The Power Belongs to God
This week’s “One Thing”: Share with someone this week an area of your life where God’s power is present your weakness.
This week we continue our Red Letters sermon series from Matthew 5-7. This is Jesus’ longest recorded sermon in the New Testament. We encourage you to read Matthew 5-7 through at least once each week during our series. Ask God to show you ways you can reflect His heart for the world during this new season. In your time with the Lord and with your Growth Group, ask and answer these questions to help guide you in responding to Jesus’ message from Matthew 5-7.
Do you ever wonder what happens to a person when they die? In the early church in Corinth, some teachers suggested that death was a good thing. They taught that the immaterial world (spiritual) is better than the material world (physical). As the church looked for answers, Paul reminded them that the material world was created by God and therefore is not inherently evil. Sin entered the world through Adam, bringing with it death. Death is a result of sin, but the resurrection of Jesus overwhelmed the grave. We know that Jesus
is victorious over sin and death. We see in 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 that walking by faith invites us to trust God for the resurrection which is to come. Having experienced the grace of God which invigorates and gives life, we long to please Him. Knowing that one day all will appear before the judgment seat of Christ, we have hope. The life we live by faith is a walk of trust and obedience in light of all that God has done.
Psalm 84 is a companion psalm to 42 and 43 that we heard about last week. In all three psalms we see a yearning to be in the formal place of worship to God. As a pilgrim psalm, 84 would have been sung by the Korahites as they led worship. The psalmist longs to be in the presence of the Lord, to enter into the place where God dwells. His yearning for God is to dwell with Him, to be near Him. The nesting birds in the temple serve as a beautiful illustration of those who have privileged proximity to God in 84:1-4. God is the protector of the faithful. He is their sun and shield. For those who follow Him, their life will be marked with blessedness. This Psalm makes clear that faith begins with trusting in the Lord (84:11).