Sermon 2020-05-10

When God Hits the Brakes

Mark 1:35
Rev. Tim Meendering
May 10, 2020

Order of Service

  • Welcome and Call to Worship
  • Song – Rising Sun
  • Song – Before the Throne of God Above
  • Sermon – When God Hits the Brakes (scroll down for sermon notes)
  • Song – Be Thou My Vision
  • Closing Blessing

Sermon Notes

Questions for family/small group discussions:
  • How has the pandemic impacted your time and relationship with God? If you think about God handing you a do-over with your spiritual, marriage, family, and work life, how would you clean, organize, and declutter your life for a new normal?
  • What would have been the temptations for Jesus (Mark 1:32-39) rather than taking time for prayer and fellowship with his Father? What are the primary temptations, distractions, or barriers that keep you from regular fellowship with your Father?
  • Why do you think we are drawn down into busyness? How do you see it work to destroy souls? What could be your first steps if you were to “ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life”?
  • What are the implications for what Jesus is teaching in John 15:5-6?
 
We are called to a rhythm of getting away and getting alone with God for prayer—or solitary refinement. Four aspects of solitary refinement:
 
1. Solitude
  • What might be some of the thinking or behaviors that are most harmful when we follow the herd of our culture and drift along with the killing wind of busyness and activities?
  • What could be some of the urgent that you can say no to so that you can say yes to getting alone with God?
 
2. Silence
  • Do you get uneasy with silence and solitude with God? How do you most often avoid silence?
  • What does Psalm 62:1-2 suggest about what are the benefits of waiting in silence with God? While the storms of life rage, would you describe your inner life as a sea of glass?
 
3. Stillness
  • How much do you struggle to cease from all activity and simply focus on meeting with God? What are the benefits of this stillness in Psalm 23:1-3 and 46:10?
  • What step can you take this week to make solitary refinement a part of every day?
 
4. Come as a son—or daughter
  • What are typically your first thoughts about who God is and what he thinks of you? What are some of the implications of God being your Father or Abba – “Daddy”? How does God as your Father change your willingness and desire to get alone with him in prayer?
  • How does it change your prayers when you know that you are God’s beloved son/daughter and he is passionately consumed with your joy/happiness?
  • If the Father’s love and delight was the fuel of joy that compelled and empowered Jesus for his mission of love and sacrifice for you, what could this mean when we are struggling to be faithful in our mission of love and sacrifice for others?
  • When you come to God as a “leper” and as a son or daughter, how does it change your inclination toward getting alone with him in prayer? How does it change your ministry and mission?
  • Is there a neighbor, co-worker or family member in your life who, like the leper, is starving for love and needs healing? What step can you take this week to love them and show them the way that you have found?
 
Resources for further study, application, and loving Jesus: