WordServe Church Study Guide for April 27, 2014
- Sermon Title: “A Tale of a Tool” (Rev. Bill Hogan)
- Audio Link (check HERE on Sunday afternoon for the latest sermon and .pdf download)
- Sermon Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10
- Additional Study Texts:
Have you ever known someone who is a compulsive planner? They have their entire day planned out… or perhaps their entire life! Anything that disrupts their plan will likely make them downright irritable and not fun to be around. How do I know this? Because I used to be a compulsive planner.
Then we had kids… 3 of them… all girls. Plan? What plan?
My accountability partner (aka, my “Wingman in Christ”) recently gave me a copy of Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. In today’s devotion, it says:
“A mind preoccupied with planning pays homage to the idol of control. Turn from this idolatry back to Me. Listen to me and live abundantly.” (p. 117).
Which got me to thinking: is it wrong for a follower of Jesus to plan?
“Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty fill his sanctuary” (Psa 96:6 NLT)
It’s easy to picture this during a morning quiet time: a beautiful sanctuary… God on his throne… majesty all around. What’s harder is to picture this at a sanctuary called Golgotha, where Jesus gives up his life on the cross.
Are these two separate events? Or can we find honor and majesty… strength and beauty in Jesus’ death?
In last week’s sermon, we asked, “Why did Jesus have to die?” But I have another question before we get that far:
Why did Jesus have to suffer before he died? Is God that cruel and callous that he would physically and mentally torture his own Son? That makes God a little hard to follow, eh?
Or did something else cause Jesus’ suffering? Read the rest of this entry »
Has anyone else ever felt a plateau in their faith? I’ve seen a common pattern in faith that starts with excitement, grows in knowledge, results in service (so far, so good)… but then reaches a plateau of duties and responsibilities.
Or is it just me?
I have to ask… are you happy there on that plateau? Or do you think there should be more?
Why not try addressing these three questions and see if that gets things rolling again? Read the rest of this entry »