Sermon Notes

Sermon 11/20/22:

Sermon: A Calling to Go Deeper                                                                Series: Ships of the Bible

 

Main Scripture: Ezekiel 47:3-6 ESV Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again, he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. And he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?”

 

Main Idea: Don’t dive in the kiddie pool.

 

What are rules you remember related to swimming as a child?

What is the difference between ownership and stewardship?

What makes it difficult to talk about stewardship?

 

Dabbling depth

Ezekiel 47:3 ESV Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep.

 

What are examples of parables and stories Jesus told that dealt with money? (The widow’s mite, the rich young ruler, Zacchaeus, Levi, parable of the talents, the man forgiven a great debt, the fish with the coin in its mouth, render unto Caesar what is Caesars and unto God what is God’s…

Why do you think there are so many parables and Scriptures about money?

Read Ezekiel 47:3 then ask…What are things that you have dabbled in that caused you to want more? (Playing sports, music, investing, reading Scripture, serving, friendships, dating)

 

Developing depth

Ezekiel 47:4 ESV Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again, he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep.

 

What are different stages in the stewardship journey? (giving nothing, giving something, giving consistently, giving a percentage of income, giving a tithe, giving sacrificially)

Which kind of giving do you believe God is most honored by?

What keeps us from being faithful stewards?

What happens when we are faithful stewards?

 

Diving depth

Ezekiel 47:5-6 ESV Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. And he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?”

Luke 5:4-7 ESV And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them.

Read Ezekiel 47:5-6 then ask…Why does God want us to go to the deeper places in our stewardship? How are we blessed in doing so? How are others blessed when we do so?

Read Luke 5:4-7 then ask…Why did Jesus call Simon to go out to the deeper places?

Why did Simon not want to go out to the deeper places?

What happened when he did?

What would it look like for you to “put out into the deep?”

What did Simon have to do because of the great catch?

 

Challenge Questions:

What is your next step?

What keeps you from going deeper?

Who do you need help from to realize all God has intended for you?