“Christ now sets you free to be your true self: the self you are by grace, not the self you are by nature.”
– Rankin Wilbourne, Union With Christ, Chapter 8.
A Helpful Word in Preparation of the Study
“There are enough ‘sexy’ false Jesuses out there — approval, control, success, self-generated righteouness — that my fallen heart is often tempted to define my worth by who I am and what I do instead of by whose I am. Failures can easily discourage me and make God seem distant and disapproving. Successes whisper that ‘Patric the god’ is doing just fine on his own. No need for daily repentance and faith here, thank you very much. The truth is that whenever something defines me other than the finished work of Christ — be it my greatest achievements or my worst failures — it’s a sin. And as obvious as that seems, it’s a lesson I’m still struggling to learn…
“As we grow spiritually, we begin to see how holy God really is and just how sinful, broken, and needy we are. Jesus, through his work on the cross, bridges that gap between God’s holiness and our sinfulness. But when we allow our successes (in the form of religious performing) or our failures (in the form of spiritual pretending) to define our identity, we minimize Christ’s work on the cross.
“Take a look at the illustration above and then answer (this) question:
“When you think about the patterns of your every day life, where are you most likely to allow your failures (and the ways we tend to cover up our failures by ‘pretending’ things are better than they are) to define your worth or value for yourself?”
Lyrics & Chord Sheets
For the “Praise” section of each lesson, we look at a song from the WEPC Doxology Album. As a resource to you, here is a link to the lyrics for each of the songs.
Chord Sheets are also available. If you would like them, please contact Tiffanie Chan.