August 22, 2021 – Pastor Mark Albrecht

Message Big Idea – Baptism is all about the life changing power of God to transform us from the inside out. Knowing and experiencing God’s love is made more powerful when we know that he fully knows us and understands us. 

Reflect on the following sequence of questions. If you are doing this with others, share your responses with them.

LEAN IN >> Think about it.

  • What are you grateful for this week? What are you struggling with?
  • Have you ever felt you were fully known by another human? Not just for what you do or did, but for who you are. How did that feel?

LOOK DOWN >> Read the following passages and discuss or reflect on the  the corresponding questions:

  • Read Psm. 139:1-6; Zephaniah 3:17 (Read twice – ESV and either NLT or Message)
  • Briefly retell the passage in your own words.
  • What word or phrase “jumped off the page” and intrigued you the most?

LOOK OUT >> Connect the world of the Bible to our culture.

  • Tim Keller wrote, “To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial.  To be known and not loved is our greatest fear.  But to be fully known AND fully loved is what we need more than anything.  It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty that life can throw at us.” What are your thoughts regarding that quote? 
  • Which is most difficult for you in regards to fully knowing someone else: Knowing their gifts and personality; knowing their wounds and weaknesses; knowing their actions and motivations?

LOOK IN >> Go straight to the heart of the matter.

  • When do you feel God is with you? When do you feel closest to His presence?
  • When do you feel most distant from God? What seems to be the barrier(s) when you feel distant from God?

LIVE IT OUT >> Put it into action.

  • How has your perspective
  • Spend intentional time this week with God telling Him how you feel, what you are concerned about, and where you need His help. Then sit back and listen to his voice (through scripture or Holy Spirit promptings). Journal your thoughts.
  • What do you sense God telling you this week? Who can you ask to join you in prayer?
  • Who can you pray for this week that is going through a hard time?