Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This weekend we had the pleasure of hearing Jeremy preach a special message about his new book, Redeeming Pleasure.
In the message, Jeremy talked about how pleasure can be a confusing topic. In a mass demonstration of this, many people today have believed the idea that we have to choose between following God and having fun. But pleasure, “a cause or source of enjoyment or delight,” isn’t like that at all! In fact, God is the one who created pleasure in the first place, so it isn’t inherently bad. The problems come when we seek it on our own terms.
You see, when we pursue pleasure on our own terms, we experience less of it – through the consequences, shame, and separation from God it brings, the end result is actually less pleasure! But when we pursue pleasure on God’s terms, we experience more of it.
What does your pursuit of pleasure look like? Are you pursuing it on God’s terms or your own? Let me encourage you if you haven’t already, get a copy of Redeeming Pleasure and learn God’s intention for pleasure in your life!
Verses and quotes from the message:
Genesis 3:6-8; John 10:10
Big idea: By pursuing pleasure on God’s terms, we experience more of it.
“If you don’t think sin is fun then you’re not doing it right.” Craig Groschel
“All get what they want; they do not always like it.” C. S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew
“Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories
Of what they think You’re like.
But I’ve heard the tender whisper
Of love in the dead of night.
And You tell me that You’re pleased
And that I’m never alone.” Housefires, Good Good Father
“Only when we make God the object of our worship will we then find all the things that we were searching for in our pursuit of money, love, sex, family, career, and status.” Jud Wilhite, Pursued
Let it Be Known – Tim Hughes
My Heart is Yours – Kristian Stanfill
10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman
Because He Lives – William J. Gaither