Self-Destruction

March 14, 2015


 

 

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SCRIPTURE

The very look on their faces gives them away. They display their sin like the people of Sodom and don’t even try to hide it. They are doomed! They have brought destruction upon themselves.

~Isaiah 3:9, NLT

QUOTE

The world has lost the power to blush over its vice; the Church has lost her power to weep over it.

~Leonard Ravenhill

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For more than 50 years, Isaiah the prophet preached to the nation of Judah and gave counsel to kings. He surrendered to the call the year king Uzziah died. Then he gave counsel to Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah and Manasseh. Jotham was not a bad king and Hezekiah is in the top three behind David and Josiah. Ahaz and Manasseh are the two worse kings in Judah’s history and may rival the evil of the kings of Israel. In short, Isaiah witnessed the moral decline of a nation. He faithfully prophesied Judah’s doom but not one would listen. Isaiah said, “Jerusalem will stumble, and Judah will fall, because they speak out against the Lord and refuse to obey him.” Manasseh was so outraged with Isaiah’s prophecy that he had him put in a hollow log and sawn in half.

It is not rocket science, the law of retribution is woven into the fabric of the universe. What ever a man sows, he reaps. No one can escape the consequences of sin. By nature, Sin is deceptive and destructive; it is anti-Christ and anti-man. No one would embrace sin if they were not deceived about it’s nature. If we saw sin the way God sees it, we would run from it in horror. We not longer flea from sin, we flaunt it. The gays say they are proud but they should be ashamed. Their consistent rebellion against God has damaged their moral compass. They cannot discern right from wrong thus they glory in their shame but they are not alone; unholywood, Washington D.C. and the media are singing the same tune.

extra 2

  • Today we pray for Students.
  • Normal Schedule Sunday…Deacons at 8:15, LCBS at 9:15 and Worship at 10:15 and 6:00.
  • Haley and Charity are singing Sunday: Only 3 weeks until Easter.

Keri and Kane

LCBS LESSON PREVIEW

POWER LIKE NO OTHER

Icebreaker: What forms of power get your attention? [F-5 Tornado, Hurricane, Lighetening, etc]

INTRODUCTION

Jesus said, I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” [John 16:33] Because we live in a sin cursed, broken and fallen world we are going to have some bad days but has Christians we learn not to derive our peace and happiness from circumstances but from out relationship with Christ. There are a lot of problems that can be overwhelming. Cancer is a giant and so is divorce and the death of a loved one. It is easy to feel intimidated by the larger than life problems. I could be wrong in my thinking, but I see the presence of the incarnate Christ as a huge factor. When Jesus walked the earth, nothing intimidated him, not even death. We are going to be with Him at our death or His return and then once again, nothing in His world will intimidate Him or us. Our hope is to get to His world. As John Newton said, “We are living in the land of the dying but we are going to the land of the living.”

SCRIPTURE: Mark 4:35-41, NLT

35 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.

38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

Jesus told His disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side,” but they did not receive His word as prophecy and when the storm blew up, they feared for their lives. There is an old hymn that we do not sing anymore called Peace, Be Still. I love the chorus….The winds and the waves shall obey His will, peace be still, peace be still.  Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea or demons or men or whatever it be no water can swallow the ship where lies the Master of ocean and earth and skies.  Now I know that no boat is going down if Jesus is in it and they came to realize this truth as well. I always say: the storms are nothing if Jesus is in your boat. It would be bad to be in one without Him.

Jonah was sleeping through a storm and the captain had to awaken him but Jonah had been rocked to sleep by carnal security. Jesus could sleep in a storm for a different reason, He had perfect peace. You cannot sleep if your are anxious. Jesus had a perfect calm on the inside while on the outside, there was a raging storm. The disciples panic, wake Jesus and He calms the storm and gives them a light rebuke.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. How do you typically respond to bad situations: to the unexpected storms that appear suddenly without warning?
  2. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without the Heavenly Father being aware, can you and I get caught in a storm without His awareness?
  3. How many ways can you interpret a person sleeping through a crisis? [Indifference, a death wish, crazy, totally unafraid]
  4. How much do our feelings have to do with reality? [The disciples felt in danger, but were they really: looking back, they wasted their energy worrying]
  5. Do we always see the hand of God at work in the moment?
  6. Does Jesus always calm the storm?
  7. What do we do when Jesus does not calm the storm?
  8. When life seems out of control, who has lost control?
  9. Jesus was resting on a cushion; what is your cushion?
  10. We cannot cling to our fear and to Jesus: we have to let go of something. Which is harder, letting go of fear or trusting Christ?
  11. Make a list of your problems: how much anxiety is being generated by these problems. What do you think Jesus would say to you…Perhaps the same thing He said to His disciples, “Do you still have no faith.”
  12. What could you do to help a friend who is in a storm?
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