Shelter in Grace

Skip Heitzig

Millions of Americans have been ordered to shelter in place during this global health crisis. It's an aggressive measure to attempt to control the spread of an aggressive virus. When we shelter in place, we commit to confine ourselves to our homes, only leaving for essential errands like medical appointments and getting groceries. What if in our confinement we also commit to shelter in grace? In this series, Skip Heitzig searches Scripture for what it means to move beyond receiving God's grace to taking refuge in it. Learn to survive and thrive when life closes in.


 

Table of Contents

# SCRIPTURE: MESSAGE:
1 Job 1 The Need for a Strong Shelter
2 Job 1-2 Down but Not Out!
3 Job 9 When Sheltering Is a Problem
4 Job 19:23-27 The Ultimate Shelter
5 Job 42:1-6 Discovering God; Discovering Myself

 


 

SERIES: Shelter in Grace
MESSAGE: The Need for a Strong Shelter
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Job 1
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4539

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Since it seems that the present pandemic the world is facing will require more time to sort out and more patience on our part, I want to begin a new series called Shelter in Grace. Even the strongest, bravest, and most spiritual among us need God’s sheltering presence in the days ahead. I am praying that as life’s circumstances close in around us, God’s grace will open up for us new ways to grow and new joys to experience. Let’s consider someone in Scripture who discovered the need for a strong shelter in crisis: Job.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: April 19, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Need for a Strong Shelter"
Text: Job 1

Path

Since it seems that the present pandemic the world is facing will require more time to sort out and more patience on our part, I want to begin a new series called Shelter in Grace. Even the strongest, bravest, and most spiritual among us need God's sheltering presence in the days ahead. I am praying that as life's circumstances close in around us, God's grace will open up for us new ways to grow and new joys to experience. In this teaching, Pastor Skip considers someone in Scripture who discovered the need for a strong shelter in crisis: Job.

  1. He Was a Significant Man
  2. He Was a Suffering Man
  3. He Was a Searching Man
Points

He Was a Significant ManHe Was a Suffering ManHe Was a Searching ManPractice

Connect Up: How do suffering and evil in the world affect your relationship to God? Do you run from Him or to Him in times of trouble?  How can suffering be one of the greatest gifts, even leading to salvation? If you have a story of a time when suffering brought you to Christ, please share it or journal it.

Connect In: How do you help people—especially the body of Christ—who are suffering? In Pastor Skip's booklet Jesus Loves the Broken, he lists this acronym: REST. How does each help a hurting heart?Connect Out: How can hurt turn to help by serving others, particularly those who don't believe? Furthermore, how would you explain to someone why and how God uses pain for His purposes? Consider Romans 8:28.

OUTLINE


  1. He Was a Significant Man

  2. He Was a Suffering Man

  3. He Was a Searching Man

 


 

SERIES: Shelter in Grace
MESSAGE: Down but Not Out!
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Job 1-2
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4541

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Ouch! We all learn to say that word pretty early on in life, and we say it all the way through until the very end. Life hurts. Our life span is marked by life sorrows. But our response is what is central to the outcome. When life delivers a knockdown punch, it doesn’t need to become a knockout! Let’s see how Job got back up to shelter in grace.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: April 26, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Down but Not Out!"
Text: Job 1-2

Path

Ouch! We all learn to say that word pretty early on in life, and we say it all the way through until the very end. Life hurts. Our life span is marked by life sorrows. But our response is what is central to the outcome. When life delivers a knockdown punch, it doesn't need to become a knockout! Let's see how Job got back up to shelter in grace.

  1. The Reality of Job's Life (1:1, 13-18)
    1. Blameless (1:1)
    2. Buffeted (1:13-14)
  2. The Response of Job's Heart (1:20-22)
    1. Sorrowful
    2. Worshipful
  3. The Resentment of Job's Wife (2:9)
    1. Anger
    2. Advice
  4. The Resolve of Job's Will (2:10)
    1. Rebuke
    2. Restraint
Points

The Reality of Job's Life (1:1, 13-18)The Response of Job's Heart (1:20-22)The Resentment of Job's Wife (2:9)The Resolve of Job's Will (2:10)Practice

Connect Up: God, through Christ, suffered, bringing life from His loss. That's why Paul could say, "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed" (2 Corinthians 4:8-9, NLT). Discuss times of suffering in your own life that produced fruit. What did God teach you through the trial? How can pain reveal His purpose?

Connect In: Peter told Christians not to be surprised when trials come, but to "rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed" (1 Peter 4:12, ESV). How is present pain connected to our future promises? Discuss Revelation 21:4 in your answer.

Connect Out: Take time to pray for the suffering during the COVID crisis. Use the points provided by the Billy Graham Association at https://billygraham.org/story/covid-19-raises-stakes-for-first-responders-pray-for-those-serving-your-community/ to discuss how the following verses can help lead you in your time of prayer. What do these verses tell us what to pray about and how to pray?

OUTLINE


  1. The Reality of Job’s Life (1:1, 13-19)

    1. Blameless (1:1)

    2. Buffeted (1:13-14)

  2. The Response of Job’s Heart (1:20-22)

    1. Sorrowful

    2. Worshipful

  3. The Resentment of Job’s Wife (2:9)

    1. Anger

    2. Advice

  4. The Resolve of Job’s Will (2:10)

    1. Rebuke

    2. Restraint

 


 

SERIES: Shelter in Grace
MESSAGE: When Sheltering Is a Problem
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Job 9
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4543

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Staying cooped up in our homes has uncovered lots of underlying problems. Some are dealing with depression and their own identity, while others are struggling in their marriage relationships, having so much time with each other. As Job’s losses turned into prolonged suffering, he too struggled with deep issues, two of which we deal with today.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: May 3, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "When Sheltering Is A Problem"
Text: Job 9

Path

Staying cooped up in our homes has uncovered lots of underlying problems. Some are dealing with depression and their own identity, while others are struggling in their marriage relationships, having so much time with each other. As Job's losses turned into prolonged suffering, he too struggled with deep issues, two of which Pastor Skip deals with in this message.

  1. The Problem of Righteousness (vv. 1-8, 14-15)
    1. God Is Perfect
    2. I Am Imperfect
  2. The Problem of Remoteness (vv. 32-33)
    1. I'm Just a Man
    2. I Need a Mediator
  3. The Solution to Both
    1. To the Problem of Righteousness (Romans 3:21-23)
    2. To the Problem of Remoteness (1 Timothy 2:5)
Points

The Problem of Righteousness (Job 9:1-8, 14-15)The Problem of Remoteness (Job 9:32-33)The Solution to BothPractice

Connect Up: In theology, the unchanging perfection of God is called immutability. God's character is unchangeable, from holiness to love; since God is absolutely perfect, He cannot change for the better in any way. Norman Geisler said, "There are things God cannot do, namely, He cannot act contrary to His immutable nature." Use the following passages to understand God's immutability: Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Hebrews 6:18, 13:8; James 1:17. What do these passages tell us about God's unchanging nature? How does God's immutability apply to Jesus as the second person of the Godhead?

Connect In: How can we be good friends to those who are suffering hardship during these times? Use the following verses to discuss who you can apply them to, and how: Job 2:11, 16:20-21; Proverbs 17:17, 18:24, 27:17; and Colossians 3:12-14 (consider Job's friend's ministry of presence).

Connect Out: It's been said the church should be a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints. How would you explain Pastor Skip's final two points to a non-believer? How would you use the Bible to explain the following?

OUTLINE


  1. The Problem of Righteousness (vv. 1-8, 14-15)

    1. God Is Perfect

    2. I Am Imperfect

  2. The Problem of Remoteness (vv. 32-33)

    1. I’m Just a Man

    2. I Need a Mediator

  3. The Solution to Both

    1. To the Problem of Righteousness (Romans 3:21-23)

    2. To the Problem of Remoteness (1 Timothy 2:5)

 


 

SERIES: Shelter in Grace
MESSAGE: The Ultimate Shelter
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Job 19:23-27
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4547

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Job was impressive at the beginning of his trials. He immediately sheltered in grace by worshiping God and trusting His wisdom (see Job 1:20-22). But the sheer physical pain, emotional turmoil, and outside criticism wore him down, moving him out of his shelter. Now there is a sudden change in Job’s tone and outlook as he looks to the future to his ultimate shelter.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: May 17, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Ultimate Shelter"
Text: Job 19:23-27

Path

Job was impressive at the beginning of his trials. He immediately sheltered in grace by worshiping God and trusting His wisdom (see Job 1:20-22). But the sheer physical pain, emotional turmoil, and outside criticism wore him down, moving him out of his shelter. Now there is a sudden change in Job's tone and outlook as he looks to the future and to his ultimate shelter.

  1. His Shelter Is a Person (vv. 23-25)
    1. He Is a Redeemer
    2. He Is Alive
  2. His Shelter Is Personal (vv. 25a-26a)
    1. Job Is Specific, Not Generic
    2. Job Is Confident, Not Hesitant
  3. His Shelter Is Perpetual (vv. 26-27)
    1. Eventual Death
    2. Eternal Life
Points

His Shelter Is a Person (vv. 23-25)His Shelter Is Personal (vv. 25a-26a)His Shelter Is Perpetual (vv. 26-27)Practice

Connect Up: Why is believing in God as a real Person, and not an impersonal force, important for biblical Christianity? Here are a few things to discuss: the Bible teaches it (see Psalm 103:13); Jesus taught it (see Matthew 6:26; John 10:28-30; 17:24); the Apostles taught it (see John 2:15, 3:1; Romans 8:15; and James 1:17).

Connect In: What are some of the ways we can demonstrate we have a personal relationship with the personal God? Here are a few points to ponder: being born again (see John 3:7-8); access to God in prayer (see Mathew 6:9); the Holy Spirit confirms it (see Romans 8:15-17); God's love for us and in us (see 1 John 4:19). What other aspects of our life demonstrate that we have a personal relationship with God?

Connect Out: As Pastor Skip pointed out, the resurrection is clearly taught throughout the Bible. What points would you bring up with a non-believer about the resurrection? Consider these points: it was prophesied (see Luke 9:22); the risen Jesus was seen by His friends (see Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-8; and John 20:1-13; Jesus was seen by many (see 1 Corinthians 15:6); His disciples were willing to die for their faith (see Acts 7:54-8:2).

OUTLINE


  1. His Shelter Is a Person (vv. 23-25)

    1. He Is a Redeemer

    2. He Is Alive

  2. His Shelter Is Personal (vv. 25a-26a)

    1. Job Is Specific, Not Generic

    2. Job Is Confident, Not Hesitant

  3. His Shelter Is Perpetual (vv. 26-27)

    1. Eventual Death

    2. Eternal Life

 


 

SERIES: Shelter in Grace
MESSAGE: Discovering God; Discovering Myself
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Job 42:1-6
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4549

MESSAGE SUMMARY
It’s appropriate that we conclude our series Shelter in Grace as our world is beginning to open up again from the effects of the coronavirus. Today we come to the conclusion of the book of Job where he finally meets up with his God and makes three powerful discoveries followed by one essential decision. His armchair-philosopher friends are silenced as God reveals Himself to Job. What he discovers about God and himself is humbling and insightful. Likewise, let’s also determine to be different after this lockdown.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: May 24, 2020
Teacher: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Discovering God; Discovering Myself"
Text: Job 42:1-6

Path

It's appropriate that we conclude our series Shelter in Grace as our world is beginning to open up again from the effects of the coronavirus. Today we come to the conclusion of the book of Job, where he finally meets up with his God and makes three powerful discoveries followed by one essential decision. His armchair-philosopher friends are silenced as God reveals Himself to Job. What he discovers about God and himself is humbling and insightful. Likewise, let's also determine to be different after this lockdown.

  1. Three Monumental Discoveries: Revelation (42:1-4)
    1. The Majesty of God (38:1ff.; 42:1-5)
    2. The Inadequacy of Man (40:4; 42:5-6)
    3. The Generosity of God towards Man (42:10)
  2. One Essential Decision: Repentance (42:5-6)
Points

Three Monumental Discoveries: Revelation (42:1-4)One Essential Decision: Repentance (Job 42:5-6)Practice

Connect Up: As Pastor Skip mentioned, discoveries about God are life-changing. What are some of the things you discovered about God during this short series in the book of Job? What are some of God's characteristics that were reinforced? As a review of some of God's attributes, discuss the following. What do they mean? How would you apply them to this time in your life? With what "mighty blows" has God challenged you to grow in your relationship with Him?Connect In: How does the church reflect all four points in Pastor Skip's teaching?Connect Out: How would you describe the need for repentance to an unbeliever if they don't think they need forgiveness? What strategies would you use? Read this article to jumpstart your discussion: https://billygraham.org/story/sharing-your-faith-101/.

OUTLINE


  1. Three Monumental Discoveries: Revelation (42:1-4)

    1. The Majesty of God (38:1ff.; 42:1-5)

    2. The Inadequacy of Man (40:4; 42:5-6)

    3. The Generosity of God towards Man (42:10)

  2. One Essential Decision: Repentance (42:5-6)


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