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Adult Sunday School 11-11-12

by Administrator 11. November 2012 04:11

Today's message deals with three ways that Christians should commit to spiritual watchfulness.  Christians must diligently watch over their soul; They must lovingly watch over the souls of fellow Believers; and they should watch over unregenerate souls.

That's why Scripture provides much exhortation for Christians to guard against Satan's temptations and traps:

Matthew 25:13 says: "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come."

 

Mark 13:33 says: "Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come."

 

Jesus said in Luke 21:36, "Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."

 

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 16:13, "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; BE MEN OF COURAGE; BE STRONG."

 

1 Thessalonians 5:6, "So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and clearheaded  (7) For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night."

 

And then John warned in Revelation 3:3, "Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you."


Believers must prioritize personal vigilance, lovingly watching over fellow believers, and prioritize reaching unbelievers

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Adult Sunday School 10-20-12

by Administrator 20. October 2012 17:33

Introduction: I have taught lessons in the past on community and mainly because as we do the Church thing we must be careful to do the Church things and NOT TO THE CLUB THING.
You know we can all create a club – I mean that’s pretty easy you find a lot of people just like you, they look like you, and they think they smell they talk like you.
But that is not what we are called to create is the Church. So with that in mind - Let’s move on to today’s lesson: and it is called - Counting the Cost of Community:
If you are going to build a church if you are really going to do it the way the Lord would have you do it – IT’s GOING TO COST YOU SOMETHING.

Philippians 2:1-11 – This will be form the New Living Translation

Paul was is here sitting the Church down a Philipi and challenging them to get back to basics

Starting at verse (1)

1Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love?  Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic?

(What is he saying there - He is saying this is a football)

2Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, AND WORKING TOGETHER WITH ONE HEART AND PURPOSE.

    3Don't be selfish; don't live to make a good impression on others. BE HUMBLE, THINKING OF OTHERS AS BETTER THAN YOURSELF.

4Don't think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.
   
5Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had.

6Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God.

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Adult Sunday School: October 14th 2012

by Administrator 11. October 2012 18:25

Lesson: HEALTHY BOUNDARIES

GALATIANS 5:14-16:

14The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." 15If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature

Key Thought:

How do you handle Church life when you run into someone WITH RELATIONAL VIRUSES EVERY SINGLE SUNDAY? (I am not looking for a call out here I am serious

How do you respond to a person in your neighborhood who has deep relational problems WHO COMES STRAIGHT TO YOU LIKE GUIDED MISSILE AS SOON AS YOU STEP IN THE YARD? Truth is - We live in a world filled with people that have relational viruses. WHAT CAN WE DO REMAIN HEALTHY AND BALANCED IN HOW WE RESPOND TO THESE PEOPLE? (Even when that desperately need – healing and ministry and a place to be restored) This world is also filled with people that have unresolved anger. (Have you noticed that) Homes, churched neighborhoods and workplaces can be filled where harsh words and actions can be hurled in your direction on a regular basis.

How do you handle that? HOW DO YOU ESTABLISH HEALTHY BOUNDARIES FOR ANGER FILLED RELATIONSHIPS?

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Adult Sunday School: October 7th 2012

by Administrator 5. October 2012 05:55

Adult Sunday School: Started September 30th 2012 Lesson series:

Relationships in the Church Lesson: Hearing Cries For Help in the Church Part 2

We are continuing our study in the role we play in hearing cries for help.

This weeks Scripture:

(1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT) God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God's generosity can flow through you. … Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory. 

What can you give?Ask God what you can do to bless others. Ask him how you can do it. Ask him to show you who to bless with the gifts, skills, talents he has given you. By giving in this way, we imitate our Lord and prove to be his disciples. (Matthew 25:31-40)

Other Key Scripture Text: James 1:19 19 My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. The NIV says: My dear Brothers, take note of this, be quick to listen and slow to speak and slow to become angry

Jude 1:23-24 22 SHOW MERCY TO THOSE WHOSE FAITH IS WAVERING. 23 Rescue others by snatching THEM FROM THE FLAMES OF JUDGMENT. There are still others to whom you need to show mercy, but be careful that you aren't contaminated by their sins.

Key thought: According to John Savage Author of Building Church leaders --When interviewed - Ninety-five percent of inactive church members have can trace their falling away to an experience of an “anxiety-producing event”—something as simple as a snub, a lack of care when really needed it, a moral lapse by a church leader nobody reached out when they needed. (So often a cry for help that goes unanswered) -- 95% If we learn to hear and respond to people’s cries for help, we can usually prevent their dropping out. And we all are responsible for hearing cries for help.

What are the Signs?

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Adult Sunday School: September 30th 2012

by Administrator 28. September 2012 05:58

Adult Sunday School: September 30th 2012 Lesson series:

Relationships in the Church Lesson: Hearing Cries For Help in the Church

Key Scripture Text: James 1:19 19 My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. The NIV says: My dear Brothers, take note of this, be quick to listen and slow to speak and slow to become angry

Jude 1:23-24 22 SHOW MERCY TO THOSE WHOSE FAITH IS WAVERING. 23 Rescue others by snatching THEM FROM THE FLAMES OF JUDGMENT. There are still others to whom you need to show mercy, but be careful that you aren't contaminated by their sins.

Key thought: According to John Savage Author of Building Church leaders --When interviewed - Ninety-five percent of inactive church members have can trace their falling away to an experience of an “anxiety-producing event”—something as simple as a snub, a lack of care when really needed it, a moral lapse by a church leader nobody reached out when they needed. (So often a cry for help that goes unanswered) -- 95% If we learn to hear and respond to people’s cries for help, we can usually prevent their dropping out. And we all are responsible for hearing cries for help.

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The Storm is Passing Over

by Administrator 31. March 2012 19:27
Costa Rica 2011

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Let God Open Your Eyes to a Solution to Your Problems

by Administrator 29. March 2012 18:21

 

    “Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.” (Genesis 21:19 NIV)

I don’t know what problem you’re staring at right now, but I’m sure you have at least one for which you don’t have an answer — a problem for which you just keep running into dead ends.

You need the Holy Spirit to enlighten your mind so you can find the answer for your problem in God’s Word. The Bible calls that illumination.

In Genesis 21 the Bible tells us a story about a woman and her child who were in desperate need of illumination. The story starts with Abraham and Sarah, who had been promised a son in their old age. At 90, Abraham still didn’t have a son. Sarah decided to take the situation into her own hands. She suggested that her husband have a baby with one of her servants. But that was Sarah’s plan — not God’s.

When Sarah eventually had a son of her own, she resented her servant, Hagar, and Hagar’s son, Ishmael. Eventually, she kicked Hagar and Ishmael out. Hagar feared her son would die of starvation, so she began to cry. She had a problem, and only God could help her.

After God encouraged her, the Bible says, “Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink” (Genesis 22:19 NIV).

That’s what we all need. We need God to open our eyes so we can see the answer to our problems in his Word. Truth is, we’re incapable of finding the answers to the problems that plague us on our own. Like Hagar, we desperately need the Lord.

Hagar had the solution right in front of her — a well of water — but she couldn’t see it until God opened her eyes and helped her see from a different perspective.

You need the Holy Spirit to enlighten your mind, too. When God opens your eyes, you see the resources that are literally right in front of you.

Talk About It

    What problem does God want to show you the answer to today?

    Have you asked him to open your eyes to the solution he has for you?

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God Is with You in Your Struggle

by Administrator 29. March 2012 15:18

"Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!" (Luke 24:31 NLT)

Ever feel like God is a million miles away? The truth is, he's not. Whatever struggle you're going through, you can rest assured you're not alone. You have God in your corner.

But you're not the only one who has ever wondered where God was during a struggle. On the very first Easter morning, right after Jesus' Crucifixion, the disciples wondered the same thing. In Luke 24, we learn about one particular pair of these disciples who were walking down the road to Emmaus, talking about all that had transpired over the past few days - Jesus' arrest, beating, Crucifixion - and trying to make sense of it all. They thought Jesus was the Messiah; their dream was crushed. They had heard reports that Jesus' grave was empty. They were very confused.
Suddenly Jesus himself came alongside the disciples and joined them in their journey. Yet they were in so much grief, they didn't notice him. Jesus asked about what they were discussing, and so the disciples let him in on the discussion. Jesus went on to share Old Testament passages that explained the events of the past few days.
That night, as they ate dinner with Jesus, the Bible says that "Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!" (Luke 24:31 NLT)

Imagine what that experience was like for these disciples. The guy they thought was God was crucified and dead. Then they hear he's been resurrected, but they don't believe it. Then a stranger walks along the road with them, eats with them, and suddenly they realize that it's God himself! And then he disappears.
The disciples couldn't see Jesus in their grief. They needed God to show himself to them.
You do, too. I don't know what you've lost this year - whether it's a loved one, your health, your job, a relationship, or a really big deal. But, if you've had a loss like that, you may have missed the fact that God has walked through the entire experience with you.
You were never, ever alone during that time. You couldn't see him, but he was there.
Ask God to show himself to you. He wants you to see him. He wants you to know you were never alone.

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