We transitioned this week into another part of our relationship with God and others, by talking about our relationship with ourselves. This week’s discussion talks about self esteem, or as Dave likes to call it God esteem. And how our self worth can impact our relationships. The sermon notes are below. Please look them over!
Choose God: Part 4
- Our relationship with Christ begins to dissipate if we aren’t continually fighting for it–not that He stops pursuing us, it’s that we stop pursuing Him. David says that this pursuit should be “like a Lion pursues his prey.” We should be pursing Him with reckless abandonment.
- This week we talked about another key relationship: our relationship with ourselves.
- Look at Mark 12:31.
- Rank how you feel about yourself from 1-10. Now look at how you treat other people. Are the two numbers the same?
- So, how do we improve our self esteem? What does God say about us and how do we believe it?
- Look at Genesis 1:27. This tells us who we are. We are created in the image of God. When you look in the mirror you are seeing the image of God.
- It’s not self-esteem, it’s God-esteem.
- Sin trains us to see the flaws. God wants us to see Him.
- Ask yourself: Do I see myself as a sinner or do I see myself as saved?
- Before Jesus came, guilt and shame were past down from generation to generation. All anyone could do was push it forward and try not to deal with it. Guilt is feeling remorse for something you did in the past. We tend to believe that Jesus dies for our sins, but forget that he also carried the guilt of our sins so that we don’t have to.
- We continue to only see the flaws, so we continue to feel ashamed. There is brokenness because we haven’t really accepted the Gospel in our lives.
- Look at Genesis 2:7.
- As you inhale or exhale you are breathing God in and out. This is why our words have so much power, they are God-breathed.
- Look at Psalm 22:3
- We need to be praising God with the breath He gave us.
- We aren’t comfortable with praise but we should be. Praise to us is praise to God because we are made in God’s image.
- Look at 1 Corinthians 12:26-27.
- Are we rejoicing in others’ successes or are we comparing their achievements with our own failures?
- Look at Matthew 18:20. When you go to youth group you are making an active choice to be a part of the body of Christ.
- This is why we need to come together and be transparent with one another.