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Becoming Loving People

June 19, 2014
Rising

Rising

Title: The Baker’s Dough

Location: Edmonds Bakery, 418 Main Street

  • When Jesus fed the crowd, he declared, “I am the Bread of Life.” When we receive His grace and grow in His word and His likeness, we let Him transform us into a wholesome and nourishing blessing in the lives of the people around us. There are no shortcuts in this process.
  • The discipleship journey begins with death. Dying to our old nature, like a seed buried in the ground. But in dying, we find new life in the Spirit.
  • Our faith grows and matures, like a young plant, as we become more like Jesus every day. Prayer, the Bible, and worship are like sun, soil, and water to a new plant.
  • As we sort out what is growing in our life, confession helps us to distinguish the good from the bad, the wheat from the chaff. God’s forgiveness is like fertilizer giving us the grace we need to grow strong and mature.
  • We become a part of a larger community, like the many grains combined into one loaf. It is united that we discover the fullness of God’s plan. Working invisibly, like yeast in the dough, the Holy Spirit grows us from the inside and lifts us to new heights.
  • To become a loving person, the goal is for our lives to be given away to others so that they too might find the Bread of Life. We place our lives in His hands to repeat the sacrificial model of Jesus. He took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24 NIV)
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