Follow along with the Sunday Message
The Magnificent Story.
Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness & Truth.
Chapter 4 – Bathing in Beauty
A Story of a Hard Gift of Beauty.
(holding a hand of a loved one as last breath comes)
How can we have faith and hope in God’s gifts of beauty
over hard ugly sin that is undeniably ugly?
How can we see God’s beauty
at the same moment we see ugly sin?
Here are some engaging quotes for us from chapter 4,
Bathing in beauty
“Beauty never stays. Beauty never fully satisfies.”
“We will always be drawn to beauty. In terms of drawing us to the heart of God, beauty is more powerful than truth or goodness.” Page 59
“God uses beauty to draw us, goodness to hold us, and truth to convince us.” Page 59
“The Bible does not use the word beauty very often, except to talk about human beauty (and how it fades). Instead the preferred word is glory. Glory is beauty, goodness, and truth combined with power.” Page 60
Psalm 27:4 (NIV)
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD ….
How can we experience the beauty of God?
How can we see, hear, taste, smell and touch
the beauty of God?
How can we have a healthy appetite for beauty?
How might we practice following Jesus so close because we cannot get enough of the Glory of His beauty?
Stories of Jesus’ Glory and Beauty
“Glory is beauty, goodness, and truth
combined with power.”
Mark 5:21-43 (NIV)
21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet 23 and pleaded earnestly with him, "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live." 24 So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"
31 "You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?'"
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.
33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.
34 He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."
35 While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the teacher any more?"
36 Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe."
37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, "Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep." 40 But they laughed at him.
After he put them all out, he took the child's father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum!" (which means, "Little girl, it’s time to get up!"). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Old song by Dan Francisco – Gotta Tell Somebody
This week’s Soul Training Exercise: Sight
“With each practice, it is important to shift the focus from the beauty of what you are experiencing (the penultimate) to the Source of beauty (the ultimate).”
Sun-God? sky-God? flower-God? snow melting-God? smile-God? fishing-God? cell phone-God? sleeping child-God?
How can we practice seeing beauty and seeing beauty?
How can we get better at seeing Glory Beauty
not just passing beauty?
Daily 15 beauty
Gather Every 7 beauty
Next Fresh soul story beauty
Deep Faith Foundation beauty
Next Week: Chapter 5 – Embracing our Goodness