Praise God! We have completed the first series in the Topical Memory System! It’s a good time to take a break, collect our breath, and review where this journey has taken us.
Series A, “Living the New Life” began with an illustration of the Christian life being like a wheel. I encourage you to draw this illustration as we review the verses represented by each component.
We start with the “hub” – Christ the Center of our wheel. 2 Cor 5:17 reminds us that we are new creations – the old has passed away and the new has come! That old life has been put to death. We learn in Gal 2:20 that we have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer we who live but Christ who lives in us, and that the physical life we are now living is a new one, lived through faith in the Son of God!
The outer rim of the wheel is next. It is what holds the wheel together, the Obedient Christian Life. Our faith isn’t just a religious code we talk about (or Scripture verses we memorize, for that matter). We don’t obey to earn our salvation, but the love we have for the One who saves us brings forth obedience (Jn 14:21). This is our spiritual service of worship, not something that springs from us, but that itself is a gift of God, and manifestation of his mercies (Rom 12:1).
The next components of this wheel illustration are four spokes, two vertical and two horizontal, which connect and support our Christ-focused obedience. The first one is the Word of God, upon which we are commanded to meditate day and night so that we might be careful to obey them (Josh 1:8).
We draw the next vertical spoke and mark it with prayer, our direct connection with God, using Jn 15:7 and Phil 4:6-7. These remind us that we are to be constantly in relationship with God, putting our trust entirely in him.
Our first horizontal spoke is fellowship, gathering in Christ-centered relationships. For this, we considered 1 Jn 1:3, expressing the role of the Gospel in maintaining fellowship with each other and with God, and Heb 10:24-25, stirring up and encouraging one another as we gather in the name of Christ.
That’s it! 12 verses for the Spirit to use as we endure the trials, challenges, and other joys of this life! How are you doing in this journey? How might we encourage one another as we store God’s Word in our hearts?
Next week, we start the second series which will help us “Proclaim the Gospel” in an easy-to-remember and demonstrate illustration. See you then!