“UnBELIEVEable: This Jesus”

UNBELIEVABLE
Message 3: This Jesus
 
Key Points:
-We BELIEVE God is present, personal, & all-powerful
-We BELIEVE God is faithful, loving, & just
-A Just God won’t let good works undo bad works.
-We BELIEVE Jesus is God’s grace in person
-Jesus is WORTHY, WILLING, & Has WON!
-The GOOD NEWS is JESUS, the power of God saving all who believe
 
Further Conversation
1. Have you ever gotten caught doing something wrong? What were you most afraid of? What did you hope would happen to you?
2. Why can’t “good works” make up for the “bad works” we do?
3. Read Romans 3:23-26 What does this Scripture say did Jesus do to be God’s Grace for sinful people?
4. Why is it important that Jesus is WORTHY & WILLING for his life to be God’s grace for us? What does it mean the Jesus has WON?
5. Read Hebrews 4:14-16 What does it mean to be confident in your relationship with God? Are you confident? Why or why not?
6. Read Romans 10:9-10 Why are both belief & public confession of Jesus essential to salvation? How have you “gone public”?
7. The GOOD NEWS is a person, JESUS! Who shared the Good News with you? Who do you need to share the Good News with this week? How can you trust that its God’s power, not yours?

Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – John 16:31-33
These are powerful lines. Jesus basically says to his disciples that “you’re all going to betray and abandon me, but I’m not worried because God is with me.” And then he says that this should give us peace. How should this give us peace? We can have peace because Jesus wins. And he won for us. Pain is inevitable. But if we stick with Jesus, Jesus promises to stick with us. We can have peace, despite the pain, because Jesus is with us. If the disciples had run from their trails, they would have ran from Jesus. In what ways are you enduring struggle and pain? How are you choosing to stick with Jesus? Where are you experiencing His peace?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I am so grateful that you endured the cross for me. Help be be disciplined and endure my cross, sticking with you.
 
Tuesday – Hebrews 12:1-13
Discipline is an interesting word. It can appear to have two distinct meanings. When I discipline my children, many might assume I am bringing punishment on them. Yet when i practice discipline myself, I am holding myself to high standard and staying steadfast in my resolve of reaching a goal. This passage suggests that the two meanings for discipline are more similar than we might want to think. We are both called to practice discipline and God disciplines us. In both cases, it is for our good. In both cases, it is about attaining a high goal (holiness). In both cases, there is purposeful pain. How are you experiencing discipline today? Are you practicing it yourself or is God leading you through it? Remember, in both cases, it is for our good and God’s glory to lead us to holiness.
Pray: Heavenly Father, we so often fear discipline. Help me trust you, that you want the best for me. And help me run the race well.
 
Wednesday – Proverbs 12:1
Someone should have tattooed this proverb to my forehead as a child. I would argue with anyone trying to correct me, especially my parents. Why do we fight correction? Why do we fear failure? So often we allow our self-image to be wrapped up in our performance. The irony (clearly stated by the passage) is that the more open we are to critique and correction, the more we grow. Are you open to correction? Are you open to someone challenging your actions, your motives, your beliefs? Why or why not? And how are you seeking it?
Pray: Creator God, am I really open to correction? Lead me to humility and people who will lovingly correction me so that I grow.
 
Thursday – Psalm 94:12-15
We don’t talk about God’s Justice much today. The idea of God being “Just” sounds good but it brings along some sticky details we don’t like to contemplate. Justice means there will be restorative balance to right and wrong. It means there must be punishment for wrongs. We don’t like to talk about God punishing, but without it, there is no justice. And if God isn’t Just, then God isn’t very loving. Would you call it love to allow those that harm you to be rewarded? Here is the rub. Justice must be for all. My wrongs are just as wrong as the wrongs others have done to me. I deserve punished. Loving punishment isn’t just pain or torment. It is always pain with purpose. The purpose is that we will grow to be just, loving, and holy. Do you trust God’s discipline? Do you lean into God’s Justice and what it will mean for you?
Pray: Almighty God, I believe you are truly JUST, and will right all wrongs. Through Jesus you have saved me and called me your child. Wisely discipline me as your child, so that I may grow in love.
 
Friday – Revelation 3:14-22
“I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” Nothing makes it harder on me as a parent than when my children seem indifferent to my correction. I always wonder how hard, how painful I must make it in order to get their attention. I wonder what God thinks when I walk down dangerous paths. Does God grieve, wondering what it will take for me? How much pain will I endure before I wake up and turn back to God? Nothing is more dangerous than indifference. Are you sensitive to God’s teaching and correcting? Or are you stubborn, indifferent?
Pray: Holy Spirit, soften my hard heart. May I be sensitive to God’s love and correction, eager to live in the way that glorifies God.
 
Saturday – 1 Timothy 4:7
What do you want most? We so often spend way too much time on silly pursuits, inconsequential arguments, and godless chatter. Just read internet chat discussions, and eventually it will nauseate you. What do you want most? In the end, what we should want most is the very thing God created us for…to have perfect intimacy with God. Because of Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit, this is available to us…if only we commit to it. How are you distracted most easily? What holds you back? May God truly be the desire of our heart!
Pray: LORD of Heaven and Earth, I was made to know you, to know your peace, to live in your joy…make this the true desire of my heart