What hinders our relationship with God?

Anne Fountain
Sun, 2019-06-23
  • We look at images of God in the Bible, the problems we experience relating to him and overcoming these problems.

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Sermon Outline - What hinders our relationship with God?

How do we relate to God?

  1. Images of God in the Bible
  2. The problems we experience relating to him
  3. Overcoming these problems

Luke 11:2–4

  1. And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
    Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.
  2. Give us each day our daily bread,
  3. and forgive us our sins,
    for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
    And lead us not into temptation.”   ESV

Father of the Nation of Israel

Deuteronomy 32:6

  1. Do you thus repay the Lord,
          you foolish and senseless people?
    Is not he your father, who created you,
          who made you and established you?

1 Chronicles 29:10

  1. Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly.
          And David said:
    “Blessed are you, O Lord,
          the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.

Isaiah 63:16

  1. For you are our Father,
          though Abraham does not know us,
                and Israel does not acknowledge us;
    you, O Lord, are our Father,
          our Redeemer from of old is your name.

Isaiah 64:8

  1. But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
          we are the clay, and you are our potter;
                we are all the work of your hand.

Jeremiah 3:19

  1. “‘I said, How I would set you among my sons,
          and give you a pleasant land,
                a heritage most beautiful of all nations.
    And I thought you would call me, My Father,
          and would not turn from following me.

Jeremiah 31:9

  1. With weeping they shall come,
          and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back,
    I will make them walk by brooks of water,
          in a straight path in which they shall not stumble,
    for I am a father to Israel,
          and Ephraim is my firstborn.

Malachi 1:6

  1. “A son honors his father, and a servant his master.
    If then I am a father, where is my honor?
          And if I am a master, where is my fear?
                says the Lord of hosts to you,
    O priests, who despise my name.
          But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’

Malachi 2:10

  1. Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?


God like a human father

Proverbs 3:11–12

  1. My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
          or be weary of his reproof,
  2. for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
           as a father the son in whom he delights.

Psalm 103:13

  1. As a father shows compassion to his children,
       so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

Psalm 27:10

  1. For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
          but the Lord will take me in.

Psalm 68:5

  1. Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
          is God in his holy habitation.

Psalm 89:26

  1. He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
          my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
    (talking of David but meaning his line of descendents)

ESV translation

God like a human mother

Ruth 2:12

  1. The Lord repay you for what you have done,
          and a full reward be given you by the Lord,
                      the God of Israel,
    under whose wings you have come to take refuge!

Psalm 17:8

  1. Keep me as the apple of your eye;
          hide me in the shadow of your wings,
  2. from the wicked who do me violence,
          my deadly enemies who surround me.

Psalm 57:1

  1. Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
          for in you my soul takes refuge;
    in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
          till the storms of destruction pass by.

Psalm 91:4

  1. He will cover you with his pinions,
          and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

Matthew 23:37 (Luke 13:34)

  1. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets
          and stones those who are sent to it!
    How often would I have gathered your children together
          as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,
    and you were not willing!

Isaiah 42:14

  1. For a long time I have held my peace;
          I have kept still and restrained myself;
    now I will cry out like a woman in labor;
          I will gasp and pant.

Isaiah 66:13

  1. As one whom his mother comforts,
          so I will comfort you;
    you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 49:15

  1. Can a woman forget her nursing child,
          that she should have no compassion
                      on the son of her womb?
    Even these may forget,
          yet I will not forget you.

ESV translation

Luke 11

  1. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent;
  2. or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
  3. If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”   ESV

Romans 8

  1. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.   ESV

Updated on 2019-06-09 by Anne Fountain