Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES
Sunday, November 5, 2017 @ FERVENT CHURCH
(Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado)
HOW TO LOVE: How to Love your Spouse?
TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: We are not called to deny our past, but instead use it as a reference point on how far we have come and how much God has done in our lives.
START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:
Name your all-time favorite character in a book, TV show, or movie? What is it about this character that makes them your favorite? Describe some specific characteristics that they possess.
What are some characteristics that you or others would use to describe yourself? Does the group agree with your assessment? Are there any additional characteristics that the group can add?
Please Read 2 Corinthians 12:7 – 10 (NKJV)
The Thorn in the Flesh
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
What parts of the scripture passage stood out to you? What part is the most encouraging? What part is the most challenging?
Pastor Mike encouraged us to pray that God will change our posture toward our circumstance, rather than the circumstance itself. Is there a circumstance that you need to change your posture about, if so, describe it to the group? What about this particular circumstance has made it difficult it pray to God about?
HOW TO TURN CRIES INTO CELEBRATION:
1.) I need to “OWN” my mistakes before I can truly surrender them.
Pastor Mike heartily encouraged us to “OWN IT” – You must own your past, in order to surrender it. You cannot surrender something that you do not own, therefore it is a priority to fully embrace and “own” our past. Are there any parts of your past that you do not ‘own’? If so, why do you think that is? And what can you do to change that?
In the opening question, both you and the group identified characteristics about yourself. Take a moment to deeply consider, are any of the characteristics used to describe your personality caused by pain or past hurts? Are these descriptions really who you are and who God created you to be?
*This might be a time to take a moment for some self-reflection – take a few moments to consider and ponder this question. If need be, play a short worship song to give group members a moment to pray and think, such as this:
Matt Redman’s Gracefully Broken (Lyric Video) (5:48)
Jesus Culture – Love Has a Name (4:57)
HOW TO TURN CRIES INTO CELEBRATION:
2.) I need to recognize that HE is enough.
Pastor Mike, posed the revealing question, “What do you consult first – your past or Jesus?” When it comes to how you identify yourself and your characteristics – what do you consult first?
We are not called to deny our past, but instead use it as a reference point on how far we have come and how much God has done in our lives. However the past cannot be a reference, if it used as our resource and source of power. Describe a part of your past that God has redeemed and how you are able to use it as a resource.
So far, what is your biggest mistake? What did you learn from your mistake? Would you have learned that lesson without making that mistake?
Is there someone in your world (a family member, friend, co-worker, fellow student or neighbor) that struggles with their past? Pray for them, and this week, find an opportunity to encourage them that God can redeem their past hurts, mistakes (done BY us), misfortunes (done TO us), and misalignments (done WITH others).
Also pray that God would reveal and give opportunities to discover other people’s past so that you can encourage them as well!!