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Resurrection: Jesus Christ was Raised from the Dead

The following is an excerpt from Concise Theology by J.I.Packer. This is a book I recommend for every Christian library. Dr. Packer writes, "Jesus's resurrection, which was a divine act involving all three Persons of the Godhead (Jn.10:17-18; Acts 13:30-35; Rom.1:4), was not just a resuscitation of the ruined physical frame that was taken down from the cross for burial. I...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers - Petition and Priority #7

Petition: Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one Priority: Warfare The Christian life is one of warfare against the enemy of our flesh, it's want is to make the way of the world it's god giving obedience to the Devil. In this final article on Kingdom Prayer, Learning to Pray the Lord's Prayer, we tackle the final petition. Let's begin our understan...

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The Goodness of Good Friday

Can something so unhappy be a cause for celebration? It's a paradox to call the day our Savior died good. We live as those who believe that for something or some day to be "good" it must mean it is something happy. The early church remembered the day of Jesus' death with mourning, fasting, and prayer. The fourth century Bishop of Ambrose spoke of Good Friday as "a day of ...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers - Petition and Priority #6

Praying Kingdom Prayers Petition: Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtorsPriority: Reconciliation As Christ bore the burden of our sin on the cross, so we bear one another's burdens fulfilling the law of Christ, and discovering the joy of life together. We are learning to pray in the heart of our Savior Jesus Christ. He is a reconciling God who acts, prays and ru...

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Learning, Receiving and Giving Forgiveness

In April Christ Church is beginning a six week Adult Life Group on "Learning, Receiving and Giving Forgiveness." The Triune God is a peacemaking and reconciling God. The apostle Paul writes about the Lord Jesus Christ, "And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers - Petition and Priority #5

Praying Kingdom Prayers Petition Priority #5 Petition: Give us this day our daily bread Priority: Generosity We belong to Christ and everything he gives us is his to meet our needs and to be given through us to others. As we learn to pray with the heart of Jesus we learn his priority on generosity. We pray this petition that we and others will make him our trust. Our ...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers Petition & Priority #4

Petition: Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven Priority: Obedience The life of the church is one of union with Christ in doing the will of the Father. In Matthew 26:36-45 Jesus goes to the Garden of Gethsemane prior to his death. In his praying to the Father he prays three times, 'Your will be done.' This is the expression of the Father's pleasure for the Son, ...

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The Missionary God and His Missionary Church

God is on mission to glorify his name in all the earth among all the peoples of the earth, and we're invited to join him. Dr. John Piper writes, "Missions exists because worship doesn't." (John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad). God who inspired the text, "Let the peoples praise thee, O God; let all the peoples praise thee! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!" (Ps.67:3...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers - Petition and Priority #3

Petition: Your kingdom comePriority: Evangelism God's coming kingdom is evidenced by the conversion of sinners. In this petition we are praying for the unlimited rule of God within his people. We are praying that God will expel us and all people from the rule of Satan's kingdom, self rule, fear rule, and the rule of false hopes. We are praying that God will rule in our h...

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The Cross of Jesus Christ

The cross of Jesus Christ is the intersection of the wisdom, justice, and mercy of God. If a person wants to know what the Scriptures mean when they say, "God is love." (1Jn.4:8), then they can look to the cross of Christ. The overarching aim in all of the apostle Paul's preaching was Christ and him crucified (1 Cor.2:2), and it should be the overarching aim of every preac...

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