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In An Abundance of Caution

Posted by on Mar 15, 2020

Video – Click here to see part of Pastor Kim’s message.

Lent 2020

From Pastor Kim Phillips:

Since, out of an abundance of caution for the containment of the Coronavirus, we are choosing not to meet in person for the remainder of March, I am offering this additional resource. The first two weeks cover sermons from the beginning of Lent. Week 3 corresponds with this week’s video message.

Week 1

But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.                        Romans 5:20                                                            

This Lent our sermon series is on moving closer to the person God created you to be. We need to look closely at the places of sin and grace in our lives. I hope these questions are useful in helping you wrestle with both areas of darkness and the promise of redemption. This study is based on Restored, Finding Redemption in our Mess by Tom Berlin

Goals:

  • Explore what it means to be made in the image of God
  • Consider the damaging consequences of sin
  • Examine our reluctance to face our sin
  • Discover ways to rediscover and uncover the beauty of God’s image in our lives

Opening prayer

Holy God,

It is beyond my understanding that you love me so much that you created me in your image. I am sorry for the times I let my sin distort that image within me. Guide me on this journey. Help me clearly see sin in my own life. Grant me courage and wisdom as I face the mess I have made in my life. Teach me the steps I need to take to draw closer to living a life that brings honor and glory to you. Amen.

Read Genesis 1:24-31.

What do you think it means to be created in God’s image?

How does it impact how you live your life?

Read Psalm 8:1-5 and Psalm 139:13-14

What do these say about how God created us and who God created us to be?

How do these relate to the verses in Genesis?

Read Romans 3:23 – The admission of a bad life is the first step in finding a new life.

What does it mean that each of us has “fallen short of God’s glory”?

Genesis tells us we are created in God’s image. What happens when we sin?

What actions and attitudes in your life are in conflict with what God wants for you?

Think of a specific time you fell short of God’s glory. How did it impact your living?  

Read Isaiah 64:6

People often say “the truth hurts.” How difficult is for you to face your sinfulness? Did you have trouble acknowledging or thinking about a time you fell short of God’s glory?

How hard is it for you to be honest with yourself about your sins and shortcomings?

Why is it crucial that we learn to be honest about them?

The good news of Jesus Christ is that our sinfulness is not the end of the story. In the scripture we heard on Sunday, the tax collector cried out, God have mercy on me, a sinner.

How do you own your sin?

What steps do you need to take for restoration in your life?

Read Jeremiah 29:11-13

Can you honestly say you living fully into God’s plan for your life?

What is covering up the image of God from shining through your life?

What must be done to restore the beauty of the masterpiece that is you?

Lent 2020 Week 2

Reflections

Read Luke 19:1-10

1. Describe prevenient grace in your own words

2. Wesley describes prevenient grace as the porch on the house.

Does this description help you understand?

How can you use it in your life?

3. Can you recall a time of “being seen” by Jesus? What did it feel like? Did you promise to atone and follow through? Was it a difficult memory to unearth?

4. Layers of mess on our soul: Carrying guilt and shame?

Take it to God and _____________________________ or accept it was _________________________________.

Week 3

Last week in worship we thought about Prevenient grace. This week we are focusing on Justifying Grace. Read John 5:1-11 and consider the following questions:

Are we capable of redeeming ourselves?

Think of the times we try to bargain with God – Lord I promise I will…, if only you get me out of this mess.

What can you see wrong with this approach to God?

Read Romans 3:23-24

How often are you aware of your sin?

In our scripture today, Jesus asked the man what question?   (Vs 6)

What does this imply about our healing?

DO you have the desire to be healed?

Make a “searching and fearless moral inventory” of your life

Can you admit your sins to God and to another trusted individual?

What holds you back?

When will you?

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