Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Circles - Life Lessons

Sunday Circles
        Building Your Family With Friends
Church On The Rock

Hymn: Psalms 3
Memory Verse: Psalms 3:3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

Lesson: Life Lessons

Pastor remarks and intro of first principle

Characters: Noah’s Three Daughters in law
First Principle: It’s who you know, not what you know.
Scripture Reference: Genesis 7:7 So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood.
These girls were saved from fear and death only because of relationship.
Who we allow in our inner circle can make all the difference.
Question: Discuss some times in your life when who you knew gave you great benefit.
Follow Up Question: What is it that gets you into heaven … who you know or what you know?
Conclusion: Since who you know and not what you know will get you into heaven then who you know, not what you know, will also give great advantages in every other arena of life. What you know is important after who you know gives you a chance to show what you know. And when who you know gives you that chance to show what you know, you had better know, because if you don’t know, everyone will know.

Pastor remarks and intro of second principle

Character: This World
Second Principle: There is no future on this Earth.
Scripture Reference:   2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
Every earthly gain is temporary.
Only what we do for Christ will last.
All that is in the world and all the world has to offer with its kingdoms and its crowns are but fleeting rewards which will one day perish.
Question: What would it profit a person if they gained the whole world and lost their soul(Matthew 16:26)?
Follow Up Question: What investments can we make to insure we have a future return?
Conclusion: Everything on earth is temporary and only what we do in the lives of others for the cause of Christ will endure beyond this life. To have an eternal reward, we must make eternal investments.

Pastor remarks and intro of third principle

Character: You (Each one of us)
Third Principle: The journey is your friend.
Scripture Reference:   2 Corinthians 4:17, 18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
We don’t make it or break it on the things we go through, but rather on how we handle the things we go through.
It’s what we are going to, not what we are going through, that matters most.
Life may be unpredictable but our future is secure through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Question: How do the principles of exercise apply to the afflictions we sometimes face in life?
Follow Up Question: What do you think it means when Pastor Ron says, “The journey is your friend.”
Conclusion: It is the journey which prepares us to operate at the capacity our destiny demands.  Step by step God walks with us, coaching, strengthening, and growing us during the process so that we might be able to handle each new challenge which comes our way. Therefore, it is important that we keep our eye on the praise and not on the problem and allow every weight to make us stronger. God will not allow more to come upon us than we can handle by His grace. Put your trust and place your future in His hands.

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.