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Ps Clinton Phillips 1st March 2015 (Psalm 69:1-12, Ephesians 3:14-19, John 4:1-16)

Clinton Phillips, March 1, 2015
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Introduction - Mission, building blocks of being a disciple.
Bible is not just to learn about God, but to unpack what a relationship with God is like. Knowledge is needed and necessary, but it's the relationship with God that's important. Today is about encounter with Jesus.
Prophecy - Jess. Jason.
Psalm 69
10% of the iceberg that we see is above the surface, the rest is below the waterline. Just like it is in life - people only see 10%, but below the surface is the hurts and hangups, the fears.
Through the layers of our lives, we love people to just see the surface. When stuff happens in our lives, we want to hide it, but Jesus wants to look deeper into us. Building a follower of Jesus. He is interested in us - he looks at us and our history. We think "if people really knew what I'm going through, would people still think I'm a great person".
Psalm 69:1-12 "Save me O God..." Ou Heavenly Father loves us not just because of what's on the surface, but also what's under the surface. God wants to build us up so we are emotionally strong. Not that we don't experience anything, but that we know where and who to go to when we experience them - God! God here I am, would you restore me in this place?
Eph 3:14-19 That Christ may dwell in your hearts ... rooted and grounded in love. (not knowledge! - love!)
Story about 16 years old. When hurt, betrayal, broken trust comes back and hits you, do you shut down? Lock down your heart? On the surface you want people to like you, but God is knocking your heart. God wandering around the rooms in our hearts - "what's in that room? the one that you've boarded up". "God I don't want you to see that room ..." I've got some brokenness that's still affecting me. "God you can have every part of my house ... except that room". But God wants to see in that room! He's come into every other part of our hearts, but He wants all of it!
John 4:1-6. Jesus needed to go. God has taken a detour, just for you and me, to a place where we can get nourishment from.
vs 7-9. My history tells me that I can't talk to strangers, setup a blockage. Jesus answered "if you knew the gift of God". Today God has a gift to give to you today!
vs 12-13 God are you saying that you're greater than my hurts, my history, my doubt, my lack?
vs 14-16 Today if we come to God, he will fill us with his spirit, so that in the midst of our hurt, our pain doesn't control us anymore. We still have to walk through that stuff, but HIs Holy Spirit is within us. When fear tries to grip us, His Spirit will be there inside us telling us we'll make it through this!

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Psalm 69:1-12

1Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. 2I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. 3I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. 4They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away. 5O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee. 6Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. 7Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. 8I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children. 9For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. 10When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. 11I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them. 12They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards. (KJV)

Ephesians 3:14-19

14For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (KJV)

John 4:1-16

1When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 3He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4And he must needs go through Samaria. 5Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8(For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. (KJV)

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