Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sunday Circles - Faith Based Counseling

Sunday Circles
        Building Your Family With Friends
Church On The Rock

Hymn: Micah 6:7-8/Majesty
Memory Verse: Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.

Lesson: Faith Based Counseling

Pastor remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: You think what you think, feel what you feel, and want what you want because you believe what you believe.
Scripture Reference: Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.
Every person has a filter through which information is received and perspectives are gained.
What we believe dynamically affects what we think, how we feel, and what we want.
Unless we believe the right things, we cannot hope to want the right things.
Question: What is the source of truth for your life? Is it what you think? What you feel? What you want? Or God’s Word?
Follow Up Question: Do you believe because you feel or do you feel because you believe?
Conclusion: What we believe determines our perspective through which we view life and perspective is everything. Life events are filtered through our outlook on life whether negative, positive, or rightly based on the truth of God’s Word. Therefore, it is vitally important that we believe the right things about God, about us, and about others. If we can change what we believe, that change will change what we think, what we feel, and what we want.

Pastor remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: You do what you do and get what you get because you choose what you choose.
Scripture Reference: Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
Much of life is the result of our choices.
God is pro choice.
There will be consequences for us and those whom our choices effect.
Question: What are some ways our choices, both good and bad, can affect others?
Follow Up Question: Some people feel like they have no choices. What are some reasons why some people might feel powerless to choose?
Conclusion: When life is a choice we need to pay attention and realize that our choices affect not only us but also many others we love. Achan did not perish in his iniquity alone. (Joshua 22:20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? And that man did not perish alone in his iniquity.)

Pastor remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: What you think can change your mind, what you believe can change your heart, but only what you do can change your life and world.
Scripture Reference: James 2:20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?  
No one changes their world without doing something.
Rahab, Noah, Moses' mother and Mary's husband, Joseph, all acted by faith and changed their world.
Question: How did Jesus prove this principle? 
Follow Up Question: How can we prove it? 
Conclusion: If we will but decide to believe God's Word as truth and choose to do what God’s Word commands, it will ultimately change what we think, feel, want, do, and get. 

Pastor closing remarks

·        Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer
·        Memory Verse

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