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Jesus Is Our Great High Priest

Jesus is our great high priest who offers Himself for our atonement, which means He steps in on our behalf and pays the penalty and consequence for our sin.

As our great high priest we 1) hold fast our confession of Jesus as the prophet, priest and king and 2) we draw near to Him. Jesus sympathizes with us in our weakness and our prayers, efforts are met with kindness and compassion.

Praying The Course!

We were privileged to hear from DeWayne Hawkins, pastor at Life Givers Church. Pastor Hawkins takes us through verses in Luke 11:5-13 to examine the teachings on prayer. Prayer is very immersive, it demands the whole person, it demands all of you. God wants all of you, the messy, broken parts, the parts you don’t want to show anyone. Listen to learn how to pray the course.

Scripture: Luke 11:5-13

Humble Dependence Upon the Father

Too often we live our lives apart from a dependence on the Father. One pastor said that inattentiveness is the main reason for a difficult and unhealthy relationship. In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus teaches us how to pray, and foundational to all, it is a reliance upon Him, rather than ourselves.

Scripture: Luke 11:1-4

Jesus Prays All Night

Most people in the world pray, regardless of their faith background. If your circumstances are tough enough, you may pray even if you don’t identify with any particular faith. But how do you pray all night?

Jesus was choosing the 12 men who would follow Him most closely. He called them to be with Him so that He could send them out to preach. But before He selected them, He spent the night praying through the decision. Why, and how does Jesus’ example influence the way we see prayer, and the way we pray?

Scripture: Luke 6:12-16; Mark 3:13-16

Stand Firm In This Way

The Bible is very practical. Its not some heavy or academic book where only the brightest can discern it’s meaning. It’s intensely practical. In Philippians 4:1-9 we don’t have doctrinal statements but attitudes and behaviors that should characterize the Christian life so that men and women will stand firm in the Lord.

Scripture: Philippians 4:1-9

 

A Good Prayer To Pray

The love that God wants us to have and show in our lives is a heart and life-stretching love; this is a love that is counter to most “loves” as most “loves” implicitly teach, “be committed to what you want rather than the needs and cares of others.” The love we see in the Book of Philippians in the Bible is a love that is informed by knowledge and is lived out with discernment as you decide what’s truly important in life. This love starts with Jesus.

Scripture: Philippians 1:9-11; Hebrews 5:11-15; John 17:3