Sermon by Dr. E. Dale Locke

Series:  The God I Wish You Knew, Week 5 – “Can Be Trusted”

  1. What are some false or mistaken ideas about God that you’ve heard expressed by people you know?
  1. How do people get mistaken ideas about God?
  1. Pastor Dale mentioned two extremes of Christians. There are some for whom faith seems to have no effect at all on their life. On the other side, there are some who are (what Pastor Dale called) “religious nut bags”.  What can we do to avoid both those two extremes and live out our faith as God intended?
  1. Read Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

The first phrase, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” expresses the truth that God can be trusted.  Describe what the word “trust” means to you.

  1. What is required in order to trust someone?
  1. Pastor Dale mentioned four tests for our trust in the Lord out of 1 Peter 1:
    1. The Pressure Test: How do I handle stress and difficulties in my life?
    2. The People Test: How do I handle it when people disappoint me?
    3. The Persistence Test: Do I keep my commitments, even when it is difficult?
    4. The Priorities Test: What is first in my life?

Which of these tests is the most challenging for you, and why?

  1. The next phrase is: “lean not on your own understanding.” What makes it difficult for us not to just depend on our “own understanding” in our daily life?
  1. Next it says: “In all your ways submit to Him.” The word “submit” means to yield to Jesus and reminds us that we can’t just take Jesus as our “Savior”- rather, we need to also let Him be our “Lord”.  What are some ways that life is different for someone who has yielded to Jesus as Lord compared to a person who thinks Jesus can just be their Savior without being their Lord?
  1. Pastor Dale explained that the phrase, “He will make your paths straight” does not guarantee that life will always be comfortable and easy or that God will give us all of our trivial wants. What does it mean that God will make our paths straight?

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