Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Circles - Life Lessons

Sunday Circles
        Building Your Family With Friends
Church On The Rock

Hymn: There’s Power in the Blood
Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:18 While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Lesson: Life Lessons

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of first principle

Characters: The 12 Spies
First Principle: Truth is not determined by a show of hands.
Scripture Reference: Numbers 13:31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”
Majority may, at times, rule, but that does not necessarily make majority right.
Safety, strength, and security are not always found in numbers.
Standing for God may mean we sometimes must stand with the minority opinion.
Question: Can you recall a time when the majority decision did not reflect your opinion?
Follow Up Question: What should our godly response be when we are outvoted?
Conclusion: Every situation is different and each one demands a prayerful approach before we act. Sometimes there is little we can do except to pray and at other times our voices must be heard not only in heaven but also among our peers on earth. God’s Word is truth and nothing shall ever change that fact.  

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of second principle

Character: Isaac
Second Principle: If it’s bad God is not finished yet.
Scripture Reference:   Genesis 26:1 & 12 There was a famine in the land… Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.
It’s not over until God says it’s over.
Question: How do you know when it’s really over?
Follow Up Question: Can you think of a time when it paid for you or someone else to keep on keeping on?
Conclusion: God knows the end from the beginning and, at times, requires us to participate in our miracle by going the extra mile, hoping against all hope and continuing to trust in His unfinished work. We can read the end of the book and clearly see that we win. Don’t give up on God.  

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of third principle

Character: King Saul
Third Principle: You will never accomplish the will of God by going against the Word of God.
Scripture Reference:   1 Samuel 15:14 & 22 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of sheep in mine ears … Behold to obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of lambs.  
King Saul thought he had a better plan.
We cannot recover through sacrifice what is lost through disobedience.
The ancient Hebrew picture of obedience means to lift up.
Question: How might Satan tempt us to do evil in an effort to accomplish good?
Follow Up Question: How can we best defend ourselves from Satan’s deceptive practices?  
Conclusion: The Apostle Paul posed the question, “If good comes from me doing bad, why then does God judge me for doing the bad?” God is ultimately in charge of the finished product. We, however, have no authority to shape the final product according to our will or our design. Therefore, we are limited by God to simply obeying His Word and leaving the final results to Him. Thou shalt not preempt God’s will by thine own hand!

Pastor Ron’s closing remarks
·        Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer
·        Memory Verse
·        Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be hosted by Ruby Boudreaux

 in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.