Core Truth: God is Always There! – Questions for Reflection, July 14, 2019

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On Sunday, July 14, 2019, Teaching Pastor Bruce Hess’ message is “CORE Truth: God is Always There!” from Psalm 139. Below are some questions for your personal or group reflection.

  1. Share if you have had a favorite comic strip over the years and tell why you enjoyed it so much.
  2. Bruce pointed out that life has numerous valleys, many of which are dark places with imposing shadows. Reflect on and share about a dark valley that you experienced and how God helped you through it.
  3. Linus’ line in the message’s highlighted Peanuts cartoon is: Sound Theology has a way of doing that (taking a load off of one’s mind). Why is that true?
  4. What is the difference between omnipresence and pantheism?
  5. Remember the repeating phrase from multiple passages: He will not fail you or forsake you ? Why do you think God repeats that statement so often? What are some ways that the author of Hebrews adds depth to it in Hebrews 13:5?
  6. The core truths that God knows me and He is always there when knit together underscore God’s providence in your life and mine. Yet, we can oftentimes feel abandoned by God. Why?
  7. It is exciting to ponder that no matter what happens in the future God has already been there. How best can we remind ourselves of that truth?
  8. Core Truth helps to invigorate and strengthen our worship. Spend some time worshipping God either through prayer or song.

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If you are an NBA fan—and especially a OKC Thunder fan—the last few days have been highly disorienting.  “This is so disappointing”    “I never saw this coming”   “What do we do now?”   Those kind of reactions aren’t unlike reactions we often have when adversity and difficulty comes our way.

This is where Core Truth comes into play.  This Sunday we will continue our Core Truth series with the second installment. Last week we examined the Core Truth from Psalm 139 that God Knows Me! He knows all about me.  He meticulously designed me.  Sunday we will mine another Core Truth from Psalm 139:7-12; 17-18—God is Always There!

The Core Truth that God is Always There is a true major theme in Scripture. Life has many valleys and some of them are dark places with imposing shadows.  Come Sunday as probe deeply this wonderful core truth, along with looking closely at some profound reality that grows from it.  It will be encouraging!!

Please continue to pray for our 176 high schoolers and middle schoolers who are at camp until Sunday afternoon.  Pray that each of them grows deeply in their knowledge of Jesus.

See you Sunday!

Bruce

Core Truth: God Knows Me – Sermon Questions

On Sunday, July 7, 2019, Teaching Pastor Bruce Hess’ message at Wildwood Community Church in Norman, OK was “CORE Truth: God knows Me” from Psalm 139. Below are some questions for your personal or group reflection.

1. Read Psalm 139:1-6; 13-16

2. From your younger years share about an arena where you often compared yourself to others in a negative way.

3. Truth be admitted, from time-to-time we all struggle with feelings of insignificance or inferiority. Share some current arena where you at times feel inadequate.

4. Why is that we commonly lose sight of Core Truths that God has designed to strengthen and encourage us?

5. God knows all about you! He knows our every movement, every motivation; He knows all of our quirks and warts. Yet He desires to have a deep relationship with us. List some ways that this truth encourages you.

6. God meticulously designed you…you are His workmanship, His masterpiece. Why is it we frequently view ourselves in negative ways?

7. God gave each of us a unique fingerprint and unique DNA. That is a picture of His plan from the womb to use you as His servant to leave a unique imprint on others. Reflect on some ways that God has shaped you for ministry throughout your life.

8. Spend some time in prayer asking God to show you more deeply how He designed you to serve others.

Sermon Preview – Sunday, July 7, 2019

 

Hello Wildwood Family!

I hope you will have some time to be refreshed over this extended July 4th holiday weekend! In the month of July, we will be presenting a 4 part series of messages entitled, CORE truth. While there are numerous CORE truths we could explore we will only be examining four. The first two involve Psalm 139, one of my favorite Psalms.

Have you ever struggled with comparing yourself to others or found yourself feeling insignificant or inferior? Sure, we’ve all been there more often than maybe we’d like to admit. Well, if you’ve found yourself residing in that world, this week’s message is for you.

We will be diving into Psalm 139:1-6, 13-16. The message title is, “God knows you!” When you step back and reflect, that is truly an amazing truth. Come and enjoy a rich time in God’s Word.

Just a reminder, Sunday the 7th is a “full all in” Sunday. There will be no children’s ministry (our children’s staff is getting a very rare break), nor will there be any student or adult ministry. We will ALL gather in one of our two worship services at either 9:45 or 11 am.

Hope to see you Sunday!!

Bruce

New Creation Ambassadors: The Old is Gone, The New has Come – Sermon Questions

On Sunday, June 30, 2019, Care Pastor John Abernethy’s message at Wildwood Community Church in Norman, OK was “New Creation Ambassadors: The Old Has Gone, The New Has Come” from 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. Below are some questions for your personal or group reflection. If you have questions or comments, feel free to email John at john@wildwoodchurch.org

Sermon Questions:

1. Pray

2. Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

3. Verse 17 is a powerful truth about our new life in Christ! Why is it encouraging and powerful to know “the old has gone?”

4. What does it mean to be reconciled to God. How does that happen?

5. Reflect on Jesus’ death one the cross for you. He was “made sin,” having God’s wrath poured out on Him for you! Have you ever accepted that payment that was made in your place?

6. Imputed means “credited.” Verse 21 describes 2 imputations-your sin to Christ and what is the second one? Given that truth, how does God “see” Christians?

7. Give the definition of an ambassador. Now give a definition of being an Ambassador for Christ. How are you doing at representing your King?

8. What is one particular truth or application you took away from this message?

This is Wildwood Episode 1

This is Wildwood Episode 1

 
 
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Welcome to the “This is Wildwood” Podcast! In this episode, we will be providing a short overview of what to expect from this new podcast each week. In today’s episode, we are covering:

The mission of the Wildwood: We are for following JESUS together to the glory of God.

The 4 For’s of influence we are trusting God for:

  • For the Church
  • For the Community
  • For the Nations
  • For the Next Generation

The 5 Follows — activities God often uses to grow our faith:

Follow Jesus into:

  • The Word
  • Worship
  • Community
  • Ministry
  • Mission

All of this lies upon a foundation of dependence upon the Lord in prayer.

To share YOUR story with us, let us know at http://wildwoodchurch.org/thisiswildwood

Father Heart of God (part 3) Sermon Audio

On Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 23:37-39.  This message was part 3 of the “Father Heart of God” series.  Below you will find audio from this message to listen to, download, or share.

 

To listen offline, click the link to download audio:

The Father Heart of God #3 6.23.19

 

To listen online, use the media player below:

 

To watch the video from the service, see the Facebook Livestream recording by clicking here.

 

Father Heart of God (part 3) Sermon Questions

On Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a message from Matthew 23:37-39.  This message was part 3 in the “Father Heart of God” sermon series.  Below you will find questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.

 

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Matthew 23:37-39
  3. Have you ever attended an event that you were not invited to, or that the host of the event did not want you there?  How does that experience differ from an event you attended after a clear and heart-felt invitation?
  4. Knowing that Jesus spoke of a desire to gather together people who rejected Him and were headed for eternal judgment, how do you make sense of the comments of Paul and Peter in 1 Timothy 2:4-5 and 2 Peter 3:9 regarding God’s DESIRE for all people?
  5. What are some of the consequences you have seen regarding sinful living (living a life of rejecting Jesus AND/OR His truth)?
  6. Jesus provides THE WAY to salvation . . . by recognizing who He is and embracing Him by faith.  Are you resting under the protection of His wings today, or are you not willing to to come under His protection and leadership?
  7. What is one particular application you took away from this message?

To access these questions in pdf format, click here.

Father Heart of God (part 3) Preview

Your heavenly Father loves you.  Did you know this?  He loves you.  He loves you with a deep and enduring and committed love.  When we rebel against Him, it hurts . . . us, and Him.

This Sunday, we will reflect further upon the Father Heart of God by looking at the loving declaration of Jesus’ final words to the crowds in Jerusalem before His arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection from Matthew 23:37-39 in the third and final installment in our “Father Heart of God” sermon series at Wildwood.  Hope to see you in our 9:45 or 11:00 service.  As you prepare for Sunday, reflect upon these words from the song, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” by Stuart Townend (we will close the service singing this together):

 

How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure.

That He should give His only Son, to make a wretch His treasure.

How great the pain of searing loss, the Father turns His face away

As wounds which mar the chosen One, bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon the cross, my sin upon His shoulders

Ashamed I hear my mocking voice, call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there, until it was accomplished

His dying breath has brought me life, I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything, no gifts no power no wisdom

But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward, I cannot give an answer

But this I know with all my heart, His wounds have paid my ransom

 

Father Heart of God (part 2) Sermon Audio

On Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 22:1-14.  This message was part 2 of the “Father Heart of God” sermon series.  Below you will find the audio related to this message to listen to or share.

 

To listen offline, click the link to download the audio:

The Father Heart of God #2 6.16.19

 

 

To listen online, use the media player below:

 

To watch the video of the service, view our Facebook stream by clicking here.