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How to Read the Bible {Part 1}

by Paul Sausser

All talks are also available on the “Discovery Church: Grand Rapids” podcast, which can be found on SoundCloud, Apple podcasts, and Google Play.

Accept One Another

Romans 15:1-9 The Bible portrays the church as a diverse community that live thick lives together. This can be rather messy, but very possible. Living together as God’s family involves bearing with one another, carrying the burdens of others by caring and coming alongside them, even when there are times we are not in agreement on how the gospel is to be lived out. View the full service on our...

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Love Across Differences

Acts 8:26-40 Our society is highly polarized, especially with political differences. Humans are good at division. Philip and an Ethiopian, who are so different, connect deeply for no other reason than that God is up to something. God, through the work of his Son Jesus, is reconciling people. The book of Acts is God creating a new humanity, a redeemed humanity, one that brings diverse people...

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The Ten Second Rule

Matthew 5:14-16 By following the Spirit’s inner promptings, we have the privilege to serve others. The 10 Second Rule says: “Just do the next thing you’re reasonably certain Jesus wants you to do, commit immediately—within 10 seconds—before you change your mind.” View the full service on our YouTube channel. By Pastor Paul Sausser

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Bear One Another’s Burdens

Galatians 6:1-10 In giving a picture of true love for one another, Jesus’ law of love includes carrying each other’s burdens—the church hasn’t always done this well—we can do this better. We need to get humanly close enough to see what those burdens are, and we have to be a person who is connecting deeply to God so He can empower us, open our eyes, and prompt us to help bear these burdens, great...

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Serve One Another

Romans 12:1-13 When God calls us to draw near to Him, we don’t do so just by ourselves. His call is not just about a private commitment or faith, but to belong to others. He calls us to be a part of a rich family of intimacy and accountability. What we see in the Bible is that the gospel has the power to renew our lives—it upends us. The gospel wants to move us away from the inward focus of just...

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Love One Another

John 13:31-35 It is often once a year (New Year’s) that we resolve to do better. Do typical resolutions help us to live better lives? What if Jesus was the one who influenced what our resolutions should be? Jesus’ last words on love is primary for all disciples. You can’t be a growing disciple without a resolve to follow His example of humble servant love. When we love this way as community, it...

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Prayer Works

Matthew 6:9-13 Many people struggle with prayer—finding time, having variety, removing boredom, staying awake—why shouldn’t we struggle because prayer is the area that the evil one would most want to discourage us in. As we act on the truth that prayer draws us close to the heart of God, God’s Spirit in us encourages us to come close to God in prayer. View the full service on our YouTube...

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The Last Word

The Last Word

Daniel 12:1-13 God gives a picture of His ultimate triumph, along with His people who have suffered much. Although there are still many questions of how this will all come to be (Who, When, What, Why), we now know because Jesus came that He will always be our living, loving Lord. “If God is on our side, who is against us?” finds the truth lived out in Daniel’s experience. His life and visions...

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The Other Side of Prayer

The Other Side of Prayer

Daniel 10:1-21 Burdened for his people, Daniel goes into prayer for them and is visited by an angel. The angel tells of his wrestling match with evil in trying to reach Daniel—a picture of how God fights for us. It is also a picture of our wrestling in prayer. We find in prayer that God gives strength, even for what seems overwhelming to comprehend. Through this we are reminded that God not only...

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Daniel’s Prayer

Daniel’s Prayer

Daniel 9:1-19 Though in captivity, Israel is still God’s covenant people. During the captivity, God measured up to all that He was, while Israel fell far short once again. So Daniel prays his confession on behalf of Israel for how they have been properly punished for their sin. In his confession, Daniel asks God to keep his promise to restore Israel and Jerusalem. God will restore His people,...

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Daniel’s Dream

Daniel’s Dream

Daniel 7 Daniels sees a dream but oddly he can’t interpret his own dream, so an angelic messenger needs to explain it to him. He sees 4 beasts and each one symbolizes an arrogant kingdom. Then there is a super beast with lots of horns and one prominent one (horns often represent kings). This arrogant king exalts himself as god and persecutes God’s people.  Then God shows up, destroys the super...

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