12-13-15

12-13-2015
Sermon by Dr. E. Dale Locke
Series: Welcome Home, Week 2 – “When Knowledge Ain’t Enough”

  1. In this sermon series, Pastor Dale is talking about how the incarnation of Jesus changes everything. Read John 1:14: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

What thoughts come to your mind as you read this verse today?

  1. What we can’t see with our eyes is actually more real and significant than what we see and experience every day. What are some of the unseen things in the Christian faith that we need to have faith in?
  1. Pastor Dale said that “normal” doesn’t work. What are some “normal” things that people do that don’t work?
  1. Read Ephesians 3:14-21:
    “For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15  from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
  1. We’re focusing on Ephesians 3:17a  “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” In particular we’re focusing on the word “faith” and the fact that sometimes knowledge alone just isn’t enough.  Pastor Dale explained that, like a trapeze artist, true biblical faith has three movements:
  1. Letting Go:

Pastor Dale said that if your faith has to fit in little boxes, then it’s not biblical faith.  There are going to be times when we feel confident in our faith, but sometimes we will have doubts.  Faith is like this because God’s mind is beyond our understanding, so we can’t put everything into neat categories.

Read Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

And read I Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

  • What do those verses from Isaiah and from Corinthians tell you about God and about faith in Him?
  • Jesus modeled this “letting go” aspect of faith in the incarnation.  Name some things that Jesus had to be willing to let go of in order to come live with us on earth.
  • What are some things that you currently need to let go of in order to enter more into a life of faith?
  1. Waiting:
  • Most of us don’t like to wait.  Why don’t we like to wait?
  • “Waiting” is that time after we’ve let go and responded to God, but we haven’t yet seen things change and become what God intends them to be.  What are some areas of your life where you are in a waiting season?
  1. Being Caught:
  • At the point of “being caught” – for both trapeze artists, and for Christians, there is nothing we can do.  We need to simply depend on Jesus to be there in the ways He has promised to be there for us.  Pastor Dale reminded us that, “God is the one who catches us, and He doesn’t have sweaty hands.”  What can you do to let go and trust Jesus to catch you during this Christmas season?
  • How can Jesus become new to you this season?

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