Lost In Translation

“Suffering is the result of sinning.” NOPE.

With great confidence people will often quote twisted scripture and skewed ideas they’re convinced represent God’s thoughts and perspective. Some of these diverged ideals have become so common they’ve even been absorbed as truth into our contemporary church culture. These ways of thinking are popular, but misleading. This message series will help us translate what God really says.  

Job’s friends wrongly assumed his suffering was a result of sinning. But that was not true. We can all expect suffering—it is an inevitable part of our broken world, but don’t forget the powerful resource that you have in Christ. Entrust your life to His ever-present care and control. He loves you. He will help you endure and will use your suffering for good.

Message Notes

“Suffering is the result of sinning.”
False.

Job is the age-old poster child for suffering.
His three friends believed he was suffering because he sinned.

Far from being a sign of sin, suffering sometimes comes when we are most obedient.

But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection.Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons.

Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated.

They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised.
Hebrews 11:35-39

We may never know why we suffer—Job didn’t.

But Jesus will always be with us.
We can hold on to God and know that he will be with us.
He will use our suffering for good purpose.

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you.I will never abandon you.”
Hebrews 13:5

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

There IS PTSD.
But there is also PTG.

Post-traumatic growth is positive change experienced as a result of suffering or struggle with a major life crisis or a traumatic event.

See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.
Isaiah 48:10

So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.
I Peter 4:19

Bottom Line:

Suffering is part of life in our broken world, but Jesus will never leave us alone.

Next Steps:

  1. Memorize Hebrews 13:5, John 16:33

  2. Determine to be changed for the better by the things you experience.

“God won’t give you more than you can handle.” NOPE.

With great confidence people will often quote twisted scripture and skewed ideas they’re convinced represent God’s thoughts and perspective. Some of these diverged ideals have become so common they’ve even been absorbed as truth into our contemporary church culture. These ways of thinking are popular, but misleading. This message series will help us translate what God really says.  

God will absolutely give you more than you can handle; but he will never give you more than HE can handle.Recognizing your own weakness and need of God is an essential part of growing in your walk with Christ.

“Do not judge.” NOPE.

With great confidence people will often quote twisted scripture and skewed ideas they’re convinced represent God’s thoughts and perspective. Some of these diverged ideals have become so common they’ve even been absorbed as truth into our contemporary church culture. These ways of thinking are popular, but misleading. This message series will help us translate what God really says.

People often only take the two words “Judge Not” from Jesus’ teachings and translate that to mean we are supposed to simply mind our own business and “live and let live.” Actually, God formed the church for community, accountability, honesty, and healthy relationships.

Message Notes

Do not judge.

Thou shalt not size me up and write me off.

Why do we judge?

  • Jealousy

  • Self-Righteous

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, “Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,” when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.
Matthew 7:1-6

Jesus commands us to deal with our own issues to help others with their issues.

Judge Not is not equal to Care Not.

  1. You size people up and write them off.
    If the sin of others does not break your heart, it’s probably because your heart has never been broken by your own sin.

  2. You size people up and walk away.
    You can see clearly now. The plank is gone.

  3. You’ve been sized up and refuse to listen.
    Defensiveness ensures that your past will continue to show up in your future.

“Obedience always leads to prosperity.” NOPE.

With great confidence people will often quote twisted scripture and skewed ideas they’re convinced represent God’s thoughts and perspective. Some of these diverged ideals have become so common they’ve even been absorbed as truth into our contemporary church culture. These ways of thinking are popular, but misleading. This message series will help us translate what God really says.  

There are some groups who teach a winning slot machine gospel: Obeying Jesus leads to windfalls and favor. They believe that if Christ is on their side, they will have success in all their endeavors. The truth is our peace and reward in any situation comes from trusting that God is in control and knows what he is doing.

Message Notes

Misquote:
Obedience leads to windfalls and prosperity.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we cannot see.
Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 11 describes the difference between living in God’s promise and waiting for God’s promise.

All these people were still living by faith when they died.
Hebrews 11:13

And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, and Jephthah, about David, Samuel and the prophets. Who, through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again… There were others… Who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging; and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted, and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.
Hebrews 11:32-39

Is this the truth?

"God Helps Those Who Help Themselves.” NOPE.

With great confidence people will often quote twisted scripture and skewed ideas they’re convinced represent God’s thoughts and perspective. Some of these diverged ideals have become so common they’ve even been absorbed as truth into our contemporary church culture. These ways of thinking are popular, but misleading. This message series will help us translate what God really says

The world says, “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me”. We are encouraged to pursue what we believe we deserve, and assume that God/the Universe moves toward those who unabashedly go for their dreams. But Jesus calls for us to seek the Kingdom of God first, not ourselves and our own pursuits. If we do, he guarantees that everything else we need will fall into place.

Message Notes

“God helps those who help themselves.”

1 in 8 Americans believe the Bible says this. 

Popular thought is that we at least need get the ball rolling ourselves.

God says that those who rely on themselves are foolish.

Those who trust in themselves are foolish.” Proverbs 28:26

Who does God help?

Those who recognize they cannot help themselves and are utterly helpless.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:6-8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.
II Chronicles 20:12

Those who make the main thing the main thing and seek his Kingdom first.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:25-33

Bottom Line:
Make the main thing, the main thing.

Next Steps:

  1. Take inventory of your life investments, determine what ones need to change, and make a new plan.

  2.  How can I improve my focus to seek God first?