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4) I WILL NOT LET MY CHURCH BE ABOUT MY PREFERENCES AND DESIRES

Preferences

This series is based off of Thom Rainer’s book, “I Am a Church Member.” Dr. Morehead and I led this series at Pentecostals of South Haven in the Winter of 2015. Each lesson is based off of the interactive EXCEL teaching model.

ENGAGE 

  • Shake hands, get food

XPLORE

  • Tell me something good about last week’s lesson

COMMUNICATE

  • 1) PEOPLE FIND ABOUT PREFERENCES– (The Handout for this activity is at the conclusion of this post)
    • Who likes chocolate
    • Who has a dog
    • Who likes to shop
    • Who likes southern gospel music
    • Who likes seafood
    • Who likes arts & crafts
    • Who likes snow
    • Who likes musicals
    • Who likes to sew
    • Who likes to bicycle
    • Who likes Kid’s ministry
    • Who likes to be in the choir
    • We all have preferences, but church is not about our preferences
  • 2) READ ALOUD: Read page 90-94
    • We actually give up our preferences when we join. Church is about serving not being served.
  • 3) SERVANT – Think about the word servant- who comes to mind/ why/ share out.
    • Ms Cox
    • Ms Frazier
    • We will never find joy in church membership when we are seeking things our way. We will find the greatest joy when we seek to be last.
  • 4) READ ALOUD: A survey that said a lot – Page 96-102
  • 5) THINK/ PAIR/ SHARE: Give out 10 slips of paper with each dominant behavior pattern
  • 6) READ ALOUD: Read pages 101-102

EMPOWER

  • 1) MIND OF CHRIST – Examine Philippians 2:5-11
    • Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • We must have the mind of Christ.
  • Come up with a list of power words from that passage that we can write on a sticky note and pray over our owns minds this week such as
    • No reputation – So huge (story of the first time my reputation was attacked publicly)
    • Servant
    • Humble
    • Obedient unto death
    • Even the death of the cross –disgraced, pride all gone, what others think means nothing
    • Exalted by others (not by ourselves)

LAUNCH

  • READ THE 3RD PLEDGE – Page 104 – 106
  • FORGIVENESS – Read story from Forgiveness book – his mom says seventy times seven
  • CHALLENGE: I challenge you to intentionally ignore your preferences this week and treat someone who doesn’t deserve your kindness according to the bible
  • Matthew 18:21-22 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

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QUOTES FROM THE BOOK I AM A CHURCH MEMBER

I AM A CHURCH MEMBER SERIES

LESSON ONE: INTRODUCTION

LESSON TWO: I WILL BE A FUNCTIONING CHURCH MEMBER

LESSON THREE: I WILL BE A UNIFYING CHURCH MEMBER

LESSON FOUR: I WILL NOT LET MY CHURCH BE ABOUT MY PREFERENCES

LESSON FIVE: I WILL PRAY FOR MY CHURCH LEADERS

LESSON SIX: I WILL LEAD MY FAMILY TO BE HEALTHY CHURCH MEMBERS

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Posted on September 7, 2015, in I Am A Church Member - Series, Ministry Monday and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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