Sermon Notes

Aug 2nd – Children of the Quarantine

 

Coronavirus has awakened us to an ever-present reality that there are many things beyond our control.

 

Children of the Quarantine – insights

Video –

 

  • Hardship awakens us to new realities as well as new opportunities
  • Hardship shakes us out of complacency and forces us to re-evaluate what is important
  • Hardship affects people differently, some thrive others struggle, but all experience change and opportunities for growth
  • We face head-on the illusion of control, we are forced to consider where our faith, hope and trust lie.

 

Of course we’ve never been in control, but with the scientific and medical advances of our day, along with a modern understanding of human rights, we have been blessed by not having to face these present realities in the way that most generations have before us since the dawn of mankind.

 

My grandparents thought “they’re taking me to the hospital I’m going to die”, my generation said “get me to the hospital so that I can live!”

 

Our Future Hope:

Revelation 21:3-4  Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’

 

Crucible –

1 Peter 1:6-7 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

 

Israel during uncertainty:

Deuteronomy 31:6  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.’

 

Counseling individual greatly disillusioned (my prayers for safety for my family and children were not answered)

 

Working backwards from fallenness to perfection

 

True Love and Free Will.

 

Genesis 3:22 The LORD God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.

 

 

 

 

God as a Coach / Commander

Scripture is the play book

Hold Spirit is the play caller

 

Isaiah 41:10-11  So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ‘All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.

 

John 16:33  ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’

 

Romans 5:3-5  We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

 

When we face trials that confront us with our mortality, we are forced to consider what is truly valuable and what is not. We are confronted by the truth that in most of our lives we have made things valuable which are not, and devalued what is precious.

 

Human tendency when the pressure is off to go back to business as usual and forget what we learned.

 

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