7 Sayings of Jesus – Day 1: “Forgive them”

Welcome to our blog series of the “7 Sayings of Jesus.”

For the days leading into Good Friday, we invite you to join us on a 7 day journey of remembering, partaking, and celebrating the cross of Christ.

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Starting on Saturday, April 4 at 6pm (EST), for seven days, I’ll release a video centered upon a few of the words of Jesus that He spoke from the cross. Take a few moments to watch and then come back to this blog to engage in some sacred elements surrounding the Passion moment we are focusing on. You can use this checklist to create a daily pattern for reflection and participation in these powerful themes. Start off with recognizing some “wins” or things to celebrate in your life. I believe that gratitude and thanksgiving are the best way to start any spiritual engagement. Additional scriptures will be provided that follow the daily theme. From there, I’d encourage you to engage in a spiritual practice. A “spiritual practice” or spiritual discipline, is an action or activity done for the purpose of cultivating spiritual development. The spiritual practices are about tuning in to God’s heart and refining our focus so that our hearts match His already established will and nature. They were not designed to be used as a power play.  You may be familiar with some of the practices. Some of them may not be familiar to you (that’s okay). Lastly, be sure to access the daily worship playlist links on this blog. You’ll be able to listen from either Spotify or Youtube. The playlists are specially created by choosing particular songs to fit each day.

I would invite you to post some thoughts, prayers, songs, or graphics from each day to encourage others to engage with us. This is going to be a powerful week.

Day 1 – “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34

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Recognize some “wins.” What can you celebrate today?

  • Before you move forward, write down at least 3 specific things you can celebrate. We do this as a response to Psalm 100:4 that says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Other scriptures to consider:

  • Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
  • Matthew 26:27-28 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
  • Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
  • John 8:1-11 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.  The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.  Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.  And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

Today’s Spiritual practice: S.O.A.P.

S.O.A.P. is a way of reading your Bible and applying what you read in a practical way. S.O.A.P. stands for:

Scripture – Read a passage of scripture and write down a verse or two that jumps out to you.
Observation – What are your personal observations that you note from this scripture?
Application – How does it now apply to your every day life? What can you do to apply this in your life today?
Prayer – Write a personal prayer based on your observation and application.

Other spiritual practices to use: 
Lectio Divina
– gratitude
– sitting in creation
– fasting
– journaling
– worship

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Click on this image to access the Youtube worship playlist for today’s reading.
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Click on this image to access the Spotify worship playlist for today’s reading.

Get ready for Easter

On Easter, Kfirst will not be able to gather physically as we traditionally do. This is heartbreaking because COVID-19 has many people looking for answers to life’s deepest questions and wondering if there is any hope. This, more than ever, is the time for the church to rise up and proclaim the message of the resurrection. But how can we do this when we are not able to meet?

We believe this obstacle is actually an opportunity — an opportunity to share the gospel with far more people than we typically would on Easter and to empower you to be the primary heralds of that good news.

Imagine preparing and recording your ‘following Jesus’ story, then, on Easter Sunday, posting on social media with the hashtag #OurEasterStory. People all over our city, quarantined in their homes and scrolling on their phones, would see a flood of stories about how the resurrected Jesus brings purpose and meaning and hope. One click on the hashtag and they could see hundreds of people — just like them — talking about how Jesus changed the trajectory of their lives!

Selfie Guide: https://bit.ly/3bOR0XP

Here are some best practices for shooting yourself on your phone.
• Simple, clean backdrops are ideal – Avoid distracting backgrounds or crowed spaces.
• In natural light – Avoid backlighting. The main source of light should be facing you, not behind you.
• In artificial light – Avoid standing directly below an overhead light or anything else that creates hard shadows. Consider using a stand lamp several feet away for good indirect light.
• Shoot eye level – Shooting from above or below will make you seem diminished or imposing. Eye level communicates accessibility.
• Clean your camera – Make sure the lens of your selfie camera is clean before shooting.
• Shoot portrait – Align your phone vertically.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Standing in the Ashes of Who You Used to Be” #TheTabernacle

How does an ancient tent in the wilderness of Sinai relate to our relationship with God? The description of the tabernacle, God’s Old Testament dwelling place, spans sixteen chapters of the Bible. Yet many of us pass over this extended description without understanding its significance. In this series, we are going to be encouraged to consider this “tent of meeting” (Ex. 27:21). By studying the particulars of this first tabernacle, we will better understand Jesus, the One who dwelt, or “tabernacled,” among us (John 1:14) as well as our lives in Him. Join us for this six-week journey through “The Tabernacle.”

Check our service from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • God wants people to be able to look at your life and get a glimpse of who Jesus is.
  • When seeing yourself in the light of who He is, it changes everything.
  • I submit how I see (myself/others) to see how God sees (me/others).
  • Our world doesn’t need a church that only exists on Sundays.

Love you all!  See you this Sunday!

BTW: Here’s a great song for the week…

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Getting Past the Surface” #TheTabernacle

How does an ancient tent in the wilderness of Sinai relate to our relationship with God? The description of the tabernacle, God’s Old Testament dwelling place, spans sixteen chapters of the Bible. Yet many of us pass over this extended description without understanding its significance. In this series, we are going to be encouraged to consider this “tent of meeting” (Ex. 27:21). By studying the particulars of this first tabernacle, we will better understand Jesus, the One who dwelt, or “tabernacled,” among us (John 1:14) as well as our lives in Him. Join us for this six-week journey through “The Tabernacle.”

Check our service from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Our job is repentance. God’s job is restoration.
  • Confronting your sin was never supposed to be easy nor is it supposed to be clean. Repentance is a brutal action against your flesh.
  • Repentance is a change of heart that leads to a change in behavior.
  • Confession and Repentance does 5 things in the life of a Christian:
    1. It causes us to acknowledge before God that we know and take responsibility for our sin.
    2. It proves that we are not trying to hide our sin from God, others, or ourselves.
    3. It shows that we are asking for and relying on God’s strength to help us change.
    4. It allows us to be continually healed by trying to make things right.
    5. It grows us in our relationship with God.
  • Life-changing repentance begins where blame-shifting ends.” —Timothy Keller
  • As long as he doesn’t convert it into action, it does not matter how much a man thinks about his repentance.” CS Lewis

Love you all!  See you this Sunday!

BTW: Here’s a great song for the week…

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Sacred Space” #TheTabernacle

How does an ancient tent in the wilderness of Sinai relate to our relationship with God? The description of the tabernacle, God’s Old Testament dwelling place, spans sixteen chapters of the Bible. Yet many of us pass over this extended description without understanding its significance. In this series, we are going to be encouraged to consider this “tent of meeting” (Ex. 27:21). By studying the particulars of this first tabernacle, we will better understand Jesus, the One who dwelt, or “tabernacled,” among us (John 1:14) as well as our lives in Him. Join us for this six-week journey through “The Tabernacle.”

Check our service from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • God’s presence is not simply about behavior modification but life transformation.
  • The people were to create a space to be a special space so they, themselves, would become a sacred space.
  • The Tabernacle was a pathway to God presence.
  • The Tabernacle was an invitation to holiness.
  • Some think holiness is all about what we get rid of. I submit, holiness begins with Who we invite in.
  • The tabernacle is a tent where humanity and divinity met. Jesus is my tabernacle.
  • When you enter God’s presence with praise, He enters your circumstances with power.
  • The Tabernacle was a gift of healing.

Love you all!  See you this Sunday!

BTW: Here’s a great song for the week…

 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “This isn’t where I thought I’d be” #3ish

The doctrine of the Trinity, God as Three-in-One, is one of the most difficult in Christian theology. John Wesley said, “Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God.” Though it is challenging, studying the Trinity can also be very rewarding. Augustine said, “There is no subject where error is more dangerous, research more laborious, and discovery more fruitful than the oneness of the Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” This series approaches this beautiful and challenging doctrinal topic. The goal of our series is to reach a richer and fuller understanding of God, including His love, His plan of salvation, and how the Trinity works in the world and in the lives of believers.

Check our service from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • The point is to know God so that we can participate in His love.
  • Recognition (of God) should lead to adoration and result in emulation.
  • I don’t think people have rejected God as much as they have lacked awareness of him.
  • It’s absurd to demand God to move in our struggles but refuse to recognize Him in the good seasons.
  • We live out the dark what we learned in the Light.
  • Worship isn’t just the songs we sing. It’s about the life we live.
  • “When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words be without heart.” Herbert Cooper
  • Worship isn’t just based on our circumstances. It’s based on God’s character.

Love you all!  See you this Sunday!

BTW: Here’s a great song for the week…

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Dynamic not Static” #3ish

The doctrine of the Trinity, God as Three-in-One, is one of the most difficult in Christian theology. John Wesley said, “Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God.” Though it is challenging, studying the Trinity can also be very rewarding. Augustine said, “There is no subject where error is more dangerous, research more laborious, and discovery more fruitful than the oneness of the Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” This series approaches this beautiful and challenging doctrinal topic. The goal of our series is to reach a richer and fuller understanding of God, including His love, His plan of salvation, and how the Trinity works in the world and in the lives of believers.

Check our service from the website. 

Thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • See yourself as imago dei (image of God); treat others as imago dei.
  • The point is to know God so that we can participate in His love.
  • “To meditate on the three Persons of the Godhead is to walk in thought through the garden eastward in Eden and to tread on holy ground. Our sincerest effort to grasp the incomprehensible mystery of the Trinity must remain forever futile, and only by deepest reverence can it be saved from actual presumption.” – A.W. Tozer
  • When you compare yourselves with others, you diminish what the Lord has given you and where He’s placed you.

Love you all!  See you this Sunday!

BTW: Here’s a great song for the week…

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Stick a Pencil in it” #3ish

The doctrine of the Trinity, God as Three-in-One, is one of the most difficult in Christian theology. John Wesley said, “Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God.” Though it is challenging, studying the Trinity can also be very rewarding. Augustine said, “There is no subject where error is more dangerous, research more laborious, and discovery more fruitful than the oneness of the Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” This series approaches this beautiful and challenging doctrinal topic. The goal of our series is to reach a richer and fuller understanding of God, including His love, His plan of salvation, and how the Trinity works in the world and in the lives of believers.

Check our service from the website. 

Thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • The Doctrine of the Trinity: ONE God existing eternally in THREE distinct persons and all three are equally and simultaneously God.
  • The Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed; The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed.
  • Practical Implications of the Trinity:
    1. Reclaim a Godly vision of the world; stop dividing secular and sacred.
    2. See yourself as imago dei (image of God) and live to reflect and demonstrate the characteristics of the triune God.
    3. Treat others as imago dei. Just because someone doesn’t serve Jesus doesn’t mean they were not created in His image.
  • God does not want to improve our image but our lives. And the best way to improve our lives is to live as an image of Him.
  • Let’s not be so busy constructing our image that we struggle to be transformed into His image.

Love you all!  See you this Sunday!

BTW: Here’s a great song for the week…