Saturday, October 18, 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

Character: Esther
First Principle: Destiny neither waits nor depends on any man.
Scripture Reference: Esther 4:14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
You are uniquely designed by God for an intended purpose.
There is something you can do better than 10,000 other people around you who are trying harder.
You may not be the first person whom God asked to do what He will ask of you … hopefully you will be the last.
We should take inventory of our natural, God-given abilities.
Question: List a couple of natural abilities God has given you.  
Follow Up Question: What can you do to sharpen these skills for God’s intended use?
Conclusion: God has a plan and a timetable to complete that plan. God also has a person chosen for every purpose He intends under heaven. When one person or one group of people choose to not obey and fulfill the will of God, then God often chooses another. The Bible confirms this principle in the exodus when the first people God chose to enter the Promised Land refused to obey. God allowed that generation and those families to wander in the wilderness until they died and then God chose someone else. Destiny neither waits nor depends on any man so find and fulfill the will of God.

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: There is more to baking a cake than merely reading the recipe.
Scripture Reference:   James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Not everyone who says Lord, Lord will enter the Kingdom of Heaven but rather those who do the will of the father.
We don’t work for Jesus in order to get saved. We work for Jesus because we have been saved.
The Bible is more than a history book. It is also an instruction manual.
We should read about God and know what He has done in the past but we should also know Him personally and involve ourselves in what He wants to do next.
Question: What are some ingredients in God’s recipe for the Believer’s life, marriage, finances, and family?  
Follow Up Question: What are some things people can do to ensure these ingredients are included in their lives?
Conclusion: It is not enough to merely read the word of God or know it by heart and even be able to repeat and teach it … we must make application of the word of God to our life for it to have its intended effect. Most likely you already know what to do to make things better now, do it.

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: It may take a sacrifice to move things forward. 
Scripture Reference:   Genesis 8:19-20
Only your best qualifies as a sacrifice.
Nothing moves forward without sacrifice.
Sometimes obedience will require a sacrifice. 
Question: What are some situations in the Bible where God required someone’s best?
Follow Up Question: Does God ever ask people to make a difficult sacrifice?
Conclusion: These precious birds and animals sacrificed by Noah did everything required of them … they obeyed God, boarded the Ark, endured the year long journey, and were candidates to populate a brand new world. However, their first day on this new earth was also their last day. Why were they chosen to be sacrificed? No doubt, because they were the best. Don’t imagine that God chooses less than the best to accomplish His will. So, if you are chosen to participate in God’s plan and it seems like a sacrifice to obey God just remember it’s because you are the best He has.

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.