Live Blog: “grow” week at MBI-Spokane: Session III

“I don’t have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way he loves us.”

What an awesome and powerful truth.  The love of Christ is so overwhelming, so consuming, that when we contemplate it, we simply do not have time to hold on to our regrets, our guilt, our shame.  And is there anything that haunts us more than the sexual sin of our past?  What if I fall back into that temptation again?  How will my past affect my relationships in the future?  Will anyone actually love me through all of my iniquity?  Christ, let your love flow down on us; let it wash away our regrets. Continue reading

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Live Blog: “grow” week at MBI-Spokane: Session II

Why should we grow in purity?  Why should we grow in anything for that matter?  If we are already redeemed and made clean through the blood of our Lord, the eternal Word of God, why do we need to do anything else?

As noted in the first session, the idea of growing in sexual purity is probably not the most excitable of topics to college students.  When we gather together in our homes and begin to discuss areas of our community that need prayer or what have you, we tend to avoid bringing up the topic of sexual sin and immorality in favor of other areas that we may be struggling with.  By far the most common prayer need that I have heard expressed in these settings is the need for authentic unity and genuine fellowship with one another.  We desire these two, unity and fellowship, more than sexual purity.  But what I have found as I have been ruminating on our theme verse for the week, Ephesians 4:14-16, is that it seems we cannot achieve the former, unity, without the latter, purity.  Notice that the end goal of this passage in Ephesians can be found in verse 13.  The saints, presumably us, are being equipped and built up as the body of Christ “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (v. 13).  Unity is the end—the means through which we achieve it? growing up in every way.  This includes sexual purity.  We are to grow in sexual purity so we can grow in our unity.  Though we may, at least in expression of community needs, desire unity more than sexual purity, the former is found to be impossible without the latter.

Our God, you are our hope; you are our strong deliverer.  Deliver us now from all that keeps us from knowing and loving you.  Rid us of our impurity. Continue reading

Live Blog: “grow” week at MBI-Spokane: Session I

So, I thought this might be a good idea to give us a concrete reminder of all that we will be learning and experiencing this week.  From session to session I hope to share some of the thoughts that I take away from what we are going through together.  But my hope is that this is not just a place for me to share my thoughts, but to ask hard questions about our purity and give readers an opportunity to respond and share their experiences as well.  Please feel at liberty to do so.

 “And he [Christ] gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.  Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”  Ephesians 4:11-16

Oh God, we welcome you in this place with our praise.  We are here for you. Continue reading