Emmanuel Faith Community Church has created Enjoying God, a seven-week small group Bible study to help you make those “life-transforming” choices that deepen your knowledge of God’s love.
So how does that happen; how does our knowledge of God’s love actually happen? Especially in the middle of conflict and suffering, how do we make that turn towards God rather than away from Him? Perhaps if we understand more about what delights God, we can understand how to glorify Him.
Here is a link to the church’s devotional to help you through the Enjoying God series. (It’s 91 pages if you print it out.) Each day there is Scripture, key lessons and principles, application, and prayer. In other words, you can grow step by step in deepening your knowledge of God and how to enjoy Him.
Introductory Sermon: Enjoying God: Week One
Pastor Dennis introduces the series with this first challenging sermon which focuses on Psalm 43:1-5. You can listen to the sermon with video or streaming audio, or mp3 download, plus you can download your own sermon notes, with over ten more supporting Scripture verses that demonstrate what I hope will become true for you: “When I make God my greatest joy, I experience my own greatest joy.”
Enjoying God in the Middle of Conflict
If this is true, then you will have an abundant safety net when you are not joyful at all, but completely cast down and hurting.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)
This is a great verse to memorize in the above King James translation. Try writing “P-E-A-C-E” throughout the week and filling in the rest of the verse until you know it by heart. No matter what happens, God is for you—not against you. This is why we can eternally enjoy God.
In the first week of Enjoying God, devotions include:
- What Delights God?
- Living in God’s Presence
- God Delights in Us, When We Delight in Him
- Obedience Brings Delight
- What Color Are Your Knuckles?
Pastor Dennis has more tips as you discuss and share these principles at the family dinner table, with a friend over steaming coffee, or in a small group. He gives you some great questions to ask each other. You can click the “discuss and share” link or sit back and watch below: