The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

As we prepare our hearts for Resurrection Sunday, also known as Easter, we will join in a series of messages titled IN HIS STEPS. The passage of Scripture focused on throughout the process is Romans 6:4b “…just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” 

The people of FCC will receive mementos to remind them of this verse and focus along with a prayer journal to guide daily devotions. We will look at 6 personal guidelines to the journey we make with Jesus:

  • Week 1: The Steps to the Cross
  • Week 2: The Steps to New Life
  • Week 3: Learning to Walk with the Lord
  • Week 4: Blessing Along the Way
  • Week 5: Traveling With Others
  • Week 6: Watch What He Does

Jesus came to make a journey to the cross for the purpose of taking our burden of sin upon himself. On that cross he, the one who was without sin, would suffer and die the terrible death you and I deserved. He told his disciples about this in an announcement he made to his disciples in Luke 9, beginning with verse 22.

And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
He went on to tell them (and us) that we had a journey to make to the cross as well in verses 23-26:
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

Our walk includes denial of the attitude of personal entitlement and control and to take up our share of debasement and suffering for Him every day and follow in his steps making him our guide and example for the way we live. We must follow IN HIS STEPS the path to the cross.

It is my hope that as we learn to follow him, we will experience personal revival in our lives. Perhaps, it will prepare us for Revival in the week we have set aside for that purpose. It begins on the Sunday following Easter and continues through that Wednesday, April 16-19. Pray during this season for a renewal in our spirits that will refresh our walk with Jesus.

This Sunday the series, IN HIS STEPS, launches with a sermon titled The Steps to the Cross based on John 14:6 and surrounding verses.

Join me as we learn to walk IN HIS STEPS.

Staying on the path with you,

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