5 Habits - Nov 10 & 11

The Habit of Belonging To God’s Family: From Isolation to Insulation

Psalm 133:1, 1 Corinthians 6:12, Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 2:42, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Job 1:13-21

"Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters." - Nathaniel Emmons

“Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12 (CSB)

 “What then is Apollos? What is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s coworkers. You are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 (CSB)

1. I am wanted and I belong.

“He came and proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole building, being put together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you are also being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:17-22 (CSB) 

2. Jesus Knows My Name.

“He entered Jericho and was passing through. There was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he was not able because of the crowd, since he was a short man. So running ahead, he climbed up a sycamore tree to see Jesus, since he was about to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down because today it is necessary for me to stay at your house.” So he quickly came down and welcomed him joyfully. All who saw it began to complain, “He’s gone to stay with a sinful man.” But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, I’ll give half of my possessions to the poor, Lord. And if I have extorted anything from anyone, I’ll pay back four times as much.” “Today salvation has come to this house,” Jesus told him, “because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.”” Luke 19:1-10 (CSB)

“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (CSB)

3. Generate Habits That Serve You Well.

“And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (CSB) 

“One day when Job’s sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job and reported: “While the oxen were plowing and the donkeys grazing nearby, the Sabeans swooped down and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you!” He was still speaking when another messenger came and reported: “God’s fire fell from heaven. It burned the sheep and the servants and devoured them, and I alone have escaped to tell you!” That messenger was still speaking when yet another came and reported: “The Chaldeans formed three bands, made a raid on the camels, and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you!” He was still speaking when another messenger came and reported: “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house. Suddenly a powerful wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on the young people so that they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you!” Then Job stood up, tore his robe, and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshiped, saying: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will leave this life. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:13-21 (CSB)

5 Habits - Nov 3 & 4

FIVE HABITS FOR CHANGE

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT YOUR HABITS?  

“I don’t mind repeating what I have written in earlier letters, and I hope you don’t mind hearing it again. Better safe than sorry—so here goes.”  Philippians 3:1b MSG

 THE HABIT OF SEEKING GOD: WORSHIP
THE HABIT OF BELONGING TO GOD’S FAMILY:
MEMBERSHIP
THE HABIT OF GROWING UP SPIRITUALLY:
MATURITY
THE HABIT OF SERVING GOD’S FAMILY:
MINISTRY
THE HABIT OF SHARING CHRIST:
MISSION

DEVELOPING SPIRITUAL HABITS TAKES TIME AND EFFORT.

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come” 1 Timothy 4:8 NLT

WILL POWER ALONE ISN’T ENOUGH.

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do… For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it… What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” Romans 7:15, 18-20, 24-25 NIV

1) SOMETHING FAR GREATER THAN WILL POWER IS PURPOSE POWER.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20 NKJV

“Without prophetic vision people run wild, but blessed are those who follow God’s teachings.”  Proverbs 29:18 GW

2) THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND ITS POWER COME AS A SEED.

“Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”” Luke 17:20-21 NKJV

“And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”” Mark 4:26-29 NKJV

WHAT IS A KINGDOM SEED?

IT’S A THOUGHT
THAT BECOMES A DESIRE
THAT MOVES US TO ACTION
BECOMING A HABIT
PRODUCING A HARVEST

“And the desire of the righteous will be granted.” Proverbs 10:24B NKJV

“Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 NKJV

WHAT IS A HABIT?

IT IS A SMALL THING YOU DO DAILY WITH GOD’S HELP UNTIL IT BECOMES POWERFUL IN YOUR LIFE

“Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.”” Mark 4:30-32 NKJV

GRACE - Oct 20 & 21

DARING GRACE

“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus…” 1 Corinthians 1:4 NKJV

CAN WE THANK GOD FOR HIS

SIMPLE GRACE ·       THE GRACE THAT SAVES US

CONSTANT GRACE ·       THE GRACE THAT SUSTAINS US

COMFORTING GRACE ·       THE GRACE THAT HEALS US

FEARLESS GRACE ·       THE GRACE THAT GIVES US BOLDNESS

SELFLESS GRACE ·       THE GRACE THAT THINKS OF OTHERS

DARING GRACE . ·       THE GRACE THAT MOTIVATES US TO STEP OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE TO SHARE GOD’S GRACE WITH OTHERS  

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus…” Ephesians 2:6-7 NIV

“And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:33 NKJV

 THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

1)     STOP BEING AFRAID TO EMBARRASS YOURSELF

“For Christ's sake we are fools…” 1 Corinthians 4:10a GNT

2)     GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO START BEFORE YOU THINK YOUR READY

3)     HANG OUT WITH OTHER DARING PEOPLE  

HOW CAN I GROW IN DARING GRACE? 

1)     ASK GOD TO DEEPEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF HIS LOVE.

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord…” 2 Peter 1:2 NKJV

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge...” Ephesians 3:16-19a NIV

2)     STEP OUT IN FAITH AND LIVE ON MISSION.

“In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.” John 17:18 MSG 

“I don’t care about my own life. The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me—to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.” Acts 20:24 NCV 

“But before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in him; and before they can believe in him, they must hear about him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them; and before someone can go and tell them, that person must be sent. It is written, “How beautiful is the person who comes to bring good news.” Romans 10:14-15 NCV

“So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT 

3)     STEP OUT IN FAITH AND LIVE ADVENTUROUSLY.

“He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.” 2 Corinthians 5:15 NLT

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10b NKJV

 

 

GRACE - Oct 13 & 14

THE FIFTH FACET OF GOD’S GRACE IS SELFLESS GRACE

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV

WHAT IS SELFLESS GRACE? THE GRACE THAT CAUSES ME…

  • TO THINK OF OTHERS

  • TO SERVE OTHERS

  • TO BE GENEROUS 

“And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you— see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 NIV

FOUR BENEFITS OF GIVING

1)    GIVING BRINGS JOY IN MY TRAILS.

“In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” 2 Corinthians 8:2 NIV

“… remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.’” Acts 20:35b GNB

  • Believe, believer and believing

  • Pray, prayer and praying

  • Love, lover and loving

  • Give, giver and giving

“…who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross.” Hebrews 12:2b NKJV 

2)    GIVING INCREASES THE FAVOR OF GOD IN MY LIFE.

“For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own…” 2 Corinthians 8:3 NIV

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV

 “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 NLT

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 NIV

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV

3)    GIVING HELPS FREE ME FROM SELFISHNESS AND MATERIALISM.

“They urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.” 2 Corinthians 8:4-5 NIV

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV

“Tell people who are rich at this time not to become egotistical and not to place their hope on their finances, which are uncertain. Instead, they need to hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19 CEB

4)    GIVING HELPS BRING THE COMPLETION TO GOD’S GRACE.

“So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part.” 2 Corinthians 8:6 NIV

“As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!” 2 Corinthians 9:13-15 NLT

 “I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches. You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:8-9 NLT

“But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity.” Isaiah 32:8 NLT

GRACE - Oct 6 & 7

EXPERIENCING GOD’S GRACE

WHAT IS FEARLESS GRACE?

““Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:29-31 NKJV

"And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:33 NKJV 

GREAT GRACE IS
A DIVINE INFLUENCE UPON MY HEART
PRODUCING A MANIFESTATION IN MY LIFE

HOW DOES GOD’S GRACE HELP MAKE US FEARLESS?  

1)    FEARLESS GRACE MOVES ME TO SEARCH OUT OTHERS.

“One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” He summoned a man named Ziba, who had been one of Saul’s servants. “Are you Ziba?” the king asked. “Yes sir, I am,” Ziba replied. The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.” Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.””
2 Samuel 9:1-3 NLT

FEAR CAN BE CRIPPLING

·      FEAR OF ABANDONMENT

·      FEAR OF BETRAYAL

·      FEAR OF ABUSE

·      FEAR OF SHAME

·      FEAR OF FAILURE

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31 NIV

2)    FEARLESS GRACE GIVES ME THE BOLDNESS TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS.

““Where is he?” the king asked. “In Lo-debar,” Ziba told him, “at the home of Makir son of Ammiel.” So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home.” 2 Samuel 9:4-5 NLT

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly...” Proverbs 18:24a NKJV

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4 NKJV

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another…”
Hebrews 10:24-25a NLT

3)    FEARLESS GRACES MAKES ME MORE GENEROUS.

““Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!” Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?”” 2 Samuel 9:7-6 NLT

“But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
2 Corinthians 8:7 NIV

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV

4)    FEARLESS GRACE MAKES ME MORE CAPABLE.

“Then the king summoned Saul’s servant Ziba and said, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. You and your sons and servants are to farm the land for him to produce food for your master’s household. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, will eat here at my table.” (Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.) Ziba replied, “Yes, my lord the king; I am your servant, and I will do all that you have commanded.” And from that time on, Mephibosheth ate regularly at David’s table, like one of the king’s own sons.” 2 Samuel 9:9-11 NLT

“For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 NIV

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:6-7 NKJV

GRACE - Sept 29 & 30

 

Week 1 Simple Grace: The grace that saves us

Week 2 Constant Grace: The grace that sustains us

Week 3 Comforting Grace: The grace that equips us

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4 (NLT)

1.     God is the source of my comfort. 

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3

Source (noun)

  • anything or place from which something comes, arises, or is obtained

  • origin: the beginning or place of origin of a stream or river.

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 (NKJV)

2.     God is equipping me to comfort others.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Paul’s Concern for the Corinthians

“I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.” 2 Corinthians 12:11 

3.     Opposites attract.

 “Come near to God and he will come near to you…” James 4:8 (NIV)

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

GRACE - Sept 22 & 23

EXPERIENCING GRACE

SIMPLE GRACE = THE GRACE THAT SAVES US
CONSTANT GRACE = THE GRACE THAT SUSTAINS US  

WHAT IS GRACE? IT’S THE UNEARNED AND UNDESERVED FAVOR OF GOD. 

WE SEE GOD’S CONSTANT GRACE IN CREATION

“…for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:45b NKJV

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Romans 1:20 NLT 

BECAUSE CONSTANT GRACE SUSTAINS ME

1)     I NEED TO FEED ON GOD’S FAITHFULNESS.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good!” Psalms 34:8a NLT 

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:2-3 NIV 

2)     I NEED TO LOOK FOR GOD’S GOODNESS.

“But when sin grew worse, God’s grace increased.”  Romans 5:20b NCV

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.” Psalms 27:13 NKJV

“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 MSG 

“But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:19-24 MSG 

3)    I NEED TO MAKE THE MOST OF MY SALVATION.

“…..continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:12b-13 NIV

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 NIV

GOD’S SUSTAINING GRACE TO RUTH

·       RUTH CHOOSE TO FEED ON GOD’S FAITHFULNESS.

But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”  Ruth 1:16 NLT

·       RUTH CHOOSE TO LOOK FOR GOD’S GOODNESS.

“While she was there, Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters. “The Lord be with you!” he said. “The Lord bless you!” the harvesters replied. Then Boaz asked his foreman, “Who is that young woman over there? Who does she belong to?” And the foreman replied, “She is the young woman from Moab who came back with Naomi. She asked me this morning if she could gather grain behind the harvesters. She has been hard at work ever since, except for a few minutes’ rest in the shelter.” Boaz went over and said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. Stay right here with us when you gather grain; don’t go to any other fields. Stay right behind the young women working in my field. See which part of the field they are harvesting, and then follow them. I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well.” Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. “What have I done to deserve such kindness?” she asked. “I am only a foreigner.””  Ruth 2:4-10 NLT

·       RUTH ALLOWED GOD TO WORK HIS GRACE THROUGH HER LIFE.

“So Boaz took Ruth into his home, and she became his wife. When he slept with her, the Lord enabled her to become pregnant, and she gave birth to a son. Then the women of the town said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord, who has now provided a redeemer for your family! May this child be famous in Israel.” Ruth 4:13-14 NLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRACE - Sept 15 & 16

EXPERIENCING GOD’S GRACE

WHAT IS GOD’S GRACE AND HOW CAN I EXPERIENCE IT?

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8 NKJV

FOUR WAYS WE PREPARED FOR YOU TO EXPERIENCE GOD’S GRACE

  • THE WEEKEND SERVICES

  • WEEKLY SMALL GROUPS

  • A DAILY DEVOTIONAL

  • OPPORTUNITIES TO STEP OUT AND EXPERIENCE GOD’S GRACE  

SIX FACETS OF GOD’S GRACE

  • SIMPLE GRACE

  • CONSTANT GRACE

  • COMFORTING GRACE

  • FEARLESS GRACE

  • SELFLESS GRACE

  • DARING GRACE

TODAY LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SIMPLE GRACE

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV 

1)    SIMPLE GRACE IS THE GIFT OF SALVATION

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 NLT

2)    GRACE IS THE GIFT THAT HAS THE POWER TO IMPROVE MY LIFE

“Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand…” Romans 5:2a NLT

“… I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10b NKJV 

3)    GRACE IS THE GIFT THAT GIVES ME A FUTURE WITH HOPE

“… God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope,” 2 Thessalonians 2:16b NLT

“Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” Titus 3:7 NLT 

HOW CAN I EXPERIENCE GOD’S GRACE?

GOD’S SIMPLE GRACE IS A GIFT BUT IT MUST BE RECEIVED BY FAITH

“Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2 NKJV

“… God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” Romans 12:3b NKJV

“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6b NKJV

PETER WAS RADICALLY IMPACTED BY GOD’S GRACE.

“After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep. “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.””  John 21:15-19 NLT

THREE THINGS PETER DID TO BE IMPACTED BY GOD’S GRACE

  • HE PAUSED LONG ENOUGH TO GET INTO GOD’S GOD PRESENCE

  • HE LISTENED TO WHAT GOD HAD TO SAY

  • HE TOOK IT ALL IN WHEN HE WALKED AWAY  

“All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:15 NLT

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,” 2 Peter 1:2 NKJV

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 IS THE GOD YOU KNOW WORTH KNOWING? 

GOD WANTS US TO LIVE ON MISSION.

“In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.” John 17:18 MSG 

“I don’t care about my own life. The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me—to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.” Acts 20:24 NCV 

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…” Ephesians 2:6 NIV

JESUS TELLS HIS DISCIPLES WHO THEIR MISSION IS.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NIV

  •  Jerusalem = The people closest to me

  • Judea/Samaria = The people near me but different from me

  • Ends of the earth = Everybody else

HOW CAN WE FULFILL OUR MISSION?

1)    PRAY FOR OPEN DOORS AND LOOK FOR DIVINE APPOINTMENTS.

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ…” Colossians 4:2-4 NIV

“Jesus was going through the city of Jericho. A man was there named Zacchaeus, who was a very important tax collector, and he was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but he was not able because he was too short to see above the crowd. He ran ahead to a place where Jesus would come, and he climbed a sycamore tree so he could see him. When Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down! I must stay at your house today.” Zacchaeus came down quickly and welcomed him gladly.” Luke 19:1-6 NCV

PEOPLE HAVE BARRIERS

  • Image barrier

  • Relationship barriers

  • Cultural barriers

  • Physical barriers

  • Gospel barrier

2)    DEVELOP FRIENDSHIPS AND FIND COMMON GROUND.

“When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22 NLT

3)    REACH OUT AND SHARE IN PEOPLE’S BURDENS.

“Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law…” Galatians 6:2 MSG

“Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight…” James 1:27a  MSG

4)    BE PREPARED TO HAVE A SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION.

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:15 NIV

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6 NIV 

5)    INVITE PEOPLE INTO YOUR LIFE.

“For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.” Matthew 25:35-36 NLT 

6)    TELL YOUR STORY.

“Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” Mark 5:19b NKJV

“But before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in him; and before they can believe in him, they must hear about him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them; and before someone can go and tell them, that person must be sent. It is written, “How beautiful is the person who comes to bring good news.”” Romans 10:14-15 NCV

 

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HOW IS YOUR PRAYER LIFE?

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16 NIV

WHY IS PRAYER SO IMPORTANT?

ONE REASON PRAYER IS SO IMPORTANT IS BECAUSE IT’S A PARTNERSHIP

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NIV

TEAMING UP WITH GOD IN PRAYER PRODUCES MANY WONDERFUL BENEFITS:

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16b NLT

1)    PRAYER IS HOW GOD WANTS TO MEET YOUR NEEDS.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

2)    PRAYER ACTIVATES MY HEART FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY.

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”” Matthew 9:36-38 NLT

“Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16:6-10 NKJV

3)    PRAYER HELPS OPEN PEOPLES HEART TO HEAR THE GOSPEL.

“And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.” Mark 4:15 NKJV

“If the Good News that we preach is hidden, it is hidden only to those who are lost. The devil who rules this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe. They cannot see the light of the Good News…” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4a NCV

4)    PRAYER RELEASES POWER FOR MIRACLES.

“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Acts 12:5 NIV

“Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me…”” Acts 12:11a NIV 

“… as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” 2 Corinthians 1:11 NIV

“… if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

5)    PRAYER HELPS ME OVERCOME TEMPTATION.

“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” Matthew 26:41 NLT

6)    PRAYER MAKES GOD’S WISDOM AVAILABLE.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 NKJV

7)    PRAYER HELPS ME FIND THE POWER TO FORGIVE.

“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 NIV