Attitude Week 2

Attitude: Humility 101

What success is and how it’s measured by God is often very different from how we measure it. Paul points out how important Humility is in this process and how we can obtain it.

Main passage: Phil 2:1-11

1. Check your motives
Phil 2:3a, Prov 16:2

2. Consider others first
Phil 2:3b-4, Rom 15:1

3. Christ-mindedness
Phil 2:5-8, 1 Cor 2:16

Attitude Week 1

Title: Advance

As Christians our Attitude is so important but it can be easily effected by things we go through. This month we will be taking a walk through the book of Philippians and learning powerful lessons from Paul about “Attitude”.

Main Passage: Philippians 1:12-26

  1. The Gospel turns “setbacks into comebacks”.
    Phil 1:12-18, Rom 1:16, Psa 34:5
  2. If you believe the Gospel then someone is counting on you.
    Phil 1:19-26, Rom 10:14-15

Tough Talks Week 5

Subject: Grace or Truth, which side are you on?

Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Points of Discussions:

1- Leading by grace
John 4:4-8

James 1:19

2- Leading by truth
Matthew 16:21-25

Psalm 25:4-5

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)