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Message Notes

1.What Is Marriage…?
(Mark 10:6-9a ERV) But when God made the world, ‘he made people male and female.’ (7) ‘That is why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. (8) And the two people will become one.’ So they are no longer two, but one. (9) God has joined them together, so no one should separate them.”

2. Strength Of 2 Becoming 1
(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT) Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. (10) If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. (11) Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? (12) A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

Spending Time With God

Message Notes

(Revelation 3:20 ERV) Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you. And you will eat with me.

(Revelation 3:19-20 AMP) ‘Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I rebuke and discipline [showing them their faults and instructing them]; so be enthusiastic and repent [change your inner self–your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior–seek God’s will]. (20) ~‘Behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me.

(Luke 5:16 ERV) Jesus often went away to other places to be alone so that he could pray.

Sometimes In The Morning
(Mark 1:35-37 ERV) The next morning Jesus woke up very early. He left the house while it was still dark and went to a place where he could be alone and pray. (36) Later, Simon and his friends went to look for Jesus. (37) They found him and said, “Everyone is looking for you!”

Sometimes At Night
(Mark 6:45-46 ERV) Then Jesus told the followers to get into the boat. He told them to go to the other side of the lake to Bethsaida. He said he would come later. He stayed there to tell everyone they could go home. (46) After he said goodbye to them, he went up into the hills to pray.

1. Priority
2. Alone
3. Prayer Was A Way To Spend Time With The Father

How Should We Spend Our Time?
(Matthew 6:6 NLT) But when you pray, you should go into your room and close the door. Then pray to your Father. He is there in that private place. He can see what is done in private, and he will reward you.

(Matthew‬ ‭6:9-13‬ ‭ERV)‬‬ So this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, we pray that your name will always be kept holy. (10)We pray that your kingdom will come— that what you want will be done here on earth, the same as in heaven. (11)Give us the food we need for today. (12)Forgive our sins, just as we have forgiven those who did wrong to us. (13)Don’t let us be tempted, but save us from the Evil One.

It’s Not About Saying The Sets Of Words, It’s A Relationship Between The Father And A Child
Don’t just Think but Actually Talk
Don’t just Talk but Actually Ask
Don’t just Ask but Actually Listen
Don’t just Listen but Actually Trust

(Hebrews 11:6 ERV) Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who sincerely try to find him.

Connect group Questions and Prayer
1. Do you feel like you’re close to our Father in Heaven?
2. How do you spending time with our Father in Heaven?
3. Let’s be thankful and pray together!

The Game

Message Notes

The Players
(1 Corinthians 9:24-25 NLT) Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! (25) All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.

The Spectators
(2 Samuel 6:14-16) And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. (15) So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns. (16) But as the Ark of the Lord entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him.

(2 Samuel 6:20-23) When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!” (21) David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord. (22) Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!” (23) So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life.

The Coach
(Matthew 26:7-10) a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. (8) When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. (9) “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” (10) Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.

Generous Words

Message Notes

(Proverbs 18:21) The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

(Proverbs 11:24 MSG) The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.

(Numbers 13:26-27 ) They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. (27)They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit.

(Numbers 13:28-29) But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. (29) The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”

(Numbers 13:30-33) Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” (31) But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” (32) And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. (33) We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

(Numbers 14:24) But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.

1. Use your words WISELY
(Proverbs 12:18) The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

2. Use your words to BUILD
(Ephesians 4:29 ESV) Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

3. Use your words to GIVE courage
(1 Thessalonians 5:11) Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

(Hebrews 10:24-25) And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, (25) not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

4. Don’t withhold your WORDS
(Proverbs 3:27) Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.

Armor Of God – Belt Of Truth

Message Notes

(Ephesians 6:11-17 NLT) Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. (12) For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (13) Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. (14) Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. (15) For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. (16) In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. (17) Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

What Is The Point Of A Belt
-“Protection” and “Power”

Truth Will Bring “Protection” & “Power” To Us
-You’ll be able to discern lies that sounds like it’s true, and protect the truth.

(Romans 12:2 NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
-Truth is not what everyone believes, it’s what God is saying
-Protection from temptations

(2 Timothy 3:16 NLT) All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

-To everyone in work place

(John 8:32 NLT) And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Always Pursue The Truth!
(John 14:6a) Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.

(Colossians 2:7 NLT) Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Times Of Refreshing = “One Touch Of The Holy Spirit Changes Everything!”

Message Notes

(Acts 3:19-20 NLT) Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. (20) Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.

-Presence of the Lord =The Holy Spirit =The breath of God =The wind of God.

(Acts 2:1-4) When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. (2) Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. (3) They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. (4) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

1.The Holy Spirit Comes Right On Time
(Acts 2:1) When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.

(Psalm 31:15) My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.

2.The Holy Spirit Comes In The Right Place
(Acts 2:2) Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

(Exodus 3:2-6) There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. (3) So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” (4) When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” (5) “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (6) Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

3.The Holy Spirit Comes On The Right People
(Acts 2:3-4) They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. (4) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

(Psalm 34:1) I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.

4.The Holy Spirit Wants Us To Speak Of God’s Great Wonders
(Acts 2:5-11) Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. (6) When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. (7) Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? (8) Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? (9) Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, (10) Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (11) (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”

Connect Group Questions & Prayer
1.Do you welcome the Holy Spirit’s presence into your life?
2.Is there anything he is saying to YOU to change or do?
3.Let’s pray for this presence and power.

Love Won’t Let Me Down – SOULMATE

Message Notes

Golden Rule
(Luke 6:31 NLT) Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

Get To Know Your Friends
-Spend Some Time (Dream Team, Church Life, Connect Group, Doing Life Together) DISCOVER

(Matthew 9:10-11 MSG) Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers. “What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?”

(Acts 2:46-47 MSG) They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.

Honesty // Trust
(Proverbs 11:1 NLT) The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights.

Proverbs 11:3 MSG) The integrity of the honest keeps them on track; the deviousness of crooks brings them to ruin.
– You can trust because…

(Matthew 3:17) And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Connect Group Questions & Prayer
1. Are you trying to get to know your friends?
2. Are you being honest towards God?
3. Let’s pray!

Salt Family

Message Notes

(Matthew 5:13 NLT) You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

(Mark 9:49-50 ERV) “Everyone will be salted with fire. (50) “Salt is good. But if it loses its salty taste, you can’t make it good again. So, don’t lose that good quality of salt you have. And live in peace with each other.”

1.Developed By Endurance – Salted With Fire
(Romans 5:3-5 NLT) We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. (4) And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. (5) And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

2.Protect Your Heart – Don’t Lose Your Saltiness
(Proverbs 4:23 NLT) Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

(Romans 12:1-2 NLT) And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. (2) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

3.Salty Family – Living Together In Harmony
(Philippians 2:1-4 NLT) Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? (2) Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. (3) Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. (4) Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Connect Group Questions & Prayer
1.What kind of attitude do you normally have when the challenges come?
2.What can you do to protect your heart?
3.What will you do to be united? Let’s pray.

Prayer & Praise Night

Message Notes

Holy Spirit Power
(Acts 8:14-17) When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. (15) When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, (16) because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (17) Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Praise:
(Psalm 136:1 CEV) Praise the Lord! He is good. God’s love never fails.

giving thanks over and over. (26 verses = 26 times the same)
‘God’s love never fails’. 

Prayer:
(Psalm 91:1-4,11-13) Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (2) I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (3) Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. (4) He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (11) For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; (12) they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. (13) You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

Pray for 4 things
1. Protection
2. Venue And Land
3. Connect Groups – Grow And Flourish
4.New People – Saved And Baptised

Close The Gap!

Message Notes

(Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT) Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

Fear_______Courage

(1 John 4:18 NLT) Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.

(2 Timothy 1:7 NLT) For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Uncertain_______Certain

(Hebrews 11:1 NLT) Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.

Alone_______Teamwork

(Acts 2:46-47 MSG) They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.

Us______God

(Romans 5:10 NLT) For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.

Connect Group Questions & Prayer
1. What do you desire to do?
2. Why do you think you haven’t been able to take a step of faith in some areas?
3. Let’s pray!