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Over the past few weeks, we've shared that living like Jesus requires:
1. Courageous, faith-driven obedience with the resources you have
2. Existing for the mission of Jesus to seek and save those who are lost
3. Living in a sharing community where your life, faith and mission are relationally and spiritually connected to others
This week we examined our fourth area: the public ministry of Jesus.
Life in the public eye is stressful and oppressive - and those negative elements can create negative responses in us such as fear of people, paranoia and anxiety concerning other's agendas/interests, and even situations where those close to us fail us or betray us. How did Jesus deal with all that in his public ministry?
1. Jesus put his trust in the love and approval of the Father:
* He began his ministry hearing the Father's words, "This is my Son in whom I am well pleased." When we begin to fear and panic, it is important to remember that God the Father is pleased with us and supports us.
2. Jesus knew that people were not the real enemy:
* Throughout the Gospels, Jesus encountered opposition - and He knew the hearts and motivations of those opposing him. The Apostle Paul reminds us that we do not fight against "flesh and blood" but against the "powers of the air."
3. Jesus stayed connected to community and to the Father:
* Opposition and pressure can often cause us to isolate ourselves; they can trigger our self-preservation mechanisms. Jesus - knowing that he would be betrayed - connected himself to his friends at the Last Supper and to His Father in the Garden of Gethsamene.
Music from Sunday was led by Chris Donahue and Travis Jarrett