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 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 2

Title: Pride

The biggest roadblock to “Becoming Teachable” is Pride. We will look at 7 signs of Pride found in Proverbs.

Opening:  James 4:6 

1. Hates correction: Prov 12:1
2. Ignores instruction: Prov 13:18
3. Claims to be wise: Prov 26:12
4. Pats their own back: Prov 27:2
5. Won’t admit when wrong : Prov 28:13
6. Stubborness: Prov 29:1
7. Blind to their own issues: Prov 30:12-13

Becoming Teachable Week 1

Title: Discipleship 101

Being teachable is the very essence of discipleship. Christ being formed in us is the very essence of discipleship.

Main passage: Matt 28:19-20

1. God uses imperfect people to perfect us
Matt 28:19, Phil 3:12, 2 Cor 12:9

2. Remain teachable until you observe “all” Jesus commanded
Matt 28:20, Prov 9:9

Wound Care Week 4

Title: Turn To Your Neighbor

How we see and treat wounded people matters

Main passage: Luke 10:30-37

  1. Mercy looks like investment

*Prov 11:25

A. Time: Luke 10:31-33
B. Resources: Luke 10:34a
C. Comfort: Luke 10:34b
D. Money: Luke 10:35

Closing: Micah 6:8

Wound Care Week 2

Good morning,

As you will see the area around the booth is in disarray. Bare with us, the end result will be worth it.

Our wounds can either define us refine us.

Main passage: Ruth 1:8-21

  1. Wounds can block healthy relationships
    Ruth 1:8-16,19-20, Psa 107:20

Hey Sigmund article: Stopping old wounds from stealing relationships

There are a few ways to tell that an old wound is at play:

The conflict is constant, and always feels the same.
Your emotional reaction to something within the relationship is intense and out of proportion to whatever seemed to cause it.
Your reaction is difficult to shift.

  1. Wounds can make us bitter
    Ruth 1:13,20b, Eph 4:31
  2. Wounds cause us to blame
    Ruth 1:13b, 20b-21, Gen 3:12-13, Num 21:5

Closing: Ruth 4:13-17

Wound Care Week 1

Good News

When we go to the doctors with a condition we don’t always receive good news. However the gospel is good news for every condition of the heart and soul.

Main passage: Isa 61:1

  1. There is healing
    Jer 30:17, Psa 147:3
  2. There is freedom
    John 8:32, john 8:36