Dazzled by God's Beauty

NEW CANAAN WASHINGTON WEEKEND 2014


Jack Deere is an author, pastor and former seminary professor. His friend Dudley Hall is also an author and pastor. In this session from New Canaan's 2014 Washington Weekend, the two men take turns on the stage, both sharing deeply personal stories and rejoicing at the beauty and friendship offered to us by God.


John 15:15 (ESV)

15No longer do I call you servants,for the servantdoes not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Romans 5:1-5 (ESV)

Peace with God Through Faith

1Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.3Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


What kind of hurt have you experienced because you are a friend of God's? Did you rejoice in these sufferings?
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Jack said that God often answers our prayers, not with a miracle, but through a fellow friend of Jesus. When was the last time that you asked God for something and He sent a brother or sister to meet that need?
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When is the last time you were dazzled by God's beauty? Was it from an unexpected place? Why did you especially need that moment when God showed it to you?
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Colossians 3:1-4 (ESV)

Put On the New Self

1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.4When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


If you fixed your attention on heaven, what would that change about the way you live today?
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Following Dudley's example, write write down your titles and accomplishments that add to your personal worth. How does this snapshot of a resumé stand up in light of your true life in Christ? How do you see the redemptive work of Christ in these things?
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Though we are all affected at different levels, suffering does come to every believer. Will you rejoice in the suffering that you endure for Christ's sake? Fix your attention on heaven and our great friend and savior. Then, no matter how difficult your life becomes, the unchanging God will remain your anchor.


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