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Sermon 4.7.13 - Finding Peace in Purpose - John 20:19-31
 

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    Sermon 4.7.13 - Finding Peace in Purpose - John 20:19-31 Sermon 4.7.13 - Finding Peace in Purpose - John 20:19-31 Presentation Transcript

    • Psalm 118:14-2914 The LORD is my strength and my defense;he has become my salvation.15 Shouts of joy and victory resound in thetents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right handhas done mighty things!16 The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; theLORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim whatthe LORD has done.
    • Psalm 118:14-2918 The LORD has chastened me severely, buthe has not given me over to death.19 Open for me the gates of the righteous; I willenter and give thanks to the LORD.20 This is the gate of the LORD through whichthe righteous may enter.21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;you have become my salvation.22 The stone the builders rejected has becomethe cornerstone;
    • Psalm 118:14-2923 theLORD has done this, and it is marvelousin our eyes.24 The LORD has done it this very day; let usrejoice today and be glad.25 LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success!26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of theLORD. From the house of the LORD we blessyou.
    • Psalm 118:14-2927 The LORD is God, and he has made his lightshine on us.With boughs in hand, join in the festalprocession up to the horns of the altar.28 You are my God, and I will praise you; youare my God, and I will exalt you.29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; hislove endures forever.
    • Group Questions #1 1: What is your name andsomething good that happened this week…a praise? 2: What are you afraid of… or were afraid of? 3: What brings you peace?
    • John 20:19-3119 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders,Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw theLord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
    • John 20:19-3122 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgiveanyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), oneof the Twelve, was not with the disciples whenJesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
    • John 20:19-31 But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger wherethe nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Thoughthe doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said,“Peace be with you!”
    • John 20:19-31 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your fingerhere; see my hands. Reach out your hand andput it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
    • John 20:19-3130 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are notrecorded in this book.31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
    • Group Questions #2 1: In each section (19-23, 24-29), how werethe disciple(s) feeling at the beginning? Why? 2: How did Jesus want them to feel? What does this say about his priorities? What did they need to overcome to get there? 3: How do you think the disciples felt when Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”? In what way is Jesus sending them? What was the role of the Holy Spirit in this passage?
    • John 20:1919 Onthe evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders,
    • John 20:19Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
    • John 20:2020 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
    • John 20:2121 Again Jesus said, “Peace be withyou! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
    • John 3:16-1716 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall notperish but have eternal life. 17 For Goddid not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
    • 1 John 4:10-1110 Thisis love: not that we loved God,but that he loved us and sent his Sonas an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
    • 1 John 3:16 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
    • 1 John 2:5b-6This is how we know we are in him:6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
    • 1 John 4:1313 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.
    • John 20:22-23 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 Ifyou forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
    • Galatians 5:22-2522 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such thingsthere is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Sincewe live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
    • John 20:2323 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sinsare forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
    • John 20:24-25 24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put myfinger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
    • John 20:26-2726 Aweek later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was withthem. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among themand said,“Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
    • John 20:2828 Thomas said to him,“My Lord and my God!”
    • Group Questions #3 1: We dont face the fear of death. What kind of fears do we face? 2: Thomas missed the first gatheredexperience...but he was willing to show up thenext time. What value is there in experiencing faith in community? 3: What does being sent look like for you in your context? How can...does selfishness orself preservation keep you from going? What role does the Spirit play?
    • William Greathouse “We must keep our self-love in check bywalking in the Spirit. Jesus said, “Thou shaltlove thy neighbour as thyself.” By nature welove ourselves excessively. Likening human nature to a pair of scales, we may say that apart from God’s grace we are heavily weighted and tipped toward self.
    • William GreathouseWe may jump up and down in the scales andmove them somewhat, but by our own effortswe can never achieve a balance between self and others. However, by the gift of the Spirit, God lays His hand on the scales of life and brings them to balance. To maintain thisbalance we must walk in the Spirit. But as weso walk the love of God is shed abroad in ourhearts by the Holy Ghost, and we are enabled to keep the second great commandment.”
    • Application Questions1: What does being sent look like in your context?2: What is your next step in moving toward living for God’s Kingdom?3: What is Jesus nudging you to do this week?