Great Privilege and Great Responsibility

As Christians, we have both a great privilege and a great responsibility. The biblical meaning of grace is “unmerited favor,” and Paul and the apostles received forgiveness as an undeserved privilege, but they also received the responsibility to share the message of God’s forgiveness with others. God also graciously forgives our sins when we believe in Him as Lord. In doing this, we are committing ourselves to begin a new life. Paul’s new life also involved a God-given responsibility—to witness about God’s Good News to the world as a missionary. God may or may not call you to be an overseas missionary, but He does call all believers to witness to and be an example of the changed life that Jesus Christ has begun in us.

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As Christians, we have both a great privilege and a great responsibility. The biblical meaning of grace is "unmerited favor," and Paul and the apostles received forgiveness as an undeserved privilege, but they also received the responsibility to share the message of God's forgiveness with others. God also graciously forgives our sins when we believe in Him as Lord. In doing this, we are committing ourselves to begin a new life. Paul's new life also involved a God-given responsibility—to witness about God's Good News to the world as a missionary. God may or may not call you to be an overseas missionary, but He does call all believers to witness to and be an example of the changed life that Jesus Christ has begun in us. #God #Jesus #Christ #grace #ForgivenessOfSin #ANewLifeInChrist

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The Table

Matthew 26:17-30

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”

23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”

Jesus answered, “You have said so.”

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

The Table

The Table

The Table

Life in Christ

Jesus gives life. The life that He gives us while we are here on earth is abundantly richer and fuller. It is also eternal, yet it begins the moment it is received. Life in Christ is lived on a higher level because of His overflowing forgiveness, love, and guidance. Have you accepted Christ’s offer of life?

Redemption and Forgiveness

Ephesians 1:7-9

7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,

He Stooped Twice

John 8:6-9

6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

7 Last Sayings of Jesus

Luke 23:34

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

Luke 23:43

“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

John 19:26-27

“Woman, behold your son!” “Behold your mother!”

Matthew 27:46

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

John 19:28

“I thirst!”

John 19:30

“It is finished!”

Luke 23:46

“Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.'”

Holy Communion

Matthew 26:26-28

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.