Advent: “Believe!” 12.18.16 – Pastor Lerum

“Believe!” – Matthew 1:18-25 – Pastor Bruce Lerum

You are not what you feel. You are what you believe. – Joyce Meyer

Joseph started out feeling and ended up believing.

Matthew 1:24 “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.”

Seeing it on the Internet does not make it true.

We either believe all of God’s Word or none of it.

2 Timothy 4:16-17  “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

“Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, seek not to understand so that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.”  – St. Augustine.

Matthew 1:20 “But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream…”

 

Study Questions:

1. Joseph found himself “between a rock and a hard place.” What was the issue with which he was dealing?

2. Our mind tells us one thing and the beliefs of our heart another. What does it mean that we are not what we feel, but are what we believe?

3. Should we change how we feel or change what we believe?

4. Cultural influence surrounds us. We hear it. We see it. The internet and other technology is part of that influence. Where does the influence of God’s Word fit into all of this? Does it fit in or is it the foundation whereby we measure all else?

5. Like Joseph we are to believe in order that we might understand. What is it that God does in us through the Holy Spirit that takes us from understanding to believing?

 

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