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Pastor Steve Williams : The Person God is Nuts About

Unchanging · 39:19 · Recorded August 16, 2020

The Person God is Nuts About

John 6:27 (GW) “Work for the food that lasts into eternal life. This is the food the Son of Man will give you. After all, the Father has placed his seal of approval on him.”

2 Peter 1:16-18 (NLT) We were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.

Why Jesus matters

The real identity he revealed.

Colossians 1:15-20 (CSB) He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth…all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and by him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile everything to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

The visible embodying of God.

The maker who sustains everything.

The one for whom we exist!

The leader of his Church.

The prototype for our full salvation.

The supreme one in all things.

The Savior who suffered for me.

The full humanity he displayed.

Romans 8:28-29 (MSG) God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.

Ephesians 4:13-15 (TEV) …We shall become mature people, reaching to the very height of Christ’s full stature…We must grow up in every way to Christ.

Living in discipleship with Jesus

Matthew 10:24-25 (ESV) “A disciple is not above his teacher…It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher.”

1. Take up his offer to you.

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

2. Take in his word completely.

John 8:31-32 (ESV) “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

3. Take on suffering like he did.

1 Peter 2:21 (NAS) You have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.

Hebrews 2:10; 5:8-9 (NIV) In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God…should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering…Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

Hebrews 12:1-4 (NLT) Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.

4. Take your place in his family.

Luke 22:28-30 (GW) “You have stood by me in the troubles that have tested me…You will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom.”

5. Take your position on his team.

  • What do you admire most about Jesus of Nazareth? What traits do you think the “average Joe” admires about him?
  • Look over the descriptions of Jesus found in Colossians 1:15-20 and make a list of the various things highlighted. Which of these has deep meaning for you personally right now in your life? Which of these things do you wish you understood better?
  • Look over the points about living in discipleship to Jesus. Which of these would you emphasize to someone just beginning to follow Jesus, based on your journey in discipleship?
  • If it’s true that God uses hardship and suffering to make us like Jesus, what do you think he’s trying to “shape” in your life during COVID-19? How’s that going for you on a scale of 1-10?
  • Look over Hebrews 12:3-12 and what it says about handling suffer-ing, difficulties, and discipline. What important ideas do you find there helpful in handling hardships? What’s surprising to you about what’s being taught there? What’s reassuring?
  • How can your group “stand by you” and support you, and pray for you in a trial or difficulty you’re going through right now?

     

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