Pastor Patrick Severson

Our Security

Psalm 121
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Many things in life bring false security.  List a few that stood out to you:

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The Lord is Our_______________(vs 1-2)

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Truth: God is our only source for help!

The Lord is Our ________________(vs 2-3)

 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

         Truth: The Lord keeps us from falling.     Only He provides the strength!

The Lord is Our ________________(vs 5-6)

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

              Truth:  His security is certain!

The Lord is Our _________________ (7-8)

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Truth: We are invited to trust in God as our guard, but we don’t get tell Him how to respond.

Romans 10:10-11 “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

Two parts are necessary for us to have a true relationship with God.  Confess and Believe!

QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY AND REFLECTION

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·      Growth Challenge: Read Psalm 121 each day this week.

·      What stood out to you in Sunday’s message?

·      What are some things that you see people trusting more than God?  What about in your own life? 

·      God is described in different ways in this Psalm.  What specific truths about God brings you encouragement?

·      Is there a fear in your life that you need to surrender to God?

·      Have you experienced a time in your life where God took a fear you had, helped you overcome it, and then used you to help others face that same fear?

·       Is there a specific worship song or two that really brings you comfort and helps you keep your focus on Christ?

·      What are some ways that God can use you to help others trust Him more completely?   

The Good Shepherd

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

What’s with an ________________?

The Shepherd’s _______________?

a.     Makes me lie down (vs 2a)

 Psalm 4:8 “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety”

 b.    Leads me (vs 2b)

 c.     Restores (vs 3a)

 d.    Guides (vs 3b)

 e.     Remains/Present (vs 4b)

 f.      Defends/Protects  (vs 4c)

 g.     Comforts (vs 4c)

 h.    Prepares (vs 5a)

 i.      Anoints my head with oil (vs 5b)

What We Learn About the Shepherd’s Character:

a.      __________________

b.     __________________

c.      __________________

d.     For His _________________ (vs. 3b)

Our Response to the Shepherd’s Leading:

a.    _________________ (verse 1)

b.   _________________ (verses 2-3)

c.    _________________ (verse 6)

(G)od created us to be with Him.

(O)ur sins separate us from God.

(S)ins cannot be removed by good deeds (like cast sheep).

(P)aying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again.

(E)veryone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life.

(L)ife with Jesus starts now and lasts forever.

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
Romans 10:10-11

Confess – that the Gospel is true.
Believe – place your faith in Christ alone for salvation.

QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY AND REFLECTION

www.gfhope.org/growth
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·      Growth Challenge: Read Psalm 23 each day this week.

·      What stood out to you in Sunday’s message?

·      Sheep are a peculiar livestock. Is there something about sheep that you tend to identify with personally? 

·      God is described as the Good Shepherd.  In what ways does that truth bring you encouragement?

·      Are you currently experiencing valleys in your life?  How does knowing that God is with you help? 

·       A Good Shepherd pursues the needs of his sheep.  How does that impact you, knowing that God pursues His children?

·      Vs. 6 says that we will “Dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  What comes to mind when you think that?    

·      How does knowing the Character of the Good Shepherd help with being content (vs. 1) ?

·      Consider reading the book “A Shepherds look at Psalm 23” by Phillip Keller for a deeper look at this amazing Psalm.

The Apostle Peter - A Story of Faith, Fear, and Failure

An _________of Peter’s journey – Jesus walks on water

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone… During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Mattew14:23-31

Peter’s _________________ – What we know:

He  was from Galilee – and he was a fisherman by trade with his family business.
He was married but there is no mention of any children in Scripture.  (Mark 1:30).
He was likely a leader/spokesman of the group.
No other disciple so boldly professed Christ as Lord, and yet no other disciple denied Christ so convincingly or as publicly. 
Peter’s name is mentioned more times in the Gospels than any other person besides Jesus Himself.
Peter was curious – he asked more questions in the Gospels than all the other disciples combined.
He was impulsive and often outspoken.
He was bold.
Even though he was considered uneducated and ordinary by the religious officials, his boldness and empowerment of the Holy Spirit dumfounded the Sanhedrin in Acts 4:13. 

Peter’s spiritual journey begins with an ________________ (Matthew 4:18)

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
Matthew 4:18

Peter ___________ as he experiences faith, fear and forgiveness

A Confession (Matthew 16:16)
A Rebuke (Matthew 16:23)
A Denial (Luke 22:61)

Peter’s story _________________ God’s story when:

He sees the resurrected Christ (Luke 24:34, 1 Cor. 15:5)
He is restored by Christ (John 21:15-19)

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
John 21:15-19

Peter - A _______________ Life

Give and Go

We need a __________ for spiritual growth.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27

 Our _____________ for spiritual growth is always God’s grace.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

 Justification – Our standing before God as forgiven.

Sanctification – Our process of spiritual growth.

 A simple _________ for spiritual growth:

W______________
G______________
G______________
G______________

Give – Developing a heart of generosity:

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’ ” 8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
Luke 19: 1-19 

Ways we GIVE:

T______________
T______________
T______________

Go – Developing a heart for others:

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Matthew 28:18-20  

Ways we GO:

Locally
Broadly

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Wonderful Counselor

December 9th  2018 - Patrick Severson

 Guidance is a Great Gift

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6

Wonderful Counselor Reveals Much About God

Wonderful – the Hebrew word translated as “Wonderful” was _______________________

Counselor – In ancient times, counselors provided wisdom to the king. They served as _________________.

A counselor would assess difficult situations and then help provide answers to the king.  The Israelite kings used counselors on a regular basis (2 Sam. 16:23; 1 Kings 12:6–14; Isa. 1:26; 3:3; Mic. 4:9).  

Counselor was one who advised the king on matters of the kingdom.  He was a trusted advisor, wise and versed in law and negotiations (1 Chr. 27:32, 33) 

Together - Wonderful Counselor  means “____________________________” or “____________________________

No Ordinary Child

Great ____________________

Our ___________________

Wonderful Counselor is the Gift of His Presence:

A counselor was one who walked with the king

A counselor knew the concerns of the king

The Wonderful Counselor In Our Lives:

Sometimes the Wonderful Counselor leads us in ways that seem foolish to the world.

Look at some Biblical Examples:

_______ Wonderful Counselor When He ___________:

Listening to His Voice often found in quietness (1 Kings 19:12)

The Wonderful Counselor is Our Guide

He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

In major and in small decisions – God is with us and will guide us. 

Trusting Wonderful Counselor in ____________:

The Wonderful Counselor is a ______________.

The Gospel

ENGAGE: GO

avoiding spiritual slothfulness or excessiveness  

October 28, 2018 - Pastor Patrick Severson

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20

(G)____________ us to be with Him (Genesis 1 – 2).

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Genesis 1:1

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Genesis 1:27

(O)____________________ us from God (Genesis 3).

“Then the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”
Genesis 3:6-7

“So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.”
Genesis 3:23

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— 13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.”
Romans 5:12-14

(S)ins ________be removed by ________________.  

“Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. 24 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.”
Galatians 3:23-24

“For the wages of sin is death”
Romans 6:23

(P)_____________ for sin, Jesus died and rose again.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Matthew 5:17

“This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day.”
Luke 24:46

“It is Finished”
John 19:30

(E)___________ trusts in Him alone has __________.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”
John 5:24

(L)______________ starts now and lasts __________.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10