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Why Build a Spiritual Life Plan?

Friday, February 22, 2019

Why Build a Spiritual Life Plan?

This month we’re talking about building a spiritual life plan. Last week we looked at a 7-Step system that we can employ as we craft our spiritual goals. Those goals need to be specific, measurable, actionable, risky, time-keyed, exciting, and relevant.

After we set our spiritual goals and set out in excitement and anticipation, reality will set in. We get caught in what Donald Miller calls “the messy middle.” How do you get through it? In life, anything meaningful we undertake will be met with obstacles, set-backs, and even failure. Sometimes, after we start we begin to wonder why we started all  of this to begin with. 

This week, we’ll discuss the importance of identifying and connecting with the motivations for each of our goals. The tough stretches will come and we can’t skip them. So, how do we do it?

On Sunday, we’ll do four things:

  1. Talk about the myth of fast, fun, and easy.
  2. Learn four strategies that help us resist fast, fun, and easy.
  3. Learn how to discover our why.
  4. Learn how to make all this work.

As you prepare for Sunday’s worship, please be thinking about these questions:

  • How is the myth of fast, fun, & easy affecting you and your persistence in achieving your spiritual goals?
  • Why must remember there are no exceptions when it comes to facing obstacles and failure on the road to success?
  • What do you think about the quote: “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.”
  • How can we overcome a sense of entitlement?
  • Why do we need an emotional attachment to our goals?

Song Leader: Jim Rutter

Scripture reading: Justin Spargo (Hebrews 12.11-13)

How to Construct Your Spiritual Goals

Friday, February 15, 2019

This month we’re talking about building a spiritual life plan. Over the past few weeks we’ve talked about the problem of limiting beliefs and how we must conquer them. We’ve also talked about how completing your past is an essential to designing a better future. 

In this week’s lesson we’ll talk about how to set your spiritual goals by taking the information off of our spiritual assessment (p. 6-7 in this year’s Vision Book) and writing down some goals for growth and improvement. Putting your plans in writing is an absolute essential to your success. It brings clarity to what you want and spurns you to action. It allows you to measure your success and gives you the opportunity to experience the power Paul mentioned in Ephesians 3.20-21.

On Sunday, we’ll do three things:

  1. Discover seven characteristics of effective goal setting.
  2. Learn the difference between an achievement goal and a habit goal.
  3. See how God’s word calls on us to stretch ourselves and move forward in faith.

As you prepare for Sunday’s worship, please be thinking about these questions:

  • Why do you think clarity in setting goals is so important?
  • Why do you think setting measurable goals is so important?
  • How do deadlines spurn action?
  • Why should your goals be relevant to your particular season of life?
  • Why is being comfortable overrated?

Song Leader: Dru McLaughlin

Scripture Reading: Joel Zehring (Matthew 20.29-34)

Complete Your Past

Friday, February 08, 2019

Complete Your Past

This month we’re talking about building a spiritual life plan. Last week we talked about the problem of limiting beliefs and how we must conquer them. This week we’ll see how completing the past is an essential to designing a better future. While we might wish to ignore the past, it must be addressed. If we choose to ignore it, it will continually haunt us. 

The beauty of Christianity is that it provides us with the ability to do away with the burdens we bear. Jesus offers help, Matthew 11.28-30. God asks us to cast our cares on Him, 1 Peter 5.6-7. He begs us to accept His forgiveness, Hebrews 8.12. And, He promises a new identity, Colossians 3.9b-10. 

We all have a past. We all make mistakes, fail, and sin. What can we do going forward to process these things and begin building our future in a way that glorifies God?

On Sunday, we’ll do three things:

  1. Learn how to conduct an after action review.
  2. Learn how regret can actually reveal opportunities.
  3. Discover how gratitude can be an advantage to us.

As you prepare for Sunday’s worship, please be thinking about these questions:

  • After a win or loss in life, have you ever conducted an after action review?
  • Why is it important to take credit for the things you are doing right?
  • What happens when we fail to learn from our mistakes?
  • What do we normally do with our regrets?
  • Is there a connection between gratitude and goal achievement?

Song Leader: Randy Mullins

Scripture Reading: Ben Baker - Philippians 3.12-14

What Do You Believe About Yourself?

Friday, February 01, 2019

What Do You Believe About Yourself?

Over the last few months we discussed the importance of planning for the future. Looking ahead at the culture and its effects on Christian families can certainly make us nervous. As we began 2019, we've encouraged you to spend  more time in prayer and personal reflection. 

What areas of your spiritual and personal life need improvement? All good preparation begins with self-examination. 

Once self examination is complete, it's time to build a plan. During February, we want to help you develop a spiritual life plan that will help you navigate this world and be prepared for the one that is to come. Today, we'll begin the journey by challenging you to think about what you believe about yourself. We'll learn:

  1. What you think matters.
  2. There are two types of thinkers.
  3. What limiting beliefs are.
  4. How to upgrade your beliefs.
  5. How to revise your beliefs.
  6. See how Christianity begins by transforming your mind.

As you prepare for Sunday’s worship, please be thinking about these questions:

  • What fact does Solomon reveal about our heart in Proverbs 4.23?
  • What does the term limiting belief mean to you?
  • How often do you find yourself struggling to get over your circumstances?
  • What limiting beliefs did Moses display in Exodus 3.10-4.13?
  • How did Paul encourage the Ephesian church to get past any limiting beliefs? (Ephesians 1.18-23; 3.20) 

Whoever is of God Hears the Words of God

Friday, January 04, 2019

Whoever is of God Hears the Words of God

Self examination has always been difficult - but it is extremely hard in post-modern culture. We have largely, as a culture, become so open-minded that we stand for nothing. If there is a sin, it is operating with moral and religious certainty and authority. In the minds of some, sin is the preaching of Christian principles with conviction. 

As we’ll see on Sunday, everything begins with a Biblical worldview. We must have the belief that God’s word is inspired, infallible, and authoritative. We must possess a commitment to one way - God’s way. 

In reality, it’s all that matters - if we have fully committed to allowing Christ to reign over our heart.

On Sunday we’ll identify six words with truth:

  1. Objectivity
  2. Rationality
  3. Veracity
  4. Authority
  5. Incompatibility
  6. Integrity

As you get ready for worship, be thinking about these things:

  • What are some of your experiences with post-modern thought?
  • Why do you think it is so important to have a Biblical worldview?
  • What does objectivity mean?
  • What are some ways we can eliminate personal bias as we study God’s word?
  • What is the purpose of law?

Sunday Song Leader: Randy Mullins

Sunday Scripture Reading: Rich Jacobs

TEXT: John 8.39-47

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