Sermon by Dr. E. Dale Locke
Series: The God I Wish You Knew, Week 2 – “He Gives Life”
- Start by briefly sharing a time when you were in great danger or even had a brush with death.
- Read 1 Corinthians 1:18: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
Even though, to many people, the Christian faith may seem like foolishness, in this sermon series, we are seeking to “suspend disbelief” and get to know God as He really is. What are some things we can do to help us “suspend disbelief” and get to know God?
- Read Genesis 2:7: “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
What does this verse tell us about God?
- Life 1.0 is physical life. What are some things God does to make physical life possible for us?
- Life 2.0 is the kind of life Jesus described in John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Describe what this life is like, and talk about how a person can actually experience it.
- Life 3.0 is living life aware of God and His purposes for your life – living with an eternal perspective. For example, Pastor Dale said that “Life is a test.” What tests have you experienced in life lately – or what tests are you experiencing now? How did or how can an eternal perspective help you through that test?
- Pastor Dale also said that “Life is a trust” – meaning that we’re not the owners of what we have, but rather, we are managers of what God has entrusted to us. How would a deeper awareness of this truth change your daily life?
- Pastor Dale also said that “Life is temporary” and spoke of Life 4.0 – the eternal life God will give us after death. Read John 3:16-17: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
How would a deeper awareness of this truth change our daily life now?
- Abraham Maslow recognized that humans have: Physiological Needs, Security Needs, Social Needs, Esteem Needs, and Self-Actualization Needs. Take time to thank God for giving you life in each of these categories:
- Thank Him for your physical life.
- Thank Him for the security that comes from being His child.
- Thank Him for the community of Christians you have through the church.
- Thank Him for the value and meaning that He gives your life.
- Thank Him for the privilege of being connected to eternal purposes through Him.