Good morning readers!
Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, school has been kicking my butt! Spring break is next week though, which means more time to DESIGN! 🙂
This is a new bulletin cover, it’s a pretty simple one and it’s simple on purpose. I wanted to focus on the word grace. This passage from the book of Ephesians is a great reminder for those of us who are believers in Christ Jesus. We don’t deserve forgiveness and we for sure could never earn it but sometimes I think we act like we did earn and it and that we are deserving and others are not. In this same passage is another one of my favorite verses (v.12) remember that you were at that time separate from Christ. I know I need to remind myself of this all the time, especially when I’m around non believers or new believers. We we’re not always believers, we we’re once dead and we need to remember how we got to where we are at now. I listen to a lot of Ravi Zacharias (www.rzim.org) and one thing that he says to do when we are witnessing to someone is to have patience and respect they’re beliefs. We often want to do it fast and we think that they should just believe immediately and if they don’t then we give up. I don’t know about you, but it took me more than a year to give my life to Christ and it took lots of reading, lots of research, lots of discussions, questions and a whole lot of prayer from family and friends. And in the same passage it also tells us that we we’re once dead but we now have life! Thanks be to God who loves us so much that he has given us life and a relationship with Him. That’s all I have to say for today, I hope this was encouraging!
Made Alive in Christ
1 And you [a]were dead [b]in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the [c]course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, [d]indulging the desires of the flesh and of the [e]mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead [f]in our transgressions, made us alive together [g]with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and [h]that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as 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 so that we would walk in them.
11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, [i]excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope andwithout God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off [j]have been brought near [k]by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the [l]barrier of the dividing wall, 15 [m]by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might [n]make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both inone body to God through the cross, [o]by it having put to death the enmity. 17 AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; 18 for through Him we both have our access inone Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the [p]saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy [q]temple in the Lord,22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
Bulletin Cover (click image to view full size)