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Love, God (God is Love)

God is love

1 John 4:16-17a  So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us…

God’s love is __________________________________________.

God’s love is __________________________________________.

God’s love is __________________________________________ for us. 

Exodus 15:11-13a  “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? You stretched out your right hand; the earth swallowed them. You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed…”

God’s love is __________________________________________.

Exodus 34:6  The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”

God’s love is __________________________________________.

God’s love is __________________________________________.

Letter for Reflection:  This letter is many Bible Promises from God to you.   Read the Bible as if was written to you.  Because it was.
To My precious child:

Because I knew even before I created the earth that you would accept My love for you, and that you would seek to know Me thus…

In the beginning I created the heavens and the earth. Then at the right time and in the right place I created you. I created your inner most being, I created every part of you, I knit you together in your mother’s womb. You were carefully and wonderfully made; my works are wonderful, and you My precious child are my work. My eyes saw your unformed body. All the days planned for you were written in my book before one of them came to be. How precious are my thoughts for you, How great is the number of them! If you were to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.

Listen to me, My precious child; I created you and have cared for you since before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime, until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. I will carry you in my arms, holding you close to my heart. For I know the plans that I have for you plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

My precious child there are some times of suffering in your life. But the temporary suffering of this life does not compare to the glory that shall be revealed in you. Know this that I am with you and I will help you. Your help comes from me, I am the God who created the heavens and the earth, and the one who created you. I will never leave you, I will never reject you. When your parents fail you I will pick you up, hold you close, and adopt you. Nothing can ever separate you from my love for you. When you are in trouble and distress my love is with you. When you are persecuted my love is with you. When you are hungry and cold and naked my love is with you, I am always with you. When you are in danger and threatened with death my love is with you, I will be with you forever.

My precious child know that nothing can separate you from my love, no matter how high you go, no matter how deep you sink, nothing in life and not even death can separate you from Me, and My love for you. No demon or any other power in hell can separate you from my love. My love for you is revealed through Christ Jesus your Lord. In all things and every situation you will have victory, you will conquer, because the victory of Christ Jesus is your victory.

Love,
God.

 

Surviving the Storm

* a short portion of this message did not record properly, so the introductory notes have been completed and the scripture text is printed below.

Easton’s bible dictionary “Faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true.  Its primary idea is trust.” 

Faith is having an UNWAVERING CONFIDENCE IN GOD.

Mark 4:35-5:1

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Mark 5:1

1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.

The storm will come _____________________________________________, but our faith should ________________________________________________.

How do I keep my unwavering confidence in God?

Remember who _______________________________________________________.

Remember who’s _____________________________________________________.

Remember He ________________________________________________________.

Remember He ________________________________________________________.

Remember to _________________________________________________________.

___________________  ____________________  _____________________!

Life-Changing Conversations: Overcoming (part two)

 

 

How do I prevent people from feeling like a project?

2 Kings 5:1-15   Naaman and Elisha

  1. Do what’s ________________________________________, not what’s  ___________________________________.
  2. ______________________ as you would like to be treated.
  3. ________________________________________________.

What if they have questions I can’t answer?

  1. Tell them ________________________________________.
  2. Try to _______________________________________________ for them.
  3. Keep __________________________________________________________.

How do I deal with being rejected by someone I see often?

Dealing with the fear of rejection:

1 John 4:18a 

___________________ conquers the _________________________________.

Dealing with actual rejection:

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Life-Changing Conversations: Overcoming (part one)

Acts 8:26-38

What if I have an introverted personality?

Strengths:  You tend to be sensitive, thoughtful, patient, a good listener, more dependent on God.

Unique challenges for introverts:

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When it comes to sharing the gospel:  Give introverted people a chance to _____________________ things through.

What if I have an extroverted personality?

Strengths:  You tend to be a risk taker, more at ease in conversation, good in groups, and adaptable in social settings.

Unique challenges for extroverts:

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When it comes to sharing the gospel: give extroverted people a chance to _____________________ things through.

 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10. 

 

Key Idea:  Use __________________ to your _______________________, and _________________________ in your ____________________________.

Life-Changing Conversations: Sharing

1 Peter 3:15

Be prepared to share _____________________________________.

Sharing your B.E.S.T. story:

_____________________________________ Jesus

_____________________________________ Jesus

_____________________________________ Jesus

_____________________________________ Jesus

Be prepared to share _____________________________________.

John 3:16-18

A good explanation of the gospel should convey:

Be prepared to share _____________________________________.

What do I need to do to become a follower of Jesus?

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B

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* Invite them to take that step of faith at this time.

Be prepared to share _____________________________________.

 

 

Additional Materials:

There is only one Gospel but there are many ways to share itHere are a few suggestions.  It would be helpful to know a few ways to present the gospel to people.  But be sure you can share it well in at least one way!

Romans Road

Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9-10, 13

4 spiritual laws

God loves you and has a plan for you.

Sin has separated you from a perfect, holy God.

Jesus is God’s provision/answer for sin.

Faith in Jesus brings forgiveness and eternal life.

G.O.S.P.E.L.

God created us to be with Him.

Our sins separate us from God.

Sins can’t be removed by good deeds.

Paying the price for sin, Jesus died on the cross.

Everyone who trusts in him alone has eternal life.

Life that’s eternal means we’ll be with Jesus forever.

 

The Bridge Diagram We are separated from God by sin. We could never reach him on our own.  But Jesus’ death on the cross bridges the gap for us.  We can be with God forever by trusting Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Life-Changing Conversations: Loving

Vital Behavior: To pray regularly that God would open the door for at least one spiritual conversation each week. 

God’s love _______________________________________________.

Ephesians 3

God’s love _______________________________________________.

John 13:34-35

God’s love _______________________________________________.

2 Corinthians 5:11, 14-15

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Regardless of what I have or do, if I lack love for others: 

I ________________ nothing, I ______________________ nothing, and I _____________________________________________ nothing.

 

Giveaway:  Who will you show love to this week?

 

Life-Changing Conversations: Asking & Listening

Vital Behavior: To pray regularly that God would open the door for at least one spiritual conversation each week. 

ASKING

Luke 2:49                    Matthew 3:13-15                    John 1:38-39

Asking questions is a powerful way to _______________________________.

“I couldn’t help but notice…”

“It made me wonder…”

Asking questions is a good way to _____________________________________.

With people we’ve known for a while:

“Something I’ve wanted to know about you is…”

LISTENING

James 1:19-20

Use _____________________________________________________.

“What I hear you saying is….”

Ask _____________________________________________________.

Life-Changing Conversations: Praying

Message Notes:

Prayer is ______________________________. 

Gen 4:26b

1 Timothy 2:1–4

Supplications:

Prayers:

Intercessions:

Thanksgivings:

We’re supposed to pray ______________________________________________.

Vital Behavior: To regularly pray for an opportunity to engage in one spiritual conversation each week. 

Pray ______________________  the moment.

Pray _______________________ the moment: 

That you would _______________________________ it.

That you would _______________________________ it.

Pray _______________________ the moment.

Offer a _________________________________________________.

Pray _______________________ the moment

Pray for _____________________________________________________________. 

Pray for _____________________________________________________________. 

 

Life-Changing Conversations: Noticing

 

Message Notes:

Mark 12:41-44         Jesus and the Widow’s Offering

Luke 7:11-15            Jesus and the Grieving Woman

Luke 19:1-10            Jesus and Zacchaeus

Jesus’ mission was to ____________________________________________________________.

We are called to ____________________________________________________________.

 “Perhaps the most obvious observation is that most  unchurched people are not being pursued by anyone.”   ~George Barna

Look for ________________________________________.

Look for ________________________________________.

Look for ________________________________________.