Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday Circles - Steps to a Miracle

Sunday Circles
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Church On The Rock

Hymn: I’ve Got a River of Life/Jesus Set Me Free
Memory Verse: Deuteronomy 8:18 And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Lesson: Steps to a Miracle

Pastor remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: God uses what we have to help us get what we need.  
Scripture Reference: 2 Kings 4:2 So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”
God most often uses a seed to meet a need.
In order for a little seed to meet a big need, it must be planted.
Many times we measure our wealth by weighing our seed instead of seeing the potential harvest it could create.
Don’t eat your seed. 
Question: What do you have that God could use to meet your need?
Follow Up Question: What are some other instances in the Bible where God used what someone had to provide what they needed?
Conclusion: God has more faith in us than we have in Him and He has greater respect for the little we have because He knows that little is much in the hand of God. When we offer the little we have to God, He can meet our every need.

Pastor remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: Sometimes things don’t work because they won’t work for anybody but you.
Scripture Reference:  2 Kings 4:5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out.
It is important that we keep our hand on our miracle.
Some things can be delegated and some things cannot.
If anyone but this woman would have attempted to pour from that vessel, it would have emptied.
It was her word, her oil, her miracle, and therefore, her responsibility.
Question: Why do you think God requires us to keep our hand on our miracle?  
Follow Up Question: Can you think of other stories from the Bible when God required someone to participate in their miracle?  
Conclusion: When God decides to do a miracle to meet a need, He chooses someone through whom He wants to work. His choices are final … even when He chooses to work through you. Therefore, some things don’t work because they won’t work for anybody but you. Can you think of something God has asked you to do? Perhaps it is as simple as witnessing or providing some small assistance in a critical time. God works miracles but He works them through us.

Pastor remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: Don’t limit your miracle.
Scripture Reference: 2 Kings 4:6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. 
The prophet Elisha told the woman to not borrow a few vessels.
Her harvest was dependent upon her expectation of the harvest.
The miracle ceased when she ran out of empty vessels.
There is such potential in an empty vessel.
Question: What are some ways we can limit the Holy one of Israel and thus limit our miracle? 
Follow Up Question: What are some ways we can construct our lives to ensure that we never limit God?
Conclusion: God demands that we participate in our miracles and when we cannot or will not continue the miracles are limited. Just like the farmer who only sows a few seeds … even with a one hundred fold harvest, he is still limited by his unwillingness or inability to have sown more. For the Bible says with the same measure which you have given, it shall be given to you again. Do your best, when it is within your power, to be generous and sow your seeds abundantly.

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.