If you didn’t make it to the James River Church Men’s Bible Study – at 6am – don’t worry. We will post the videos that are watched and discussed here. This is a fantastic set of videos from the book of Daniel. Enjoy!
Here is the Video Link to the video we will be watching and discussing tonight. The 3rd in Perry Noble’s series on grace:
Here’s the video link to the message we watched Thursday night. The second in a series on Grace. Check it out. https://newspring.cc/sermons/too-good-to-be-true/he-carried-me
Discipleships 6 Inconvenient Truths:
- Disciple = Follower – Anyone following is a disciple
- We often confuse leadership with discipleship.
- Followers are not always leaders.
1. The ultimate mark of a disciple is obedience to what we know.
- It doesn’t mean extrovert
- It means faith to trust and follow.
- There should not be a split between evangelism and discipleship.
- A disciple learns to obey. Followers are those who keep “my” commandments.
- Obedience doesn’t always equal passion, excitement, or extreme personality.
- Don’t “ADD” to the definition of disciple.
- Everything beyond obedience is frosting.
2. Spiritual Growth is seldom a linear process.
- People don’t grow in an organized fashion.
- Our spiritual growth is often more of a “meandering path” than a stair step.
- People learn when life gets thrown at them more than when they should.
- Create the environment for organic growth. Don’t force it.
- Growth Moments:
- When you Need to Know Moments
- When you Need to Grow moments
- Keep people with Christ/The Bible and Keep people with other Christians – So that they will have the tools they need when life strikes deep.
3. No two personal relationships are ever alike.
- Relations deal with individual people.
- Work with people within their uniqueness.
- Don’t make people into who you are.
- Religion is one size fits all. Just do it this way.
- The Heart of a leader
- The Mindset of a leader
- We can be like a fish out of water…We read scripture through the lens of our experience.
- The Early Church Met in Homes.
- Elders (from-Titus/Timothy) House churches don’t have “boards” or “board meetings.”
- Elders – were simply older people…who often oversaw stuff.
- Life Group Leaders – are elders.
- Timothy and Titus – The lists of qualifications are different…Paul wasn’t into engineering qualifications – bottom line: beyond reproach.
- Life Groups are THE HUB of ministry. Even in a church of 200 or more.
- For a House Church – 200 is huge.
- We need a place where you can go beyond “I’m Fine.”
- A church cannot grow to maturity with small groups.
1 Peter 5 – Be shepherds who are willing, eager to serve, not lording it over those you are entrusted too.
And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. (1 Peter 5:1-3 NLT)
To Lead Life Groups Well:
1. Think Like a Shepherd.
- Shepherd the flock that is under your care.
- Shepherd your flock rather than using you flock to reach others you want.
- Meet the needs of those you have. Even the EGR’s (extra grace required.)
- Psalm 23 – Protects – Provides – Hides.
- It’s always about the sheep – not the shepherd.
- It means being willing to be misunderstood. (He makes me lie down.) Setting the standard and sometimes standing firm when needed. There will be times when you won’t be understood, liked, or appreciated.
- It means that I must be willing to adapt to their limitations (EGR’s). It’s not about idealism. It’s about where the group is. Heb 4 – Jesus sympathizes with our weaknesses. Watch out for “gift projection” trying to make others just like you. Adapt to their limitations don’t put up with their sin! Don’t let people set up camp in sin. But when they are struggling give grace
- It means not letting one sheep destroy the flock. If one needs to be cut out. Cut them out (if needed). Maybe we need to quarantine the one who is poisoned. Don’t “just be nice” while the group falls apart.
1. What is Wisdom?
Proverbs 9:10 The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord; the knowledge of the holy one is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10 CEB)
- Wisdom is living in awe of God.
- Godly wisdom calls us to walk in integrity.
- Take what we’ve heard, apply it and share it.
2. Where do you find Wisdom?
- God wants us to be wise
James 1:5 – But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask. (James 1:5 CEB)
Proverbs 1:20 – Wisdom shouts in the street; in the public square she raises her voice. Above the noisy crowd, she calls out. At the entrances of the city gates, she has her say: “How long will you clueless people love your naïveté, mockers hold their mocking dear, and fools hate knowledge? You should respond when I correct you. Look, I’ll pour out my spirit on you. I’ll reveal my words to you. (Proverbs 1:20-23 CEB)
Eph 5 – Understand what God’s will is. The steps of a righteous man are ordered of The Lord.
Proverbs 8:1 – Doesn’t Wisdom cry out and Understanding shout? Atop the heights along the path, at the crossroads she takes her stand. By the gate before the city, at the entrances she shouts: I cry out to you, people; my voice goes out to all of humanity. Understand skill, you who are naive. Take this to heart, you fools. (Proverbs 8:1-5 CEB)
God fights for our attention.
Proverbs 2:2 – Turn your ear toward wisdom, and stretch your mind toward understanding. Call out for insight, and cry aloud for understanding. Seek it like silver; search for it like hidden treasure. Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and discover the knowledge of God. The Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:2-6 CEB)
- Get around wise people
- Ask them “What’s up?”
3. Why do we need Wisdom?
A) Wisdom builds the house…not rules.
Proverbs 24:3 – By wisdom a house is built; by understanding it is established. (Proverbs 24:3 CEB)
Proverbs 10:21 – The lips of the righteous nourish many people, but fools who lack sense will die. (Proverbs 10:21 CEB)
B) Wisdom protects us
Proverbs 4:6 – Don’t abandon her, and she will guard you. Love her, and she will protect you. The beginning of wisdom: Get wisdom! Get understanding before anything else. Highly esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will honor you if you embrace her. (Proverbs 4:6-8 CEB)
Proverbs 2:12 – Wisdom will rescue you from the evil path, from people who twist their words. Wisdom will rescue you from the mysterious woman, from the foreign woman with her slick words. (Proverbs 2:12, 16 CEB)
C) Wisdom will give you confidence and contentment
Proverns 3:21 – My son, don’t let them slip from your eyes; hold on to sound judgment and discretion. (Proverbs 3:21 CEB)
Proverbs 3:23 – Then you will walk safely on your path, and your foot won’t stumble. (Proverbs 3:23 CEB)
Proverbs 19:23 – The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by harm. (Proverbs 19:23 CEB)
D) Wisdom brings honor and financial blessing
Proverbs 3:4 – Then you will find favor and approval in the eyes of God and humanity. (Proverbs 3:4 CEB)
Proverbs 3:16 – In her right hand is a long life; in her left are wealth and honor. (Proverbs 3:16 CEB)
Proverbs 3:35 – The wise gain respect, but fools receive shame. (Proverbs 3:35 CEB)
E) Wisdom is not just for ourselves – We are blessed so that we might bless.
2 Chronicles 1:10-11 – Give me wisdom and knowledge so I can lead this people, because no one can govern this great people of yours without your help.” God said to Solomon, “Since this is what you wish, and because you’ve asked for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I’ve made you king—rather than asking for wealth, riches, fame, victory over those who hate you, or even a long life— your request for wisdom and knowledge is granted. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame beyond that of any king before you or after you.” (2 Chronicles 1:10-12 CEB)
- Wisdom is given so that we might share it with others.
- Wisdom is not to be hoarded.