It's about RELATIONSHIP, not about religion!

Hello All,

As we celebrated our Risen Savior a couple weeks ago on Easter morning, LIFT also began our current preaching series, “It’s about Relationship, not about religion”. 

We are all born into “relationship” whether we want to be or not. And beyond these relationships there is God, who in His very nature is relationship; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, three essenses or persons, yet together in relationship as one God!  I love going deep in contemplating and searching the Scriptures in trying to comprehend our triune, yet one God!  This is something even Paul describes as a mystery.  There are many great illustrations to help communicate and understand the the triuneness of God; two such examples being one egg with three distinct parts in its make up (hard shell, yellow core and white or clear middle, but one egg), or a tree with the trunk representing God, the unseen roots below ground representing the Holy Spirit and the branches representing Jesus. However, these still fail to encompass that the three parts of God’s trinity function separately although while still one. Meaning if you cut the trunk from the roots, the tree won’t continue to live.  Furthermore, other than splitting up the egg whites or yolk for separate recipe points, the egg parts don’t continue to function as one after separation.  But God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit have always been, are and will be one God, while their 3 essenses, or 3 persons can exist and function separately at the same time.  So, perhaps you too are seeing why I am so fascinated at the magnitude and depth of our God’s triune nature. 

What’s great news for us is that in His nature as God, existing in relationship, He pursues us (me and you) to be in relationship with Him as well, thus my mention earlier of you being born into relationship whether you want to be or not.  As we grow up, we continue to exist in relationship with others as well, whether family (immediate, extended, adoptive, foster, etc), friends, girl/boy friends, spouses, work colleagues, school mates, church family, neighbors or even getting to know the postman or local store clerk where we buy groceries, we spend our lifetime within various forms of relationships to others and to God. 

So for the next few months ahead, our preaching series at LIFT will look into various aspects of relationship, to God and others. First, however, we should ensure that we  have  a relationship with God.  As John 3:16 so simply shares His pursuit to an eternal relationship with you, providing the means through Jesus, His Son, I encourage you with this verse of such love: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life”! 

Having a relationship with God is the central point of your journey of faith, not religion……..more to come in the weeks ahead about that! 

But, just to be clear, as our LIFT kids have learned in Sunday school, beginning your relationship with God is as easy as A.B.C.!  Admit, Believe and Confess!  Admit that you’ve made mistakes, that you have sinned and can’t make it to God on your own. Believe in your heart that Jesus paid for your sins, that He died and rose again and that He is offering forgiveness and life to all who place their faith in Him. Confess with your mouth that you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ, that you are accepting His forgiveness and gift of a relationship with you and that He is Lord of your life! 
In support of the ABC’s of faith, the Bible says:

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile-the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” -Romans 10:9-13

I pray you do have a relationship with God and look forward to the weeks ahead in looking to strengthen our relationship to Him and others around us in life.

In closing and as a blessing for you today and this week, especially in light of our triune but one God;

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. -2 Corinthians 13:14

In His grip and grace,

Corey 

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