Pastor Shane Ham : Growing by Getting Closer to God

series · 36:39 · Recorded September 13, 2020

Growing by Getting Close to God

Ephesians 4:14; 15-16 (GW, MSG) Then we will no longer be little children, tossed and carried about by all kinds of teachings that change like the wind… God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.

You’ll grow if you feed on God’s Word.

Matthew 4:4 (CEV) Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say: ‘No one can live only on food. People need every word that God has spoken.’”

Acts 20:32 (ESV) And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Joshua 1:8 (NCV) Always remember what is written in the Book of the Teachings. Study it day and night to be sure to obey everything that is written there. If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything.

You’ll grow if you commit yourself to others.

Acts 5:42 (TEV) And every day in the Temple and in people’s homes they continued to teach and preach the Good News about Jesus the Messiah.

Acts 2:46-47 (MSG) They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.

You’ll grow if you expect growth and commit yourself to it!

Matthew 9:29 (ESV) “According to your faith be it done to you.”

Getting close to God:

1. Approach God with the right attitude.

Prayer is not a magic wand.

Prayer is not a secret formula.

Prayer is not a fire extinguisher!

Prayer is not a ceremony.

2. Realize how much God loves for you to talk with him.

Psalm 103:13 (NLT2) The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.

3. God listens to prayers that are sincere and simple.

Matthew 6:5-8 (NCV) “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites. They love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners and pray so people will see them. I tell you the truth, they already have their full reward. When you pray, you should go into your room and close the door and pray to your Father who cannot be seen. Your Father can see what is done in secret, and he will reward you. “And when you pray, don’t be like those people who don’t know God. They continue saying things that mean nothing, thinking that God will hear them because of their many words. Don’t be like them.”

4. God longs to be close you!

Isaiah 49:14-16 (NCV) But Jerusalem said, “The LORD has left me; the Lord has forgotten me.” The LORD answers, “Can a woman forget the baby she nurses? Can she feel no kindness for the child to which she gave birth? Even if she could forget her children, I will not forget you. See, I have written your name on my hand. Jerusalem, I always think about your walls.”

‘Talk It Over’ Questions
  • Shane talked about growing old without growing up. Reread Ephesians 4:14-16 and identify the three things God wants for us. Spend some time in conversation with God and ask him to show you where he wants you to grow.

  • What have you committed to and asked God for over these next six weeks in our All Church study? Write it down in your Prayer Journal and talk about it with God in your prayers each day.

  • Of the first three points in the message, where do you feel you need to grow the most? Share with your small group what steps you’re taking to see that growth.

  • Shane gave four examples of what prayer is not. At one time or another we’ve all approached prayer with the wrong attitude. How do you catch yourself and reframe your heart when this happens? How have you seen God respond when you pray with the right attitude?

  • Are you participating in a small group? Why or why not? What do you tell people who ask you about small groups – why do they matter, what do you get out of it, how does it help you? If you’re not in a group, start one or join one today! If you are in one, invite someone to join you. We can’t grow to spiritual maturity on our own; God made us to help one another grow! Go to the table on the patio, go online to northpointe.org/smallgroups, or email Tammy at tammybuchnoff@northpointe.org to get connected.

  • 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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