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A sacrificial follower of Christ is transparent with his or her life, both the good and the bad.

A sacrificial follower of Christ is transparent with his or her life, both the good and the bad.

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  • 1. “Hide and Seek: Building Intimacy with God & People Through Openness”
  • 2. [GOD’S PLAN]
  • 3. [GOD’S PLAN] “The natural condition for life for human beings is one of reciprocal rootedness in others. As firmness of footing is a condition of walking and secure movement, so assurance of others being for us is a condition for stable and healthy living. There are many ways this can be present in individual cases but it must be there. To know that there are others who are for us.”
  • 4. [GOD’S PLAN] “To know that we are not alone, to know that there are those who know who we are in our brokenness, in our weakness and our frailties and love us, and are for us, in the middle of that. Without that our life is but a shambles, and we are the walking wounded.” DALLAS WILLARD
  • 5. [GOD’S PLAN] The early believers joined together and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and KOINONIA, sharing in the Lord’s supper and in prayer. ACTS 2:42
  • 6. [GOD’S PLAN] KOINONIA: communion, sharing in common, fellowship. This is a sharing of our life.
  • 7. [GOD’S PLAN] Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. ROMANS 12:4-5
  • 8. [GOD’S PLAN] Speaking the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love . . . So put away all falsehood and tell your neighbor the truth because we belong to each other. EPHESIANS 4:15-16, 25
  • 9. [GOD’S PLAN] My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death, stay here and watch with me . . . Abba Father, everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine. MARK 14:35-36
  • 10. [GOD’S PLAN] Oh, dear Corinthian friends! We have spoken honestly with you. Our hearts are open to you. If there is a problem between us, it is not because of a lack of love on our part, but because you have withheld your love from us. I am talking now as I would to my own children. Open your hearts to us! 2 CORINTHIANS 6:11
  • 11. [THE BREAKDOWN]
  • 12. [THE BREAKDOWN] He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who con- fesses and forsakes them will find compassion. PROVERBS 28:13
  • 13. [THE BREAKDOWN] - REJECTION - ABANDONMENT - NOT GETTING WHAT WE NEED FROM OTHERS
  • 14. [THE BREAKDOWN] “I am a deceiver and a liar. There is a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I've been warring against it all of my adult life . . .”
  • 15. [THE BREAKDOWN] “Then, because of pride, I began de- ceiving those I love the most because I didn't want to hurt or disappoint them. The public person I was wasn't a lie; it was just incomplete. When I stopped communicating about my problems, the darkness increased and finally dominated me. As a result, I did things that were contrary to everything I believe.” TED HAGGARD, LETTER TO NEW LIFE CHURCH, NOVEMBER 5, 2006
  • 16. [THE BREAKDOWN] “I began isolating myself from my friends and family. My accountability structure broke down in my moral struggle . . . I started keeping secrets and not being rigorously honest like I was for years. People had com- plemented me on how raw and brutally honest I was and I started letting it slip . . .”
  • 17. [THE BREAKDOWN] “I was living my dream and passion and I lost them, my marriage, my job, mental health, my entire savings, in- tegrity, self-respect and the respect of others.” STEVE BUSH, PUBLIC APOLOGY
  • 18. [THE BREAKDOWN] When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groan- ed all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy one. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, I will confess my rebellion to the Lord. And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone . . . For YOU are my hiding place . . . PSALM 32:3-5, 7
  • 19. [RESTORATION]
  • 20. [RESTORATION] FOUNDATION: THE GOSPEL
  • 21. [RESTORATION] I/you kept everything inside and even though I tried, it all fell apart What it meant to me will eventually be a memory of a time when I tried so hard and got so far But in the end it doesn’t even matter I had to fall to lose it all But in the end it doesn’t even matter
  • 22. [RESTORATION] I’ve put my trust in you Pushed as far as I can go And for all this There’s only one thing you should know LINKIN PARK’S “IN THE END”
  • 23. [RESTORATION] TRUTHS FROM THE BOOK OF GALATIANS: - We can’t manage sin or improve our flesh. - If we could, Christ died needlessly.
  • 24. [RESTORATION] TRUTHS FROM THE BOOK OF GALATIANS: You foolish Galatians, who has be- witched you? For you used to see the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death as clearly as though I had shown you a signboard with a picture of Christ dying on the cross. Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by keeping the law? Of course not, for the Holy Spirit came upon you only after you believed the message you heard about Christ.
  • 25. [RESTORATION] TRUTHS FROM THE BOOK OF GALATIANS: Have you lost your senses? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to be- come perfect by your own human effort?
  • 26. [RESTORATION] TRUTHS FROM THE BOOK OF GALATIANS: - Goal is not to become acceptable/ pleasing to God, for we already are in Christ. The goal is to walk in openness with God and people.
  • 27. [RESTORATION] BUILDING ON THE FOUNDATION: START BY BEING OPEN WITH GOD.
  • 28. [RESTORATION] For I recognize my shameful deeds, they haunt me day and night . . . But you desire honesty form the heart, so you can teach me to be wise in my inmost being. PSALM 51:3 AND 6
  • 29. [RESTORATION] And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we are like Christ here in this world. Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of judgment, and this shows that his love has not been perfected in us. 1 JOHN 4:17-19
  • 30. [RESTORATION] BUILDING ON THE FOUNDATION: START BY BEING OPEN WITH GOD. FOLLOW THAT WITH THE PEOPLE YOU ARE CLOSE TO.
  • 31. [RESTORATION] BUILDING ON THE FOUNDATION: START BY BEING OPEN WITH GOD. FOLLOW THAT WITH THE PEOPLE YOU ARE CLOSE TO. NEXT, TRY IT WITH OTHERS, SO YOU CAN HELP THEM.

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