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1) Christ’s Example
Christ unquestionably embraced His Father‘s will for His life. He trusted God‘s design was best. He believed that all would work together to accomplish God’s great salvation plan. “And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God” (1 Peter 2:4).
Circle the word in the above verse that states how people treated Jesus. Underline the words describing how God thought of Christ.
2) God’s General Design
The cornerstone is the main foundation stone that every other stone is aligned with. In order to erect a marvelous building, it must have a trustworthy and solid foundation stone. The whole building depended upon it. We know the Lord not only chose the cornerstone but also selected each building block or stone to build the walls.
Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit (Ephesians 2:21-22).
We as God’s people are part of this ‘temple’ construction. Circle the three phrases that describe what is being built. In order to fit in we need to accept how God has designed and made each one of us. Remember that our lives are designed with this final ‘building’ in mind.
3) Expansion of His Building
The Lord expands His building by saving people. Write down 2 passages that help explain this saving process.
4) God’s Specific Design
Think through your own life. Are there any things that you would like to change about your life? Here are some that people want to change: background. physical features, socio/economic standard, race, sex, nationality, other.
God wants you just the way you are! The ‘unchangeables’ are built into our life so that you can properly function well in His new Temple. There are things that we can and should change like our sinful thoughts and decisions. But the unchangeables must be accepted and embraced.
We are to rejoice in our wise God’s design for our lives and serve Him just like Jesus did even if it means we are rejected by others.
1) Underline any aspect mentioned above that you have wanted to change.
2) Confess your sin and ask for forgiveness by Christ.
3) Praise the Lord for making you just as you are! List at least 10 unchangeable things about yourself in the space below. Praise God for each of them.
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Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted:
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