Life Group Study
FollowVI - Emotions Conclusion
February 16, 2020 • Paul Barnard
Emotions are guiding by outside influencers Deu 1:19 “Then we set out from Horeb and went through all that great and terrifying wilderness that you saw, on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us. And we came to Kadesh-barnea. Deu 1:20 And I said to you, ‘You have come to the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us. Deu 1:21 See, the LORD your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not fear or be dismayed.’ Deu 1:22 Then all of you came near me and said, ‘Let us send men before us, that they may explore the land for us and bring us word again of the way by which we must go up and the cities into which we shall come.’ Deu 1:23 The thing seemed good to me, and I took twelve men from you, one man from each tribe. Deu 1:24 And they turned and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshcol and spied it out. Deu 1:25 And they took in their hands some of the fruit of the land and brought it down to us, and brought us word again and said, ‘It is a good land that the LORD our God is giving us.’ Deu 1:26 “Yet you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. Deu 1:27 And you murmured in your tents and said, ‘Because the LORD hated us he has brought us out of the land of Egypt, to give us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. Deu 1:28 Where are we going up? Our brothers have made our hearts melt, saying, “The people are greater and taller than we. The cities are great and fortified up to heaven. And besides, we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.”’ Deu 1:29 Then I said to you, ‘Do not be in dread or afraid of them. Deu 1:30 The LORD your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, Deu 1:31 and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ Deu 1:32 Yet in spite of this word you did not believe the LORD your God, Deu 1:33 who went before you in the way to seek you out a place to pitch your tents, in fire by night and in the cloud by day, to show you by what way you should go. *Foundations for negative emotions:* * Fear Deu 1:28 Where are we going up? Our brothers have made our hearts melt, saying, “The people are greater and taller than we. The cities are great and fortified up to heaven. And besides, we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.”’ Deu 1:29 Then I said to you, ‘Do not be in dread or afraid of them. * Lies Deu 1:31 and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ Deu 1:32 Yet in spite of this word you did not believe the LORD your God, *Fuel for negative emotions:* * Reactions Deu 1:26 “Yet you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. Deu 1:27 And you murmured in your tents and said, ‘Because the LORD hated us he has brought us out of the land of Egypt, to give us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. * Resets Deu 1:27 And you murmured in your tents and said, ‘Because the LORD hated us he has brought us out of the land of Egypt, to give us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. *Emotional tolls-* Poor decisions Becoming a slave *Breaking free-* Break from emotional triggers Draw near to God and find identity in Him. Sabbatical Questions: What negative emotions do you struggle with and why? In what ways do reactions to these emotions hinder God’s plan for you? Can you identify “resets” in your life? Give an example. How can drawing closer to God, help to control reaction to emotion? What specific steps can you make this week to identify emotional slavery in your life?
Follow V - Anger
02/09/20 • February 9, 2020 • Paul Barnard
Follow V “Emotions: Anger” Follow V “Emotions: Anger” Anger is sticky * Eph 4:26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, * Ecc 7:9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools Anger is the flesh personified- * Jas 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; Jas 1:20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Anger control is a discipline Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. This goes against the thought process of “Its just who I am” What controlling anger does- Increase in effective relationships * Pro 15:18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. Decision making becomes wise not haphazard * Pro 14:29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. How do you stop Anger? Find the root Don’t react Obedience
Follow IV - Rejection
02/02/20 • February 2, 2020 • Paul Barnard
Follow IV “Emotions- Rejection” Follow IV “Emotions: Rejection” Gen 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. Gen 37:4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him. Gen 37:5 Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. Gen 37:18 They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. Gen 37:27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” Gen 39:2 The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master Gen 39:8 But he refused and said to his master's wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. Gen 39:9 He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” Gen 39:10 And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her Gen 39:20 And Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. Gen 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Gen 39:22 And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. Gen 39:23 The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph's charge, because the LORD was with him. And whatever he did, the LORD made it succeed. Gen 40:23 Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. Gen 41:40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.” Gen 41:41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Gen 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. Questions: 1. How does rejection make you feel about yourself? 2. How does it change who you become if you let it? 3. How does God’s plan change our aspect on rejection? 4. If we deal with rejection why is it so dangerous that people know the real us?
Hope IX: "Hope Killers" (LIFE Group/Family)
December 8, 2019 • Paul Barnard
Hope IV “Hope Killers” Suffering causes severe things in our life (weakness, faltering and isolation) *1Pe 5:8* Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. The adversary (Against what is right) is the one is coming against you The devil-author of confusion, deception and fear —a beautiful angel of light, Prowling or roaming in his world (greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world) Like a lion- - Away from the herd - Weak and sick - Young *1Pe 5:9* Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. Resist him -Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. firm in your faith- *intervention vs. prevention* Intervention faith is faith born out of crisis (foxhole faith) Prevention faith is faith born out of discipline and intentional, planned growth (faith before the foxhole) *Conclusion:* Satan is coming. When he gets here is not the time to grow faith your faith. Grow your faith before. How is your faith at this moment? Are you planning your faith or hoping your faith? First step is repentance, second is obedience and the third is victory. Connect, Grow and Repent (turn away from sin) _*Questions:*_ 1. How do you picture Satan when you see him in your head? What does he look like? Is this reality? 2. How has connecting, growing and repenting protecting you from Satan? (specific instances) 3. How does your faith measure up? Is it an intervention faith or prevention faith? 4. What are some ways to get prevention faith not intervention?
Hope X: Hope Silenced (LIFE Group/Family)
December 15, 2019 • Paul Barnard
Hope X “Hope Silenced” Ever dealt with silence? Mal 4:4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. Mal 4:5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. Mal 4:6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.” *Imagine a life with no living direction if direction is what you have had.* No more prophets Nothing but text No more prompting Life without the spirit. _-Faith with no spirit leads to legalistic religion._ Mal 4:4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. -When there is no spirit causing momentum we tend to do only what we know. This leads to religion. -Jesus came to fulfill the law *What this leads to-* Rules with no life change Sin gauging Apathy and complacency Resentment because of hypocrisy _-God leaves them two things - HOPE and WARNING_ Mal 4:5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. Mal 4:6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, -There is an awesome day coming- -There is an answer to your pain and guilt *Questions.* 1. What are some things that grabbed you in the message? 2. How have you seen people or even yourself experience spiritless endeavors? 3. Why does rule following not work? 4. What will be the result if we as a church do not see the spirit move? 5. What will be the result in our life if we do not see the spirit move?
Hope VIII "The Decisive Moment (LIFE Group/Family)
November 24, 2019 • Paul Barnard
Hope VIII “The Decisive Moment” 1. 1Pe 4:1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 1Pe 4:2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. * The more you go through the more you should have a “don’t quit now” * “Whoever has suffered for doing right, and has still gone on obeying God in spite of the suffering it involved, has made a clear break with sin.” (Grudem) 2. 1Pe 4:3 For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. You’ve already put in your time in that God-ignorant way of life, partying night after night, a drunken and profligate life. Now it’s time to be done with it for good. MSG * Suffering always leads to a decisive moment * Your decisive moment can be your defining moment 3. 1Pe 4:4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; 1Pe 4:5 but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. * There are people all around that do not make it through the suffering and will encourage you to give in as well. * Once again, the tension rises and a decisive moment is born. * Example- Marriage suffering and the bad advice from other sufferers. Conclusion: You have a choice. Live for you or Jesus. Live for them or Jesus. Live for it or Jesus. Its time to make your decisive moment your defining moment *Life Group Questions:* 1. How does suffering cause you to be stronger in your fight against sin? 2. Have you had to decide to move forward in a time of struggle when you did not want to? What caused you to move forward? 3. Explain how your decisive moments can be you defining moments in your peronsal life. 4. How have people treated you when you abstained from sin? Negative? Positive? 5. What could Jesus have done to end His sfuffering on the cross? Did He? Should You?
Hope VII:“If you build it they will come…unfortunately.” (LIFE Group/Family)
November 17, 2019 • Paul Barnard
Hope VI “If you build it they will come…unfortunately.” 1Pe 3:13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 1Pe 3:14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, The challenger represents the challenge. Mat 10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. Mat 10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law Church people come against you when you obey the Bible as an example. Christians come against you when you hold them to their faith Organizations come against you when you stand for what you believe Family come against you when you choose God over them 1Pe 3:15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, - When you are weird people will always ask why. (John Litner) But don’t be arrogant or condescending (News reporter) 1Pe 3:16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. Slander and opposition will come. IF no one is coming against you, you are flowing with the current Conclusion: How you see the world determines how you react to it. It all comes down to who you choose to serve. Life group Questions: 1. How have you experienced opposition when doing what God called you to do? 2. What do Non-christians think about Christians and why do they think that way? 3. Why do you love people the way you do? 4. What will be the end result of other people’s slander of you when you follow Christ example?
Hope V: "Attitude of Hope" (LIFE Groups/Family)
November 10, 2019 • Paul Barnard
Intro: Do you believe the Bible? Do you trust God? What about when… *1Pe 3:8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.* *1Pe 3:9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.* -This is extremely counter culture, then and now. Injustice. -Retaliation rarely gives what it promises. -Anger satisfies the flesh. Action satisfies the anger. Action in anger creates regret. Don’t do something you are going to regret. -Stop drop and roll Pro 25:21 - 22 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. *1Pe 3:10 For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; 1Pe 3:11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.* -Good “loving life” days begin with your mouth. -Speaking deceit is saying things you don’t mean. -Seek peace (cant we all just get along)-but are you pursuing it? *1Pe 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”* -God is looking on those who are walking in Him. -God’s protection is absent and His wrath is present in those who don’t *1Pe 3:13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?* *1Pe 3:14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 1Pe 3:15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 1Pe 3:16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.* -Stepping out in faith causes even good people to come against you. sometimes it is to justify inaction or wrong action. Mat 10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. Mat 10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-lawWho do you serve? no fear -When you are weird people will always ask why. -But don’t be arrogant or condescending -Slander and opposition will come. *Conclusion:* -How you see the world determines how you react to it. -When you reflect Christ teachings and His spirit of Love in you, then you will not act in anger because you know who has your back, -watch what you say when you are emotional -and Seek peace and do what it takes to ensure peace. _*Group Questions:*_ 1. Where does “revenge” thought processes come from and what are the negatives to it? 2. How should you react to injustice against you? 3. Why do we struggle with injustice? 4. What are some practical ways that you can control reaction? 5. What are some practical ways that you can be preemptive in controlling actions?
Hope 4: "Standing Strong" (LIFE Group)
November 3, 2019 • Brad Van Cleave
HOPE IV: Standing Strong in the Face of Opposition Hope begins with a Relationship with the Rock. (John 10:10) Don’t be surprised when you face opposition. * Advancement invites opposition. * The devil doesn’t bother those who are not a threat. Behind every relational conflict there is one of three causes: * Power and Control - Who’s priorities matter and who gets to make the decisions. (Christ Centered vs Egocentric) * Closeness and Care - Do we have each other’s back and are we in this together. (LIFE Groups and Family vs Isolated and Alone) * Respect and Recognition - Do you appreciate me and do you value me? (Grace & Mercy vs Truth & Justice) I’m not going to be moved by praise or criticism! * I’m not going to let praise get into my head or criticism get into my heart! The external opposition will only be as loud as my internal insecurities allow them to be. * Self Awareness and Accountability * If you want to change the other change yourself * If you want to be join the team and bring Hope and change to the world, share with the world how Hope and change has been brought to you The greater the opposition, the greater the opportunity for our God to fight for you. If I’m not ready to face opposition for my obedience to God, I’m not ready to be used by God! LIFE/Family Group Questions: 1. When you face opposition, how do you usually respond? 2. Why is it important for us to remember that we answer to God and no one else? 3. How have you received God’s Mercy and seen Him fight for you? 4. How can you prepare yourself for the opposition you will face as you pursue God’s work?
Hope III: "Action Time"
October 27, 2019 • Paul Barnard
Hope III “Action time” 1Pe 1:13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1Pe 1:14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, * Go back to what conformed you and be set free * Your past doesn’t determine your future 1Pe 1:15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 1Pe 1:16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” * Clean or pure (get the dirt out) 1Pe 1:17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 1Pe 1:18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 1Pe 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. * There are things handed down to you that need to be addressed * Transformation is a given when we understand what the blood of Jesus did 1Pe 1:20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 1Pe 1:21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. * Leaving the disfunction of hoping in the world and its worth *Life group questions:* Have you identified a weakness? How has it affected you in life? What is the difficulty that we have in searching out the root of our problems? What does our identity in Christ have to do with our weakness? What can we do this week to begin to break chains of our past?
Hope 1: Living Hope
October 13, 2019 • Paul Barnard
Hope I “Living Hope” Life is very difficult. Can you imagine what it must be like for people who do not know Jesus and have no hope? Worry anxiety fear. Denying the power of God in our lives increases the power of fear in our lives. *1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,* Life is hard, ministry is hard and sometimes you don’t see a way out Lam 3:21 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: Lam 3:22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; Lam 3:23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. - Living hope never stops *1Pe 1:4 to an inheritance-* We have ownership of this hope it does not depend on circumstances We need to operate with understanding of this ownership It will change the way we view people considered to be lost causes People may say there is no hope. But that is not the case for me. t*hat is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept-* *in heaven for you,* Imperishable- It doesn’t fade like others forms of hope Undefiled- It is for your good- Rom 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Kept by God *1Pe 1:5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith-* *for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.* The hope is guarded by faith Faith in Christ It is ok if the answer is not revealed to us in our time *Life Group-* 1. Why does giving up seem to be a viable option for Christians? 2. How does “living” hope change our way of seeing a negative situation? 3. Give an example of how certain circumstances in our lives present a “no way out” situation. Is there truly no way out? 4. How does our faith affect our hope? 5. What is something the devil tries to convince you is without hope?
October 6, 2019 • Teen Challenge
Teen Challenge Life group questions: 1. Why is it important that OFC exposes ministries like this? 2. What does this ministry say about the mission and vision of OFC? 3. How can we get more involved in the day to day ministry at OFC? 4. What are some thigns that cause us to get inward focus and not outward? 5. What are some of the challenges people in addiction face? How can we help?
Service From the Heart (copy)
September 29, 2019 • Matt Temple
John 13:1-17 *John 13:2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him. *The cross is a sign of submission, so the towel is the sign of service. * Forgiveness / Service John 13:14, 15, if I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Who is the greatest? Luke 9:46 An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. * When ever there is trouble over who is the greatest there is trouble over who is the least. * Most of us know we will never be the greatest, just don’t let us be the least *Self-righteous service Versus True Service* Self-righteous service * Comes through human effort. Large amounts of energy calculating the benefits * Requires external rewards./ It has to be seen. * Highly concerned with results./ it wants to see if the person served will reciprocate True Service * Comes through a relationship with a divine other deep inside( God ). * Can serve enemies as freely as friends. * Indiscriminately welcomes all opportunities to serve. 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. Nothing disciplines the inordinate desire to the flesh like service, and nothing transforms the desire of the flesh like serving in hiddenness. Inordinate - Unusual or disproportionately large; excessive. Service in hiddenness is a rebuke to the flesh and can deal a fatal blow to pride. *Yes.....But!* Excuses/The hesitancy to serve. * Fear - If I do that, people will take advantage of me; they will walk all over me. * Slavery - Paul Boasted of being a slave/servant to Christ. (Love Slave) * The slave, who out of love, has freely chosen to remain a slave. * Who can hurt someone who has freely chosen to be stepped on. * If we give free rain to the desires of the flesh then we will find it hard to train for the service of Christ. *Service where we live.* We must seek to perceive what service looks like where we live. * Life * Family * Community Service is not a list of thing we do, its a way of living. The Service of guarding the reputation of others. * Church this size / community this small * A spiteful tongue strikes a deadly blow in all who hear him speak. * Like an infection it starts to destroy parts of the body with those who hear and with those who repeat it. Guarding the reputation of others is a deep and lasting *service.* There are many acts of service. * Service of Hospitality, Listening, Sharing. *Challenge* John 13:16-17 * God calls us to the ministry of the towel, flowing from the inter recesses of the heart. * So instead of a scepter we need a hoe. Perhaps you would like to begin your expermenting with a prayer. Lord as it would please you bring me someone to serve today. *Life Group Questions* 1. How can we model Jesus's act of service to in our own life to our Family and the community? 2. What are some ways you have struggled with self-rightouse service? 3. Called to the ministry of the towel (service), how can we serve our enemies as easily as we serve our friends? 4. How can we guard the reputation of others with our service? 5. What is your biggest struggle in serving that you need to take to God and repent from?
Do you want to be healed, really?
09/22/19 • September 22, 2019 • Paul Barnard
DO YOU WANT to be healed? Do you really want it? Joh 5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Joh 5:2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. Joh 5:3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 1. *We live in a society that loves excuses. We build around crutches for people not to accomplish God’s will in their lives.* Joh 5:5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. Joh 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 1. *This is the question isn’t it? We all want change we just don’t want to change. * * Where is the line or threshold for your commitment?* Joh 5:7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 1. *What is your reason for not being who God wanted you to be? where does it come from.* Joh 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” Joh 5:9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. 1. *You cannot operate on a “one foot in and one foot out” mentality. If you want healing throw the bed (the thing you cling to) away and walk.* *Life group Questions:* Why do we have issues with totally selling out to God? What crutches or excuses do you have for remaining in sin? Finish this sentence: “I would do anything for my faith, unless I have to*______* Why can’t we make up our mind concerning our commitment to faith or to ourselves?
Stages V - "Restoration" (copy)
September 15, 2019 • Paul Barnard
Stages V: The Restoration Joe 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Joe 2:29 Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. *The overwhelming Presence of God* *The pouring out of His Spirit* Joe 2:30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. Joe 2:31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. Joe 2:32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls. Joe 3:1 “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, *Full restoration of grace and wholeness* *Judah’s fortune was found in their contentment with God’s love* Then- He steps in front of us Joe 3:2 I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land, Joe 3:3 and have cast lots for my people, and have traded a boy for a prostitute, and have sold a girl for wine and have drunk it. Joe 3:4 “What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will return your payment on your own head swiftly and speedily. Joe 3:5 For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples. Joe 3:6 You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their own border. Joe 3:7 Behold, I will stir them up from the place to which you have sold them, and I will return your payment on your own head. Joe 3:8 I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far away, for the LORD has spoken.” Joe 3:9 Proclaim this among the nations: Consecrate for war; stir up the mighty men. Let all the men of war draw near; let them come up. Joe 3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, “I am a warrior.” Joe 3:11 Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD. Joe 3:12 Let the nations stir themselves up and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. Joe 3:13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Go in, tread, for the winepress is full. The vats overflow, for their evil is great. Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. Joe 3:15 The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining. Joe 3:16 The LORD roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake. But the LORD is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the people of Israel. Joe 3:17 “So you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who dwells in Zion, my holy mountain. And Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers shall never again pass through it. *Oh what a Savior!!!!* Joe 3:18 “And in that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the streambeds of Judah shall flow with water; and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the LORD and water the Valley of Shittim. LIFE Group Questions: 1. Have you ever had a time in your life when you felt the overwhelming presence of God? What was that like? 2. How does materialism affect our view of God’s restoration in our lives? 3. How does it change the way you view life knowing God’s protection and provision is or isn’t there? 4. If the Lord is saying He will protect us, why do we fear when the world quakes around us?