Friday, February 6, 2015

Cycles- Part 4

This week at Wednesday Night Worship we wrapped up the 4-week series based on the book of Judges called cycles.  We opened with a time of worship with the song "Hosanna" (Hillsong United).  I then had Bailey read Ephesians 2:1-9 and had the students focus on the love of God for a few minutes.  We then went on to sing "One Thing Remains" (Kristian Stanfill), and "Scandal of Grace" (Hillsong United).

We began by once again reading Judges 21:25 as I summarized the purpose of this series.  We have to ask ourselves why we return to our past and repeat sin cycles like the Israelites.  As we read through Judges 2:11-19 I reviewed the past 2 reasons why we do this:  1) Lie to ourselves that we're ok; 2) We don't listen to godly leaders.  As we read verse 19 and see that the Israelites turned back to their previous life of sin, it is obvious that they did not learn from their past mistakes.  We sometimes look at Biblical examples from our past and fail to see that it could easily be our future.  If we do not properly deal with our past and learn from it then we are destined to repeat it.  I love the quote from Pete Wilson "Your past is not your past if it is still impacting your present."  However, we sometimes take comfort in our past failures, hurts, and sins.  We sometimes believe the lie that it is simply how we are and that there is no way we can change.  This is completely untrue though.  We must remember that God is far larger than our sin.  We again read Ephesians 2:1-9.  Verses 1-3 lay out a past filled with sin.  Then there is a turning point in verse 4 when it says "But God" and goes on to lay out His great love and mercy for us.  Though our sin sentenced us to death, God made a way for us to be alive through Jesus.  The truth is that God is bigger than our history and is more concerned with our destiny.  We closed with a time of prayer and examination.  I challenged the students that if they are continually returning to a life of sin that it doesn't have to be that way.  They can rest daily in the mercy that Jesus offers.  We ended by singing "How Can It Be" by Lauren Daigle.

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