Four Views of the Father

1. The Father Loves

God loves: 1 John 3:1 (NKJV) Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. The primary defining characteristic

    Behold        look at the way he loves!

2. The Father Provides

God provides: Matthew 6:31-32 (NKJV) Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

    If God clothes the birds and the flowers… he will take care of you!

    Every good and perfect gift comes from above!

3. The Father Protects

God protects: Psalm 61:3-4 (NKJV) For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah

     He is a strong tower        to run to for safety

     His security system has no clitches       no lapse

4. The Father Leads

God leads: Psalm 48:14 (KJV) For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

    God has never left his people w/o direction

    Pillar of fire  cloud   vision  prophets  casting lots      voice

    He orders our steps     he sets the course    sovereign will

These are the 4 Views of God!

The Heart of Discipleship 102

The Flow of Christian Growth

God designed us to grow…just like the physical…so the spiritual

Summary of Spiritual Growth

  • Growth is normal and expected.
  • Each Christian is expected to grow.
  • Greater blessings come at each stage.
  • Our service increases as we spiritually grow.

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The Heart of Discipleship 101

Hidden away in the Old Testament are four Servant Songs and each has the Messiah talking in 1st person. These provide a picture of the inward life of Christ.

  • Isaiah 42:1-4         show us his person
  • Isaiah 49:1-7         show us his calling
  • Isaiah 50:4-9        show us his determination
  • Isaiah 53               show us his availability

We will focus on Isaiah 50 to emulate the Son.

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