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34. Holy Love Mark 15:21-41 p. 941 God in control  Celebration  Why did Jesus die on the cross? What did it do for me ? How should I talk about it.

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2 34. Holy Love Mark 15:21-41 p. 941

3 God in control  Celebration  Why did Jesus die on the cross? What did it do for me ? How should I talk about it to others?

4 God in control  Time Magazine: “The Me, Me, Me Generation” Society has become self-absorbed, needy, self- focussed Experience a disconnect between Jesus’ work and daily life. SELF is where we connect with the Gospel & discipleship.

5 1. Who Am I?  Mortimer & Rakesh go to Google Oprah Website – “Who am I meant to be?” Psychology Today – “What you’d like to experience” Not realize how fragile their “Selves” are.

6 1. Who Am I?...  Contradiction: Deep inside you is the “Real” you Can create the self you want to be – the “Ideal” you.  Builds identity on shifting sand Am I the “Real” me or the “Ideal” me ? “Jesus died for you” - no place to connect with this dilemma.

7 1. Who Am I?...  Previous generations – Morality / Virtue a key part of human identity “Jesus died for your sins” has clear connection Now no innate sense of sin A sense of Failure / Lack but in a very different way.

8 2. The New Struggle (1) Gap between the “Real” self and the “Ideal” self. People are dissatisfied with who they are The disconnect leads to SHAME  Fear people will find out (2) Used to define ourselves in relation to “other” Now define ourselves by looking WITHIN.  There is no location, no root, no anchor to who they are. They are alone.

9 2. The New Struggle...  Assumption about the purpose of life: “Fulfilling your potential” “Facilitating emergence of what you’d like to experience” Also no outside referent. I’m here to self-actualize. 

10 2. The New Struggle...  Three parts to the struggle: Gap between “Real” and “Ideal” self  SHAME Identity without foundation  LONELINESS / DISCONNECT Purpose of Life = Fulfill desires  MEANINGLESSNESS  RESULT – isolation, disorientation, fear

11 3. Story of the Cross  Good News – God loves you. Speaks into our fears He knows about the disconnect and loves you anyway. Helpful – but we are still isolated, lonely, scared.

12 3. Story of the Cross...  The rest of the Dilemma: Identity has to be rooted in a reality outside ourselves Purpose is redefined: “deny self, take up cross, follow me” Integrates “Real” and redefined “Ideal” self into “WHOLE” self  Integration of self – is a process not an event. Jesus’ healing, story, and the power of the Spirit restores. Happens through Scripture, prayer, service, worship, fellowship.

13 Holy Love  We only have something to say when Jesus has become the foundation of our Identity & Reality  We get out of the vortex by living in the process of restoration (transformation)  Jesus work on the cross is not a “pill” we take – it invites us into relationship.

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