Scripture passages (Ephesians 4:22-32, Colossians 3:8-10, Romans 12:2, etc.)
Pastor Gary makes a couple of observations about this business of resentment
1. Jesus really does desire his followers to live lives increasingly free of resentment, contempt, ill will, and bitterness.
2. God’s desire is that you are able to see this happen in your life as a result of a renewed mind,
When you are trying to listen for God’s voice, how do you sift through the clutter of voices you hear around you all the time, so you hear the voice you really need to hear? Pastor Mark offers some ways to help us know when it is God’s voice we hear.
Key Biblical Characters: Joash and Jehoida
Key Scripture Passage: 2 Chronicles 23 & 24
Key Cross References: Proverbs 13:20, Psalm 16:3-4
Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 24:2 “Joash did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight throughout the lifetime of Jehoida the priest.”
Jehoida’s reliable voice:
Right motives -
When we have the right voices in our lives, it helps our souls to thrive!
Jehoida Leaders of Judah
Worshiped the True God 1. Worshiped a false god.
Courageous and steadfast 2. Fickle
Respected as a leader 3. Lead through manipulation
Had Joash’s back 4. They assassinated Joash
Led the nation back to God 5. Led the nation astray
Spoke God’s truth 6. They rejected God’s truth
Stood up against evil 7. They embraced & carried out evil
Key questions for the “voices” in our lives:
Do they know and love Jesus Christ?
Are they dependable?
Are they well-respected?
Are they trust worthy?
Do they help you obey God more?
Are they rooted in the Bible and give you godly biblical advice?
Do they hate evil?
A Beautiful Mind (Romans 8:5-8)
Let’s make some observations from what we see in Romans about the mind and how the Spirit intersects with our lives there.
First observation: Your mind is constantly at work.
Second observation: There are certain things about you (your character, your personality, etc.) that affect how you process your thoughts.
Third observation: Every thought has the power to move me into the flow and influence of the Holy Spirit or to close me off from it. (vv. 5-8)
Fourth observation: The natural tendency of the mind set apart from God is towards death, not life. (v. 7)
Fifth observation: The gift of the Holy Spirit means you can choose what thoughts you will listen to. (vv. 5-6)
Pastor Gary continues the sermon series Life Skills this week with Jump IN
“The gap” Jesus’ invitation in John 7 What do people do when they want things to be different?
1. They try ___________.
2. They __________ it.
3. They change _____________.
What if Jesus was right! Our life could be different. A key command for today: Don’t quench the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19)
So what are my next steps?
For this week: What are the things that I tend to do that remove me from the flow of his guidance and power?
What are the things that I do (can do) that place me in the middle of the flow of his guidance and power?
On this Labor Day weekend, Pastor Gary talks to us on how our work here on earth is a calling from God.
God’s wisdom must be applied with the various questions that arise concerning the workplace:
But the biggest question of all: Will you accept your calling for this time?