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The Road To Success

Message Notes

(Jeremiah 29:11 NLT) For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

(Matthew 13:3-8 NCV) Then Jesus used stories to teach them many things. He said: “A farmer went out to plant his seed. (4) While he was planting, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and ate it all up. (5) Some seed fell on rocky ground, where there wasn’t much dirt. That seed grew very fast, because the ground was not deep. (6) But when the sun rose, the plants dried up, because they did not have deep roots. (7) Some other seed fell among thorny weeds, which grew and choked the good plants. (8) Some other seed fell on good ground where it grew and produced a crop. Some plants made a hundred times more, some made sixty times more, and some made thirty times more.

What is the road to success? What is success?

 

The Road Obviously Looks Different For Everyone

(1 Corinthians 12:7 MSG) Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people!

(Romans 12:4-5) For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, (5) so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

 

Look Ahead On The Road That’s Been Given To You

(Philippians 3:13-14) Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, (14) I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Picture of looking ahead = Picture of pressing on

 

The Road Of Embracing Responsibilities

(Luke 9:23-24) Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (24) For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.

 

The Road To Success Has Right Kind Of Sacrifice

Discerning whether or not to sacrifice

(Proverb 4:23) Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

 

Connectgroup Questions & Prayer

  1. What does your success look like?
  2. What is the right way of sacrificing for you?
  3. Let God lead you upon pursuing your way of success!

Relentless Pursuit

Message Notes

(Philippians 3:12) Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

(Philippians 3:17) Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.

(Philippians 3:13-14) Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  

  1. Forgetting The Past
  2. Straining Forward
  3. For The Prize 

 

(Philippians 3:12) Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

-Why has Jesus taken hold of you? 

Connect Group Questions & Prayers

  1. Why has Jesus taken hold of your life?
  2. What might be distracting you?
  3. Let’s pray!

Seek, Seek, And SEEK! / Real Worship! 

Message Notes

Seek, Seek, And SEEK!

(Matthew 7:7 ERV) “Continue to ask, and God will give to you. Continue to search, and you will find. Continue to knock, and the door will open for you.

(Mark 11:24 ERV) So I tell you to ask for what you want in prayer. And if you believe that you have received those things, then they will be yours.

 

Real Worship! 

(Romans 12:1 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.

BRING THEM HERE︎

Message Notes

(Matthew 14:15-17 MSG) Toward evening the disciples approached him. “We’re out in the country and it’s getting late. Dismiss the people so they can go to the villages and get some supper.” (16) But Jesus said, “There is no need to dismiss them. You give them supper.” (17) “All we have are five loaves of bread and two fish,” they said.

(Matthew 14:18-21 MSG) Jesus said, “Bring them here.” Then he had the people sit on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples. The disciples then gave the food to the congregation. They all ate their fill. They gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. About five thousand were fed.

 Jesus Wants To Give You Something Good

 

Worry & Anxiety

(Matthew 11:28-30 MSG) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

 

Sickness

(Matthew 15:30 NLT) A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all.

 Gifts, Skills, Talents

 

Jesus Christ – Holy Spirit Ministry Begins (Part 4)

Message Notes

Holy Spirit Comes On Jesus Like A Dove

(Matthew 3:16-17) As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. (17) And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

 

Jesus Came In The Fullness Of The Holy Spirit

(Luke 4:1) Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

 

Ministry In The Power Of The Holy Spirit 

(Luke 4:14) Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.

 

Teaching In The Power Of The Holy Spirit

(Luke 4:15-17) He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. (16) He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, (17) and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

 

Jesus Is The Fulfillment Of The Messiah From (Isaiah 61:1-3)

(Luke 4:18-21) “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, (19) to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (20) Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. (21) He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

The Holy Spirit Guidance

Message Notes

The One That Helps

(John 14:16-17 NLT) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. (17)He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

Focus On The Voice And Listen

(1 Samuel 3:4-11 NLT) Suddenly the Lord called out, “Samuel!” “Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” (5) He got up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” “I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go back to bed.” So he did. (6) Then the Lord called out again, “Samuel!” Again Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” “I didn’t call you, my son,” Eli said. “Go back to bed.” (7) Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before. (8) So the Lord called a third time, and once more Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” Then Eli realized it was the Lord who was calling the boy. (9) So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed. (10) And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.” (11) Then the Lord said to Samuel, “I am about to do a shocking thing in Israel.

(John 10:1-4 NLT) “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! (2) But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. (3) The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (4) After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.

Take The Step

‬(Psalm 119:105 NLT) Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

(Galatians 5:22-23 NLT) But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Unlock The Power

Message Notes

(Phil 4:6-7 NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (7) Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Don’t Worry

Prayer

Thankfulness

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

Philippians 4:19 – My God Shall Supply

Message Notes

(Philippians 4:19)And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

ὁ δὲ Θεός μου πληρώσει πᾶσαν χρείαν ὑμῶν κατὰ τὸ πλοῦτος αὐτοῦ ἐν δόξῃ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ.

1.”My God”
-Paul’s situation wasn’t a good example of God’s riches was it?

2.Will Supply All Your Needs
-The power of hope
-The power of sowing and reaping
(Luke 6:38) Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

(Galatians 6:9) Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

(Psalm 23:1) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want

3.According To His Riches

God is rich
Man of sorrows
(Isaiah 53:3 NLT) He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

(Ephesians 3:16) I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

(2 Corinthians 8:9) For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

(Ephesians 3:20 NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Dreamers And The Purposes Of God

Message Notes

(Ephesians 3:20 NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

(Genesis 37:3-7) Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. (4) When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. (5) Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. (6) He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: (7) We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”

1.A Dream Can Come To Anyone
-Family background doesn’t matter
-Personal history doesn’t matter
-Present resource doesn’t matter
-Age and gender doesn’t matter
(Acts 2:17) In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

2.A God Dream Comes To Lift Us. To Sustain Us. To Move Us Forward.
Peter: rock and will build my church
(Matthew 16:18) And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

3.A Dream Comes In An Atmosphere Of Faith
-Joseph’s dad Jacob visionary too

4.A Dream Speaks Of The Future
(Habakkuk 2:3) For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

5.The End Does Not Look Like The Beginning. But We See It Like A Star In The Sky.
(Genesis 15:5) He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.

6.A Dream Increases As We Wear The Restraints Of Responsibility
-Wear the jacket
(Proverbs 29:18) Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

7.A Dream Can Be Snuffed Out By Negativity
-but true visionaries will never let go of their dream

8.A Godly Dream Is Always Linked To God’s Purposes
a.Know God
b.Reach people for Jesus
c.Make a difference

(Ephesians 1:4) For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.

(Ephesians 2:10) For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

The Holy Spirit Power In You

Message Notes

(John 14:16-17) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— (17) the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

 

It’s not about Getting, it’s about Feeling the Holy Spirit

(Acts 8:18-20) When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money (19) and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” (20) Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!

 

Holy Spirit is Powerful

(Romans 8:11) And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

 

Instead of Trusting in Circumstances, Trust in the Holy Spirit!

(John 14:12) Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

 

Always be Seeking!