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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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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True humility credits God for every success

by Administrator 18. March 2012 08:36

Among the more than 19,000 original epigrams penned by chemist and writer Dr. O. A. Battista is this wise observation: “You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.” Unfortunately, just the opposite often happens when something we have done is praised and rewarded. A humble heart can quickly become a swelled head.

Just before Saul was anointed king, he saw himself as a member of an insignificant family in the smallest tribe of Israel (1 Sam. 9:21). Within a few years, however, he had erected a monument in his own honor and had become the supreme authority for his conduct (15:11-12). The prophet Samuel confronted Saul for his disobedience to God by reminding him, “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the Lord anoint you king over Israel?” (v.17).

Self-importance is the first step down the slippery slope of what we call success. It begins when we claim credit for God-given victories and modify His commands to suit our desires.

True success is staying on God’s path by following His Word and giving Him praise instead of craving it for ourselves.

Help me, O Lord, lest my heart become proud, For all of my talents by You are endowed; Nothing I have can I claim as my own— What mercy and grace in my life You have shown! —D. De Haan
True humility credits God for every success.

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