Pastor Shane Ham : Something Worth Celebrating

The Miracle of Mercy · 49:18 · Recorded October 22, 2017

Something Worth Celebrating

Psalm 103:2-4, 8-10, 13 (NLT) 2May I never forget the good things he does for me. 3He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies… 8The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. 9He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. 10He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve… 13The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.

The amazing thing about God’s mercy:

It’s impartial delivery to us.

Psalm 103:14-17 (NLT) For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone— as though we had never been here. But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children.

It’s changing work within us.

Romans 2:4 (NLT) Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? …Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

Luke 18:10-14 (NLT) “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

It’s gospel appeal through us.

1 Timothy‬ 1:12-14, 16 (NLT) I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus…But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me a as a prime example of his great patience with event he worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.

Finding your ministry of mercy:

Romans 12:1 (TEV) So then, my friends, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.

1. Start where you’ve received it!

2. Study your S.T.O.R.Y.

Psalm 33:13,15 (NKJV) The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men… He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.

What are your Strengths?

What’s your Topic?

What are your Optimal conditions?

What about your Relationships?

What’s your Yes?

3. Entrust it to God!

John 6:1, 5-14 (NLT) 1After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias…5Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” 6He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.7Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!” 8Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. 9“There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” 10“Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered 5,000.) 11Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted.12After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” 13So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves. 14When the people saw him do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!”

4.Just get to it!

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Study/Discussion Questions

What was the greatest takeaway from today’s message? From the series? What was the biggest challenge for you? What was the greatest encouragement? What do you remember most about the weekend message?

Point number one reads “Start where you received it.” Where have you received mercy the most in your life? How might God use that? Think about the people in your life. How can you begin to give it as good as you got it?

Read Romans 2:4 aloud. In what ways does God’s kindness lead to repentance? How exactly do you think that works? What do you think the consequences of not accepting his kindness are?

Answer this question for your group,“What’s your topic?”,under point 2. How do you think God might want to use this for his glory and to demonstrate mercy toward others?

Have a member of your small group read the Psalm 103 passages. Like other ancient Jews, David believed prosperity to possibly be a sign of God’s favor and illness a potential sign of personal sin. Do you think healing can be a sign of forgiveness?Conversely, do you think disease is a result of unconfessed sin? Why or why not?

Reflect on John 6:1, 5-14 with your small group. What insight about Jesus will you remember from this story? How have you noticed God’s gospel appeal through your life? The things you choose to do or the things you choose not to do?

Are you using your gifts in a way that is “holy and pleasing to God” (See Romans 12:1)? If so, how? What holds you back from using your gifts more fully?

Hi parents, this week your elementary children learned about patience. We defined patience as waiting without complaining. Ask your kids who had trouble being patient in our story today. What did they ask Aaron to do when they weren’t patient? Talk together about the things that make it hard to be patient. Talk about why God wants us to be patient people.

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