“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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Ambassadors of Reconciliation

And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

-2 Corinthians 5.19b

On Sunday, June 16, 2013, Pastor Chelsey shared “A Place to Become” based on 2 Corinthians 5.16-21. You can hear that message on our current series‘ sermon page on our website (or in the archives).

The main theme of this section of Paul’s letter to the Church in Corinth is reconciliation. Today’s links example three different kinds of reconciliation to encourage and equip you:

Reconciliation between God and yourself through confession in “The Sacred Act of Pulling Weeds” by Adam McLane.

Reconciliation between yourself and a neighbour (which means opening up your neighbour to the possibility of reconciliation with God) in “I CHOOSE GRACE!” by John.

And working for the reconciliation of others in “Subversive for the Common Good: Seek the Welfare of the City” by Bob Robinson.

 

This post is a follow up to a sermon preached at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC by Rev. Chelsey Harmon on June 16, 2013. It provides stories that relate to the theme and call to reconciliation.

Sinning in your work

Meagan Kunert shares her story of knowingly doing wrong in her work at People of the Second Chance. Read her story and consider how you respond to her actions of both sin and repentance.

The challenge we get from this story is twofold. First, it takes courage and a strong belief in God’s grace to be so honest about our failures. And second, Meagan’s story is an invitation to think about how we treat one another once we’ve done wrong (and confessed) in the marketplace. It’s no coincidence that this piece comes from the group People of the Second Chance…

This post was created for adults in the workforce and deals with issues of integrity, honesty, sin, repentance and public response.