For the last 15 years, Phil and Linda Byler have witnessed the power of Jesus as they have served as missionaries in South Sudan among the Laarim people group. As they enter into retirement, they graciously offered to share with us one more time so we can hear some of the ways that they have been eye-witnesses to the amazing power of Jesus to take that which is dead in sin and make it alive in Christ. Phil and Linda know the power of “But God” because they have been willing to be “sent out” to seek Transformation in Christ. They have been willing to go out in the name and power of Jesus and now to come back in to share with us what they have seen God do.
To watch their entire testimony video, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVZyeYkTEWA
On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 is low and 10 is high) rank yourself on the following healthy habits:
>My power to serve out of reverence for Christ is strong right now _____
>Love is lived out more as a verb than a noun for me _____
>My marriage (or walk with God) is my # 1 earthly priority _____
>My marriage (or walk with God) is more about being sanctified than being happy _____
This week: 1) Talk about your responses with your spouse. Do you both agree on highest and lowest ranked scores? What can you do to change the lowest ones? 2) Spend some time praying about how you can do more to cultivate a healthy marriage in reverence to Christ. 3) Apply these same responses to your walk with Christ. How do you rank? What can you do for a closer Jesus walk?
Life Reflection: How real is the Resurrection of Jesus in my life? Do I view the Resurrection as “hard” news or “soft” news? Why? What difference would it make in every part of my life and how I viewed the world if I realized the Resurrection as truth? Do I live my life trying to follow the principles of Christianity OR in a loving relationship with Jesus Himself? How can I be a herald, a “good news bringer,” of the Resurrection with others?
Reflection Questions: Where do I need a faith that moves mountains? What mountain needs to be moved in my own life? What mountain needs to be moved in the life of First Church? What mountain needs to be moved in our world? Will you pray for a “mountain moving” faith?
Reflection Questions: Where in my life do I need some answered prayers? Can I trust that the One who defeats even death can answer those prayers? Can I trust that Jesus can bring new life out of any difficult situation? Do I believe that Jesus holds me even when I have not been holding on to Him? Do I know that Jesus knows me, and calls me by name? What would it look like for me to fully trust the Resurrected Jesus with everything? Including my own life?