...but God

Skip Heitzig

All of us experience times of desperation, but as James Montgomery Boice said, "If you understand those two words, 'But God,' they will save your soul. If you recall them daily and live by them, they will transform your life completely." In this series, Skip Heitzig explores the "but God" moments of David, Jonah, Moses, and other biblical figures, encouraging us to let the Lord turn our personal periods into pivot points.


 

Table of Contents

# SCRIPTURE: MESSAGE:
1 Jesus Died...but God
2 1 Samuel 23:14-18 Haters Hate…but God
3 Genesis 50:15-21 Evil Happens…but God

 


 

SERIES: ...but God
MESSAGE: Jesus Died...but God
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4290

STUDY GUIDE
Recap Notes: April 1, 2018
Teacher: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Jesus Died…but God"
Text: Acts 13:26-30

Path

The resurrection is the heart of the gospel message. As the apostle Paulstated, "And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty" (1 Corinthians 15:14). Along with the incarnation, the resurrection is the greatest event in history. Because of the empty tomb, history is changed forever. And equally profound, the Father raised Christ so we might live—having new life in Him (see 2 Corinthians 5:15). In this Easter message, Pastor Skip taught from Acts 13:26-30, noting that Jesus died, but God raised Him from the dead. 

  1. God Has a Message for You (v. 26)
  2. God Sent a Messenger to Us (v. 27)
  3. God Knows the Mischief in Us (vv. 28-29)
  4. God Works a Marvel Despite Us (v. 30)

Points

Two Most Important Words: But God
God Has a Message for You
God Sent a Messenger to Us
God Knows the Mischief in Us
God Works a Marvel Despite Us
Practice

Connect Up: How are the incarnation (Jesus' birth) and the resurrection two of the Father's greatest miracles? Why are both central to a biblical worldview?

Connect In: How has the reality of the resurrection changed your life, the church, and the world? Discuss how history changed because of the resurrection. (Hint: consider love, the church, the role of women, family life, government, the arts, etc.)

Connect Out: When talking to an unbeliever, what truths might you stress? For example, Christ was born, died for sin, rose from the dead, was seen by many, and is coming again (see 1 Corinthians 15). How would you give a defense of the resurrection to a nonbeliever? Consider eyewitness testimony, changed lives, and historical record. Why are all these important?

 


 

SERIES: ...but God
MESSAGE: Haters Hate…but God
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 23:14-18
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4295

MESSAGE SUMMARY
I want to help you today to view the circumstances of your life correctly; I’d like to clear up your spiritual vision. This week and next, we will examine the lives of two well-known characters in Scripture who were attacked by people close to them, but God changed the outcome. Their evil hatred couldn’t stop the great plans that a good God had set in motion. Today, a five-verse pericope gives rich principles that clear up our vision.

STUDY GUIDE
Recap Notes: April 15, 2018
Teacher: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: Haters Hate…but God
Text: 1 Samuel 23:14-18

Path

There is a correct way to view the circumstances of your life so you can have clear spiritual vision. This week and next, Pastor Skip will examine the lives of two well-known characters in Scripture who were attacked by people close to them, but God changed the outcome. Their evil hatred couldn't stop the great plans that a good God had set in motion. In this teaching, a five-verse pericope gives us rich principles that clear up our vision:

  1. Bad Things Happen to Good People (vv. 14-18)
  2. Bad People Can't Stop a Good God (v. 14)
  3. A Good God Doesn't Negate Good Sense (v. 15)
  4. Bad Times Call for Good Friends (vv. 16-18)

Points

Bad Things Happen to Good People
Bad People Can't Stop a Good God
A Good God Doesn't Negate Good Sense
Bad Times Call for Good Friends
Practice

Connect Up: Sovereignty is defined as supreme power or authority. Free will is defined as voluntary and independent choice. Though ultimately a mystery above our understanding, discuss how God can be both sovereign and allow people to have free will.

Connect In: Though each of us has friends to help us through life, how can Christians help other Christians persevere? Consider Galatians 6:2: "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." What does it mean to bear one another's burdens? Read John 13:34-35. How do we fulfill the law of Christ when we support one another?

Connect Out: Discuss how you can use the two words but God to reach out to an unbeliever.

DETAILED NOTES

  1. Introduction
    1. Everyone has a worldview
    2. The biblical worldview is this:
      1. God created everything
      2. Mankind made bad choices that caused disastrous results, lingering in every generation and bringing death physically, morally, and spiritually
      3. God's plan was to let those results play out for thousands of years while staging a rescue operation to take care of the sin problem
      4. Eventually, God will rule over a restored creation with those He was sent to save
    3. If you don't have this worldview, most of life will not make sense
    4. If this is your worldview, life will still be hard, but clearer and more satisfying
    5. The phrase but God changes everything
  2. Bad Things Happen to Good People (vv. 14-18)
    1. David was a man after God's own heart (see Acts 13:22), the future king of Israel, and the ancestor of Jesus Christ, the central figure in God's plan of redemptive history
    2. David was suffering
      1. Suffering is not a measure of goodness or godliness (see Matthew 5:45)
      2. Saul was jealous of David's calling and capabilities
      3. David fled and lived for up to ten years as a refugee
      4. David wrote many psalms during this time of suffering (see Psalm 63)
    3. What did David do to invite this mistreatment by King Saul?
      1. Nothing (see Psalm 59)
      2. Bad things happen to good people
      3. It started with David's victory over Goliath (see 1 Samuel 18:7); Saul was jealous of and mistreated David from that moment on
      4. Out of David's suffering came many magnificent, encouraging psalms
    4. When you become a Christian, your problems don't go away
      1. Your biggest problem does go away: you are no longer going to hell
      2. But you are beset with other problems
  3. Bad People Can't Stop a Good God (v. 14)
    1. Saul was relentless
      1. But God changes everything
      2. James Montgomery Boice said these two words will save your soul and transform your life
    2. There is a divine sovereign hand ruling the universe
      1. When you have a universal, all-powerful ruler, malicious plans won't always succeed
      2. Sometimes they succeed for a time
    3. God allowed David's suffering for a time
      1. David was a refugee for ten years
      2. Saul was only allowed to go so far, and then God stepped in
      3. It stopped when David's suffering no longer served God's purpose
    4. Suffering can be very beneficial to the life of a believer
      1. Many believers' testimonies include times of suffering
      2. Spurgeon said the most Christlike believers are those who have suffered the most affliction
    5. The good news is there is a limit
      1. When suffering violates God's purpose, He steps in
      2. Satan is under the parameters and permission of a sovereign God (see Job 1:6-2:10)
      3. Satan is on a leash (see Mark 5:12-13)
      4. All people, angels, demons, and Satan himself operate under the strict parameters of a sovereign God
      5. If you are going through a fiery trial, God has His eye on you and His hand on the thermostat
      6. You are invincible until God is done with you (see Revelation 11:7)
  4. A Good God Doesn't Negate Good Sense (v. 15)
    1. Why did David hide himself and his men?
      1. David wasn't an idiot or a fatalist; he used his mind to get out of a predicament
      2. God may deliver, but David still had to duck
      3. David believed that God's sovereignty is enmeshed in man's responsibility
    2. Parable of the unjust steward
      1. Luke 16:8
      2. Jesus was saying that sometimes unbelievers are smarter than believers in thinking through their future
    3. While God is being sovereign, make sure you're being sensible; God delivers, but we must deliberate
  5. Bad Times Call for Good Friends (vv. 16-18)
    1. David was hiding and trusting in a sovereign God, but he was discouraged, weak, and fearful
    2. We know this from the psalms of this period
    3. Jonathan encouraged David to be strong in the Lord
      1. All believers experience discouragement and setbacks, even the greatest men of faith
      2. 1 Kings 19:4
      3. 2 Corinthians 1:8
    4. Every David needs his Jonathan; every discouraged person needs their encourager
      1. Jonathan knew David loved the Lord
      2. The best friend you can ever have is one who turns your thoughts back to the God you love
      3. David and Jonathan's friendship was forged over their mutual love for the Lord (see 1 Samuel 18:1)
  6. Closing
    1. But God changes everything
      1. David was being chased and attacked by Saul, but God kept him safe
      2. David was feeling weak and discouraged, but God sent Jonathan
      3. David was hated by the king, but God would one day make him king
    2. If you can live your life with the truth of but God and learn to look for the but God times in your life, that can change it all
Figures referenced: James Montgomery Boice, Charles Spurgeon

Cross references: 1 Samuel 18:1, 7; 1 Kings 19:4; Job 1:6-2:10; Psalm 59; 63; Proverbs 27:17; Matthew 5:45; 8:28-34; Mark 5:12-13; Luke 16:8; John 19:8-11; Acts 13:22; 2 Corinthians 1:8; Philippians 4:7; Revelation 11:7

Topic: Sovereignty

Keywords: worldview, jealous, suffer, suffering, problems, providential, sovereign, deliverance, demons, the Devil, purpose, shrewd, discouragement, encouragement, friendship

 


 

SERIES: ...but God
MESSAGE: Evil Happens…but God
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 50:15-21
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4297

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The story of Joseph is one of the Bible’s most compelling tales. And the most gripping feature is the difference between Joseph’s outlook and that of his eleven brothers. After all the intrigue, the ups and downs of Joseph’s life and career, and the years of deception and selfishness by Joseph’s brothers, the finale comes after their father, Jacob, dies. This is one of the Bible’s best but God moments,as forgiveness eclipses failure. Let’s consider Joseph’s brothers as they approach him one last time.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: April 22, 2018
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Evil Happens…but God"
Text: Genesis 50:15-21

Path

The story of Joseph is one of the Bible's most compelling tales. And the most gripping feature is the difference between Joseph's outlook and that of his eleven brothers. After all the intrigue, the ups and downs of Joseph's life and career, and the years of deception and selfishness by Joseph's brothers, the finale comes after their father, Jacob, dies. This is one of the Bible's best but God moments, as forgiveness eclipses failure.

  1. Their Baseless Fear (v. 15)
  2. Their Blatant Fabrication (vv. 16-18)
  3. Their Brother's Forgiveness (vv. 19-21)
Points

Their Baseless Fear
Their Blatant Fabrication
Their Brother's Forgiveness
Practice

Connect Up: Pastor Skip referred to two types of providence: natural (whereby God cooperates with created things to cause them to act in a certain way) and supernatural (a miracle). How are the two similar and different? Though we don't fully understand God's governance and use of both, how have you experienced them in your life? In what events in your life did you see God's hand at work?

Connect In: Using Joseph as an example, what characteristics should the church work hard to mimic and implement? For example: forgiveness, grace, trust, patience, etc. Discuss others you can think of.

Connect Out: How can you use Joseph's story to witness to nonbelievers? What events and scenarios within the story do you think an unbeliever might respond to?

OUTLINE


  1. Their Baseless Fear (v. 15)

  2. Their Blatant Fabrication (vv. 16-18)

  3. Their Brother’s Forgiveness (vv. 19-21)


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