This week we begin a new series at Restoration Church, a study of the Gospel of John. We’ll work through the entire book over the coming months, examining the claims of Jesus Christ, the implications for the life of the disciple, and the missional-impulse that John calls every Christ-follower to embody in the world. On this week’s podcast we’re studying the dramatic prologue to John’s gospel that ties God’s creative power and revelation together in Jesus Christ.
Questions for Discussion:
What does this passage (John 1:1-18) say about those who believe and those who don’t believe Jesus is God?
What doubts or questions do you have regarding the claim of Jesus?
Based on this passage, how should those who believe be inspired to live on mission in the world?
In this week’s podcast, we’ll address one of the primary issues that prevents us from choosing goodness and righteousness in our lives: pain. Making changes in our life is hard work, and can often be painful. Instead of embracing the pain of change, we often seek to avoid and cover it up, allowing sin to continue to wreak havoc on our souls. Here’s the good news message you’ll learn this week and how to put it into practice: If sin destroys, then Jesus restores. If you are suffering with depression, sadness, anger, isolation, addiction, abuse, or other forms of brokenness in your life, you can’t afford to not find out how God is eager to partner with you in your healing and restoration.
Will you take the “Detox Your Soul Challenge?”
Prayerfully identify and repent of your “drug of choice”.
Choose to follow Jesus and begin a partnership with his Spirit.
Get help by sharing your decision with someone and asking for accountability.
Make a plan with reasonable goals that will help you “detox” and stay healthy.
Grow in the ways of Jesus by investing in a discipleship community.
Resource mentioned in today’s podcast: Spiritual Discipleship: Principles of Following Christ for Every Believer, by J. Oswald Sanders (Moody Publishers).
In this week’s message you’ll learn why the Christian life is one that embraces a life-long journey of regular, on-going ‘detoxification’ of the whole self — the soul. Through Jesus, we are integrated into a process that continuously renews and restores the heart, mind, body, and spiritual life for God and His Kingdom.
Questions for Discussion:
Will you prayerfully consider what is “unhealthy” in your life right now? What have you allowed in your life that is corrupting your soul and undermining your ability to live as a devoted follower of Jesus and experiencing the fullness of His salvation for you?
What are the implications of doing nothing about it?
How would you go about beginning to detox your life from that thing or things? Who would you need to talk with or ask to help you?