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Sermons about Lament
Final Part to FUEL HSM's Series on Doubt & Certainty looking at the most difficult question of why does God Allow Evil and Suffering.
1. Lament as the Body of Christ: weeping & rejoicing with one another (1Co 12:26; Ro 12:15f) 2. Lament thru Humility & Repentance: to walk in God’s grace & in victory over the evil one (Jm 4:4-10) 3. Lament with Scripture & Songs: to be a God-glorifying, Christ-centered, & Spirit-filled church (Col 3:16f; Eph 5:15ff)
1. Cry out to the Lord: as disciples of Christ who deal honestly & thoroughly with our feelings (vs1-2) 2. Call on the Lord: for His divine favor & deliverance (vs3-4) 3. Praise the Lord: trusting in His steadfast love & rejoicing in His salvation (vs5-6)
FUEL HSM's 10-4 Prayer Series, focusing on hearing and talking with God. Focus tonight on lament and thanksgiving
The book of Habakkuk gives us permission to cry out to God. Red-in-the-face, fire-in-the-belly, outrageous cries to God. Like a majority of the psalms, Habakkuk uses lament to tell God he's not pleased with life as it is. The prophet asks the lingering question: "How long will God be silent?" God is no stranger to pain. Nor does He want us to stuff our complaints. In fact, the response of the faithful is to cry out to God and expect His presence in our pain.
Introduction: What is Prayer? Prayer is an expression of . . . ● our faith-based relationship with God ● our obedient-dependence on God ● our spiritual battle against the demonic-enemies of God 1. Pray by Faith in Jesus’ Name ● Believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior: and do the works of Christ (v12) ● Pray in conformity to Christ-likeness: for the glory of God the Father (v13) ● Pray with confidence: in the power and authority of the reigning Christ (v14) 2. Some Biblical Principles of How to Pray and Why ● Pray in the Spirit to God our Father: with joyful worship and thanksgiving ● Pray according to Scripture: and in the words of Scripture ● Pray with a broken-humble heart: repenting of sin and standing against the evil one ● Pray privately and corporately: for God’s kingdom to come and for our daily needs ● Pray reverently and whole-heartedly: with fasting and lament ● Pray by asking God: expecting our heavenly Father to answer and provide
A reflection on lament as it is displayed in the Bible and how Christians today might approach God in seasons of hurt and pain.
Grieving is not something we are really good at...nor, do we really want to get good at it! After all, to grieve is to acknowledge our loss, our pain & hurt, and that isn't always an easy thing to do. But when we grieve (doing so with honesty and humility), our hurt ultimately becomes the basis for a brand new initiative in our lives. Grace eventually takes the ashes of our lives and trades them in for beauty, our tears for joy & laughter, our death for resurrection. Pastor Luke wraps up his series with the "sushi finale", unpacking the hurt of Lamentations Chapter 5 and revealing the hope of a "new beginning"...