Author: Jasson Gunawan (leader)
Series: Rewire Reignited
We’ve begun a 10-week missions/series called “Rewire Reignited” with a huge focus on revisiting our mission statement as Rewire:
“To collaboratively proclaim, be changed by, and be grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ”
– Rewire’s mission statement
We will and have been spending time looking into the very foundations of the Christian faith, responding to the calling given by God to repent and be baptised under Christ, what it means to live holy lives as people that belong to God, and pushing one another to share the good news of Jesus to our communities.
Junior bible studies
The juniors in particular have been going through multiple passages that cover principles that enable us to learn what governs our faith;
Week 1 – “Saved by God”
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
– Romans 5:6-11
What is justification? Reconciliation? Wrath? Salvation?
Why is humanity under God’s wrath?
Through whom are we justified, reconciled, and are saved from God’s wrath?
How does he justify us, reconcile us to God, and save us from God’s wrath?
On what basis can you be right with God? If you die today and stand before God, would he accept you?
These are the very few questions we’ve tackled together in groups. As juniors, we’ve grown to understand the relationship between humanity, God’s wrath, and Jesus.
Encouragingly, many of us professed our desire for Jesus, knowing that while we have rejected God, Christ died for us.
Week 2 – “Trusting in God”
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
– Ephesians 2:1-10
What is grace? What is faith? What are transgressions?
What happened to us by grace? From what have we been saved and how?
What’s the relationship between faith and salvation?
Is salvation our own work? What can we do to contribute to our salvation? Can we take credit for our salvation?
How can I entrust myself to God?
The relationship between humanity, God’s wrath, and Jesus was expanded as we added God’s grace, and the faith of human beings into the equation.
Great assurance sprung among our groups; we’ve grown from being uncertain about heaven to great certainty, knowing that it is by grace we have been saved, it is by us trusting in what Jesus did that we can be saved; everything’s already been done, and our doings/works won’t contribute or take it away. It is a gift from God, that we place our faith in, which is why we can say we will be saved without fear.
My general thoughts on Rewire Reignited so far…
It’s been a great joy to teach those younger than me the gospel of Christ Jesus, it is my prayer and hope that they are convicted of their sin, the need for Jesus, grow in their desire for Jesus, grow in their understanding and doctrine, live holy lives, and be commissioned to share the gospel to those around them, always doing things that honour and glorify God, finding joy in all these things and knowing that eternity is imminent for those that are faithful in such a way.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
– Colossians 2:6-7