The Upside of Down
by Pastor Bill Snell
New Testament symbols of victorious living:
Humility James 4:10
Poor in spirit Matt. 5
Humble James 4:6
Weakness 1 Cor. 27-28
Greek and Hebrew word for performance based theology: BALONEY!
Vs. 14 – “For he Himself (Christ) is our peace, who has made both one (Jewish believers and Gentile believers) and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
vs. 15 – having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances (performance theology), so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.
vs. 16 – And that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”
I. Universal benefits of the cross
A. Unity (one new man)
B. Resurrection Life
II. Turning Trouble into Triumph
A. Look up and within – put your trust in God
B. Set your steps to the rhythm of praise rather than complaint
C. Choose to be content
D. Embrace your weakness
III. Secret of Contentment
A. Reckon yourselves to be dead to sin but alive to God (Romans 6:3-14)
B. Make your sorrows count
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