In this lab, Pastor John reminds us of the great irony of life: those who love their lives will lose it forever, while those who lose their lives for Christ will gain it.
Principle for Bible Reading
This is one of the richest relationships in the Bible. A ground gives support or a reason for another statement. One way to think of it is that it is the ground upon which another statement is built. A grounding statement is often introduced by the words “for,” “because,” or “since.”
We see an example of a grounding statement in Mark 8:35.
- What does it mean to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Christ (Mark 8:34)?
- Jesus gives us the first reason to deny self, take up our cross, and follow him in Mark 8:35. What is the reason?
- In what ways are you tempted to save your life? How can you continue to fight those temptations with this passage?
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