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That was Then, This is Now: Many Hats

1 Corinthians 9:16-22

16For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. 18What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.  19For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul writes: Be imitators of me, as I am [an imitator] of Christ.

First question: _________________________________________________?

Second question: ________________________________________________?

If this [eternal punishment] is a minor part of your thought world, if you don’t think about this very much, then it will be hard for you to feel the sense of sorrow and urgency that Paul felt for lost people around him.”                  ~ John Piper

That Was Then – This Is Now: Sacrifice

YOUR STORY is one of the MOST POWERFUL TOOLS YOU HAVE  in persuading others to follow Jesus. 

There is supposed to be a difference between WHO YOU ONCE WERE and WHO YOU ARE NOW.

 The key to living the life God wants for us is ___________________________.

Romans 12:1

I appeal to you… by the mercies of God


to present your bodies as a living sacrifice

A sacrifice is giving up _________________________________ for the sake of


No sacrifice (regardless of it’s value or worth) is ______________________________.

If it’s not ________________________________________________ then it’s ________________________________________.


holy and acceptable to God


which is your spiritual worship

Sacrifice is actually supposed to be __________________________________.

Mark 8:34-35

Luke 6:38 “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

That Was Then This Is Now: My Story, My Song

There is supposed to be a difference between


Ephesians 5:8  “for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of the light…”

Acts 21:39 – 22:21

Acts 26:9-29

 Notice the “pattern” when Paul tells his story:

That Was Then

I Encountered Jesus

This Is Now

 _______________________ is one of the __________________________

_________________________________ in persuading others to follow Jesus. 

 Time for sharing your story of becoming a follower of Jesus…

 Psalm 35:28 ISV “My tongue will declare your righteousness and praise you all day long.”

That was Then, This is Now: My Surrender

Ephesians 5:8
for AT ONE TIME you were darkness, BUT NOW you are light in the Lord.  WALK as children of the light…

pote (pot-eh) means formerly, once in the past, or at one time.

de nyn (deh noon) means on the other hand, presently however, or but now.

Ephesians 2:1-3
Ephesians 2:4-10
Ephesians 2:12-13, 19
Ephesians 1:3-14
Romans 11:30
1 Peter 2:10

There is supposed to be a difference between
___________________________ and ____________________________.
peripateo (per-ee-pat-eh’-o) means to walk, to live, or to conduct your life.
This word is an ____________________.
This word is a _____________________.
It’s something we must do __________________________.
It’s something we must do __________________________.

Ephesians 4:22-24

Inside Out: Anger

Anger: a strong feeling of being upset or annoyed because of something wrong or bad.

“Anger is like an acid.  It damages anything it touches…often even its container.”  ~unknown

Psalm 37:8 NIV “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret it leads only to evil.”

Ephesians 4:26-32

 “Anger is appropriate when our energy is roused in defense of something good and released against something evil.”  ~Tim Keller

Big Idea: 





S __________________________

E __________________________

Am I angry for the right reasons?

Am I angry against the right person(s)?

Am I angry in the right manner?

Am I angry at the right moment?

Am I angry for the right length of time?

If all these things are true, can I act without committing sin?

Inside Out: Filled with Joy

Joy: our response of delight or happiness to  something exceptionally good or satisfying.
The key to joy isn’t in how you _______________________________; it’s in where you _______________________________!

Three things God REALLY wants:
God REALLY wants _____________________________________________.
Deuteronomy 16:13-15
God REALLY wants _____________________________________________.
Ecclesiastes 2:1-2, 10-11
John 15:9-11
We can be FILLED WITH JOY when do two things:
__________________________ Galatians 5:22
__________________________ Psalm 51:1-12.
There is no GOOD with God, which means there is no JOY without God either!  (See James 1:16-17 and Psalm 16:2)
God REALLY wants you to know that _________________________________.
Hebrews 12:2

Inside Out: Struggling with Sadness

SADNESS: our emotional response to pain, loss, despair, grief, helplessness, disadvantage or disappointment.

Video 1 Link   (if you would like to see the video we used)

Genesis 6:5-6                                Isaiah 53:3                               John 11:32-35

We need to realize that  ___________________________________________.

Psalm 30 (p.461)

Four practical things:

Pay attention to sadness.

Don’t obsess over sadness.

Sadness can be self-inflicted.

Depression is not the same as sadness.

Psalm 30:1  God ____________________.

Psalm 30:2  God ____________________ and   ____________________.

Psalm 30:3  God ____________________ and   ____________________.

No human heart, however wounded, continues always to bleed.”  ~McLaren Commentary

Psalm 30:5 

Sadness lasts _______________________________________,  but joy __________________________________________!

 Psalm 30:8,10 tells us what we need to do:

_____________ for mercy; _______________ for help.

 Psalm 30:11

God can turn our sadness into _________________________.

Video 2 Link  (if you would like to see the video we used)

Inside Out: Freedom From Fear

FEAR:  our response to things we think are  dangerous, painful or threatening.

Four Fears that affect our faith and relationships deeply:

Fear of ___________________________.

Fear of ___________________________.

Fear of ___________________________.

Fear of ___________________________.

 There’s really only one thing we should fear: ___________.

Proverbs 1:7

Matthew 10:28

But when you are _________________________ you have ________________________________________!

1 John 4:15-19

Illustration: Christ in you, you in Christ, Christ in God.

Romans 8:31-39

Romans 8:31

“What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”



Inside Out: Dealing with Disgust

Do you consider yourself to be an emotional person?

(No)     0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10     (Yes)

How outwardly do you display your emotions?

(Reserved)     0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10     (Expressive)

How important are emotions when it comes to your faith?

(Not)     0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10      (Extremely)

Emotions are _________________________________.

God’s emotions are ____________________________________________________; but ours are ______________________________________________________. 


Be sure your feelings of disgust are ________________________________________________________________________.

2 Samuel 6:14-23   Mark 10:13-15

Don’t be disgusted by _________________________________________________; be disgusted by _________________________________________.

Leviticus 26:30

Psalm 119:158

Don’t _____________________________________________________ your disgust.

Jonah 1-4


___________________________________ and __________________________________.

Mark 3:13-17