For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation — if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Reconciliation is about fixing what is broken
Understanding how God used Jesus to reconcile us to Him will help us understand better how to reconcile our own broken relationships.
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old had gone and the new is here!
“to come together again” OR “to gather people”
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Jesus could not be more clear…
our worship of God and our relationships are connected
Biblical Step to Reconciliation
1. Take the First Step
2. Make Peace
It’s sin that causes separation from God, and it’s also sin that causes separation from other people
Small Group Question Wk 4 Restoring Relationships
What do you think the relationship was like between God and Adam before sin?
What are some ways sin can strain or ruin relationships?
Read Colossians 1:19-23, if we are in Christ are we perfect? Will we ever be perfect? Wh or why not?
What is reconciliation? How did Jesus reconcile us to the Father?
When we allow sin to continue in our lives, what can be some of the outcomes?
Read Ephesians 5:1-2, are there ways we can, like Jesus, become a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God?
What is the job of a Christian while still on earth?
Read Matthew 5:23-24, how is our worship and our relationships connected?
What are some steps we can take for reconciliation with those we may have had a falling out with? What are some steps we can reconcile with God when we find ourselves turning away from Him?
Can you think of any instances where Jesus experienced the human phenomena “fight or flight”? Why do you think that is so? Can we as humans do the same?
Read Romans 5:8, why do you think it was important that Jesus died for us while we were still sinners?
Please continue to pray for our church, our pastor, if you have a relationship that needs reconciled, please reach out to the church to have people pray with you. Reaching out is not easy but there are several folks in the church that would love to come along side you in prayer.