What a great time we had at this months ignite! Guest speaker Jonny brought us an amazing word, we spent time in worship and, this week we made it into the Liverpool Echo! God is doing some incredible things through Ignite, here is what we learned this month.
Jonnys’ talk was entitled ‘Through the lens’. Speaking from John chapter 8, we were told the story of the woman caught in adultery. This woman was brought before Jesus, the law at the time stated that any woman caught in adultery was to be stoned to death. Those who brought her there asked Jesus what he thought of this law. Jesus then said, “let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her”. Slowly, all those surrounding the woman began to step back. As all of them had stepped back they could not then condemn the woman. Jesus spoke again, “neither do I condemn you, go now and leave your life of sin.”
The story can be looked at from three angles, all of which can be translated into our own lives.
The first angle is from those watching. They saw that she had sinned and to them this was now who she was. So often we only see people for what they have done wrong and others do the same for us. We don’t look at the bigger picture and we condemn others for what they’ve done, despite having done things wrong ourselves. We also condemn ourselves, beat ourselves up over the sins that we have done or the shame that we carry.
The second angle is that of Jesus. He does not look directly in front but in fact sees the bigger picture. He sees that we have all sinned and non are perfect. He says to the woman, “go, leave your life of sin”. She was free to walk away, free to live a life that was not constrained by her sin. The same goes for us; through Jesus and the sacrifice that he made on the cross, we are free. We are not condemned because of our sin but are released from it.
The third is from her view. We don’t know much about her other than what she had done and that she had been caught. However, we can imagine how she felt. Knowing that she was about to be killed would have been far from easy and so imagine how she must’ve felt when Jesus released her from this sentence. The amount of emotions she must have felt during this seemingly short space of time would’ve been vast but ultimately, she would have been filled with joy. Sometimes we forget what Jesus has done for us and allow ourselves to carry the weight of our sin when actually, Jesus has released us from it.
Lastly, Jonny spoke about the stones.
1 Peter 2v5 says this:
“you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
He linked the stones that where once used to condemn to us to what we are now. We are living stones, we’re here to build the kingdom of God. We are not condemned but actually, through Jesus Christ, are loved and accepted by God, regardless of any sin or shame that we carry.
We pray that in this next month you know how Jesus sees you, that you are loved and that you don’t have to carry the weight of sin anymore. He does not condemn you, he has set you free.
Thank you guys for coming out to June Ignite, we can’t wait to see you next month for our summer special!!