20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly

Skip Heitzig

Over 175 million people in the United States need some sort of vision correction. From glasses to contacts and corneal reshaping to corrective surgery, there's no question that seeing clearly improves people's quality of life. But what about our spiritual vision? With so many religious, philosophical, and ideological lenses to look through, how do we find the right lens? In this series, Skip Heitzig brings the core doctrines of Christian faith into clear focus. These are the truths that define who God is, who we are, and the choices that every person has to make.


 

Table of Contents

# SCRIPTURE: MESSAGE:
1 2 Timothy 4:1-8 Seeing Truth Clearly
2 Luke 11:2 Seeing God as Father
3 Exodus 32-34 How Can I Relate to God?
4 Biblical History: Fact or Fancy?
5 Exodus 34:5-9 Hello, I’m God!
6 Psalm 139:1-6, 23-24 Knowing the God Who Knows You
7 Psalm 139:7-12 Here, There, and Everywhere
8 Psalm 139:13-18 The Unrivaled Power of God
9 Isaiah 6:1-8 Holy, Holy, Holy!
10 John 14:1-18 One Plus One Plus One Equals One?
11 John 9:1-7 Pain: God’s Biggest Problem
12 Philippians 2:5-11 Christ Jesus Our Lord
13 John 12:20-33 The Atonement: His Death, Our Life
14 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 He’s Alive! Proofs of the Resurrection
15 John 16:5-11 The Holy Spirit in the World
16 John 16 Who Is the Holy Spirit?
17 John 14:15-18 Help Has Arrived!
18 Genesis 1-3 God’s Purpose for People

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: Seeing Truth Clearly
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 4:1-8
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4553

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Hiram Johnson said, "The first casualty in war is truth." God’s people have been in a cosmic battle since the fall. Satan’s first allegation against truth was in Genesis 3:1: "Has God indeed said...?" Deception regarding truth is Satan's primary occupation. We now live in what might be dubbed a post-truth culture wherein the very idea of absolute truth is considered archaic and even offensive. In this series, we will look to the "Scripture of Truth" (Daniel 10:21) to reinforce our foundation and engender biblical literacy. Here at the end of Paul's life, he could foresee the abandonment of truth, and he gave Timothy this antidote: "Preach the Word!"

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: June 14, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Seeing Truth Clearly"
Text: 2 Timothy 4:1-8

Path

Hiram Johnson said, "The first casualty in war is truth." God's people have been in a cosmic battle since the fall. Satan's first allegation against truth was in Genesis 3:1: "Has God indeed said...?" Deception regarding truth is Satan's primary occupation. We now live in what might be dubbed a post-truth culture wherein the very idea of absolute truth is considered archaic and even offensive. In this series, Pastor Skip looks to the "Scripture of Truth" (Daniel 10:21) to reinforce our foundation and engender biblical literacy. Here at the end of Paul's life, he could foresee the abandonment of truth, and he gave Timothy this antidote: "Preach the Word!"

  1. Be Concerned about Knowing the Truth (vv. 1-2)
  2. Be Cautious about Neglecting the Truth (vv. 3-4)
  3. Be Careful about Nurturing the Truth (vv. 5-8)
Points

Be Concerned about Knowing the Truth (vv. 1-2)Be Cautious about Neglecting the Truth (vv. 3-4)Be Careful about Nurturing the Truth (vv. 5-8)Practice

Connect Up: If God is truth, then Jesus and the Holy Spirit are truth as well. Discuss how the tri-unity of God is also a tri-unity of truth using the following verses:Connect In: God is truth, and so is His Word. How are we to walk in the truth using Scripture? Here are some points to discuss:Connect Out: How would you explain the truth of the Bible to an unbeliever? What makes the Bible trustworthy? Consider the following points:

DETAILED NOTES
"Seeing Truth Clearly"
2 Timothy 4:1-8

  1. Introduction
    1. The measurement doctors use to indicate normal vision is 20/20, but our vision typically changes as we age
    2. Spiritual vision can also change
      1. Truths that once seemed black and white become hazy over time
      2. Life experiences and sin can cause this haziness
    3. 2 Peter 1:8-9, NLT
    4. The religious leaders of Jesus' day claimed they had 20/20 spiritual vision, but they were blind because of their pride (see John 9:39-41)
      1. Spiritual blindness is a metaphor for the unwillingness or inability to see spiritual truth
      2. Spiritual acuity belongs to those who go to Jesus for help
    5. Our culture is in crisis as cynical people question truth, as Pilate did (see John 18:38)
    6. Most people believe that it's impossible to actually know what truth is
    7. In 2 Timothy, Paul directed Timothy on how to combat apostasy in the church—falling away from the truth
      1. "A lie can travel halfway around the world while truth is still lacing up her boots" —Mark Twain
      2. Satan traffics in lies; Jesus called him the father of lies (see John 8:44)
      3. He has always used non-truth as a tactic (see Genesis 3:1), because it works
    8. Let's look at three steps that will help us see truth clearly
  2. Be Concerned about Knowing the Truth (vv. 1-2)
    1. In verses 1-5, Paul called Timothy to teach the Word, which is sound doctrine (see v. 3) and the truth (see v. 4)
    2. The context for this is 2 Timothy 3:14
    3. Paul mentioned truth eleven times in 1 and 2 Timothy and forty-nine times in all his writings
    4. Christians are people of the truth, because Jesus is "the truth" (John 14:6) and the Bible is "the Scripture of Truth" (Daniel 10:21)
      1. Truth is tied to doctrine, which in its simplest form means strong biblical teaching
        1. Doctrine in Greek is didaskalia, which means teaching or instruction
        2. Paul used the term nineteen times in his writings
      2. Many Christians don't like the word doctrine
      3. Many treat their Bibles like their car's owner's manual, overlooked and unconsulted
      4. Many believe preaching is about what you feel rather than what is true
    5. The Bible emphasizes the importance of sound doctrine—good, solid teaching of the truth
      1. Hosea 4:6
      2. Acts 2:42
      3. 1 Timothy 4:13
      4. Titus 2:1
    6. "We do not have a strong church today, nor do we have many strong Christians. We can trace the cause to an acute lack of sound, spiritual knowledge. Ask an average Christian to talk about God. After getting past the expected answers, you will find that his God is a little God of vacillating sentiments" —James Montgomery Boice
    7. Ignorance is not bliss; we are accountable to know the truth
  3. Be Cautious about Neglecting the Truth (vv. 3-4)
    1. Our culture has largely rejected truth
      1. Sensationalism is more important than fact
      2. Reporting is highly politicized and editorialized
    2. Epistemology is the study of how we know something is true and can justify belief in it
    3. Many consider truth personal and subjective, not objective
      1. Personal truth can shift depending on each situation
      2. The prevailing belief is that there's no such thing as absolute truth
      3. Gallup poll: only 24 percent of Americans believe the Bible is the Word of God
      4. But "there's no absolute truth" is an absolute statement, a self-contradictory and self-defeating declaration
    4. This passage in Timothy was not a warning for unbelievers but for believers
      1. Pew Research: 25 percent of American Christians believe God is a higher power but not necessarily all-loving, omniscient, and omnipotent as Scripture reveals
      2. 45 percent of American evangelicals say that many religions can lead to eternal life
      3. Barna Research Group: only 51 percent of American Protestant pastors have a biblical worldview
    5. Christianity is always one generation from extinction
      1. It starts in the pulpit when pastors who don't believe in God don't preach the full truth of God's Word
      2. The emergent church: a recent movement led by a group of liberal pastors who claimed that the Bible isn't true and can't be trusted
      3. This is the kind of problem that leads to "itching ears" (v. 3)
      4. "People will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy" (v. 3, MSG)
      5. When Paul visited the Areopagus in Acts 17, he found that everyone there just wanted "to hear some new thing" (v. 21)
        1. Preachers feed the desire for novelty over a need for truth
        2. God's people are starving because pastors are pandering to itching ears
  4. Be Careful about Nurturing the Truth (vv. 5-8)
    1. Paul called Timothy to hold to truth and doctrine, feed on it for himself, then share it
      1. Paul was a prime example to Timothy
      2. He had fulfilled his ministry, kept the faith, and run his race
      3. He was ready for his reward, the crown of righteousness
    2. Paul directed Timothy to "preach the word" (v. 2)
      1. Preach (kérussó in Greek) means to publicly proclaim
        1. Refers to an imperial messenger who would make a proclamation with authority
        2. Powerful orators in Timothy's town, Ephesus, could skillfully twist the truth
      2. Timothy's mission was to preach the truth of the true King—Jesus
    3. We should not be preaching our opinions, politics, or culture
      1. The Greek word for soundis related to hygiene
        1. It's healthy to hear good, biblical teaching
        2. True teaching promotes life, healing, and health
      2. "The best way to show a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or spend time denouncing it but to lay a straight stick alongside it" —Dwight L. Moody
      3. This is our calling as Christians: believe the truth, love the truth, speak the truth, teach the truth, and live the truth
Figures referenced: James Montgomery Boice, Tony Jones, Brian McLaren, Dwight L. Moody, Mark Twain
Greek words: didaskalia, hugiainó, kérussó
Cross references: Genesis 3:1; Daniel 10:21; Hosea 4:6; John 8:44; 9:39-41; 14:6; 18:38; Acts 2:42; 17:21; 1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:14; Titus 2:1; 2 Peter 1:8-9
Topic: truth
Keywords: absolute truth, apostasy, sound doctrine, spiritual vision

Topic: truth

Keywords: absolute truth, apostasy, sound doctrine, spiritual vision

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: Seeing God as Father
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Luke 11:2
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4555

MESSAGE SUMMARY
God is presented in Scripture by a variety of images. He is called our Rock, our Refuge, our Warrior, our Shepherd, our Shield, our Hiding Place, our Redeemer, our Fountain, our Husband, and our Vinedresser. But no motif is as powerful and personal as seeing God as our Father. With this title, the invisible God becomes the intimate God. Today, on Father’s Day, we consider the singular phrase "Our Father in heaven" as an introduction to the doctrine of God. Let’s turn over each word and mine the depths of the riches contained in this great verse.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: June 21, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Seeing God as Father"
Text: Luke 11:2

Path

God is presented in Scripture by a variety of images. He is called our Rock, our Refuge, our Warrior, our Shepherd, our Shield, our Hiding Place, our Redeemer, our Fountain, our Husband, and our Vinedresser. But no motif is as powerful and personal as seeing God as our Father. With this title, the invisible God becomes the intimate God. In this teaching, Pastor Skip considers the singular phrase "Our Father in heaven" as an introduction to the doctrine of God. Let's turn over each word and mine the depths of the riches contained in this great verse.

  1. His Relatability "Our Father in heaven"
  2. His Rule "Our Father in heaven"
  3. His Reach "Our Father in heaven"
  4. His Residence "Our Father in heaven"
Points

His Relatability "Our Father in heaven"His Rule "Our Father in heaven" His Reach "Our Father in heaven" His Residence "Our Father in heaven" Practice

Connect Up: The word Jesus used for Father in the Lord's Prayer is pater. And the word Paul used for Daddy is abba. As Pastor Skip stated, both connote a combination of love and authority. Answer the following:Connect In: How is the universal church to express both the love and power of God in the world? For example, Christians confirm His truth via teaching and preaching (doctrine), care for others (compassion ministries), and call people to Christ (evangelism). What else can you think of?

Connect Out: How can the terms Father and Abba bring solace to a hurting world? How would you reach out to a person whose earthly father was less than becoming and show them the heavenly Father you know and love?

OUTLINE


  1. His Relatability “Our Father in heaven

  2. His Rule “Our Father in heaven

  3. His Reach “Our Father in heaven

  4. His Residence “Our Father in heaven

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: How Can I Relate to God?
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 32-34
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4557

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The subject of God is the loftiest of all themes and the pinnacle of all pursuits. For some people, the idea of God is absurd because He is not readily perceived by the senses, like a flower or another person. But as we learn who God is and how perceptible He is to us, I think we’ll be both lifted up and humbled all at the same time. Today we trace the journey that every person must take who wants to relate to the God of the universe. Let’s examine five stages of this relationship.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: June 28, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "How Can I Relate to God?"
Text: Exodus 32-34

Path

The subject of God is the loftiest of all themes and the pinnacle of all pursuits. For some people, the idea of God is absurd because He is not readily perceived by the senses, like a flower or another person. But as we learn who God is and how perceptible He is to us, Christians will be humbled and lifted at the same time. Today we trace the journey that every person must take who wants to relate to the God of the universe.

  1. Rebellion (Exodus 32:1, 25)
  2. Repentance (Exodus 32:31-32; 33:4-6)
  3. Request (Exodus 33:13-18)
  4. Revelation (Exodus 34:5-7)
  5. Response (Exodus 34:8)
Points

Rebellion (Exodus 32:1, 25)Repentance (Exodus 32: 31-32; 33: 4-6)Request (Exodus 33:13-18)Revelation (Exodus 34:5-7)Response (Exodus 34:8)Practice

Connect Up: In Exodus 3:14, God described Himself as "I AM WHO I AM." This is the ultimate statement of self-sufficiency, self-existence, and immediate presence. God's existence does not depend upon anyone else. His plans are not contingent upon any circumstances. He promises that He will be what He will be. He is able to do what He wills and to accomplish what He wills to accomplish. How does knowing that God is eternal, unchanging, and self-sufficient change your outlook on life and the future? How does God's person relate to His promises? If God is true, what about what He says? Share a time when God showed Himself strong to you, confirming His word and work in your life.

Connect In: Talk about the connection between the two types of God's Word—the Bible and Jesus. How are they similar? How are they different? Here are a few thoughts to get you started: Both are called the Word, and each has two natures (divine and human).

Connect Out: Read Psalm 34:8, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Matthew 5:6, John 4:14, and John 6:33-35. How would you express to an unbeliever that there is a hunger in their heart for God? Using your own life as an example, what points would you propose to him or her? For example, a yearning for meaning and purpose, or a moral compass. Can we know the difference between right and wrong without God setting the standard?

OUTLINE


  1. Rebellion (Exodus 32:1, 25)

  2. Repentance (Exodus 32:31-32; 33:4-6)

  3. Request (Exodus 33:13-18)

  4. Revelation (Exodus 34:5-7)

  5. Response (Exodus 34:8)

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: Biblical History: Fact or Fancy?
SPEAKER: Dr. Steven Collins
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4559

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Dr. Steven Collins serves as the dean of the College of Archaeology at Veritas International University and a consulting research professor at Trinity Southwest University. He is also the director of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan, which is believed to be the location of Sodom.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: July 5, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Steven Collins
Teaching: "Biblical History: Fact or Fancy?"

Path

Dr. Steven Collins serves as the dean of the College of Archaeology at Veritas International University and a consulting research professor at Trinity Southwest University. He is also the director of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan, which is believed to be the location of Sodom. In his teaching "Biblical History: Fact or Fancy?" Dr. Collins explains the importance of biblical reliability and history as we live by biblical principles in a world that has largely failed to embrace the Bible as truth.

  1. Foes
  2. Foundations
  3. Factors
Points

FoesFoundationsFactorsPractice

Connect Up: Throughout the Bible, God calls His Word true. Jesus also said God's Word is true (see John 17:17). And if Jesus is the truth (see John 14:6), what He states must be true. Even more telling, God puts His Word above His name (see Psalm 138:2). What does this tell us about the importance of God's Word? Read 2 Samuel 7:28 and Psalm 119:160. If the Bible is true, why are things like archaeology important for Christians when defending the Bible?

Connect In:When we study the Bible, we are studying God's revealed truth. Because of this, how are we to study the Bible with integrity? Discuss how you study the Bible both personally and corporately (at church). Is there a method you follow, such as inductive Bible study? What have you learned and how have you grown through the study of Scripture?

Connect Out: How would you explain to an unbeliever the Bible's historical reliability as the truth of God? Here are two broad points to discuss:

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: Hello, I’m God!
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 34:5-9
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4561

MESSAGE SUMMARY
People have written and spoken about God for millennia. It’s what I have done for nearly four decades. But today we get to hear from God Himself as He gives to Moses His own autobiography. Here He introduces Himself by stating His name and His occupation as God. He states His primary character traits, thus framing what our relationship with Him is going to be like. This is a primary passage of Scripture, meaning other biblical authors make reference to it later on in their writings. Let’s find out what God says about Himself.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: July 12, 2020
Teacher: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Hello, I'm God!"
Text: Exodus 34:5-9

Path

People have written and spoken about God for millennia. It's what I have done for nearly four decades. But today we get to hear from God Himself as He gives to Moses His own autobiography. Here He introduces Himself by stating His name and His occupation as God. He states His primary character traits, thus framing what our relationship with Him is going to be like. This is a primary passage of Scripture, meaning other biblical authors make reference to it later on in their writings. Let's find out what God says about Himself.

  1. His Designation (vv. 5-6a)
    1. The Statement of His Name
    2. The Significance of His Name
  2. His Description (vv. 6b-7)
    1. Benevolent Attributes
    2. Bountiful Attributes
    3. Balanced Attributes
Points

His Designation (vv. 5-6a)His Description (vv. 6b-7)Practice

Connect Up: Why is it important to know the characteristics of God? How do they reveal who He is to us personally? Discuss the following important characteristics: God is self-existing (infinite); He never changes (immutable); He has no needs (self-sufficient); God is all-powerful (omnipotent); God is all-knowing (omniscient); God is always everywhere (omnipresent); He is full of perfect, unchanging wisdom (wise); God is infinitely, unchangingly true (faithful); He is infinitely kind and full of good will (good); He is right and perfect in all He does (just); He is compassionate and kind (merciful); God is inclined to spare the guilty (gracious); God loves us infinitely (loving); He is unchangingly perfect (holy); God is infinitely beautiful and great (glorious).

Connect In: Of the above attributes, which ones have impacted you the most? Share a time when God showed Himself to you in a real way through one of His characteristics. When God reminds you of one of His attributes, what is your response? What can happen to our faith when we lose sight of God's character and attributes?

Connect Out: Knowing that God is gracious, longsuffering, merciful, and loving, what does that tell you about what your heart should be toward unbelievers? Take time to pray for your loved ones that need to know the Savior's love.

OUTLINE


  1. His Designation (vv. 5-6a)

    1. The Statement of His Name

    2. The Significance of His Name

  2. His Description (vv. 6b-7)

    1. Benevolent Attributes

    2. Bountiful Attributes

    3. Balanced Attributes

  3. His Expectation (vv. 8-9)

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: Knowing the God Who Knows You
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 139:1-6, 23-24
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4563

MESSAGE SUMMARY
A person with knowledge can be intimidating. They spew facts and figures and can dizzy us with information and understanding. But rightly seen, a study of God’s comprehensive knowledge can be a source of great comfort to us. In this series, 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly, we come to grips with the fact that God sees everything most clearly. His knowledge is vast, infinite, comprehensive, specific, and personal. But let’s observe how God’s omniscience can become inspiring rather than intimidating.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: July 19, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Knowing the God Who Knows You"
Text: Psalm 139:1-6, 23-24

Path

A person with knowledge can be intimidating. They spew facts and figures and can dizzy us with information and understanding. But rightly seen, a study of God's comprehensive knowledge can be a source of great comfort to us. In this series, 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly, we come to grips with the fact that God sees everything most clearly. His knowledge is vast, infinite, comprehensive, specific, and personal. But let's observe how God's omniscience can become inspiring rather than intimidating.

  1. God's Knowledge Is Immeasurable (vv. 1-6)
  2. God's Knowledge Is Instructional (v. 5)
  3. God's Knowledge Is Individual (vv. 2a-4)
  4. God's Knowledge Is Inspirational (vv. 5-6, 23-24)
Points

God's Knowledge Is Immeasurable (vv. 1-6)God's Knowledge Is Instructional (v. 5)God's Knowledge Is Individual (vv. 2-4)God's Knowledge Is Inspirational (vv. 5-6, 23-24)Practice

Connect Up: God's omniscience is seen in several ways in the Bible and in history. Discuss the various aspects of God's knowledge by discussing the following terms. What scriptural examples can you connect to each?How would you distinguish between providence, foreknowledge, and predestination? How are they similar?

Connect In: God knows everything perfectly. How should this influence our lives and actions within the church? For example, discuss the relationship between God's perfect knowledge and:Connect Out: Using Romans 8:29-30, how should our understanding of God's perfect knowledge influence and affect our evangelism to unbelievers? For example, should we get upset when someone doesn't come to Christ? Why or why not? How would God's providence, foreknowledge, and predestination come into play within the process of evangelism. (This is not the time or place to debate Calvinism. Please focus on the biblical text.)

OUTLINE


  1. God’s Knowledge Is Immeasurable (vv. 1-6)

  2. God’s Knowledge Is Instructional (v. 5)

  3. God’s Knowledge Is Individual (vv. 2-4)

  4. God’s Knowledge Is Inspirational (vv. 5-6, 23-24)

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: Here, There, and Everywhere
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 139:7-12
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4565

MESSAGE SUMMARY
One of the Beatles’ most melodic hits expressed a couple’s romantic desire to be together at all times and in all places and was simply titled, “Here, There and Everywhere.” This title also expresses a unique attribute of God (what theologians call an incommunicable attribute). He is everywhere present in the totality of His being! This may be one of the hardest-to-understand characteristics of God, but one that brings great comfort to us.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: July 26, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Here, There, and Everywhere"
Text: Psalm 139:7-12

Path

One of the Beatles' most melodic hits expressed a couple's romantic desire to be together at all times and in all places and was simply titled, "Here, There and Everywhere." This title also expresses a unique attribute of God (what theologians call an incommunicable attribute). He is everywhere present in the totality of His being! This may be one of the hardest-to-understand characteristics of God, but one that brings great comfort to us.

     
  1. A Universal Question: Where? (v. 7)
  2. A Rational Explanation: There! (vv. 8-12)
    1. Death Doesn't Hide Us from God (v. 8)
    2. Distance Doesn't Hide Us from God (vv. 9-10)
    3. Darkness Doesn't Hide Us from God (vv. 11-12)
  3. A Practical Conclusion (v. 10)
Points

A Universal Question: Where?A Rational Explanation: There!A Practical Conclusion (v. 10)Practice

Connect Up: God's omnipresence flows from His Person—a result of His relationship with His creation—there is nowhere that God is absent. This doesn't mean that God is creation or is in creation as a temporal being. God is non-spatial and non-temporal; He is everywhere at once. How does the reality of God's omnipresence affect the following areas?Connect In: The Bible teaches that Jesus was both human and divine. In His humanity, Jesus was not everywhere at once; He limited this attribute while on earth (see Philippians 2:6). But in His divinity, Jesus' presence adheres to all the attributes of God: He is everywhere. Read Matthew 18:20. How does this text show Christ's omnipresence among His people? How can Jesus be with the Church in all places by His omnipresence? How should the church respond to His presence?

Connect Out: Though God's omnipresence is difficult to completely understand, discuss how you think it influences our evangelism, particularly as it relates to the presence of the Holy Spirit. Using Pastor Skip's points above, discuss the following:

OUTLINE


  1. A Universal Question: Where? (v. 7)

  2. A Rational Explanation: There! (vv. 8-12)

    1. Death Doesn’t Hide Us from God (v. 8)

    2. Distance Doesn’t Hide Us from God (vv. 9-10)

    3. Darkness Doesn’t Hide Us from God (vv. 11-12)

  3. A Practical Conclusion (v. 10)

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: The Unrivaled Power of God
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 139:13-18
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4567

MESSAGE SUMMARY
God is called Almighty fifty-seven times in Scripture. It means that the resources of His power are boundless. He is unlimited in His ability and unconstrained in His capacity. God’s attribute of omnipotence is helpful for us to remember when we are feeling overwhelmed with threatening circumstances. Just as we feel confident when our mobile devices have plenty of battery power to spare, we can live confidently knowing that our great God has power for any of our problems.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: August 2, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Unrivaled Power of God"
Text: Psalm 139:13-18

Path

God is called Almighty fifty-seven times in Scripture. It means that the resources of His power are boundless. He is unlimited in His ability and unconstrained in His capacity. God's attribute of omnipotence is helpful for us to remember when we are feeling overwhelmed with threatening circumstances. Just as we feel confident when our mobile devices have plenty of battery power to spare, we can live confidently knowing that our great God has power for any of our problems.

  1. God's Work Is Marvelous (v. 14)
  2. God's Workmanship Is Meticulous (vv. 13-16)
    1. Creation
    2. Gestation
    3. Preparation
  3. God's Wisdom Is Matchless (vv. 17-18)
Points

God's Work Is Marvelous (v. 14)God's Workmanship Is Meticulous (vv. 13-16)God's Wisdom Is Matchless (vv. 17-18)Practice

Connect Up: Omnipotence is Latin for all (omni) powerful (potent); it is similar to the Hebrew word shaddai, meaning "self-sufficient," or "almighty." In Greek, the word is translated as pantokrator, "all-powerful." God's omnipotence reveals His unlimited power and resources. Connect In: Knowing that there are certain things that God cannot do—or is unwilling to do—such as lie, not love, or overlook sin, how should this influence the church's attitude?  The church should seek to be truthful in all things (both in faith and reason) and should always proclaim the love of Christ to the world (see John 3:16). On the same grounds, the church should not overlook sin—be it abortion, racism, or other social ills. As the moral compass in the world, what is the church's responsibility regarding these types of sin? Do we protest, proclaim God's peace, or remain silent? Is there a time for each? Please be courteous in your discussion.

Connect Out: How should our knowledge of God's omnipotence influence our evangelism? We know that God can save all people. It is His heart that none should perish (see 2 Peter 3:9), but some do not choose Christ. How is God's power tempered by His willingness to give free will to humans?

OUTLINE


  1. God’s Work Is Marvelous (v. 14)

  2. God’s Workmanship Is Meticulous (vv. 13-16)

    1. Creation

    2. Gestation

    3. Preparation

  3. God’s Wisdom Is Matchless (vv. 17-18)

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: Holy, Holy, Holy!
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 6:1-8
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4569

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Holiness sounds scary. Thoughts of dusty, cloistered halls of a monastery fill our minds when we hear the word. We might think of chants and long prayers rather than anthems and short prayers. It hardly seems like an appropriate word for the twenty-first century! But according to one theologian, God’s holiness is the one attribute that binds all His other attributes together. This is the characteristic that most uniquely describes God. Let’s consider it today.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: August 9, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Holy, Holy, Holy!"
Text: Isaiah 6:1-8

Path

Holiness sounds scary. Thoughts of dusty, cloistered halls of a monastery fill our minds when we hear the word. We might think of chants and long prayers rather than anthems and short prayers. It hardly seems like an appropriate word for the twenty-first century! But according to one theologian, God's holiness is the one attribute that binds all His other attributes together. This is the characteristic that most uniquely describes God. Let's consider it today.

  1. Holiness Means Separation (vv. 1-4)
  2. Holiness Magnifies Corruption (v. 5)
  3. Holiness Mandates Purification (vv. 6-7)
  4. Holiness Motivates Commission (v. 8)
Points

Holiness Means Separation (vv. 1-4)Holiness Magnifies Corruption (v. 5)Holiness Mandates Purification (vv. 6-7)Holiness Motivates Commission (v. 8)Practice

Connect Up: Only God is perfectly holy—separate from sin and the stain of unrighteousness. What are the positive and negative aspects of God's holiness? Don Stewart reminds us, "On the negative side, holiness consists of what God does and does not do. He does not look upon or participate in any sin. On the positive side, He always does that which is right." Discuss the positive and negative aspects, giving examples for both.

Connect In: How important is holiness to you personally and to the church? How should we be pursuing it in both spheres? If to be holy is to hate sin and love righteousness, as Pastor Skip said, what does this look like practically?

Connect Out: Chuck Colson said that reading about God's holiness was a catalyst in his conversion. He said it "drove [him] to my knees and dramatically challenged [his] Christian life." How can holiness lead someone to Christ? Can living a holy life act as a witness to a watching world? If so, how?

OUTLINE


  1. Holiness Means Separation (vv. 1-4)

  2. Holiness Magnifies Corruption (v. 5)

  3. Holiness Mandates Purification (vv. 6-7)

  4. Holiness Motivates Commission (v. 8)

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: One Plus One Plus One Equals One?
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 14:1-18
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4571

MESSAGE SUMMARY
One of the most fundamental yet challenging truths in Scripture is the doctrine of the Trinity. The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Try to explain it and you might lose your mind, but try to explain it away and you might lose your soul. The Bible openly teaches the plurality within the Godhead—three persons who are distinct from one another yet perfectly One in essence. How are we to think about this? And how should it affect us personally?

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: August 16, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "One Plus One Plus One Equals One?"
Text: John 14:1-18

Path

One of the most fundamental yet challenging truths in Scripture is the doctrine of the Trinity. The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Try to explain it and you might lose your mind, but try to explain it away and you might lose your soul. The Bible openly teaches the plurality within the Godhead—three persons who are distinct from one another yet perfectly One in essence. How are we to think about this? And how should it affect us personally?

  1. The Three Are a Reality (vv. 1-8)
  2. The Three Share in Divinity (vv. 9, 16)
  3. The Three Pose a Difficulty (vv. 8, 22)
  4. The Three Provide Security (vv. 15-18)
  5. The Three Promote Unity (vv. 16, 26)
Points

The Three Are a Reality (vv. 1-8)The Three Share in Divinity (vv. 9, 16)The Three Pose a Difficulty (vv. 8, 22)The Three Provide Security (vv. 15-18)The Three Promote Unity (vv. 16, 26)Practice

Connect Up: As Pastor Skip states, the Trinity is a mystery, but not illogical. God is one in essence and three in Persons. There is no contradiction in God's Trinity. Why is there no contradiction? Read the following and discuss:
In order for something to be contradictory, it must violate the law of noncontradiction. This law states that A cannot be both A (what it is) and non-A (what it is not) at the same time and in the same relationship. Carrying this concept over to the Trinity, it is not a contradiction for God to be both three and one because He is not three and one in the same way. He is three in a different way than He is one. Thus, we are not saying that God is one and then denying that He is one by saying that He is three. This is very important: God is one and three at the same time, but not in the same way.

Connect In: Using Pastor Skip's statement that the Trinity acts as a guide of unity for the church and believers, discuss how the Trinity can guide believers in family affairs, church affairs, and individual-personal affairs. Love is the common characteristic within the unity. How can love unify a community?

Connect Out: How would you logically describe the Trinity to a doubter or non-believer? Please note math can be the best means to do so. Go here for more help: https://jashow.org/articles/the-trinity/.

OUTLINE


  1. The Three Are a Reality (vv. 1-8)

  2. The Three Share in Divinity (vv. 9, 16)

  3. The Three Pose a Difficulty (vv. 8, 22)

  4. The Three Provide Security (vv. 15-18)

  5. The Three Promote Unity (vv. 16, 26)

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: Pain: God’s Biggest Problem
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 9:1-7
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4573

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Perhaps the biggest impediment to believing in God (as stated by those who don’t) is the presence of pain and suffering in the world. How can there be a God who is benevolent and omnipotent with the sheer volume of grief, misery, travail, and torment at any given moment? Today we explore the theme of a loving God in a universe pockmarked by pain. As Jesus was in Jerusalem with His disciples, they came across a blind man. I’d like to show you four features of this most common and universal of human experiences.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: August 23, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Pain: God's Biggest Problem"
Text: John 9:1-7

Path

Perhaps the biggest impediment to believing in God (as stated by those who don't) is the presence of pain and suffering in the world. How can there be a God who is benevolent and omnipotent with the sheer volume of grief, misery, travail, and torment at any given moment? In this teaching, Pastor Skip explores the theme of a loving God in a universe pockmarked by pain.

  1. Pain Produces Questions (vv. 1-2)
  2. Pain Defies Our Explanations (v. 2)
  3. Pain Requires Clarification (vv. 3-4)
  4. Pain Brings an Obligation (vv. 4-7)
Points

Pain Produces Questions (vv. 1-2)Pain Defies Our Explanations (v. 2)Pain Requires Clarification (vv. 3-4)Pain Brings an Obligation (vv. 4-7)Practice

Connect Up: Theodicy means"the vindication of divine goodness and providence in view of the existence of evil" (Wikipedia). Discuss the two key words from this definition below. How do they relate to pain and God working all things together for good?Connect In: Pastor Skip told us to ponder two questions: Are you willing to embrace suffering if it drives you to God? And are you willing to alleviate suffering to drive others to God? Answer these two questions. How has suffering drawn you closer to God? In what areas are you—or have you been—willing to alleviate suffering in the world?

Connect Out: How would you answer a skeptic or atheist regarding the problem of evil, pain, and suffering in the world? How can you show that Jesus is the final answer to pain, the vindication of God, via His resurrection and future eradication of all evil (see Revelation 21:1-8; 22:3)?Here's food for thought using a summary of Alvin Plantinga's argument: "Though omnipotent, God could not be expected to do literally anything. God could not, for example, create square circles, act contrary to his nature, or, more relevantly, create beings with free will that would never choose evil" (Wikipedia). Plantinga further argued that God could use the moral value of human free will as a morally justified reason for permitting the existence of evil.For helpful resources, see Norman Geisler's If God, Why Evil?, Alvin Plantinga's God, Freedom, and Evil,and C.S. Lewis's The Problem of Pain.

OUTLINE


  1. Pain Produces Questions (vv. 1-2)

  2. Pain Defies Our Explanations (v. 2)

  3. Pain Requires Clarification (vv. 3-4)

  4. Pain Brings an Obligation (vv. 4-7)

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: Christ Jesus Our Lord
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:5-11
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4575

MESSAGE SUMMARY
At the very center of history’s stage stands Jesus Christ. He has no peers. The Father in heaven sent Him on the mission of redemption and He humbly surrendered. When it was accomplished, He conquered death itself by resurrection and returned to glory. In what is considered by many to be the greatest single statement about Jesus Christ in the New Testament, Paul succinctly framed His humiliation, His exaltation, and His example to us.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap Notes: August 30, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Christ Jesus Our Lord"
Text: Philippians 2:5-11

Path

At the very center of history's stage stands Jesus Christ. He has no peers. The Father in heaven sent Him on the mission of redemption and He humbly surrendered. When it was accomplished, He conquered death itself by resurrection and returned to glory. In what is considered by many to be the greatest single statement about Jesus Christ in the New Testament, Paul succinctly framed His humiliation, His exaltation, and His example to us.

  1. The Humility of Christ (vv. 5-8)
  2. The Glory of Christ (vv. 9-11)
  3. The Mentality of Christ (v. 5)
Points

The Humility of Christ (vv. 5-8) The Glory of Christ (vv. 9-11)The Mentality of Christ (v. 5)Practice

Connect Up: Christ is the ultimate example of God showing humility. What are some other ways God has demonstrated humility and mercy? Consider creation, grace, forgiveness, and love. Does God have to do anything for us?

Connect In: How are we to show humility within the church? Consider the areas of service, forgiveness, and compassion. In what areas can you demonstrate more humility in your life? What steps can you take to become more like Jesus?

Connect Out: In what ways should humility come into play in evangelism? Discuss this acronym Pastor Skip has used in the past—LOVE:
Listen sincerely
Observe where they're coming from
Voice God's truth
Embrace them with the love of God in Christ

OUTLINE


  1. The Humility of Christ (vv. 5-8)

    1. The Humility of His Birth

    2. The Humility of His Life

    3. The Humility of His Death

  2. The Glory of Christ (vv. 9-11)

    1. His Resurrection

    2. His Exaltation

  3. The Mentality of Christ (v. 5)

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: The Atonement: His Death, Our Life
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 12:20-33
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4577

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Wasn’t there any other way for God to save human beings than by sending His Son to die? The very idea of a bloody crucifixion sounds brutal and barbarous to some, yet it is the centerpiece of our faith. What is the big deal about the atonement? Why the cross? Why had it been the plan of God through the ages? Today we examine the death of Christ for us and, in His own words, His own estimation of its necessity and consequence.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap Notes: September 6, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Atonement: His Death, Our Life"
Text: John 12:20-33

Path

Wasn't there any other way for God to save human beings than by sending His Son to die? The very idea of a bloody crucifixion sounds brutal and barbarous to some, yet it is the centerpiece of our faith. What is the big deal about the atonement? Why the cross? Why had it been the plan of God through the ages? In this teaching, Pastor Skip examines the death of Christ for us and, in Jesus' own words, His own estimation of its necessity and consequence.

  1. His Death Was a Priority (vv. 24-26)
  2. His Death Came with Agony (v. 27a)
  3. His Death Accentuated Glory (vv. 23, 27b-28)
  4. His Death Brought Victory (vv. 29-33)
Points

His Death Was a Priority (vv. 24-26)His Death Came with Agony (v. 27a)His Death Accentuated Glory (vv. 23, 27b-28)His Death Brought Victory (vv. 29-33)Practice

Connect Up: The fact that Jesus went through such intense suffering on the cross means He can relate to our suffering firsthand. He knows and understands the sorrow and heartbreak we experience as human beings. Read Hebrews 4:14-16. What do these verses mean for your personal relationship with God?

Connect In: Jesus saw His whole life and death as a means to glorify God. Put another way, He lived and died to glorify God. Why do you live and to what end will you die? What is the purpose for your existence? How are you using your talents and spiritual gifts to further God's kingdom, both inside and outside the church?

Connect Out: First Corinthians 1:18 tells us that "the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing" (see also 2 Corinthians 4:3-4). In light of that, how are we to share the message of the cross with unbelievers? Read John 16:7-11 and discuss the role the Holy Spirit plays in our interactions with people who don't yet believe.

OUTLINE


  1. His Death Was a Priority (vv. 24-26)

  2. His Death Came with Agony (v. 27a)

  3. His Death Accentuated Glory (vv. 23, 27b-28)

  4. His Death Brought Victory (vv. 29-33)

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: He’s Alive! Proofs of the Resurrection
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4579

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Just as your own heart is the pump that brings life-giving blood to your entire body, so is the resurrection of Jesus that gives life to the gospel message. Without it, our faith would be totally useless; our message would be utterly powerless. The resurrection is also what separates Jesus Christ from every other spiritual leader and would-be messiah. It validates His teaching. It authenticates His claims. It substantiates His promises. And it corroborates our confidence in Him as our Savior and Lord.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap Notes: September 13, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "He's Alive! Proofs of the Resurrection"
Text: 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

Path

Just as your own heart is the pump that brings life-giving blood to your entire body, so is the resurrection of Jesus that gives life to the gospel message. Without it, our faith would be totally useless; our message would be utterly powerless. The resurrection is also what separates Jesus Christ from every other spiritual leader and would-be messiah. It validates His teaching. It authenticates His claims. It substantiates His promises. And it corroborates our confidence in Him as our Savior and Lord.

  1. It Was Anticipated in Scripture (v. 3)
  2. It Was after His Death (vv. 3-4)
  3. It Was Affirmed by Others (vv. 5-8)
Points

It Was Anticipated in Scripture (v. 3)It Was after His Death (vv. 3-4)It Was Affirmed by Others (vv. 5-8)Practice

Connect Up:Pastor Skip mentioned a few Old Testament verses that foreshadow and prophesy about the death and resurrection of Jesus. Look up each of these references and discuss the details of how it refers to Jesus:Connect In:Why is the resurrection the pinnacle point for the Christian church? How is Jesus more than just a good moral teacher? Discuss C.S. Lewis' trilemma: Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord. Why is the last example the only viable option, historically speaking? For more insight, visit https://www.josh.org/jesus-liar-lunatic-lord.

Connect Out: How would you frame the importance of the eyewitness accounts of the resurrection to an unbeliever? Discuss these quotes Pastor Skip shared:

OUTLINE


  1. It Was Anticipated in Scripture (v. 3)

  2. It Was after His Death (vv. 3-4)

  3. It Was Affirmed by Others (vv. 5-8)

    1. He Appeared to Peter

    2. He Appeared to the Twelve

    3. He Appeared to the Five Hundred

    4. He Appeared to James

    5. He Appeared to Paul

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: The Holy Spirit in the World
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 16:5-11
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4581

MESSAGE SUMMARY
We are not alone in the universe! That’s the premise of most sci-fi documentaries, but I’m not referring to alien life from another galaxy, rather to the living God Himself. In particular, I am referring to the Holy Spirit. He has a particular role when it comes to working in this world, and that is to awaken people to their great need for Christ. In our series 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly, we will turn in the next few weeks to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. What is His role in the life of the unbeliever and the life of the believer?

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap Notes: September 20, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Holy Spirit in the World"
Text: John 16:5-11

Path

We are not alone in the universe! That's the premise of most sci-fi documentaries, but in this message, Pastor Skip wasn't referring to alien life from another galaxy, rather to the living God Himself. In particular, he was referring to the Holy Spirit. The Spirit has a particular role when it comes to working in this world, and that is to awaken people to their great need for Christ. We'll turn in the next few weeks to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. What is His role in the life of the unbeliever and the life of the believer?

  1. His Presence Is Needful (vv. 5-7)
  2. His Pressure Is Unmistakable (vv. 8-11)
  3. His People Are Instrumental (v. 7)
Points

His Presence Is Needful (vv. 5-7)His Pressure Is Unmistakable (vv. 8-11)His People Are Instrumental (v. 7)Practice

Connect Up: What do the three persons within the Godhead have in common? Here are some points to get you started: free will, love, essence, and purpose. What other characteristics can you think of? Take time to read the Athanasian Creed below, an early statement of faith. What do you learn about the Holy Spirit from this creed?

That we worship one God in trinity and the trinity in unity,
neither blending their persons
nor dividing their essence.
For the person of the Father is a distinct person,
the person of the Son is another,
and that of the Holy Spirit still another.
But the divinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one,
their glory equal, their majesty coeternal….
The Father is eternal,
the Son is eternal,
the Holy Spirit is eternal.
And yet there are not three eternal beings;
there is but one eternal being.
So too there are not three uncreated or immeasurable beings;
there is but one uncreated and immeasurable being.
Connect In: Every Christian is the result of the Spirit's work of convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. How did the Holy Spirit convict you of your need for Christ? Did you resist or surrender immediately? If you resisted, how did the Holy Spirit act as a hound of heaven, not letting you off the hook in reminding you of your need for Jesus?

Connect Out: As Pastor Skip reminded us, Christians work in tandem with the Holy Spirit. Is there someone the Spirit may be leading you to love, show compassion to, or share the gospel with this week? Why do you believe you are being led? What are the signs or feelings? Take time to pray for this person.

OUTLINE


  1. His Presence Is Needful (vv. 5-7)

    1. Jesus Would Be Leaving

    2. The Spirit Will Be Leading

  2. His Pressure Is Unmistakable (vv. 8-11)

    1. He Convicts the World of Sin

    2. He Convicts the World of Righteousness

    3. He Convicts the World of Judgment

  3. His People Are Instrumental (v. 7)

    1. He Works In Tandem with Us

    2. We Witness In Tandem with Him

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: Who Is the Holy Spirit?
SPEAKER: Nate Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 16
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4587

MESSAGE SUMMARY
There can be a lot of mystery and misinformation surrounding the Holy Spirit. When we look to Scripture, however, the third person of the Godhead comes into clear focus. In this teaching, Nate Heitzig describes the person of the Holy Spirit, His work both at scale in the world and individually in the hearts of believers, and how He helps you gain a deeper understanding of God's Word.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap Notes: October 11, 2020
Speaker: Nate Heitzig
Teaching: "Who Is the Holy Spirit?"
Text: John 16

Path

C.S. Lewis stated, "If you do not lis­ten to The­ol­ogy, that will not mean that you have no ideas about God. It will mean that you have a lot of wrong ones—bad, mud­dled, out-of-date ideas." And the best place to begin to learn about theology is from God Himself—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—as found in God's Word, the Bible. In this teaching, Nate Heitzig looks at the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead.

  1. The Person of the Holy Spirit
  2. The Profession of the Holy Spirit
  3. The Priorities of the Holy Spirit
Points

The Person of the Holy SpiritThe Profession of the Holy SpiritThe Priorities of the Holy SpiritPractice

Connect Up: As the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit is God, uncreated, immeasurable, eternal, almighty, and Lord. As God, Christians worship the Holy Spirit in unity of God's nature—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Knowing that the Holy Spirit is God, what common characteristics does He share with the Father and Son? What different roles does He have? As an example, discuss the similarities of essence, will, and nature (attributes of God). Some of His unique roles were described in the message—conviction, sealing, leading people to truth, etc.

Connect In: As people who have invited God—via the Holy Spirit—into our lives (see John 3:1-12), what are some of the daily partnerships Christians have with the Spirit? Look up the following verses and discuss. What does each partnership mean?Connect Out: As Nate stated, the most effective tool we have in our spiritual toolbox is sharing the gospel. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in conversion? What is the role of the Christian in evangelism? In both cases, the Christian should not quench the Spirit's work (see 1 Thessalonians 5:19). The word Paul used for quench in 1 Thessalonians means to extinguish, like putting out a fire. How can we ensure we are not quenching the work of the Spirit in evangelism? If you have an example of either quenching the Spirit or allowing the Spirit to work, please share.

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: Help Has Arrived!
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 14:15-18
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4589

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Someone said to me this past week, “Life is hard, but God is good!” We all know it’s true. To live for God in an ungodly world is challenging, sometimes daunting. But God never intended for us to try it alone! He has provided for us a Helper, the Holy Spirit, who is not only at work in the world around us but is very busy working inside of us. Let’s drill down into the promise Jesus gave to His disciples in the upper room about the coming Spirit.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap Notes: October 18, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Help Has Arrived!"
Text: John 14:15-18

Path

Someone said this past week, "Life is hard, but God is good!" We all know it's true. To live for God in an ungodly world is challenging, sometimes daunting. But God never intended for us to try it alone! He has provided for us a Helper, the Holy Spirit, who is not only at work in the world around us but is very busy working inside of us. In this teaching, Pastor Skip drills down into the promise Jesus gave His disciples in the upper room about the coming Spirit.

  1. The Spirit Is an Active Helper (v. 16)
  2. The Spirit Is a Similar Helper (v. 16)
  3. The Spirit Is a Permanent Helper (v. 16)
  4. The Spirit Is a Reliable Helper (v. 17a)
  5. The Spirit Is an Exclusive Helper (v. 17b)
Points

The Spirit Is an Active Helper (v. 16)The Spirit Is a Similar Helper (v. 16)The Spirit Is a Permanent Helper (v. 16)The Spirit Is a Reliable Helper (v. 17a)The Spirit Is an Exclusive Helper (v. 17b)Practice

Connect Up: Further discuss the unique roles of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer using the three prepositions explained by Pastor Skip. How is each preposition vital for eternal life with Christ?Connect In: How has the Holy Spirit led you in discovering God's truth, whether that's in specific revelation (the Bible) or general revelation (creation)? Has He ever provided comfort or counsel in a difficult situation?

Connect Out: Jesus stated that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (see John 16:8). How can these three things act as a template for evangelism? Consider these points:

OUTLINE


  1. The Spirit Is an Active Helper (v. 16)

  2. The Spirit Is a Similar Helper (v. 16)

  3. The Spirit Is a Permanent Helper (v. 16)

  4. The Spirit Is a Reliable Helper (v. 17a)

  5. The Spirit Is an Exclusive Helper (v. 17b)

 


 

SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: God’s Purpose for People
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1-3
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4591

MESSAGE SUMMARY
After spending several weeks considering God’s nature and character, we now turn to mankind. What is the purpose of the people inhabiting this planet? How can we fulfill the God-given destiny that He originally had in mind when He placed us here? Someone once said that the two most significant days in one’s life are first, the day we were born, and second, the day we discovered what we were born for. Let’s go back to the beginning.

OUTLINE


  1. God’s Creation of Man (Genesis 1:1-2, 26)

  2. God’s Reflection in Man (Genesis 1:26-31)

  3. God’s Interaction with Man (Genesis 3:8-9)


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