Sermon Date: November 5th, 2017 Preacher: Ryan Fullerton Text: Romans 4:18-25
1. The Bible shows God’s redeemed people “warts and all”. We can clearly see their faith but we also see their flaws (warts). Why then, do we sometimes try to live and portray ourselves “all cleaned up” or photoshopped (minus warts)? What ways have you sought to live before people warts and all? What ways have you lived photoshopped before others (social media, etc)?
2. The Christian life is a life where failures happen on the path of faith. This should affect how we see ourselves and one another. Are you in a season where all you can see is failure in yourself? Describe. What about your perspective on other brothers and sisters? Are you currently given to focusing on the failures of others, not seeing them as God does – precious in His sight, fruitful and yet needing ‘a few more rains’ on the pathway to completion. Do you feel the need to always include areas of sin and weakness even while encouraging evidences of grace in others?
Be encouraged that God has the full trajectory of your life of faith in view. He knows the end from the beginning. The good work that He has begun will be brought to completion on the day of Christ Jesus. Let us help one another run the race marked out for us by fixing our eyes on the Object of our faith – Jesus Christ, the righteous One who has dealt fully and finally with our sins and reconciled us to the Father.