Living the resurrection life of Jesus
As we approach Easter, my prayer is that this study is going to overwhelm you as you think of what Jesus accomplished through his death, his burial, and his resurrection. In our staff meeting at the Bridge today, we were discussing the question, “In one word, how would you describe the impact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ?” Words like victory, hope, power, freedom, came flowing in our discussion. . .and then it hit me. Victory Over the Darkness is a book about experiencing the resurrection power of Jesus in your daily life!
Chapter 1 focuses on the simple truth that we were created with a body, soul, and spirit so we could live in intimate fellowship with God and with each other. Our sin messed that up so that we became self-centered, self-protective, hard hearted, fearful, lonely, angry people.
That’s why Jesus came. He came to restore us and bring us back to fellowship with God. He died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose again from the dead demonstrating that he had victory over our greatest enemies: sin and death.
If you are a child of God, your sins have been forgiven and you are free from condemnation forever (Romans 8:1). At the end of chapter 1, there are a series of “I am” statements that describe who you are because of what Jesus has done!
Take time and look up each Scripture that is listed. Circle the 4 that seem to jump out to you the most. Carry those with you this week. The more you believe what God says is true about you, the more you will discover the victory, hope, power, and freedom that Jesus died and rose from the dead to give you.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10
To stir your thoughts
- Why is the question, “Who are you?” important to how you live?
- How has the fall of man affected our world? How has it affected you?
- Read the list of “who I am in Christ” several times. Choose 5 that seem to hit you the hardest. If you’re in a small group, share those 5 and how believing and living by them would change your life?