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Sunday LeftoversStill a few more leftovers from Sunday’s sermon on redemption:  while it is always good to speak of the truth of God’s work for us on the cross, how might we stimulate our hearts to gratitude and joy in that work, and transformation by that work?  Here are three suggestions for what you might do to cultivate further thought and greater action in light of Christ’s redemption of your soul from Hell.

  1. Read or listen to one or more of the following sermons / books / articles:
  1. Paul says we have redemption in Jesus (Eph. 1:7); John says that Jesus “takes away” sin (Jn. 1:29); Peter says Jesus “bore our sins” (1 Pt. 2:24); Hebrews says that His blood cleanses us (Heb. 9:13; cf. also 1 Jn. 1:7, 9), and that He has “put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Heb. 9:26).   What other images and descriptions can you find in Scripture about Christ’s work? Why are there so many different descriptions of His work?  What should those descriptions of Christ’s work produce in you?
  1. Ephesians 1:3-14 is an extended expression of praise and gratitude by Paul to God for the Triune God’s work of salvation.
  • Meditate on some similar passages about redemption to stimulate your own gratitude to God (e.g., 1 Pt. 1; Rom. 3:21ff; Heb. 9).
  • Read through a hymnal, selecting some hymns about the cross: how do hymn writers meditate on and thank God for His work of redemption?