Galatians 4:4-7 says:
but when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you His heir.
So will I
The 8th December will be an All-In service for our church family, and since it’s not far off from Christmas it seemed natural to think about God’s extraordinary gift, His son, Jesus.
Advent will have already begun and given that advent is a time when we prepare ourselves for what is coming, without giving too much away, here’s a few thoughts so you can prepare your hearts & minds for what we’ll be looking at in the service.
God gave Jesus up for us so we could have freedom, become His children & receive everything He promises us. So, what Jesus represents, is God going to the most extraordinary lengths for the one. If you or I were that one, then we’d have 100 billion reasons to live our lives in a way that wants to say thank you & the best way we could do that would be to respond to what He’s done. ‘
100 Billion X’ is the name of a worship song that some of our young people have been preparing a worship dance to, for the service. The lyrics to the song quite challenging & are full of ways we can respond to what God has done for us, for example
'If you gave your life to love them – So will I’
'If you gladly chose surrender - So will I’
‘If You left the grave behind You - So will I’.
As I said, I’m not going to give too much away, so these are just a few of the lyrics. But they certainly make us think about the reason we’re here and our purpose and what it means to follow Jesus and live for Him. So, to finish, here are a few questions to mull over and help you prepare for the service:
What does it mean to be responsive to what God has done and what He’s said He’s going to do?
What is the best way I can say thank you for what God has done for me?