Wednesday, February 20, 2013

John 2:23-3:15
Lenten Meal tonight: 5:30!

Our Circle of Love symbol is a bold circle with clear openings at the north, south, east and west. The center of the circle is the place where we gather to worship and fellowship as a community of faith. Outside the circle is the world where we work, live, play, go to school, and share our lives in relationship with others. The open spaces in the circle are the pathways that lead us from the center to the world and back again. It is a constant need in our lives.

Scripture speaks of being ‘in the world but not of the world’ as a way of saying we experience life in both places. One place holds a gift of grace. It is about faith, friendship, and fulfillment. The outer world is the same. It too is about faith, friendship, and fulfillment. They both require faithfulness. We need both. We are called to both.

However, we can only live fully in both places if we heed the message that Jesus shared with Nicodemus.

Read the interaction again in John 3:3-15. Now, ask yourself what it means to be ‘born of the Spirit’ and what would be the evidence (from the world’s perspective) that your life has been impacted by the Spirit of God? More specifically, what difference has the Spirit made on your willingness to pray, study, fast, serve, and grow in your faith through generosity?

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