ECHO RECAP // ONE MONTH TO LIVE WEEK 3

We continued our ONE MONTH TO LIVE series last night in ECHO.  We had a guest speaker, Scott Fitzgerald, come and talk about what we do with our doubts.  He used the story of John the Baptizer (a little homage to my professor Dr. Duvall) to illustrate how we should react and respond when we are confronted with doubts about our faith.  If anyone in the world should have been doubt free, it should have been John.  His role was to announce the identity and coming of Christ to the world.  Yet he still doubted.  If he doubted, is it okay that we do, and what do we do with it?

Here’s a list Scott used last night on 5 things to do, and below, you’ll find the video of his talk.  Huge thanks to Scott.  I’m inspired by his love for Scripture and his honor for and knowledge of God’s word.

5 Keys to Persevering and Finishing Well in the midst of uncertainty

1.    Confession:  Like John, bring doubt to Jesus Mt. 11.2-3; Confess sin of hopelessness; Confess Jesus as God and that He knows far better than we do about what He is doing.
2.    Trust:  We must move forward into uncertainty for God is certain.  Proverbs 3.5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
3.    Dependence:  Lean Into Truth; John 14.6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father except through me.”  Jesus is truth.
4.    Faith:  Faith is a firm foundation despite our doubts, for Christ Himself is our righteousness:  Hebrews 11.36-40; 1 Peter 6.-9; Philippians 3.7-11
5.    Resurrection:  We do not fight for victory; we fight from it.  We toil and do not understand now, but the resurrection that is coming is far better.

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Reflections on Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

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