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Session 5

What it means to be made new

Read: Luke 5

New. This word sells everything from dish soap to identity. No wonder we miss the magnitude of its meaning. New isn't old plus something. "New" is not just "improved," "bigger," or "better." It is something we don't even have a grid for. It is unique — without comparison.

In Luke 5, Jesus wants us to understand the life He brings confounds all our expectations. Jesus shows Simon Peter, James, and John that success as fishermen wasn't about hard work or experience but was found in obeying His word to "let down the nets" (Luke 5:4). Even their idea of success itself is transformed, as the three bring in a catch so large it threatens to sink their boats! 

That's why they, and we, must follow Jesus once we've encountered Him. Without Jesus, we don't know what it even means to live in Him and for Him. The first disciples are told they will now learn to fish for men? Everything is new. Jesus warns that many will try to put this "new life" in old containers of thinking and understanding and expectation, but as God's one and only son, He will break out of them all.

In what part of your life are you failing to give up your own understanding and trust Jesus to teach you something completely new? If you don't, Jesus warns that you'll waste your "new life," and the old one won't hold up either.

Reflect:

  • What is one old way of life Jesus is trying to break in you?
  • What is one new thing Jesus is teaching you?
  • Do you have someone in your life to hold you accountable for growing in your relationship with Jesus?

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You are never too weak to make a difference

You are never too weak to make a difference

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2

Obedience isn’t always easy

Obedience isn’t always easy

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3

Where your family tree begins matters more than where it ends

Where your family tree begins matters more than where it ends

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4

The most powerful speaker to ever live

The most powerful speaker to ever live

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5

What it means to be made new

What it means to be made new

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6

Following Jesus doesn’t always make friends

Following Jesus doesn’t always make friends

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7

What do you think you’re entitled to?

What do you think you’re entitled to?

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8

What do your actions say about who you are?

What do your actions say about who you are?

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9

Who do you say Jesus is?

Who do you say Jesus is?

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10

Busyness can cost you the best part of living

Busyness can cost you the best part of living

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11

What Jesus says about how to pray

What Jesus says about how to pray

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12

Why you don’t have to worry

Why you don’t have to worry

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13

How to not be fake in your faith

How to not be fake in your faith

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14

Who is in charge of your life?

Who is in charge of your life?

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15

Where to turn when you feel lost

Where to turn when you feel lost

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16

How to make investments that last

How to make investments that last

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17

Instead of being quick to blame, be quick to thank

Instead of being quick to blame, be quick to thank

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18

How to know what you worship

How to know what you worship

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19

Jesus wants you as you are

Jesus wants you as you are

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20

What will relationships be like in heaven?

What will relationships be like in heaven?

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21

What does Jesus want from me?

What does Jesus want from me?

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22

How to be the greatest

How to be the greatest

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23

Why should I forgive?

Why should I forgive?

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Jesus meets us where we are

Jesus meets us where we are

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