Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sunday Circles - The Plan of God

Sunday Circles
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Hymn: Blessed Assurance
Memory Verse: Psalms 107:20 He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.

Lesson: The Plan of God

Pastor remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: What seems like a surprise to us is often a plan of God.
Characters: Jacob & Leah
Scripture Reference: Genesis 29:25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?
Both Jacob and Rachel had reason to expect a different outcome.
Jacob had an agreement with Laban, who was the father of Rachel and Leah.
After seven years of labor, Jacob was to be given Laban’s younger daughter, Rachel.
When the time came for Jacob and Rachel to be married, Laban switched his daughters at the last minute.
Jacob, Rachel, and Leah were all surprised.
What seems like a surprise to us is often a plan to God.
Question: How do you imagine they each felt?
Follow Up Question: What proof do we have that this switch was the ultimate plan of God?
Conclusion: God does not first seek our permission before He upsets our plans. The life that we live does not belong to us. God has a greater purpose for your life than you may realize or even be willing at times to embrace. Nonetheless, God is both sovereign and supreme and you can trust yourself to the plan of God.   

Pastor remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: You will never catch God unprepared for what you are going to do.
Characters: Jonah and the Big Fish
Scripture Reference: Jonah 1:17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
God told Jonah to go to Ninevah, an ancient city in modern day Iraq.
Jonah decided he would disobey God and boarded a boat bound for Turkey.
However, Jonah did not catch God unprepared for what He would do.
Question: What does it mean, “God had prepared a great fish?”
Follow Up Question: Was God prepared to punish Jonah or to save Jonah?
Conclusion: Scriptures tell us that God knows the end from the beginning and therefore already knows what we will do. God’s plan is to continually guide us back into His will so that we may live a blessed and fruitful life despite our failures. It is never best to go against the will of God, but if we do, we have an advocate with the Father, His name is Jesus.  

Pastor remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: God has a plan for every man and a man for every plan.
Characters: You
Scripture Reference: Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
God has a master plan for your life.
God’s plan is perfect. However, we are not.
God has not planned your failure.
When we fall short of God’s design, He catches us and offers us a best way back.
There is always something you can do to please God.
Question: Do you know the plan of God for your life(Jeremiah 29:11)?
Follow Up Question: Consider what you can do right now to please God.
Conclusion: Not everything that happens is the plan of God but God has a plan for everything that happens. All things work together for good to them who love God and are called according to His purpose … that’s you.  

Pastor 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.