Inseparable: Lesson 1

You Are: in Christ

2 Cor 5.17

Welcome to
Come Study with Us!

Today, we begin our study with Lesson 1 of Ashley Linne’s Inseparable: Who I Am, Was, and Will Be in Christ. This week, if you haven’t already, read the Introduction and Chapter One. Then be sure to stop by the Come Study With Us FaceBook Page to join the conversation! You’re not reading alone—you are part of something larger.

The biggest challenge we will face is making time to connect with one another, but it is the only way to grow into a healthy community.  Hey!  You know what? It isn’t too late to invite your friends!  Please share via email or social media to grow our group, then meet me here, every Monday, from August 31-November 16.

With just a handful of loyal participants, we can make a difference in this online space. Let’s grow in relationship as we study God’s Word together…let’s find connection! :)

If you missed the Video Introduction to the study, you can find it here.

Inseparable: Lesson 1

Watch the Lesson 1 video (if you are getting this in the email, you will have to click though to the website to watch the video):

The Three W’s

God’s WORD for the week.  Download the printables here — you’ll get a book mark and a 3×5 sized scripture memory verse: 

If anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation.
The old has passed away;
behold,
the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV

Ashley’s WRITING. Read and reflect on Chapter One. Please join the discussion in the comments here on the blog or in the FaceBook group.

See God’s Word at WORK in your world:

  • On p. 2, Ashley talks about observing Jesus vs. being saturated in Him. This week cultivate the awareness of Christ, that He is here, and you are in Him.
  • Make a list of what God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit have done for you and how they are presently at work in your life— you can read my list here.
  • Now share how God is at work in your life (send a text, call a friend or family member, write a FB post, make some artwork or print the Truth from scripture and display it in your home).

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Inseparable: The Introduction

Inseparable Bible Study FBWelcome to Come Study with Us! This perfect opportunity is just for you, if attending a Bible study in person seems impossible during this season of life. Long work hours? New baby? Health problems? Relocation? You can still be a part of a community that is centered around God’s Word!

We will be studying the Book of Romans through Ashley Linne’s Inseparable: Who I Am, Was, and Will Be in Christ. I am so excited for us to begin this journey together!

The Course Introduction

Monday, August 31 will be our first day of “class.” Here’s how to connect:

The biggest challenge we will face in this study will be making time to connect with one another, but it is the only way to grow into a healthy community. There is still time to invite your friends—maybe you can buy a book for someone you’d like to study with! If we have just a handful of loyal participants, we can really benefit from one another. C’mon girls! Let’s build connection as we study God’s Word together. 😉

Watch the Introduction to the book/course here (if the video does not load immediately, please refresh your browser):

See you Monday! Now go get busy and read that Introduction! And you can read Chapter One if you want to be the first one to comment…

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Finding Reconciliation, All in One Place

Reconciliation

We are all programmed to desire reconciliation and to grieve brokenness. When we have reconciliation, all feels right with the world. And when we don’t, what we are thirsty for is a long, cool drink of peace. There is only one place to find that:

Rom 5.1

I have written quite a lot on the concept of peace with God. And I just created a page which is all about Reconciliation (click here to see it).  You can read about finding peace with God and the people He has put into our lives. You can easily locate this information by hovering over the “Loving Life” tab. You can find links to posts, a free devotional and information about the book Prodigal Confessions: 10 Principles Which Lead Us Back to the Father.

You see, I have been getting ready for our Bible study on the book of Romans, which begins next week. I thought it was a great time to organize all this information! And I can’t wait for us to dive into the greatest reconciliation of all time, The Gospel. Won’t you Come Study with Us?

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Are You Telling a Grace Story?

grace story, the love of god

“What’s your story?”

On Sunday, our pastor talked about how we have Grace Stories to tell.  What would you tell someone who asked, “What is your story?”

Simple question.

I think our pastor has asked me this question before. But I’ve just realized that—as much as I love happy endings—often I don’t tell the best part. Do you ever do that?

Do you ever start with the bad parts
and never get to the happy ending?

Often my story starts and ends with loss and shame. I tell the hard parts, and I just stay there.

I tell my kids about how we didn’t have much money in our house growing up. I talk about the hand-me-downs and the worry, about no air conditioning in the car in the Deep South, about the pot holes on our street and in my heart…about feeling small, in the bad way.

I tell my husband about the rejection and insecurity and the not “fitting in.” When I was a young girl, I didn’t want to be the only one in the school with my name, the only “Britta” in my town. In high school, I didn’t want to be the one with the rough and tough Marine for a dad. I wanted to be anonymous and “normal,” not unique and original.

I talk to other women about deep hurts and the remaining unanswered questions. We know them by heart and they bind us together, these wounds.

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is  (Ephesians 3:16-18, NLT).

Yet, my story is a Grace Story. And I don’t think to tell it as often because I get stuck on my need and shame instead.  The good news, the Gospel truth, starts like this: I made mistakes and repeated them again and again. Then afterward, I found brand new ways to break my word and break relationship and break faith. And I lived stuck in that place too many years.

Yet, the Righteous King, the Holy One…He pursued me. He rescued me. And even when I go back down the wrong streets, in my heart, He never ever leaves me.

Grace Story, Gospel Good News, Truth, Happy Ending

This is my true story. What would my conversations be like if I told the happy ending to my story more often? How would my heart feel if I constantly remembered how high and deep and wide the love of God is for me?

If you can’t remember your Grace Story or if you don’t have one, please Come Study with Us, starting next Monday. We will dive deep into the Truth that we’ve been given a new life, if we are in Christ. We are reading Inseparable: Who I Am, Was and Will Be in Christ.

So, what’s your Grace Story?

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