June 2017

A study of the book of Habakkuk - embracing the opportunity to wait for and trust God when life seems unfair.

Sermons in this series
Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Series: Unfair
Duration: 36 mins
Unfair week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on June 25, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. The message that Habakkuk was hearing from God was just very difficult to wrap his head around. He didn't feel like God was being fair. If we are honest, we all have times in life that we feel like that. Look back at "The Dip" Getting Beyond the Dip: 1. Stop and Listen 2. Write and Remember 3. Wait and Trust James 1:2-4 Habakkuk 3:2 He is saying that he remembers and understands all that there is to God, but that he feels as though God is not following through on who he is in that moment. So if he as well as us at times are in the dip - we have to... Climb out of the the dip! Climbing Out of the Dip means: 1. Recall God's track record 2. Accept what God is doing 3. Trust what God is going to do Habakkuk 3:16-19 When you find yourself in the dip in any area of your life, choose to trust…. choose to trust and lean in to a God who is so passionately in love with you… a God who so desired to be with you for eternity that He gave His only son to take the penalty that we deserve for our unfaithfulness. Choose to trust a God who is FOR you, who has a plan for your life, who desires to have an intimate relationship with you. Trust the God who has an amazing track record and trust that what He is doing currently in your life and what He wants to do in your future is for your good and for your growth. And if you keep leaning in you will find that He shows up… time and time again. And your trust in Him will grow and grow and grow. And you will eventually get to the point, not that’s easy to do all the time, where you will trust your tomorrows to the God who has shown up time and time again in your yesterdays. And you’ll realize that’s there’s nothing unfair about Him after all.
Sun, Jun 18, 2017
Series: Unfair
Duration: 36 mins
Unfair week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on June 18, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. The message that Habakkuk was hearing from God was something that he just couldn’t wrap his head around. What God was telling him was that the people were going to be punished for their disobedience. He was looking around at life and just didn’t feel like God was doing what He should be doing, He wasn’t being fair. Have you ever felt that way toward God? Have you ever looked around at all the things that are happening in your own life and in our world today and started to question how fair God is being? My guess is some of these questions and thoughts are ones that you’ve had somewhere along the line in your story and experiences. Habakkuk 1:2-4 If you fast-forward from this Old Testament book to today, people ask these same questions all the time, “God, why is it that the evil people, they seem to prosper, but the good people, all these bad things happen to them? Why is it that I work hard at work and I’m honest, and then the jerk over there that’s being dishonest and manipulative gets promoted? Because it sure seems like in all of these situations that God COULD do something, and that God SHOULD do something…but often He doesn’t. Why? Why doesn’t God seem fair?” Habakkuk had the same kinds of questions. And Habakkuk loved God dearly. Unfortunately, many of us grew up in environments that said it wasn’t ok to question God. So when we get to those seasons of doubt, we have important decisions to make… because what do we do when what we see isn’t consistent with what we believe? We follow the example of Habakkuk who took his honest questions to God. The Dip: Perseverance James 1:2-4 Habakkuk 2:1 Now he’s doing something that so many of us are terrible at doing… he’s waiting on God. Getting Beyond the Dip 1. Stop and Listen 2. Write and Remember 3. Wait and Trust Habakkuk 2:2-3 When we find ourselves in the waiting period in The Dip we need to draw strength from the first two steps of getting through The Dip… take our questions, take our doubts to God and then be intentional about stopping and listening for His response, and then we need to write and remember so that we are reminded on a regular basis of all the times that God has come through in our lives and how faithful He is and how much we can rely on Him to fulfill His promises in our lives, even if it’s not in the timing we desire. 2 Corinthians 5:7 For those of us who have made a decision for Jesus, we will live by faith. You live by faith. You don’t walk by what you SEE; but instead, you live by faith in what you KNOW to be true about God.

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