28. The Second Yes

Reading Plan

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:

  1. MONDAY: 2 Corinthians 1
  2. TUESDAY: Ephesians 1
  3. WEDNESDAY: Mark 14
  4. THURSDAY: Philippians 2
  5. FRIDAY: 1 Kings 17
  6. SATURDAY: Jeremiah 29
  7. SUNDAY: John 1

eGroup Discussion Questions – Great for personal reflection/journaling, too!

Sermon Notes: “The Second Yes” ⤵️

Preacher: Steve Furtick
Passage: 2 Corinthians 1:15-22
Title: The Second Yes
Series: Available
Date: November 17, 2019


Main Passage: 2 Corinthians 1:15-22 (NIV)

15 Because I was confident of this, I wanted to visit you first so that you might benefit twice. 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my way to Judea. 17 Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both “Yes, yes” and “No, no”?

18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.


Introduction

  • Pastor Steven begins his sermon asking if there are any engaged couples in the house. When one couple is identified, he has them stand up. They joke about how he asked her by waking her up late at night, but the point was this: “You have no idea what you’ve said ‘Yes’ to yet.”
  • How many of you know there’s a difference between joining a gym…
    • [He doesn’t need to finish this sentence! His whole sermon is about how easily we say “Yes” to God with our words but there is a “second ‘Yes'” we need to say in our actions when the going gets tough.]
  • Sometimes in life, what you say “Yes” to will be tested.

A. Sometimes things don’t go according to our plans, but they go according to God’s purpose.

  • God’s favorite word isn’t “No,” it’s “Yes.” (1 Corinthians 1:20)
    • Before you asked for forgiveness he said “Yes.”
    • “He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” (Ephesians 1:4, ESV)
    • “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29, ESV)
    • One drop of his blood is enough to forgive the worst of sins.
  • When you said yes to Christ… what did you say yes to?
    • A concept of god?
    • Yes… unless?
    • Yes… except?
    • Yes… I’ll follow until the plan changes?
    • The disciples followed Jesus until Jesus went to the cross. [Then they abandoned him. (Matthew 26:56; Mark 14:50)]
  • Is your “Yes” being tested?
  • I know why the devil fought me so hard at some points in my life because he knew where my “Yes” to more than I did.

B. Our Plan B is God’s Plan A

  • There’s a difference between something being available and something being accessible. Pastor Steven shares a story about his daughter asking him to help her make some cereal. She had the bowl and the box but she couldn’t reach the milk. The milk was available, but she couldn’t access it.
  • We’re not waiting on God’s “Yes” (1 Corinthians 1:20), God is waiting on our “Yes.”
  • Sometimes God has to adjust the plan to accomplish the purpose.
    • What if your Plan B was God’s Plan A all along?
  • Is God waiting on your “Yes”?
    • Jesus in Gethsemane [Mark 14:35-36, “Everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”]
      • Jesus’ first “Yes” was to flesh. [Philippians 2:7]
      • Jesus’ second “Yes” was to death. [Philippians 2:8]
  • God is testing your “Yes.”
    • God doesn’t want you to trust in your own plan because your plan is fickle. (1 Corinthians 1:17)
      • I don’t check the weather to see if I come to church.
      • I don’t check my mood to see if God is good.
    • Some of us are “Meat Loaf Christians.” “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”
  • Our First Yes: Believing that everything comes from God.
  • Our Second Yes: Believing that the first part goes back to him.
    • [Nick: Our first “Yes” is something intellectual that happens in our brains or something emotional that happens in our gut, but our second “Yes” requires faith/trust (God’s love language) and happens in our heart.]
  • Some of us need to get better at saying “No” so we can say “Yes” to the right things.

C. God Didn’t Say “Seek the Plan,” He Said “Seek Me.”

  • Don’t worry if someone leaves your life. God will meet your need in another way.
  • God’s provision is in your assignment:
    • God uses Elijah to bring a drought on the land (1 Kings 17:1)
    • While there was a drought, God took care of Elijah in the Kerith Ravine, where there was a brook and the ravens brought him food. (Ravens were considered unclean by the Jews.) (1 Kings 17:2-6)
    • Then the brook dried up. (1 Kings 17:7)
      • God wants you to depend on him, not on his support system.
    • God had a different assignment for Elijah: He sends him to a widow in Zarephath to provide him food. (1 Kings 17:8-9)
    • When Elijah arrives, the widow says that this is the last of the food that they have, that she intends to eat this food with her child and then die. (1 Kings 17:10-12)
      • Sometimes God asks you for something you don’t think you have.
    • But God uses Elijah to multiply the widow’s supply. (1 Kings 17:13-16)
      • Maybe God sent you not to have your needs met, but to meet a need.
      • This takes faith/trust!
  • We all love Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
    • But we need to read verses 12 and 13, too: “‘Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.'”
    • God didn’t say “Seek the plan.”
    • God said, “Seek me.”
  • God knew what he was getting himself into when he said “Yes” to you.

Conclusion

  • “I will trust you and obey
    When your Spirit speaks to me
    With my whole heart I’ll agree
    And my answer will be yes, Lord, yes”
    • It’s the second “Yes” that matters.
  • You have no idea what is connected to your “Yes” (not “Yes unless”) until you say it.
  • In order for a “Yes” to be meaningful, the opportunity for a “No” has to be available.
  • Covenant = For better or worse, yes Lord yes.

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