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Series: "The Good and Beautiful God"

Sermon: "God is Good"

Scripture: Psalm 100

 

Notes

1. Job's friends believed he was being punished for his sin.
    (Job 4:6-8; 7:3-4)

2. The people of Jesus' day thought bad things only happened to bad people.
    (Jeremiah 7:10; Luke 13:1-5; John 9:2)

3. Many people blame God for all of the suffering in our world.

4. We sometimes wonder if God doesn't punish us for our sins.

5. Jesus rejected this kind of thinking.

6. God is good! 
    (Psalm 34:8)

  • He created everything good. (Genesis 1)
  • He will restore everything to perfection. (Revelation 21:1-5)
  • He forgives our sins. (Psalm 103:3, 10-12; John 3:16-18)
  • His love and faithfulness are amazing. (Psalm 100:5; Romans 8:31-32)

Next Steps...

  • The next time you hear someone (or yourself?) blame God for something, remind them that sin started with Satan and humans, not God - and that God has demonstrated his goodness by offering us eternal life through Christ.
  • Read and reflect on Psalm 100 and 103 and be inspired by the amazing goodness of God!
  • Say a prayer of thanksgiving and praise every morning based on Psalm 100:5, "Lord, You are good! Your love endures forever! And your faithfulness continues through all generations."

Series: "The Good and Beautiful God"

Sermon: "How People Change"

Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:1-16

Notes
1. We need more than good intentions.

2. We have to trade false ideas for true one.
    (Psalm 51:6; Proverbs 10:23-24; John 14:26; Romans 12:2; Colossians 3:2; Philippians 2:5)

3. We need training.
    (1 Timothy 4:7-8; 1 Corinthians 9:25)

4. We can't do it alone. 
    (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Proverbs 27:17; Hebrews 10:24-25)

5. We have to want it.
    (Psalm 16:2-3, 11; 27:4; 63:1-8; Proverbs 11:6; Mark 1:35)

 

Next Steps...

  • Pray to God every day aksing Him to help you desire Him more than anything else.
  • Think about what spiritual training exercise God might be calling you to do this year so that you can know and love Him more.
  • Who is another person that you might discuss the topics in this series with in order to make more progress in your personal discipleship?

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