Going Deeper

4.5 -4.10.2021

We want to help you "Go Deeper" by moving Christ a little closer to the center of your life every day. The following resources are provided to help connect the weekly message to your every day life and reveal God's desire to be in relationship with you.


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Pastor Jim Hoffman

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  • SCRIPTURE

    • Matthew 16:21-23, 17:22-23, 20:17-19, 28:1-10

    • Mark 16:1-8

    • Luke 24:1-12

    • John 20:1-18

  • REFLECTION

    By 1932, the United States found itself in the depths of the greatest depression it had ever witnessed.  People struggled to find meaningful work, farmers had no market for their produce, and most people had spent their life’s savings trying to survive.  Bread lines and soup kitchens were in abundance while jobs were scarce.  That same year, Franklin D. Roosevelt campaigned against incumbent, Herbert Hoover, for the presidency of the United States.  He used charm, whit, and optimism as his primary campaigning tools saying very little about what he would actually do if he were elected.  Despite this, he won; he was elected to be our 32nd president.  His inauguration was on March 4, 1933.  In his first address to the nation he said these immortal words:  “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”  At a time when people feared for their basic survival, FDR instilled hope in the nation’s and our individual ability to overcome current circumstances and thrive.  We simply had to get past our fears.

     

    At the beginning of the first century in Palestine, eleven men plus unnumbered women put their hopes, dreams, and trust in a man named Jesus.  They witnessed his miracles, listened to his teachings, and heard him preach about a kingdom unlike any other of their time.  He pointed them toward a future that they believed in and had confidence that it would come into being – until he was crucified, died, and buried.  That unnerved his followers; it caused the men to scatter in fear, and left the women to tend to the ritual of watching the tomb to ensure he was really dead.  But on resurrection morning, the grave could not hold Jesus.  The tomb was opened for the women to see that Jesus was not there and because of this, they were afraid.  But they weren’t alone – the guards were afraid and so were the religious leaders.  After an earthquake and an encounter with an angel, the women ran from the graveyard only to encounter Jesus who again reminded them to not be afraid.  Instead, he told them to go and be his witnesses telling the men disciples that he would meet them in Galilee.  It seems that to do anything in life you have to first conquer your fears.

     

    I invite you to take time and read each of the scriptures above as you move to reflect on the questions below.  Take a moment and reflect on your fears and how they impede your everyday life and your faithful witness.  Lastly, I pray that God bless the reading of God’s Word and the meditations of your heart.

  • QUESTIONS

    Head:

    • What is your greatest fear today?
    • How has this fear entangled itself around your daily life?  What does it keep you from doing, saying, or being?
    • What measures have you taken to try and address your fear?  If you have not taken any, why not?

     

    Heart:

    • When it comes to other people, do you have a fear of others?  What is that fear and why is it there?
    • When it comes to God, do you have a fear about giving yourself completely to God?  Why or why not?
    • We say that we put our faith and trust in God but how much space is fear occupying in this moment?

     

     

    Hand:

    • When it comes to being asked to tithe or give a special offering, does this create fear in you?  Why or why not?
    • When it comes to being asked to give of your time or talent to serve others, does this cause you to fear?  Why or why not?
    • If you were asked to give a public witness regarding your faith in Jesus Christ, could you do it or would fear overcome you?

  • PRAYER

    Lord Jesus, you are the way of peace.  Come into my brokenness and the brokenness of our land with your healing love.  Help me to bow before you in true repentance as I bow to others in true repentance.  By the fire of your Holy Spirit, melt my hard heart and consume the pride and prejudice that separates me from others.  Fill me, O Lord, with your perfect love, which casts out all fear, and bind me in unity with all in the same way that you are united with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever.  Amen.