Steve Bezner: Escapism

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Steve Bezner: Escapism (Psalm 63:5-6)

Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, Texas, begins by setting his sermon in the context of the overall good news of the biblical narrative, which is that Jesus died in our place as a perfect sacrifice and rose from the dead. As a result, we can live a new life “through the Spirit of the living God.”

Bezner shares about his tendency to turn to his smartphone rather than engaging with another person or the realities of life, what he terms “escapism.” He asks his hearers what they turn to when things get difficult. In response to pleasure-seeking, he explains the proper place for physical pleasure and how sources of pleasure can take the place of finding satisfaction in Jesus.



The twist comes in where the real problem resides, and it’s not in pleasure.

This sermon was delivered on Jan. 12, 2020, during the morning worship services at Houston Northwest Church as the first of a series titled “I’ve Got Issues.” The audio for the sermon is available here. Sermon transcript is available here.




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