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Difficult People | Week 4 [Gary Mitchell] The Manipulators Define Manipulation: to unfairly and unjustly control, influence, or warp, the thoughts and behaviors of others through lies, distortion of facts, or the withholding of information for one’s own personal gain. Where do we find Manipulators in our lives?1. At our Job 2. In our Circle of Frie…
 
Difficult People | Week 2 [Daniel Roach] The Downers Job is a remarkable story about how to suffer Job is Down But Not a Downer Job 1:21; 2:10 - The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised...shall we accept good from God and not the trouble? 1 - It's Okay To Be Down 2 - Call In Help Job 2:11-13 Who Are We Listenin…
 
40 Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. 41 And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house, 42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. 4…
 
Difficult People | Week 1 [Chad Simpkins] The Christians Acts 11:26 - (It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.) Matthew 23:1-7 "The primary reason outsiders feel hostile toward Christians...is not because of any specific theological perspective. What they react negatively to is our 'swagger,' how we go about things and th…
 
26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, …
 
The Creature Within Series | Week 5[Chad Simpkins] Greed "Greed is a snarling monster with a set of razor-sharp teeth on both sides of its head. It devours not only those from whom it takes, but also those who eagerly receive its plunder." -Chris Seay Matthew 6:19-21 - Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys t…
 
22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he …
 
The Creature Within Series | Week 4 [Chad Simpkins] Anger "But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart…" -Jesus Ephesians 4:26 - And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Two Types of People: Spewer - "A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control." -Proverbs 29:11 Stewer - "Don’t let the sun …
 
The Creature Within Series | Week 4 [Chad Simpkins] Jealousy "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on…" -Shakespeare "But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart." -Jesus Jealousy: A resentment towards someone for a perceived advantage or superiority they hold. -We’re jeal…
 
The Creature Within Series | Week 2 [Daniel Roach] Guilt 4 Types of Guilt: Good Guilt Bad Guilt Misplaced Guilt Irrational Guilt Hope ≠ Reality -> Guilt “Our guilt comes from this very strange combination of a wonderful intention and an imperfect world.” -Jamie Kenney Luke 19:1-10 Jesus Includes the Unlikely Zacchaeus Recognizes the Tension of Guil…
 
The Creature Within Series | Week 1 [Chad Simpkins] Heart Matthew 15:1-20 10 Commandments + 613 Extra Commandments 365 were negative (Things not allowed) 248 were positive (Things allowed) The Pharisees were all about Behavioral Modification Punishments & Filters Psalm 51:10 - Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me…
 
Chasing Carrots Series | Week 4 [Chad Simpkins] Chasing Approval "It is the avoidance of disapproval - more than the attainment of approval - that moves people-pleasing behaviors from compulsive habits to bona fide addiction." -Harriet Braiker, The Disease to Please Question #1: Do you obsess about what other people think about you? Question #2: Ar…
 
Chasing Carrots Series | Week 3 [Chad Simpkins] Chasing Perfection Matthew 5:48 - But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. What are you chasing? Self-Oriented Perfectionist Externally-Oriented Perfectionist Other-Oriented Perfectionist Matthew 12:1-8 GOD DOESN’T CALL US TO: PerfectionMatthew 5:43-48 Are we FULLY loving o…
 
In Luke 7:24-35, we discover four wonderful surprises. 1. Who is God’s greatest spokesman? (Verses 24-28) John the Baptist! 2. Who is leading a purpose-driven Llfe? (Verses 29-30) Sinners who repent and embrace God's purpose in Christ! 3. Who is wise in this age? (Verses 31-35) Followers of Christ, the children of wisdom! 4. Who befriends sinners? …
 
Chasing Carrots Series | Week 2 [Chad Simpkins] Chasing Comfort Ecclesiastes 2:4-8 Ecclesiastes 2:11 - But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. Luke 4:1-8 Matthew 20:28 - The Son Of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. Luke …
 
As we return to our study of the Gospel according to Luke we read about John the Baptist’s dark night of the soul. In this passage, we discover a question posed by John the Baptist and an answer supplied by the Lord Jesus. In this passage we can learn something of the nature of our doubts, as well as the sweet certainty found in our wonderful and m…
 
Chasing Carrots Series | Week 1 [Chad Simpkins] Chasing Success What are your motives for success? Ecclesiastes 2:4-8 Why does success matter to you? Ecclesiastes 2:9-11 What are you willing to give up for success? "Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s press…
 
The greatest obstacle to the forward progress of the gospel in the world… doesn’t come from outside the church, but rather from within the church itself. What obstacle is that? The obstacle of disunity! In Philippians 2:1-4, the Apostle Paul supplies the motivations (Verse 1), the mindset (Verse 2), and the mandate (Verses 3-4) for unity in the chu…
 
One Hit Wonders Series | Week 9 [Daniel Roach] Mephibosheth 2 Samuel 9 4 Main Characters: 1. Saul 2. Jonathan 3. David 4. Mephibosheth Mephibosheth -Victim of Circumstance - 2 Samuel 4:4 -Learned to Hide - Lo Debar = “no word” “nothing” -Defined By Mistakes -Believed the Lie - 2 Samuel 9:8 David -Honors His Covenant - 2 Samuel 9:6-7 -Restores Ident…
 
One Hit Wonders Series | Week 7 [Gary Mitchell] Samson Judges 13-16 Lessons Learned: 1. You Are Your Own Worst Enemy 2. Stay Close to God 3. It's Not How You Start, It's How You Finish Next Steps: 1. Decide to Change/Find Accountability 2. Connect In a Life Groups 3. Seek Help (Prayer/Counseling) 4. Commit to Christ/Seek Baptism…
 
One Hit Wonders Series | Week 5 [Chad Simpkins] Tower of Babel Lessons To Be Learned: 1. Tried To Control God 2. Wanted Fame By Building the Tower 3. Kept People From Scattering Genesis 11:4 - Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over…
 
One Hit Wonders Series | Week 4 [Chad Simpkins] Jethro and Moses Steps to Good Decisions: 1. Stop Running So Fast 2. Stop Making Decisions Alone 3. Start Seeking Wisdom From Others Proverbs 13:10 - Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise. 4. Start Seeking God for Guidance James 1:5 - If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, w…
 
One Hit Wonders Series | Week 3 [Tim Cole] Household of Stephanas1 Corinthians 16:15-16 - You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the Lord’s people. I urge you, brothers and sisters, to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labors at it.…
 
One Hit Wonders Series | Week 2 [Joel Pazmino]1 Samuel 14:1-22 Hope is not necessarily not having any doubts of whether God will come through or not, but it is moving forward believing that He might. Faith in God's POWER. Faith in God's CHARACTER. Matthew 25:24-25 Alignment with God's PURPOSES Hebrews 11:6 Luke 1:78 "...we act as if the primary wor…
 
One Hit Wonders Series | Week 1 [Sean Cronin] Jacob and Esau Patience - Waiting until later for what you want now. Genesis 25:19-21a When you think you can't wait, PRAY. James 5:7-9 When you think you can't wait, ACT. Psalm 27:13-14 Philippians 4:6-7 Genesis 25:22-34 When you think you can't wait, REMEMBER WHAT'S TRUE. "Esau traded the ultimate for…
 
The Church Is ___ Series | Week 4 [Chad Simpkins] The Church is One "The fact remains that teams, because they are made up of imperfect human beings, are inherently dysfunctional." -Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Dysfunctions We Experience -Selfishness -Disunity -Vision Drift The Church Is ONE. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 We are a TEA…
 
The Church Is ___ Series | Week 3 [Chad Simpkins] The Church Is Moving Acts 1:8 - And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere - in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 8:1-40 Group 1: The Church is about Me. • Consumeristic Church Group 2: The Church is about Us. • Country Club Church Gro…
 
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