We have become children of God 

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Romans 8:12-15 NLT
[12] Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. [13] For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. [14] For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. [15] So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

We can live at a new level of purpose and blessing 

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 Voice
[6] But I will say this to encourage your generosity: the one who plants little harvests little, and the one who plants plenty harvests plenty. [7] Giving grows out of the heart-otherwise, you’ve reluctantly grumbled “yes” because you felt you had to or because you couldn’t say “no,” but this isn’t the way God wants it. For we know that “God loves a cheerful giver.” [8] God is ready to overwhelm you with more blessings than you could ever imagine so that you’ll always be taken care of in every way and you’ll have more than enough to share.

Serve Jesus and do life out of an overflow of a thankful heart

Acts 2:46-47 NLT
[46] They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity- [47] all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Connect Group Questions and Prayer:
1 – What does it mean to be a child of God?
2 – Now we are not under obligation to sin, why is this important?
3 – What kind of heart should we serve God out of? Let’s pray

My God will supply

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Philippians 4:19 NLT
[19] And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

1. My God

2. Will Supply All Your Needs

(Luke 6:38) Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

(Galatians 6:9) Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

(Psalm 23:1) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want

3. According To His Riches

(Isaiah 53:3 NLT) He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

(Ephesians 3:16) I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

(2 Corinthians 8:9) For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

(Ephesians 3:20 NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Building a great Christian Family

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(Josh 24:15) But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

1. Get a vision (new role models)

(Proverbs 29:18) Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

2. Get healed (journal and clean heart)

(Habakkuk 2:2-3) Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. (3) For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

 

3. Understand your part in a great family

(Luke 12:48b) From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

4. Pass it on

(Psalm 78:4) We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.

Speak blessing over your kids. Not life is hard, but living in thanksgiving

Connect group Questions and Prayer
1.Do you have a vision for a godly family?
2.Are you committed to help others grow too?
3.Let’s pray.

Dreamers And The Purposes Of God

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(Ephesians 3:20 NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

 

(Genesis 37:3-7) Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. (4) When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. (5) Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. (6) He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: (7) We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”

 

1. A Dream Can Come To Anyone

 

(Acts 2:17) In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

 

2. A God Dream Comes To Lift Us. To Sustain Us. To Move Us Forward.

 

(Matthew 16:18) And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

 

3.A Dream Comes In An Atmosphere Of Faith

 

4.A Dream Speaks Of The Future. It’s Not Right Now

 

(Habakkuk 2:3) For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

 

5.The End Does Not Look Like The Beginning. But We See It Like A Star In The Sky.

 

(Genesis 15:5) He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.

 

6.A Dream Increases As We Wear The Restraints Of Responsibility

 

(Proverbs 29:18) Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

 

7.A Dream Can Be Snuffed Out By Negativity

 

8.A Godly Dream Is Always Linked To God’s Purposes

 

(Revelation 2:29) Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

 

(Matthew 4:4) Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.‘”

Running our race

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‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭9:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬
All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.

1. God wants us to find out the purpose of life. 

Matthew‬ ‭6:19-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.

Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

2 Even if you trip, keep on running

2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

3. A prize awaits at the end! 

Philippians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Connect discussion questions:

1. Have you found your life’s purpose?

2. What can you do to make His will a reality? 

3. Let’s pray together!

Jesus lenses

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Psalm 139:5-6 NLT
[5] You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. [6] Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!

Know the truth

John 8:32 NLT
[32] And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
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Take a fresh look at your life

2 Corinthians 12:10 NLT
[10] That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Hold to your convictions

John 17:14-17 NLT
[14] I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. [15] I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. [16] They do not belong to this world any more than I do. [17] Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.

Connect Group Questions and Prayer:
1 – How does using Jesus as a lense change how we see and live our lives?
2 – What are some examples of lies we need to combat with Gods truth?
3 – Lets pray!

Grit

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Revelation 2:3 NIV
[3] You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Grit is knowing the cost and the calling

Romans 8:18,28 NLT
[18] Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. [28] And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Grit is letting Gods grace do the heavy lifting

Psalm 56:3-4 NIV
[3] When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. [4] In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

Grit is being full of the Spirit

2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
[7] For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Lifegroup Questions
1 – What is grit?
2 – Do you live with a Godly grit?
3 – Lets pray for the spirit to give us more grit!

Jacob: The dreamer and promise

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1. The dreamer and promise

(Genesis 28:12-15) He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. (13) There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. (14) Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. (15) I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.

2. The Dream

(Genesis 28:16-17) When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” (17)He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

(Matthew 6:9-13) “This, then, is how you should pray: ” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, (10) your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (11) Give us today our daily bread. (12) And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (13)And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

(Matthew 28:19-20) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20)and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Lifegroup Questions & Prayers

1.Are you ready for the promises of God?
2.Are you ready for the open doors from God.
3.Let’s pray and give thanks.

Who is God looking for?

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Genesis‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

1. God is looking for the weak

1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:27‬ ‭GW‬‬
“But God chose what the world considers nonsense to put wise people to shame. God chose what the world considers weak to put what is strong to shame.”

2. When we know our weaknesses, God will give us strength.

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

3. All we need to do is respond to Him

Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

Lifegroup discussion questions & prayer:

1. Which areas in your life do you feel you are weak?

2. Can you share a story of how Jesus helped you in a moment of weakness in your life? 

3. Let’s pray for each other in these areas! 

Blessing and Responsibility

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1 John 3:1 NIV
[1] See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

1 – Understand the tension

2 Corinthians 8:12-14 NLT
[12] Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. [13] Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. [14] Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal.

2 – Invest your heart 

2 Corinthians 8:17, 23 NLT
[17] Titus welcomed our request that he visit you again. In fact, he himself was very eager to go and see you…. [23] If anyone asks about Titus, say that he is my partner who works with me to help you. And the brothers with him have been sent by the churches, and they bring honor to Christ.

3 – Live in that tension with a sustained energy for the long term 

2 Corinthians 8:20-22a MSG
[20-22a] We don’t want anyone suspecting us of taking one penny of this money for ourselves. We’re being as careful in our reputation with the public as in our reputation with God. That’s why we’re sending another trusted friend along. He’s proved his dependability many times over, and carries on as energetically as the day he started.

Lifegroup Questions and Prayer:

1 – What’s the relationship between blessing and responsibility?

2 – Why is it important we put our heart into the key partnerships we have in life?

3 – Are you committed to living with responsibility and blessing?