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THURSDAY— Who needs Jesus?
Big Point: No matter how good or bad our actions, we ALL need Jesus—including our unchurched friends and family…and even the annoying guy in the cubicle next to you.
There are so many of us who come to CedarCreek, find Jesus, and get connected. It’s easy for us to get comfortable and happy with our faith and forget that there are so many people who are still where we once were—hopeless, purposeless or spiritually restless. Here’s a story from a Creeker that was once lost:
“There were a lot of problems going on in my family and I was in a downward spiral. I was angry all the time and I felt like I had no where to turn. I wanted all the pain and hurt to end. Then a friend of mine urged me to check out CedarCreek and Life Support. It was the best thing I have ever done. That was four years ago and I still call CedarCreek my home.” —Kristy Adkins
READ…What does the Bible say?
I John 1:8-9 (New International Version)
8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Isaiah 53:6 (New International Version)
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity (sin) of us all.
THINK…Find the answers
In Isaiah 53:6, who has gone astray or off course? Are there any exceptions?
According to 1 John, if we claim to be without sin, what are we doing to ourselves? If we confess our sins, what is the result?
In 1 John 1:9 it tell us to confess our sins. To whom are we called to confess our sins and what are we confessing?
LIVE…What will you do now?
Have you ever felt unworthy of Jesus’ love and sacrifice? If so, what made/makes you feel that way? What did you learn to help you overcome those feelings?
Can we have your seat? The 10:45am service is our most popular service for new visitors. If you’ve been attending CedarCreek’s 10:45am service for longer than three months, we are asking for you to consider attending a different service. We’d hate for new people to have to struggle to find a seat. Can you say “awkward?”
Imagine you are sitting with one of the people that you want to invite to church this weekend, how would you explain the fact that every single person needs Jesus, whether he or she realizes it or not?
Often times people refuse an invitation to church because they feel unworthy of Jesus and the forgiveness he offers. How would you respond to someone with those doubts?
What are some of the other objections people have to coming to church? How can you respond to those objections in a loving, non-defensive, non-pressurized way?
PRAY…God, what do you want me to know & do?
Pray for the people you’re inviting to church. Thank God that he forgives us no matter the circumstances, and ask him to help you show his forgiveness to the people on your list.
Have you prayed today for the people you want to invite? Y N
Have you invited them? Y N
DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY: Leviticus 7-9
Leviticus 7: Why weren’t the Israelites allowed to eat the fat or blood from sacrificed animals? Eating the fat wasn’t permitted because the fat was the best portion of the animal and therefore, it was to be dedicated only to God. Blood was God’s gift of life to all living things and therefore blood was to be returned to God and never to be used by people. As an aside, part of the offerings were set aside to provide food for the temple priests. The priests were not employed outside of the temple so the people’s sacrifices also provided sustenance for the priests who maintained the temple.
Leviticus 8: Priests were established as a concession to deal with the Israelites’ inability to relate to God because of sin. However, Christ came and eliminated this imperfect system. We no longer need a human intermediary. “Urim” and “Thummim” – there isn’t a lot known about these, but the thought is that they were two objects that God used to give guidance to His people—think of them as an ancient version of the Magic 8 ball. Some scholars think that “Urim” was ‘yes’ and “Thummim” was ‘no.’ After a time of prayer for guidance, priests would shake the stones and God would cause the correct one to fall out. Clearly, God has a different way of leading and guiding us these days so this method is not necessary or advisable.
Leviticus 9: In verse 23, God’s glory appears to the entire community and fire came forth and consumed the entire sacrifice on the altar. Christians often say that if God showed that kind of presence today that the world would be different. However, God does work just as supernaturally today—He just does it by changing and transforming our lives and then we are sent to impact others.