So you know Jesus, and you’re working on making Christ the center of your life? This was common in the early Church, so for the last bible study of the year I left Sts. John and Peter’s letters give us encouragement:
2 John 4-10 – Love one another, follow the commandments, be wary of deceivers. What are some of the difficulties that we face as Christians? How can we overcome them?
1 Peter 2:11-17 – Put God first. Why is it important to be subject to human institutions? How is this balanced with living as free men?
1 Peter 3:8-22 – We are called to persevere in doing what is right, even when it can cause us to suffer. Jesus gave us this example.
1 Peter 4:1-11 – Avoid sin and remain in love. Remember, this is not so that we can judge others.
1 Peter 4:12-19 – Rejoice if you are reproached. Remember, this is an opportunity to glorify God. How can we maintain a cool head while others are attacking us?
Jeremiah 29:11-14 – God has big plans for each of us. Remember, are our plans based on what others expect of us, or what glorifies God the most?
Romans 8:18-39 – Everything that sucks about life is because of sin, anyways. Heaven is going to be wayyy better.
Since it’s the end of the year, if I was going to leave you all with a couple bits of advice:
- Pray every day. Even Jesus needed to.
- Find some friends who will support you in your faith journey. Nearly all great saints came in twos and threes.
- Live life. Go out of your way for others.
- Don’t listen to the devil when he gives you doubts, tells you that you can’t make a difference, and tells you that God doesn’t care about you.
- Don’t be afraid to ask God for what you need. We’re not perfect. Some days we need Him to tell us that He loves us. Some days we need emotional healing. Just because we’re men doesn’t mean that we don’t need help.