Pastor Steve Williams and Pastor Shane Ham : Just What I Need

The Miracle of Mercy · 50:45 · Recorded September 10, 2017

Just What I Need!

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NLT) Since we have a great High Priest who has enter-ed heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses… So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

1. When I’m alienated from life’s true source.

Luke 6:35-36 (NIV) “Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Mercy flows out from God’s own heart.

Ephesians 2:3-5 (MSG) It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ.

2. When I’m deeply ashamed for messing up.

Romans 3:23 (CEV) All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.

John 8:3-11 (NLT) 3As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. 4“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” 6They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. 9When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one…until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” 11“No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

Mercy dawns a new day for me.

Luke 1:78 (GW) A new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful.

3. When I’m anguished helplessly.

John 5:2-3, 5-9 (NLT) 2Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. 3Crowds of sick people -—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches… 5One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” 7“I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” 8Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” 9Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking!

Mercy makes the impossible possible!

Luke 18:27 (NLT) He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

2 Peter 1:3 (GW) God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and for godliness.

4. When I’m afraid of the uncertainty of life.

Lamentations 3:21-23 (NRSV) But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Mercy secures me forever and for anything!

1 Peter 1:3 (HCSB) Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to his great mercy, he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Study & Discussion Questions
  • Think of a time when you made a big mistake that left you feeling “trapped.” What “prison” did you build for yourself that kept you captive as a result? Read Isaiah 61:1 and share how mercy, especially from God, could have released you.
  • Mercy has been defined as “undeserved forgiveness & unearned kindness.” How would you define mercy? How do you think knowing God’s mercy makes a difference in your life?
  • Read Isaiah 55:6-7. What is required to experience God’s mercy according to these verses? What do they indicate stands in the way of mercy?
  • Read Luke 23:39-43 aloud in your group. Imagine yourself standing and witnessing this exchange. Why would one of the criminals remain prideful and the other be humbled by Jesus dying between them? What surprises you about the one’s request of Jesus, and Jesus’ response in turn?
  • Psalm 145:8 (NLT) says, “The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.” How are these descriptive words similar? Different? Related to one another? How do you feel God is speaking to you through this passage?
  • What will be your main “take away” from this message? What are you hoping this series can do for you?
  • Parents of Elementary Children, like you, your children are learning about mercy. Did you know that mercy is God’s number one characteristic listed in the Bible? Today, we defined mercy as love in action. Ask your children how Jesus showed mercy to us. Our bottom line is: I should show mercy to others because Jesus showed mercy to me. Finally, look up Psalm 145:8 and read it as a family. Work together as a family to memorize this verse.
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