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I wanted to offer you the Soundcloud link to the Bible Study I taught March 3 on “The Woman Who Loved Much – a Love Compelled by the Cross”. I think this was my favorite study of all the studies I have ever taught, because it bathes your heart so thoroughly in the grace of Christ, freeing you to love, while at the same time exposing the way legalism chokes our love.

This Soundcloud link will not work permanantly because free accounts are only allowed 2 hours of upload time, so when I do a new study, I’ll have to delete this one. If anyone knows a better way to upload audio, let me know. (For some reason, I am no longer able to upload audio directly onto this blog, even though I paid for extra upload space.)

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Ephesians 4:15-16 “But speaking the truth in love [we] may grow up, in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body…causes the growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”

Just finished Elyse Fitzpatrick’s, “Because He Loves Me” and in the last chapter was impressed by how necessary a real connection to other believers in the church is to our growing to be more like Christ. Not just nice, but necessary. It seems that if you insist on isolating yourself, physically or emotionally, you’ll end up stunted. To demonstrate this, Elyse takes us to Ephesians 4:15-16  where Paul makes it clear that it is the whole body that causes the growth of the body in Christ, as in Christ we speak the truth of Christ to each other in love. Elyse comments,

God uses means to inform and transform us and the primary means he uses to do this are relationships in the local church…*

She points out,

….God has placed us in a family because we don’t grow very well on our own…We need the encouragement, correction and loving involvement of others who are willing to risk everything for the sake of the beauty of his bride.

That means relationship! Uh oh! Isn’t that just what seems to be missing from many churches? And isn’t it something we often sinfully seek to avoid? Elyse dares to say,

…the idolatry of privacy and individualism is one of the greatest detriments to sanctification in the church today… (more…)

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