Pastor Ronnie McDougall : God’s Mercy and My Failures

The Miracle of Mercy · 42:59 · Recorded September 24, 2017

God’s Mercy and My Failures

John 4:1-42

Not dealing with my past robs me of my future!

John 4:6-7 (NIV) …It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”

How to deal with my past failures

1. I have to face and accept the truth.

John 4:16-18 (NIV) “He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

2. My biggest mistakes are not too big for God’s mercy.

1 Peter 1:3 (GNT) Because of his great mercy God has given us a new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope.

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

3. I am not what I have done, I am who God says I am.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Proverbs 4:25 (GNT) Look straight ahead with honest confidence; don’t hang your head in shame.

Luke 6:45 (NLT) What you say flows from what is in your heart.

How to move forward

1. I can’t change my past, but Jesus can change my future.

John 4:28-29, 39 (NIV) Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did…” Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”

Matthew 16:18 (NLT) “Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it!”

2. My past will be either Satan’s greatest weapon or God’s most powerful tool.

Study & Discussion Questions
  • What public failures come to mind that you have read/watched unfold? Did you feel bad for the individual and how it was handled, or did feel a sense of justice that that they deserved it? Explain.
  • Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
  • What’s your first reaction when you hear that in spite of our past, we are loved by God and have purpose?
  • Read Philippians 3:12-15. This passage encourages us to realize that while we can’t change our past, God can change our future.
  • Describe a past failure that you have fully overcome. How did you successfully overcome it?
  • What does God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness mean to you? How has it changed you and helped you overcome your failures?
  • Jesus uses our individual and collective failures to build his church. What failure(s) in your past does God want to use to help others?
  • According to Jeremiah 29:13, God tells us that when we get serious about him, he will be waiting for us. Talk about when you have found God waiting for you once you believed that he exists and has the power to help you.
  • Hi Parents, today elementary children talked about how compassion is an act of mercy. We taught them that mercy is love in action. Ask your children who showed compassion in our Bible story today. What happened to their friend because they showed so much compassion? We want kids to recognize that they can be compassionate in the same way that Jesus taught and showed compassion. Our bottom line is: I can show mercy to others by being compassionate towards them.
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