Jesus makes the desperate man dependent.
When have you found yourself in a hopeless situation? What were the circumstances? What caused you to feel hopeless?
When you do find yourself in hopeless or difficult situations, what is your initial reaction; to turn to a coping mechanism (alcohol, sex, shopping, isolation, TV etc...) or to turn to God?
Pastor Steven said in his sermon Sunday, "Have you ever been so desperate that it led you to a dependent trust in the Lord? What we find when we come to God in desperation is that he is powerful enough to handle anything we bring him." What do you need to bring him now?
We pray thanking God that when things seem hopeless, we have hope in Christ. We thank him that we can come to him and that he even longs for us to come to him with all of our troubles and that he is strong enough to handle anything that we bring him. We ask that the Spirit would point us to Jesus instead of our coping mechanisms when we struggle.
"You Never Change"
Austin Stone Worship
Jesus calls the defiled woman daughter.
You may not have a socially unacceptable disease like the woman in the story but we have all experienced shame in one way or another. Shame often keeps us from approaching the Lord. What has in the past or maybe currently is making you feel this kind of shame?
The passage in Isaiah is a beautiful picture of Jesus' sacrificial love for us. Pastor Steven put it this way, "Are you broken? Jesus pieces us back together." Jesus died both to save you from your sin and to take away your shame, to put you back together. What does this mean for how you now relate to sin, both past and present?
Jesus died so that we could be called sons and daughters of God. How does this change the way you see your relationship with God?
We pray rejoicing that in Christ our shame has been taken away and dealt with on the cross. We praise God that we can come to him as our good father and that he calls us his children.
All Sons & Daughters
Jesus raises the dead girl to delight.
Pastor Steven related the command of Jesus to the girl in the story to the call of a father tenderly waking his daughter from a nap. "We see that Jesus is powerful but intimate." How has the Lord comforted you with his tender mercy?
What does it mean to delight in the Lord? What are some ways that we can do that by ourselves and together as a family?
We are called to delight in God. The verse in Psalm 37 tells us that if we do this, God will give us the desires of our heart! Isn't it really good news that the command isn't to be really good in order to receive the desires of our heart? What do you think finding our delight and joy in God does to the desires of our hearts?
We praise God that he calls us delight in him to find our true joy. We thank him for the tenderness that he offers to us in the gospel; that he doesn't tell us to try harder but tells us that the work has been done for us. We ask for the Spirit to produce this kind of tenderness in our own hearts that we might show the gospel in how we treat others.
"A Son Of God"
Redeemer Presbyterian Church