1 – People
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
THINK LIKE EVERYONE ELSE: Focus on me
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
THINK DIFFERENT: Love others
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?… Read the rest
4 – Elijah’s Confidence
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17
I don’t have the strength or ability, but I know God can and will use me in a powerful way.
“Now bring all the people of Israel to Mount Carmel, with all 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who are supported by Jezebel.” So Ahab summoned all the people and the prophets to Mount Carmel.… Read the rest
REBEL: non-conformists on a mission
2 – Challenging Authority
A rebel is someone who is a non-conformist to patterns of life or traditions of the culture in order to glorify God and live on the mission of God.
Authority is a person or group of people that have the legal power to make and enforce the rules.
1. Jesus challenged the world’s way
“But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. But among you it should be quite different…” – Matthew 20:25-26
“The greatest among you will be a servant of all” – Mark 10:44
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Did God Really Say That?
2 – I Just Want You to Be Happy
“May all who are godly be happy!” – Psalm 97:12
If you believe that God’s supreme goal for you is your happiness, here’s what you eventually start to do:
1. You’ll believe that whatever makes me happy must be right, and whatever makes me unhappy must be wrong.
2. You’ll believe that discomfort, delay, risk, suffering, inconveniences and obstacles can’t possibly be God’s will.
3. You’ll begin to worship the false gods of comfort, money, pleasure and things.
God does not want us to pursue happiness.… Read the rest
Did God Really Say That?: Week 1
I Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle
“I won’t give you more than you can handle.”
“In this world you will have trouble…” – John 16:33
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” – Mark 14:33-34
God will give you more than you can handle…
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How to Raise Your Parents
1 – Making Radical Changes
1. God created families.
2. God uses family to communicate our role in His family.
“So now Jesus, and the ones He makes holy have the same father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.” – Hebrews 2:11
3. God has given guidelines for families.
“I will obey your teaching forever and ever. I will live in freedom.” – Psalm 119:44
1. Realize that a healthy family brings life.
“Children obey your parents the way the Lord wants. This is the right thing to do.… Read the rest
4: I believe in God… but I don’t know Him.
Key Scripture: “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him.” – Titus 1:16
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power…” – 2 Timothy 3:1-5
a somewhat Christian is: Someone who believes in God, but lives as if He doesn’t exist.… Read the rest
You Are What You Eat
4 – God’s Word Grows Godliness
Key Scripture: “Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides.” – John 6:27
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” – Romans 15:4
1. God’s Word is for our instruction.
“…but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.… Read the rest
Jonah: God’s Mercy is Relentless
3 – God’s Will Be Done
Key Scripture: Jonah 3
1. God is a God of second chances
“The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.” – Jonah 3:1
2. God expects timely obedience
“Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim the message I give you.” – Jonah 3:2
“Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord.” – Jonah 3:3
“On the first day, Jonah started into the city.” – Jonah 3:4
In order to fully obey God, we’ve got to fully abandon ourselves.
3. God always responds to true repentance
“The Ninevites believed God.” – Jonah 3:5
“When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, he took off his royal robes, and he covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.” – Jonah 3:6
“By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let any man or beast or herd or flock taste anything; do not let them even eat or drink.” – Jonah 3:7
True repentance starts with words but results in actions.… Read the rest