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1 OMEGA PART 1 You Will Literally Fall On Your Face and Cry Oh My God! Before you start, let s have a little fun. Grab a few crayons and a couple pieces of paper. Got it? Now, everyone draw a picture of Jesus. After you re done, it s time for show and tell. Explain your picture where is Jesus? What is he doing? What expression is on his face? Why is his hair blue? (He s either punk rock Jesus or someone else was using the brown.) In his book, The Forgotten Ways, Alan Hirsch says, Show me your Jesus and I ll show you who you are. Do you agree? Share your thoughts on how that statement might be true or false. Think about the images of Jesus Which image of Jesus have you had? How do you most often relate to God? 1 Buddy Jesus 2 Sunday School Jesus 3 GQ Jesus 4 Beauty Pageant Jesus 5 Spooky Jesus Let s dig in a little deeper. In Sunday s message, Chris Zarbaugh said, If we don t understand just who it is we re talking and praying to, it changes the very nature of our relationship. Our misperception has the potential to thwart our response, which can cheapen our faith and water down our trust, and can consequently cause us to miss out on the abundant life, the powerful life change, and the blessing Jesus wants for us.

2 Provide a few examples of how each of these images of Jesus play out either in your own life or the lives of others. What is good about each? What might be missing? It seems like what I d read in the Bible was pretty different from what I d experience in a church building, in a church service. Francis Chan Do you experience a disconnect between what you see in church and what you see in the Bible? What words comes to mind when you think of how God describes himself? Read Revelation 1:9-18. Let s take a closer look at verse 17, When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. Imagine you saw God today right now. Would the sight of Jesus standing before you cause you to fall to the floor as if you were dead? How do you think you would react? For further reading, check out Isaiah 6:5. Would you respond to God as Isaiah did? What do you fear? Talk about what it truly means to fear someone, or something. Read Proverbs 1:7. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Do you fear God? Does the idea of fearing God make you uncomfortable? Is it foolish to not fear God? What would it take for you to get to a place where you fear God? Do you want to? Let s finish by thinking about what it really would look like if we were to fear God. In the service, we talked about three things that happen when you really see God for who he is.

3 1 You ll be stunned by his glory. Glory isn t a word we use much, so it might be helpful to define it. Revelation 14:6-7 says, Fear God and give him glory Kabod is the Hebrew word for glory, which literally means weight. The glory of God is the weight of all that God is, the fullness of his understanding, virtue, and happiness, as Jonathan Edwards put it. We glorify God when we throw a spotlight on how great God is. To glorify God is to make much of him or give him weight in our life. Does your life have more weight (think about the things that weigh on you) or does God? Have you realized who God is the weight of his power - enough to rearrange your life? 2 You ll be overwhelmed by his intensity. Read Philippians 2:1-9. Francis Chan puts it this way: The reality is... whoever you are, the moment you see God, you are going to fear im. Do you believe that? 3 Surprised by his proximity Up until now, we ve talked a lot about the power, glory, and majesty of God. It s only when we fully realize those things that this last part is so surprising that a being this powerful is actually close. He is on your side. He calls you a friend. As Revelation 1:17 says, Do not be afraid implying that we should be, but we don t have to be! We ll explore that more next week. For this week, close with a time of prayer & reflection. It s really weird to me how nowadays people talk about God with such an arrogance. Do you have any arrogance when it comes to your relationship with God? Stop. Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any arrogance in your heart. Repent of what he shows you.

4 OMEGA PART 2 You Will Literally Fall to the Ground and Cry, Is Anyone Worthy? (adapted from Francis Chan, BASIC: Fear God) Last week we ended by encouraging you to feel the weight of God in your life pretty heavy stuff (get it?). Anything you re willing to share? Before we get back into things, let s start on a lighter note. Share a funny story of something you were terrified of as a kid or still are today. Now for the serious stuff. What are you really afraid of in life? Maybe it s related to work, family, your future, your past, or some part of your identity. Share as much as you re willing. Have you ever felt trapped by your fear, with seemingly nowhere to turn? Where did you turn? Why might it be difficult to turn to the one whom you feared? (For example, if you were afraid of rejection, it might be difficult to turn to your spouse or a parent. If it were failure, it may be difficult to turn to your boss, etc.) How does trust & character play into that? Read Isaiah 6:5-7. Woe to me! I cried. I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty. Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for. Read Revelation 1:17. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. Read Revelation 5. How did Jesus calm Isaiah & John s fears? Does Jesus calm your fears? How? I am this amazing God that you ought to fear, but once you get to that point, you don t have to fear Me. Francis Chan

5 Read Romans 8:31. What, then shall we see in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? What would it take for you to believe God is for you? Do you see yourself as God s child? His friend? Are you willing to claim and live out of that truth daily? How would your life change if you saw yourself the way God sees you? What will it take for you to exhale, to just let go? Why haven t you done it yet? Then we would see, okay, now I know why I need to fear this God. And now I don t want to just flippantly disobey his commands anymore. I want to take him seriously, but not just that... it would change our whole mindset, cause we d realize, now that I ve seen him, I realize there s nothing else to fear. Francis Chan Read Proverbs 19:23. The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble. Are you content in life? When are you most content? How long are you able to stay that way? What stops you? Without the fear of the Lord, you re not going to understand why you should follow Jesus. Without a proper understanding of the fear of the Lord, we wouldn t understand the power that s available to us through the Holy Spirit. Francis Chan God wants you to fear him, because that s gonna lead you to a life that you ve never had, and it s a better life... it s a secure life... it s a life that we were created for. Francis Chan Is that the kind of life you want to live? What are you willing to do to have that life? What will you do today to begin to seek that kind of life?

6 Before we close, take a few moments to read and meditate (think about) on the following verses. Close your eyes if you d like, follow along in your Bible, or journal as you listen. And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. - Deuteronomy 10:12 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. - Psalm 33:8 Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow. - Ecclesiastes 8:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. - Ecclesiastes 12:13 He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. - Isaiah 33:6 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord. - Acts 9:31 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble. Proverbs 19:23 Close with Prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a real, genuine fear of God.

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