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OUR EARTHLY TENT {lessons from a broken body series} – Phil Lopez

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When we understand that our earthly bodies, or “tents” aren’t meant to be permanent homes, it changes the way we view both the beauty and the brokenness present in our world. Grace compels us to draw our attention from the temporary toward the eternal & changes the way we live our lives.

2 Corinthians 4:14-18
2 Corinthians 5:1-8
2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 18-21

METAMORPHOSIS {lessons from a broken body series} – Ben Miller

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When we accept the love and forgiveness of Christ, He transforms us.  If we are being changed by Christ, what does the end product look like?

(2 Cor 5:14-17, 2 Cor 3:18b, I Thess 5:23-24, Matt 16:24, James 1:22, I Jn 2:4, Matt 28:20, 2 Cor 6:18, Jn 14:26, Jn 16:7-8, Jn 16:13, I Cor 12:7-11, Eph 1:13, Rom 8:26, Gal 5:22-25, Eph 5:26, Heb 10:25, Acts 2:47, Luke 19:10, I Cor 9:22b, Matt 9:36-38)

GODLY SORROW {lessons from a broken body series} – Ben Miller

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The word religious has become synonymous with judgement.  People see Christians and the Church as morality police, chasing people around and slapping sinners’ hands.  This misconception of sin, grace, and the identity of the Church leaves us living in pride or shame instead of grace.  The Apostle Paul shows us a better path.

(2 Cor 7:8-13a, Gen 1:26, Eph 4:24, Gen 3:8, Rom 3:23, Rom 7:15-20, Ps 95:8, Ps 53:3, I Cor 10:13, Jn 8:36, Rom 8:1)

FOR THE CITY – Ben Miller

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The people of the southern kingdom have been beaten, captured, and relocated.  In that new setting, Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, gives surprising instructions on how to live in a place that isn’t home.

(Jer 29:4-7, Eph 5:11, I Peter 1:15, Lev 11:44, Matt 9:12, Jn 6:15, Jn 18:10, Mk 12:17, I Ptr 2:11, Ph 3:20, Jn 17:14-18, I Peter 2:9, Phil 2:7)

VEILS {lessons from a broken body series} – Ben Miller

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We are prone to worship things and people, but God alone deserves our devotion.   When we remove the veils in our lives and set our gaze on Him, we are naturally transformed into His likeness.

(2 Cor 3:12-18, 2 Cor 3:4, Heb 4:16, Isaiah 6:5, Luke 11:39, Ex 20:18-21, Ex 34:30, Acts 14:11-15, I Cor 11:1)

YOU SMELL {lessons from a broken body series} – Ben Miller

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Throughout the Bible, offerings have a particular “aroma” to God.  Our lives, likewise, when given to God become a fragrant offering.  As our lives become a pleasing aroma to the Lord, others begin to pick up on the scent.

(2 Cor 2:14-17, Gen 8:21, Ex 29:18, Lev 1:17, Luke 7:36-39, Eph 5:1-2, Rom 12:1, Lev 26:31, Is 1:11-13, I Peter 1:14, Matt 5:14

SPLINTERS & STRENGTH {lessons from a broken body series} – Ben Miller

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As followers of Jesus, we are not exempt from pain.  God may not promise its automatic removal, but he does promise to make much of it.  Dealing with the pain of this world helps us recognize the power of the cross, creates resilience, and deepens our trust in Him.

(2 Cor 12:7-9, Ps 91:4, Is 41:10, Matt 5:45, 2 Cor 11:24-27, 2 Cor 4:18, James 1:2-4, 2 Cor 4:18, Job 13:15, Heb 4:15)

CELEBRATING SIN {lessons from a broken body} – Phil Lopez

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The people of Corinth were not just stuck in sin; they were celebrating it. Repentance is a key part of the beginning of our walk with God, and it continues to be every day after that. We must never get tired of saying we’re sorry to God.

1 Corinthians 5:1-8