Passport - Week 3
What is your reaction to Melody and Joe's story of how the Body of Christ has helped them grow in maturity, ministry and victory?
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
God wants to do to you what he's going to do through you.
How do these apply to Melody and Joe's story? How could they apply to your story?
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?
Who has the memory work down for this week? Try it.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
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.
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.