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Are We There Yet


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Are We There Yet

  1. 1. Are We There Yef? ga . - . .2 O; ?4~“ ‘. . ~_ ‘ - For auluerc {am or {Area come fojaflaer in nu, name, '6/‘ere Am / w/ ‘flu ‘t/ em. ‘ Nafikcu I8.20
  2. 2. On long trips kids assume we're just around the corner or they ask how much 5‘ 1'1.. . «: longer? But some adults ask 5 ? ff"- "" the same question but in ‘I different. Sort of round 31* about way, I've been going to - Church. For a whole year For Mm two or area zoom: fojeflxer in nu, rune, {Acre AIM / wffl. ‘f/ sens. ‘ HAff£o-av I8.'20 and I don't feel any different , you say; Lord do you even know I'm here?
  3. 3. When people become Christians, they don't at the same moment become nice. This always comes as something of a surprise. Conversion to Christ and his ways ‘ doesn't automatically furnish a person with impeccable manners and suitable morals. The people of Corinth had a reputation in the ancient world as an unruly, hard- For were two or f/ we drinking, sexually promiscuous “"“"’ “’7“"" "" "'7 """" bunch of people. When Paul arrivedflsere Am I w/ {A {Aer-a. ‘ I-latfllsav /8,20 with the Message and many of them became believers in Jesus, they brought their reputations with them right into the church.
  4. 4. Paul spent a year and a half with them as their pastor, going over the Message of the ”good news" in detail, showing them how to _. live out this new life of salvation " and holiness as a community of believers. Then he went on his way to other towns and churches. Sometime later Paul received a report from one of the Corinthian For 1046!? ! ‘two or ‘f/ were tome ‘fojef/ xer in nu, name, families that in his absence things {Agra Rm / w/ {A am”. had more or less fallen apart. He -, .,, ,., ,,, ,, “.20 also received a letter from Corinth asking for help.
  5. 5. Factions had developed, morals were in disrepair, worship had degenerated into a selfish grabbing for the supernatural. It was the kind .9. of thing that might have been * . , ""3 expected from Corinthians! Paul's first letter to the Corinthians is a classic of pastoral response: affectionate, firm, clear, and unswerving in the conviction that For More two or f/ we God among them, revealed in Jesus “’”“" “’7‘"""" "" "'7 """" and present in his Holy {here Am / w/ ‘5/~ flier»- Spirit, continued to be the central ""“"“’“ “"2” issue in their lives, regardless of how much ofa mess they had made of things.
  6. 6. Paul doesn't disown them as brother and sister Christians, doesn't throw them out because of their bad behavior, and . .~‘. doesn't fly into a tirade over their * . . ‘if irresponsible ways. He takes it all more or less in stride, but also takes them by the hand and goes over all the old ground again, directing them in how to work all the For were two or fives glorious details of God's saving love “’”"’ “’? ‘"""" "" "'7 """" into their love for one another. {Aer-e Am I w/ {A diam. ‘ Hatfllsew /8,20
  7. 7. Ephesians 4:1-6 To Be Mature 1'3|n light of all this, here's what I want you to do. While I'm locked up here, a prisoner for the I Master, I want you to get out there and wa| k—better yet, run! —on the road God called you to travel. I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don't For were two or fives want anyone strolling off, down “"“"’ “’? ‘"""" "" "'7 """" some path that goes nowhere. And {here Am I w/ flu flier»- ‘ Hatfllsew /8,20 mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring
  8. 8. Ephesians 4: 1-6 yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending '5‘. fences. “You were all called to , §""», .,. .t_' "j" ' travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay ‘f together, both outwardly and fit‘ inwardly. You have one ’ Master, one faith, one For More fave or was baptism, one God and Father of ‘°"" “’5‘““' "" "'7 "‘”“' all, who rules over all, works {here er» I N/ as ‘thew- through all, and is present in all. ""““" ""2" Everything you are and think and y do is permeated with Oneness.
  9. 9. 17‘1-°’And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the em pty- headed, mindless crowcl. They've refused for so long to deal with God that they've lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can't think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, aclclictec! to every sort of perversion. For where ‘two or ‘f/ were tome ‘fojef/ xer in nu, name, ‘ Hatfllsew /8,20 ‘.25 &‘ vi ‘there Am I wffh fhem.
  10. 10. 2°'2“But that's no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. I Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything and I do mean everything connected with that old way of life has to go. It's rotten through and through. Get ridFof were two or fives it! And then take on an entirely new “’”“’ “’? “"" "" "'7 """" way of life a God-fashioned life, a Iiféere Am I w/ {A them. renewed from the inside and working “"‘“"“’“ “"2” itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you. Q‘: &‘ vi
  11. 11. 2 Peter 1:5-11 (Amplified Bible) 5For this very reason, adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop y virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian ' energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence), 5And in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self- control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness F" "Am {"0 or W“ (patience, endurance), and in [exercifs tome ‘fojef/ xer I'n nu, name, steadfastness [develop] godliness (pie 7And in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] Christian love. ‘ Hafllsew /8,20 {lzgyle AIM / wffh tag. .. Y I
  12. 12. 3For as these qualities are yours and increasingly abound in you, they will W _ g V, keep [you] from being idle or gt, ’ ‘_£"“- ’-. =-- T unfruitful unto the [full f ”" ' B ‘ personal] knowledge of our »f'. :" Lord Jesus Christ (the *1‘ Messiah, the Anointed One). 9For whoever lacks these """ ‘““" ““’° ”' "‘”‘ _ _ _ _ _ _ come fojaflaer in nu, name, qualities IS blind, [spirltualwere Am / M. “ “em shortsighted, seeing only -. ... ... .. what is near to him, and has become oblivious [t . .‘; ,»_; ‘-3 _ '. ”.«’u‘§? fact] that he was cleansed -1’ ’ '
  13. 13. Are We There Yet? Jesus hasn't come back to ’£_. {;: g‘~ claim his Children, and ‘, §'‘g~. ._-_n. . ' no one knows when " ' that'll be. So there's still Q‘ ‘ a little time, but don't ‘ Just cut a path. walk it . =.. ... . . .a. ... daily. He looks for doers mm *0:-“W "~ --v «M- of his word, not mere {here an» I w/ fl. {A993- ‘ Haftfu-av I8.'20 speakers of it.
  14. 14. Are We There Yet? The road to a changed . heart is long and -I _ *~ ° ‘ Ii: never ending. The journey is to be made step by step and you I t For where two or {Area your own, you must M. .. ¢. .,. ..a. .r . -.. .. , . ... ... , walk with the Jesus. {Aere N. .. / ma, a, ,_. ,,. ., ‘ Hafllsew /8,20