Dec 10/17 – Luke 1:39-56 – The Key to Peace: Living on the Solid Ground of God’s Love

Summary: When something or someone we value is threatened, it will steal away any inner peace we may have. But Jesus invites us into a new life where we see, through faith, that he is holding all things in his hands and the good that he gives us will never be taken away from us. Therefore, through faith we have peace.

Big Idea: We have peace when we value the good things that Jesus gives to us and trust that they will never be taken away from us.

Intro: The King and his road

A.The king built the road because he loved his people and he wanted them to _______________

B.To encourage more people to use the road, the king invited volunteers to build a _______________ every 15 miles along the road.

I.Bert

A.Bert’s tower and inn

  1. Bert built an extra story on his tower for extravagant _______________ _______________ for him and his family.
  2. Because Bert used extra materials for his tower, his inn ended up being a drafty _______________
  3. Bert made the inn into a _______________-_______________ location.

B.Bert’s meeting with the king

  1. Bert said to the king, ““I do what I do because I need to take care of myself and my family. I know that I am on my _______________ in this world. I cannot _______________ you to take care of me.”
  2. The king said to Bert, “You cannot see that I love you because you do not _______________ that I love you. And because you do not _______________ that you are loved then you fail to love _______________,

II.Brett

A.Brett stepped away from his _______________, his position and his inheritance and volunteered to be a building and innkeeper for the king.

B.Brett’s tower and inn

  1. Brett made sure that both the tower and the inn were well-_______________
  2. He served his _____________ well.

C.Brett’s meeting with the king

  1. Brett said to the king, “I serve you in this way because I _______________ you. And what is more, I _______________ that you love me.

D.Brett’s song:

  1. “Oh, how my soul _______________ my Lord. How my spirit _______________ in my King and Saviour! For he took notice of his lowly _______________, and I realize that I am truly _______________.”

III.The Lesson

A.Through Jesus, God offers to everyone life on the _______________ _______________ of salvation, forgiveness and eternal life which he gives us through Jesus. When we humble ourselves and turn our hearts away from power, privilege and possessions to live on the solid ground that God provides, then we have _______________, because the things that Jesus gives us can never be taken away from us.

B.However, when we take what God gives us and use it to gather _______________, privilege and possessions for ourselves, then we will never have peace. We will always be _______________, because the things that we gather and build up for ourselves can always be taken away from us.

 Conclusion:

A.The key to peace is living on the solid ground of God’s _______________.

B.Application: What self-built structures in your life need to be torn down so you can live on the solid ground of God’s love?

 

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Nov 19/17 – John 4:16-26 – Love Will Save the World

Summary: Love will save the world. But the kind of love that saves is unlike the other kinds of love with which we are familiar. Saving love begins and ends with Jesus, so we look to him for the saving love that we and others need.

Core Idea:  Jesus’ love will save the world

Intro: We need to be saved.

A. The world needs _______________.

B. So do _______________.

I. _______________ will save the world

A. The kind of love that will save us is

1. Not _______________ love.

2. Not _______________ love.

3. Not _______________ love.

B. Saving love is found in only one source: _______________.

C. Saving love…

1. … wants what is _______________.

2. … s_______________.

3. … crosses _______________.

4. … loves _______________.

5. … is self-less and _______________.

6. … loves a _______________.

II. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (John 4)

A. Saving love crosses _______________.(v. 7)

1. Saving love loves for the sake of _______________.

B. Saving love leads to _______________. (vv. 9-10)

1. Questions are open _______________.

C. Saving love raises (vv. 11-12, 19-20)

1. The _______________ to objections is more saving love

D. The _______________ of saving love is always to introduce people to Jesus

E. Saved people cross over barriers to share saving love with _______________.

III. We live in a changing world

A. We need to function like cross-cultural _______________.

B. We need to keep going back to _______________ for more of his saving love

Conclusion: Holy Communion

A. Jesus washes away our guilt and shame and fills us with his _______________.

B. Application: What are some ways that you can remind yourself of Jesus’ saving love for you?

Oct 8/17 – John 2:18-25 – Jesus is Our Connection to God

Summary: Most of us function as self-guided beings most of the time. But all of us face circumstances in life that overwhelm us. Jesus invites us to let him be the ultimate authority in our lives so he can protect and bless us as we go through life together with him.

Core Idea: Jesus’ resurrection shows us that he can turn our lives around.

Intro: Taking garbage to the transfer station

  1. The demand of the Jewish leaders (John 2:18)
    1. The Jewish leaders demand that Jesus tell them what _______________ he has to chase all the merchants out of the Temple area.
    2. The Jewish leaders ask Jesus for a miraculous _______________ to show that he has authority from God to do what he did
    3. We have lost our connection with God as the ultimate authority over all things, including our day-to-day life. Because that has happened, we have lost our regard for truth and our _______________ for each other.
      1. Illustration: A driver’s reaction after a motorcycle collided with her car.
      2. God is inviting us to give him authority over our lives so he can protect and _______________ us.
    4. Jesus responds
      1. Jesus’ answer to the demand of the Jewish leaders (John 2:19-20)
        1. Confusion over Jesus’ answer
        2. Words sometimes have a double meaning: a surface meaning; and a _______________ meaning which leads us to a greater understanding about life with God and his love.
      2. The explanation of Jesus’ answer (John 2:21-22)
        1. People used to go the _______________ to meet with God
        2. Since Jesus has come to save us, he is now the _______________ that people meet with God.
  • Jesus wants to give us a beautiful life
    1. The best life is a life where we know that God loves us and is _______________ us.
    2. The fact that Jesus rose from the dead is the proof that Jesus loves us, is with us and gives us _______________
    3. So we give Jesus _______________ over our lives.

Conclusion: Jesus always loves us, he is always with us and he knows and wants what is best for us in the long run. And that is something for which we can be truly _______________.

Application question: What is one area of your life that you need to give to Jesus and let him have authority over it?

 

 

Oct 1/17 – John 2:13-17 – Anger Over Restricted Access to God

Summary: We get angry about many things, but usually we are angry because things are not turning out the way we want. The problem is not with our anger. The problem is with our desires. Jesus fought to give us what we really need, free access to God.

Core Idea: Jesus fought to give you free access to God.

Intro: Having an anger problem

I. Jesus travels to Jerusalem

A. Jesus travels to Jerusalem for _______________ (John 2:13)

B. Jesus sees the _______________ in the Temple area (John 2:14)

1. They were set up in the Court of the _______________

2. The problem was not the services, but the _______________.

3. They were creating a _______________ to other people coming to God.

II. Jesus’ response (John 2:15-16)

A. Why was Jesus angry? Jesus came to earth to give all people free and open _______________ to God through him.

B. God’s own people were choosing what was most _______________ for them instead of what was best for those outside of the family of God.

C. This is something that we all do.

1. We get angry because our values are centred on _______________.

2. Jesus got angry because people were blocking what others needed most: a living relationship with a loving _______________.

III. Jesus passion for God’s house (John 2:17)

A. A house usually means a building

B. A house can also mean a _______________ (Luke 2:4)

C. Jesus’ passion for God’s house led him to the cross

1. There Jesus willingly suffered and died to pay the cost of forgiveness for all the _______________ of the whole world

2. Jesus removed the barrier between God and people. Now everyone and anyone can have free access to God through _______________.

Conclusion: We chose to inconvenience _______________ so that other have free access to God and we welcome all people of all ages and backgrounds into God’s _______________.