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Say YES (3) - Questions

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This sermon series is entitled Say YES to the Holy Spirit. When have you said yes to the Holy Spirit this past week? What happened?

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2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

John 16:33

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your cares on God because he cares for you.

To comfort the trouble you need to …

  • Bring your troubles to God

  • Forgive those troubling you

  • Receive God’s comfort

  • Comfort others with the comfort you’ve received

What’s involved in each step? Which step is the easiest for you? Which is the hardest? What’s your next step?

How have you experienced God’s comfort in your troubles? How has God used you to then comfort others?

How does this fit with the sermon series on Beating the Devil with His Own Stick?

Read Rachael Denhollander’s lecture at Calvin College:

“As a Christian, you should be the most equipped to condemn sexual abuse and injustice in any form. … You are the most equipped to tell people who have suffered, ‘That was evil, and it was wrong, and it matters to me, because it matters to God.’ If you diminish the darkness, if you act like something isn’t as evil as it really is, the beauty and holiness of God that is to exist in utter contrast to that evil becomes less glorious and less beautiful. So, the first thing we need to know when we are responding to injustice, is that rather than trying to hide or bury the damage, we acknowledge it, and we grieve it in all its ugliness, knowing that the depth of evil points to the beauty of Christ. Sexual abuse is so vile, because God is so good. And if you mar these truths, you mar the beauty of hope and Christ, and you mar the foundation from which true forgiveness and healing can spring.”

Denhollander also pleaded with Christians not to look at forgiveness and justice as mutually exclusive options when confronted with evil.

“While forgiveness is my personal response to my abuser, justice is ensuring that an outward standard of rightness is followed and the truth is proclaimed. … And this is where the Christian faith portrays the most beautiful and true picture of both justice and forgiveness: the Lion and the Lamb. See, the Christian faith teaches that not only does God love, but that God is just, that he pours out wrath on evil, because he cares. Because that evil is more glaring and blatant to him in all his holiness than it is to us.”

What strikes you about this quote? How does it challenge you? How will you say YES to the Holy Spirit?

What struck you about Rose and Maria in the clip from Christ In You - The Movie?

Pastor Jay likened our lives to a credit card. We need to be activated first so that the resources can flow through us to others? Do you need to be activated? How are we activated?

How can your group pray for you?

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