Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 21st of Aug 2016
Quarter Theme: Standing On God’s Promises
Topic: I will be your God
Texts: Jer 32:36-44; Jer 31:31-34;
Memory Verse: Jer 32:38 – “They will be my people, and I will be their God”. (NIV)
As we look into a new quarter theme in the house fellowship series that focuses on “Standing on the promises of God,” we need to understand the progressive nature of the theme:
i. Know the promises God has made to you. You can’t act on what you don’t know.
ii. Understand the conditions under which we can access and appropriate these promises in the scriptures.
iii. Engage the promises and work with God to see the promises transformed into realities in our daily walk.
Just like every love story, the narrative of man’s romance with God as chronicled in the canon of the scripture is littered with endless, eternal and rich promises. But unlike human stories, the promises in this divine-human romance is one way, in that it is only God that made the promises. Man had tried and still tries to make promises to Him, but keep failing on them even before the words are finished from his lips. But the authenticity of our inheritance is that God is not a man that he should lie, nor the son of man that he should change his mind (Num 23:19; Jam 1:17).
Every promise is as good as the character and the capacity/ability of the person that made the promise to keep it.
Man’s promises can’t be banked upon because either he fails or his limited ability and capacity will fail him even when he genuinely intends to fulfill the promise. God is the only person in the universe that has the perfect and impeccable character and limitless capacity to bring to pass every single promise or word that proceeds from his mouth. We can therefore trust Him.
It is important we understand the nature and dispensations of God’ promises:
- In the Old Testament, God made promises to the sons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (and by implication, the church): and they were (mostly) conditional, futuristic and temporal. E.g. I will heal you, I will deliver you, I will be your God, I will give you peace, etc.
- In Christ, every of God’s promise are yea and amen. They are fulfilled, perfected and effected. (2 Cor 1:20; Rom 15:8). So as a church, we move from promises to inheritance. E.g. “…By His stripes, you were healed”; “…. Who has delivered you…;” “… in me you have peace…” etc. So when a man is in Christ, he moves from promises to inheritances in Christ Jesus.
- God’s promises and blessing are key to our being like Christ and security and insurance here on earth. 2 Pet 1:3-4
- God’s promises also comes with responsibilities. 2 Cor 7:1
Today, we look at God’s promise from which every other promises flow- “I will be your God”. God becomes YOUR God when you commit your life to him by faith, standing on the covenant of sonship which is anchored on Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross. A covenant initiated by God and reaching us. We now have an intimate relationship with God which is available 24/7 and requiring no mediator. As a result, you and I have become a chosen generation, a royal priest-hood (1 Peter 2: 9-10). On the other side, being His people calls for our obedience to God’s will through faithfulness and for us to be intentional about our faith, pro-active in how we respond to Him.
- From Jeremiah 31:31-34; Rom 8:9 (a) Highlight and discuss the need and significance of having a new heart and a new spirit in order to have him as my God. (b) Why must it be God and not us that carry out this transformation?
- What is the significance of being called His people? Jer 31:31-34; 1 Pet 2:9-10;
- Discuss the implication for having God to be your God and father? Use an example to explain your answer.
- The Creator of the universe has declared that he is personally your God. How will this knowledge practically affect how we view the circumstances and situation we are going through?