Weekend Message Takeaway: "Remember Who God Is"

In this special Father's Day message, special guest Dr. Bob Barnes of Sheridan House Family Ministries honors and shares a powerful word for all the dads, grandfathers, and spiritual dads at our church, reminding us of who God is.

Watch the video below to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To watch the message in its entirety, click here.

 

 


For the Note Takers

Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Dr. Bob's teaching this weekend:

Children Begin Their Journey of Learning Who God Is by Watching Our Faith: Our witness forms the basis for the faith of our child(ren). It won’t be at church or Sunday school; it won’t be through Christian education, either. The most important discipleship testimony our kids will receive growing up will always take place inside the home.

When You Think You’ve Reached the End of Your Rope, Cling to the Fact that God Will Pull You Up: We must remember that what is impossible for us is possible for God. Abram had to get to the point where there was nothing more he could do to make God’s promise for his life come true. He had to release control to the Lord and allow the Lord to do what He promised. There will be challenges in our lives where God seems to wait until we are ready to trust Him enough to release control to Him.

Is God Waiting for You to Release Control?: First you must come to the end of YOU before you can see the beginning of God’s work in your life. God wants to act in grace, but before grace can be displayed, man has to come to the end of his own abilities. Before divine power is put forth, man must learn of his own impotency.

Remember, God resists the proud but He exalts the humble. We need to release control, admit we don’t have all the answers, admit we don’t know best, and surrender our lives, our will, and our illusion of control into His hands. This is what it looks like to be poor in spirit.

It’s Important to Remind Yourself of Who God Is!: In Genesis 17:1 (NKJV), it says, “I am Almighty God.” This is the first time God reveals Himself as God Almighty. He is all powerful; no one but the One with all power could possibly meet Abram’s need at this time. He was 99 and his body was well past the age for child-making; Sarah was long past any possibility of childbearing. How could they possibly have any hope of a son? Almighty God, that’s how! Is there something God has placed on your heart? Is there a promise or a calling He has for you that simply seems impossible, too big, too difficult? Don’t forget what He said to Abram . . . “I am Almighty God.” He is saying it to you, too! If He could fulfill His promise for Abram, if He could fulfill His promise to save us, He can surely equip and guide you to walk in His calling and promises for your life!

Almighty God Tells Us to Be Sinless, Then He Made Us Sinless by Taking the Punishment for Our Sin: God said to Abram, “I am God Almighty; serve me faithfully and live a blameless life” (Genesis 17:1 NLT). His command for us to be blameless was fulfilled through the coming of Jesus Christ, who lived blamelessly, conquered sin and death, and made a way for us to be made right with God, to be covered in His robes of righteousness by His perfect blood. He made those who receive Him holy in the eyes of God.

Have You Forgotten that With God All Things Are Possible?: Is there a situation in your life that you can’t overcome? An ongoing need? A pain? A loneliness? Have you reached the end of your abilities to accomplish what the Lord is calling you to do? Have you come to the end of you? Stop reaching in vain . . . Reach for God! Seek Him out; search for the promises of His Word. He will pick you up and carry you through!

In the Midst of Your Unsolvable Problem Focus on the Great Problem Solver, Almighty God!: Have you unknowingly created idols in your life? Someone else who you were counting on to rescue you? A new circumstance, job, relocation, treatment, attitude, resource, or lottery ticket to rescue you? None of these things are bad in and of itself, but they don’t have the power to rescue you, and you should not rely on them or put all your eggs in that basket. You should remember that coming to the end of yourself, coming to the end of your rope is the safest, best place you can be. Only by focusing on Christ, only by relying on Him and leaning into Him, can we see our perspective change.

Quote to Remember: Before grace can be displayed man has to first come to the end of his own abilities.—Dr. Bob Barnes


A LOOK AHEAD

As we continue our midweek analysis of the themes found in Genesis 1–11, this week Pastor Stephan Tchividjian will share an informative, practical message regarding stewardship.

This weekend we’ll continue our “Origins: The Beginning” series as Pastor Doug teaches on Genesis 3 and the worst moment in human history: the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Explore the twisted temptation of the serpent, the first sin, the cover up and consequences, and the promise of God that sets His plan of redemption in motion.