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Monday, October 01, 2012

 

Talk 1: God’s Love (or God the Father)




God is not beyond our contact, but someone who loves us and wants to be in a personal relationship with us and who wants to give us a better life.
Our misconceptions of Christianity prevent us from discovering God’s love.
-          Christianity as a restrictive morality or set of rules to keep so we go to heaven.
-          Christianity only as loving your neighbor (As long as I live a god life, it doesn’t matter what I believe)
-          God as someone whom we can not contact, who does not do anything that we can experience or know to be his work.
The truth is:
-          God loves us.
-          He wants to make contact with us and make a personal relationship with us.
-          He wants to give us a new and better life; for this reason, he sent his only son Jesus.
An authentic Christianity leads to an experience of better life through:
-          Knowledge of God and power to live the Christian life
-          Happiness, peace and joy, better personal relationships, healing
-          Genuine community
What we can do to deepen our personal encounter with God?
-          Be baptized in the Spirit and experience spiritual gifts
-          Acquire knowledge of God and the power to live the Christian life
-          New and fuller personal relationship with God
-          Deeper life in the Spirit

You can begin right away to turn to the Lord.
-          The Lord will reach out to you, but you must reach out to him. Jer 29:12-13
-          Starting today, pray everyday to the Lord, meditate on his words, and read Scriptures.


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