That You May Know Love-IV

Series: That You May Know Love

Title: Part 4

Date: January 23, 2016

Speaker: Geoff Surratt


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Luke 5:33–39: 33 They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.” 34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.” 36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’ ”

Old wine represents the past and status quo

New wine represents the future and change

Jesus indicates - I am doing something new and you are going to have to change - changing the way you think and act.

Isaiah 43:16–19: 16 This is what the LORD says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, 17 who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: 18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

God is always doing something new and that is uncomfortable because we like what we know and what is comfortable. Change is not a bad thing. 

The Truth about Change

·       Change is hard

·       Change is inevitable

·       Change is uncontrollable

·       Change is manageable

How Do I Respond to Change?

·       I can retreat

o   Maybe you retreat, withdraw, or leave when there is change

o   Is this a pattern for you?

o   Are you discerning what God is up to and where he is leading you?

·       I can fight

o   To fight change, point out ever flaw!

o   To fight change, ask endless questions!

o   To fight change, say: “We have tried that!”

o   Maybe you tried it and did it really poorly!

o   To fight change, employ the choir: “Some are saying..."

·       I can accept

o   I accept that change is uncomfortable

o   I accept that no one has the master plan or silver bullet

o   I accept that it will take time

·       I can embrace

o   I will work toward a positive attitude

o   I will choose to hope for the best possible outcome

o   I will ask rather than assume

o   I will be all in and see where it goes

Here is What I Know About God

·       He is God

·       He is doing something new

·       He is inviting us to join him

God, where are you at work and how can I join you?

Discuss It:

·       How do you normally respond to change?

·       What is one of the more challenging changes you’ve had to deal with?

·       Read Isaiah 43:16-19. Geoff mentioned God is always doing something new. What do you think about that?

·       When embracing change, which of the four “I will…” statements are the hardest for you?

o   I will work toward a positive attitude

o   I will choose to hope for the best possible outcome

o   I will ask rather than assume

o   I will be all in and see where it goes

·       What would it look like for you to grow in that area of embracing change?

·       What is one of the most challenging changes you anticipate in the coming year?

·       Where do you have a sense of God doing a new thing in your life?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?