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Lent - Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God - Part 1 - February 25
For centuries Christians have observed Lent as the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. It's the time when we prepare ourselves to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. As we face our own sinfulness, the question is, what kind of God do we believe we will experience in our most fractured places? If we look at the God that is revealed in the person of Jesus, here is what we find: The hands of this God are not hurling thunderbolts from heaven like Zeus of the Greek pantheon. The hands of this God have been stretched out in love where they were nailed to a tree. The nail-pierced hands of this God now reach out in love to every doubter, every sufferer and to every wanderer. The hands of the God that is revealed in the person of Jesus are not hands of wrath but hands of mercy, forgiveness and unending grace.
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    1030 Central Dr NW, Kannapolis, NC 28083, USA
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Lent | Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God | Part 1 | Justin Wallace

Words have the power to change us.

Proverbs 15:4
“Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim.”

Proverbs 16:24
“Kind words are like honey. They are sweet to the spirit and bring healing to the body.”

Proverbs 18:4
“A person’s words can be a source of wisdom, deep as the ocean, fresh as a flowing stream.”

Proverbs 18v20-21
Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
the right words bring satisfaction.
The tongue can bring death or life;
those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

The words that we use to describe God and the way he relates to us are powerful…they shape us. They have the power to change us.
To be a sinner means that you have a heart sickness that you cannot overcome on your own.

Sin is not just about behavior. It’s our reality apart from Christ.
What do the HANDS of God represent?

Ezra 7v28
Because the hand of the Lord my God was on me, I took courage.

Isaiah 41:13
For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Matthew 14v29-31
Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.

Matthew 8v1-3
When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.

The restoration of all things is worked out through the hands of God and these are the hands that we find ourselves in as sinners.
What does it mean that God is loving? How does the written Word of God define this love?

1 John 3v16
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.

Romans 5v8
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 Corinthians 13v4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
If God is love then God is patient.

God is kind.

God does not envy.

God is not boastful or proud.

God does not dishonor others.

God is not self-seeking.

God is not irritable or easily angered.

God keeps no record of being wronged.

God does not rejoice with evil and injustice.

God rejoices when the truth is proclaimed.

God always protects.

God is trustworthy and trusting.

God is full of hope.

God will never give up.

Is this how you would define love?

Is this how you would describe God?