Crisis Will Bring Growth

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Crisis Will Bring Growth

So today, we are going to learn that within the church, a crisis will bring growth.

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Acts 11:19-30, Acts 12:25 – 13:3

Key Point

A Crisis Will Bring Growth

Discussion | Crisis Will Bring Growth

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Discussion | Crisis Will Bring Growth

A crisis will bring growth. We learned that the Church was growing and that the early Christian church was spending a lot of time with God. Because of all this time spent with God, the Antioch church responded to a famine prediction that would impact the entire Roman Empire. They collected a lot of money to help the believers in Jerusalem and Judea. They then sensed God wanting to send Barnabas and Saul for a special work, which we will find out more about tomorrow.

A crisis will bring growth. We learned that the Church was growing and that the early Christian church was spending a lot of time with God. Because of all this time spent with God, the Antioch church responded to a famine prediction that would impact the entire Roman Empire. They collected a lot of money to help the believers in Jerusalem and Judea. They then sensed God wanting to send Barnabas and Saul for a special work, which we will find out more about tomorrow.

Discussion | To Live is Christ To Die is Gain

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Discussion | To Live is Christ To Die is Gain

Today we learned that to live is Christ and to die is gain. Saul Angered the Jewish Leaders by proving that Jesus was the Messiah. The Jewish leaders got so irritated that they actually tried to murder him. Unbelievably this happened twice in about a week. Once in Damascus and once in Jerusalem. In this story, we see that he is fully living his life for Christ, and if he dies because of it, he will then be in heaven and better off anyway!

Today we learned that to live is Christ and to die is gain. Saul Angered the Jewish Leaders by proving that Jesus was the Messiah. The Jewish leaders got so irritated that they actually tried to murder him. Unbelievably this happened twice in about a week. Once in Damascus and once in Jerusalem. In this story, we see that he is fully living his life for Christ, and if he dies because of it, he will then be in heaven and better off anyway!

To Live is Christ To Die is Gain

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To Live is Christ To Die is Gain

Key Point

Last week we were introduced to Saul. He was a persecutor of Christians and worked tirelessly to squash the Christian movement. Before we get into the background of the story, the key lesson for us all to learn today is this “to live is Christ to die is gain” Now that is a direct quote from a passage of scripture found in Phillippians 1:21 ‘For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.’ We are going to learn a bit more about what that means after our story. 

No One is Beyond Reach

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No One is Beyond Reach

Key Point

Today’s story teaches us that No One is Beyond Reach. In this case, we are speaking about the love of God and his forgiveness.

I often have friends that would say if they were to enter a church they would be sent away, or told to leave. As if they have done something so wrong or terrible that it is somehow beyond God’s forgiveness. That isn’t true.

God sent Jesus, His only son, to die for the sins of everyone; which includes every single person – past, present and future! This is remarkable. Today we are going to see God reach someone who would have been considered evil and wicked… even by today’s standards,

Discussion | No One is Beyond Reach

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Discussion | No One is Beyond Reach

No One is Beyond Reach. Today we learned about Saul, God’s forgiveness of Saul’s sins and God’s willingness to make Saul new through the Holy Spirit. We learned that no matter how hurt or broken or sinful we may feel, we are never out of the reach of God’s love!

No One is Beyond Reach. Today we learned about Saul, God’s forgiveness of Saul’s sins and God’s willingness to make Saul new through the Holy Spirit. We learned that no matter how hurt or broken or sinful we may feel, we are never out of the reach of God’s love!

We are Sent Together

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We are Sent Together

Key Point

The lesson this week is, We are sent together! We were never meant to serve God by ourselves. We are to serve God together.

Discussion | We are Sent Together

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Discussion | We are Sent Together

It is time to discuss the story “We are Sent Together.” In today’s story, we learn about Jesus sending his disciples out two by two. He only let them take the sandals and clothes they were wearing and a walking stick. Jesus sent them out in pairs to preach and heal, which is precisely what they did. They had only God and other people to rely on, which is pretty incredible.

It is time to discuss the story “We are Sent Together.” In today’s story, we learn about Jesus sending his disciples out two by two. He only let them take the sandals and clothes they were wearing and a walking stick. Jesus sent them out in pairs to preach and heal, which is precisely what they did. They had only God and other people to rely on, which is pretty incredible.

Don’t Understand? Trust God Anyway

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Don’t Understand? Trust God Anyway

Key Point

If you don’t understand, trust God anyway. The Bible is overwhelming at times! But don’t let that discourage you from reading more or continuing to learn from it. Remember, you do not have to figure it all out! God often reveals things over time, which leads me to the lesson of the week. We do not have to understand God to trust God.

Discussion | Don’t Understand? Trust God Anyway

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Discussion | Don’t Understand? Trust God Anyway.

Even if you or I don’t understand God’s instructions, we all should trust God anyway because he is good and faithful to us.

Abraham has been given a promise from God to be the father of a great nation. His son Isaac has been born to him and his wife, Sarah. He is told by God to sacrifice Isaac to God. This instruction from God is crazy, and they don’t really talk about, but then Abraham leads Isaac to the top of a mountain where they build an altar. He then ties Isaac to the Alter, and with his knife in his hand, he is ready to sacrifice his son Isaac, but God shouts, “Abraham, Abraham Stop.”

Abraham listens and is probably panicked and sweating and overwhelmed with emotion! God stops, and what we see that it is more about Abraham’s willingness to obey and trust God in this crazy colossal ask from God!

Rememer You Don’t have to Understand God’s instructions, to trust God.

Even if you or I don’t understand God’s instructions, we all should trust God anyway because he is good and faithful to us.

Abraham has been given a promise from God to be the father of a great nation. His son Isaac has been born to him and his wife, Sarah. He is told by God to sacrifice Isaac to God. This instruction from God is crazy, and they don’t really talk about, but then Abraham leads Isaac to the top of a mountain where they build an altar. He then ties Isaac to the Alter, and with his knife in his hand, he is ready to sacrifice his son Isaac, but God shouts, “Abraham, Abraham Stop.”

Abraham listens and is probably panicked and sweating and overwhelmed with emotion! God stops, and what we see that it is more about Abraham’s willingness to obey and trust God in this crazy colossal ask from God!

Rememer You Don’t have to Understand God’s instructions, to trust God.