ANTHEM: Live Life Loud

DATE: Sunday, August 20, 2017

SERMON TITLE: Hosanna “Save, I Pray”

It’s hard to live with Passion when you don’t know your Purpose for life.

ANTHEM – A rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause.

 

TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: Our overall purpose, in other words, what we do, is to worship God, and our purpose informs our identity of who we are.

 

START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:

  • Describe an activity or event, especially something you looked forward to, that you have only done once in your life. Share your experience with the group.

 

  • Have you ever met or had a close encounter with someone famous, especially someone you admired or liked. What was your reaction? Did you interact with them? Did it meet your expectations or was it disappointing?

 

BIBLE READING:

Please Read Mark 11 – The Triumphal Entry

11:1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus[a] sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

 

11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

 

HOSANNA “SAVE (Us/now), I Pray” DECLARITIVES:

1.) His purposes NEVER CHANGE. (External)

Although our purpose doesn’t ever changes, we sometimes try to define our purpose through our problem, when in fact our problem can actually be an opportunity. How have past problems in your life, actually proved to be opportunities, especially in regards to your relationship with God? Describe one to the group.

 

It is often exciting to begin, but we need perseverance to finish our tasks, especially in the middle. However, during the process, instead of getting our identity from God, we often give ourselves value based on what we produce, and consequently get depressed over not hitting the “quotas of life”. What are some of the “quotas of life” that you put value on? What is your reaction when you achieve these quotas? How about when you don’t reach these quotas? How does God influence or impact how you define the “quotas of your life”?

 

HOSANNA “SAVE (Us/now), I Pray” DECLARITIVES:

2.) His purposes NEVER WAIVER. (Internal)

Our mistakes and sin don’t disqualify us from our purpose and calling. God loves using people who are broken and flawed. Ironically, Jesus never got made with sinners, but instead got mad at religious hypocrites. Is there an area in your life, a habitual sin, or something from your past that you feel that God is mad about? If you are willing, share with the group about that specific area that feel God is mad or disappointed in.

 

Discipline is used to restore gently, while abuse doesn’t restore, it instead tears down further. It is our role as Christians, and as a church to create a safe environment to heal and restore because healing come through Jesus and the church. What are some ways that Fervent Church creates safe environments for people to heal and be restored? What are some new and creative ways that Fervent Church can create a safe environment for people to heal in?

 

HOSANNA “SAVE (Us/now), I Pray” DECLARITIVES:

3.) His purposes ALWAYS PREVAILS.

In the end, Jesus wins!! Because God is outside of time and space, God doesn’t care about our time frame and knows that His purposes will prevail.   Please know that in God’s economy, you are never too ______ (File in the blank, for example “too young”, “too old”, “too anything”). Can you identify or describe an area in your life that you feel limits yourself in regards to God’s purpose for you?

 

ACTION ITEMS:

By knowing who you are, you are able to hold on to your purpose, and wait for God to prevail. Jesus did not bring you this far for no reason or for you to quit. Is there an area in your life that you need to be reminded not to quit? Describe it to the group. In addition, this week, find someone (family member, co-worker, friend, acquaintance) to encourage. Encourage them to keep going, to not quit in an area of their life where they may be questioning, and by doing so, help them to live out their Purpose.

  

DON’T FORGET:

NO CHURCH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd – LABOR DAY WEEKEND

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