Building Your Family With Friends
Church On The Rock
Hymn: Because He Lives
Memory Verse: 1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Lesson: Receiving From God
Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of First principle
(Pastor Ron will explain that the foundation for receiving from God is based upon grace. Whatever grace has provided, God’s children can obtain. Grace is God’s part, obtaining and maintaining the promises is man’s part. 2 Corinthians 8:9 & 12:9)
First Principle: Hope Envisions
Scripture Reference: Romans 8:24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?
Hope believes in the possibility of a thing. Hope imagines a better day. Hope keeps us smiling and holds us steady like an anchor in a storm.
Question: Have you or has someone you know ever been without hope? Describe the feeling of hopelessness.
Follow Up Question: What are some potential results of a person feeling hopeless?
Conclusion: It is horrible to be without hope. Hope envisions what the grace of God has provided. A man without hope is in this life or the next is miserable. Hope imagines the possibility of a better day someday. Hope is aimed at the future, even though we may not know how or when, yet hope gives us a reason to hold on. However, hope can keep you smiling while your ship goes down. Hope believes IN but how do we believe FOR? Hope believes in the possibility but hope alone does nothing to make it happen.
Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of the second principle
Second Principle: Faith Lays Claim
Scripture Reference: Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
While hope believes in the blessings, the power, and the promises of God, faith believes for them. Faith says that if grace has provided it, it belongs to me right now. Faith exercises a force that says, “now!”
Question: Explain the basic difference between hope and faith.
Follow Up Question: What are some ways we can increase our faith?
Conclusion: The grace of God provides certain undeniable promises paid for by the blood of Jesus. Whatever grace has provided, hope can imagine as possible. However, when faith comes, we move from hoping so to knowing so. Faith is a dynamic power which acts in the spirit realm to transfer title deed to the believer. Every gift of God is transferred to the believer by grace then by faith. Your faith is the evidence that you possess something that you do not yet see. Faith believes that what God said is true without regard to the face or feel.
Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of the third principle
(When do we see the promises?)
Third Principle: Patience Produces
Scripture Reference: James 1:3-4 Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
This type of patience means:
· to persevere under pressure
· to remain constant under fire
· to keep on keeping on
Grace provides; Hope envisions; Faith lays hold; & Patience reels it in.
Question: Patience is a work … what can you do to be more patient?
Follow- up Question: If you lose your patience, where can you go to get more?
Conclusion: Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
Pastor Ron’s closing remarks
· Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer
· 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.