Sept. 12 & 13, 2020
Home – Week One
This series is so necessary for us right now because of the upheaval and chaotic times in which we live. We face crises of health, race, economic concerns and political uncertainty. In this state, we long for the feeling and comfort of “home.” To better understand how to find that feeling, we’ll examine:
- How a Christian life should reflect the feeling of “home.”
- Three environments where we can enjoy our relationship with God.
- The role of the church in creating a “home” feeling.
- A christian’s life should reflect the feeling of “home” to those around him/her.
That feeling of “home” should be in every aspect of the Christian life. God wants us to enjoy life. “Home is where the joy is!”
When it comes to our relationship with God, we should feel the joy of being at home.
Romans 8:15 – When we become Christians, we are adopted into the family of God. We should feel the security and joy of being His child.
- There are three environments where we can enjoy our relationship with God in such a way that it feels natural (home).
1st – You can enjoy God when you are alone.
Genesis 28:16-17 – Jacob had an encounter with God.
God knows people make mistakes. But because He loves us, He wants to help us get
over those mistakes so we can have a one-on-one relationship with God.
2nd – You can enjoy God in a crowd.
Psalm 68:26 – Israel praised God in a great congregation.
Revelation 7:9 – A great multitude gathered before the throne and before Jesus.
Some of the most powerful times we can have with God is when we’re together for a weekend service.
3rd – You can enjoy God with a few.
Matthew 18:20 – God will be there when two or three gather in His name.
Acts 2:46 – The early Christians met everyday in the temple and broke bread in their
- The role of the church is pivotal in creating that “home” feeling.
“Who knows who you really are?”
Our mission at Hope is to love people where they are and encourage them to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what the local church is supposed to provide for people.
“Who am I going to do life with?”
James 5:16 – Confess your sins to other people and pray for healing. This verse continues with saying that “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 – Let’s figure out how we can help each other be better people.
Galatians 6:1-3 – Correct sin gently, watch for temptation and carry each other’s burdens.
“Who’s helping you carry the burden that’s causing the gap between what you want to be known for and what you really are?”
Romans 15:7 – Because Jesus accepted us, we need to accept others.
You will never influence anyone who doesn’t feel accepted by you. (Romans 8:1)
Here’s Mike’s question to you: “I know who you’re doing image management with, but who are you doing life with?”