Restored: free of shame

The Law of Moses laid down ground rules for what it meant to be clean or unclean, or in other words, pure and worthy to be in God’s presence, or impure, an outcast, a sinner. This shame/honor culture affected everything from relationships, to food and ceremonial washing, and places such as the temple or the wilderness.

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The Gospel Addresses our Shame (part 2)

If we only consider the gospel in terms of our sin and spiritual life with God, it will never occur to us that our struggle could actually be a symptom of shame and a result not of our own sin, but of sin committed against us. We need to get to the root of the issue and uncover the truth of why we struggle with the unwanted behaviors and addictions we have. That’s the only way to find true freedom.

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The Gospel Addresses our Shame (part 1)

Believers are hurting and suffering in silence and isolation within the church for fear of rejection. Yet Jesus shows us by his words and actions that the message of the good news of the gospel is for these very people— the hurt, trapped, isolated and suffering. So why is it that there is no difference within the church from the culture outside? Why do Christians continue to struggle so deeply and hopelessly, and why do they end up leaving the church? What are we missing?

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