Lent 2015

You Have Heard It Said...

What are our misguided cultural philosophies? What are our superficial religious catch-phrases? 

In Matthew 5 we see Jesus use the phrase “You have heard it said… but I say…” a number of times. 

Jesus is re-framing the religious law, interpreting it with authority, fulfilling it even. 

In the minds of others, however, there was a deconstruction happening through His teachings. Christ's words went after the subtext of their beliefs, exposing them, and then re-framing the commonly held interpretation.

Netzer has asked a handful of leaders in our network to examine themselves, our community, and our culture, asking what familiar slogans we need to question.

Listen. Reflect. Pray.

With the Psalmist, we ask the Holy Spirit...

SEARCH US, GOD, AND KNOW OUR HEARTS
   TEST US AND KNOW OUR ANXIOUS THOUGHTS.
SEE IF THERE IS ANY OFFENSIVE WAY IN US,
    AND LEAD US IN THE WAY EVERLASTING.

May these visual devotionals be a tool for you this season, refining you, and encouraging you to boast only in the cross of Christ.

 

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“Forty” is a stock Biblical word that has hope at its core. Forty days is a period for testing the reality of one’s life – examining it for truth, for authenticity. “Is this a real life, or just some cheap imitation passed off on me by a sleight-of-hand culture? Is what I am doing and saying my own, or just borrowed from people who know less than I do about who I am and what I am for? Is God skillfully shaping and wisely guiding my life, or have I let my untutored whims and infantile sins reduce me to the lowest common denominator? Is this the way I want to spend the rest of my life? 
-Eugene Peterson