There has been much confusion about the manifestations of the Holy Spirit and what they look like. Ross leads us through 1 Corinthians 12-14 and explores what Paul meant when he said, “Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues. But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.”
Ever since the Fall, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and shame entered into our world, men and women have been struggling to overcome that shame, trying to prove that sense of value and worth. It is not wrong that we need to answer those questions. The real issue is how do we answer these questions? Ross explains what love and acceptance that is by faith, apart from works means.
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Everyone suffers loss in a myriad of ways. Matthew 5:4 says : Blessed are those who mourn; for they will be comforted. A closer look at the verse in the context of the new covenant reveals a deeper understanding of what it means to be 'blessed in the midst of grieving'.
Understanding your enemy and how they attack is critical to achieving victory. Ross walks us through Galatians 5:16-18 to help us understand that the battle is not a battle against our old sinful nature. The old self was crucified with Christ. The battle is with the flesh – which is in you, but not you. It is not even a battle that you are meant to overcome on your own. It is Jesus that provides victory over sin and temptation.
On Easter Sunday we celebrate the victory of Jesus Christ on the cross. Ross takes us through Romans 5:6-8 where we see that it was while we were in bondage to sin, death and shame – helpless to free ourselves – that Jesus gave His life. It was more than just an act of love, it was an act of strength motivated by His love, as Jesus became our champion over sin and death.
For too long Christian’s have held the belief that their sanctification was all up to them. But as 1 Thessalonians 5:23 tells us, it’s God’s work to sanctify us—and He’s faithful to do it. When we discover this truth, the real transformation can begin. For this week’s message, Ross uses an analogy of an apartment to illustrate what that looks like.