Judges 19 In Our Own Eyes, From Bad to Worse
Published May 5, 2019 at 7:38 PM
Just because the Bible records something doesn’t mean it condones it. Slide: Hospitality is one of the outward evidences of the inward work of the Gospel. Slide: A reminder: God’s design for sex is intimate, precious, and holy. Slide: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (“Soul Searching: The Religious Lives of American Teenagers” 2005) A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth. God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions. The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself. God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem. Good people go to heaven when they die. Slide: In other words…religion exists to build me up and make my life better Slide: Christian atheism (Craig Groschel, 2010): “believing in God but living as though He does not exist” Slide: We may believe in God. We may desire to be blessed by Him. But do we truly want Him? Do we truly know Him? Slide: Titus 1:16 They profess to know God, but by [their] deeds they deny [Him,] being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed. Slide: Matt. 7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven [will enter.] 22 "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' 23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.' Activity: How Well Do I Know God? _ I struggle to believe that God loves me. _ I feel disconnected from God. _ I pray when I need help, but I don’t routinely spend time with God. _ I feel trapped in a cycle of shame about my past. _ I don’t feel much need or desire to read the Bible. _ I believe in God, but I can’t say I prioritize my life around Him. _ My belief in God doesn’t seem to keep me from worrying almost all of the time. _ I don’t experience worship or express praise to God in my daily life. _ I find it almost impossible to forgive people who have hurt me. _ My sense of security is impacted more by how I am doing financially than by how I am doing spiritually. _ I’m not sure my heart breaks for the things that break the heart of God. _ I tend to diminish or overlook my sins and failures rather than grieving them. _ I don’t often experience a passionate desire to please God. _ It feels like a long time since I’ve heard God’s voice or experienced God’s leading in my life. _ I often feel God is not fair. _ It’s rare for me to feel completely surrendered to God. Most of the time, I’m not even sure I want to be. _ I make most of my own decisions without submitting them to God’s Word. Here’s the encouragement: Slide: If we seek Him, we will find Him! [Jer 29:13 NASB] 13 'You will seek Me and find [Me] when you search for Me with all your heart. [Pro 8:17 NASB] 17 "I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me. [Act 17:26-27 NASB] 26 and He made from one [man] every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined [their] appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; [Jas 4:8 NASB] 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. [Heb 11:6 NASB] 6 And without faith it is impossible to please [Him,] for he who comes to God must believe that He is and [that] He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. [Rom 10:13 NASB] 13 for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."