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Introduction

Imagine your heart is failing, the doctors have given you only weeks, at the most to live. This doesn’t come as a total surprise. You’ve always felt something wasn’t quite right. You’ve never been particularly strong or able to accomplish many of the things you’ve longed to do because you get exhausted quickly and lack the endurance. As you face the end, with all the things you’ve wanted to do left undone, the word comes, a heart donor has been located. And not just any donor, but one with an exceptionally strong heart, the heart of a young athlete, just entering the prime of life has died and you are offered their heart. 

How would you respond? What emotions would this bring up? Well, in a way, this is what happens when God offers us God’s heart. 

Let’s dig in this week and explore this some more.

Grace and peace y’all,

John Ray and the teaching team

Big Idea

One of the primary ways the Bible describes what is referred to as atonement is the image of being given a “new heart”.

Take Away

This metaphor for how God gives us His heart is a redemption, reformation, reinvigorating of our emotions, desires, affections, and ultimately our intentions, actions, affiliations, assessments, values.

Text

Hebrews 8-9 (NET)

How does this fit with Belong, Become, Believe?

At Grace, our practice of radical hospitality is a reflection of the loving and welcoming heart of God, the same heart God offers us. As we seek to become people who live into the fullness of this gift, we become more and more guided by it. All this informs and forms what we confess to believe.

Resources

Cross and Covenant by Dr. R Larry Shelton

What’s Next?

Hebrews 10

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