God's people cry out in faith.
When life gets rough and things just aren't going right, what is your natural reaction? Do you tend to become down trodden and lethargic? Do you tend to work harder to control your circumstances? Or do you press into the faith you have in God and his sovereignty?
Can you think of a time when you found yourself in despair and someone spoke the good news of the gospel to you in such a way that really emboldened your faith and helped you trust God?
Our hope is rooted in a faithful God who's love is rock steady. Read through Psalm 121 again and make a list of God's characteristics the and reasons that we can trust him.
Psalm 18:1-6, 31-36, 49
God's people long for true forgiveness.
The more we look to Jesus, the more accurately we see ourselves and our sinfulness. Truly facing our sin, specifically, should lead to a broken heart over our sin. What is your disposition towards your sin? Cold and dismissive or broken and repentant?
Romans 2:4 tells us that God's kindness is meant to lead us to repentance. Take a moment and consider what kindness God has showed you in the sacrifice of Jesus on your behalf. Allow that to lead to conviction over sin and take a moment to repent of what the Spirit brings up in your heart.
Pastor Steven made the point that true forgiveness is always costly to the one forgiving something. For God to forgive our sin, it took the sacrifice of Jesus. What's the difference between what society calls forgiveness and what God did for us? How is God's forgiveness more satisfying?
"Grace Upon Grace"
God's people wait with a firm hope and want others to find that same hope.
We live in this tension of the already but not yet. Jesus has defeated sin and death but our world is still plagued with sin and he has not yet made all things right. How can we keep our hearts rooted in the hope we have in Jesus?
We have been redeemed for a purpose. We share the hope we have in Jesus with others. Scripture tells us that we have been given the ministry of reconciliation, telling people how they can be made right with God. Who has God burdened your heart for, that they might come to know and trust Jesus for this reconciliation?
How can you, specifically when you're struggling, share the hope you have in Jesus with those people God has burdened your heart for? How can you both show in the way you live and tell with the way you speak about the good news of the gospel?
"Redeemed To Redeem"
Austin Stone Worship