Praying for Focus

March 24, 2013

Focus

This week, we took a look at Acts 20:1-16 and received a Message on Praying for Focus.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Take a look at Praying for Focus. Then answer the questions about where you are with joining in with this Message:

7 Truths about Praying for Focus

1. God knows that we are not sure how to prepare for Transformation

2. God knows that Transformation will change everything in my life.

3. God knows that Transformation will leave me with less control.

4. God knows that I am insecure about a shift in expectations.

5. God knows that Transformation begins with us.

6. God is simplifying things.

7. God is looking for people who will pray for Transformation night and day.

  

Praying for Deliverance from the Mob

What are 2-3 things that God is highlighting to you about praying for deliverance from the mob?

Is there anything preventing you from receiving a blessing in this area today? 

What is God asking you to lay down or pick up this morning?


Praying for Confirmation

November 18, 2012

This week, we took a look at Praying for Confirmation

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Take a look at Praying for Confirmation.  Then answer the questions about where you are with joining in with this Message:

7 Truths about Praying for Confirmation

1)    God wants us to be clear about His directions.

2)    God knows how natural it is for us to get tired and discouraged.

3)    God is willing to provide reminders as needed to encourage us along the way.

4)    God can provide confirmation through other people.

5)    God can provide confirmation directly.

6)    God doesn’t gauge our obedience by how “easy” or “difficult” things are.

7)    God says “I am willing to confirm my directions if you are willing to hear”.

My Response to Praying for Confirmation

What are 2-3 things that God is showing you about praying for confirmation?

Is there any area that God has called you to where you have “given up”?

Would you pray for God to share His confirmation with you this week?


Praying to Come into One Accord

September 23, 2012

This week, we took a look at Praying to Come into One Accord.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Take a look at 7 Truths about Praying to Come into One Accord.  Then answer the questions about where you are with joining in with this Message:

7 Truths about Coming into One Accord

1. God isn’t anxious about our disagreements.

2. Disagreement demonstrates our desire to control.

3. God has a Kingdom way to work through disagreement.

4. God’s way brings a deep satisfaction for all.

5. God is deeply satisfied when we come into One Accord.

6. God’s way to One Accord brings more freedom.

7. God’s way is not burdensome for those receiving the message downstream.

My Response to Coming into One Accord

What are 2-3 things that God is highlighting to you regarding Coming into One Accord?

Is God showing you any areas where others have placed requirements on you or where you have placed requirements on others?

Would you commit to praying this week for the leaders in your life to find a new level of One Accord?


Sharing our God Stories

May 30, 2012

This Summer, we will be taking some time at Friday Night Home Group to share our God stories with one another.

In the Book of Acts, nearly every recorded evangelistic conversation began with “what Jesus did in my life”.  As we are exploring how the early church did things, we have the opportunity to try out one of their primary methods.  Every God story is a miracle that will increase our faith and hope.

Sharing our God Stories will also give us the opportunity to understand one another better, and to gain futher insight into everyone’s strengths and dreams.

Our volunteers so far for this Summer are:

Friday June 1–Wilburn

Friday, June 8–Crystal

Friday, June 15–Liza

Friday, June 29–Donna

Friday, July 6–Michelle

Friday, July 13–Jon & Lauren

Friday, July 20–No Home Group

Friday, July 27–Carole

Friday, August 3–Marjorie

If you are interested in sharing your God story, please let Tim know.

Friday Night Home Group meets at the Truesdales. Snacks at 7, and Worship starts at 7:30.

Need more information, including directions to the Truesdale’s: send a note here.


Ask for More

May 6, 2012

This week, we took a look at God’s desire for us to Ask for More.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Take a look at 7 Truths about Asking for More.  Then answer questions about where you are in the issues of dealing with Asking for More:

7 Truths about Asking for More

1) God is asking for more.

2) God is looking for people who are asking for more.

3) Sometimes we forget to ask for more.

4) Sometimes we are afraid to ask for more. Sometimes we are afraid it won’t happen. Sometimes we are afraid that it will happen.

5) God is honored when we ask for more to give it away.

6) There is a difference between asking for more and striving for more.

7) Are you willing to ask for more?

 Joining God’s Plan for Asking for More

 Does God want you to Ask for More in any area of your life?

Relationships

Finances

Health

Spiritual Gifts

Fruit of the Spirit

Etc?


Dealing with Criticism

April 29, 2012

This week, we took a look at how the disciples of Jesus dealt with criticism in the context of Acts 14:-1-7.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Take a look at 7 Truths about Criticism.  Then answer questions about where you are in the issues of dealing with criticism:

7 Truths about Criticism

1)    There is a constructive criticism that is born in love.

2)    Love requires me to do what is best for the other person, no matter what it costs me.

3)    God doesn’t want criticism to distract me, but to draw me closer to Him.

4)    Sometimes God uses criticism to answer my prayer: “search me God and know my heart”.

5)    Sometimes God uses criticism to identify my need for the praise of man.

6)    Criticism clarifies my message.

7)    My response to criticism is a reflection of my heart posture.

Joining God’s Plan for Criticism

What are the benefits to you living life free from the need of the praise of man?

Are there one or two people in your life who you have trouble hearing because of bitterness over criticism?

What is the next step in healing your heart and making it open again?


Control

April 22, 2012

This week, we took a look at the principles of “control” and “self-control” in the context of Acts 13:42-52

We saw a stark contrast between the religious leaders of the day who were attempting to “control” the message, and the disciples, governed by self-control, who maintained an attitude of joy.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Take a look at 7 Truths about Control .  Then answer questions about where you are in the issues of “control” and “self-control”:

7 Truths about Control

 1)    God is in control.

 2)    God asks us to manage the resources He gives us, not control them.

 3)    When we try to control, it’s easy to miss what God is doing.

 4)    When we try to control, it’s easy to miss the joy.

 5)    God’s only plan for us is self-control.

 6)    Self-control is a gift of God.

 7)    God will give us opportunities to grow in self-control.

Joining with God’s Heart for Control

On a scale of 1 to 10, how well do you understand God’s Heart for Control?

What is God highlighting to you about Self-Control today?

What is the next step for you in walking out Self-Control?


Living by God’s Promises

March 19, 2012

This week, we examined Acts 13:13-42.  In this passage, Paul was asked to step forward and provide some encouragement for a community who had gone through a lot of adversity.  His message focused on God’s Promises.

God’s Promises reflect so much about His character.  And this panoramic view of the history of God’s Chosen People reveals plenty about God’s personality and the ways that He communicates and leads us through tough times.  God still encourages us with His promises today.

Take a look at Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about Living by God’s Promises.  Then answer questions about where you are in receiving and walking out His promises:

Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about Living by God’s Promises

1)                  God’s promises depend on His character and personality.

2)                  God’s promises are eternal.

3)                  God’s promises come to fruition in the fullness of time.

4)                  God wants to share His promises with us.

5)                  Sometimes things appear to get worse, not better, after receiving God’s promises.

6)                  We receive the fullness of God’s promises through faith.

7)                  Fear keeps us from receiving and seeing God’s promises fulfilled.

8)                  Unbelief keeps us from receiving God’s promises.

9)                  Bitterness & Offense keeps us from fully receiving God’s promises

10)              Write down and track God’s promises.

10.5)            As you are allowed to, share God’s promises with the ones around you.

Joining with God’s Heart for the Promises He has made to me

Is there anything that is keeping you from fully receiving what God has promised you?

Do you know 2-3 promises that God has shared with you?


Joining in with God’s Heart for Goverment Leaders

March 11, 2012

This week, we examined Acts 13:4-12.  In this passage, we get to read about the details of the first stop on Paul’s First Missionary Journey.  It is striking that for this great evangelist, during his historic first stop of his first Missions trip (on the island of Cyprus), after a quick mention of sharing the gospel in one of synagogues and then throughout the island, the story focuses on his delivery of the gospel message in the court of Sergius Paulus, a Governmental leader.

As we continue to work our way through the Book of Acts, we are amazed to find how prominently Governmental leaders are involved with the story of the early spread of the gospel.  Some like Herod are noted for their mistreatment of the things of God.  But the lion’s share of Governmental leaders in this book about the early church are actually individuals that the first Apostles focus their early ministries on.

This week, Tim brought a message about God’s Love for Government Leaders that included his Top 10.5 Secrets, and then we were encouraged to respond by Joining with God’s Heart for Government Leaders

Take a look at Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about God’s Heart for Government Leaders.  Then take your temperature for joining in:

Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about God’s Heart for Government Leaders

1)  A good portion of the Book of Acts documents Missions that took the Kingdom of God to Government leaders.

2)  God loves Government leaders.

3)  God has a plan for Government leaders.

4)  Government leaders are not there by accident.

5)  Government leaders are surrounded by people who want to control them for personal gain.

6)  When God wants to touch a community, He often begins with government leaders.

7)  Government leaders want to govern well.

8)  Government leaders are human.

9)  Government leaders respond to power.

10)  Government leaders respond to truth.

10.5)  When God sends people to take the Kingdom of Godinto Governmental settings, sometimes it involves confrontation.

 Joining with God’s Heart for Government Leaders

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my knowledge of God’s Heart for Government Leaders at:  

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my maturity of joining in with God’s Heart for Government Leaders at:

In my walk with God, the next step in the area of joining with God’s Heart for Government Leaders is (circle one or more):  Opening my heart, Learning more, Asking God’s forgiveness, Faithfulness with a current Mission, Seeking God’s Heart for a New Mission

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my readiness to take the next step joining with God’s heart for Government Leaders  at:


Fasting for Breakthrough

March 4, 2012

This week, we examined Acts 13:1-3.  In this chapter, we saw an amazing phenomenon among the early church.  It appears that one of the key components for their decision making was Fasting.

For many of us, fasting is a not-to-often thought about spiritual discipline.  This week, Tim brought a message that included his Top 10.5 Secrets about Fasting, and then we were encouraged to respond by Taking our Temperature for Fasting.

Take a look at Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about Fasting.  Then take your temperature for fasting:

Tim’s Top 10.5 Secrets about Fasting

1)  Breakthrough has come in my life around 2-3 tools.  In the past 12 years, one of the most effective tools has been fasting.

2)  God doesn’t invite me to fast so I can get His attention.  He invites me to fast so He can get my attention.

3)  The early church saw fasting as part of a routine part of following Jesus. (Jesus didn’t say “if” you fast.  He said “when” you fast.)

4)  I only fast the things that God is asking me to fast for the period that He is asking me to fast, for the reasons He is asking me to fast .

5)  When I fast, I am accountable to someone.  There are practical reasons for this in the spiritual and in the natural dimensions.

6)  If I mess up in my fast, I don’t freak out and get distracted.  I just ask for forgiveness and press the “restart” button.

7)  When I am  fasting, I may have to accept that it could temporarily outweigh other important parts of my life.

8)  My fast really matters to God.

9)  I ask God for His heart for fasting instead of a religious spirit.

10)  When I fast, sometimes the anticipated Breakthrough comes immediately.  Sometimes the anticipated Breakthrough comes later.  And sometimes the Breakthrough is different from what I expected.

10.5)  As powerful as fasting has been for me as an individual, fasting as a group has been very dynamic.

Taking my Temperature for Fasting

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my knowledge of Fasting at:  

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my maturity of Fasting at:

In my walk with God, the next step in the area of Fasting is (Chose one or more):

Opening my heart, Learning more, Asking God’s forgiveness, Faithfulness with a current Fast, Seeking God’s Heart for a Personal Fast, Seeking God’s Heart for a Group Fast

On a scale of 0 to 10, you could rate my readiness to take the next step in Fasting at: