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Christ Alone

Day: 1

Plan: Christ Alone

A Customized Gospel

Leah DiPascal

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. - Galatians 1

I rarely receive personal letters in the mail anymore.

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Day: 2

Plan: Christ Alone

“Do” vs. “Done”

Wendy Blight

We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. - Galatians 2

What I appreciate about this First 5 community is our diversity.

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Day: 3

Plan: Christ Alone

Faith Alone

Krista Williams

Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because ‘the righteous will live by faith.’ - Galatians 3:1-14

Have you ever ruined something by adding to it?

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Day: 4

Plan: Christ Alone

Freed for His Glory

Whitney Capps

Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. - Galatians 3:15-29

In Acts 16, Paul and Silas have been imprisoned because of their faithful preaching of the good news about Jesus.

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Day: 5

Plan: Christ Alone

Live in Liberty

Wendy Pope

But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? - Galatians 4

By faith alone, in Christ alone, we are saved … period … the end.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Christ Alone

At the Heart of the Gospel

Galatians 1-4 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 6

Plan: Christ Alone

Love Changes Everything

Wendy Blight

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ - Galatians 5

Freedom sets us free. Free to do what?

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Day: 7

Plan: Christ Alone

When Doing Good Makes You Weary

Leah DiPascal

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. - Galatians 6

In today’s reading, Paul shares his final thoughts with the believers in Galatia and mentions again the importance of fulfilling the law of love in Christ by caring for one another and carrying each other’s burdens.

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Day: 8

Plan: Christ Alone

The Heavenly Heights of Our Riches in Christ

Krista Williams

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. - Ephesians 1

Mount Everest is the earth’s highest mountain peak, straddling the borders of China and Nepal.

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Day: 9

Plan: Christ Alone

Worthless Works

Whitney Capps

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. - Ephesians 2

The life of Paul is perhaps one of the greatest stories of redemption in Scripture.

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Day: 10

Plan: Christ Alone

Is Unity Even Possible?

Lysa TerKeurst

This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 3:6

Have you ever heard the phrase “The Jews are God’s chosen people” and felt left out? Or read Deuteronomy 14:2 which clearly says about the Jewish people “… The Lord has chosen you to be His treasured possession.”

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Christ Alone

Anointed, Appointed, Equipped and Empowered

Galatians 5 - Ephesians 3 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 11

Plan: Christ Alone

Making the Effort

Wendy Pope

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. - Ephesians 4:1-16

Christ brought us peace so we may live in unity with Him.

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Day: 12

Plan: Christ Alone

Put on Your New Self

Wendy Blight

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. - Ephesians 4:17-32

Have you ever heard gossip masqueraded as a prayer request?

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Day: 13

Plan: Christ Alone

Children of Light

Leah DiPascal

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. - Ephesians 5

When I was a kid, I loved playing hide-and-seek.

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Day: 14

Plan: Christ Alone

Clothed in Victory

Lysa TerKeurst

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. - Ephesians 6

The armor of God. It’s something children learn about from an early age in Sunday school.

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Day: 15

Plan: Christ Alone

Encouragement for the Time in Between

Wendy Pope

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. - Philippians 1:1-11

Philippians is Paul’s letter of exhortation and appreciation to his friends in the church at Philippi.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Christ Alone

Instructions in Christian Living

Ephesians 4 - Philippians 1:1-11 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 16

Plan: Christ Alone

Life Equals Christ

Whitney Capps

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. - Philippians 1:12-30

Have you ever heard a pastor mention “the original language” when teaching a passage of Scripture?

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Day: 17

Plan: Christ Alone

Do the Opposite

Wendy Pope

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. - Philippians 2

Let’s face it, relationships are challenging.

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Day: 18

Plan: Christ Alone

Where Does My Confidence Come From?

Leah DiPascal

For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—though I myself have reasons for such confidence. - Philippians 3:1-11

Would you consider yourself a confident person?

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Day: 19

Plan: Christ Alone

The Key to Pressing On

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 3:12-21

Ask any small child where you can find a cheerleader, and I feel sure they will tell you at a football game or a basketball game, not in prison.

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Day: 20

Plan: Christ Alone

3 Steps to Overcome Anxiety

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4

Anxiety. Not one of us is completely immune to its vicious attacks. Most of us have had a personal struggle with this peace stealer.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Christ Alone

Again I Say, Rejoice

Philippians 1:12-30 - Philippians 4 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 21

Plan: Christ Alone

Who Is Jesus?

Wendy Blight

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. - Colossians 1

Who is Jesus?

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Day: 22

Plan: Christ Alone

Nail-canceled Debt

Whitney Capps

Having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. - Colossians 2

In the Ancient Near East, agreements and business transactions between two parties were handwritten into formal contracts.

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Day: 23

Plan: Christ Alone

What Not To Wear

Krista Williams

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. - Colossians 3

Have you ever been in a hurry and so you kept some of your old clothes on while you were trying on a new outfit?

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Day: 24

Plan: Christ Alone

All the Way Grace

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. - Colossians 4

Sometimes God’s Word can feel like an impossible order, don’t you think? Take today’s passage for example: Paul tells us we are to let our words be full of grace. Full of it.

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Day: 25

Plan: Christ Alone

A Slave’s Story of Forgiveness

Krista Williams

So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. - Philemon 1

I wonder sometimes if we forget just how magnificent a story God has written.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Christ Alone

Supremacy of the Son

Colossians 1 - Philemon - Weekend Teaching

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