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WHY?

January 6 - January 27

 

We are taking the first four weeks of 2019 to tackle some of the big questions of the Christian faith - like "Why are we here?" and "Why do bad things happen to good people?".

 

WHY AM I HERE?

January 6 | Bill Clark

The Bible tells us that as created beings of a Holy God, our purpose is simply to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. As we begin our look at the big questions, Bill Clark explores how this question affects our daily interactions both with God and others.


MESSAGE NOTES

WHY AM I HERE?
Why? | Week 1 | January 6, 2019

1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Isaiah 43:6-7 NIV
I will say to the north, "Give them up!" and to the south, "Do not hold them back." Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth — everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.

The purpose of man (humankind) is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

Impose / Propose

Psalm 86:12-13 NIV
I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love for me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.

For God so loved the world…

WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?

January 13 | Bill Clark

One of the most common and vexing questions about God is why He allows bad things to happen to good people. Bill Clark examines this question in light of the truth that we are never disconnected from the love of God.


MESSAGE NOTES

WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?
Why? | Week 2 | January 13, 2019

John 21:25 NIV  
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

Philippians 4:11-12 NIV  
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Denial

Anger

Blame

Acts 14:22 NIV  
We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.

1. Suffering is a necessary part of the Christian life.

Romans 8:18 NIV  
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

2. Suffering and pain awaken us to God.

3. No matter what happens to us, we are never disconnected from the love of God.

Romans 8:38 NIV  
…neither death nor life…will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

4. When bad things happen, our faith instructs us to get through it.

"Pain insists on being attended to. God whispers in our pleasures, speaks to our consciences, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world." - C.S. Lewis