Welcome back...to our second week of the Uninvited online Bible study featuring best-selling author Lysa TerKeurst! In this week's session, Lysa will challenge us all to not only realize that God has a great love for us (that event covers our failures and shortcomings), but that He desires for us to become a conduit of that love and acceptance to others. You will be blessed as you listen and study this week...
Are there really any among us that have not at some point, failed to represent the Lord as we should. Maybe you find yourself all too able to identify with Peter on the night of Jesus' betrayal, when he realized he had not only denied His Lord, but he had disappointed Him deeply. The good news is, there is no rejection in the heart of Jesus, and as we'll see again in the teaching this week, Jesus not only longs to welcome us back to Himself, but He also longs to restore us and use us in fresh and exciting ways as well.
In this week's session, Lysa will challenge us all to not only realize that God has a great love for us (that event covers our failures and shortcomings), but that He desires for us to become a conduit of that love and acceptance to others. You will be blessed as you listen and study this week...
Our Week 2 video teaching segment, Empty or Full? is waiting for your viewing now!
In last week's session, you hopefully were encouraged as you were reminded of God's unwavering, never failing love for you; regardless of your performance or abilities. Today, we look at a very tender moment in the life of one of Jesus' most well-known disciples. One who had failed Jesus (as others would measure failure); but was lovingly restored by Him. If you have had moments where, perhaps like Peter, due to the fear of rejection by those around you, you have not represented your Savior well; know that He still loves you and longs for you, and His deepest desire is to make you a shepherd of his love to others–as Lysa shares in today's video teaching segment.
Perhaps you've had the experience of entering a room and having someone say, "There you are!". Or you yourself may be the kind of person who walks into a room and says "Hey, my friend! There you are! I'm so glad to see you!" Contrast this with the type of person who enters a room or conversation and says (usually non-verbally), "Here I am! Notice me! Now that I'm here the party can get started."
"There you are" people don't come in anxious about being accepted. For them, it isn't about waiting to be included; they just start out including, accepting, serving, and loving. No matter what we're going through personally, as Christians we can know deep down that God has us in His hands, He has already won the war, and He is working on our behalf. And the peace and assurance that He brings should lead us to love others selflessly, hopefully, joyously, and lavishly!
As Lysa reminds us, "Don't be hard on yourself if you tend to enter situations burdened with your own emptiness. There's hope! You really can change your habit in this area!"
Here is a strong verse that you may wish to commit to memory, to help remind you that you are a strong, well-loved, and deeply accepted child of the Most High God:What shall we say about such wonderful things as these?
Jesus, in restoring Peter (John 21:15-17) desired to give him a heart to shepherd others. Ask Him to develop that same heart in you, one that makes you a lover of others, a welcomer, a hope-giver, a comfort-extender...a Jesus-spreader!
Allow Lysa's personal statement of declaration to become your own this week...
Now...it's time to dive into this week's Scripture readings and teaching video with Lysa. Together let's grasp how broad and wide and high and deep is the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge.
As you work through the study this week, don't forget to spend time in prayer as well. He longs to hear from you. Why not take a few minutes now, and ask Him to give you a heart to shepherd others, a heart of acceptance, love and sharing as you represent Him to those around you?
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