The Christian life is a life lived by the grace of God, under Christ’s law, in God’s world, in the presence of God himself. We love because God first loved us (1st John 4:19). The Triune God instigated a relationship with us. He created us, redeemed us, sustains us and gives us hope for a future life with him without sin, pain or death (Romans 8:30). This is the work of the Father, Son and Spirit who are a community of love creating a community of love, on earth, to share in their eternal glory.
This self-revealing, instigating love of God shapes our lives. It shapes ethics, behavior, schedules, faith, science, study, vocation, the arts; our very understanding of the world and our place in it.
Our first Trimester will be focus on this amazing reality. You Are God’s children (John 1:12-13) and heirs of the promises of God (Eph. 2:12) who are called to devote yourselves to the glory of God in all you do (Matthew 22:36-40).
The Westminster shorter Catechism begins with this question;
Question. 1. What is the chief end of man?
Answer. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
Living by the grace of God
Conversion (Titus 3:5)
Living under Christ’s law.
The Law of Christ (John 13:34)
Repentance (Luke 13:3, 5:32)
Forgiveness (Luke 17:3, Col. 3:13)
The fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:25)
Living in God’s world.
Walking by the spirit (Gal 15:16-17)
Bible reading (1st Tim. 3:15, Rom. 15:4)
Living in the presence of God Himself.
Worship (Heb. 13:15)
Christian Fellowship (Rom. 12:5, Acts 2:42)
Prayer (Luke 11:1)