Day Four: This is Who We Are

1 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) – Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are.  For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

“[T]he passage emphatically calls the church to claim its identity as a people with a distinct character and mission, a counter-cultural prophetic community.  Within such a community, the members are called to take active responsibility for one another’s lives and spiritual wholeness.  In 1 Corinthians 5, we encounter a vision of the church not as one voluntary association among many, but as the covenant people of God; to be inside this community is to find life, and to be outside is to be in the realm of death…The church must recover its lively sense of vocation as a people set apart for God’s service and living in a way that exemplifies fidelity and grace.” [Richard Hays, 1 Corinthians, Interpretation Commentary, p. 89.]

Let us pray and ask God to help us fully live out our identity as God’s covenant community as we share the love of God with our friends, family members, coworkers, and students on our campuses.

Let us worship to the song “Living with a Fire” (click here) by Jesus Culture.

-GW

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