Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Circles Secret Discipleship

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Hymn: The Old Rugged Cross
Memory Verse: Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (NKJV)

Lesson: Secret Discipleship
Bible Character: Joseph of Arimathea and a man called Nicodemus

                Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of First principle

First Principle: God is unafraid of our problems
Scripture Reference: John 19:38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus.
Question: What does it mean to be a “Secret Disciple”?
Follow Up Question: If Christianity was a crime in America as it is in many countries, what would be the evidence presented against you in your workplace, school or life’s daily social activities?
Conclusion: As Christians we are called to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. In order to be of any help a light must be seen and salt applied. God is not ashamed nor afraid of the problems our faith in him might give rise to … neither should we be overly concerned about it.

        Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of next principle

Second Principle: God is unlimited by our past
Scripture Reference: John 19:39  And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.
Question: How do we often limit ourselves and others by the choices they have made or things they have said or done in their past?
Follow Up Question: Should we limit our acceptance of the Apostles Paul or Peter because of their history of denying Christ and persecuting the Church? How can we help set others free to do better than they did.
Conclusion: God is more interested in what we will do than what we did. Nicodemus had a history of not publicly identifying with Jesus as Messiah but that was the past. God chose Nicodemus in spite of his past.

                Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of next principle

Third Principle: God is unashamed to call you His own
Scripture Reference: John 19:40  Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.
Question: Do you think God positions people to stand up and speak up for Him in critical moments?
Follow Up Question: Do you imagine anyone expected Joseph or Nicodemus to provide for and bury this convicted state and Church criminal?
Follow Up Question: What do you think motivated these “Secret Disciples” to stand up and speak up for the Body of Christ in that critical moment?
Conclusion: God prepares us, promotes us and positions us for our greatest use. When the time comes, we will find more courage and be more ready than anyone imagines … even if our Christianity has been a closely guarded secret!    

        Pastor Ron closing remarks and the Rest of the Story …

Luke 12
8  "Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.
9  "But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.

There is a time for every person to stand up and speak up for Jesus. You will know when it is your time. Light must be seen and salt must be applied to be of any value. Don’t let your relationship with Christ remain a secret any longer … Be ready to: Stand up & Speak up for Jesus!

Testimony: Hugh Gibbs … “you mean you knew … and didn’t tell me …”

Memory Verse

Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be hosted by one of our Elders, John and Fronnie LeBlanc in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.