Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sunday Circles - Promised Land

Sunday Circles
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Hymn: Joy to the World
Memory Verse: Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Lesson: Don’t stop short of the Promised Land to live in:

Pastor Ashley’s remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: Don’t stop short of the Promised Land to live in fear or frustration.
Scripture Reference: Numbers 13:32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.
Fear wants to freeze us in our tracks.
Sometimes our enemies seem more powerful than us.
Following fear filled leaders will frustrate the will of God.
Fear is a poor manager of life’s decisions.
Question: What are some enemies people commonly fear?
Follow Up Question: What are some things we can do to avoid letting fear dictate our decisions?
Conclusion: Courage is not the absence of fear but rather how we move forward in the face of our reasons to fear. When we choose to do God’s will, fear can sometimes attempt to make us stop short of God’s promise. When God wants us to stop, it feels different than fear. Fear should not be the dominant reason for the decisions we make in life.

Pastor Ashley’s remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: Don’t stop short of the Promised Land to live in comfort or compromise.
Scripture Reference: Numbers 14:4 So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”
Of course, the children of Israel were more comfortable in Egypt than they were in the wilderness.
Sometimes we must go through something we don’t want to get to something we do want.
The path to the Promised Land is not always easy.
Fear filled leadership caused frustration and gave the people a opportunity to compromise their walk and choose comfort over courage.
Question: What does the word compromise mean to you?
Follow Up Question: Do you imagine it could ever be God’s will for you to be uncomfortable?
Conclusion: Our comfort may not always be the most important thing to God. When His purpose requires an uncomfortable journey, we should embrace our opportunity to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him.

Pastor Ashley’s remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: Don’t stop short of the Promised Land to live in criticism or complaint.
Scripture Reference: Numbers 14:2 And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness!”
God chooses leaders who are bold, courageous, and confidant.
A godly leader does not draw their confidence from their own abilities but rather from the conviction that they are called by God.
Godly leadership is not moved by fear or frustration, comfort or compromise, and neither do they give credence to criticism or complaint.
Leaders are called to follow the orders of the one who called them.
If leaders are chosen by the people, then they must of right, lead according to the people’s wishes.
However, if leaders are called by God, they cannot afford to be driven by poles or popularity.
Question: Describe some qualities every God-called leader should possess.
Follow Up Question: What are some ways we can discern if we are following a godly leader?
Conclusion: Stubbornness does not equal the confident boldness which comes from knowing you are doing God’s will. When God speaks it sounds different than fear, frustration, comfort, compromise, criticism, or complaint. Every person is called by God to lead in some point of life, even if it is only over our personal decisions. Don’t stop short of the Promised Land because of yourself or others who try to influence you.

Pastor Ashley’s closing remarks

·        Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer
·        Memory Verse
·        Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be hosted by the LeBlancs

 in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.