Andrew Fountain - Loved by God

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"Cone Of Shame"; by avrene, on Flickr

"Cone Of Shame"; by avrene, on Flickr

  • Where does shame come from?

No Shame: Genesis 2

  • Man and woman were created perfect with no shame
  1. The man and his wife were both naked, but they were not ashamed.

Shame: Genesis 3

  1. Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
  2. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God moving about in the orchard at the breezy time of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the orchard.
  3. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
  4. The man replied, “I heard you moving about in the orchard, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”
  • Have you ever heard of an animal that is ashamed to be naked
  • But shame is something we feel very easily

Answers to Shame:

  • Boost your self esteem yes, but how?
  • Repeat 100 times a day
    • “I am a wonderful person. I am very gifted and it is an honour to be my friend.”
  • But the problem is that I know I am a mess
  • Underneath I am a dirty dog

A muddy dog is a happy dog! by Iáin Aléxander, on Flickr

A muddy dog is a happy dog! by Iáin Aléxander, on Flickr

1. God loves me through Jesus

  • God’s love for me is unconditional!
  • He looks at me but sees Jesus instead
  • What’s the problem?
  • I am still a dirty dog, a miserable failure
  • It is now covered up and hidden
  • But is is still true
  • I am loved, but please don’t look too closely!

2. God loves beautiful me

  • God loves me and now I am under grace, so I can never fail
  • I just enjoy being the new beautiful person that I now am
  • I don’t disappoint God because now he doesn’t demand anything from me!
  • What’s the problem?
  • I am in denial
  • Of course I mess up, and we know that God is never pleased with bad stuff, even though he has forgiven us
  • I can maintain it until something happens that shows what a sham I am

Andrew Crashed

Andrew Crashed

3. God really does love me!

  • God sees looks right through you and sees the core “you” and loves you.
  • He sees your failures, but they are nothing compared with how much he loves you.
  • He does care about the mess but loves you far more
  • He is sometimes does not like what you do, but his love is 100 times greater

Jesus and Peter

  • Wanting to call fire down from heaven on the Samaritans
  • Incident at Jesus’ transfiguration
  • Asking for a promise that he could have the best seat in the kingdom
  • Ordering Jesus not to go to Jerusalem
    • “Get behind me Satan”
  • Cutting off the hight priest’s servant’s ear
  • Boasting that he would be more loyal than all the other disciples
  • Did Jesus love him?

Jesus loved Peter

  • He didn’t ignore his failures
  • But his love was 1000 times greater
  • Satan wants to sift you Peter, but I have prayed for you
  • He was committed to restoring Peter (and did)
  • Luke 22:15 Then he said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer”
  • Jesus loved his disciples passionately
  • His love for them was so real
  • When he was arrested—“leave these alone, its me you want”

Ephesians 3

  1. For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
  2. from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
  3. that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
  4. so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Ephesians 3 cont’d

  1. may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
  2. and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
  3. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,
  4. to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
  • Talked in the last few weeks about loving one another
  • This is where it must flow from
  • It did for Jesus (This is my beloved Son)
  • Otherwise we will be operating in deficit
  • Hudson Taylor (a few weeks ago)
    • This is what transformed his life and ministry One with Christ

Look to Jesus

  • …looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:2

Updated on 2011-10-25 by Andrew Fountain