Pastor Steve Williams : The NORM We Should Adopt

Back to Normal · 38:31 · Recorded June 14, 2020

The NORM we should adopt

Not in control.

Others count more.

Re-think pain’s place.

Measure what matters most.

Ephesians 5:15 (Phi) Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days…firmly grasp what you know to be the will of God.

What this looks like

1. Making wiser choices in my hours.

Proverbs 19:3 (BBE) By his foolish behavior a man’s ways are turned upside down, and his heart is bitter against the Lord.

2. Cultivating deeper values for my heart.

Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Luke 6:45 (ICB) “A good person has good things saved up in his heart. And so he brings good things out of his heart. But an evil person has evil things saved up in his heart. So he brings out bad things.”

Over what I entertain, tolerate, compromise with, dwell on, practice.

Proverbs 11:3 (BBE) The righteousness of the upright will be their guide, but the twisted ways of the false will be their destruction.

Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV) “Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”

3. Following higher purposes with my life.

Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV) “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

4. Pursuing greater outcomes as my destiny.

1 John 2:17 (TEV) The world and everything in it that people desire is passing away; but those who do the will of God live forever.

What’s the trajectory of my ways?

Romans 6:16-19 (MSG) You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits…You can readily recall, can’t you, how at one time the more you did just what you felt like doing—not caring about others, not caring about God—the worse your life became and the less freedom you had? And how much different is it now as you live in God’s freedom, your lives healed and expansive in holiness?

What grade am I working on at this time?

The Serenity Prayer
God, Grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
trusting that you will make all things right
if I surrender to your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with you forever in the next.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen

~Reinhold Niebuhr*

‘Talk It Over’ Questions

– React to this statement: “Problems never leave us where they found us; They make us bitter or better, and ‘I’ makes the difference.”

  • If you could’ve known then what you know now, how might you have lived the last few months of “sheltering-in-place” differently?

  • What’s the most lasting thing you hope you’ll take away from this unprecedented time we’re living through? How would you say you’ve become more equipped to handle crises that come in the future? What would you hope for our Church as a body to take away?

  • Look over each of the phrases of the Serenity Prayer included on this outline. How does each express a Biblical truth or idea that’s worth remembering and following? Which seem to speak to your need at this time. Consider ending your gathering by praying this prayer together.

  • Which of the challenges or ideas from this message (or series) have really seemed to “stick” with you? What scriptures from this message, or from your own Bible readings will encourage your follow-through?

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

  • Awake My Soul

  • Who You Say I Am

  • Faithful To The End

  • What A Beautiful Name

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