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The Most Neglected And Most Pivotal Doctrine

“Moving through our emotional struggles and handling relationships well require that we tap into the good urges within us to strengthen and release them. The New Covenant is, I believe, the most neglected and most pivotal doctrine in shaping our approach to personal growth and to connected relationships. We are now defined by something terrific no matter how severely we have been hurt or how badly we fail. At any moment, we have something wonderful and powerful to give to others and to release in ourselves.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Connecting, Chapter 8, “What’s Good about Us?” p. 79

Questions for Reflection:
• Is there anything that you’ve given more power to define you than what Jesus has done for you?
• How does that wrong belief block you from giving to others a taste of Christ’s life in you?
• Take a moment both to ask forgiveness for the failure to embrace the truth of what the New Covenant has given you and also to ask the Holy Spirit to deepen your awareness of His life in you, ready to be offered to others.

When Our Cynicism Reduces Us To Rote Praying

“We can pray a New Way. We can stop insisting that God change that, use this, satisfy us. When someone we love is hurting, when we’re scared and feeling inadequate, when pain in our souls seems unbearable, when our cynicism about answered prayer reduces us to rote praying, we can pray, not to change that, use this, or satisfy me, but rather Lord, I come. That’s the essence of the New Way prayer.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The Pressure’s Off, Chapter 21, “The Papa Prayer,” pp. 211

Questions for Reflection:
• What does coming to God as you are involve today?
• Is there any opportunity you have to create a safe space for others simply to come as they are to God and with you?

Looking For God’s Signpost Truth

“I want to be part of a church that embraces mystery, values the fog as an opportunity to creatively follow God, and then spends lots of energy looking for God’s signpost truth.

It is a church that builds on resurrection truth to find hope and press on. It listens for story truth to get real and look up. And it follows signpost truth to create art and trust God.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Real Church, Chapter 17, “Signposts Pointing into the Fog,” pp. 105-106

Questions for Reflection:
• Do you value mystery as part of your pursuit of God?
• If not, why not?
• What would have to change for you see uncertainty as an opportunity to follow God instead of as a barrier to following Him?
• Where are you finding God’s signpost truth evident in your life, deepening your trust in God?

Meaning-Filled Adventure Into Love

“Without truth, the Christian life becomes a merely ordinary existence of pursuing self-interest by following formulas. With truth, following Jesus becomes a hope-dependent, meaning-filled, creativity-released adventure into love. I want to be part of a church that is hungry for truth.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Real Church, Chapter 17, “Signposts Pointing into the Fog,” p.106

Questions for Reflection:
• Can you think of seasons in your walk with God when you were actually simply pursuing self-interest by following formulas?
• How did God work to stir your hunger for truth?

Just a Reminder

Larry’s Larger Story Essentials Part 2 goes live TODAY at 4 pm Eastern time. There’s still time to register here!

September 24, 2019 | 4 pm EST
Part 2: Find Your Identity and Purpose
How Self-awareness Offers a Path to Freedom


Larry’s Larger Story Essentials Part 2 webinar begins in a few hours (4pm eastern time today). For more information, or to register to attend, please use this URL. Look forward to “seeing” you there!

Sept. 24 Webinar

Larger Story Webinars: Part 2

In 5 consecutive monthly webinars, Larry walks through the 5 core elements that provide a path for life in the Larger Story. You will be equipped with a biblical framework, unique insights, and tools to apply what you learn to help improve the quality of your relationships.

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September 24, 2019 | 4 pm EST
Part 2: Find Your Identity and Purpose
How Self-awareness Offers a Path to Freedom


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