Lesson 7: Defining God and Ourselves

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This was one of my favorite pictures from my trip with Mission India. See the beautiful woman in pink on the right? She began as a teacher for one of the literacy classes like those that Lysa TerKeurst and Proverbs 31 Ministries are helping to sponsor, but she’s now the project manager who oversees several classes. She moved through the desperate poverty around her with such joy and grace. I was struck by the way the women she leads obviously love and respect her.

When we asked her why she’s embraced this work, she told us that she had seen many families come to know Jesus when she taught a class. Whole. Families. Jesus’ power in these families inspired her so much that she felt compelled to continue and expand the work of the literacy classes.

She’s a woman who has moved out of poverty and a religion of fear herself because of experiencing first-hand the difference Jesus makes. We reforming perfectionists have lived in a kind of poverty and religious fear of our own making because of pursuing the right things in the wrong ways. Let’s move into abundance and confidence as we watch Jesus make a difference in us!

Knowing Jesus makes a difference in how we see ourselves. Knowing Jesus makes a difference in how we love others.

Now, check out the bold little boy on the front row left. Isn’t he ADORABLE?! I couldn’t help but think that his mother’s increased confidence from learning to read in the literacy class had rubbed off on him. Instead of being broken by poverty, you can see his zest for life and his confidence. I remember him as a little super-hero, hands on hips, in the midst of dire need. Don’t you wonder how he’ll change his world? All because his mother has been touched by Jesus, Mission India, and literacy.

His mother has been set free from a religion that worships idols made my man’s hands. We’ve often poured our worship out on a god we’ve tried to define ourselves. Instead of resting in being created in God’s image, we’ve tried to make Him in our own. Through the study, we’re growing and learning and finding a better way to live our truest ourselves!

Only when we see God as He truly is do we truly become who we are created to be.

A Question for You: How did it go this week writing down the benefits and beautiful characteristics of God as you read scripture? I’d love for you to share some of what you’ve written down!

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Assignments:

The reading assignment this week is Chapters 4, 5 & 6. Now… I know that may have you freaking out, because it’s three chapters instead of two. I get it! But we can do it together, and here are some tips for keeping up:

  • Read with a pen or highlighter in your hand. Even if you only read and highlight, you will still feel up to speed with the group and able to participate.
  • Add on the other pieces only as time allows, but don’t feel badly if you can’t get to them.

 

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A Video:

For a look into Mission India’s literacy classes, click here to watch a short video.

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