Grow Notes | The Chemistry Of A Christian – Reflections and Refractions      

Grow Notes | The Chemistry Of A Christian – Reflections and Refractions      

 September 11, 2022

Key Scriptures:  Romans 5:12 NLT; Romans 5:17 NLT; Psalms 139:7 NLT; 1 John 1:9 NLT; Hebrews 4:16 NLT; 2 Peter 3:9 NLT; John 14:8-17 NLT; Matthew 28:20 NLT; Hebrews 12:2 NLT; John 1:1 NLT; John 1:1-3 NLT; John 1:4 NLT; John 14:6 NLT; John 8:12 NLT; Colossians 1:7 NLT; Hebrews 13:5 NLT; Psalm 139:7-12 NLT; Jeremiah 32:17,27 NLT; Jeremiah 23:23-24 NLT; Matthew 1:23 NLT; Psalm 23:6 NLT; Psalm 30:8 NLT; 51:1 NLT; Psalm 69:16 NLT; Proverbs 28:13 NLT; Matthew 5:7 NLT; Matthew 9:13 NLT; Luke 1:50 NLT; Luke 6:36 NLT; Romans 12:1 NLT; Malachi 3:6 NLT; Hebrews 13:8 NLT; James 1:7 NLT; Numbers 23:19 NLT; Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT; Psalm 102:25-27 NLT; Hebrews 1:10-12 NLT

Key Words: Decorum – behavior in keeping with good taste or propriety, etiquette. 

Take Aways:

  • Just as Adam’s sin created unrighteousness, Jesus’s true and holy intent produces righteousness for all mankind. 
  • Righteousness sets in motion Jesus’ freedom from that which declares us unrighteous. 
  • Where Jesus’ gift and the Holy Spirit’s fruit collide, we encounter a perfect blend of love, wisdom, and power – sound mind. 
  • God’s magnificent presence is all we need for any challenge that may come our way. 
  • The Father doesn’t just issue a stay to our execution, He offered a complete divine pardon. 
  • Gracious is another way of saying that the Father operates with divine decorum! 
  • God is eternally committed to your redemption, your spiritual growth, and your eternal destiny. 
  • Because of the Father’s ever-presence, His mercy, His graciousness, and His long-suffering, Jesus is committed, endurance, logic, creative, life, and light. 

Let’s Talk: Growing up, my favorite subject in school was Science, and for a good 10 years of my adult life I taught it to middle school and high school kids. Science! Yeah! God’s creation is amazing, and it’s so incredible all the things scientist have discovered over the years. I remember teaching this one lesson on reflection and refraction. I had a good handle on reflection, but had to study up on refraction. It wasn’t that difficult of a concept to understand but I needed a good visual. Something I could see and put my hands on to manipulate. That object was a prism. Refraction is the concept of how light changes while traveling trough something (a medium) like water, air or glass. The prism catches light, and its many facets causes it to change directions and even colors. In a way, it filters the light and causes us to see a more complete image of all its beauty. This reminds me of how Jesus and the Father relate to each other. The Father shines forth love through Jesus and He refracts it, not into something other than love, but into something we can see, touch, and feel. Just like light going through the prism is still light, love from the Father through Jesus is still love, it’s just seen in a different way. 

  • How does Jesus make the love of the Father more tangible? 
  • Hoe does Jesus help us understand and know the Father more?
  • Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” What are some of the things we see in Jesus that are clear attributes of the Father? 

Let’s Think: Jesus is also a reflection of who God isl. In Hebrews 1:3 TPT, it says that Jesus is God’s mirror image and exact expression. How do we know the Father? We look at Jesus. Jesus also said in John 14:8-17 that even the words He spoke were not His but the Father’s. The Father and Jesus are in complete unity and when we want to know who the Father is, Jesus is a complete and perfect representation of Him. Then Jesus makes an incredible statement. He says that the works that He has done, those who believe in Him will do even greater works! How? By reflecting the Father to lost and dying world! Jesus is our example of how to reflect the image of God. When people see Jesus in us, they will see the Father!

  1. How does Jesus reflect the Father to you?
  2. What does Jesus mean when He says “If you have seen Me you have seen the Father?” 
  3. How can you reflect the Father to others through Jesus? 
  4. Who is someone that needs to see Jesus in you this week? 

Going Deeper: The fall of Adam made it near impossible for mankind to know the Father and be able to reflect His image to the world. Jesus was sent by the Father to repair all that was broken by Adam and restore that which was lost because of sin and death. Jesus is the key to everything. Jesus gave life to everything and has brought light to everyone who will receive it! The darkness that kept us from knowing the Father has been driven away by the Son! We now have direct access to the Father through the Son, and we can know Him in a real and intimate way! 

  1. How has God’s grace given us salvation through Jesus?
  2. How does God’s free gift of righteousness through Jesus given us victory over sin and death? 
  3. How has Jesus provided freedom from darkness? 
  4. Who is someone you can share the hope of Jesus with this week? 

Walk it out: Because of the Father’s ever-presence, His mercy, His graciousness, and His long-suffering, Jesus is committed, endurance, logic, creative, life, and light. How has Jesus been these seven things in your life? Who can you encourage this week with your testimony of how Jesus was life, light, endurance, etc… to you?  Share with them how Jesus can do the same for them. 

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