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BATTLES: Wake The Dawn

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2 Chronicles 20

  1. Take Your Positions

    1. Acknowledge the problem AND the source

    2. Pray & Worship

      1. Names of God

        1. Jehovah Jireh - The Lord will provide

        2. Jehovah Nissi- The Lord is our banner (deliverer)

        3. Jehovah Shalom - The Lord sends peace (comfort)

        4. Jehovah Rapha - The God who heals

        5. Jehovah Ra’ah - The Lord is the Way, my shepherd

        6. Jehovah Tsidkenu (Sid-ken-ew)- The Lord is our righteousness

        7. Jehovah Shammah - The Lord is our light, ever present

    3. Know your own limitations

    4. Decide to obey & march

  2. Do Not Be Afraid

    1. Obey & march

    2. SING

    3. Declare victory

    4. “Wake the Dawn” Psalm 108

    5. Put on armor Ephesians 6

  3. The Lord is With You

    1. Who can be against you?! Romans 8

    2. YOU don’t need fight

    3. Freedom & hope for a future

    4. Valley of Blessing

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DISCIPLEMAKERS: Fishers of Men

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Luke 5:1-11: The First Disciples

Stages of Faith
Unbelievers
Believers
Disciples
Servant-Leaders
Reproducers

  1. Find Jesus

    1. (unbelievers & believers)

    2. You can see that Jesus moved these early disciples through these stages pretty quickly.  From unbeliever to believer after just a few teachings and a miracle.

  2. Move Forward

    1. (believers & disciples)

    2. Jesus may have called them where they were, but he didn’t let them stay where they were...He called them and helped them move forward..

  3. Do Something

    1. (servant-leaders & reproducers)

    2. If you’ve been truly freed..you naturally want others to feel that too.  

To find the practical ways that we do this at FV, and to HELP in that process, go see The FV Pathway!

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DISCIPLEMAKERS: In the Dust of the Rabbi

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Luke 14:25-35: The Cost of Being a Disciple
We talk a lot about the benefits of following Jesus, and there are many...but here, Jesus addresses the cost.

  1. Know the voice of your rabbi. Luke 14:25-27

    1. Identifying exactly who your leader is, is important because it also identifies exactly who your leader is not.

    2. There IS pain in this. Sometimes what your friends and family want, differs from what your God wants. Who will you listen to?

    3. There is freedom in knowing who the Boss is.  It’s not all on you anymore!

  2. He hasn’t called you to fail. Luke 14:28-33

    1. Jesus is issuing a warning here, not to turn people away…but to help them understand the testing seasons.  

    2. Our calling, is worth being crucified for!

  3. Count the cost so that you succeed. Luke 14:34-35

    1. You can't just be a disciple forever...at some point, you must mature into also MAKING disciples.

    2. THERE IS ROOM IN THIS HOUSE!

JOIN US IN THE DISCIPLEMAKERS CHALLENGE

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STAY (OR NOT TO STAY): Shake It Off

Matthew 10:11-14

Stay and Be a Blessing

Shake It Off

  • The Dust of Offense

  • The Dust of Distractions

    • Psalm 119:15, “I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways.”

  • The Dust of the Past

    • 2 Corinthians 5:17, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

  • The Dust of Loneliness

    • John 15:18-19, “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.”

  • The Dust of Life

    • Romans 12:21, “Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”

John 13:10, “Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.”

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HOME GROUP ASSIGNMENT:
Pick one of the above linked passages.
Which one means the most to you, and why?

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STAY (OR NOT TO STAY): The Tale of Two Prophets

1 Kings 13

  1. When you’re in obedience, God is your defender.

    1. Most of us give up because we don’t ACTUALLY believe the words written in this book.

    2. Pro Tips for “Staying”:

      1. Develop systems of reminding ourselves of His Word.

        1. The 40 I Am’s (HOME GROUP ASSIGNMENT: Read over these…which one means the most to you right now?)

        2. Daily Bible Study

        3. Weekly corporate Worship

        4. Gratitude for what God’s done in the past

      2. Don’t let your guard down

  2. Doubting God’s Word, can be dangerous.

    1. BUILD faith..

      1. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Good News about Christ!”

        1. Learning, hearing God’s Word is what BUILDS faith.  Block by block.

      2. One of Jesus’ last words was not “go”, but “wait”. He needed his disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit to empower them, to be able to accomplish the job they had to do.

  3. We don’t know the old man’s punishment...but it’s not about that.

    1. What you WANT to learn is only going to feed your pride and ambition and ego..

      1. What you NEED to learn will make you humble, meek, and kind.

    2. This story is about STAYING even through deceit.  Even through the storm. Even through the testing seasons.  Even through the the valley of the shadow of death.

      1. This is about not relying on anyone else for the WORD of God, BUT the WORD OF GOD.

      2. This is about trusting God before anyone else!

      3. Are you the kind of person that STAYS?!  STAYS true to what God is calling YOU to do?!  STAYS...even when it’s hard.

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STAY (OR NOT TO STAY): Keep Knocking

Luke 11:5-13

  1. This story isn’t about selfishness or laziness.

    1. “A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.” Prov 28:20

    2. “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?” Luke 16:10-12

  2. This story isn’t about annoyance.

    1. James 1:2-8

  3. This story is about shameless persistence.

    1. 2 Sam 12:15-23

What have you observed Jesus doing lately?  

What are you asking him to be taught right now?

When you feel the urge to run--do you examine that urge, or do you run?


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HOME GROUP ASSIGNMENT: Pick one of the above linked passages. Study it. Share with the group, one thing that you learned from that passage, and how it relates to “STAY”.

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NEVER JUST ANOTHER SUNDAY: Who do you follow?

Never Just Another Sunday Series Review

1 Corinthians 3:1-23 TPT

  1. Got Milk

    1. Children focus on where they can’t go, instead of getting the most out of where they are.

    2. vs. 4-5

  2. Fighting Over Favorites

    1. Are you serving the style or the savior?

    2. Value in a preference, danger in a favorite.

    3. They were fighting about who they followed, creating factions that would fracture the faith.

    4. vs. 6-10

  3. A Family of Farmers

    1. On a farm, all are equal and necessary

    2. At FVChurch, we grow disciples, the soil we grow them in is Christ alone.

    3. vs. 11-13

  4. The Problem with Preferences

    1. Materials matter, but when Christ is the foundation he will reveal the victory.

    2. Straw is not as precious as gold, but if you are feeding a horse gold, you are a fool!

    3. vs. 18-20

  5. You Think You Know

    1. vs. 21-33

  6. Never Just Another Sunday

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NEVER JUST ANOTHER SUNDAY: Never, Ever Neglect

Hebrews 10:19-25

  1. Hold tight to hope

    1. v.23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

    2. John 3:16

  2. Motivate each other

    1. V.24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

  3. Do not neglect meeting together!

    1. V25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

    2. You can’t do the first two (hold hope, encourage other) if you don’t do the third! (meet together)

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NEVER JUST ANOTHER SUNDAY: When God says no...

2 Samuel 7:1-17

When God says no…

  • Have gratitude & give honor

    • He realizes that God is sovereign.  That even though David is a king, God is THE king.  Even though you may be a leader, God is THE leader.  It’s an important distinction, because it shifts your focus from YOUR will, to HIS.

    • What IS in my hand to do?

      • We see in 1 Chronicles 22, that David had fully accepted God’s Word on the matter, and he starts setting up his son Solomon for success.

    • David set an example here for us, of learning to live within God’s direction, and not outside of it.

    • Sometimes we pine for other people’s callings….and we completely miss our own.

  • Set up the next generation for success

    • Care more about what God thinks of you, than what people think of you

    • Passion for preparation. Luke 14:28

  • Have a teachable heart

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NEVER JUST ANOTHER SUNDAY: Passionate, not Passive

John 2:13-22 MSG

  1. Passionate, not passive

    1. Jesus couldn’t be perfect, and passive, at the same time.

    2. PASSIVE: accepting or allowing what happens or what others do, without active response or resistance

    3. There comes a point when you’re complicit in the wickedness..

  2. Passion is singular in focus.

    1. God-focused, not self-focused.

    2. “Tear down this temple”...he knew they worshipped the temple, not the God in the temple.

  3. Start flipping tables.

    1. What table of corruption are you allowing in the house of God (your soul)?



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NEVER JUST ANOTHER SUNDAY: Good to Come Home

1 Samuel 3:1-14 & 3:21

Points:

  1. Vs - 1-5  Hearing but not recognizing

  2. Vs.- 5-7  Hearing from others

  3. Vs.- 8-9 Hearing wisdom

  4. Vs.- 11   Hearing and responding

Application - Have you heard?

Have you responded?

Are you in God's House?

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WONDER: The Life

John 15: 1-8

  1. Connectedness matters

    1. v. 4 Remain in me and I will remain in you.

  2. Disconnectedness matters

    1. v.   5 ...Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.  

    2. God expects and blesses productivity! Do SOMETHING!

  3. Productivity matters

    1. v.8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

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WONDER: THE REMEDY


  1. The Promise. “And you know the way to where I am going”

    1. John 14:1-7

    2. The joy of faith is the best remedy against the griefs of sense.  A remedy with a promise. The promise of grace.  The promise of joy. The promise of hope. The promise that death isn’t the end.

      1. For you believers out there, the hopers, the dreamers..the promise is enough.

      2. But it’s also a remedy with a proof.

  2. The Proof. “Just believe…or believe because of the work you have seen me do.”

    1. John 14:8-11.

    2. JESUS came to prove God’s grace, goodness, and love. There’s no longer any question!

    3. Psalms 19:1-6

Can you begin to see yourself the way He sees you?

John 14:27, “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!”


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Want to learn more? Check out these resources! And come back next week for our final installment of our Wonder Series.


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WONDER: THE TRUTH

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WONDER: THE TRUTH

Luke 8:4-18

  1. Are you really listening? vs. 4-8

    1. God is a good shepherd.  He’s going to lead us at our own pace, but we have to allow ourselves to be led.

  2. Are you permitted to understand? vs. 9-15

    1. The crowd vs the disciples. Different levels of commitment = different levels of understanding.

    2. FOOTPATH people, ROCKY people, THORNY people..we all require gardening.

  3. Are you being careful? vs. 16-18

    1. “A problem cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness that created it.” - Einstein

    2. 1 Corinthians 2, renew your mind.

    3. The truth isn’t hard to find, it’s hard to hear.

The truth is Jesus.  God’s Word is powerful and effective, but the Bible actually calls JESUS the Word.  The holy scriptures are important, and can reveal to us who God is, but even more important, is the actual, living and breathing, powerful WORD of God--who is Jesus.  He can speak to you today, just as real as he could 2,000 years ago. He’s spoken to my heart countless times, and I can tell you--it’s real.

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Want to go even further? Check out these books, recommended by Candace:

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