Question 4. What does focusing on the good news that happened at the cross do for your heart and mind? Please share your thoughts.
"Focusing on the cross enables me to see Truth! My identity is found in the fact that God loves me enough to sacrifice His Son for me, and Jesus loves me enough to die a horrible death and be separated from His Father for me. Focusing on this truth helps me to trust Him more (His promises and character), and see the cross as beautiful thing. When I focus on Christ and the cross, I stop thinking about my life and the “what if’s.” I start resting in His ways and put my hope in His plan. I start drawing on the power of His resurrection that is in me."
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I hope this helps.
Depression L19 Q 8. Here is a place, if you would like, for you to express your praise to God for His great love to you, and for the wonderful things He has done for you at the cross. He has redeemed you and forgiven your sins:
April writes: “Oh, My Lord, we sing Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who is, Who was, and Is to come. I thank you for your unfailing love. I thank you for your long-suffering with me. I thank you for making a way in which I am forgiven and can walk with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for my scars to show how you healed me. Thank you for your scars that show how much you loved me. What love, peace, overwhelming joy. Praise you Jesus.”
Question 2. Think for a moment about all the changes God has made/is making in your heart, and specifically how those changes are related to the good news of the cross. Please share those changes briefly:
The Lord has definitely changed my heart. It is no longer about me, but about Christ. The sins committed are primarily committed against a holy God. It is no longer about how I can influence my husband to change and to turn from sexual immorality, bringing about change by changing his external behavior and avoiding sexual sins, but it is about how Christ can change him and how true and lasting change is not only possible, but is inevitable in light of the Cross and the Gospel. It is about loving and forgiving my husband, not because he deserves it, but because I have first been loved and forgiven in my own sinful state. It has been a steep learning curve and has sometimes been a heart struggle on my own side, but through Christ all things are possible. Even though my situation has not entirely changed, I can walk in peace with love and hope because I trust a holy God who is faithful, who loved me at my darkest and who gives me a living hope, through Christ Jesus my Lord, and I can pass that hope and love on to my husband, my children and to those I come in contact with daily.
My heart is being continually warmed and encouraged journeying with Christine through the Mentorship course. I sometimes forget who's the Mentor and who's the student.....
The only thing I would add is not to try to 'remain mindful' of too much Marilyn. Pick just one key truth, something definite and condensed. I can look at any lesson fo say the Bootcamp course and there is SO MUCH for me to revel in, but I try to take away just one point to think over as I go through my day
Question 7 at Marker 49:40 in video: Do you see the gospel pattern in these Old Testament stories? If yes, is your faith in the resurrection of Jesus increased? Please share your thoughts
Wow...as often as I've read those stories I never made the correlation until today. Each picture and story represented something so very significant to Christ and his death and resurrection. It puts my life and dying to sin in a new light.
Question 4. Considering Sam Storms’ statement above, in particular “The only thing that will ultimately break the power of sin is passion for Jesus”, how will that truth affect your mentoring here with Setting Captives Free?
It confirms and validates that the only way I can mentor my students is to lead them to Jesus. Help them see the power of the cross and what He did for them so they can fall in love with Him like I did.
@Erick-Hurt I LOVE this Gospel and the Church course, and am praying for many many people to take it and experience the power of the cross like never before. And may church leaders all around the world return to their first love and preach the cross through this course!