Saturday, October 24, 2015

Sunday Circles - The Tests of Life

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Hymn: Psalms 19
Memory Verse: Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Lesson: The Tests of Life
Character: David

Pastor remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: The Valley Test
Scripture Reference: 2 Samuel 12:20 So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate.
We can’t control everything that happens & life does not always please us.
What we do when things aren’t going our way reveals who we are and what we’re made of.
The valleys of life test our commitments.
When disappointment overwhelms us and we realize that what we want is not going to happen … what do we do?
Question: What should we do when disappointment overwhelms us?   
Follow Up Question: How can we encourage others when we see them in a valley of life?
Conclusion: We do not always make our best decisions when we are disappointed, discouraged, or in despair. Our vision is often limited in the valleys of life so we do not have the best point of view. A good decision to make in the low times of life is to climb higher and gain a greater perspective. Tough times can make us better or bitter … it’s our choice.

Pastor remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: The Mountain Top Test
Scripture Reference:   2 Samuel 6:14 Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a priestly garment.
We love the days that are great days when everything seems to work. 
The mountain top moments of life test our character.
What we do when everything is going our way shows who we are at heart.
While tough times often push us into God, times of abundance and success often relieve the pressures of life and give opportunity for people to distance themselves from the God who helped them in the valley.  
Question: When you become a billionaire, will you find time for God?   
Follow Up Question: What can you do to help others who are doing well to value their continuing need for God, Church, and personal ministry?
Conclusion: When we grow in God, life gets better and problems are solved. Many times when people find themselves with no alarming need for God to help them, they slack off and stop pressing in to God. Determine beforehand that, without respect to your position, profession, or prosperity, you will serve the Lord with zeal.

Pastor remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: The Waiting Test 
Scripture Reference:  1 Samuel 24:12  Let the LORD judge between you and me, and let the LORD avenge me on you. But my hand shall not be against you.
Sometimes the greatest test we face is a test of waiting.
What we do while we wait can determine how long we wait.
We can be certain that while we are waiting God is working.
Waiting can be the most difficult test of them all, especially when we believe that we or someone else could do something and end the waiting.
Question: What would be some reasons God is making you wait?
Follow Up Question: What should be our attitude during our times of waiting?
Conclusion: It is imperative for us to continue doing the last thing God told us to do while we are waiting on Him to open the door for the next thing. Sometimes when we are doing everything we can do, we still have to wait on God to do what only He can do. We need to learn how to wait well and have faith in His finished plan.

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.