3 Things Grace Always Does – Perry Noble – New Spring Church

Here is the Video Link to the video we will be watching and discussing tonight.  The 3rd in Perry Noble’s series on grace:

https://newspring.cc/sermons/too-good-to-be-true/three-things-grace-always-does

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Christ Within

From:  Meyer, F. B. The Secret of Guidance (Moody Classics). New ed. publication place: Moody Publishers, 2010.

“I am distinctly told in Scripture that Christ, though He is on the throne in His ascended glory, is also within me by the Holy Spirit. I confess I do not feel Him there. Often amidst the assault of temptation or the fury of the storm that sweeps over the surface of my nature, I cannot detect His form or hear Him say, “It is I.” But I dare to believe He is there; not without me, but within; not as a transient sojourner for a night, but as a perpetual inmate; not altered by my changes from earnestness to lethargy, from the summer of love to the winter of despondency, but always and unchangeably the same. And I say again and again, “Jesus, You are here. I am not worthy that You should abide under my roof; but You have come. Assert Yourself. Put down all rule, and authority, and power. Come out of Your secret chamber, and possess all that is within me, that it may bless Your holy name.”

 

On seeking God’s Guidance

From:  Meyer, F. B. The Secret of Guidance (Moody Classics). New ed. publication place:         Moody Publishers, 2010.

“We have no need or right to run hither and thither to ask our friends what we ought to
do; but there is no harm in our taking pains to gather all reliable information, on which
the flame of holy thought and consecrated purpose may feed and grow strong. It is for
us ultimately to decide as God shall teach us, but His voice may come to us through the
voice of sanctified common sense, acting on the materials we have collected. Of course
at times God may bid us act against our reason, but these times are very exceptional;
and then our duty will be so clear that there can be no mistake. But for the most part
God will speak in the results of deliberate consideration, weighing and balancing the
pros and cons.
When Peter was shut up in prison and could not possibly extricate himself, an angel
was sent to do for him what he could not do for himself; but when they had passed
through a street or two of the city, the angel left him to consider the matter for himself.
Thus God treats us still. He will dictate a miraculous course by miraculous methods. But
when the ordinary light of reason is adequate to the task, He will leave us to act as
occasion may serve.”

4 Directives For Victory – Priscilla Shirer – JRC

Opening Thoughts:

  • It’s amazing how your countenance changes when you discover what your enemy thinks about you.
  • When we understand where stand, who’s on our team, and how the enemy quakes when we come out in Christ.
  • Whether we believe it or not…Our enemy knows.
  • In the end we win.
  • Don’t live without the knowledge that we are victorious.

Ex. 14 – The people are released from Egypt and days into their journey.
Ex. 14:13-14 – But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” (‭Exodus‬ ‭14‬:‭13-14‬ NLT)

  • The Lord will do the fighting for you…if you just stay calm!!!
  • We have the promise of victory.
  • There is no manipulation.
  • Victory has already been given to you. – Just stay calm.

Moses gives 4 Directives for Victory (Assured by Yahweh “I Am”)

1. Be Fearless (Do not be afraid)
2. Be Still
3. Be Watchful
4. Be Quiet/calm

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JRC Life Group Leaders Conference Session 3

Larry Osborne 

  •  The reason you want your groups to be sticky is so that you/we can fulfill the great commission. Not just because you want to get bigger.
  • It’s not about church growth, but the great commisson
  • In today’s world there is no brand loyalty.
  • If people don’t like what they hear – they will go elsewhere.
  • People leave easily
  • There is loyalty to: SIGNIFICANT FRIENDSHIPS.
  • The Mission is SIGNIFICANT FRIENDSHIPS FOR CHRIST.
  • RELATIONSHIPS OVER CONTENT. (Although content is important.)
  • If you don’t get this…you’ve failed. Know the names of the people over the title of the message.
  • It’s the friendships that will keep people coming when they hear something they don’t like.

Small Group Myths:

1. Assimilation is not retention

  • Assimilation is about getting new people into something. 
  • Retention is for everyone, and getting them to stay for the long haul.
  • A revolving door with scew your statistics.
  • Retention is greater than assimilation.

2. A Sticky Group must be a healthy group.

  • You have to take care of your leaders.
  • The leaders are more important than the sheep.
  • Make sure the leaders stay healthy. – and are able to effectively deal with the EGR’s without burning out.
  • This is why groups take breaks during the summer. (To maintain the leaders sanity).

3. Friendliness is not Connection.

  • Being friendly is not connecting.
  • People are like legos – with connecting dots.
  • The moment your connectors are full you will be friendly, but not connect.
  • Meet new people – Invite them over for a barbeque. (Take the next step…)
  • When your connectors are not full you will connect.
  • Don’t be friendly – Connect.
  • How can you connect with people – and not just be friendly.
  • New groups for new people – Becuase their connectors are eqully empty.
  • SEE PEOPLE AS LEGOS AND ASK – ARE THEY CONNECTED.
  • IF YOU MEET PEOPLE – DON’T THEN IGNORE THEM. DON’T LEAD THEM ON…

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JRC Life Groups Leaders Conference Session 1

John Lindell

  • People grow while in relationship
  • Connecting to your life group in the church
  • Big Picture information – What’s needed…

10 Church Culture Committments:

  • Things to do that will make a big difference – attitude

1. Maintain a breathless Awe over what God is doing in the Church.

  • What God is doing is SUPER-Natural.
  • God sometimes, for his own pleasure, does something beyond human ability.
  • Huge Baptism #’s (JRC)
  • Awesome camp numbers (realife)
  • Recognize that we are a part of a mission and an amazing “work” that God is doing in the life of the church.
  • Champion the Church

2. Maintain a gratitude for the People around us.

  • Thank God & the people that are involved for being involved.
  • Don’t take the leadership and membership for granted.
  • Thankfulness creates joy-in everyone.

3. Serve The Lord with Gladness.

  • It should be fun to serve The Lord.SZ
  • A joyful environment creates connections.
  • Without Joy life and Life Groups go from “Get to” -to- “Have to.”
  • Sometimes one simply has to choose to rejoice.

4. Be prepared.

  • Don’t wing it.
  • Present excellence to God, so that God can move spontaneously.
  • Look at the materials ahead of time
  • Get to know the curriculum questions.
  • Pray over the questions – meeting – members – personal issues.
  • Don’t get so confident that you “go through the motions.
  • Delegate tasks within the group
  • Be aware of what’s going on in the lives of the people in the group (birthdays, etc).

5. Maintain an Expectancy Regarding what God will do.

  • There are no throw-away Sundays…
  • On any given Sunday God WILL do amazing things.
  • How can we Pray for you ( ________) this week?
  • What is God doing in your ( _________’s ) life this week?
  • Lead people to see what God is doing and stirring.

6. Maintain a culture that Values people.

  • Be aware of the people around you (situational awareness)
  • Don’t get wrapped up in your own world and concerns.
  • We want to be a church that LOVES people & is KNOW FOR LOVING PEOPLE.
  • OUTSIDE PEOPLE EXPECT A BIG-CHURCH TO NOT CARE – DON’T FULFILL THEIR EXPECTATIONS.

7. Use the Inclusive WE, rather than the devisive “THEY.”

  • Use Inclusive language – build community rather than schisms.
  • Don’t seperate yourself from what is happening.

8. Don’t WHINE OR GOSSIP.

  • Don’t sow discord. Build Unity.
  • Make a committment to be “the last to know.”
  • Make it uncomfortable for people to share gospel.
  • Ask “Why did someone feel comfortable sharing “gossip” with you?”
  • If people have a problem (Mt 18) go to the person with whom you have an issue.
  • Don’t let the gossip “of Satan” create divisive attitudes.
  • When people begin to complain say (I think “they” are doing an awesome job.)
  • If it’s a problem – Tell people to GO THAT DEPARTMENTAL LEADER!!!

9. Let’s be Sure to Encourage people.

  • T.S. Elliot – Most people’s lives are lived in quiet desperation.
  • An encouraging word can change people’s live.
  • Build a hope in people’s lives that “God Know’s and God Cares.”
  • Prov 18:21 – Let your words nurish. Words have healing potential.

10. Let’s be know for What We Are For – Rather that What We Are Against.

  • Shoot straight
  • Maintain a clear and clean conscience
  • Champion the Good News of the Gospel.
  • Let’s engage people by letting people know WHAT WE ARE FOR.