BELIEVE

BELIEVE Celebration Sunday | Randy Frazee

The Believe Revolution

Be Like Jesus

Act Like Jesus

Think Like Jesus

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.

Romans 8:29

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
Proverbs 23:7

What’s My Next Step?

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Pray – Thank God for your progress, ask him to help you grow

Share your strengths and grow results with a friend

Review the Believe content for your specific growth area.

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Gentleness | BELIEVE | Scott Jones

KEY IDEA: I am thoughtful, considerate and calm in my dealings with others.

KEY VERSE: “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:5

The art of motherhood is holding on loosely.

יוֹכֶב Yo-khe'-ved

Yhvh = Jehovah or Yahweh

kabad = glory

The LORD is glory

Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. Exodus 2:1-2

fine = טוֹב pronounced tov = “beautiful

“it was good.” (tov)

By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict. Hebrews 11:23

Holding on loosely means doing everything in your power to protect the kids in your care.

But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. Exodus 2:3-4

Holding on loosely means letting go and giving God room to work.

Motherhood is ongoing seasons of holding on and letting go.

Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said. Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. (Jochebed) Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. Exodus 2:5-9

Holding on loosely means re-entering your child’s life when the door is opened.

When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, "I drew him out of the water." Exodus 2:10

Holding on loosely mean permanently releasing your children into God’s hands.

We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

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Faithfulness | BELIEVE | Scott Jones

KEY QUESTION: Why is it important to be loyal and committed to God and others?

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 

I Corinthians 4:2

FOUNDATION

The foundation for our faithfulness is God’s character.

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. BELIEVE, PG. 453; Psalm 36:5

אמונ (emunah) lmeans “firmness” and carries the idea of being “trustworthy”

God can be trusted because he is ABLE (competency) to do what he says he will do, and he DELIVERS (character) on what he says he will do.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

MOTIVATION

The motivation for faithfulness is gratitude.

INVITATION

KEY VERSE: Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. BELIEVE, PG. 451; Proverbs 3:3-4

A vow is a word spoken in a moment, but faithfulness is a commitment fulfilled over a lifetime.

KEY IDEA: “I have established a good name with God and others based on my loyalty to those relationships.”

POWER

The power for faithfulness is the Holy Spirit.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Galatians 5:22-23

REWARD

Faithfulness yields a reward in this life and the life to come.

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

2 Timothy 4:6-8

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Kindness/Goodness | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Idea: I choose to be kind & good in my relationships with others.

Key Question: What does this mean? & How?

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. (pg. 434; 1 Thessalonians 5:15)

Kalos = Good = outward beauty

Kaka = Evil

Kindness & Goodness Defined

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[h] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. (Matthew 5:38-39)

We offer kindness & goodness to others out of a deep inward moral conviction of love for the other person and for the beauty of truth.

Kindness

Kindness = Chrestos = A moral goodness that enables a person to be benevolent toward others.

Kindness = Hesed related to Hasidah = Stork

Kindness = pelargos = pelargonia = law for taking care of aging parents.

Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. (Exodus 34:5-7)

Goodness

Goodness = Agathos = A moral goodness that enables a person to do the right & best thing for another person

And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? …hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh,[a][b] so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 5:2,5)

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but  deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. (Proverbs 27:6)

The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient.  Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him,  so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.  I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. (1 Corinthians 2:6-8)

Patience | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Verse: “Do not be anxious about anything…” (pg. 369, Philippians 4:6)

Key Question: Where do I find strength to battle anxiety and fear?

Key Idea: I am free from anxiety because I have found people with God, peace with others and peace with myself

Things are right with God

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. (pg. 371; Romans 5:1-2)

Get right with God.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Stay right with God

Things are right with others

…if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. (pg. 376; Matthew 5:23-24)

Getting your relationship right is a higher priority than worship.

So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” (pg. 374; Genesis 13:8-9)

Value the relationships over stuff

“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. (pg. 376; Matthew 5:25-26)

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:14-15)

Forgive as the Lord has forgiven you

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18)

Make peace a priority, but it won’t work with everyone…not your fault…don’t own it.

Things are right with me

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (pg. 383-384; Philippians 4:6-9)

  • Have a team around you

  • Get sleep

  • Exercise

  • Eat right

  • Pray – listen, petition, thanksgiving

  • Bombard your mind with good thoughts

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Hope | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Question: How do I deal with hardships and struggles in life?

False Hope 

·      False hope in riches 

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain. (pg. 405; 1 Timothy 6:27) 

·      False hope in people

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
    who draws strength from mere flesh…(pg. 405; Jeremiah 17:5)

·      False hope in stuff

“Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman?” (pg. 406; Habakkuk 2:18)

·      False hope in government

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help...the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God. (pg. 406; Isaiah 31:1,3) 

2 Causes of Sustainable Hope

·      You believe the Promises

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me.My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1-3)

 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

 ·      You believe the One Making the Promises

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

Key Idea: I can cope with the hardships in life because of the hope I have in Jesus Christ? 

Self-Control | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key IDEA

I have the power through Christ to control myself.

Key Verse Titus 2:11-13

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ

Peace | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Verse: “Do not be anxious about anything…” (pg. 369, Philippians 4:6)

Key Question: Where do I find strength to battle anxiety and fear?

Key Idea: I am free from anxiety because I have found people with God, peace with others and peace with myself

Things are right with God

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. (pg. 371; Romans 5:1-2)

Get right with God.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Stay right with God

Things are right with others

…if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. (pg. 376; Matthew 5:23-24)

Getting your relationship right is a higher priority than worship.

So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” (pg. 374; Genesis 13:8-9)

Value the relationships over stuff

“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. (pg. 376; Matthew 5:25-26)

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:14-15)

Forgive as the Lord has forgiven you

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18)

Make peace a priority, but it won’t work with everyone…not your fault…don’t own it.

Things are right with me

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (pg. 383-384; Philippians 4:6-9)

Have a team around you

Get sleep

Exercise

Eat right

Pray – listen, petition, thanksgiving

Bombard your mind with good thoughts

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Joy | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Verse: I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. (pg. 353, John 15:11)

Key Idea: Despite my circumstances, I feel inner contentment and understand my purpose in life.

Joy in spite of my circumstances

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard[b] and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. (pg. 363-364, Philippians 1:12-18)

See your glass as half-full (Philippians 1:12-18)

Joy in spite of my past

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…(Philippians 3:12-13)

Put your past behind you and focus on the future

Joy in spite of other people

17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. (Philippians 3:17-21)

Joy in spite of my stuff

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:11-13)

More stuff & money isn’t the answer

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Love | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

KEY VERSE: THIS IS LOVE: NOT THAT WE LOVED GOD, BUT THAT HE LOVED US AND SENT HIS SON AS AN ATONING SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS. DEAR FRIENDS, SINCE GOD SO LOVED US, WE ALSO OUGHT TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN GOD; BUT IF WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER, GOD LIVES IN US AND HIS LOVE IS MADE COMPLETE IN US. 1 JOHN 4:10-12

KEY IDEA: I AM COMMITTED TO LOVING GOD AND LOVING OTHERS.

I make a “no strings attached” covenant to love them

After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 2 From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. 3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. (1 Samuel 18:1-2)

I am their advocate

Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David 2 and warned him, “My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there. 3 I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I’ll speak to him about you and will tell you what I find out.”

4 Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly. 5 He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The Lord won a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent man like David by killing him for no reason?” (1 Samuel 19:1-5)

I help them see God’s good vision for them

Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, “What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to kill me?”

2 “Never!” Jonathan replied. “You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn’t do anything, great or small, without letting me know. Why would he hide this from me? It isn’t so!”

3 But David took an oath and said, “Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, ‘Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.’ Yet as surely as the Lord lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death.”

4 Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you.” (I Samuel 20:1-4)

I sacrifice my rights to see them succeed

Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt. (1 Samuel 18:4)

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Sharing My Faith | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Verse: Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (pg. 320; Ephesians 6:19-20)

Key Idea: I share my faith with others to fulfill God’s purposes.

Key Question: How do I share my faith with those who don’t know God?

God calls us to share our faith

And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. (pg. 322; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20)

And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (pg. 325; Acts 2:47)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (pg. 324; Acts 2:42)

Living your faith is the best way to share your faith

Speaking up about your faith when the time is right

Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. (pg. 323; 2 Kings 5:2)

If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy. (pg. 323; 2 Kings 5:3)

As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!”

(Pg. 323; 2 Kings 5:7)

My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” (pg. 324; 2 Kings 5:13)

Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. (pg. 324; 2 Kings 5:15)

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Giving My Resources | BELIEVE | Scott Jones

KEY QUESTION: How do I best use my resources to serve God and others?

Generosity is rooted in the character of God.

When it comes to giving our resources, God doesn’t want something FROM us; he wants something FOR us.

“Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?” Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king’s work gave willingly. They gave toward the work on the temple of God five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of bronze and a hundred thousand talents of iron. Anyone who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple of the Lord in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite. The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.

BELIEVE, PG. 304; 1 Chronicles 29:5-9

Godly giving comes from a heart that is willing.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. BELIEVE, PG. 314; Matthew 6:19-21

Generosity is restrained when our money has our heart.

Generosity is released when our heart has our money.

“You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

BELIEVE, PG. 316; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5

KEY VERSE: But just as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us--see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

BELIEVE, PG. 316; 2 Corinthians 8:7

Generosity is the key to leaving a legacy.

Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. BELIEVE, PG. 318; 2 Corinthians 9:13

KEY IDEA: I give my resources to fulfill God’s purposes.

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Offering My Time | BELIEVE | Scott Jones & Jason Morris

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. PG. 289; Ephesians 5:15-16

chronos time = chronological time in minutes and seconds

kairos time = opportune time

ἐξαγοραζόμενοι τὸν καιρόν = “redeeming the time”

KEY QUESTION: How do I best use my time to serve God and others?

Leverage your chronos time to make kairos moments.

“My time is not yet here.” PG. 301 John 7:2-4

Invest your time in eternity.

KEY VERSE: Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. PG. 289; Colossians 3:17

Offer your time as an act of worship.

KEY IDEA: “I offer my time to fulfill God’s purposes.”

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Spiritual Gifts | BELIEVE | Scott Jones

KEY QUESTION: What gifts and abilities has God given me to serve others?

Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.

I Corinthians 12:1

Spiritual gifts are God chosen abilities given to God’s people to serve others so that the body of Christ becomes like Jesus in order to accomplish God’s purposes on earth.

In the Old Testament

He has chosen and filled (Bezalel son of Uri and Oholiab son of Ahisamak) with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers. PG. 276; Exodus 35:35

The king asked Daniel, “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?” Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.” PG. 279; Daniel 2:26-27

In the New Testament

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. PG. 284; I Corinthians 12:4-6

God chooses your gifts, so celebrate- don’t compare.

KEY VERSE: For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. PG. 284; Romans12:4-6

God gives us a gift so that we can be a gift to others.

KEY IDEA: I know my spiritual gifts and use them to fulfill God’s purposes.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. Romans12:6

The internal litmus test to know if you are serving out of your gifting is enthusiasm. The external litmus test is affirmation.

S - Spiritual Gifts

H - Heart

A - Abilities

P - Personality

E - Experiences

So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

PG. 284; Romans 12:6-8

Our body isn’t a container for our gifts; it’s a conduit for God’s power.

…….to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. PG. 287; Ephesians 4:12-13

Using our spiritual gifts is what God uses to help us become like Jesus so we can accomplish God’s purposes on earth.

God uses your SHAPE to redeem your story.

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Biblical Community | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Idea: I fellowship with Christians to accomplish God’s purposes in my life, in the lives of others and in the world.

Key Verse: 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:44-47

Key Question: How do I develop healthy relationships with others?

“it is not good for man to be alone.” (pg. 259; Genesis 2:18)

Two are better than one,

    because they have a good return for their labor:

10 If either of them falls down,

    one can help the other up.

But pity anyone who falls

    and has no one to help them up.

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

    But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered,

    two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (pg. 260;Eccl. 4:9-12)

Step 1: Put God at the center of your life and community

“…have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.”

(pg. 261; Exodus 25:8)

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. (pg. 262; Exodus 40:34-35)

If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth? (Exodus 33:15-16)

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

(Matthew 27:51)

For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16)

“For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.”

(pg. 266; Matthew 18:20)

Step two – Surround yourself with other Christians committed to the same purpose

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (pg. 265; Acts 2:42-47)

“All the believers were together and had everything in common” = Koinonia.

Biblical community is a collection of people who share a common purpose.

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:15)

And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

(pg. 265; Acts 2:47

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Total Surrender | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Idea: I dedicate my life to fulfill God’s purposes

Key Verse: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (pg. 240; Romans 12:1)

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (pg. 247; Luke 9:23)

“…those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” (Luke 6:33)

What is a “Living Sacrifice”?

Dying for God is a single decision; living for God is a daily decision.

How do you become a living sacrifice?

2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

Don’t let the world squeeze you into its mold

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Be changed from the inside-out through saturating your mind in God’s Word

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Worship | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Question: How do I worship God in a way he deserves?

Key Idea Part 1: I worship God for who he is…

How

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;

    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving

    and extol him with music and song. (Psalm 95:1-2)

Who

3 For the Lord is the great God,

    the great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,

    and the mountain peaks belong to him.

5 The sea is his, for he made it,

    and his hands formed the dry land. (Psalm 95:3-5)

Key Idea Pt. 2: …and what he has done for me.

How

6 Come, let us bow down in worship,

    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker (Psalm 95:6)

Who

7 for he is our God

    and we are the people of his pasture,

    the flock under his care. (Psalm 95:7)

Key Challenge:

Today, if only you would hear his voice,

8 “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,

    as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,

9 where your ancestors tested me;

    they tried me, though they had seen what I did.

10 For forty years I was angry with that generation;

    I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,

    and they have not known my ways.’

11 So I declared on oath in my anger,

    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’” (Psalm 95:7b-11)

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Stewardship | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Question: What is God’s call on my life?  

 

Key Verse:  The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. (Psalm 24:1-2) 

Key Idea: “I believe everything I am or own belongs to God.”   

God doesn’t need what we have, so our giving must be for our sake. (Ps. 50) 

 

God is not asking us to accomplish great things but to be faithful to invest what he has given us for him. (Matthew 25:14-15) 

God may not give us more because we have not been faithful with what we have. (Matthew 25:16-23) 

 

So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:9-10) 

 

Is there enough evidence to indict you as a Christian? (Matthew 25:17-30)  

 

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Compassion | BELIEVE | Rob Wegner

Key Question: What about the poor and injustice?

I tell you the truth whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me. Matt 25:40

Key Verse: Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82:3-4)

35 passages of scripture about the orphan.

Over 2000 passages of scripture about the underdog.

Key Idea: I believe God calls all Christians to show compassion to people in need.

The continuum of compassion begins with involvement moves toward identification.

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion..

Luke 10:33 (ASV)

Involvement Step #1: Stop, Notice and Come Near.

Where do you start? Wherever you are.

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion..

Luke 10:33 (ASV)

Involvement #2: Be Moved with Compassion

There are approximately 24 specific, unique events where Jesus emotions are explicitly recorded. The emotion Jesus is described having the most? Compassion.

When you read in the Gospels that Jesus was moved with compassion, it is saying that His gut was wrenched, His heart torn open, and the most vulnerable part of his being laid bare.  The ground of all being shook, the source of all life trembled, the heart of all love burst open, and the unfathomable depths of the relentless tenderness was laid bare. Your Christian life and mine don’t make any sense unless in the depth of our beings we believe that Jesus not only knows what hurts us, but knowing, seeks us out whatever our poverty, whatever our pain. His plea to His people is, 'Come now, wounded, frightened, angry, lonely, empty, and I’ll meet you where you live. And I’ll love you as you are, not as you should be, because you’re never going to be as you should be.' Do you really believe this?  Brennan Manning

As I receive Jesus’ compassion for me, I will release Jesus’ compassion to others.

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5 NLT

Involvement Step #3: Do Something

Turn to pg 138,

34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' Luke 10:34-35 (NIV)

I don’t have to do everything, I need to do something.

Turn to page 139

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’” Matthew 25:34-36

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The Church | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Question: How will God accomplish his plan?

You were not created in the image of God. (Genesis 2:18)

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone”. Genesis 2:18

We were made in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26)

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27)

We stopped reflecting the image of God at the fall. (Genesis 3-5)

This is the written account of Adam’s family line.

When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind”[a] when they were created.

When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. (Genesis 5:1-3)

Jesus reflects the image of God (Colossians 1:15, 19)

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation…For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him…(Colossians 1:15,19)

The restoration of the image of God is found in the Body of Christ. (Romans 8:29)

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

Our challenge, individually and corporately, is to grow to be more like Jesus

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son... (Romans 8:29)

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