November 18, 2018
Lessons From History
Since we receive a kingdom which can’t be shaken, let us show gratitude by which we may give to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe.
I. Trust God in spite of your circumstances. Proverbs 3:5-6
II. With God there is no coincidences. Job 42:2 Psalm 103:19
III. Life is difficult. Being grateful is a choice. I Thessalonians 5:18
A. Read a book on early American history.
B. Talk with your family this week about ways that you see God’s “providence.”
C. Memorize: Hebrews 12:28
November 11, 2018
Choose Thanksgiving Instead of Grumbling
I. The complainer is never satisfied.
Exodus 15:24; 16:2; 17:3;
II. The whiner always has an excuse.
III. The grumbler really has a problem with God.
I Corinthians 10:10
IV. The Cure for every malcontent.
A. Thank God for all your blessings.
B. Avoid comparisons.
C. Look for opportunities to serve the Lord with gladness.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18
A. Consciously, give thanks to God about everything this week. Listen to those who complain around you and notice the frequency of that behavior.
B. Talk with your family this week about the characteristics of God for which you are most thankful.
C. Study: Psalm 107 this week!
November 4, 2018
Pray For Our Nation
I. Pray in confidence that God does intervene in national events.
II. Make a commitment to pray for the nation.
III. Confess your sins and the sins of the United States.
IV. Ask God to withhold punishment and to protect the people from harm.
V. Ask God to bless America.
A. Commit to praying in this manner for the remainder of the year.
B. Write out 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 and put it into practice.
October 28, 2018
Ways People Show Disregard For God
I. You show disregard for God by planning your life without considering His authority.
II. You demonstrate disrespect for God by failing to involve yourself in the things that are important to Him.
III. You express disdain for God by not responding to the known facts in Scripture.
A. Write out the major goals in your life. What part does God play in those?
B. List the things that the Bible says are a priority to God.
C. Spend time in prayer, asking God to give you the ability to focus on Spiritual things and personal relationships over all the other details in your life.
October 21, 2018
Why Is Pride So Bad?
I. Pride will make you an enemy of God.
A. The arrogant cannot stand in God’s presence.
B. God knows the proud from far away.
C. God mocks the proud.
D. God detests the proud.
II. Pride will give you a false view of yourself.
III. Pride will damage your relationships with others.
IV. Deal with Pride now!
A. Recognize pride as sin.
B. Be repulsed by pride.
C. Seek humility.
Ephesians 4:1-2 Colossians 3:12
A. MEMORIZE: Proverbs 16:5
B. Ask God to expose any areas of your life in which pride exists. Then, act on His revelation.
October 14, 2018
The Key Source of Conflict
I. Selfish living is the cause of strife.
II. Selfish living leads to sinful acts.
III. Selfish living culminates in the lack of Spirit-empowered prayer.
IV. Selfish living leads to hostility toward God.
V. Humility leads to Spirit-empowered relationships.
Study: I Peter 3:8-12
This passage includes practical steps to removing conflict!
October 7, 2018
Control Your Mouth
I. What you say has a powerful impact.
A. You must be responsible in your speech habit.
B.Your words can destroy and ruin.
II. What you say may limit your dependability.
III. For Thought
A. Do your words help more often than they hurt?
B. Do your words reveal your true self or do you use them to conceal yourself from others?
A. Ask God to control what you say, knowing that your speech patterns reveal your inner thoughts.
B. Sing aloud this week. Read Scripture audibly, as well. Both are powerful tools for using your mouth for the purpose for which you were created.
C. Read through the Book of Proverbs, highlighting every verse you find relates to what you say. Then go back and begin to meditate on those passages.
September 30, 2018
The Contrast Between Two Lifestyles
I. As a Christian you are called to a life that is free from the control of the sinful nature.
II. As a Believer, you are called to a life in the power of God’s Spirit.
III. As a Disciple, you need to know what life according to the sinful nature looks like.
IV. As a Follower of Jesus, you must be aware of what life under the control of the Holy Spirit looks like.
A. Clarify what the Bible teaches about living in the Holy Spirit.
B. Ask God to direct you to live in the power of His Spirit rather than in the weakness of your sinful nature.
September 23, 2018
Grow In Christ!
I. Grow in Christ so that nothing will hinder your service for the Lord.
II. Grow in Christ in order to know the full joy of the Lord.
III. Grow in Christ so you can nurture others.
A. Make a list of the things Paul asked others to imitate in his life.
I Corinthians 4:16; 11:1 Philippians 3:17; 4:9
I Thessalonians 1:6 2 Thessalonians. 3:7; 9
B. Who is someone that has helped to shape your Christian life? Tell her/him about the positive influence she/he has had on your life.
C. Pour your life into someone else as a mentor, Begin Today!!
September 16, 2018
What Happens In Conversion?
I. Before conversion, people are in bondage to sin.
II. Before conversion, individuals are under the power of the law.
III. After conversion, folks are released to be the children of God.
IV. After conversion, Believers are liberated to live in harmony with others.
V. After conversion, Christians are free to receive the promises of God.
A. Memorize: John 8:36
B. Study the Doctrine of Salvation more thoroughly.
C.Tell someone about your life in Christ Jesus.
September 9, 2018
The Ultimate Blessing
I. The ultimate blessing is a life of faith for the reason that salvation is by faith, alone
II. The ultimate blessing is a life of faith because a personal, intimate relationship with God is only possible by faith
III. The ultimate blessing is a life of faith since salvation is internal and spiritual
A. How do your behavior patterns show that you turn to God in faith on a consistent basis?
B. In what ways is your faith tested the most? How are you becoming more mature through those experiences?
C. How can you help someone else grow in her / his faith?
August 26, 2018
Nursing a Grudge is Foolish
2 Samuel 13-18
I. Holding a grudge is the same as putting yourself in the place of God as the judge.
2 Samuel 13:21-29
II. Keeping a grudge cultivates disunity with others.
2 Samuel 15:1-12
III. Coddling a grudge causes you to ruin the lives of others.
2 Samuel 15:13-37; 18:33
IV. Embracing a grudge leads to your own destruction.
2 Samuel 18:1-18
V. Here are some practical steps to avoid holding a grudge.
2 Samuel 18:1-18
A. Continue to do the right thing.
Romans 12:9-13; Galatians 6:9
B. Forgive those who have hurt you.
Romans 12:14-18; Corinthians 13:5-6
C. Keep your trust (and your focus) upon God.
Romans 12:19-21 ; Proverbs 3:5-6
A. Are you harboring any grudges over something that took place a long time ago? Forgive that person now!
B. Be quick to forgive any new wrongs, or hurts, by other.
C. Memorize: Matthew 6:14-15; Romans 12:14-21;
Ephesians 4:29-32; Hebrews 12:14-15; I Peter 2:23
August 19, 2018
Are You Deaf To God’s Voice
I Kings 16:29-22:40
I. God will give you numerous opportunities to hear His Word.
I Kings 16:30-22:37-38
II. There is a difference between hearing God’s Word and actually receiving it.
I Kings 21:27
III. Take the necessary precautions to keep from becoming spiritually deaf.
A. Desire to hear from God.
B. Listen (obey) when God speaks.
C. Avoid ungodly alliances.
(1) What do you want out of life?
(2) Are you willing to pay the price?
(3) Be willing to start today!
B. Memorize: 2 Peter 1:5-8
August 12, 2018
2 Chronicles 14-16
I. Living according to God’s principles leads to joy.
2 Chronicles 14:1-15
II. Your worship will be frustrated if you fail to change your sinful practices.
2 Chronicles 15:1-19
III. Eventually, inward, spiritual decline will be shown through your actions.
2 Chronicles 16:1-14
A. At your present level of spiritual growth, what steps are you taking to seek the Lord with passion?
B. Pay attention to how you respond to any rebuke from the Word of God. Your reaction says a great deal about your spiritual health.
C. Learn: 2 Chronicles 16:9a
August 5, 2018
The Choices You Make Will Make You
I. If you continually choose pleasure, your spiritual life will remain weak
II. If you choose to rebel against the authority figures in your life, you will have difficult submitting to God
Genesis 26:34-35; 27:40-41
III. Here are some principles for making wise choices:
A. What does the Scripture say?
B. Do I have all the facts?
C. What motives are driving my decision?
D. What past experiences will help in forming this decision?
E. What “warning signs” do I need to consider?
F. What are the possible outcomes of this decision?
A. Think of the choices you are presently facing. Consider putting all these principles into practice before arriving at your decision
B. Memorize: Joshua 24:15 and Psalm 119:29-32
July 29, 2018
Make the Move from Doubt to Faith
I. The meaning of doubt is to be double minded.
II. Doubts can lead to unbelief- or worse .
III. Doubts arise because of our choices.
IV. A plan of action needs to be made in order to move from doubt to faith.
A. Find the root cause of your faith.
B. Turn to God with your questions.
Matthew 11:4-6 Isaiah 35:5; 61:1
C. Confide in maturing Christians with your doubts.
D. Plan a strategy to fight your doubts.
Psalm 119:10-11; 40:4 Nahum 1:7
E. Take care of your spiritual health.
Psalm 34:8; 37:3-6
F. Avoid despairing over questions that are never answered.
I Corinthians 13:12
A. What is one area in which you need to exercise your faith this week? Plan a Biblical strategy that put that plan into motion.
B. Memorize: Psalm 40:4 And/or Nahum 1:7
July 22, 2018
Avoid Taking A Guilt Trip
I. There are two main sources of guilt.
A. Genuine guilt comes from violating God’s standard of righteousness.
B. False guilt comes from the shame associated with unbiblical thinking.
II. There are several prominent effects of guilt
A.Guilt will prevent you from reaching your goals.
B.Guilt will rob you of energy and peace by confusing you.
C. Guilt will remove security as it imprisons you.
III. There is a specific course of action in order to be released from guilt.
A. Trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
John 8:36 Romans 8:1
B. Identify the cause of your guilt by admitting your sin.
C. Accept God’s forgiveness and break the cycle of shame by making things right with those you have offended.
A. Can you think of a recent situation that affected you with guilt and shame? Have you been able to overcome those feelings or is that issue still a source of attack?
B. Thank God for His peace of mind brought about by His forgiveness. Read Psalm 51 & Psalm 32 (in that order) this week.
C. Clean a particular dirty room, garage or weed a flower bed this week and think about the way God has removed your sin and guilt. Rejoice in worshiping the Lord as you clean.
July 15, 2018
The End Result of Bitterness is Ruin
I. Bitterness is a sin.
Hebrews 12:14-15 Deuteronomy 29:18-19
A. Bitter people tend to blame God for all of their own trouble.
B.Bitter people tend to vent their hostility on others.
II. Bitterness is not always evident to others.
2 Samuel 15:12; 2 Samuel 16:23 2 Samuel 11:2-3; 23:34
III. Unresolved bitterness leads to ruin.
2 Samuel 16:20-23 2 Samuel 17:1-4
IV. Deal quickly with any bitterness when God brings conviction.
A. Acknowledge your sin.
Ephesians 4:30-31; I John 1:9
B. Forgive those who have hurt you.
I Corinthians 13:5-6
C. Bring all your emotional pain to God.
Proverbs 3:5-6; Philippians 4:6-7
A. Do you have a spirit of bitterness over something that took place years ago? Forgive that person now!
B. Ask God to reveal any bitterness that is present in your life. Repent when He exposes that particular sin.
C. Be quick to forgive any new wrongs by others.
D. Memorize one or more of the following:
Matthew 6:14-15; Romans 12:14-19; Hebrews 12:14-15;
Ephesians 4:29-30; I Peter 2:21-23
July 8, 2018
The Crisis Of Loneliness
I. Loneliness is accented by feeling isolated from others.
II. Loneliness leads a person to ask, “Does anybody really care?”
Job 2:11; Psalm 142:4
III. Loneliness causes one to question “Why Me?”
Job 2:12; Psalm 142:1-2
IV. Loneliness pushes one to ponder, “Has God forgotten Me?”
Job 2:13; Psalm 142:5-6
V. Loneliness is associated with thoughts of being rejected and unloved
VI. Some responses you can make when you are lonely
A. Avoid being consumed with self-pity.
B. Remember the truth about God. (He is completely trustworthy.)
C. Purposely strengthen your relationships.
A.Befriend someone that you know is going through a difficult time right now.
B. Volunteer to help in the community in some form of service.
C. Learn one or more of these verses:
July 1, 2018
Anger And Its Side Effects
I.Realize that anger ruins your influence when others are the object of your anger.
II. Understand that anger destroys your testimony when you fail to give your anger to God.
III. Here are some practical helps for controlling anger:
A. Admit that you can control your anger.
Proverbs 16:32; 29:11
B. Learn to over look offenses.
Proverbs 17:14; 15:1
C. Avoid angry people.
D. Turn all things over to God.
A. If you are an angry person, isolate the reasons for your anger. Ask God to reveal the depth of your sin and ask Him to forgive you and to change you into an unselfish, patient person.
B. Learn some of the verses from this morning:
Proverbs 14:17; 15:1; 17:14; 22:24-25 Ecclesiastes 7:9; Ephesians 4:25-26 Colossians 3:8; James 1:19-20
June 24, 2018
God’s Throne Removes Worry
I. Worry is unnecessary because of God’s magnetic sovereignty. Psalm 93:1-2
I Chronicles 29:11
II. Worry is foolish on account of God’s mighty power.
Psalm 93:3-4 Psalm 31:15
III. Worry is useless because God is unchanging in His holiness.
Psalm 93:5 Isiah 6:3
A. This week, replace all worrisome thoughts with prayer.
B. Read Psalm 93 aloud everyday this week.
C. Follow these additional guidelines this week…
1. Recognize what causes you to worry.
2. Get with someone who will encourage you and hold you accountable in relation to worry.
3. Seek a Biblical solution to the problem that is causing you to worry.
4. Get involved in something constructive to keep your mind off the object of your worry.
5. Remember who you are in Christ Jesus.
June 17, 2018
You Are Not A Failure
I. Everyone has failed! Romans 3:10-12, 23
II. Failure does not mean that all hope is gone. Judges 16:19-26
III. Every failure provides a learning experience. Judges 16:27-31
A. After failure you learn that God can still be reached. Judges 16:28
B. After failure, you learn that God will deal with you in a compassionate manner. Psalm 103:10-12 Hebrews 11:32
C. After failure, you learn that God is able to bring you victory. Judges 16:30-31
A. Study the life of your favorite Bible character and see how she/he responds to failure. Ask God to reinforce His teaching for you to move forward in victory.
B. Take time today to see where you have failed God. Ask Him to control that area of your life. Be on guard against sin, continually.
C. Memorize this statement: “We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”
June 3, 2018
Get Rid of Your Fear
I. In order to get rid of fear, you must refuse to focus on the circumstances.
II. In order to get rid of fear, you have to listen to God’s assurance.
III. In order to get rid of fear, you ought to accept God’s encouragement.
IV. In order to get rid of fear, you should respond in faith.
A. Write out the nature of your current struggle with fear. Determine how you can give this issue to the Lord by placing your trust in Him.
B. Memorize: Psalm 56:3 2 Timothy 1:7 or both.
C. Talk to Christians that you respect and ask how God has helped them in the past to not be ruled by fear. Learn from their testimonies.