The Power of Christ Likeness
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in my name, I will do it." (John 14:12-14, ESV)
Followers of Jesus will carry on His work!
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do..."
Followers of Jesus will do greater things!
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do..."
13 Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in my name, I will do it."
"With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” (Matthew 19:26; Mark 10:27, ESV)
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Week 4 - The Power of Christ-likeness
Sunday’s message discussed conviction of truth and we looked specifically at God’s word being the source of how truth is revealed to us. So, the studies for this entire series will center around the content of the message from Sunday, July 8. This will help us understand the base from which all the other sermons inthe series were built. For the next four weeks, will look at a passage that illuminates the sufficiency and certainty of scripture and God’s word! These studies will be very applicable to us as we live in a day and time in our culture where the grounds for the certainty of anything, in any realm, gets called into question. Psalm 19:7-11 is the greatest summation concerning the power of God’s word anywhere in scripture! As a group, turn to Ps. 19:7-11, read aloud and let us marvel at the beauty of this passages truth and its flawless composition.
1. As a group, summarize what we learned last week about God’s precepts and the joy of our heart.
Now, over the next two weeks we will identify and discuss the effect that each statement and characteristic will have on the reader. Let’s continue with v9a-11.
2. V9a - The Fear of the Lord is clean -- enduring forever. What is your understanding of ‘fear’ as it is used here in this passage?
3. So, how does scripture produce a clean style of worship?
4. To further understand v9a of Psalm 19, let’s look to the ten commandments in Exodus 20. What do we notice about the commandments that specifically address how we are to worship?
5. Now, let’s address the ‘enduring forever’ portion of this passage. Let’s stay within Exodus but turn to Chapter 32. This is the story of how the people grew impatient waiting on Moses to return, so they proceeded in their worship without Him--and they got it wrong--directly violating the second commandment. As a group, read Exodus 32:19-29. Do you think that these people would ever forget this example of the importance and purity of their worship?
6. V9b - The Rules of the Lord is true -- righteous altogether. Based on what we have learned over the past few weeks, what do you think ‘rules’ in this passage means?
7. Based on v7-9, discuss as a group v10? Can you articulate why scripture is os valuable based on the previous three weeks in this study?
8. Look closely at v11. What two values does scripture have for its readers?
This entire passage builds up to its crescendo in v9-11. Because of all that we learned about God’s law in v7-8--we know that He is worthy of our awe and that His rules and judgements are true and beyond question. This is why scripture is to be valued beyond that of Gold! Scripture is the height of our protection against disobedience and a perpetual reminder of the reward that awaits us if we are faithful and obedient.