Sunday, 23 July 2017

Intimacy with God

Pastor Troy Jester

Created for Intimacy

  • It is not good for man to be alone! (Genesis 2:18)
  • Your heavenly father desires a relationship with you that is not casual or distant, but is characterized by intimacy

Religion vs Relationship

  • Religion says if I obey, God will love me.  Christianity says God does love you through Jesus
  • Religion says it’s all about what you do.  Christianity says it’s all about what Jesus has done.
  • Religion says world is full of good people and bad people.  Christianity says there are repentant and unrepentant people. 

What does Intimacy with God look like? (Psalm 63:1-8)

  • Yearning for God
  • Awakened Spiritual Senses
  • New Values and Priorities
  • Satisfaction and Fulfillment
  • Trust and Dependence

How to Develop Intimacy with God

1. Time

2. Transparency

3. Submission

Small Group Questions 

1. How does Jesus characterize friendship in John 15:13-15? What must we do to be considered His friends? What “inside information” does He reveal to His friends?

2. According to John 14:23-26, what are we to do with the information Jesus gives us? Who helps us understand His words? How is intimacy with God described (v. 23)?

3. Read Psalm 63:1-8. What does David do to connect with God? What emotions does he experience because of his oneness with Him? Notice how David’s soul is affected by his relationship with the Lord (see references to “my soul”).

4. According to Philippians 3:7-14, what was Paul’s greatest pursuit in life? How satisfied was he with his relationship with Christ? In comparison to this, what value did he place on everything else?

5. Paul’s intimate relationship with the Lord is evident (see 2 Cor. 12:7-12). What does his response to difficulty reveal about his level of trust in God? As death neared, did the apostle regard his pursuit of Christ as worthwhile (2 Tim. 1:12; 4:6-8)?

6. As Paul neared death, did he think that his pursuit of Christ had been a worthwhile investment of his life (2 Tim. 1:12; 4:6-8)?