Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sunday Circles - Friendships

Sunday Circles
        Building Your Family With Friends
Church On The Rock

Hymn: Amazing Grace
Memory Verse: Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.

Lesson: Friendships

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: Always offer personal encouragement.
Scripture Reference: Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Encouragement and discouragement both release power.
One releases the power for a person to move forward.
The other releases power to make a person move backwards.
Question: Discuss the importance of thinking before talking.
Follow up Question: Discuss how the same truth can be shared in both a negative and a positive way.
Conclusion: Think before you talk. The same truth can be shared in a positive and encouraging way or in a negative and discouraging way. For example, when talking to a lost person, we can say either, “you are going to hell if you don’t change,” or “you can go to heaven if you will change.” Both of these are the same truth. One is bad news. One is good news. One encourages. The other discourages.

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: Always give Godly counsel.
                                *If asked
                                *If in a position of authority
                                *Only from the Word 
Scripture Reference: Psalms 119:105 Thy word is lamp unto my feet, and light unto my path.
Question: What is the difference between a lamp and a light?
Follow Up Question: What are some reasons we should stick to the Word of God when counseling others?  
Conclusion: The Bible provides a solid foundation upon which we can stand when all the world around us is unstable. God will give us scriptures which will provide a lamp to show us our next step and a light which shines farther down the road so that we can maintain some sense of direction, purpose, and security. Only God knows the end from the beginning and, therefore, it is vital that we represent His will to others with our counsel. Godly counsel should be given when solicited or when we stand in a position of authority which demands we speak.

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: Always keep your opinions to yourself.
Scripture Reference: 1 Timothy 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
Unless you are talking to someone who is a part of the problem or to someone who is a part of the answer, it is only gossip.
Everyone has an opinion and most people love to share and champion their own opinion.
Only God’s opinion matters.
God forbid someone actually take your advice when it runs contrary to God’s will.
Our opinions, even when they come from a well meaning heart, are often destructive to God’s overall plan.
It’s best to keep your opinion to yourself, especially when unsolicited.
Question: What is the difference between opinion and counsel?
Follow Up Question: What should we do when someone begins to feed us gossip and opinion about others?   
Conclusion: God’s word is never confused, uninformed, or emotionally driven. However, our opinions often are. Discussing other people’s problems with those who are neither a part of the problem nor a part of the cure delivers destructive potential to already troubled situations of life. It is best to pray for others and share your opinions only with God so that He and His Word can clear our thoughts.

Pastor Ron’s closing remarks

·        Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer
·        Memory Verse

·        Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.