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Hymn: At the Cross
Memory Verse: Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Lesson: Trusting God in Times of Trouble
Background: Job was a blessed and happy man living his life surrounded by a community of believers who were also committed to God. Job not only cared about his relationship with God but also took great pains to insure his children were also right with God. One day when everything seemed to be going well, Job received a message that raiders had stolen all of his animals and killed his farmhands. He received a second message that his sheep and shepherds had been killed. Immediately following, a third messenger arrived and informed him that his camels had been stolen and their keepers killed. Before he could consider anything further, a fourth messenger arrived with news that all of his children had been killed in the sudden collapse of a home. Devastated beyond imagination, Job fell to the ground and worshipped according to what he believed.
Pastor remarks and intro of first principle
First Principle: What you believe will affect what you are willing to attempt.
Scripture Reference: Job 1:21 He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”
Because Job trusted God and believed that God was good and merciful and kind and caring, Job attempted to maintain a right attitude towards God.
He acknowledged God and praised His name.
Question: How can we better coach ourselves through moments of fear?
Follow Up Question: How can we better help others in their times of trouble?
Conclusion: When we trust God and believe that He is good and merciful and kind and caring, we also will push ourselves into Him in times of trouble and concern. We think what we think, feel what we feel, and want what we want because we believe what we believe. What we believe in times of trouble makes the difference.
Pastor remarks and intro of second principle
Second Principle: What you believe will affect what you are able to endure.
Scripture Reference: Job 2:8-10 Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.
Because Job trusted God and believed that God was good and merciful and kind and caring, he attempted to continue living a godly and worshipful life while enduring his grief, the physical pain in his own body, the division in his home, and the accusations of his friends.
Question: What advice would you have given Job and would it have encouraged or discouraged him?
Follow Up Question: What do you think determines how much a person can endure?
Conclusion: Job continued to maintain his integrity according to what he believed and not according to his most recent experiences.
Pastor remarks and intro of third principle
Third Principle: What you believe will affect what you are empowered to overcome.
Scripture Reference: Job 42:10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Because Job trusted God and believed that God was good and merciful and kind and caring, he was empowered to overcome the obstacles of life.
Question: Make a list of things that are too hard for God.
Follow Up Question: What would you attempt if you believed God would help you endure the process and overcome the obstacles?
Conclusion: Job continued to trust God which gave him the power to overcome every obstacle. God is in the overcoming business and He wants to work in your life. Trust Him …
Pastor closing remarks
● Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer
● Memory Verse
● Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes