“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

We at Christ Community Church are continuing our series on being united with Christ through a study of Colossians 3.1-17. Most recently, we considered the ways in which God unites us with Jesus by way of deaths: natural death, through confession and repentance (a death of a particular habit or lifestyle), through daily choices, and in God’s sight. You can listen to the message from Pastor Chelsey on our current series page.

In the message, Pastor Chelsey used Lewis Smedes’ analogy of citizenship to help us understand the rule of sin and how Jesus rescues us from it. We were encouraged to see ourselves as ‘dead’ to sin and alive in Christ. What does such a switch in citizenship look like? Greg outlines five differences.

What are some of the things keeping us from putting to death the parts of us that don’t belong? Richard explores this question as part of understanding the first step we take in partnering in God’s transformation of ourselves.

And in a culture of blame-shifting, how do we take the necessary steps of identifying the old self within in order to put it to death?

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New on the bookshelf: Deliver Us from Me-Ville

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Deliver Us from Me-Ville by David Zimmerman has been added to the Goodreads bookshelf.

Building on the teachings of Thomas Merton and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, David Zimmerman outlines the journey from Me-Ville to God’s Kingdom that all Christians must travel (and often, re-travel). The good news is, Jesus is the one who comes to Me-Ville to lead the way out!

Each chapter includes ways that the journey changes us, practices we can actively engage in as willing participants on the trip (we aren’t just along for the ride, after all), and “Escape Routes” or spiritual practices to try when we find ourselves back (or headed back) to Me-Ville.

As an added bonus, the book includes discussion guides for each chapter, making it suitable for both individuals and groups to read together.