Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sunday Circles - Enemies of the God Thing

Sunday Circles
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Hymn: Give Thanks Unto the Lord
Memory Verse: Psalms 92:1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High.

Lesson: Enemies of the God Thing

Pastor remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: The New Thing
Scripture Reference: Acts 17:21 For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.
Everyone is interested in the new thing.
People have a propensity to buy the new and improved.
New things hold an attraction of their own, simply because they carry the title, “new.”
Not every new thing is a “God thing.”
Question: List some new things you have seen that ended up not being God things.
Follow Up Question: What are some ways we can discern between the two?
Conclusion: Many times the word new is used in an attempt to entice others to be drawn away from the place God has established them. We should never go with the new thing just because it’s new. New is not always better and new is not always God’s best. Don’t let the new make you dissatisfied with what you have. It won’t be long and the new will not be the new anymore. Sometimes God does a new thing and sometimes the new thing masquerades as a God thing.

Pastor remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: The Old Thing
Scripture Reference:   Isaiah 43:18 Do not remember the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
When God wants to do a new thing, the new thing becomes a God thing.
Sometimes the old thing can be an enemy to the God thing.
We often get set in our ways and establish comfortable habits.
Familiar patterns of life can become ruts.
A rut is just a grave with both ends open.
Question: Discuss some old things that may be in need of change.  
Follow Up Question: What are some ways we can determine if the old thing is no longer the God thing?
Conclusion: Sometimes God sends us down a road to get to the end of the road, and sometimes He sends us down a road to get to the fork in the road. We often do not know which it is until we go down that road. We may be required to fully let go of the old thing before we can fully take hold of the new thing. Be willing to offer your “Isaacs” to God.   

Pastor remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: The My Thing
Scripture Reference:   Matthew 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
We have a tendency to be possessive and protect our things.
We are often protective even over our ideas, suggestions, and decisions.
Sometimes people have a hard time embracing the God thing because it was not their idea.
The right thing should always trump the my thing.
Question: What should we do when the my thing is the wrong thing?
Follow Up Question: Can the good thing ever be the enemy of the God thing?
Conclusion: There are good things and there are bad things. There are right things and there are wrong things. There are old things and there are new things. There are your things and there are my things, but there’s only one God thing. Don’t allow anything to take the place of a God thing.

Pastor closing remarks

·        Connect Cards, Offering and Prayer, Memory Verse

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