Velvet Rebellion – February 22, 2015

OT Lesson: Genesis 32:22-32 NT Lesson: Romans 7:7-25 Gospel Lesson: Luke 16:10-17 Ash Wednesday was this past week, beginning the Season of Lent, that period of 40 days – plus Sundays – leading to Easter. Lent is a time for personal spiritual reflection and introspection, and should be for each Christian a season of sober discernment and serious contemplation about the place and pace of our faith-walk. It should be a time when we are intentional in our prayers for our own individual assimilation of the authority of Scripture, of the example of Jesus, and of our daily response to Grace. As we begin the Lenten Season I would like us to consider together 2 overarching questions – and our personal responsibility, subsequent to salvation, regarding how we individually live out our Confession. These two questions pivot off our discussion two weeks ago about the differences in being saved and living the Abundant Life. The difference between having faith and being faithful. The two thematic questions are: – What (tangible) difference does Jesus make in my day-to-day life? – How do Grace (what God has done for me in Jesus Christ) and discipleship (my confession-driven response to Grace) blend to define my life?  To begin, I ask you to recall Jesus’ 40-day temptation at the outset of His ministry. You are familiar with the Biblical account of this encounter when the Son of God went toe-to-toe with the Adversary and from this crucible defined how His ministry would be pursued. Theologians have compared Jesus ‘wrestling’ with and fending off  Satan, with what could be a 40-day Lenten experience for...