Throw Off, Fix, Run


Throw Off, Fix, Run                                                                                                           11/29/17 (HS)

Christ’s love for us has abolished our shame so that we can run!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us THROW OFF everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us RUN with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us FIX our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary or lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Throw off…

  1. Everyone has it (shame)
  2. Nobody wants to talk about it
  3. The less you talk about it the more you have it.

Shame- intensely painful feeling or experience of believing we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging

Shame                                                        Guilt                                                                      Focus on self                                               Focus on Behavior                                                                         “I am bad.”                                                  “I did something bad.”                                                                               “I am a mistake.”                                         “I made a mistake.”

“An addict needs shame like a man dying of thirst needs salt water.” -Terrence Real

The difference between SHAME and HUMILIATION is “deserving.”                                               The difference between SHAME and EMBARRASSMENT is “loneliness.”

Our response to shame is the same as our response to trauma because it is a threat to love and connection.

Fix…

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

“The Lord you God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He rejoices over you with singing!” (Zephaniah 3:17)

Christ’s love for us has abolished our shame so that we can run!

Run…

“Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary or lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:3)

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)

Christ’s love for us has abolished our shame so that we can run!

Discussion Questions…                                                                                                         Why do you think no one wants to talk about shame?                                                                When you feel shame, where in your body do you feel it (Stomach, chest, neck)?                   When you are in shame, do you typically move away (retreat back to yourself), move toward (people please) or move against (attack shame with shame)?                                                 Who does Jesus say you are? Why is it important to remember this?                                         What does it look like to run and not grow weary? Is this possible?                                          Who do you know who runs the race without losing heart? (Hebrews 12:3)