Pilate

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March 18, 2018 - Bible Text:

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The eleventh sermon in our series; "Encounters"
This week's scripture: Matthew 27:11-26

We have more choices today than ever before. Customization, manufactures, prices, go left or right, fly or drive, Chinese or Mexican, Walmart or Target, stripes or spots, and on and on it goes. So many wonderful choices.

Some decisions might seem mundane. Some decisions might seem irrelevant. Yet, some decisions can be stressful.

In todays’ scripture, Matthew 27:11-26, Pilate is faced with a major decision. He made a choice. Right or wrong, he made a choice.

How do we make good choices when it comes to important decisions? Here is a process for those times that I believe will help you and honor God:

Pray

  • Thank God for giving you this opportunity.

Gather

  • Get good information from trusted sources (people, books, the internet, the Bible).

Pray

  • Thank God for the ability to gather and think through the information.

Listen

  • Listen to people around you. Friends and trusted individuals who know you.
  • Listen to yourself. Set aside time (a beginning and end time) to think about how you feel. What’s your heart telling you? What’s the little voice inside saying?
  • Listen to God. This can be a specific time set aside, but it can also be throughout the whole process of listening. God can speak through the people around you and God can speak to you through your heart. Always remember that if you are listening to God, He will never contradict the Bible.

Pray

  • Thank God for the people who love you and the people you love. Thank God for your feelings and that small still voice. Ask God for what He would have you do.

Peace

  • Ask, “Can I find peace in the possible decision? Will the people around me (spouse, children, parents, close friends) be at peace with my decision?” Remember sometimes you might come up with a decision that you have peace with and feel God leading you, but others around you might not have peace with.

Pray

  • Check in with God one last time about the decision you are about to make).

Trust

  • And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. - Proverbs 3:5-6
  • But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. - Matthew 6:33

Pray

  • Ask God to guide your steps and give you courage and strength for the journey this decision will take you on. Thank God for always being there for you and never failing.

Preacher: Joe Tiedemann | Series: Encounters

The eleventh sermon in our series; “Encounters”
This week’s scripture: Matthew 27:11-26
We have more choices today than ever before. Customization, manufactures, prices, go left or right, fly or drive, Chinese or Mexican, Walmart or Target, stripes or spots, and on and on it goes. So many wonderful choices.
Some decisions might seem mundane. Some decisions might seem irrelevant. Yet, some decisions can be stressful.
In todays’ scripture, Matthew 27:11-26, Pilate is faced with a major decision. He made a choice. Right or wrong, he made a choice.
How do we make good choices when it comes to important decisions? Here is a process for those times that I believe will help you and honor God:
Pray

Thank God for giving you this opportunity.

Gather

Get good information from trusted sources (people, books, the internet, the Bible).

Pray

Thank God for the ability to gather and think through the information.

Listen

Listen to people around you. Friends and trusted individuals who know you.
Listen to yourself. Set aside time (a beginning and end time) to think about how you feel. What’s your heart telling you? What’s the little voice inside saying?
Listen to God. This can be a specific time set aside, but it can also be throughout the whole process of listening. God can speak through the people around you and God can speak to you through your heart. Always remember that if you are listening to God, He will never contradict the Bible.

Pray

Thank God for the people who love you and the people you love. Thank God for your feelings and that small still voice. Ask God for what He would have you do.

Peace

Ask, “Can I find peace in the possible decision? Will the people around me (spouse, children, parents, close friends) be at peace with my decision?” Remember sometimes you might come up with a decision that you have peace with and feel God leading you, but others around you might not have peace with.

Pray

Check in with God one last time about the decision you are about to make).

Trust

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33

Pray

Ask God to guide your steps and give you courage and strength for the journey this decision will take you on. Thank God for always being there for you and never failing.