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What is Love Series – Love Always Outline

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

  1. Love is Patient… fill in gaps with GRACE
  2. Love is Kind… do GOOD & be GENEROUS to all
  3. Love Rejoices with Truth… DELIGHT in truth
  4. Love Always

“Love Always”… used to use this as my signature for cards and letters

Realized that I do not “Love Always.” 

Always means ALL THE TIME

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

1 Corinthians 13:7 Living Bible (TLB)

If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.

 

1 Corinthians 13:7 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.

 

1 Corinthians 13:7 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.

 

Love BEARS all things – Love BEARS always

 

YOU WILL BE LOYAL TO HIM NO MATTER WHAT THE COST

YOU WILL NEVER STOP BEING PATIENT

LOVE COVERS… PROTECTS

 

1 Peter 4:8 (NASB)

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

 

Charles Spurgeon noted that… “This love both covers and bears all things. It never proclaims the errors of others. It refuses to see faults unless it may kindly help in their removal. It stands in the presence of a fault with a finger on its lips.”

 

Love BELIEVES all things – Love BELIEVES always

 

YOU WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE IN HIM

Expect the best of others (of what’s in them now)

You recognize they are made in the image of God — you see the very best in them now

You believe in someone until you are shown otherwise – give benefit of the doubt

 

Romans 12:10 English Standard Version (ESV)

10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Faith in what God has made available now

 

Love HOPES all things – Love HOPES always

 

YOU WILL ALWAYS EXPECT THE BEST OF HIM

Expect the best of others (of what is to come)

You recognize that God has a greater purpose in a person’s life, a plan & purpose of His design — you see what God wants to do in a person’s life.

Love looks forward with confidence & grace

Trust that expects fulfillment of the future promises of God

 

1 Timothy 4:10 English Standard Version (ESV)

10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

 

Romans 8:24 The Passion Translation (TPT)

24 For this is the hope of our salvation.

 

But hope means that we must trust and wait for what is still unseen. For why would we need to hope for something we already have?

 

Love ENDURES all things – Love ENDURES always

 

YOU WILL ALWAYS STAND YOUR GROUND IN DEFENDING HIM

YOU WILL NEVER GIVES UP

To endure – To remain under

Perseveres despite situations / circumstances

No matter what!

 

1 Corinthians 9:12 (NASB)

12 If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.

 

In Closing, look to God to understand what it means to LOVE ALWAYS…

Love Bears… God bears… He pours out grace & mercy despite your sins and shortcomings. Your sins cannot stand up to His grace.

Love Believes… God believes the best in you – God designed you for His good purpose & God sees you as His Son. 

Love Hopes… God has your future beautifully orchestrated & God sees who you will be – the beautiful masterpiece

Love Endures… God loves NO MATTER WHAT… He truly LOVES ALWAYS!

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What is Love Series – Love Rejoices With Truth Outline

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

alétheia: truth

Phonetic Spelling: (al-ay’-thi-a)

Usage: truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness…. REALITY… WHAT IS REAL, WHAT IS GENUINE

 

WE HAVE A GUIDE TO TRUTH – THE HOLY SPIRIT

John 16:13 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

 

Holy Spirit reveals truth… guides.. opens eyes to what is real

True love rejoices in the truth… in what is right & good.

… Justice

… Righteousness

True love is unhappy about sin, injustice, & wrongdoing.

 

YOU ARE BLESSED TO DELIGHT IN HIS TRUTH

 

Psalm 1:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Blessed is the man

Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,

Nor stands in the path of sinners,

Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And in His law he meditates day and night.

 

Psalm 1:1-2 New Century Version (NCV)

Two Ways to Live

1 Happy are those who don’t listen to the wicked,

who don’t go where sinners go,

who don’t do what evil people do.

2 They love the Lord’s teachings,

and they think about those teachings day and night.

 

… Think about it day and night

… Live in Truth

… Delight in Truth

… Blessed

 

THE TRUTH IS PURIFYING – IT SETS YOU APART

 

John 17:17 English Standard Version (ESV)

17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

True love has no need to hide anything. The truth is reality. Real love doesn’t hide.

… Convicts

… Stretches

… Restores

… Grows

 

THE TRUTH IS FREEING

John 8:31-32 English Standard Version (ESV)

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

… Abide in Truth

… Know Truth

… Free because of Truth

 

When you look at your walk, remember that….

True love does not rejoice over the sins of others. True love wants to best for others. True love speaks truth in love to others. True love desires what is good and pure. True love even wants enemies to discover the truth and receive God’s mercy and grace— not for a person’s destruction.

What is Love Series – Love is Kind Outline

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 

or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

2 Timothy 3:1-4 English Standard Version (ESV)

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 

heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 

treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

 

KIND

chrésteuomai: to be kind

Phonetic Spelling: (khraste-yoo’-om-ahee)

Definition: to be kind

Usage: I am kind (full of service to others), gentle.

Kindness is an inner quality (ATTITUDE) of compassion, being gentle… caring

Kindness results in goodness (ACTIONS)… serving one another, being generous… doing something because you care

 

KINDNESS

chréstotés: goodness, excellence, uprightness

Phonetic Spelling: (khray-stot’-ace)

Definition: goodness, excellence, uprightness

Usage: goodness, uprightness, kindness, gentleness.

 

Colossians 3:12 (ESV)

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

 

Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)

32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

Luke 6:35-36 English Standard Version (ESV)

35 But love your enemies, 

and do good, 

To do that which is good

To do something which profits others

To do someone a favor

To do what is right

and lend, 

To be generous

expecting nothing in return, 

and your reward will be great, 

and you will be sons of the Most High, 

for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 

36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

What is Love Series – Love is Patient Outline

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

        1. Love is Patient
        2. Love is Kind
        3. Love rejoices in Truth
        4. Love Always

 

BE PATIENT WITH ALL

 

Colossians 3:12-13 (ESV)

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:14 (AMP)

14 We [earnestly] urge you, believers, admonish those who are out of line [the undisciplined, the unruly, the disorderly], encourage the timid [who lack spiritual courage], help the [spiritually] weak, be very patient with everyone [always controlling your temper].

 

1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (MSG)

13-15 Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.

 

LOVE COVERS ALL TRANSGRESSIONS

 

Proverbs 10:12 (ESV)

12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

 

Proverbs 10:12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers and overwhelms all transgressions [forgiving and overlooking another’s faults].

 

Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)

32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

 

LOVE CONCEALS AN OFFENSE

 

Proverbs 17:9 (ESV)

Whoever covers an offense seeks love,

but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

 

Proverbs 17:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, But he who repeats or gossips about a matter separates intimate friends.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (MSG)

13-15 Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.

A Fresh Start Outline

Starting Fresh for the New Year

What hinders you?

What prevents you from running well?

 

Hebrews 12:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 

2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

  1. Lay Aside Every Weight (anything that hinders… creates difficulties, slows you down, obstructs)
  2. Lay Aside Sin
  3. Run with Endurance
  4. Eyes on Jesus

 

Galatians 5:7-9 The Passion Translation (TPT)

7 Before you were led astray, you were so faithful to Messiah. Why have you now turned away from what is right and true? Who has deceived you?

8 The One who enfolded you into his grace is not behind this false teaching that you’ve embraced. Not at all! 9 Don’t you know that when you allow even a little lie into your heart, it can permeate your entire belief system?

[[Listen to Truth]]

1 Peter 2:1-12 The Passion Translation (TPT)

1 So abandon every form of evil, deceit, hypocrisy, feelings of jealousy and slander. 

[[CRAVE MILK]]… Sanctify by the Truth – Your word is truth – John 17:19

2 In the same way that nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word. For this “milk” will cause you to grow into maturity, fully nourished and strong for life— 3 especially now that you have had a taste of the goodness of the Lord Jehovah and have experienced his kindness.

[[KEEP COMING TO THE ROCK]]

4 So keep coming to him who is the Living Stone—though he was rejected and discarded by men but chosen by God and is priceless in God’s sight. 

5 Come and be his “living stones” who are continually being assembled into a sanctuary for God. For now you serve as holy priests, offering up spiritual sacrifices that he readily accepts through Jesus Christ. 

6 For it says in Scripture: Look! I lay a cornerstone in Zion, a chosen and priceless stone! And whoever believes in him will certainly not be disappointed.

7 As believers you know his great worth—indeed, his preciousness is imparted to you. But for those who do not believe: The stone that the builders rejected and discarded has now become the cornerstone

8 And a stone that makes them stumble and a rock to trip over. They keep stumbling over the message because they refuse to believe it. And this they were destined to do. 

[[EXPERIENCE HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT]]

[[SHARE HIS GLORIOUS WONDERS]]

9 But you are God’s chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world. 

10 For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it!

11 My divinely loved friends, since you are resident aliens and foreigners in this world, I appeal to you to divorce yourselves from the evil desires that wage war within you. 

12 Live honorable lives as you mix with unbelievers, even though they accuse you of being evildoers. For they will see your beautiful works and have a reason to glorify God in the day he visits us.

 

Carols Series – Prepare Him Room Outline – Christmas Eve Message

Make Room for the King

“Joy to the World”

Joy to the world, the Lord is come

Let earth receive her King

Let every heart prepare Him room

OUR HEART NATURALLY DOESN’T WANT TO PREPARE ROOM  

WE ARE ALL SINNERS… WE ARE ALL IN NEED OF JESUS

 

Ezekiel 11:19 English Standard Version (ESV)

19 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.

 

WHEN JESUS WAS BORN, THERE WASN’T ANY ROOM

Luke 2:7 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

7 She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger because there wasn’t any room for them in the inn.

 

THE SHUNAMMITE WHO MADE ROOM

2 Kings 4:8-9 English Standard Version (ESV)

One day Elisha went on to Shunem, where a wealthy woman lived, who urged him to eat some food. So whenever he passed that way, he would turn in there to eat food. And she said to her husband, “Behold now, I know that this is a holy man of God who is continually passing our way. 10 Let us make a small room on the roof with walls and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that whenever he comes to us, he can go in there.”

 

THE GREAT PROMISE OF GOD

Jeremiah 24:7 English Standard Version (ESV)

7 I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.

 

How can we prepare Him room?

 

#1 Accept the love God offers

John 3:16 English Standard Version (ESV)

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 5:8 English Standard Version (ESV)

8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

#2 Draw near to Jesus through prayer and reading of God’s Word

James 4:8 English Standard Version (ESV)

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

#3 Honor Jesus with obedience

2 John 6 English Standard Version (ESV)

6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

2 John 6 The Message (MSG)

4-6 I can’t tell you how happy I am to learn that many members of your congregation are diligent in living out the Truth, exactly as commanded by the Father. But permit me a reminder, friends, and this is not a new commandment but simply a repetition of our original and basic charter: that we love each other. Love means following his commandments, and his unifying commandment is that you conduct your lives in love. This is the first thing you heard, and nothing has changed.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come

Let earth receive her King

Let every heart prepare Him room

Carols Series: Gift for a King Outline

Gift for a King

Matthew 2:1-12 English Standard Version (ESV)

2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

What did they bring? – Gifts fit for a king

  • Gold – King / Kingship [[KING]]
  • Frankincense – Priest / Priesthood / God [[GOD]]
  • Myrrh – Anointing Oil / Death / Humanity & Suffering [[SACRIFICE]]

 

Little Drummer Boy 

Come they told me / Pa rum pum pum pum

A new born king to see / Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring / Pa rum pum pum pum

To lay before the king / Pa rum pum pum pum…

So to honor him / Pa rum pum pum pum

When we come…

I have no gift to bring Pa rum pum pum pum

That’s fit to give our king…

I played my drum for him / Pa rum pum pum pum

I played my best for him / Pa rum pum pum pum,

Rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum

 

 

1. THANKSGIVING

Psalm 116:12-19 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,

14 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

16 O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds.

17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord.

18 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people,

19 in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

 

2. LIVING SACRIFICE

Romans 12:1-8 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 

6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

 

3. YOUR HEART

 

Matthew 6:21 English Standard Version (ESV)

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

Psalm 51:10 English Standard Version (ESV)

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

 

Ephesians 3:14-19 The Passion Translation (TPT)

14 So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, 15 the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth 16 And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power. 17 Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life.  

18–19 Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!

Carols Series: Fall on Your Knees Outline

Worship the King

Matthew 2:1-12 English Standard Version (ESV)

2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

O Holy Night

O holy night the stars are brightly shining

It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth

Long lay the world in sin and error pining

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices

For yonder breaks a new glorious morn

Fall on your knees

O hear the angels’ voices

O night divine

O night when Christ was born

O night divine o night

O night divine

 

Strong’s Concordance

barak: to kneel, bless

Transliteration: barak

Phonetic Spelling: (baw-rak’)

Definition: to kneel, bless

Showing respect, give something of value to another

 

Psalm 103:1-5 English Standard Version (ESV)

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 

Psalm 103:11-14 English Standard Version (ESV)

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,

so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

13 As a father shows compassion to his children,

so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

14 For he knows our frame;

he remembers that we are dust.

 

Psalm 29:2 English Standard Version (ESV)

2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

People of God Series Outlines

People of God: Week 1 – Moses

[Exodus 1-4]

Exodus 1 – The Plan of the New King

The Israelites are still in Egypt

Joseph & all his brothers died (1:6)

The Israelites multiplied – powerful & filled the land (1:7)

New king in power – he did not know anything about Joseph (1:8)

New king decides planned to keep Israelites from growing even stronger (1:9-22)

Make Israelites their slaves & overwork them

When Israelite women give birth, kill the boys 

Exodus 2 – The Plan of Moses’ Parents

Levite woman became pregnant (2:1)

She gave birth to a baby boy & hid him 3 months (2:2)

Sent him sailing in basket on Nile River (2:3)

Adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter (2:10)

Exodus 3 & 4 – The Plan of God

1 – Attention toward God to hear

Moses sees a burning bush not consumed (3:3)

God will get our attention in any way He desires

2 – Responding to God (“I’m listening” or “I’m your humble servant”)

Moses says, “Here I am” (3:4)

3 – Recognition and reverence of the Lord’s presence and His plan

Remove your sandals (3:5)

I am God (3:6)

4 – Accept His glorious plan

God told Moses “You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” (3:10)

EXCUSES GET IN THE WAY OF FULLY EMBRACING THE PLAN

Who am I? (3:11) 

Doesn’t matter. I’m with you. I qualify you.

Who are You? (3:13) – what if the people ask for your name?

I AM WHO I AM (3:14)

What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? (4:1)

Perform these signs

Hand of a leper (4:6-7)

Nile River turned to blood (4:8-9)

But I’m not good with words (4:10)

Who makes the mouth? (4:11)

Lord, please! Send anyone else (4:13)

What about your brother Aaron? He will be your mouthpiece (4:14-16)

OBSTACLES BEFORE EVEN STEPPING FORWARD

God tells Moses Pharaoh’s heart will be hardened and he will refuse to listen. 

What is the difference between a calling and being called by God? Are we all called by God?

 

How can we better fix our attention toward God to hear?

 

 What is involved when responding to God? How should we respond?

 

PERSONAL REFLECTION: 

What is keeping you from His glorious plan? 

What excuses are you giving?

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People of God: Week 2 – Pharaoh

[Exodus 5-15]

Stepping Up and Standing Firm for God

Exodus 5 – Moses goes to Pharaoh – “Let my people go”

Who is the Lord? (v. 2)

Why should I listen to Him? (v. 2)

Why are you distracting people from tasks? (v. 4)

God’s work is NOT a distraction, but the world sees it otherwise.

They are just lazy (v. 8)

Load them down with more work – That will teach them to listen to lies (v. 9)

Moses returns to the LORD and protests:

Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people? (v. 22)

Why did you send me? (v. 23)

You have done nothing. (v. 23)

Exodus 6 – I heard the groans THEREFORE

I will free you

I will rescue you

I will redeem you

I will claim you

More excuses – Exodus 6:12, 30 – “my own people won’t listen to me anymore,” “I’m such a clumsy speaker”

Serpent (Staff) – Aaron’s staff swallowed up the staffs of Egyptian magicians

Plagues

Blood – magicians could do it too / Pharaoh refused to listen

Frogs – magicians could do it too / Pharaoh begs for the frogs to be removed. He will bet people go so they can offer sacrifices

Gnats  – magicians fail & say “this is the finger of God” / Pharaoh refused to listen

Flies – Pharaoh says go and offer sacrifices “HERE IN THIS LAND” / Moses says they must take 3-day trip / Pharaoh says okay but “don’t go too far away”

Livestock – Pharaoh refused to listen

Boils – Even the magicians were unable to stand before Moses / Pharaoh refused to listen

Hail – Some of Pharaoh’s officials were afraid / Never in all history of Egypt had there been storm like that / Pharaoh says, “This time I have sinned. The LORD is the righteous one, and my people and I are wrong. Please beg the LORD to end this … We’ve had enough. I will let you go”

Locust – Pharaoh says, “Go and worship the LORD… but who exactly will be going with you.” / Moses says, “We will ALL go… we MUST all join together in celebrating a festival to the LORD.” / Pharaoh threw them out.

Darkness – People could not see each other so no one moved / Pharaoh says, “Go and worship… but leave your flocks & herds here. You may even take your little ones with you.” / Moses says, “No, you must provide us with animals for sacrifices & burnt offerings.” / Pharaoh says, “Get out of here. I’m warning you. Never come back to see me again! The day you see my face, you will die.” / Moses response: “Very well. I will never see your face again.” – PHARAOH SHUT THE DOOR

 Firstborn – Loud wail for Egyptians, “so peaceful” for Israelites -1st Passover 

Mark of blood – protection from death

All plagues to this point are not sufficient to free God’s people until death of firstborn sons. All sacrificial systems Israel instituted are not sufficient, until the death of God’s only Son.

Exodus 12:35-36 – Egyptians gave Israelites things just as God said

Red Sea (Exodus 14:13):

Don’t be afraid

Stand still

Watch

“They were filled with awe before Him. They put their faith in the LORD and in His servant Moses” (Exodus 14:31)

Read Exodus 5:1-5. Pharaoh asks questions everyone asks at times (usually before knowing Jesus). 

What are the three questions? Answer the three questions.

Read Exodus 14:13. Moses tells the people three things.

What are the three things? How can we do these three things?

PERSONAL REFLECTION: 

Are you stepping up?

Are you standing firm?

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People of God: Week 3 – Complaints

[Exodus 15-17]

We all face things that can make us BITTER or BETTER.

Look for the treasure in every trial. WE ARE BLESSED!

[Philippians 2:14-15] “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” 

Marah (15)

Left Red Sea – desert of Shur – found no water for 3 days – when found water, it was bitter

v. 24 “Then the people COMPLAINED and turned against Moses. ‘What are we going to drink?’ they demanded.” 

Manna & Quail (16)

Went to wilderness of Sin – a month after Egypt departure

v. 2 “The whole community of Israel COMPLAINED about Moses and Aaron.” Actual COMPLAINTS against God, not Moses and Aaron (see v. 7)

v. 3 “IF ONLY the LORD had killed us back in Egypt.”

TESTED – whether or not follow God’s instructions 

GOT TO SEE GOD’S GLORY (see v. 10-11)

Evening – meat / Morning – bread {Ate manna for 40 years}

“IT’S THE FOOD THE LORD HAS GIVEN YOU TO EAT.” (v. 15)

Everyone had JUST ENOUGH (v. 18)

Don’t keep leftovers – TRUST

SABBATH – God’s gift to you (v. 29) – told to rest, went out anyway 

Massah & Meribah (17)

Left wilderness of Sin – camped at Rephidim

No water to drink.

v. 2 “So once more the people complained against Moses.”

Moses said: “Quiet! Why are you COMPLAINING against me? And why are you testing the LORD?”

Tormented by thirst, they continued to argue with Moses – “why did you bring us out of Egypt?” (v. 3)

Strike the rock. Water will gush out. People will drink. 

Massah “test” – people tested the Lord / Meribah “arguing” – Israel argued with Moses

Complaining and Lamenting are different. 

Crying out to God (Lament) – Psalm 142:1-2 – looks to hope in God

He wants us to pour out what is on our heart.

Complaining has no hope.

COMPLAINTS DECLARE THAT GOD IS NOT good, faithful, loving, wise, or powerful.

Complaints ignore God’s potential – focused on negative

Gossip, slander, false witness, jump to wrong conclusion

Every time you feel like complaining—thank God instead

[Colossians 4:2] Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Read Exodus 16:1-3. 

The whole community of Israel complained. What was the “if only”?

 

What are we doing when we have our own “if only” moments?

 

How can we keep ourselves from having “if only” moments?

 

Read Exodus 16:4-5. God says He will test to people and see if they follow instructions. Why was the test necessary?

 

Read Exodus 16:17-18. How much did they have?

 

Read Exodus 16:26-30. 

What did they find on the 7th day? Why?

 

What does it mean that the Sabbath is the Lord’s gift?

 

PERSONAL REFLECTION:

Have you been lamenting or complaining?

How can you live with an attitude of gratitude?

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People fo God: Week 4 – Jethro

[Exodus 18]

[Psalm 90:12] “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” [NIV]

v. 13 – Moses sat before the people and heard disputes from MORNING TILL EVENING – ALL DAY!!!

v. 14 – Jethro asks – WHAT ARE YOU REALLY ACCOMPLISHING HERE?

WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO DO ALL THIS ALONE?

V. 15-16 – Moses responds – Because the people come to me to get a ruling from God

I am the one who settles the cases

I inform the people of God’s decrees & give His instructions

v. 17 – Jethro says – THIS IS NOT GOOD

You’re going to wear yourself out

You’re going to wear the people out

The job is too heavy a burden

Continue to be the people’s representative before God

Teach them God’s decrees

Give them instructions

Show them how to conduct their lives

DELEGATION

Select from all the people others to assist

Capable, honest, fear God, hate bribes

Appoint them as leaders of groups: 1000, 100, 50, 10

Only bring major issues to you

They will help carry the load, making it easier for you

All the people will go home in peace

Read Exodus 18:14. 

What are the two main questions Jethro asked Moses? 

Try to answer these two questions from your own personal experience.

What is the danger of doing this?

When Jethro told Moses how to delegate, he gave a description of the people to be chosen. What qualities were mentioned? Why are these qualities so important?

  

PERSONAL REFLECTION: Where do you need to delegate more? What do you need to let go? How can you equip & empower others?

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People of God: Week 5 – Sinai

[Exodus 19-40]

Faithful obedience for harmony & order

Ten Commandments – God’s absolutes for how to live

[Ecclesiastes 12:13] Fear God (because He is greater), Keep commands  Whole duty of man

Exodus 19:1-8 {Lord reveals Himself at Sinai}

Exodus 20 / Exodus 34 {10 Commandments}

First 4 – Teach how to LOVE GOD, Last 6 – Teach how to LOVE OTHERS

No Other God v. 3 [Romans 1:25]

No Idols v. 4-5

No Name in Vain v. 7 (“God bless you” or “Praise the Lord” but don’t mean it) [Luke 6:46] “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?

Observe Sabbath v. 8

Honor Parents v. 12

No Murder v. 13

No Adultery v. 14

No Stealing v. 15

No Lying v. 16 (Lying – Slander & Gossip, Flattery, Exaggeration, Silence)

No Coveting v. 17

Ten Commandments catch everyone in sin  Only hope of salvation is JESUS

[Romans 5:20-22] God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

[Romans 3:19] Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God.

[Galatians 3:24] Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith.

Jesus quotes Exodus 20:12-17

Matthew 5:27 (Sermon of Mount) – Adultery “just looking”

Mark 7:10 – Honor your parents

Luke 18:20 (Rich Man) – Adultery, Murder, Steal, Lying, Parents

[Matthew 5:17-18] Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.

[Mark 12:30-31] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these

Exodus 32-33 {Gold Calf}

[Hebrews 9:22] In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.

Exodus 33:16 Your presence among us

Exodus 33:18 Show me your glory

Exodus 34:6-7 God of compassion and mercy, slow to anger, filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. Forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin

Augustine said, “Love God and do as you please”

Read Exodus 20:1-17. Read Mark 12:30-31.

The first four commandments teach us how to love God. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

Explain how each of these four commandments teach us how to love God

How can we live this out? (How can we be intentional about following commands?)

The last six commandments teach us how to love others. Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Explain how each of these six commandments teach us how to love others.

 

How can we live this out? (How can we be intentional about following commands?)

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People of God: Week 6 – Scouts

[Numbers 13-14]

The LORD commands that one leader from each Israelite tribe explore the land of Canaan (13:1-2) … THE LAND I AM GIVING TO THE ISRAELITES

Moses gives instructions for intel mission (13:18) 

See what the land is like—good or bad, walled or unprotected, soil quality, trees, crop samples

Find out if the people there are strong or week, few or many

Explored the land for 40 days (number of testing)

Single cluster of grapes so large it took two people to carry (13:23)

Land flowing with milk & honey (13:27)

BUT… (13:28)

People living there are powerful… even giants there 

Towns are large & fortified

Courageous Caleb – tries to quiet the people (13:30)

Let’s go at once to take the land

We can certainly conquer it

The People Rebel

If only we had died in Egypt… If only we had died in the Wilderness (14:2)

Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt (14:3)

The Faithful Few: Joshua & Caleb

Tore their clothing (14:6)

Wonderful land (14:7)

Lord will bring us safely into the land & give it to us (14:8)

Do not rebel & don’t be afraid of the people (14:9)

The LORD is with us!

People wanted to stone them 

Glory of LORD appeared to the Israelites

How long will these people treat me with contempt? 

Will they never believe me, even after the miraculous signs?

God wants to disown & destroy them – Moses intercedes for the people

God punishes everyone but the faithful few – “a different attitude” (14:24)

40 days = 40 years (14:34)

Ten Fearful struck dead (14:37)

More Rebellion

People wanted to go anyway – “we are ready now” (14:40)

It’s too late – they go anyway & are chased back (14:41-45)

What were the reasons given by the fearful scouts? 

What was their focus?

What was the faith over fear response given by the faithful few (Caleb & Joshua)?

What was their focus?

Read Numbers 14:24. What is this “different attitude” all about?

Read Psalm 34:4. What does it mean to be freed from all your fears?

Personal Reflection: What are your biggest fears? Are these fears keeping you from walking in faith? Pray that the Spirit will reassure you of His promises and strengthen you in your walk.

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People of God: {ASH WEDNESDAY 2017}

Stand in Awe

Let the whole world fear the LORD, and let everyone stand in awe of Him. [Psalm 33:8]

Lent is a season of fasting and renewal. When you fast (stop doing something), but you also replace it with something else—something beneficial to your relationship with Jesus. 

For this Lenten season, let us stand in awe and worship our God. We were made to worship God, to glorify God. But as we go through our days, we often add other things to the mix.

[LEVITICUS 10]

Unauthorized fire – Hebrew word “zara” means strange, from outside

[Leviticus 10:3]

“’Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.”  Aaron remained silent. [NIV]

“I must be treated as holy”

Holy is used more often as a prefix to God’s name more than any other attribute in Scripture.

Holy – “Set Apart” – [Exodus 3:14] I AM WHO I AM

[Revelation 22:13] He is the Alpha. The Omega. The First. The Last. The Beginning. The End.

[Revelation 1:8] He was and is and is to come.

[1 Samuel 2:2] Hannah says – “There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you.”

As we see in this story in Leviticus, the closer you are to God – the more careful you need to be about His holiness so not to dishonor God.

The sad thing is not only do some people treat the things of God with contempt, but they also can cause others to follow suit, as possible with this instance with the strange fire.

During this Lenten season, let us ask…

What are you adding to your offering to God that isn’t meant to be there?

What is getting in the way of you fully offering yourself to Him? Fully worshiping Him as He deserves?

[Exodus 33:20] We read about Moses asking to see God’s glory….  God’s holiness is so blindingly radiant we cannot see it and live. Moses had to be hidden behind a rock for the glory of God to pass by.

It was this Holy Ground that required man to remove the unclean shoes and hide his face.

[Isaiah 6:1-4]

Only when we encounter God in His holiness is it possible for us to see our own self – “I am a sinful man”

This is something we must all come to recognize. I AM A SINNER!

Today, we don’t tread on the same Holy Ground as Moses. We don’t have the same need for a veil to shield us from the glory. Instead, we have the glory of God within us because of Christ. 

[2 Corinthians 4:3-7] If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.  You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

Our foreheads are marked tonight by ashes as we are reminded that we are but dust, that we are like fragile clay jars containing the great treasure from God Himself. We are reminded that without Jesus, we are nothing. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Our lives are marked WITH AND FOR CHRIST.

This should lead us to Awe * Worship * Adoration

[Isaiah 40:12-31] God has no equal

God….

Loves perfectly

Speaks perfectly

Creates perfectly

Acts perfectly

Chooses perfectly

Teaches perfectly

Disciplines perfectly

[Exodus 15:11] 

Who is like YOU – 

glorious in holiness, 

awesome in splendor, 

performing great wonders

What is keeping you from falling at his feet? 

In Revelation 1:17, John sees Jesus and he immediately falls at His feet. 

What’s keeping you from this? 

What’s keeping you from the AWE?

A – Always thankful [1 Thessalonians 5:18] CONTINUALLY THANKFUL

W – Worship everywhere – IN ALL THAT YOU DO AND SAY [Colossians 3:17] – this isn’t just singing (everything you do should point to Him)

You should continually be aware of His presence everywhere.

E – Eyes on Him – Eyes on Jesus [Hebrews 12:2] Perfecter of Faith

Consider the ashes on your forehead this evening… here’s a picture of what is coming…

[Revelation 22:3-5] No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and His servants will worship him. And they will see His face, and His name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there–no need for lamps or sun–for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” [Revelation 4]

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People of God: Week 8 – Rebellion

[Numbers 16-17]

Respecting authority… Respecting God’s plan… Honor Who He has chosen…

Korah’s Rebellion [16]

Korah – Levite (descendent of one of Levi’s three sons Kohath)

Dathan

Abiram

On – Reubenite

Whole community set apart [v. 3]

What right do you have to act as though you are greater than the rest of the Lord’s people?

Tomorrow God will show us who belongs to Him and who is holy

The Lord will allow only those whom He selects to enter His own presence

To the Levites, says – Does it seem insignificant to you that the God of Israel has chosen you from among all the community of Israel to be near Him, so you can serve the Lord & minister to the people. [v. 9]

Korah has already been given this special ministry. Are you demanding priesthood? [v. 10]

The Rebellion

Dathan & Abiram refused to come [v. 12-14] – no respect for authority

Korah stirred up the ENTIRE COMMUNITY [v. 19]

Took something that could have been addressed in a peaceful way and handled it by attempting to overpower – how can you overpower God Almighty? 

Getting a group of people emotionally charged against God does nothing to help his cause. 

Why did Korah take this disagreement and allow it to be a stumbling block for so many? 

Is it not worse to lead others to hell with you? Misery loves company.

Glory of the Lord appeared

Told Moses & Aaron to move

Moses interceded on behalf of the people

Get away from the wicked

Swallowed up [v. 28-35]

Aaron stands between them [v. 41-50]

Aaron’s Bud [17:1-10]

12 wooden staffs to represent each tribe 

Buds will sprout on staff of the man I choose.

Read Numbers 16:3. The question is what right do you have to act as though you are greater than the rest of the Lord’s people.  How does God display who belongs to Him today?

 

Verse 5 says that God will allow only those whom He selects to enter His own presence. James tells us that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us (see James 4:8). Would that then mean if we draw near to Him, He brings His presence to us? What is involved in this?

 

A question is posed to the Levites. The question was does it seem insignificant to you that God chose you from among Israel to serve the Lord and minister to the people. What is this questions getting at? Have you ever felt that the work you were doing for the Lord was insignificant?

In verse 19, we read that Korah got the entire community stirred up. What is the danger in doing this? What could he have done?

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People of God: Week 9 – Balaam

[Numbers 22-24]

Blessing God’s People

[Numbers 22:1-3] Balak, king of Moab, saw everything the Israelites did to the Amorites. He saw how many Israelites there were and was terrified. 

Balak, king of Moab, believed that Israel was threatening him (v.5) so he sent a message to Balaam

“In the morning I will tell you whatever the LORD directs me to say” (v.8)

God asks him, “Who are these men visiting you?” (v. 9) … “Don’t go with them. You are not to curse these people. They have been blessed.” (v. 12)

[Numbers 22:18] But Balaam responded to Balak’s messengers, “Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the LORD my God.

God gives permission  Since they came for you, get up and go with them but do only what I tell you to do (v. 20)

GOD WAS ANGRY (v. 22)

Some say the anger was because he didn’t wait for them to take him and leave. He started the action. Others believe though God allows us to do something, it doesn’t mean He wants us doing it. God would never want someone to curse who He blessed – nor does anyone have the ability to do so. God’s Word stands.

[2 Peter 2:15] They have wandered off the right road and followed the footsteps of Balaam son of Beor, who loved to earn money by doing wrong.

The Donkey

Angel – standing in the road to block him

Donkey asks, “What have I done to you that deserves your beating three times?”

“You made me look like a fool…. If I had my sword, I would kill you.”

Donkey says “I’m the same donkey you’ve ridden all your life.”

Lord opens Balaam’s eyes and he falls to the ground (v. 31)

[Numbers 22:32] “Why did you beat your donkey those three times?” the angel of the LORD demanded. “Look, I have come to block your way because you are stubbornly resisting me.

I HAVE SINNED (v. 34)

Only can say what God has put in my mouth (v. 38)

[Numbers 23:8] How can I curse whom God has not cursed?

[Numbers 23:20] God blessed them  I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot change it. 

Read Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 18:18-19, Numbers 22:12, and Numbers 23:19. Summarize these passages and what King Balak was not grasping about God and blessing.

 

God has made man in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). We may be faulty image-bearers but we are made in His image. Throughout His Word, God speaks of the many blessings we receive as children of God, including eternal life and being co-heirs with Christ. As believers, we are called His prized possession. How do we curse both non-believers and believers in our daily lives when we are called to be a blessing? 

 

Read Isaiah 52:7. This verse speaks of beautiful feet that bring good news. This speaks about proclaiming peace, brining good tidings, proclaiming salvation. How does our actions of cursing keep us from being one with beautiful feet?

 

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and Hebrews 10:24. As the body of Christ, we are called to encourage one another, to build each other up, and to motivate each other to acts of love and good works. Cursing others is opposite these commands. What can we do to aim to be a blessing and not a curse to the body of Christ?

Read Matthew 5:16. When we are living a life that curses others, what does this verse say we are doing or not doing?

 

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People of God: Week 10 – Joshua

[Numbers 20, Deuteronomy 32-34, Joshua 1]

Being Courageous for God

Moses Strikes the Rock [Numbers 20]

Death of Miriam

No water – people rebelled against Moses & Aaron

God commands – speak to rock & it will pour out water

Moses acts – strikes the rock twice with the staff

“You will not lead them into the land I am giving them” (v. 14)

Death of Moses [Deuteronomy 32-34]

Death Foretold [32]

Moses blesses the people [33]

Death [34]

Buried by the Lord (v. 6)

Joshua son of Nun

The Lord’s Charge to Joshua [Joshua 1]

The time has come (v. 1)

No one will be able to stand against you – I am with you (v. 5)

Be strong & courageous (v. 6-7, 9)

Study & obey the Word (v. 8)

Joshua begins his “great work” (v. 10)

Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and through the Wilderness. It was nearly time for the Israelites to enter the Promised Land; however, they would not be led by Moses due to his disobedience. Read Deuteronomy 31:1-8 and Joshua 1:1-5.

Before Moses died, he publicly recognized the transfer of power to Joshua. What did he do?

 

After the death of Moses, the Lord speaks to Joshua. What does God tell Joshua?

   

How would you feel being placed into the position of Joshua?

 

God often tells us that the time has come for us to do something. What are some of the promises that He has given us, that He gave to Moses and Joshua?

 

Read Joshua 1:8. What does this verse tell us? What can we do to live this out? Why is this important?

 

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People of God: Week 11 – Jericho

[Joshua 6]

Moving in Rhythm with God

Gates of Jericho tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites (v. 1).

God promises to give Jericho (v. 2).

Instructions:

#1 – to march around the city once a day for six days straight – God, the divine King marking the city as His own. THIS IS MINE.

#2 – seven priest to bear seven trumpets before the ark (this signaled start of a holy war because the ark is God’s throne). THIS IS GOD’S BATTLE.

#3 – seven priests to march seven times on the seventh day (repeated 3 times – signifies perfection). PERFECTION / COMPLETION

#4 – People were to give shout when they heard last blast of horns (giving voice to their faith). VERBALIZING FAITH “I BELIEVE.”

#5 – Each warrior attack the city – GOD HAS PROVIDED VICTORY

God is giving Israel the land but they much make it theirs through faithful obedience.

“It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.” – Hebrews 11:30 [NLT]

Rescue of Rahab

“It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” – Hebrews 11:31 [NLT]

Rahab and her family were outside the camp (ceremonially unclean) – living with pagans

Rahab now lives with the Israelites (v. 26).

Rahab marries Salmon and gives birth to Boaz (Matthew 1:5)

Boaz marries Ruth  Obed

Obed  Jesse  David  Solomon….. 

Joseph marries Mary  JESUS

Scarlet rope tied to wooden frame symbolizes God’s salvation. 

Jesus wore a scarlet robe while He was mocked and beaten, leading to His death on the cross, for God’s salvation to be offered to all who believe in Him.

God gave the Israelites Jericho. They simply had to show up and move in rhythm with God. 

Move when He says, “Move.” 

Be still when He says, “Be still.” 

Read Joshua 6:2. The verse says, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand.” God is talking to Joshua, telling him to see. Part of moving in rhythm with God involves seeing. What does it mean to see?

 

Why is it so important for us to “see” if we are to move in rhythm with God?

 

A big part of the marching around the walls of Jericho involved silence. We are not told the reason the people had to be quiet. Read Exodus 14:14 and Psalm 46:10-11. Why is silence important to moving in rhythm with God?

 

Notice that God gave Joshua the instructions for all seven days, but Joshua did not do the same thing. He only was giving the instructions as they went along (see v. 10). The people that were marching quietly each day did not know when this would end. They continued to march onward, following the command to march silent. What can we glean from this process?

 

Acts : Church on the Move Outlines

To the Ends of the Earth

 Acts 1:8

Before they moved, they waited [Acts 1:4, Acts 2:1]

For the church to move, the church must be on God’s time – don’t RUSH!

United in Prayer [Acts 1:12-14]

Praying – prayer must be a way of life

United – remember, one purpose of glorifying God

Directed by God [Acts 1:15-26]

Desiring of God’s Word / Understanding the importance of Scripture Fulfilled

Choosing of Matthias to Replace Judas

Repentance First [Acts 2:37-41]

Repentance is necessary for growth — this is SALVATION!

Growth Second [Acts 2:42-47]

Devoted themselves to: 

Teaching

Fellowship

Breaking of Bread

Prayer

Praising God

    — this is NEW LIFE!

Breakout Session Questions

  1. Read Acts 1:8. Who should bear witness to Jesus? Why?

 

  1. Read Acts 1:16-20. This passage discusses the apostles using good discernment to choose a replacement for Judas. 
      1. Why was the replacement necessary? 
      1. What is the difference between God’s revealed will and God’s concealed will? 

C.   How can we understand and obey both?

  1. Read Acts 2:42-45. This passage talks about the behaviors prevalent in the early church. Fellowship is so important to the body of Christ. How does fellowship with Christ and fellowship with believers relate? What does this mean for us?

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ACTS 4 Being Bold

  • Peter and John faced leadership (same people that wanted Jesus dead)

• By what power or what name have you done this?

– They had just proclaimed the healing in Jesus name

-These leaders already knew – this was why they were seized!

  • Peter was filled by the Holy Spirit

• Filled by the Holy Spirit is different from the first “filling” or “baptized by the Holy

Spirit” / Pentecost / First-believed moment when the Holy Spirit is first received.

– Ephesians 5:18 – “Don’t be drunk with wine… Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.” [NLT]

– Allowing God to move through you and have His way

• Galatians 5:25 – “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” [ESV]

– No one is filled with the Holy Spirit in this way all the time.

  • Peter and John could not stop speaking about what they have seen and heard (v.20)

• They had to tell people about Jesus and salvation

• They prayed that they be about to speak God’s Word with BOLDNESS

– They did not pray for help to remove the threats

– They did not pray for protection from the threats

– They prayed to continue to share what was on their hearts to share – JESUS!

• God answered their prayers

– The ground was shaking

– The people were all filled with the Holy Spirit

– The people began to speak the Word of God boldly

– There’s an army rising up – To break every chain… (Jesus Culture)

Breakout Session Questions

  1. Read Acts 4:13.
      1. How does the verse describe the men?

B. What does the verse tell us about the importance of spending time with

Jesus?

2. Describe a moment when you kept quiet about your faith? Why do you think

you did this?

3. How is the power of the Holy Spirit related to being bold in sharing your faith?

Why is it so important for us to pray for boldness?

4. What does this boldness look like at DRCC?

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Acts 5:17-42 Obey God’s Plan

  • WE MUST OBEY GOD RATHER THAN PEOPLE (5:29)
        • When human command contradicts God’s truth, defiance is permitted
  • Gamaliel’s advice (5:38-39)
    • Gamaliel was Pharisee (part of Sanhedrin – leadership council in Israel), led by the High Priest, he was leading rabbi who was Paul’s mentor
    • If this plan or work is of human origin, it will fail
    • If this plan is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them
      • You may even be found fighting against God!
  1. God’s way is above ours (Isaiah 55:8)
  1. God’s plan prevails (Psalm 33:11, Proverbs 19:21, Isaiah 46:9-10)
  1. Our plan should be God’s plan (Proverbs 16:9)

Scripture test

Much Prayer

Wise Counsel

Breakout Session Questions

1. Read Romans 13:1-7. 1 Peter 2:13-17. What does this passage say about obeying authorities? How should we live according to these passages?

2. When is it okay to disobey the authorities?

3. What does the phrase “fighting against God” mean to you?

4. How could you possibly be found “fighting against God?” (give examples) How could DRCC possibly be found “fighting against God”? (give examples)

5. What can we do individually and as a church to ensure that we are in partnership with God?

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Know Your Role

Acts 6:1-7

  • Hellenistic Jews (Greek Jews) had complaint against Hebraic Jews (Hebrew / Native Jews)
    • Greek Jews are overlooked in daily distribution
      • This is an issue that needs resolved
      • Orphans & widows needed care (James 1:27)
    • This failure is not necessarily due to sin, but due to human limitations
        • Everyone has a role — a part in the body of Christ
        • People are uniquely designed for a specific role
        • Every role is important
  • “It would NOT be right” (6:2)
    • The Twelve were devoted to preaching the Word of God (6:2)
    • The Twelve were devoted to prayer (6:4)
  • Seven chosen to address daily distribution
    • Good reputation
    • Full of the Spirit
    • Full of wisdom
    • The names are all Greek— putting Greek Jews in charge of managing the distribution more fairly – example of HUMILITY & UNITY!
    • 5 never mentioned again, Stephen – eloquent speaker of Jesus Christ, Phillip – one of the church’s first evangelists!
  • The Word of God spread, the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly in number (6:7)

 Breakout Session Questions

  1. How did this complaint between the Greek Jews and Hebrew / Native Jews threaten the unity of the Church? How did the Apostles protect the unity of the Church?

2. What were the Apostles devoted to? Why was this so important to the growth of the Church?

3. How are the Spirit and wisdom related? Read 1 Corinthians 12:8.

  1. How did the Seven assist the Apostles?  Read 1 Timothy 3:8-13. How does this passage, along with today’s reading in Acts describe the type of people to select as leaders (deacons)? Why are these qualities so important?

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Chosen

You Will Be My Witnesses Acts 9:1-25 Sunday, June 17, 2018

Chosen

– Here I Am (v. 10)

• Told WHERE to go — street called Straight, house of Judas

• Told WHO to go to — Saul, man from Tarsus

• Told WHEN to go — at once

• Told WHY he must go – since he is praying there, needs to place hands on him and pray

so his sight can be restored

– BUT this man… (v. 13-14)

• Very evil, Power to harm

– He is my CHOSEN INSTRUMENT (vessel of election) (v. 15)

• He will carry my name before the Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel

• He is chosen to suffer for Jesus Christ

– We are to WITNESS to GOD’s CHOSEN ONES

• They are chosen ones because they will accept Jesus (PREDESTINATION)

– Ephesians 1:4-5 — even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that

we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to

himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.

• God wants to freely pour out His grace & mercy on His chosen ones

– 2 Peter 3:9 — The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is

patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach

repentance.

• God has a plan for His chosen ones

– Romans 8:28-30 — And we know that for those who love God all things work together

for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he

foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he

might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also

called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also

glorified.

• You are called to say “Here I Am” to God’s leading you to share Jesus so that His

message of hope and salvation can reach the chosen ones

– 2 Timothy 1:9 — who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our

works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus

before the ages began

– Ephesians 1:11-12 — In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined

according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his

will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

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Ready to Explain

Acts 8:26-40

  • Philip directed to go to the desert road (8:26)
    • Despite having successful ministry in Samaria (8:5-6)
    • Philip’s obedience resulted in the Good News in Ethiopia
    • Philip is the only one designated as Evangelist in Bible (Acts 21:8)
  • Ethiopian Eunuch traveling in chariot on way home (8:27-28)
    • Went to Jerusalem to worship
      • A eunuch was someone who was castrated for service
      • Deuteronomy 23:1 — Eunuch not permitted to enter assembly of the Lord
      • Ethiopian Eunuch was high official in charge of the treasury
    • Reading from the book of Isaiah
    • He didn’t understand what he was reading – how can I understand unless someone guides me?
  • Philip the Evangelist
    • He followed the Holy Spirit’s leading
    • He was available & prepared to share the Good News (8:26-27)
    • He began to share with Eunuch from where he was at (in book of Isaiah)
    • He explained how Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of Isaiah — all about Jesus
  • The Eunuch believed and was baptized
    • What would keep me from being baptized? (8:37)
    • Philip carried away by Spirit of the Lord 
      • Confirmation that he is God’s representative, more work to be done for Gentiles to be brought to Jesus Christ
    • Eunuch went away praising God

Breakout Session Questions

  1. What are some things that you can do to evangelize like Philip?

 

  1. What does today’s passage teach us about being led by the Spirit?

 

  1. What does today’s passage teach us about being ready to share the Good News?

 

  1. How does Philip’s faithful obedience play an important role in the movement of the early church?

 

  1. Why is baptism important?

 

Acts 8:26-40

  • Philip the Evangelist
    • He followed the Holy Spirit’s leading (8:29-30)
    • He was available & prepared to share the Good News (8:26-27)
    • He began to share with Eunuch from where he was at (8:35)
    • He explained how Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of Isaiah — all about Jesus (8:35)

Romans 10:14-17

Breakout Session Questions

  1. What are some things that you can do to evangelize like Philip?
  1. What does today’s passage teach us about being led by the Spirit?
  1. What does today’s passage teach us about being ready to share the Good News?
  1. How does Philip’s faithful obedience play an important role in the movement of the early church?
  1. Why is baptism important?

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Courageously Welcoming

Acts 9:26-31

  • Fear kept them from welcoming Saul
    • They didn’t believe he was a disciple
    • They couldn’t see his heart
    • Responded with rejection
  • Barnabas took a chance – stood up for Saul by bringing him to the disciples
    • Trusted God is in control
    • Saw Saul with God’s eyes
    • Responded with courage & and a warm welcome

1. See people as God sees people

John 3:16 — God SO LOVED people

Genesis 1:27— God created people in His image

2. Respond with love and honor

Romans 12:9-10Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Genuine Love — Real, without hidden agenda, not put on

Love like you are loved – John 15:12 — This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Show Honor — (Tee-may’) – a price, value, properly perceive value

Honor by giving of your time & attention

Honor by treating people like they matter — because they do!

Honor by helping people to see their identity in Christ

Honor by encouraging people to aim for greater things

Breakout Session Questions

  1. What is the first thing you typically notice about a person? (Share examples)

 

  1. Has your first impression of a person ever been wrong? (Share examples)
  1. Is there something that hinders you from being a welcoming person?

 

  1. Read Romans 12:9-10. This passage discusses a love that is genuine — a love /devotion for one another with brotherly affection. How would you describe this love? How can we show this love with those at DRCC and beyond the DRCC walls?

 

  1. This passage from Romans also discusses how we should outdo one another in showing honor. How can we do that? What does this do to welcome someone?

 

Acts 9:26-31

  1. See people as God sees people

John 3:16

Genesis 1:27 

2. Respond with love and honor

Romans 12:9-10 

Genuine Love 

  John 15:12 

Show Honor 

Breakout Sessions

  1. What is the first thing you typically notice about a person? (Share examples)
  1. Has your first impression of a person ever been wrong? (Share examples)
  1. Is there something that hinders you from being a welcoming person?

 

  1. Read Romans 12:9-10. This passage discusses a love that is genuine — a love /devotion for one another with brotherly affection. How would you describe this love? How can we show this love with those at DRCC and beyond the DRCC walls?

 

  1. This passage from Romans also discusses how we should outdo one another in showing honor. How can we do that? What does this do to welcome someone?

 

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Grace Disputed

Church on the Move

Acts 15

Always must pay attention when the Gospel is being disputed

  • Issue – some believed unless circumcised, cannot be saved (Jews thought Gentiles should become Jews to become Christians)
  • Response – GRACE!!!
  • GO TO THE PERSON YOU HAVE COMPLAINT AGAINST (v. 2)
  • LISTEN FIRST
    • The people were silent & listened, the people had much debate (v.  7,12)
      • James 1:19 – Quick to listen, Slow to speak, Slow to become angry
    • After hearing, the people responded (v. 13)
  • DISCUSSION WAS GOD-CENTERED
    • v. 19 says we should not cause difficulties among those turning to God
  • DECISION WAS CLEAR
    • Letter & verbal description – made sure final decision was understood
  • PEOPLE WERE SPIRT-LED & UNITED (v. 27-28)
  • HONORED THEM BEFORE LEAVING (v. 32-34)

End result – stronger unity / relationship

* Verse 34 is MISSING

Leader Guide

1. Why is it so important that we stand up when the Gospel of grace is being disputed?

Because of God’s desire that none should perish, we should do all we can to be sure to stand up for God’s grace and ensure people understand and receive His grace— live a life overflowing with God’s amazing grace!

2. This passage we looked at today was attempting to add something to Jesus, meaning that salvation was Jesus plus something else. 

Is this evident today? (give examples)

A lot of people do this by trying to earn salvation while still claiming Jesus… a big one people are guilty of often is gossiping about fellow brothers and sisters — consider how words against those in Christ basically is saying that the brothers and sisters are not “good enough” in Christ which basically again tries to hold them to works. Some people collect gods to ensure they have plenty to cover them (ex: Hinduism).

What is the danger in this?

If a person does not understand that Jesus alone is the Way, people may not receive the salvation that comes through Him alone. If this is something that is happening between one believer and another, it can cause division in the Body.

3. During James’ response, he used Scripture. Why is Scripture so important when trying to resolve conflict?

The truth of God is the great plumb line for every area of life. We certainly could come up with our own answers; however, the truth of God is just, true, and what will stand. There are no opinions and emotions getting in the way when the results are based on God’s Word. There is no better way to determine God’s will in a matter than to read His Word and pray.

4. When you have a conflict with someone, what is typically the hardest thing for you? What do you need to work on? Pray about this.

Answers will vary: Approaching the person first, keeping emotions out of the equation, focusing on God’s Word for the matter, listening first, taking it personal, not acting with love and grace, praying for the other person…

Church on the Move

Acts 15

Always must pay attention when the Gospel is being disputed

  • GO TO THE PERSON YOU HAVE COMPLAINT AGAINST (v. 2)
  • LISTEN FIRST
      • James 1:19 – Quick to listen, Slow to speak, Slow to become angry
  • DISCUSSION WAS GOD-CENTERED
  • DECISION WAS CLEAR
  • PEOPLE WERE SPIRT-LED & UNITED (v. 27-28)
  • HONORED THEM BEFORE LEAVING (v. 32-34)

* Verse 34 is MISSING

Breakout Session Questions

1. Why is it so important that we stand up when the Gospel of grace is being disputed?

2. This passage we looked at today was attempting to add something to Jesus, meaning that salvation was Jesus plus something else. 

Is this evident today? (give examples)

What is the danger in this?

3. During James’ response, he used Scripture. Why is Scripture so important when trying to resolve conflict?

4. When you have a conflict with someone, what is typically the hardest thing for you? What do you need to work on? Pray about this.

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Digging Deeper

Acts 17:10-15

The Bereans were openminded by not foolish

    • Received the Word with Eagerness
    • Examined the Scripture Daily
    • Sought the Truth

How do you receive the Word with eagerness?

Come prepared

Bring your Bible

Heart ready to receive

Anticipate hearing from God

How can you better examine the Scripture daily?

Daily Devotional

YouVersion App

Independent Study

Study Bibles (ex: Life Application Bible)

Commentaries

Books (MAKE SURE SCRIPTURE IN THE BOOK)

Listening to the Word

Dwell App

Audio Bible

Sermons / Podcasts

How can you seek the Truth?

Fasten the Belt of Truth on your waist – Ephesians 6:14

Look for yourself – examine text yourself

When Scripture referenced, read for yourself

Don’t let your own Bible studying be your only Bible studying

Don’t let someone else’s Bible teaching be your only Bible teaching

Sometimes we read and hear what we want

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you as you teachand admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. [Berean Study Bible]

Compare passage with ultimate Bible narrative – does it fit?

God’s Word does not contradict 

God’s Word does not change

Numbers 23:19 

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? [NIV]

What is the passage actually about? 

Read before the passage

Note transitions like “BUT” or “THEREFORE”

See how the Scripture links elsewhere 

Study that Scripture too

Allow yourself to engage deeply with the Word

Proverbs 3:13

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, [NIV]

Always be mindful of resources you use

Is the Bible translation good for me?

Is the resource I’m using a solid resource? – DON’T JUST GOOGLE

Is the speaker/teacher/preacher sharing God’s Word with Scripture references?

Colossians 2:8

Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. [NLT]

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Finish the Race

 

Acts 20:24-30 The Passion Translation (TPT)

24 “But whether I live or die is not important, for I don’t esteem my life as indispensable.[a] It’s more important for me to fulfill my destiny and to finish the ministry my Lord Jesus has assigned to me, which is to faithfully preach the wonderful news of God’s grace. 

25 I’ve been a part of your lives and shared with you many times the message of God’s kingdom realm. But now I leave you, and you will not see my face again. 

26 If any of you should be lost, I will not be blamed, for my conscience is clean, 

27 because I’ve taught you everything I could about God’s eternal plan and I’ve held nothing back. 

28 So guard your hearts. Be true shepherds[b] over all the flock and feed them well. Remember, it was the Holy Spirit who appointed you to guard and oversee[c] the churches that belong to Jesus, the Anointed One,[d] which he purchased and established by his own blood.

29 “I know that after I leave, imposters who have no loyalty to the flock[e] will come among you like savage wolves. 

30 Even some from among your very own ranks will rise up, twisting the truth[f] to seduce people into following them instead of Jesus.

  1. ALERT (v. 31) – be alert!

Acts 20:31 The Passion Translation (TPT)

31 So be alert and discerning. Remember that for three years, night and day, I’ve never stopped warning each of you, pouring out my heart to you with tears.

This “be on guard” means “To be vigilant, “to watch carefully for danger”…

There is danger…

Not everyone wants you to finish the race well

2. MOTIVE (v. 24) – watch for motives!

Acts 20:24 New Living Translation (NLT)

24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.

Is the motive (reason for doing something) your love for Jesus?

Is the motive (reason for doing something) your faithful obedience to Jesus?

3. FOCUS (v. 25)

What or Who are you preaching? Are you preaching the Kingdom?

Acts 20:25 The Voice (VOICE)

25 I now realize that this is our last good-bye. You have been like family in all my travels to proclaim the kingdom of God, but after today none of you will see my face again.

4. GUARD (v. 28-29)

Acts 20:28-29 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd the church of God,[a] which he purchased with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.

This “be on guard” means to give full attention to, to devote yourself to… this means we need to protect ourselves and others – we are all on the same team!

For you and others, truth will be distorted

Even some from your own group will rise up & distort truth to lure people into following them

Breakout Session Questions

1. In reading tonight’s passage, how can you describe Paul’s ministry?

 

2. Read Acts 20:22-24. What can we glean from these verses? How can we be more like this?

3. This passage speaks about being alert, keeping a close watch on our lives and on the lives of the flock. How is this accomplished?

4. Read Acts 20:36-38. What does this passage tell us about seasons and our race? Is this passage encouraging?

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A Good Investment

Acts 18:24-28

Apollos – mentored by Priscilla & Aquila

VERSE 25

    • Apollos was instructed in the way of the Lord
    • Fervent in Spirit
    • Spoke/taught accurately
    • BUT, only knew John’s baptism
      • He knew repentance from sin but did not believe in Jesus

Warning… Proverbs 13:20 – Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. [ESV]

A good mentor cares

They took note of Apollos strengths, encouraged his progress

They took Apollos aside privately, provided correction in a loving, kind way 

Galatians 6:2 – Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. [ESV]

Mark 12:30-31 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” [NIV]

a good mentor will take time to understand the burdens you have and help you to navigate life

A good mentor is well versed in scripture

Apollos was already “teaching accurately about Jesus,” but Aquila & Priscilla knew enough to help him more. 

Correction should always be performed Scripturally. 

A good mentor invests what he/she has in another

You cannot provide someone something you do not have yourself.

Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. [NLT]

A good mentor sees a greater purpose

Apollos grew from his encounter with the couple

This time with Aquila & Priscilla helped Apollos to be able to explain the way of God more accurately. 

Apollos was a great help, vigorously refused the Jews.

1 Thessalonians 5:11a – Therefore encourage one another and build one another up [ESV]

Hebrews 10:24 – Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. [GNB]

 Breakout Session Questions

For each verse, ask: 

    • What does this share about relationships? 
    • Why is this important? 
    • How can this be accomplished?

Read Proverbs 25:17.

 

Read Romans 12:10. 

 

Read Romans 12:15.

 

Read Ephesians 4:15.

 

Read Hebrews 10:24.

 

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Take Courage

Act 27-28

euthumeó: to be of good cheer

Original Word: εὐθυμέω

Part of Speech: Verb

Transliteration: euthumeó

Phonetic Spelling: (yoo-thoo-meh’-o)

Short Definition: I am cheerful

Definition: I keep up spirit, am cheerful, am of good courage.

“be of good cheer, in good spirits” (high morale)

BE OF GOOD CHEER – GOD IS FAITHFUL

1 Corinthians 1:8-9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

And He will also confirm you to the end [keeping you strong and free of any accusation, so that you will be] blameless and beyond reproach in the day [of the return] of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful [He is reliable, trustworthy and ever true to His promise—He can be depended on], and through Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Acts 27:17-26 English Standard Version (ESV)

17 After hoisting it up, they used supports to undergird the ship. Then, fearing that they would run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the gear,[a] and thus they were driven along. 18 Since we were violently storm-tossed, they began the next day to jettison the cargo. 19 And on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.

21 Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss. 22 Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 24 and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. 26 But we must run aground on some island.”

BE OF GOOD CHEER – GOD IS IN CONTROL

Job 12:10 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

10 

Every living creature

    is in the hands of God.

John 10:28 English Standard Version (ESV)

28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

Acts 28:1-6 The Message (MSG)

28 1-2 Once everyone was accounted for and we realized we had all made it, we learned that we were on the island of Malta. The natives went out of their way to be friendly to us. The day was rainy and cold and we were already soaked to the bone, but they built a huge bonfire and gathered us around it.

3-6 Paul pitched in and helped. He had gathered up a bundle of sticks, but when he put it on the fire, a venomous snake, roused from its torpor by the heat, struck his hand and held on. Seeing the snake hanging from Paul’s hand like that, the natives jumped to the conclusion that he was a murderer getting his just deserts. Paul shook the snake off into the fire, none the worse for wear. They kept expecting him to drop dead, but when it was obvious he wasn’t going to, they jumped to the conclusion that he was a god!

BE OF GOOD CHEER – GOD’S PLAN WILL BE FULFILLED

Proverbs 19:21 New Living Translation (NLT)

21 You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.

Proverbs 16:3 New Living Translation (NLT)

3  Commit your actions to the Lord,

    and your plans will succeed.

Acts 28:16 New International Version (NIV)

16 When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.

Acts 28:25-31 New Living Translation (NLT)

25 And after they had argued back and forth among themselves, they left with this final word from Paul: “The Holy Spirit was right when he said to your ancestors through Isaiah the prophet,

26 

‘Go and say to this people:

When you hear what I say,

you will not understand.

When you see what I do,

you will not comprehend.

27 

For the hearts of these people are hardened,

and their ears cannot hear,

and they have closed their eyes—

so their eyes cannot see,

and their ears cannot hear,

and their hearts cannot understand,

and they cannot turn to me

and let me heal them.’[a]

28 So I want you to know that this salvation from God has also been offered to the Gentiles, and they will accept it.”[b]

30 For the next two years, Paul lived in Rome at his own expense.[c] He welcomed all who visited him, 31 boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.

Breakout Sessions

1. How does tonight’s passage highlight for us the truth that God keeps His Word?

2. How did Paul witness well during this journey to Rome and while at Rome?

3. Paul made the most of his house arrest in Rome by sharing the Good News, continuing his ministry work. What does his example teach us about making the most of every ministry opportunity the Lord provides?

4. We have just finished reading the Book of Acts. What was your greatest takeaway from this book?