Following a morning of powerful testimonies about transformed lives, Pastor Casey continued the encouragement on what makes gospel transformation possible. God loves you and has already taken care of the sin that causes shame and guilt. Jesus took care of your sin before you even acted it out. Sharing your problems with God and others is never the problem.
The problem comes when you don’t let Jesus free you from the shame you hold over yourself.
Scripture references: 1 Peter 1:15-23; Revelation 13:8
God is in the business of making things new. He takes sorrow and turns them into joy. He takes weariness and turns it into strength. He’s takes death and turns it into life. He takes old wine and turns it into new wine. The process of Christian growth is compared to the process of making new wine. The process of making new wine involves pressure and time. The best tasting wine is made over a longer period of time with pressure applied.
In a similar way, the process of renewing your life into one that looks more and more like the life Jesus lived will involve tension under pressure. Listen as Casey walks through this idea of growth under pressure.
Jesus says that the Christians must learn to abide in him in order to bear spiritual fruit. Abiding has a deep meaning of being unified, being at rest, and being connected. The word carries the ideas of visiting and encountering, but it is so much different than visit and so much deeper than encounter.
Even though abide brings a connection to resting, Jesus also says that abiding makes you a branch of the vine (Jesus) and that when you abide God the Father will prune you. Resting in Jesus naturally produces an opportunity to change.
Listen in as Cortney shares deep insights into this idea of abiding and how it relates to Christian growth and relationship with others.