Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sunday Circles - Who's in Control?

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Hymn: Isaiah 51:11
Memory Verse: Isaiah 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

Lesson: Who’s in control?

Pastor remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: We are never in control.
Scripture Reference: Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
Only God is in control and we are subject to being interrupted.
Caesar Augustus was not in control.
The Roman Senate was not in control.
Neither Mary nor Joseph were in control.
God does not first seek our permission before he alters our plans.
What may seem like an unfair burden to us is often a plan to God.
Question: How many interruptions outside Mary’s control had to take place for her to be a part of God’s plan?
Follow Up Question: If Mary had been in control, how might things have been different?
Conclusion: God orchestrates life and events so that each person is given an opportunity to participate in His plan. Every day things happen which are beyond our ability to control. The best we can hope for is to find a way every day to please God in all we do. We cannot always choose what we go through but we can choose how we will go through it.

Pastor remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: God is always in control.
Scripture Reference: Luke 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”
God has a plan and He will succeed …
God knows the end from the beginning and works all things to the benefit of His good will.
Although we have a choice, only God is in control.
Question: Do you trust God enough to let Him be in control?
Follow Up Question: What are some ways we can show God that we trust Him?
Conclusion: God was determined to bring peace and good will to mankind and whatever it took to accomplish that was well within God’s control. God exercised complete control over events which effected generations, nations, and individuals. Never forget that God has a plan for peace and goodwill and He is in control. Like it or not, all eternity depends on God … how much more the things of this life.

Pastor remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: The journey is your friend.
Scripture Reference: Luke 2:7  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Being highly favored of God does not equal being favored of man.
At times life can seem so unfair and taxing.
Even though Mary would not have chosen this journey for herself, yet the journey brought her to her destiny.
Life and circumstances were outside of Mary’s control but not outside of God’s control.
Question: How did Mary’s journey become her friend?  
Follow Up Question: How can our perspective help us in our life journey?
Conclusion: God moves a lot of things around in days that we don’t know and in ways we cannot control to accomplish the will that we could never have imagined. Work with God and give Him your best every day. He is in control.

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.