Do You Believe I Can Do This? Leading Questions - Part 2
Give Online: https://pushpay.com/pay/gatecitychristian Website: https://www.gatecitychristian.com/ Decision Card: https://gatecity.churchcenter.com/people/forms/371658 DO YOU BELIEVE I CAN DO THIS? Leading Questions – Part 2 5/1/2022 Week 1: Why Are You So Afraid? Week 2: Do You Believe I Can Do This? Week 3: Do You Want to Be Well? Week 4: Why Do You Doubt? As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When [Jesus] had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored... Matthew 9:27-30 NIV WHAT KIND OF FAITH HONORS GOD? 1. FAITH THAT BELIEVES WHEN IT DOESN’T SEE. Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT When [Jesus] had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Matthew 9:28 NIV 2. FAITH THAT PERSISTS WHEN NOTHING CHANGES. Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God. Colossians 4:2 GNT 3. FAITH THAT WORKS WHEN IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. You see that [Abraham’s] faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. James 2:22 NIV Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ… 2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT I’d rather be blind with faith that God can heal… than see and have no faith! Talk About It 1. What does the size of your requests to God reveal about the strength of your faith in Him? 2. Share a time when you put faith in God to do something big. How did He respond and what did you learn? 3. What will you do this week to move away from what’s familiar and toward a blind faith that honors God?
Why Are You So Afraid? Leading Questions Part 1
Give Online: https://pushpay.com/pay/gatecitychristian Website: https://www.gatecitychristian.com/ Decision Card: https://gatecity.churchcenter.com/people/forms/371658 WHY ARE YOU SO AFRAID? Leading Questions – Part 1 04/24/2022 Why Are You So Afraid? Do You Believe I Can Do This? Do You Want to Be Well? Why Do You Doubt? That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:35-41 NIV TWO THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU’RE IN THE STORM 1. You’re in the storm with his presence. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. Mark 4:37-38 NIV 2. You’re in the storm for his purposes. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 NIV He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:39-41 NIV My hope is not in the boat—my soul is anchored in the Lord. Talk About It • Are you or someone you know going through a storm? What fears are surfacing as a result? • Share about a storm you’ve endured. How did you see Jesus’ presence and purpose in midst of this storm? • What steps do you need to take to fully anchor your soul in the Lord and not in fear?
Easter Sunday 2022
Give Online: https://pushpay.com/pay/gatecitychristian Website: https://www.gatecitychristian.com/ Decision Card: https://gatecity.churchcenter.com/people/forms/371658 YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE Easter – 2022 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live!” John 14:19 NIV What is this Life Jesus Has For Us To “Live”? 1. It’s a Life filled with Meaning. “Christ gives meaning to your life.” Colossians 3:4a CEV “Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven – and the future starts now!” 1 Peter 1:3-4 Mes 2. It’s a Life Freed By Grace “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 NIV “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead intransgressions —it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV “He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone.” 1 Timothy 2:6 NLT “The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life.” Romans 8:13 Msg 3. It’s A Life Free From Loneliness “They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Mark 14:32-36 NLT “At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Mark 15:33-34 NLT “For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’” Hebrews 13:5 NLT Jesus walked alone so you would never walk alone How Can I Have This Life And Never Walk Alone? “Everybody comes alive in Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:22 Mes “I came so you can have real and eternal life, a better life than you ever dreamed of.” John 10:10 Msg
Standing Firm in the Fire - 4/10/22
Give Online: https://pushpay.com/pay/gatecitychristian Website: https://www.gatecitychristian.com/ Decision Card: https://gatecity.churchcenter.com/people/forms/371658 STANDING FIRM IN THE FIRE How To Stand – Part 5 4/10/2022 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:7 NLT • A FAITH THAT’S TESTED IS A FAITH THAT CAN BE TRUSTED. When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and other musical instruments, bow to the ground to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. Anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace. Daniel 3:5-6 NLT THREE QUALITIES OF STANDING IN FAITH 1. FAITH OBEYS GOD INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING MAN. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.” Daniel 3:16 NIV 2. FAITH BELIEVES IN SPITE OF WHAT IT SEES. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. Daniel 3:17 NLT 4. FAITHFUL OBEDIENCE IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY. THE OUTCOME IS GOD’S. But even if [God] doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up. Daniel 3:18 NLT Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "True, O king." "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." Daniel 3:24-25 NKJV …They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. Daniel 3:27 NIV Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.” Daniel 3:28 NIV Faith that is tested is a faith that can be trusted. Talk About It 1. Have you had a bad day recently? How can something as ordinary as a bad day challenge your faith? 2. If faith gets stronger by being tested, would you ever ask God to test your faith? Why or why not? 3. Is there something you know God wants you to do that you need to obey? What steps will you take this week?
Stand in Faith 4/3/2022
Give Online: https://pushpay.com/pay/gatecitychristian Website: https://www.gatecitychristian.com/ Decision Card: https://gatecity.churchcenter.com/people/forms/371658 STAND IN FAITH How To Stand – Part 4 4/3/2022 I looked up and saw a man dressed in linen clothing, with a belt of pure gold around his waist. His body looked like a precious gem. His face flashed like lightning, and his eyes flamed like torches. His arms and feet shone like polished bronze, and his voice roared like a vast multitude of people. Only I, Daniel, saw this vision. The men with me saw nothing, but they were suddenly terrified and ran away to hide. So I was left there all alone to see this amazing vision... Daniel 10:5-8 NLT …My strength left me, my face grew deathly pale, and I felt very weak. Then I heard the man speak, and when I heard the sound of his voice, I fainted and lay there with my face to the ground. Daniel 10:8-9 NLT THREE THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN STANDING IN FAITH 1. GOD CARES ABOUT YOU MORE THAN YOU DO. Just then a hand touched me and lifted me, still trembling, to my hands and knees. And the man said to me, “Daniel, you are very precious to God, so listen carefully to what I have to say to you. Stand up, for I have been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up, still trembling. Daniel 10:10-11 NLT 2. GOD IS DOING MORE THAN YOU UNDERSTAND. Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. Daniel 10:12-13 NLT 3. GOD’S STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN YOUR WEAKNESS. How can someone like me, your servant, talk to you, my lord? My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe.” Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!”… Daniel 10:17-19 NLT JUST BECAUSE WE DON’T SEE ANYTHING, DOESN’T MEAN MY GOD ISN’T DOING SOMETHING. Talk About It • What’s the current status of your prayer life? Non-existent? Hit-and-miss? Thriving? • How would life be different for someone who was confident they were precious to God? • What are you going to pray about this week? How might your prayers be different from before?
Stand Up - 03/20/2022
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