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LIO 9/26 – What to Do When You’re Facing Your Beheading

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What to Do When You’re Facing Your Beheading

How do you react when things don’t turn out the way you expected? Whether it’s the outcome of a sports event, a meal at a restaurant, or the first time you meet someone, we all have a typical way we react to unexpected results. Often, our reaction to unexpected results is caused by unreasonable expectations. This past weekend, Ben walked us through the story of the doubt and death of John the Baptist in Matthew 11. In this story, we see that John’s fate (being in prison and on death row) probably wasn’t what he was expecting. As John was sitting in prison awaiting his probable death, he could have started to doubt some aspect of Jesus being the Messiah. While few, if any of us, have experienced circumstances similar to John, we can all learn a lot from the way in which he handled this awful circumstance.

First, as Ben pointed out, we must give our doubts and questions a direction and a voice. John knew the truth about who Jesus was, but that didn’t stop him from experiencing doubt, especially given his dire circumstances. He didn’t keep his doubt to himself; instead he gave it a voice (by asking questions) and a direction (by sending his disciples to speak with Jesus). In the same way, when we experience doubt, we need to talk about it with someone we trust and also bring that doubt to Jesus.

We also should not overlook Jesus’ response to John, because that response is also a lesson to us. First, Jesus gave John’s doubts a reminder of past experience. John knew Jesus was the Messiah (Jn. 1:29) and had heard about all the miracles he was performing, which, as Ben pointed out, were fulfilled prophecies concerning the Messiah from the book of Isaiah. Second, Jesus gave John’s doubts a promise that our today is not our forever. We have to constantly remind ourselves that our current difficult circumstances are not everlasting. This can truly help us to see things from the proper perspective. Finally, Jesus gave John’s doubts an invitation to experience a blessing. He ends his message to John by saying, “God blesses those who do not fall away because of me.” This third principle is essential to following Christ in this lifetime. God has promised us several times in Scripture that we will experience hardships and suffering in this life. While knowing this intellectually doesn’t always help in the moment, we can work to maintain a proper perspective in the trying times, as Jesus promises us a blessing for trusting him.

 

Matthew 11:2-6
2John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, 3“Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” 4Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen—5the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.” 6And he added, “God blesses those who do not fall away because of me.”

Why is it difficult to trust God in the midst of difficult seasons?

 

In one way or another, we all have experienced some form of doubt. What can you take from John’s story and apply to your life in a season of doubt?

 

Heavenly Father, thank you for your love and blessing in my life. I want to have the proper perspective when it comes to unexpected circumstances in my life, and I want to take my doubts and questions to you. Help me to submit to your will in all areas of my life. Amen.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

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Weekend Message Discussion Questions: (Use the following questions, along with the message notes, during the “GOD WHERE ARE YOU NOW” series with
a group of friends, family, or your LifeGroup to connect, learn, and take your next step.)

  1. Talk about a time as a kid when you had an expectation that wasn’t met.
  2. Read Matthew 11:2-6. What part of the message stuck out to you?
  3. Why do you think we struggle with doubt?
  4. Which principle from the message do you need to practice this week?

Bible Reading Plan

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God Where Are You Now Series—Memory Verse:

You will seek me and find me when
you seek me with all your heart.
JEREMIAH 29:13 (NIV)

 

LIO week of 9/26: Series – God Where Are You Now: When Facing an Outcome I Didn’t Want

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LIO 9/24-25: Series – God Where Are You Now: When Facing an Outcome I Didn’t Want

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LIO Weekend of 9/24-25, Family Activity: Cedarville Recap

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned that God Has a Plan for Me! God has a special plan for your life, and he wants to use you to do great things.

 

Scripture:

As a family, read about John the Baptist in Matthew 3. Also take time to read the key verse from this week found in 1 Corinthians 2:9.
“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.’”

 

Family Discussion Questions:

Who was the important person that John baptized? What is sin? What does it mean when John the Baptist tells people to “repent of their sin”? Can you explain the ABC Prayer that we talk about in CedarVille?

 

Family Activity:

John the Baptist loved to tell the world about Christ. Eventually, Jesus himself asked John the Baptist to baptize him in the Jordan River. Draw a picture of Jesus being baptized in the river. Then write the ABC Prayer, “Admit Believe Commit,” at the top in fun letters. Use it to remind you that we should ask Jesus to be our Forever Friend, follow his example, and be baptized when we are ready!

Bring your Family Activity back to CedarVille to earn a special punch on your punch card!

 

Memory Verse:

In CedarVille, we have the opportunity to memorize a verse and earn a special treat. It makes all the difference when families work on memorizing the verse together! This week take time to practice Jeremiah 29:13. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” -Jeremiah 29:13, NIV

LIO 9/23 – Don’t Eat. Find Joy.

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Don’t Eat. Find Joy.

So far in the story of the woman at the well, we’ve seen Jesus take her from being an outcast to someone who ran into her town to unashamedly proclaim her belief that she had found the Messiah. It’s tough to read this woman’s story and not be amazed at her life transformation. In the middle of this woman’s story, however, Jesus has an interaction with his disciples that contains some incredible truths for our life.

Remember, at the beginning of the story, Jesus was tired and weary from his long walk (v. 6) and presumably quite hungry (v. 8). After changing this woman’s life by revealing to her a truth that he hadn’t yet revealed to even his closest followers (v. 26), he watches as she goes into town and interacts with the people who had previously shunned her to tell them about possibly meeting the Messiah. When we read his conversation with his disciples, it seems that it’s simply him teaching them about spiritual truths. However, when we look a bit deeper, we see that something much more profound going on.

His disciples tell him to eat something, presumably because he hasn’t eaten in a while, and he responds with, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about… my nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.” If we’re not careful, we will miss something very profound here. Theologian and Minister Joseph Benson wrote, “When [Jesus’] body needed food, his mind was so taken up with [his mission] that he forgot about both hunger and thirst.” Jesus loved people so much, that doing so was more important than his physical needs. It brought him great joy to set aside his needs and provide for a woman in desperate need of love. He elevated her from her status as a shamed woman hiding from her community and engaging in repetitive sinful behaviors, to a woman who couldn’t help but tell all the people who had cast her aside about how amazing Jesus was.

As followers of Jesus, we should adopt his posture. It should bring us great joy to minister to people no matter what the world thinks of them. It should bring us great joy to set aside our preferences, our comfort, and even our needs to love people and tell them about the love of Christ. Jesus tells us that it will bring us great joy when we do this (v. 36). This joy is everlasting, sustaining, and more beneficial than any earthly desire.

 

John 4:31-38
31Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” 33“Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other. 34Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. 35You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. 36The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! 37You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. 38I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”

How have you allowed earthly concerns to stop you from having the same posture toward people that Jesus had?

In what areas of your life can you make sacrifices to free you up to love people like Jesus did?

 

PRAY IT:
Admit to God the boundaries of your human capacity for understanding. Then thank him for his willingness to teach you regardless of your limitations. Finally, ask God to show you what he wants you to learn and accept and to teach you his ways.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group video by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: (Use the following questions, along with the message notes, during the “GOD WHERE ARE YOU NOW” series with
a group of friends, family, or your LifeGroup to connect, learn, and take your next step.)

  1. Talk about a time from your childhood when your parents caught you doing something you weren’t supposed to be doing.
  2. Read John 4:4-26. What principle from the weekend message stuck out to you?
  3. We know our shame prevents us from fully experiencing the gift Christ offers. Even with this knowledge, why is it still difficult to move from shame to freedom?
  4. What can you do this week to carry out the principles from Ben’s message?

Bible Reading Plan

Thank you for reading today’s LivingItOut! We encourage you to take it one step further by participating in a Daily Bible Reading plan. There are thousands of individual reading plans available and there is ONE that is just right for you! CLICK HERE to download a basic “Bible in a year” plan. Customizable reading plans available at Youversion.com or Biblegateway.com.


God Where Are You Now Series—Memory Verse:

You will seek me and find me when
you seek me with all your heart.
JEREMIAH 29:13 (NIV)


Weekend Updates!

  • CONNECT AT THE CREEK: Interested in connecting with others while learning more about the ‘Creek? Spend a couple hours with us on September 25 from 4-6pm at any of our campuses. We’ll tell you a little about who we are, explain what we believe, and help you discover what’s next.
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Resources Used This Week:

Bensons’ Commentary on Biblehub.org
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Biblehub.org
ESV Study Bible
Biblegateway.com

All Scripture is taken from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.


The mission of the CedarCreek LivingItOut Bible study is to provide a complementary Monday-Friday study that digs deeper into Scripture and the weekend message topic so we can live out our faith daily in Jesus Christ.

Each week the LivingItOut (LIO) is put together by a team of writers and proofers. Thank you to this week’s team! Interested in serving? Questions or comments about this week’s study? Email AndyR@CedarCreek.tv

 

LIO 9/22 – When a Stranger Asks for Your Food

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When a Stranger Asks for Your Food

What would you do if you were sitting in the mall concourse eating lunch and a man approached you and asked for your food? You might get up and get mall security, ignore him, politely listen and tell him you couldn’t help, or actually share your lunch with him. Your response would probably differ depending on a few things: your feeling of safety, your company, your schedule, your resources, his age, his posture, etc. Even if you haven’t been in this position before, you could imagine how uncomfortable it may have been.

This past weekend, Ben talked about the story of the Samaritan woman at the well from John 4. She was an untouchable to Jews. Yet Jesus talked with her and shared the truth that he was the Messiah with her before anyone else. How can we have the same posture as Jesus to those who are our society’s “untouchables”? Like the Samaritan woman, our vulnerability leads to blessings from God. What are we missing out on? Why aren’t we more vulnerable?

The Bible mentions many sins with which we struggle. God sees our struggle with sin and he has given us the tools to fight it: the gifts of the Holy Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Jesus freed the woman at the well from her shame and guilt. She could now hold her head up and stop hiding! She went into her town and, despite being an “untouchable,” shared her story. As a result, many believed in Jesus and declared him their Savior.

Like the Samaritan woman, many of us have stories of how the Gospel came to us in order that it might run through us. Sharing the good news with her family and friends and her community, she gives us the paradigm of a good testimony. She gives us and others a blessing!

 

John 4:39-42
39Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” 40When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, 41long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. 42Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.“

 

BELIEVE IT: What is the lesson for me?
What can being honest about your sins do for your relationship with Christ?

 

LIVE IT: What will I do now?
How could telling your story be a blessing to others by bringing them closer to Jesus?

 

PRAY IT:
Heavenly Father, thank you for helping me to come face to face with my vices. Help me tell my story, so that others will accept Jesus! Amen

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group video by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: (Use the following questions, along with the message notes, during the “GOD WHERE ARE YOU NOW” series with
a group of friends, family, or your LifeGroup to connect, learn, and take your next step.)

  1. Talk about a time from your childhood when your parents caught you doing something you weren’t supposed to be doing.
  2. Read John 4:4-26. What principle from the weekend message stuck out to you?
  3. We know our shame prevents us from fully experiencing the gift Christ offers. Even with this knowledge, why is it still difficult to move from shame to freedom?
  4. What can you do this week to carry out the principles from Ben’s message?

Bible Reading Plan

Thank you for reading today’s LivingItOut! We encourage you to take it one step further by participating in a Daily Bible Reading plan. There are thousands of individual reading plans available and there is ONE that is just right for you! CLICK HERE to download a basic “Bible in a year” plan. Customizable reading plans available at Youversion.com or Biblegateway.com.


God Where Are You Now Series—Memory Verse:

You will seek me and find me when
you seek me with all your heart.
JEREMIAH 29:13 (NIV)

 

LIO 9/21 – What About the People I Don’t Like?

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What About the People I Don’t Like?

Today we are going to dive into John 4:9 to understand why the woman (a Samaritan) was “surprised” that Jesus (a Jew) was speaking with her. At the time of the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman, there was animosity between the Jews and Samaritans for a number of reasons. First, the Samaritans’ family history involved Jews intermarrying with Gentiles, a practice strictly forbidden by Jewish law. Second, the Samaritans actually created their own version of the Pentateuch (first five books of the Old Testament). In addition, after foreign enemies completely destroyed Jerusalem, it was the Samaritans that opposed the Jews during the rebuild! And if that was not enough, they even built their own place of worship on Mount Gerizim in defiance of the Jewish custom of worshiping at the temple in Jerusalem. The Samaritans were the “untouchables” to the Jews.

Jesus doesn’t just see bad family ancestry, poor choices, or marital failures, He sees individuals who hurt and cry and bleed and are lonely, outcast, and downtrodden. He sees our value regardless of our past or our reputation around town. Not only does he engage in a conversation with this sinful Samaritan, he reveals for the first time in his ministry that he is the promised Messiah (John 4:26). Even his disciples did not know that yet! Jesus counts her worthy enough to hear and bear witness to such powerful news, which should give us hope about how he views us and our potential. But there is a challenge here as well. The challenge is to see others the way Christ sees them. Are there people in our lives whom we look down on for some reason? Can we assume Jesus’ posture toward these “untouchables” in our lives? Can we see them with his eyes as people worthy of hearing and bearing witness to the Good News of the Gospel? Can we step outside our comfort zone to love someone who perhaps no one else in our social circle would be caught dead talking to? It just might be that person who is then able to carry the Good News back to her entire neighborhood just as the woman at the well did (John 4:28-30).

 

John 4:9, 25-26
9The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”… 25The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!”

Does Jesus’ treatment of the Samaritan woman impact how you believe he views you?

 

BELIEVE IT: What is the lesson for me?
No matter what you have done or where you have been, Jesus wants to tell you that he knows all about it and still deems you worthy to carry the Good News.

 

LIVE IT: What will I do now?
Are there “untouchables” in your life that need an encounter with their Messiah? How can you be the one to introduce them?

 

PRAY IT:
Lord, thank you for your powerful example of how to love people right where they are. Help me to see others from your perspective and to step into their world and simply have a conversation with them. Amen.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group video by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: (Use the following questions, along with the message notes, during the “GOD WHERE ARE YOU NOW” series with
a group of friends, family, or your LifeGroup to connect, learn, and take your next step.)

  1. Talk about a time from your childhood when your parents caught you doing something you weren’t supposed to be doing.
  2. Read John 4:4-26. What principle from the weekend message stuck out to you?
  3. We know our shame prevents us from fully experiencing the gift Christ offers. Even with this knowledge, why is it still difficult to move from shame to freedom?
  4. What can you do this week to carry out the principles from Ben’s message?

Bible Reading Plan

Thank you for reading today’s LivingItOut! We encourage you to take it one step further by participating in a Daily Bible Reading plan. There are thousands of individual reading plans available and there is ONE that is just right for you! CLICK HERE to download a basic “Bible in a year” plan. Customizable reading plans available at Youversion.com or Biblegateway.com.


God Where Are You Now Series—Memory Verse:

You will seek me and find me when
you seek me with all your heart.
JEREMIAH 29:13 (NIV)

 

LIO 9/20 – How Would You Feel if Your Deepest Secret Was Revealed?

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How Would You Feel if Your Deepest Secret Was Revealed?

Public opinion surveys consistently list phobias such as public speaking, heights, and spiders and snakes among our greatest personal fears. One item that does not appear anywhere near the top of these lists (but most certainly would if it were more commonly thought possible) is the fear of our innermost secrets being revealed.

Imagine how you would feel if your every sinful act—from your lies and impure thoughts to the hurtful behaviors you have exhibited toward yourself and others—were at risk of being revealed to someone else. How would that rate on your personal list of fears? As you ponder this question, consider two additional pieces of information: First, while we may not always think about it consciously, as believers, we know that God is indeed intimately familiar with every one of our secrets and sins. And, secondly, the good news is that this is something we should embrace rather than fear!

In John 4, we learned of the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman. While journeying from Judea to Galilee, Jesus paused to rest at a well in the village of Samaria. There he encountered a woman who had come to draw water from the well, and surprised her by demonstrating inherent knowledge of her sinful acts of promiscuity. The Samaritan woman was initially evasive toward Jesus, attempting to redirect the conversation. But through his gentle compassion, Jesus revealed both her sin and his omniscient knowledge of her life.

If we put ourselves in the shoes of the Samaritan woman, our first reaction might be shame (for our sins), or even fear (from the realization that the Messiah has revealed himself and his full knowledge of our sins). Though we all know we are fallen, we often compartmentalize our behaviors and actions, smoothing over the thorny details of our sins and focusing on the near-universal refrain that we are “good people at heart.” Many of us are “good people at heart;” but we’re also sinners who are indebted to Christ for delivering us from our sins by dying on the cross.

What the Samaritan woman learned—and the lesson for us—is that God’s knowledge of our sins is not something for which we should be ashamed or fear. To the contrary, it is something that can help free us from our sins and our shame. By exposing the Samaritan woman’s sin and giving her the living water of grace, Jesus freed her from her chains of shame. This, in turn, enabled her to share the good news of his promise of salvation with the whole town.

We are blessed with the very same opportunity to be forgiven, to receive eternal life, and to invite others to know and feel the everlasting love of God.

 

John 4:16-18
16“Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. 17“I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”

What is the point Jesus is illustrating in his exchange with the Samaritan woman in John 4:16-18?

 

BELIEVE IT: What is the lesson for me?
Place yourself in the shoes of the Samaritan woman. How would you have felt upon learning that you were present with the true Messiah – and that he knew of all your sins and secrets?

 

LIVE IT: What will I do now?
How will you leverage the freedom that comes with God’s knowledge—and forgiveness—of your sins to liberate others? Who can you invite this week to experience God’s love?

 

PRAY IT:
God, I thank you for your love and compassion. Knowing that you love and accept me, despite knowing the details of my sinful nature, gives me the freedom and inspiration to invite others to know you. I pray that you provide me the healthy pride and assurance to lovingly share this message with those who do not yet know your love.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group video by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: (Use the following questions, along with the message notes, during the “GOD WHERE ARE YOU NOW” series with
a group of friends, family, or your LifeGroup to connect, learn, and take your next step.)

  1. Talk about a time from your childhood when your parents caught you doing something you weren’t supposed to be doing.
  2. Read John 4:4-26. What principle from the weekend message stuck out to you?
  3. We know our shame prevents us from fully experiencing the gift Christ offers. Even with this knowledge, why is it still difficult to move from shame to freedom?
  4. What can you do this week to carry out the principles from Ben’s message?

Bible Reading Plan

Thank you for reading today’s LivingItOut! We encourage you to take it one step further by participating in a Daily Bible Reading plan. There are thousands of individual reading plans available and there is ONE that is just right for you! CLICK HERE to download a basic “Bible in a year” plan. Customizable reading plans available at Youversion.com or Biblegateway.com.


God Where Are You Now Series—Memory Verse:

You will seek me and find me when
you seek me with all your heart.
JEREMIAH 29:13 (NIV)

 

LIO 9/19 – Jesus Loves Rejects

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Jesus Loves Rejects

This past weekend, Ben continued the “God, Where Are You Now?” series by discussing the story from John 4 about the woman at the well. This woman was a part of a people—the Samaritans—who were rejected by the Jews. Later this week, we’ll discuss why the Jews hated the Samaritans, but for now, we can keep it simple—the Jews wanted nothing to do with the Samaritans. She was not only a Samaritan; she was a Samaritan that other Samaritans didn’t like. From her perspective, she’d be the last person that a Jewish man would talk to, yet Jesus does just that. He sits on the well alone and awaits her arrival.

Ben walked us through their conversation over the weekend and pointed out a few things Jesus does in the conversation. He invites her to experience initially a gift, not guilt; ongoing relief, not recycled thirst; a spirit of self-awareness, not self-talk; and finally the truth about himself. Jesus knew the woman’s guilt, why she was at the well midday, yet after she questions why a Jew, would talk to her, a Samaritan, he says, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” He plainly tells her that God has a gift for her. She doesn’t really understand his offer, and instead focuses on the actual water in front of her. Jesus then says, “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” She has spent a large amount of time and energy trying to fix her problems on her own, and he tells her that her efforts won’t sustain her. She can never find fulfillment, satisfaction, or sustenance on her own. Instead she can find it in God, who offers it to her freely.

Finally, after an awkward (and probably uncomfortable) moment where Jesus points out her sins, she changes the subject and he then reveals the truth about himself when he says, “I am the Messiah!” She is the first person in Scripture to whom Jesus reveals this truth. How incredible!

Jesus chose a woman rejected by her people, who were rejected by his people—the Jews—to reveal the truths of the gospel. God has a gift that he freely offers to us that will fulfill us and sustain us. That gift is Jesus Christ, the one who can take away all our guilt and shame. No matter how much sin we’ve fallen into or how far gone we think we are, Jesus offers us living water every single day.

 

John 4:9, 14, 26
9The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”… 14“But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”… 26Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!”

 

BELIEVE IT: What is the lesson for me?
Do you struggle with carrying guilt around? What about this passage encourages you to leave your guilt behind and embrace the truth that Jesus’ love is for eternity?

 

LIVE IT: What will I do now?
Simply knowing that you need to leave behind the shame from your sin isn’t enough. What can you do to remind yourself that Jesus’ love for you is eternal—a fresh, bubbling spring that will never leave you unsatisfied?

 

PRAY IT:
Father, help me to understand that you want me to live in freedom, not shame. Help me to continually return to you for your everlasting love.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group video by the teaching pastor or view the message.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: (Use the following questions, along with the message notes, during the “GOD WHERE ARE YOU NOW” series with
a group of friends, family, or your LifeGroup to connect, learn, and take your next step.)

  1. Talk about a time from your childhood when your parents caught you doing something you weren’t supposed to be doing.
  2. Read John 4:4-26. What principle from the weekend message stuck out to you?
  3. We know our shame prevents us from fully experiencing the gift Christ offers. Even with this knowledge, why is it still difficult to move from shame to freedom?
  4. What can you do this week to carry out the principles from Ben’s message?

Bible Reading Plan

Thank you for reading today’s LivingItOut! We encourage you to take it one step further by participating in a Daily Bible Reading plan. There are thousands of individual reading plans available and there is ONE that is just right for you! CLICK HERE to download a basic “Bible in a year” plan. Customizable reading plans available at Youversion.com or Biblegateway.com.


God Where Are You Now Series—Memory Verse:

You will seek me and find me when
you seek me with all your heart.
JEREMIAH 29:13 (NIV)

 

LIO week of 9/19: Series – God Where Are You Now: When You Think There is No Way Back

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Additional Resources

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2016 Memory Verses

God Where Are You Now Series
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:13

Power of One Series
"Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.”
Philippians 2:2

Switch Series
"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”
James 4:10

Summer Concert Series
"My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!”
Psalm 57:7

Family Matters Series
"A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.”
Proverbs 24:3

Comeback Series
"Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”
Ephesians 4:23-24

One On One Series
"Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, 'I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.'”
John 8:12

Crazy In Love Series
“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other."
Romans 12:10

Awaken Series
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
Ephesians 5:14b

Past Memory Verses

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