Day 5: Daily Embrace

2 Corinthians 4:10, 12, 14-15 (NIV/NLT)
10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body…12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you…
14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you.  15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

“This is a daily embrace of the death of Jesus so that others may know that he has died and risen for them and it may result in eternal life for them. May God help us because it is only as we daily embrace the death of Jesus in our living, in our attitude, in our ministry, in our very life itself – then and only then will the life of Jesus be revealed in us…To know that God will also raise someone else together with us, we don’t deserve such privilege and joy, but God wants to give us that. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people there will be great thanksgiving and God himself will receive more and more glory” (Brenda’s message).

Prayer: Father, I embrace your way of life, always through the cross. As I daily embrace the death of Jesus, let your grace reach more people through our churches! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s embrace our Lord Jesus at the cross as we sing “King of Calvary” by Matt Redman (click here).

-KW

 

 

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Day 4: The Holy Name

Matthew 28:18-19 (NIV)
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

“Baptism is the public, physical and visible way in which someone is marked out, branded almost, with the holy ‘name’. As Jesus was given, by the angel, the name ‘Jesus’, signifying his real identity and the task that lay before him, so now, with his work complete, we suddenly discover that the ‘name’ which we are all to share is the new ‘name’ of the living God-the father, the son and the holy spirit… Now, apparently, those who have followed Jesus and have become true disciples are themselves to be caught up in this divine life and purpose” (NT Wright, Matthew for Everyone, 208).

Spend a few moments in thanksgiving, for you have been marked by the holy name, and then spend a few moments in prayer, asking for one we are reaching out to, that they will also be joined into this holy name with us. 

Prayer: Father, what a privilege that you have given us your name, you have marked us and called us yours. We love you, worship you, and are so thankful to be yours! Help us to honor your holy name, and to be caught up in this divine life and purpose of baptizing others into your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s continue in thanksgiving and prayer as we sing “Forever & Amen” by Cody Carnes (click here).

-KW

 

 

 

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Day 3: Change of Status

Romans 6:3-4 (N.T. Wright’s Translation)
3 Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into the Messiah, Jesus, were baptized into his death? 4 That means that we were buried with him, through baptism, into death, so that, just as the Messiah was raised from the dead through the Father’s glory, we too might behave with a new quality of life.

“Here we meet, for the first time in Romans, one of Paul’s central beliefs: that since the Messiah represents his people, what is true of him is true of them…When people submit to Christian baptism, they die with the Messiah and are raised with him into a new life. This means first and foremost, a change of status. We are no longer located ‘in sin’; grace has met us there (5:8; 5:20), not in order to tell us that we were all right as we were, but in order to rescue us and take us somewhere else… Living in accordance with a change of status requires that you recognize it and take steps to bring your actual life into line with the person you have become” (NT Wright, Paul for Everyone: Romans, 101).

Prayer: Father, thank you so much for this change of status in my life, that I am no longer “in sin”, but I am truly “in Christ”! Fill me with your grace to lay down ways that belong to the old, and walk in this newness throughout the day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship our Messiah as we sing “Thank You Jesus for the Blood” by Charity Gayle (click here).

-KW

 

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Day 2: My New Beginning

Let’s read aloud together the following passage and respond with the words of the video and prayer:

Acts 2:36-39 (NIV)
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

My New Beginning Video (click here)

Prayer: Father, thank you that you have made your Gospel known to me, you have made it real to me. I respond to you with my whole being. I am yours and you are mine, so fill me with your Spirit to walk in this new beginning with you today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s continue to respond in worship as we sing “Raised to Life” by Elevation Worship (click here).

-KW

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Day 1: Take Hold

Let’s read aloud together the following passages and prayer:

Romans 5:17 (MSG)
17 If death got the upper hand through one man’s wrongdoing, can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes, absolute life, in those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right, that the one man Jesus Christ provides?

Romans 6:3-4 (NRSVUE)
3 Do you not know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we were buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the wildly-extravagant life-gift you have given us in Jesus Christ. We take hold of it with both of our hands! We celebrate that our old life has been buried with Jesus so we are free to walk with you in the fullness and newness of life today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s celebrate the freedom and fullness of life we have been given as we sing “Resurrection Power” by Chris Tomlin (click here).

-KW

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