Passport (Week 3)
Kingdom Family - Belonging to the fellowship
PASSPORT - WEEK 3
Last week after dealing with prayer and Bible reading, we ended with this:
What will you do this week to be more engaged with the Lord? Next week we'll bring a report on how we have been doing.
So how did it go? Were you more engaged? What were the results of that engagement?
Tim Davidson says that God has given us a church family for the following reasons.
This group of fellow Christians encourages and strengthens you. Good Christian friends will have a hugely positive impact on helping you stay close to Jesus. The reverse can also be true. Some friends will drag you back into sin and away from the Lord. Many have ignored this truth to their own destruction.
Your family will love you. They have to - it’s in the Book. We are to accept one another as Christ accepted us.
The church will give you a place to embark on the greatest mission of the universe: serving the King of kings. You can find your gifts and abilities. There is no unemployment in the kingdom. You get to do the stuff.
Your church family will rub against you and reveal your pettiness, selfishness and shallow love. Someone has said: “Marriage is designed to grind.” So is the church. You find that person in your home group annoying? Of course you do! He or she is God’s way of smoothing your rough edges.
Which of these 4 reasons has meant the most to you? Which do you need the most right now?
1 John 2:12-14
I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
In your own words, how would you describe spiritual children, young adults and parents?
What stage are you?
How could you move to the next stage? How could the group help you?
Is anyone ready to be baptized? If you have made it personal, then it’s time to make it public!
Let's recite our memory work.
Why is love between Christians such a powerful witness in our world?
At this point in your meeting, have THE MEN GO WITH THE MEN and THE WOMEN GO WITH THE WOMEN to private locations.
But first remember the guidelines for our small groups:
What is shared here, stays here
Everyone is encouraged to participate
No one is allowed to dominate
Passport - Week 3 - Day 4
A stronghold is a fortified place where a power has control. It is usually a small but intensely guarded area. The word is used 18 times in the Bible to refer to battle conditions where armies hid in strongholds. It is also used to describe an inner condition in which Satan still has power to control part of a Christian's life. It could be a sin like pornography, envy or gossip. It could be an unhealed wound from the past - abuse, neglect, harsh criticism - around which has formed unforgiveness and coping patterns. It could be an addiction or occult involvement. Christians in the "young woman [and man]" stage are overcoming the strongholds in their lives through spiritual disciplines and the help of others. Addressing strongholds is a central theme of this course.
As the quote says, "Addressing strongholds is a central theme of this course". So we will have ongoing opportunities to deal them. Today, let's begin answering these two questions ...
What strongholds do you want to defeat in your life? How can your group help you win this victory?
Finish by praying for each other.