The Big Idea
Promises are often broken. Pinkie promises, handshake agreements, and even written contracts can fall apart at the snap of a finger. As promises get broken over and over, it becomes difficult to trust. God’s promises are the only ones that stand the test of time; all promises are “yes” in Jesus.
Sometimes it’s difficult to believe God’s promises are true. When we face unemployment, heartbreak, loss, and death, we wonder if we can really believe what God tells us. But God promises us that he’s there for us, he won’t condemn us, he’s our strength, and he’ll make all things new in eternity with him.
Throughout this series, we’ll dive into four important promises of God. We’ll look at what these promises mean for some of the most challenging times in life, and what we can do to rely on these promises to bring us peace and comfort in times of trial.
July 14, 2019: I’ll Answer
Through trials and challenges, we struggle to pray. We don’t know that prayers are answered or that God hears our prayers. But we can rest in God’s promise that he hears our every prayer, whether spoken or unspoken. This promise gives us the confidence to pray boldly, knowing our Heavenly Father listens to our every word.
Scriptures: Psalm 116
Sermon Text: John 16:22-24
July 21, 2019: I Won’t Condemn
As we examine ourselves under the Law, we feel shame. We know nothing we could ever do would allow us to earn our way into Heaven. But through Jesus, God promises to never condemn us or forsake us. Resting in this promise helps take away our guilt and fix our eyes on the miracle and gift of God’s grace.
Scriptures: Psalm 32
Sermon Text: Romans 8:1
July 28, 2019: I’m Always There
We want to share God with others and live according to His Word. But it’s a struggle. We’re scared, and we feel alone. God promises to be there for you as you carry out the work of making disciples. You can be confident as you do His good works that he listens to you, cares for you, and is always there for you.
Scriptures: Deuteronomy 31:6
Sermon Text: Matthew 28:19
August 4, 2019: I’ll Make All Things New
The delayed gratification of eternity is sometimes too much to bear. We long for freedom from pain and sadness, and we look forward to being reunited with loved one and to worship Jesus forever. God’s promises of peace and forgiveness get us through life, and Heaven is the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promises for us through Jesus.
Scriptures: Matthew 19:27-30
Sermon Text: Revelation 21:5