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Surviving The Shallows (2 of 4)
Series: Mysteries of the Deep
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Eph. 3:17b-19 (NIV)
• 1 John 1:3 (NIV)
Fellowship: Loving and being loved at the deepest level
Determine not to hide my Flaws
• 2 Cor. 3:13 (MSG)
• 2 Cor. 3:12- 13a (MSG)
Experience the depth of God's Forgiveness
• Micah 7:19 (NLT)
• Ps. 32:1 (KJV)
We're in this series I'm calling Mysteries of The Deep as we we're exploring the secrets to a deeper and more satisfying relationship with God, which leads to a deeper and more fulfilling life. So I want you to open your Bibles to Ephesians, Chapter 3. It's our key verse, and here we see Paul saying a prayer for all believers. Would you stand in honor of God's word? What I want to do today is just pray this prayer over us, because God wants to answer this prayer in my life and your life today, so that it will change use forever. So just follow along with me as I pray this prayer. And I pray that you, Woodlands Church, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God, in Jesus name. Amen. You can be seated.
I want you to underline the phrase in that prayer, love that surpasses knowledge. Paul is saying I'm praying that you won't just know about God's love, but that you really experience. Because there's a big difference between knowing what God's word says about the depth of this love and really experiencing the depth of God's love in our lives, and there's a big difference between knowing about real love and really experiencing the depth of real love in our relationships, because most people just stay shallow in their closest relationships, and they never get beneath the surface to experience the deep and rewarding relationships that God has created us for. We tend to not understand how to go deeper in our closest relationships, because we don't know how to go deeper with God so many times.
1 John 1:3
Now there's a Bible word for this deepest kind of relationship. It's the word fellowship. Now fellowship is a real misunderstood word, because usually when we think of fellowship, the way we use it a lot today is if we are going over to some friend's house to BBQ, we are going to fellowship together, just kind of have a fun time together, relate together, or if we're going out to eat with our small group, that's fellowship. If we're having a good time together, that's fellowship, but the Bible word for fellowship is much deeper than that. In 1 John 1:3 it says, "We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us.