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The Church of the Resurrection will offer Ash Wednesday services at all four of our campuses at 7 pm. Leawood will also offer shortened services at 8 am and noon, as well as a children’s and family service at 6 pm in Room B206. Please join us tonight.
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
22 As you set yourselves apart by your obedience to the truth so that you might have genuine affection for your fellow believers, love each other deeply and earnestly. 23 Do this because you have been given new birth—not from the type of seed that decays but from seed that doesn’t. This seed is God’s life-giving and enduring word. 24 Thus,
All human life on the earth is like grass,
and all human glory is like a flower in a field.
The grass dries up and its flower falls off,
25 but the Lord’s word endures forever. [Isaiah 40:6-8]
This is the word that was proclaimed to you as good news.
2:1 Therefore, get rid of all ill will and all deceit, pretense, envy, and slander. 2 Instead, like a newborn baby, desire the pure milk of the word. Nourished by it, you will grow into salvation, 3 since you have tasted that the Lord is good.
From today through Easter, the sermon series on “The Walk” and the daily GPS will focus on teaching Bible principles and time-honored spiritual practices that help Christians of all types, temperaments and circumstances become more deeply rooted in their faith journey with God. Whatever your starting point, we hope you will join us in this journey. You can download an ebook of our Lenten Journal here.
Peter’s searching words show us what happens deep inside when Christians grow: we love deeply, sincerely, from our heart. Hypocrisy, deceit, envy or unkind speech are signals that we need a closer walk with Jesus, learning to love as he loves.
- Peter told his readers (and us) that hypocrisy, deceit, envy and unkind speech are qualities to “get rid of.” How has God made your life better by replacing those negative qualities with “the pure milk of the word”? In what areas of life do you want God to fill you more fully and nourish your spiritual growth more completely during this Lenten season?
- Peter referred in 1:23 to Christians receiving new birth – being born again. “Born again” did not mean, as it sometimes does today, to align yourself with a religious organization or political persuasion. It was Jesus' way of describing the new inner life the Holy Spirit brings into any heart that is open to him. Notice the qualities Peter said show in the life of a person to whom God’s power has given new birth. Do you find those qualities desirable?
Confess. We have all fallen short of who God wants us to be, in things we have done or things we have left undone. The opportunity to confess our sins comes with the absolute affirmation that the God of grace offers forgiveness and restoration.
Where do you need grace today? Write it on a piece of paper, then prayer for forgiveness and tear it up, trusting in God's grace.
Lord Jesus, give me the gift of honesty with myself, so that I can recognize where I need to change. Show me the places where you call me to grow in your amazing grace. Amen.
Kari is a part of Resurrection's ShareChurch team. She is involved with the marketing, guest registration, and volunteer coordination for the conferences we host, and she considers it a joy to serve, using her gifts to help renew God's church. She enjoys running and hiking and loves being a cheerleader for her girls at all of their sporting, music and school events.