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Shallow Heart

The Dirty Truth

February 17, 2019 • Andy Williams

MAIN POINT: "We can grow deep roots in our relationship with God and overcome hardship by letting Him change the way we think." CHALLENGE QUESTION: "For Christ-followers: Is there a situation in your life that’s causing you to doubt or waiver in your faith in Him?" "For spiritual seekers/haven’t committed their life to Christ: What’s the hardship in your life that’s causing you to not accept God’s message of grace and hope in your life?" KEY VERSES: Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away." – Mark 4:16-17 (NIV) "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." – Romans 12:2 (NIV) SCRIPTURE REFERENCES: Mark 4:3-8, 13-20 (CEV); Romans 12:2 (CEV) SERIES DESCRIPTION: We all want to experience God more—to know Him, to feel His presence, to see Him working through us—but we’re not always willing to go to the “dirty areas” in our life: to learn what we need to learn, to do what we need to do, the work to clear away the things that hold us back. For us to experience God in a life-transforming way, we have to actively prepare the soil of our hearts so that God’s principles, promises, and power can take root and grow.

Fertile Heart

The Dirty Truth • March 3, 2019 • Jimmy George

MAIN POINT: To experience God in all his fullness and live a fruitful life, you must remain in the Word and be filled with the Spirit. CHALLENGE QUESTION: if you were to look at the soil of your life, what would it be? 1) Hard 2) Shallow 3) Cluttered or 4) Fertile? KEY VERSE: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.” – John 15:4-5 (NIV) SCRIPTURE PASSAGES: Mark 4:1-20, Ecclesiastes 3:1, Luke 8:15, Matthew 7:18, Galatians 5:19-23; 25, Ephesians 5;18, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:38, John 5:4-6 SERIES DESCRIPTION: We all want to experience God more—to know Him, to feel His presence, to see Him working through us—but we’re not always willing to go to the “dirty areas” in our life: to learn what we need to learn, to do what we need to do, the work to clear away the things that hold us back. For us to experience God in a life-transforming way, we have to actively prepare the soil of our hearts so that God’s principles, promises, and power can take root and grow.

Cluttered Heart

The Dirty Truth • February 24, 2019 • John Schluchter

MAIN POINT: To experience more of God, He must become our single priority. CHALLENGE QUESTIONS: What worries, habits, or pursuits are choking out my relationship with God? Which need to be removed and which do I need to invite God into? KEY VERSE: "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." – Matthew 6:33 (NIV) SCRIPTURE PASSAGES: Mark 4:1-20, Jeremiah 32:39a, Matthew 6:33, Luke 9:24-25 SERIES DESCRIPTION: We all want to experience God more—to know Him, to feel His presence, to see Him working through us—but we’re not always willing to go to the “dirty areas” in our life: to learn what we need to learn, to do what we need to do, the work to clear away the things that hold us back. For us to experience God in a life-transforming way, we have to actively prepare the soil of our hearts so that God’s principles, promises, and power can take root and grow.

Hard Heart

The Dirty Truth • February 10, 2019 • Jimmy George

MAIN POINT: How you experience God depends upon the condition of your heart. CHALLENGE QUESTION: Is my heart hardened in a specific area or is it hardened completely? KEY VERSE: "Search me O God, and know my heart…see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me to the way of everlasting." – Psalm 139:23-24 SCRIPTURE REFERENCES: Jeremiah 17:9, Mark 7:21-23, Psalm 44:21, Proverbs 4:23, Romans 5:3-5, Obadiah 3, Proverbs 14:12, James 1:14-15, John 1 SERIES DESCRIPTION: We all want to experience God more—to know Him, to feel His presence, to see Him working through us—but we’re not always willing to go to the “dirty areas” in our life: to learn what we need to learn, to do what we need to do, the work to clear away the things that hold us back. For us to experience God in a life-transforming way, we have to actively prepare the soil of our hearts so that God’s principles, promises, and power can take root and grow.