Every week Mount Olive Church shares the word of God with people in Central Alberta. Audio recordings of our Sunday services are made available to you through iTunes.
Questions from this weeks message.
As I work with people who are struggling with harmful behaviors, there are 6 things that we primarily focus on. Personally, I think these 6 things are important for anyone who wants to live a life in freedom. Not freedom from but, freedom for! Take a few minutes this week to ask yourself where you are at in each of these areas. 1. The unconditional love of our Father God.
How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:7 But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15
2. Holy Spirit role in your life.
But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representativethat is, the Holy Spirithe will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. John 14:26
3. The significance of daily:
Bible reading Prayer Meditation Journaling Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua 1:8
4. Understanding our addictive cycle.
I cannot unpack the full meaning of this here but, its basically understanding how our brains are wired. How years of harmful behaviors have programed us to act/respond a certain way to pain, stress, etc. Why do we do the things we dont want to do? I dont really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I dont do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. Romans 7: 15-17
Do you have a small group of people that really know you? People that you meet with on a regular basis to hold you accountable. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10: 24,25
6. Your DOC (Drug of Choice)
this can be a substance, a thing or even a way of thinking that helps to avoid your pain or wound. Often times we put this as number one on the list! Stop smoking, stop drinking, stop watching porn, stop getting angry. As we understand Gods unconditional love for us, the working of His Spirit in our lives, the importance of spending time with Him, how our brain works and the importance of community, we are able to find freedom from our DOC.
What is your DOC? How do you numb your pain?
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My Money | Give
2 Corinthians 9:6-15 (NIV)
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever. Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lords people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
Because God gave, give like God gave.
Questions from this weeks Sermon
1. What insight, principle or observation from this weeks message did you find to be most helpful, eye opening or troubling? Please explain.
2. In thinking about money in 3 main categories (Live - Save Give) Why might the order of these categories matter? When you get money, in which order does it get used up?
3. When you think of giving or maybe even tithing, what comes to your mind, how do you view it in your life mentally, and practically?
4.Read 2 Corinthians 9:6. According to this passage, how were the early Christians called to give? Do you think this was a specific rule only for them, or a general rule for believers even today, why?
5. Do you see yourself generous, or tight financially? What would it take for you to grow in generosity?
6. Read 2 Corinthians 9:7a. Paul asks believers to give intentionally. Do you have a plan in your giving, if so what is it? If not, why not? What will you do this week to put a plan in place? If you just starting out, start small (maybe 2% of your income), and then put a plan in place to grow it.
7. Read 2 Corinthians 9:7b. What attitude should we give with? Why is it possible for Christians to give with joy (think gospelJ)?
8. Read 9:6 again. How could this verse point to the idea that if we give God will bless us financially? Read verse 8-15. How does Paul define the way in which God blesses us (hint: He doesnt talk at all about financial blessing)?
9. Alvin said: Because God gavegive like God gave. Generously, Intentionally, Cheerfully. How has God given in those three ways? In which of the 3 do you need to grow most? What will you do this week to initiate that change and growth? Which barriers or excuses do you need to overcome to accomplish that growth/change?
Give Generously: Because God gave generously.
Give intentionally: As God gave intentionally. Be intentional, make a plan.
Give Cheerfully: Hebrews tells us that Jesus, for the joy set before him endured the cross. He gave cheerfully with joy knowing who his Father is. Know who your Father God is, and for the joy before you, give cheerfully.
Because God gave, give like God gave.
Call to Action
This week sit down and make a plan to give. And then start, this week start giving
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