Contemporary Service Worship: 9:30 am – March 17, 2019

Pastor Jared Priset

Sermon title: Getting Rid of Expectations We Place on God

Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4; John 3:1-10

Focus: In order to get rid of the expectations we place on God, we must switch from a “show me and I’ll believe” mentality to a “believe me and I’ll show you” kind of faith.  Abraham and Nicodemus demonstrated these two outlooks in the Scriptures.

I) Realistic expectations

  • Realistic expectations are ok – sun rising, cars stopping at red lights, etc.
  • “Expectation” – rooted in mathematical probability

II) Unrealistic expectations

  • Standard of probability doesn’t necessarily apply to matters of faith
  • Can create disappointment or disillusionment with God.
  • “If God is God then…”

III) “Show me and I’ll believe” vs. “Believe me and I’ll show you”

  • Abraham (Genesis 12:1-4)
  • Nicodemus (John 3:1-10)
  • “You’re packing a suitcase for a place none of us have ever been. A place that has to be believed to be seen.” – U2

IV) Abraham – “Believe me and I will show you”

  • Entered retirement, settled
  • The call to start over

V) Nicodemus – “Show me and I will believe”

  • Yearns for something more in life
  • Successful in religion, career, status yet something is missing
  • Needing to be “born again”

VI) The word “Believe” means:

  • Commit one’s heart to
  • Set one’s heart upon

VII) Charles Blondin and the wheelbarrow over Niagara Falls

  • There are no “maybes”

VIII) What does this mean for you? 

  • Step out and do something new?
  • Turn around and start again?