Tough Talks Week 3

Title: Doubtin’ Thomas 
Christian author Philip Yancey stated “doubt is something almost every person experiences at some point, yet something that the church does not always handle well. I am an advocate of doubt, because that’s why I became a Christian in the first place.”

Main passage: John 20:24-29

Here are 4 lessons we can learn from Jesus when we experience a “tough talk” with a person who has doubts about Christianity. 

1. Create a Place for doubters/unbelievers John 20:24-26
2. Bring Peace to anxious mindsJohn 20:26b, john 14:27, Matt 5:9
3. Power of Personal touch John 20:27
4. Point of decision “we cannot doubt something without simultaneously trusting in something else. Eve began to doubt God—more importantly her relationship with God—at the same moment she began to trust the serpent.”John 20:27b, 29, Heb 11:1,6

Tough Talks Week 2

Title: On the Spot

Scopophobia: the fear of being stared at or being the center of attention.

It can be a “tough talk” when we get put on the spot regarding a sensitive issue or controversial subject. The happened to Jesus on different occasions but he had a way of handling these situations that we can learn from.

Main passage: John 8:1-11

1. Slow to engage
John 8:6, James 1:19

2. Don’t avoid tough talks
John 8:7a

3. Change perspectives
John 8:7b

4. Mercy over judgement
John 8:10-11a, James 2:13

5. Share truth in love
John 8:11b, Eph 4:15

Tough Talks Week 1

Title: It’s Getting Late

We will be diving into tough conversations Jesus had and what we can learn in order to be better communicators of the Gospel.

Main Passage: John 3:1-21

Today we will take a look at 5 communication tips during a late night tough talk between Jesus and Nicodemus.

1. Availability v1-2
2. Approachability v1-2
3. Alternate between natural and spiritual v3-12
4. Answer the question v13-14
5. Aim for the Truth v16-21

Overlooking Offense Week 4

Title: Can’t Please Everyone

1 Cor 1:18
1 Peter 2:7-8

It can seem like so many things now a days can cause offense. The Gospel itself is offensive but we don’t have to go out of our way as christians to be.

Main Passage: 1 Cor 10:31-33, 1 Cor 11:1
God is glorified when:

  1. We are looking for ways to love and not offend
    1 Cor 10:31, 1 Cor 9:19-22
  2. Our rights and comfort are laid down for others
    1 Cor 10:32, 1 Cor 10:24
  3. Our goal is to lead people to Jesus not winning arguments
    1 Cor 10:33, Luke 19:10
  4. We look like Jesus
    1 Cor 11:1, Matt 11:28-29, Luke 7:34

Overlooking Offense Week 2

Main Text: Luke 17:3-4 (ESV)

I. Offenses Happen (Lk. 17:1; Rom. 3:23)
II. Don’t Hide the Offense (Lk. 17:3; Hebrews 12:15; 2Sam. 12:13)
III. Repentance Leads to Forgiveness (Lk. 17:3; Mark 11:25; Luke 23:34; 1Cor. 13:4-5)
IV. God Fulfills His Will Through Forgiveness (Lk. 17:4; Isaiah 43:25; Matt. 5:44)

Overlooking Offense Week 1

Being offended has become a virtue in our society. What does the Bible have to say about personal offense?

Key verse: Prov 19:11

1. Slow down
Psa 86:15, James 1:19, Eph 4:26

2. Let it roll off your back
Gal 5:22-23

Becoming Teachable Week 4

Title: You’re not the boss of me!

There is something inside us that doesn’t like being told what to do and wants to rebel against authority. How does this effect our level of teachability? 

Quiz (scale of 1-5)

1. When someone tells me I did something wrong, I feel the need to defend myself relentlessly.

2. I’ve had a problem with substance abuse

3. My friends tell me I have very bad road rage

4. The term ‘constructive criticism’ makes no sense to me. 

5. I microwave popcorn for lunch at work on purpose, just so it will stink up the kitchen for everyone else who has to use it.

6. I desperately need to win every argument – whether it’s with my spouse or my boss.

7. I’m no stranger to a bar brawl; those jerks were asking for trouble.

8. It doesn’t take much to make me angry. Small things can set me off.

9. I’ve been sanctioned by human resources for violating company policies.

10. When someone double-crosses me, revenge is the only answer.

11. I feel like no one likes me. 

12. Office rules are unfair and oppressive

13. My spouse and I argue

14. I’ve been cited for disorderly conduct by the police

15. I can’t stand authority figures. Fight the power!

16. Anger is the emotion I identify with most.

17. I’ve been fired before for being physically and/or verbally aggressive with coworkers.

18. I leave my socks on the floor on purpose, just because I know it gets under my roommate’s or family members’ skin.

Today we will take a brief look at 3 main authority structures 

1. Civil: Rom 13:1-2, Col 3:22-23Practice: “All” authority comes from God, respect the position. 
2. Home: Col 3:18-21 Practice: Love & Respect in the home always. 
3. Church: Heb 13:17-18, 1 Peter 5:5-6Practice: Humility and teachability when receiving instruction/council. 
Closing The Trinity demonstrates an authority structure:God: Gen 1:1Jesus: John 5:19 Holy Spirit: John 14:26

Becoming Teachable Week 3

Lessons Learned as a Father

Proverbs1:5 (ESV)

  1. Learn from Your Mistakes (Prov. 26:11-12; 1 Cor. 10:11-12; 2Peter 2:20-22)
  2. It’s OK to ask for Help (Psalms 121:1-2; Gal. 6:2; 2 Chronicles 10:6-11)
  3. Be Open to Learn New Ideas (Proverbs 1:5; Prov. 9:9; Luke 2:52)

Strength of a Mountain
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … Dad

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