation is by grace through faith – JI Packer
  13. Luther’s misunderstanding
  14. Atonement And Fellowship 3/8
  15. Belief of the things that God has promised
  16. Kel Hammond on Faith, grace and works
  17. Get Your Wonderful Disease-proof Human Body
  18. Rebirth and belonging to a church
  19. Being of good courage running the race
  20. United people under Christ
  21. The Realm of profession in Christianity
  22. Wanting to know more about basic teachings of Christadelphianism
  23. Communion and day of worship
  24. Baptism
  25. Why baptism really matters – e-book
  26. Beautiful feet of those who announce the good news

4 thoughts on “How should we worship God? #11 New Life in Christ

Geef een reactie - Give a reaction

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.