Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday Circles - Problem Solving 101

Sunday Circles
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Church On The Rock

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

Lesson: Problem Solving 101
Character: Joseph, son of Jacob

Pastor remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: Don’t Nurse It!
Scripture Reference: Genesis 39:2,3 The LORD was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the LORD was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did.
Young Joseph was hated by his brothers, stripped of his possessions, thrown into a pit under threat of death and sold as a slave to traveling merchants on their way to Egypt.
Joseph did not feed his trouble and make it grow.
Joseph did not sink into a hole of depression or despair or stop participating in life.
Joseph did not focus on what caused his problem but rather how he could fix it.
Question: How can we recognize when we are nursing our problem?
Follow Up Question: What can we do to avoid nursing our problem?
Conclusion: Joseph could have given up and refused to participate but instead, Joseph worked hard and applied himself in spite of the injustice of his circumstances and the hardships he faced. Potiphar noticed this and made Joseph the chief steward of his house.

Pastor remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: Don’t Curse It!
Scripture Reference: Genesis 39:7 Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded.
Don’t do anything to make it worse.
Question: What is the difference between having a problem and being a problem?
Follow Up Question: Why do decisions become more critical during difficult times of life?
Conclusion: Without regard as to how bad it is now, believe me … you can make it worse. Don’t make it worse.

Pastor remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: Don’t Rehearse It!
Scripture Reference: Genesis 39:19ff Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story and threw Joseph into prison. But the Lord was with Joseph and gave him favor. Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and Joseph took care of everything. The LORD was with Joseph and caused everything he did to succeed.
Living the future is more important than reliving the past.
Joseph spent his time investing in his future not in rehearsing his past.
Question: Is there ever a time to talk about your problem?
Follow Up Question: Is there ever a time to stop talking about your problem?
Conclusion: Our future is more important than our past. Let’s not get locked into a revolving door of reliving and rehearsing the pain of the past with everyone we meet. A new day brings new opportunities. God’s plan is for our future and our greatest day is yet ahead! Let’s endeavor not to sour each new day and relationship with the problems that are past. Remember, don’t nurse it. Don’t curse it. Don’t rehearse it and let God reverse it.

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.