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Anything But Typical

Key Scripture: Ephesians 5:15-20

We all want more than the typical family. We want an extraordinary family that's marked by unconditional love, respect and fighting for each other. So, why do we end up with the same old family that's marred by unmet expectations, regret and fighting with each other? God has a different plan for your life and for your family, and His plan is anything but typical. Just as He is holy, He has made us holy in Christ. He wants to make your family an exception, so that He can make it exceptional. Do you know what He wants to change today?

Scripture References and Quotes:

  • “Modern Christians hope to save the world by being like it, but it will never work. The Church's power over the world springs out of her unlikeness to it, never from her integration into it." - A.W. Tozer

  • Corinthians 6:17

  • John 17:15-17

  • Revelation 4:8

  • 1 Peter 1:15-16

Defeating Defeat

Key Scripture: Acts 16:25-34

Life isn’t fair. This world can beat us up and hold us captive. Our natural tendency when we go through trials is to focus more on ourselves, but peace comes from fixing our eyes on Christ. Peace comes when we worship. Peace comes when we're no longer trying to escape our trouble, but finally discover the true freedom that only God can bring.

Scripture References and Quotes:

  • Hebrews 12:26-29

  • 2 Corinthians 3:17

  • James 1:2

  • Psalm 23:4

  • 1 Peter 1:6-7

All for the Glory of God

Key Scripture: Acts 15

It’s easy to lose sight of what’s most important. We tend to make minor issues major and miss the major issues entirely. We get caught up in our rights as Christians and concerned with everything others are doing wrong. What’s most important to Jesus? The unity of His Church. As we face disagreements and potentially divisive issues with other believers, we must do everything possible to avoid both legalism and lawlessness and to pursue love. Don’t judge, don’t stumble, and do all for the glory of God.

Scripture References and Quotes:

  • Matthew 23:24

  • 1 Corinthians 9:12

  • Romans 14:13-19

  • John 17:22-23

Clear Calling

Key Scripture: Acts 13

The only life without limits is the one God has called you to live. His calling will never be first and foremost about you and will always serve to accomplish His purpose of redeeming the world to Himself. As you live out this calling, you’ll run into conflict from those who oppose the gospel and try to dilute Truth with disobedience. But this conflict can clarify God’s calling on your life. He uses opposition to give us direction. Do you know the life He’s called you to? Are you living it?  

Scripture References and Quotes:

  • Acts 9:15-16

  • Romans 8:28

  • Matthew 3:3-8

  • Luke 10:21

  • 1 Corinthians 2:4-20

  • 2 Timothy 3:5

Jailbreak

Key Scripture: Acts 12:1-19

Do you feel like a prisoner? It’s easy to live as a captive to sin and addiction, stuck in a jail of bitterness, anxiety and fear. But Jesus came to set us FREE. He can break every chain and open every iron gate that keeps us from moving forward in our Faith. He wants to wake us up to the reality of life with Him – a life of liberty and joy. What is holding you back today? It’s time to walk in the miraculous freedom you have in Christ.

Scripture References and Quotes

  • Ephesians 6:10-12

  • Romans 8:20-21

  • 2 Peter 2:19

  • Luke 4:18

  • Galatians 1:3-4

Breakthrough

Key Scripture: Acts 9:1-31

 The Apostle Paul’s story reminds us that Jesus can change anyone. His redemptive power is unstoppable. There isn’t a wall of pride He can’t break through nor a heart hardened by sin He can’t soften. We must not write off those He wants to write in to His story of redemption. This includes you. Who you are isn’t determined by what you’ve done; it’s determined by what God has said about you and what He’s done for you. He has a plan for you. He has a call on your life. Do you know who you are in Christ? Do you believe who He is in you?

Scripture References: Acts 7:58, Acts 8:1, 3, 1 Timothy 1:15-16, Acts 26:13-15, 1 Corinthians 1:30, Philippians 3:4-6

Carried Away

Key Scripture: Acts 8:1-40

Have you ever been so excited about something, that you’ve taken it a little too far? When we’re passionate about something, it’s easy to get carried away. Our faith in Christ should carry us away to places we’ve never been. It should carry us to do things we’ve never done: approaching the unapproachable, loving the unlovable, forgiving the intolerable, attempting the impossible. Unfortunately, it’s easy to just get carried away and caught up in the excitement of Christianity, but not in Christ Himself. Where is He wanting to take you today?

Scripture References: Luke 8:4-9: 13, Matthew 8:18-22, John 6:53-54, Luke 14:34-35, Mark 13:13, Philippians 3:8

Church Problems

Key Scripture: Acts 6:1-7

Every church has problems. In fact, the more people a local church has, the more problems it will face. It’s easy to feel overlooked, neglected, like you don’t matter. How we respond to hurt and disappointment is very important. We must be eager to give grace and careful not to tear the church apart with gossip. How the church responds to problems is equally important. Church leaders must willingly entrust ministry to the people of God and equip them to love others well. Most importantly, the problems a church faces must never distract it from what matters most. The health of any church will always be measured by its devotion to prayer and God’s Word.

Scripture References: Acts 6:1-7, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, Ephesians 4:11-12, Luke 10:38-42, James 2:15-17

Out Of Control

Key Scripture: Acts 5:12-42

A life without limits is a life you can’t control. The power of the Holy Spirit isn’t safe and cannot be contained within the confines of our comfort and convenience. He leads us into situations that are risky and difficult, calling us to go where we don’t want to go and to give up what we want to hold onto. But it’s only when we surrender control of our lives to the all-consuming fire of God that we discover true freedom. what are you still trying to control today?

Scripture References: Acts 5:12-42, 1 Peter 3:15, Galatians 2:20, Hebrews 12:28-29, 1 Kings 18:36-39, Luke 14:25-33

Change of Plans

Key Scripture: Acts 3:1-26

Don’t you hate it when plans change? If you want to follow Jesus, you’d better get used to it. The plans He has for us aren’t the plans we’d make for ourselves; they are immeasurably better! When we’re crippled by sin and the suffering life can bring, it’s easy to lose hope. In those moments, we must remember that the greatest blessing we can receive is Jesus Himself. At times, a miracle is what God uses to bring us closer to Him. At other times, He uses trial and hardship. He won’t hesitate to undo the dreams we have for ourselves if it means we’ll finally surrender to the infinitely better dream He has for us.

Scripture References: Matthew 16:24, Isaiah 55:8-9, Proverbs 13:12, Romans 8:28