SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2021
9:30 AM (In-person + livestream, Pilgrim campus)
11:15 AM (In-person, IBC campus)
PEACE WITH SELF SERIES
Know Yourself, Looking Below the Surface
You are an iceberg; there is far more to you than meets the eye. Psalm 139:23 declares, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts”.
What happens when we forget this principle and the underlying things in our lives go unobserved? We already believe we’re aware of what is going on inside of us. The truth is most of us have not allowed Jesus to transform the deep layers underneath the surface. This week we explore this first principle of emotional health. There is a big break, a big wall, between who we really are right now and the image we portray. Inside of us, there are forces and motivations that need to be examined. This is at the center of becoming a saint, of maturing, part of the work of being a Christian, and the church. Ask better questions and know yourself!
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TEXTS: Luke 4:1-13, Psalm 139:23
BIG IDEA: What’s the Story Behind the Story, Learning to Look Below the Surface.
CORE SCRIPTURE: Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts… -Psalm 139:23
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. -Colossians 1:28
KEY CONCEPTS: Integrity, Courage, Authenticity
SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF EMOTIONAL HEALTH ARE:
The Problem of Emotionally Unhealthy Spirituality (Saul)
EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY SPIRITUALITY NUMBER 1
Looking beneath the surface, learning to know yourself - Finding out what’s in your heart
Anyone in the church who is older, wiser and more mature should recognize that inherent in the Christian Calling and identity is a responsibility to invest time, personally and generously, in the lives of others. -Becoming Saints 211 Gordon T Smith.
Honesty is a Christian value, seeing things as they really are. It is truth that makes freedom possible. Bondage and brokenness is based on living a lie - either a facade, a false front like so many buildings OR ignoring hard truths.
When you run from your feelings you create a break in your person. You wear a mask with yourself and others a lot. In Jesus' temptation in the wilderness there are three false identities or masks that Satan offers him and still today us.
HOW TO EXPOSE OUR FALSE SELF, Luke 4:1-13
“if I am willing to go deep beneath the iceberg of my present self, I have to be willing to suffer the discomfort and pain that is part of the pioneering new parts of myself--the good, the bad, and the ugly. People in emotionally healthy churches do these regular heart checkups as they hit walls in their journey with Christ.” EHS, 77.
KING SAUL AND PROPHET SAMUEL'S "SKIMMING"
FOUR COMPONENTS OF GOING BENEATH THE SURFACE
4. Getting Rid of the “Glittering Image”
WRAP UP/ FINAL THOUGHTS
Next Sunday breaking the power of the past - a new look at generational “curses”
For Reflection and Discussion
(From Emotionally Healthy Spirituality study guide Study 2)