09-30&10-01-2017 Dr. Dale E. Locke & Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: After the Storm Week 3: Collateral Beauty
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The sermon title this week comes from a movie that was released in 2016 starring Will Smith. The synopsis of the movie is as follows:
Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.
1. Have you seen the movie “Collateral Beauty”? If so, share your thoughts on the movie.
2. Share some examples of “Collateral Beauty” in the recent hurricane(s) that have ravaged our nation (either personally experienced or from news reports you’ve seen).
Discovering the Collateral Beauty in Life’s Storms OR How to NOT Lose Heart
3. Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Talk about what it means to lose heart. Share a time when you have ‘lost heart’, or wanted to give up when life’s storms have seemed overwhelming to you.
4. Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 again. Notice that the scripture is in the present tense. Why is this important to remember when we are experiencing or dealing with the aftermath of life’s storms?
Play Now – Look for God in your present situation
5. Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
What does this scripture tell you about the source of the power to get through life’s storms?
How does knowing this help you in spiritual storm preparedness?
6. Now read Psalm 118:6-7
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies
Share with your group any tools you use to remember that “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid” when you are facing life’s storms or their consequences. Share how these tools have helped you recover and/or not lose heart.
Play Back – Look for God in your past situations
7. Read Psalm 77:11-12
11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.
Look over your recent prayer life, and share your latest answered prayer with your group.
Was your prayer answered as you expected? Why do you think this?
8. Read Psalm 90:1
Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
Now read Psalm 43:5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
How have you expressed gratitude to God for answered prayers? How do you plan to increase your praise to Him?
9. How does looking back over your life to see how God has helped you weather life’s storms assist you in your spiritual storm preparedness?
Play Long – Look for God in the future, even into eternity
10. Read again 2 Cor. 4:17-18 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Name some things in your current life that are temporary – good things and not so good things. How does the perspective of viewing things in this life as temporary provide hope?
11. Read Philippians 3:20-21 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body
Why can we have hope when we remember that THIS is not my real home, my real home is HEAVEN?
12. Review Romans 8:28 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose
Share any new insights you have regarding this scripture.