Acting with the Good News of Jesus (Colossians 3:18-4:1) Part 2

Victoria Kelly, contributor for this month’s Colossians Study

Last week we explored the good news of Jesus living in us and us in him. Now our hearts are full of thankfulness and love because of the understanding of who Jesus is and what he has accomplished for us. This should then overflow into every area of our lives.We are saved by grace, so let’s live by grace.

This week we are looking at Colossians 3:18-4:1 and I’d encourage you to read this now.

Before we look at the relationship groups Paul discusses, let’s look to Jesus and what he tells us in John 13:3: ‘A new command I give you: Love one another. So I have loved you, so you must love one another.’ So whilst we may be able to disengage from some of the groups mentioned, for example if we aren’t married or maybe we are not considered a master or a parent, we still have a responsibility to love. To love how Jesus loved us: sacrificially, servant-hearted, humbly, unconditionally and all consuming.

Jesus conquered the law when he died for us on the cross. So we are no longer shaped by rules, BUT shaped by a Ruler. We have been bound to Christ and therefore it should shape every aspect of our lives. How can we achieve this? With the help of the Spirit shaping us through being in the Word; but we can actively and practically choose and take responsibility for our relationships and those around us too. Paul here gives us wisdom into how to do this with specific relationships and to live as a redeemed family.

Firstly, notice the pairings: wives and husbands; children and parents; slaves and masters. A relationship isn’t one sided, it has 2 sides and both are to take responsibility within their relationship, all the while doing it ‘in the name of Jesus,’ (3:17). And they only work properly when they both fulfil their roles.
Context for Colosse. Women, children, slaves were possessions to the master of the house. If you were one of these groups, you were owned by the man, the husband, the father. He had absolute authority, he was the head of household.

VKWhat is significant when Paul addresses the groups, is the less powerful group is addressed first: women, children, slaves. This would have been revolutionary for the time in Colosse, but Jesus’ teachings were revolutionary and Paul was following the example of Jesus (Matthew 20:16). All people were created in God’s image so all have importance and all have responsibilities.

Now there is new meaning to everyone’s roles as they are not only serving their counterpart, but Jesus!

The gospel gives us a new motivation and inspiration which transforms the ‘done VK 2thing’ into done for the Lord.

1) Wives and Husbands

‘Wives submit to your husband as in fitting to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.’ (Col 3:18-19)

Submission is to put yourself under someone’s authority. I don’t know how you feel when you hear that? For some women this may be a challenge, particularly in today’s society when women are allowed to be driven, successful and independent. And to be submissive doesn’t mean you can’t be these things. What it does mean, is when it comes to it, we are to be submissive to our husbands ‘as in fitting to the Lord’. So out of true love for Him, when we submit to our husbands, we are submitting to the Lord.

Interject the husband’s challenge to love his wife. When you look at the statements together it makes more sense. When the husband truly loves his wife, a love like Jesus loves (a sacrificial, unconditional love that took him to the cross), then it is easy to submit to him. When God grants authority, he does it for the love and protection of those under authority and never for the advantage of the ones in authority. Notice how neither statement follows ‘once your husband/wife loves you, then submit or love’. We are instructed to do it regardless.

Ephessians 5:22-33 gives a more detailed account of how husbands and wives are to respond together in love (I’d encourage you to read this now). Jesus always sets our example. He sets the example of how a husband should love his wife by how he himself loved the church. The church hasn’t always been the most beautiful bride, but he still loves it enough to die for it (Romans 5:8). So what about for those of us who are wives. What does it really look like to be submissive? Well, Jesus is our example too. Though he is equal to God, Jesus willingly submitted himself to the cross so that Satan’s dominion would be broken. The wife therefore, though equal to her husband, submits to him to reflect God’s image and to fulfill His purpose of dominion over satan.

Day to day, what does this mean? A submissive wife isn’t a meek wife who goes along with her husband, while keeping her thoughts and feelings to herself. This creates distance in the relationship. Or seemingly go along with what the husband says but on the inside is defiant, with a grudging compliance. That’s not Godly submission.

Close relationships are built on truthfulness and openness in a context of love (love being a verb, an action – something we do, not just feel). True submission and true love is communicated by actions and attitudes. A wife can be strong, but still be submissive in spirit if she respects her husband and backs his Godly leadership. A husband can love his wife because by doing so he is obeying and loving God. Tim Keller explains: The tender, serving authority of a husband’s headship and the strong, gracious gift of a wife’s submission restore us to who we were meant to be at creation.

A wife should submit to a disobedient husband except when she or the children are in danger or when he commands her to do something against God’s Word. 1 Peter 3:1-2 ‘Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.’ This means being a Godly example in the face of ungodly behaviour. Whatever his response, she will know that she is pleasing the Lord.

2) Children and Parents

‘Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.’ (Col 3:20-21)
As with the husbands and wives, you shouldn’t dislocate verses 20 and 21. Of course children should take their parents’ authority seriously, but how much more is the family home filled with love and joy and willingness to obey when the children are not discouraged or aggravated. Children should honour and obey their parents (it is one of the commandments after all: Exodus 20:12). Jesus submitted to his Heavenly father who is perfect, but he also submitted and obeyed his earthly parents, even though they were imperfect (Luke 2:51). So even if it is hard to obey your parents, you can do it for the Lord and know that He is pleased with you.Obeying cheerfully, not begrudgingly.

So what about parents? ‘Embitter’ can be anger/aggravation. It is the idea of motivating someone to negative actions/words. How can parents do this? By being unreasonable and not listening to a child’s explanation or considering the circumstance before passing judgement; unfair treatment – giving harsh punishment for a minor matter; being unpredictable – a child not knowing if a parent is going to blow up over a minor incident or even letting a major offence go by; breaking promises – a child can’t trust what a parent says. The list can go on. Does our Heavenly father deal with us in these same ways? No. We should aim to raise our children in the same way that God our Father relates to us: ‘The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth.’ (Exodus 34:6). It should be descriptive of every Christian parent. God isn’t passive or abusive. He is just and patient. He takes the initiative to establish and provide a relationship with us. Our children are a blessing and he has entrusted us with them for a short while, to train them by example and by precept and we are accountable for this.

Of course discipline is a natural part of parenting. On more than one occasion, my children have decided to not look before crossing the road when they are running ahead of me (it doesn’t matter how many times I tell them to wait on the pavement for me and we will check cars together). In that split moment when you see a car hurtling towards them, of course I am going to react. I shout to get their attention and I will rebuke them for not listening to my instructions. But it isn’t out of annoyance that I shout at them at that moment. It is out of love. Love allows for correction and warning.

So our goal as parents should be to motivate children to be all that God wants them to be. To do that we need to let them know they are valued and loved. When they come into your presence let them feel that you were glad to see them, embrace them, play with them, serve them gladly, and speak kindly to them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matt 19:14. As always, Jesus is our example of how we should be as parents and as children.

3) Slaves and Masters

‘Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything… Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.’ (Col 3:22-4:1)

Slavery is probably not really in our day-to-day encounters in Corsham. And when we hear the word ‘slavery’ we might question why Paul didn’t start by rebuking masters for having slaves at all. Ultimately, Paul’s approach was to lay down universal principles which undermined the evils of slavery and eventually would lead to its demise. But in the meantime, Paul addressed the slaves first, elevating all work (Roman slave owners had come to view work as low and degrading). ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men.’ (v23). As with the previous statements the verses go hand in hand. The words of wisdom are not just for the slaves to do their work well, but in fact for their masters to treat them with fairness and reminding them they also have a master who is master above all!

The slaves, who would have been seen as last in society are addressed first. He tells them they are actually serving a higher authority, God, and ‘will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.’ (v24). Wow. So the treatment, however harsh, however inferior they were made to feel won’t last forever. We might consider the modern day equivalent (although not exactly) to be an employee and employer. So what can we take from this?

Verses 22-24 make it clear that Christ is the Lord of the workplace (whatever you consider your work to be). ‘Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.’

It is a heart matter how you work. The Bible tells us to work with sincerity and with reverence (fear) for the Lord, for he is watching. Matt 10:30 tells us that ‘even the very hairs on your head are all numbered.’ Our God is all knowing. This isn’t supposed to be threatening or discomforting. But actually God’s grace should encourage us and motivate us to do what is right, because our eyes are Heavenly focused.

So if we have a mean boss, know we have a ‘big boss’ who sees this. Your earthly boss is no longer your ultimate supervisor, Jesus is. Therefore your work should take on a new dignity. So whether we are an employee or an employer or even a stay-at-home mother (like me), we are to work with a positive attitude, producing quality work and obeying our master with reverence for the Lord.

Thinking back to last week, our hearts should be so full of gratitude and love and joy that it motivates us to want to love/act in a way that Jesus does. But we can only understand and know that if we are rooted in Him and if the Word dwells in us. Only then are we able to love others and serve others in a way that doesn’t require their love/service back. But when both counterparts work as the way God intended it, love and service is equal and perfect.

Questions for reflection

1) Read Colossians 3:17 and discuss how this verse is a guiding principle for Colossians 3:18-4:1
2) How does the christian attitude to relationships differ from modern views about personal rights?
3) What does “submission” and “love” in marriage look like? (Consider the wider context of the new life we are to live in Christ in Col 3:12-14)
4) What are the hardest aspects of your work and what about it makes it so difficult? Now, how might the reality that you are working for Jesus, not man, impact this aspect of your work? Be specific. Imagine yourself doing that least favourite part of your job for Jesus. How might it look different? (Psalm 100:2; Romans 12:11; Hebrews 6:10; Galatians 5:13; Colossians 3:23-24)

7 BIBLE STUDY AND NOTES: COLOSSIANS 3:16-17 PART ONE

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Victoria Kelly, Contributor for Study 7 in Colossians Series

Study 7: Living, Acting and Praying the Good News of Jesus. Part 1

To start with, I want to start by recapping. Some good news. Something that is true in the face of uncertainty; what is good in a world that is filled with bad; what is exciting in the confusion; and what is our hope in the midst of cloud and chaos.

‘But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.’ Titus 3:4-7

We are saved, redeemed, justified and now part of God’s family. As we’ve studied Colossians this year, we have been looking again at this good news, but building on it to get us so deeply entwined with the living word of God that it consumes us. Over the next few weeks we will be expanding on this knowledge of Jesus and applying it to our lives… From the inside out! We will be focusing on: 1) Living with the good news of Jesus; 2) Acting with the good news of Jesus; and 3) Praying the good news of Jesus.

Living the good news of Jesus.

‘Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.’ (Col 3:16-17)
In order to enjoy the fullness of the Spirit, we must be filled with the WORD of God, which is the message of Christ. The whole bible points to Jesus. We are instructed to have the word of God embedded in our life: richly – meaning a lot! ‘Dwell’ means to live there, we are comfortable and it is familiar. It is our home. So is it?

treeThe roots are what Col 3:16a is talking about. The shoots (the rest of the passage of Colossians 3) are going to be the evidence of us deeply in the Word. If we have a firm, deep, solid foundation of the living word and therefore the true knowledge and understanding of the salvation to be found in Jesus, then the tree, your life will be fruitful. Therefore how we go about our life and how we approach others will be different. The importance of these roots in God is so you can live out the life that God intended for you. To worship Him fully and to love others properly. So what happens when our roots aren’t in the word?

We may appear a strong, fruitful tree. But the roots of a tree are to hold it up structurally and also to feed it, giving it all the minerals and nutrients it needs. If these roots are cut off, ultimately you are not being fed, the tree will turn corrupted and rotten and eventually die. If the structural root is cut off, the tree will also die as it will easily fall to the ground, snapping the ‘feeder’ roots that were keeping it alive. It may not happen overnight, but over time, without the roots attached to the ground deeply, it will weaken and it will break away. So when turmoil crashes around you in your life, when there is chaos, storms, illness, devastation, to not be rooted in Jesus and the Word means damage will occur. Which is why it is so important we point each other constantly to the Word, the message of Christ and to dwell there.

By being in God’s word, we will know we have the gift of God’s grace; this undeserved, unconditional, sacrificial love and it changes us, because God’s grace changes everything. When we truly have this knowledge we will then be thankful. As God’s people we should be marked with thankfulness. As well as what we read in Col 3:12 where we should be clothed with, ‘compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience’, we are told to be thankful people. Verses 15-17 it is mentioned 3 times:

And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Our motivation for what Jesus has done for us should be JOY, so we give thanks to Go and we can share that message boldly with our brothers and sisters in Christ. V16 says we must ‘teach and admonish one another’. To teach means we are communicating doctrine or biblical precepts. To admonish one another -give correction/warning. But this shouldn’t come out of a place of superiority, but out of love and care for our Christian brothers and sisters. We are to lovingly point them back to the gospel, to what the bible says is right – we need Godly wisdom to do this, which we can only get when we are in the Word ourselves.

And as we continue to live out the good news of Jesus, we are now so thankful we are bursting into song as verse 16 continues: ‘through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.’ It is like the very core of us cannot contain our gratitude and praise any more. It is to our God! With singing we are sensing his majesty, but at the same time realising our own frailty and sinfulness. Worship is the result of this. We see it time and time again in the bible where people sing songs to God, in all situations (2 Samuel 6:14-15; Luke 1:46-55; Acts 16:24-26; Philippians 4:4).

A point to notice also, there are different types of songs mentioned: ‘psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit’. Which is good news for the different requirements the worship team have to encounter!! We all have preferences and all are needed! But even the fact we are instructed to sing in the first place, shows its importance. It is an outpouring of love for what He has done for us, recognising his majesty and headship.

But worship isn’t just about singing songs, it extends to all areas of our lives. Verse 17 says, ‘Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus’. ‘Whatever’ is not a flippant word how we may deem it today, but more like an open-ended, expanse. ALL we do. Remember we are sinners saved by grace. This should shape everything we say and do. We are living for Christ the King. As Jen Wilkin in her book ‘In His Image’ explains that:

‘Holiness (and holy living) permeates the entire Christain calling. It lies at the very center of the gospel. We are not merely saved from depravity; we are saved to holiness… Christ’s sacrifice grants us positional holiness before God. We are set apart as his children, but the Bible describes practical holiness too.’

This means that we are saved by grace and made right before God. Nothing to do with anything we have done and achieved. This is the gift of salvation. However we should act in response to this. 1 Peter 1:14-16 says, ‘As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’ We have a duty, and are called to conduct ourselves differently.

Some of you may know that my husband is in the reserves. I know he takes his role seriously. There are certain expectations of how to conduct yourself, things you can say and do or things you shouldn’t. When Paul puts on the uniform he is bearing the name of the Queen and country. He would bring dishonour to her if he was to not follow instructions or act unruly. In the same way, when we are followers of Jesus we are to wear the uniform of His name. We are representing Him in EVERY WORD AND DEED! So we need to think about this in our lives. Ask yourself, can you freely, honestly, confidently do/say________ bearing the name of Jesus as you do it? If you can’t, then don’t do it. If you can and it brings honour and glory to God and is in line with His word, then do it joyfully and thankfully!

colossiansTree[5971]Questions for Reflection: 

1) What is the message of Christ? What does it mean to you personally?
2) How do you respond to the suggestion ‘let the message of Christ dwell among you richly’? What are some practical ways we can dwell in the Word?
3) Look at the different bible passages and see how/why these people worship God in song. How is this similar/different to how you worship God in different circumstances?
a) David bring the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:14-15)
b) Mary’s song of praise: The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)
c) Paul in prison (Act 16: 24-26; Philippians 4:4)
4) As you live life, making decisions each day, how does v. 17 help guide you as you make those decisions?

Please take time to pray together over what you have learned- that it will go from your head into your hearts and change the way you live.

See you next week for part 2!

Study 6- Colossians 3:11-15: What a Church Should Actually Look Like

colossiansTree[5971]READ Colossians 3:11-15 What a Church Should Actually Look Like

“11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile,[a] circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized,[b] slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”
“As member of God’s people, we must treat one another as Christ has treated us. This means that a church that is seeking to follow the Lord we will be people growing in Christ-likeness, filled with truth and love. And with absolutely no partiality along racial or social lines-because in His choosing of people, God shows no such distinction. Such a community is truly evangelistic! It is difficult to set our minds on things above, isn’t it? The heavenly worlds seems unreal because it is invisible. So a Christian needs constant reminders to see beyond the material and visible- reality is much bigger than what we see or feel! We need the Bible’s reminders, but we also need the challenges of fellow-believers who live lives that demonstrate a different set of values to others around us. Seeing someone resisting worldly ambitions or influences for the sake of Christ can make a profound impact. Solving problems of disunity must start with ourselves-are there people we need to forgive or treat gently and kindly? We must avoid being quick to assume that divisions are other people’s fault! Thinking like that could actually be part of the problem! We need to first change our own lives, rather than push the blame elsewhere.” Mark Meynell

Reflection: Are there any relationships where you know you need to put on forgiveness or patience at the moment? Who in our church needs your proactive and practical love?

Sisters, I hope this gives you a bit more insight into our study 6 for this month. We encourage you to keep setting aside time to ponder this beautiful letter.

Next week, we will go on to Study 7: Living, Acting and Praying the Good News of Jesus. Victoria Kelly is our contributor for the next three weeks. I urge you to get with your study buddy on Facetime, WhatsApp, or whichever online technology you are comfortable with. Study together the passage of scripture in Colossians 3:16-28 and 4:1-4. This will be done in three parts.

So watch this space! May we all grow to know Jesus better and love Him more!

PART 2 COLOSSIANS 3:5-9

colossiansTree[5971]READ Colossians 3:5-9 Giving Up the Old Way of Life
In this section, there are many expressions that talk about giving up the old way of life. (Put to death, used to walk, rid yourselves, taken off) Take time with your buddy to reflect on what these mean.
V5 makes it clear that we can’t both have life in Christ and life in sin. It doesn’t say So “negotiate with sin” or “procrastinate with sin”. No, it is drastic! Put to death! These sins listed here are out of control and tracing it to worshipping idols. When we replace the living God with idols, our life spins out of control in sin. These don’t bring life, but God’s anger. In vv8-9, there is a practical outworking in our all of our relationships. The way we deal with people is massively changed. These have no place in the Christian life. In v 9, it makes sense for us to be truth telling people since we live for Christ, who is the TRUTH.

Reflection: Why do these things not fit with life in Christ?

6 BIBLE STUDY NOTES

Hi sisters!

The entirety of the notes have been downloaded on GRACE PLACE under the heading of Colossians Rooted 2019-2020

I would encourage you to do a bit at a time with your study buddy which I am outlining beginning today! Be blessed!

Colossians Study 6 – Focusing on the truth, remembering who we are and living it out
This month’s passage builds on the teaching Kathy gave us last month: we are complete and united with Christ, we need to add nothing. Christ is our reality and this frees us to live in Him. You need to bear this in mind as it is the foundation of this month’s passage which starts “Since…”
“SINCE / BECAUSE / DUE TO THIS”: Our passage only makes sense in light of the truth that he has just stated.; that Christ has done everything we need to be reconciled to God through his death on the cross.

(Note 1: It would be a great idea to read through Colossians again up to this point. The wonder of all of this is our HEARTS are changed. Our MOTIVES change. Our IDENTITY is changed. That is the only way the rest of this makes sense and is even possible!
Note 2: The following notes are in great part provided by Mark Meynell, Colossians: Confident Christianity, and Colossians and Philemon for You)

Summary:
“Being rescued by Jesus and having complete assurance as the result of His finished reconciling work is no excuse for an unchanged life. He is now our Lord. He did it all in order to restore everything in the universe to its rightful place under His authority (compare 1v18). We have been raised with Christ and therefore need to live lives that reflect that (3v14). For this to happen, we need to depend on Christ all the more and work hard at serving Him and His people through everything.” Mark Meynell

READ Colossians 3:1-4 What Has Already Happened to Believers

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honour at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your[a] life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.” NLT 

This is so profound! Really take time to reflect on this! It is the driving force for our thoughts and actions. In chapter 2, Paul outlines the finished work of Jesus and the confidence a Christian can have as a result. In chapter 3, he spells out the implications this must have for everyday living. That can mean anything -from our texting, commenting on FB, how we drive our cars, how we are with others in the queue in Sainsburys, how we bring up our children, how we treat people with irritating jobs like telemarketers or airport officials. There is no part of our lives which is “hidden in Christ” that is excluded in our everyday lives.
Because we have been raised with Christ, (3v1), we should raise our sights to where He is and where one day we will be. Then we will inevitably want to live in a way that reflects where we belong (in heaven, not in this world) and to whom we belong (Jesus Christ is our master- no one else is). It is possible to know that a Christian has already been raised with Christ because of what happened at the cross and resurrection. It is now as if there is a seat reserved in heaven for each person in Christ and marked with each person’s name (3v3-4)Of course we can’t see it yet-but we trust in God’s promises supremely because of his track record in Christ. So this is the big perspective which shapes the rest of what is said in this chapter. What wonderful news! Everything in our lives is affected by this massive change in WHO WE ARE. We are called to live out a new life in Jesus Christ, both as individuals and as a church. These verses are so full of confidence and comfort in the implications of Christ’s work on our behalf and in our union with Him! So what does this look like in our everyday, Covid-19, self-distancing lives? Well I came across this explanation of “being hidden with Christ”, which I found very helpful and want to share with you:
“At the cross, the full, unbridled wrath of God came down upon Jesus, and, in that moment of judgement, there was nowhere for Jesus to hide. No fig leaves or shade trees. No mercy, no grace, no compassion. Jesus, for us, is exposed to the all-consuming expression of sin’s cruelty and the wrath of God. No friends come to defend Him; no lamb is offered in His place; no one negotiates His release. Clothed in our shame, crowned with our thorns, and exposed to the judgement of God that we deserve—Jesus is our hiding place. Outside of Christ, there is no safe place to hide, but being found in Christ there is peace and safety. ‘Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.’” Eric Watkins -Ligonier Ministries

Reflection: Are there any routines you could develop that might help you to refocus regularly on the life that you have in Christ?

See you next Thursday with our next portion of study. XO