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Christian Life Theme

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The Christian life theme for the month of Feb. is “You are a citizen of Heaven.” This theme is a follow up of last month’s theme of “You are Redeemed.” Once a person is redeemed, he or she becomes a citizen of heaven. The verses for the month are Philippians 3:20-21, 1 Peter 2:11-12 and John 18:37.

Philippians 3:20-21 states “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”

1 Peter 2:11-12 states “Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”

John 18:37 states “’You are a king, then!’ said Pilate. Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.’”

When asked why he picked the theme for the month, Christian Life director, Greg Lisson said, “It’s basically a follow up to ‘You are Redeemed.’ As a result of your redemption through Christ, now your citizenship is in heaven.” Lisson compared this life to a journey where ultimately you realize that you are going back home.

Lisson used an analogy to help solidify what this means to high school students. “If you’re on a mission trip and traveling to Peru, it can be a great trip. It’s this week where you are away from home, but the whole time you know that ultimately you are returning to where your citizenship is.” This life that we live is meant to be a journey away from home, but one day we will be going back to our home.

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