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[Worship Values] Intimacy

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Worship Values

Intimacy

We’re thinking about the Vineyard Worship Values, spending one week looking at each one.

Today we were thinking about Intimacy.

INTIMACY = SCANDALOUSLY CLOSE

Intimacy with God is the scandalous paradox that we can be incredibly close to the awesome, creator of the universe.

Dave shared three thoughts on intimacy:

1. Intimacy tells us about how God loves us

  • Sometimes we can know the fact that God loves us, but doubt the reality.  It’s like it is God’s job to love us
  • Intimacy tells us that God doesn’t love us from a distant or because it’s on his job description. He doesn’t do it grudgingly.  He takes us into his family and draws us close
  • See – 1 John 3:1Isaiah 40:11

2. Intimacy means God knows all about us – and loves us anyway

  • Sometimes we have parts of our lives we want to hide from God… but of course this is ridiculous, he knows everything
  • Where we have stuff that is not so good we shouldn’t try to hide it from God but we should allow him in
  • It’s really powerful to realise God loves us even with all our mess
  • See – 1 Corinthians 1:28-30Romans 5:6-8

3. Intimacy is pleasurable

 

Things to Consider

  • How do you feel about God’s love? Dave talked about how he often felt that it’s something everyone else got in a way he didn’t. Do you relate to this?
  • How does the ‘fact’ of God loving you make a difference in your life?
  • In what ways do we experience God’s love – can you think of times when the active reality of God’s  and in what ways does this play out in our lives?
  • How does God’s love help us with things like fear, hope and the thought of the future?
  • What Bible verses help you to grasp God’s love a bit better? Why? (If you don’t know, why not Google “Bible verses about God’s love” and read some to see if anything captures your imagination)
  • How can we grow in our assurance of God’s love?

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Posted on 4th November 2018
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