In the first session of the Crucified Life I say, “Christians are the most forgiven people in the world, and therefore Christians should be the most forgiving people in the world.” I recently had a parishioner ask me if I would elaborate on that statement.
Christians believe that Jesus has forgiven all of our sins, past, present, and future on the Cross. He has paid the price in full for our entire debt and burden.
That is not to say that other people in this world who are not yet Christians do not have that same grace available from Jesus’ work on the Cross. They do. As we say in our Eucharistic prayer, Jesus’ offering of himself on the cross was “a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world.” However non-Christians either do not understand the offering of Jesus, do not know about it, or do not believe it necessary or applicable to them. We have our work cut out for us. For, that same grace and forgiveness is available to everyone in this sinful and fallen world, and everyone desperately needs it. And so do we.
As Christian believers, we have seen the depth of our need and called out for grace to the living God. Yet, if a person on one hand trusts in the words of Jesus, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”, then on teh other hand harbors unforgiveness in the heart, we reveal a profound spiritual disconnect. To be forgiven and not forgiving betrays a character that has not truly internalized or comprehended the magnitude of God’s gift. Forgiving others is costly. Forgiving us was costly.
Christians are the most forgiven people on the planet. Therefore, we should be the most forgiving people on the planet. As we make the grace in which we stand our character, God reconciles the world to himself through our proclamation and character witness to the Cross. As we forgive those who trespass against us, we loose on earth those bound under the burden of guilt, shame, and law.
No other religion or belief system in the world offers absolute unearned forgiveness and grace for any and all who believe. The price is paid in full by God for us.
As Jesus taught, “For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
The Christian Life Trilogy (Houston, TX: Bible Study Media, Inc., 2014)
The Christian Life Trilogy is a formation tool for the church and individual. At the heart of the Christian faith stands the Cross, the Resurrection and the Ascension of Jesus Christ. These three redemptive acts of Jesus shape the character of Christian formation for the church and the individual follower of Jesus.
The Christian Life Trilogy is a 20-week Bible study curriculum that is divided into 3 studies:
Each study is designed to bring transformational change through in-depth study of what the Apostle Paul calls the “things of first importance.” “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.
The Crucified Life focuses on the Last Seven Words of Christ on the Cross, and it is intended for use during the season of Lent. The Resurrected Life is intended to begin at Easter and walk us through all the areas in which Christ brings us newness. The Spirit-Filled Life is intended for use around Pentecost, and it instructs believers in the power that can be found through life in the Holy Spirit.
In addition to the Christian Life Trilogy leadership materials, The campaign kit will include a sample study guide, a daily devotional book, and a teaching DVD for each of the three parts of the Christian Life Trilogy. Order your Christian Life Trilogy Campaign kit today!
Campaign Kit includes:
- 1 Campaign Training DVD
- 1 Campaign Manual
- 1 Crucified Life Devotional Book (Paperback)
- 1 Crucified Life Small Group DVD
- 1 Crucified Life Small Group Study Guide
- 1 Resurrected Life Devotional Book (Paperback)
- 1 Resurrected Life Small Group DVD
- 1 Resurrected Life Small Group Study Guide
- 1 Spirit-Filled Life Devotional Book (Paperback)
- 1 Spirit-Filled Life DVD
- 1 Spirit Filled Life Small Group Study Guide
Christian Life Trilogy Campaign Kit
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The Campaign Manual and DVD provide resources and training as to how to maximize the engagement of your congregation by doing the Christian Life Trilogy as a church-wide campaign. Each of the three titles can stand alone. Many congregations use the Crucified and Resurrected Life for Lent and Easter, and then kick off the Spirit-Filled Life in the Fall season.
The Training Videos provide teaching for the senior pastor and campaign leadership teams, as well as the small group hosts.
SESSION 1: FOCUS ON THINGS OF FIRST IMPORTANCE
SESSION 2: EXPONENTIAL THINKING
SESSION 3: BUILDING A TEAM
SESSION 4: PLAN YOUR CAMPAIGN
SESSION 5: HOW TO RECRUIT HOSTS
SESSION 6: HOST TRAINING SESSION
SESSION 7: THE VALUE OF A CHURCH-WIDE CAMPAIGN