In Philippians 3:12-14 the Apostle Paul gives us a pretty comprehensive guide to how each and every follower of Christ needs to approach the idea of spiritual growth. Most of us would agree that there are no shortcuts to becoming like Christ. In this six-week series we are looking at several important aspects of that process as we learn how each of us can keep “Pressing On” in our spiritual journey.
“JONAH: The Epic Story of God’s Relentless Love.”
The purpose of JONAH is not to just recount an unbelievable historical tale or expand our Biblical knowledge. The purpose of Jonah is our heart and life transformation-this narrative should change the way we think, speak, and act.While we won't board a boat to flee halfway across the world like the Old Testament prophet did, you and I often run from the call of God. Most times, we don't even realize we're running. The Good News of the gospel is that we can never outrun God’s Relentless Love .You are sure to enjoy this new look at an old story!
The apostle Paul had never been to Rome when he wrote the letter to the Romans from the Greek city of Corinth in AD 57. Today it stands as the clearest and most systematic presentation of Christian principles in the Scriptures.
He began the letter by discussing the PROBLEM which is most easily observable in the world—the sinfulness of all humanity. All people have been condemned due to our rebellion against God.
He then moves to the PROVISION, as God in His grace offers us justification by faith in His Son, Jesus. When we are justified by God, we receive redemption, or salvation, because Christ’s blood covers our sin.
But Paul made it clear that the believer’s relationship with God doesn’t stop with salvation; it is a life-long PURSUIT of being transformed into Christ-likeness.