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Pastor Steve Williams : What’s Always Worth Remembering?

Big Questions · 42:14 · Recorded April 18, 2021

What’s Always Worth Remembering

Ecclesiastes 11:7-9; 12:1, 5-7, 13-14 (NIV) Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all…You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment…Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”- before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark…Then people go to their eternal home and mourners go about the streets. Remember him – before the silver cord is severed, or the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, or the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it…Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

Our futile “under the sun” efforts

“If I can achieve more, acquire more, and experience more, I’ll be more.”

Ecclesiastes 2:11 (NIV) “When I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”

A flawed formula to follow: P + A = S

Performance + Approval = Significance

How knowing God makes the difference

1. He defines our truest distinction as persons.

1 John 3:1 (NAS) See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are.

“I’m a child of the King!”

Proverbs 14:26 (TEV) Reverence for the LORD gives confidence and security to a man and his family.

Isaiah 54:13 (NCV)  All your children will be taught by the LORD, and they will have much peace.

Parent resources: finds.life.church/who-am-I-identity or contact our Children’s staff: npkids@northpointe.org for more information.

2. He offers the soundest direction for living.

Romans 5:2 (TLB) Because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be.

“I’m damaged, but still deliverable!”

3. He supplies the deepest validation possible.

“I’m uniquely planned!”

“I’m deeply loved!”

1 John 4:10, 16 (NIV) This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins…And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

“I’m highly valued!”

“I’m totally forgiven!”

Ephesians 1:4 (TLB) Long ago, even before he made the world, God chose us to be his very own through what Christ would do for us; he decided then to make us holy in his eyes, without a single fault—we who stand before him covered with his love.

“I’m permanently accepted!”

Proverbs 29:25 (MSG) The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in GOD protects you from that.

2 Corinthians 10:18 (CEV) You may brag about yourself, but the only approval that counts is the Lord’s approval.

John 5:44 (Phi)  “How on earth can you believe while you are for ever looking for each other’s approval and not for the glory that comes from the one God?”

“I’m mightily equipped!”

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NIV) Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

“I’m magnificently destined!”

  • When do you recall first wanting to “really be something when you were grown up”? Why do you think it was so important to you?
  • If you could somehow go back in time to come alongside your younger self as an encourager in light of what you know now and what you know of yourself at that time, what age of your ‘younger self’ would you pick, and what would your encouragement be to “you”?
  • Is there a special “aha!” you had from this message about yourself? About God? About God’s Word?
  • Look over the diagram that identifies the “components” of security and significance. How do you identify with these as you look back on your experiences? Can you recall a time when you were “driven” to fill a deficit of one or more of these? How does realizing God’s love for you help overcome feelings of deficit in any of these today?
  • What warnings from Solomon’s words and experience do you feel you need to pay attention to? If you had to pick a scripture from this message to share with a friend struggling with self-esteem or self-confidence issues, which one or two might you choose? Why do you find them helpful?
  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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