If you’re looking to dive deeper into what the Bible says about this topic, here’s a suggested Reading Plan, one passage per day for a whole week, based on the sermon: [This week, the reading focuses on the story of Jesus’ last few moments with the disciples before his crucifixion, along with the resurrection, as we look forward to Easter.]
- MONDAY: John 14
- TUESDAY: John 15
- WEDNESDAY: John 16
- THURSDAY: John 17
- FRIDAY: John 18-19 (Good Friday)
- SATURDAY: Psalm 23
- SUNDAY: John 20-21 (Easter)
eGroup Discussion Questions – Great for personal reflection/journaling, too!
Sermon Notes: “I Know the Way” ⤵️
Preacher: Holly Furtick
Passage: Psalm 77
Title: I Know the Way
Date: April 5, 2020
Today’s sermon notes were taken during the 9:30 livestream from the Ballentyne campus.
Easter is next week and the Resurrection has not been cancelled!
Today is Palm Sunday where we celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus entering Jerusalem. (Matthew 21:1, Mark 11:1, Luke 19:28, John 12:12, prophesied in Zechariah 9:9)
A. My Worries
- Pastor Holly shares a story about following a particular hiking trail at a park.
- To follow Sugarloaf Trail, they needed to follow the orange triangles, but after a while, because of the overlapping trails, they lost the triangles. So Pastor Steven says, “I can’t be lost for much longer.” Have you ever felt that way?
1 I cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands,
and I would not be comforted.
3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned;
I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.
4 You kept my eyes from closing;
I was too troubled to speak.
5 I thought about the former days,
the years of long ago;
6 I remembered my songs in the night.
My heart meditated and my spirit asked:
7 “Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again?
8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
- It’s easier to blame God than to take responsibility for my own heart.
- “Don’t let doubt and self-centeredness cut you off in the middle of your story.” [Quoting Pastor Steven from There’s a Hole in Your Story]
B. His Ways
- Twist in Verse 10, focus shifts from self to God:
10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
13 Your ways, God, are holy.
What god is as great as our God?
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
16 The waters saw you, God,
the waters saw you and writhed;
the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,
the heavens resounded with thunder;
your arrows flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
your lightning lit up the world;
the earth trembled and quaked.
19 Your path led through the sea,
your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.
20 You led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
- Sometimes the only way to look forward is to circle back. To stop. Remember how powerful God is. “You turn seas into highways.”
- He was with me the last time. He’ll be with me this time. (Psalm 23)
- Our shepherd is leading his flock and he knows where the green pastures are. He’s with us every step of the way.
- Pastor Holly shares a story about visiting Israel and having a guide, otherwise they would have just wandered around.
- God is our guide and he shows us where his love and hope and grace is. God is our guide, not our Uber driver.
- Pastor Holly talks about reading a book about Psalm 23 written by a shepherd and shares a part about “nose flies” that distract and annoy, but oil applied to the sheep’s head helps the sheep to calm down and rest.
- Rather than focusing on the news, the numbers, or scaring myself to think I have Coronavirus (the nose flies) I trust in God who has anointed my head with oil. (Psalm 23:5b)
- You need to have your head anointed with oil before your cup can overflow. (Psalm 23:5b)
- We don’t know how long this virus with last but we do have God’s Word.
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”
- When you don’t know the way, Jesus is the way.
- I know the way because I know Jesus.
- God is saying, “You don’t need to know the end because you know me. You know the way.”