First Baptist GeorgeTown

September 11, 2016

GO DEEPER

Other verses to read: Psalm 115:1; John 12:37-41; Luke 5:4-11; Romans 5:1-2.

God calls Himself the “First” and the “Last,” which means that He is the beginning, the end and owns everything in between. God is completely sovereign and has all dominion, meaning He owns everything and has the right to do with His creation as He pleases.

Respecting God’s dominion results in a deeper concern for others and a willingness to give for their benefit. Acknowledge God’s ownership this week by obeying His command to give generously of your time, energy and resources. Perhaps offer to pay for someone’s meal or mow your neighbor’s lawn and then share with them why you’re doing it.

Not only did God create us and give us life, but He also purchased those who have believed in Jesus Christ with the shed blood of His Son Jesus on the cross. Through Jesus’s sacrificial death on the cross, we have been freed from sin’s power and penalty.

Reflect on Jesus’s death on the cross for you. When you feel tempted to sin, think on God’s love and mercy toward you as demonstrated through the cross and flee from that temptation.

This week, make a list of the ways that forgiveness of sins has changed your life.

There is nothing more important than the glory of Jesus Christ. Through His atoning death and victorious resurrection, God glorified His servant Jesus. Our one hope in life and death is that we are not our own, but have been bought with His blood and belong to Him alone.

As we approach this political season of our presidential election, practice being thankful. Each day this week, spend some time expressing your gratitude to God for the blessings that He has poured out on you.

When a conversation about politics or current events comes up, share with others that Jesus’s glory is where your hope lies.