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Ancient Truth. Present Reality. - God’s Call

Alan Youngblood - Saturday, August 03, 2019

Notes from July 14 – August 4, 2019

(***Note:There is a lot of information here to cover.This is a message that was preached over three Sundays.In your LIFE Group, take your time going over the “Journey of a Christian.”IDEA:just cover Salvation one week, Sanctification the second week and Service the third week.There is a lot of powerful, life-changing truth in the scriptures you will read.Take time reading and praying through these verses. May God use this message to encourage you on your journey!)

Over the last month Pastor Alan has been preaching a series titled “Ancient Truth, Present Reality.” The Bible is filled with God’s activity.God revealed Himself to the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of our faith, and He called them on a journey to complete an assignment.Today, God’s Word is still alive and active. God is moving in the lives of His people around the world. He is still calling people to live a life that serves the world around us.He is calling each of us on a journey to serve His purpose in this generation. Today, answer God’s call.

Read the story of Moses being called by God in Exodus 3 and 4.  Note the excuses Moses made. Make a list of Moses’ excuses.

DISCUSSION QUESTION:What excuses have you made in answering God’s call?Be sensitive to one another as people “open up” about their personal struggles and fears.Take a moment and pray for each other to have the courage to answer God’s call to serve Him.

DISCUSSION QUESTION:Pastor Alan said, “I believe one of the reasons people, specifically Christians, are so unsatisfied and miserable is because they aren’t doing what God called them to do. When we are living God’s plan and serving His purpose, we are satisfied.” Do you agree?Discuss.

The Journey of a Christian:

  1. Salvation
    1. God is calling people to get saved (Read I Timothy 2:4).God is on a rescue mission. He desires all to be saved. This means to give up and quit the old life and its anti-God habits. God is calling you to get saved and get right with Him.
    2. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:Describe your salvation experience.When did you stop living the old fruitless, sinful life?When did you renounce sin? When did you declare that Jesus was the Lord of your life? How did that decision impact your life?
    3. Take turns reading the following scriptures: Titus 3:1 – 6, I Peter 2:9, and II Thessalonians 2:14
    4. How do you become a child of God?
      1. Read John 1:10 – 13.Discuss “receiving Jesus” and “believing in His name.”
      2. Read Galatians 3:26 and Romans 8: 16 -17
    5. How can you tell someone’s a child of God?
      1. Read I John 3:10. What two things in this verse indicate a person is a child of God?
    6. We are not saved by our effort or our works (Ephesians 2:9).We are saved by the mercy of God.
  2. Sanctification
    1. God is calling people to clean up their life and live for Him “MORE and MORE.” (Read I Thessalonians 4: 1 – 12. Note that these verses are an encouragement (not condemnation) for the people to live for God more and more.God is calling you to get cleaned up.
    2. To be sanctified is “to be separate, and set apart for holy (God’s) purpose, use.” It is to make holy, to purify.In other words…to get cleaned up. I Thessalonians 4:7 states, “God has CALLED us to live holy lives, not impure lives.”
    3. When we understand “ALL have sinned” (see Romans 3:23) and we admit, confess (agree with God) that we have sinned, and then REPENT of our sin and turn to God (180 degree turn) from the sin, we are being sanctified.
    4. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:Share a time God showed you something in your life you were to walk away from in order to draw closer to Him.Is there anything preventing you from answering God’s call to serve Him? Is there anything in your life you need to turn form, give up, stop, quit? Pray for each other to have victory in your life over everything that keeps you from living a holy life that is pleasing to God.
    5. Take turns reading the following scriptures:I Peter 1:16, Romans 12:1 and 2, I Corinthians 6:18 – 20
    6. How do you become sanctified? Read John 17:17 and I Thessalonians 2: 13. Also, read I John 1: 5 – 10. THESE SCRIPTURES ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.Note what cleanses us from sin. DISCUSS these two statements Pastor Alan made about responding to God’s Word.
      1. “Your response to God’s word determines the effect it has on your life.”
      2. “How we respond to God’s word contains profound, long-lasting consequences (and blessings) for us and our families.”
    7. Take a moment to pray and thank God for a way out of a life of sin and bad decisions.Thank God for the call to come out of darkness and into God’s marvelous light!Praise the Lord.
    8. Pastor Alan said, “If you’re not satisfied with the fruit you’re producing, you might need to die to yourself more.”What does this mean?What does “dying to yourself” mean?
    9. Read Matthew 16: 24 – 28.
  3. Service
    1. God is calling you to serve Him and advance His purpose.God is calling you to get to work for His kingdom.Let God use you! He wants to reach others through YOUR changed life.Tell people how Jesus saved you and changed you.
    2. Jesus came to serve.Read Matthew 20:28 and Mark 10:45.
    3. Read Isaiah 49:1, 2, 3.
    4. We are to serve.Read Mark 10: 42 – 45.
    5. Look back at your list of excuses Moses made when God called Him.Do you see anything in common with Moses?
      1. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:How can you serve God? What do you believe God is calling you to do at home?At your work-place? In the local church?In the community?Do you see the great value of knowing God is calling you to live for Him and to be actively involved in serving others in our home and our community?Discuss what it means to be a SERVANT LEADER? If you say ‘NO” to answering God’s call, what impact will that have on your life?On your family?On our community?Read the story in Mark 9:14 – 29. Note the discussion Jesus had with the son’s father.Discuss how the limitation of the disciples’ and father’s faith affected the health of the son. Review this statement again in relation to the story: “How we respond to God’s word contains profound, long-lasting consequences (and blessings) for us and our families.”
      2. When we answer God’s call and exercise our faith it will impact the world around us for the glory of God!! Get the Word in you and build your faith!!

Take a moment and pray for each other.

Pray for your church.

Pray for your pastors and children.

Ask God to show you where you can serve in our church.

Pray our church will reach more people.

Pray for salvations.

Pray people will be baptized.

Pray people will be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Pray for those who are sick to be healed.

 

Hindrances to Hearing God’s Voice

Alan Youngblood - Tuesday, April 02, 2019

 

March 17 and March 31

 

Proverbs 28:9 “If anyone turns a deaf ear the law, even his prayers are detestable.”

Proverbs 28:9 (God’s Word Translation) “Surely the prayer of someone who refuses to listen to [God's] teachings is disgusting.”

Proverbs 28:9 (NIV) “If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.

Prayer is talking to God and listening to God.If heaven seems silent, please consider the list of hindrances mentioned in the Bible. Evaluate your life, make the changes necessary, and align your life with God’s Word.

For our prayers to be effective, we must know what God’s word says. Let’s look in the Bible and see what could be hindering our prayers.

  1. Unconfessed sin. Psalm 66:18 and Isaiah 59:1-2
    1. Is there any sin in your life that may be preventing God from hearing your prayers?
    2. What should you do if there is sin in your life that is preventing your relationship with God?
  2. Lack of Faith.James 1:5-8
    1. Do you have difficulty believing God’s Word?Why?
    2. Keys to overcoming doubt and unbelief:
      1. The Word of God – Romans 10:17
      2. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus – Hebrews 12:2
  3. Disobedience. I John 3: 21 – 23
    1. Is there an area in your life you are knowingly disobeying God?
  4. Unforgiveness. Mark 11:25
    1. Is there any one you are having difficulty forgiving?
    2. Let go of bitterness, unforgiveness, offense and grudges.
  5. Wrong Motives. James 4:3
    1. What would be the reason you would want God to answer your prayer?
  6. Idols in our lives.Ezekiel 14:3
    1. Do you have anything in your life that gets more attention than the time you spend with God and reading his Word?
    2. What are some of your hobbies and habits that could interfere with your relationship with God?
    3. Should your relationship with God consist of 2 hours on a Sunday?
  7. Not Giving. Proverbs 21:13
    1. Ignoring people in our lives who have legitimate needs can cause God to ignore us when we cry out to Him.
    2. No one likes to be taken advantage of when it come to giving to others. How do you navigate through giving to others?
  8. Family Dissension/Conflict. I Peter 3:7 
    1. Husbands have a responsibility to be considerate and respectful to their wife.Is therean area you may need to clean up in your relationship with your spouse?
  9. Praying out of God’s Will. I John 5:14 -15
    1. How do I know God’s will?Romans 12:1 -2
  10. Doing evil.I Peter 3:12
    1. Unbelief is sinful and evil. Hebrews 3:12
    2. Pride.God opposes the proud. I Peter 5:5
    3. Don’t do the things that God hates.Proverbs 6: 16 – 19
    4. Don’t attack the church or those who serve the church or God’s’ appointed leaders. I Samuel 26:5 – 11 and Psalm 105:15
    5. What does the Bible say about understanding God and His ways?Read Psalms 111:10 and Psalms 112:1
      1. To fear God means to revere Him.It means to stand in awe of Him. It means we are apprehensive to disobey Him.This fear is not based on dread or terror.The fear of the Lord springs forth out of love. When we respect God’s power and authority in our lives and over pour lives – He will hear our prayers.

After reviewing the above list of hindrances to prayer, examine your life.What do you need to do today so your relationship with God is strengthened and your prayers will not be hindered?

BONUS SECTION:

Keys to Answered Prayer:

  1. Be Persistent.Luke 11: 5 – 10, Luke 18: 1 – 8, and Galatians 6:9
    1. God may not answer your prayers right away. Don’t give up.Don’t quit. Don’t lose faith.
  2. Open your heart and be personal.Psalm 37:4
  3. Strengthen your relationship with Jesus. John 15:7
    1. The word “abide” or “remain” means “continue, to stay, endure, live.”
  4. Have faith. Hebrews 11:6
    1. Don’t doubt God’s word. James 1: 6 – 7
    2. Read this powerful story recorded in I Kings 18:20 – 39 where Elijah confronts the false prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel.
      1. Was there any doubt in Elijah’s mind that God would perform a miraculous feat?
      2. Did Elijah get the results he prayed for?
  5. Turn away from evil. I Peter 3:12
    1. God’s promise – James 5:16
    2. Does sin cut you off form God? Isaiah 59: 1 -2
    3. What is “doing evil,” and what is sin?
  6. Speak directly to your situation. Mark 11:23
    1. Your tongue is very powerful.Proverbs 18:21
  7. Seek to please the Lord. I John 3:22
    1. Knowing the heart of God will ensure you are praying in His will. You can know God’s will by studying His Word.

Close with Philippians 4:6 – 7

Everyone take a moment and share a prayer need.

Agree together

Pray for each other.

Commit to praying for each other every day until your group meets again.

In church next Sunday, write your prayer request on a piece of paper and place it on the prayer wall.

“Hearing God’s Voice” Series - Read Mark 15:38 Hebrew 10:19 – 20

Alan Youngblood - Monday, March 11, 2019

 

February 24 – March 10, 2019

Over the last three weeks, Pastor Alan has shared a message on “Hearing God’s Voice.” Prayer is the cornerstone, a foundational principle, in our walk with God.Spending time with God and hearing His voice is at the heart of our relationship with the Creator of heaven and earth.When a person prays, he/she is communicating with the purpose of speaking “with” God and not just “to” God. “One-way” communication or “talking” is not fully communicating with someone.In order to have true communication both parties must be able to talk and to listen.Pastor Alan said that prayer is “talking and listening to God.” When we pray, we make our requests, our questions, our pains, our heart-felt desires known to God.Pastor Alan has been encouraging the church to take time to hear what God is saying in response to our time spent with Him.

The following outline is the brief summary of the last three weeks messages.You may not be able to get through all of this Discover Faith Lesson.No worries.Break it up into several sections, taking your time to absorb what God may be showing you and your group in your time together.

Read Mark 15:38 and then read Hebrew 10:19 – 20.

In Hebrews 10:19 – 20, “confidence” means…

-bedrock belief, solid foundation of belief, bold assurance.In this verse it means “a bold (yet humble) freedom authorized access into ‘the Most Holy Place’ of God’s presence because of the blood of Jesus.” In other words, we can be confident that we have access to God’s presence.

What did the curtain symbolize in Hebrew’s 10:20? What is the significance of this?

Now that the barrier (curtain – Christ’s Body) has been torn, what does this mean for you?

Read the following scriptures aloud and discuss God’s promises to speak to us, to lead us, to guide us.

Psalm 25:14

Psalm 37:23 and 24- Who orders our steps?What is the condition for our steps to be ordered?

Jeremiah 29: 12 – 13

Proverbs 16:3 - How can our plans be established and succeed?

Proverbs 3:5 - 6

Review the methods God speaks to us as revealed through scripture. Read the following scriptures out loud in your group.

  1. God speaks through the Word of God.
    1. II Timothy 3:16
  2. God speaks through the prophetic (Word of knowledge, word of wisdom, see the gifts of the Spirit).
    1. I Thessalonians 5:19 - 21
  3. God speaks through Godly counsel. 
    1. Proverbs 11:14
  4. God speaks through confirmation. 
    1. Matthew 18:16
  5. God speaks through the peace that comes from Him. 
    1. Colossians 3:15
  6. God guides us and speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. 
    1. John 14:17 and 26, 15:26 and 16:13 -14
    2. Read I Corinthians 2:12 -17.What does the Holy Spirit reveal to the believer?
    3. Discuss “open doors” and “closed doors.”

How can we prepare to hear God speak to us? Read the following points and answer the questions in your group.

 

Take a moment to discuss the following:

After reading through the scriptures above, do you believe that God wants to speak to you? Explain.

Share a time you felt God was guiding you or speaking to you.

How important is it to be in a church that desires to hear God’s voice and seeks His guidance and direction?

If God is guiding you, speaking to you, leading you, do you record what God may be saying?

End your time in prayer.Ask God to reveal more of Himself to you.Ask God to speak to you concerning His purpose and plans for your life.

 

For further personal study…Purchase the workbook “Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby.Take time to complete this powerful resource that will lead you into a deeper more meaningful life relationship with Jesus.

 

Flourish! - Read Luke 8: 4 – 15

Alan Youngblood - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

This week Pastor Alan spoke about “flourishing” in our faith.

Setting goals is vitally important in setting the direction and tone for the New Year. In 2019, what area(s) of your life do you want to flourish?

How will you accomplish your goal(s)?

Do you have a friend, a group of friends, that can help you accomplish your goal(s) this year?

Do you see the value of accountability? Why or why not?

In this week’s message, Pastor Alan mentioned several things that will help us grow. Review each one and discuss how you can implement each one in your life this year.

  1. Praise Psalm 67:5 – 7 and Psalm 103: 1 – 5 (New Living Version)
  2. Local Church/Associations Psalm 92:12 – 15
  3. God’s Word James 1:18, I Peter 1:23 and Luke 8:11 – 12
    1. How can God’s Word help you overcome sin? Psalm 119:11
  4. Jesus Colossians 2:7

Read Luke 8: 4 – 15

Discuss this statement: Nothing affects our growth more than the condition of our heart and the associations we make with others.

“Growing down causes us to grow up.” What does that mean to you after reading Colossians 2:7 and Ephesians 4: 14 – 16.

In order to flourish, we must look at the condition of our heart (soil) and what we allow in our heart. To grow, to thrive, to flourish this year…

1. requires quality seed.

2. depends on the quality of the soil.

3. depends on us sowing the “good” seed.

4. requires a process of growth.

Going Deeper:

Are you convinced that God’s desire for you is to flourish? Why or why not? John 10:10

Increase Your Capacity - Read Matthew 8 and 9

Alan Youngblood - Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Happy New Year!

Pastor Alan spoke this week on “Increasing Your Capacity.” Read Matthew 8 and 9 to review the miracles that took place in these chapters.What were the key elements Jesus mentioned that brought healings, deliverance, and miracles?Underline the key phrases/words in your Bible.

Why do you think Jesus mentioned faith so much in these two chapters?

What does “according to your faith, let it be done for you” mean?

Discuss this statement Pastor Alan made in this week’s message:“Jesus made it clear that faith is the active ingredient at work in our lives that will determine the quality of our life.” What is the correlation between faith and the quality of your life?

How do you increase your faith?(Read Romans 10:17)

How will you increase faith in your life this year? Discuss a practical plan you can implement today. What will you need to sacrifice in your personal life to implement this plan and increase your capacity? What struggles do you face that prevent you from increasing your faith?

GOING DEEPER:

In Matthew 8:23 -27, Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and Jesus told them, “ Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.”When they set out, a fierce windstorm came down and threatened the boat. The disciples woke Jesus and said, “Master, we’re going to die!” Jesus got up, and he rebuked the storm and it stopped. He said to the disciples, “Where is your faith?” In the storm, it’s easy to take your eyes off your purpose (going to the other side of lake) and forget Who is in the boat with you! So many people lose focus because of the storms of life. Jesus states the problem – faith.Discuss a time when you went through a personal storm that distracted you from your purpose.

Take a moment and pray for each other.Pray for at least one specific situation/need for each person in your LIFE Group.

Christmas Eve 2018

Alan Youngblood - Monday, January 07, 2019

Christmas 2018

Join Faith Outreach Church on Christmas Eve for our Candlelight and Communion Service. Bring your family and friends to the 5pm or 6pm service. Merry Christmas from Faith Outreach Church!