Bought by the Blood

July 19, 2008

Pray by Kendall Payne

Filed under: Francis Chan,Kendall Payne,Trusting God — cubsfan1980 @ 3:49 pm
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I was recently listening to a sermon by Francis Chan and was really blessed by a song he had Kendall Payne perform before the message.  The song is called, “Pray” and it’s about trusting God in the unknowns of life.  I have pasted a video of it below.  I would highly encourage checking out the whole message if you can.  It is located at http://www.cornerstonesimi.com/ and entitled “Power,”

July 13, 2008

Contentment

Filed under: contentment,John Piper,philippians — cubsfan1980 @ 1:15 am
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  • Define Contentment
  • Philippians 4:11-12 “11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
    • What are the practical implication of Philippians 4:11-12
      • Content is something that we learn
      • Our contentment is not based on our circumstances
      • In Psalm 16 we learn how to be content as we get a portrait of the content heart
        • V.2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
          I have no good apart from you.”
          • Our only good is in God
            • How do you think of good days vs. bad days?
            • Any day lived in light of the Gospel is a good day
        • V. 5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
          you hold my lot.
          • What is  our inheritance?
            • Our relationship w/God which provides purpose to our live and the only lasting joy.  We have the hope of Heaven
          • He holds all of the blessings we have
          • Is the cup half empty or half full?
            • The cups is actually overflowing (Psalm 23:5)
        • V.6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
          indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
          • What are the boundary lines?
            • Our circumstances have been allotted to us by God.  He has drawn lines around our lives like properly lines and He will keep us safe.  Because the lines are from God, they must be good because God only gives good gifts.
        • V. 11 You make known to me the path of life;
          in your presence there is fullness of joy;
          at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
          • Where do we find joy?
            • In knowing God and communing w/ Him.  Through the Gospel we have pleasure for all eternity.  There is no greater pleasure than growing in our knowledge of God. 
              • The critical question for our generation-and for every generation-is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there” John Piper from God is the Gospel
                • We look forward to Heaven because we look forward to spending eternity w/Christ and not having our sin hinder our relationship w/Him
      • What is our motivation for contentment?
        • Philippians 3:8 “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ”
          • Paul’s only desire is for more of Christ.  He considers everything else in this life, rubbish compared to life.  All of the good things this world has to offer pales in comparison to Christ.
      • Is there a good kind of discontentment?
        • We should never be content to stay where we are spiritually, but always seek to know more of God’s glory, character and in our own personal holiness.

Acknowledging God

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
“It is a childlike, unwavering confidence in our Father’s well-proved wisdom, faithfulness and love.  He is truth itself.  Therefore, he wants us to take him at his word and to prove his word tot he very limit of His power”  Charles Bridges
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
“Take one step at a time, and make sure that each step is under God’s direction.  Always make your plans in total dependence on God.  It is nothing short of self-idolatry to imagine that we can carry out even the ordinary matter of daily life w/out God’s counsel.  Before you consult your friends, consult God…If we go to the Lord every morning in true humility, knowing that we do not know how to order our day, light will come down to us…No step well prayed over will bring ultimate regret. “Charles Bridges
7
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh [2]
and refreshment [3] to your bones.
Proverbs 3:5-8

  • What other things do we trust in besides God?
    • Ourselves, our circumstances, job, people, money, the future
  • What does it look like when we lean on our own understanding?
    • Pray and seek God
      • What is Prayer?
      • Prayer is the open admission that without Christ we can do nothing. And prayer is the turning away from ourselves to God in the confidence that he will provide the help we need. Prayer humbles us as needy, and exalts God as wealthy…Prayer is the essential activity of waiting for God: acknowledging our helplessness and his power, calling upon him for help, seeking his counsel (John Piper)
  • In what two ways do we acknowledge God
    • Prayer
      • When should we pray?  In all ways, in all things that we do, w/out ceasing.
      • pray without ceasing, (1 thessalonians 5:17)
        • What does it mean to pray w/out ceasing? (these three things come from John Piper in “When I don’t Deisre God”
          • We have a spirit of dependence upon God
          • We will prayer repeatedly and often
          • We do not lose heart in prayer, but remain steadfast in trusting God
            • Luke 18:1, Jesus knew the temptation to lose heart, so he gave the parable of the persistent widow.
      • When and in what way are you most likely to acknowledge God?
      • When and in what ways are you least likely to acknowledge God?
      • How do you want to grow in acknowledging God?
    • Submission
      • submission, everyone is called to submission, not just wives.  Two options of what we can submit to 1)James 4:7 and 2)Galatians 5:1
      • Can y’all give examples of what submission to God looks like?  obedience to his revealed will and fearing him and turning away from evil
  • What are the benefits of acknowledging God?
    • He will make our paths straight, our success and blessing is not contingent upon us, but on God (John 15:5)
  • Have you ever tried to acknowledge God and felt like He wasn’t there or didn’t make your path straight?
    • Look at the church in Acts.  They were a church filled with the Spirit and continually praying, but opposition and persecution was something that they constantly faced.  God intended this used and it to advance the church and advance the Gospel around the world.
    • Look at the life of Joseph, he was humble and reliant on God, but yet circumstances seemed to go from bad to worse.  He continued to rely on God knowing that the evil deeds that happened to him God intended for good.
  • Why is it healing to our flesh and refreshment to our bones to trust God
    • Philippians 4:6-7 we will be free from anxiety and have the peace that surpasses all understanding

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