06 – You Are Going to Make It

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Excerpt 1: God Has Never Forsaken His Own

  1. Read and meditate upon Psalm 37:25.
  2. How many years have you been a Christian?  Looking back, how have you seen the faithfulness of God care for you, your family, and friends?
  3. PRAYER: Remember God’s provisions in your life and thank Him for each one.
  4. Is it possible that the reason some Christians find themselves “begging” is not because God has forsaken them but because they have forsaken God?


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Excerpt 2: Am I Going to Make It?

  1. Pastor Jason provided a very short list of distressful circumstances that cause people to wonder: am I going to make it?  From your own personal experiences what circumstances would you add to the list?
  2. P. C. Craigie writes: “Why should morality be adopted, when it is self-evident that wicked persons seem to get along fine in this world? … In the short run, the wicked seem to prosper, whereas the righteous very often seem to suffer at their hands. But it is the longer run that counts, and in the long run the only true satisfaction is to be found in the righteousness which is the hallmark of the one who lives in relationship with the living God.” (Craigie, Psalms 1–50, Word Biblical Commentary, pp. 299–300). Sometimes Christians get frustrated because they see the wicked prosper and those who are living by God’s Word are struggling to survive. This psalm is calling upon us to take a long view of life.  What can we do to help us take “a long view” of life?


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Excerpt 3: Why Christianity is Going to Thrive

  1. There have always been dooms-day preachers and naysayers of Christianity, who have warned that the Church is going to fail and that Christianity will cease to exist. Have you been guilty of doubting the survival of Christianity in generations to come? Why or why not?
  2. How much have you studied church history?  Are you aware of certain times in history where the church seemed to be in worse conditions that it is right now?  A great book about church history to read that is concise and inexpensive is Heroes and Heretics by Iain Campbell. http://www.amazon.com/Heroes-And-Heretics-Pivotal-Centuries/dp/185792925X
  3. What biblical reasons do we have to believe that Christianity will not only survive in this world but thrive until the day our Lord returns?
  4. Pray for faith that will not falter in the midst of adversity.  Pray for wisdom to see the opportunities for the gospel to advance at all times.


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Excerpt 4: If God Did Not Spare

  1. What did it cost God to save us from our sins? What was the price of our redemption?
  2. Meditate upon Romans 8:31-32.  What is the Apostle Paul’s logic?


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Excerpt 5: God’s Provision is Ahead of Your Need

  1. What are you trusting God for today? Spend time worshiping God in prayer and renew your faith in His wisdom and timing.


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Excerpt 6: Life is Not Cosmic Chess Game

  1. Familiarize yourself with the definition of Open Theism. See:
    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_theism
    2. http://www.founders.org/FJ46/article2_fr.html
    3. http://carm.org/what-is-open-theism
  2. Why is it important to believe that God knows the future because He is sovereign over it?


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Excerpt 7: Jesus is Life

  1. Throughout this psalm, only two categories of people are seen to be in the world: the righteous and the wicked. While the wicked may prosper for a moment due to unjust gain, their judgment is certain and final. It is the righteous who are held, kept, and saved by God. They commit their way to Him, trust in Him, and wait for Him to act. They inherit all of God’s promises of peace and prosperity in the land. The wicked, however, pass away abruptly. They burn like the grass. They have no substance. The righteous find their substance in the Lord. He assures their place in His kingdom. God Himself will resolve “the problem of evil.” His justice is swift. Then the righteous will shine forever. So Psalm 37 ends sounding the gospel. (Donald Williams and Lloyd J. Ogilvie, vol. 13, Psalms 1–72, The Preacher’s Commentary Series, Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc, 1986, p. 302.)
  2. How would you summarize Psalm 37?
  3. Pastor Jason believes that biblical theology produces a life of joy and hope.  He believes that as someone grows spiritually, they learn to walk by faith in God and learn to not let the evil of this world overwhelm him or her.  He understands that our corrupt bodies may have medical issues that cause proclivities toward anxiety, panic attacks, etc.  But in Christ we can find a peace and hope that even helps us when we struggle with such medical issues.  And we can find joy in the fact that as Christians we will one day be completely free from the presence of evil and completely healed in our bodies from the curse of depravity. Do you agree or disagree?  Why?


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Excerpt 8: Something to Hold On to

  1. If you were to face death today, would you be prepared for eternity?
  2. God created us to live lives that glorify His character.  We have all failed in this purpose and are thus sinners, unworthy of heaven, deserving eternal punishment.  But God the Son, Jesus Christ, so loves us that He came to this earth, lived a perfect life and died to pay for our sins.  He resurrected from the dead, defeating the curse of sin that condemns us.  He is willing to forgive you of your sins because He has paid for them.  And He is willing to give you credit for His perfect life so that you can be accepted by God.  Will you trust in Jesus Christ today as your Savior?  He will give you new life, eternal life, and you can follow Him as a disciple and learn how to glorify God in all areas of your life.  Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and to give you His life.