Doorway To Something Greater
Good can com from bad situations
Sunday, July 14, 2019
The bad that happens:
(2 Tim. 3:12; 2 Samuel 15:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:8-9; Philippians 4:12; 1 Peter 5:8; Matthew 5:45; Acts 28:16)
The GOOD that comes in spite of the bad:
1. Despite adversity, the gospel is ADVANCED.
(2 Timothy 2:9)
2. How we respond to the bad can embolden our brothers and sisters with CONFIDENCE.
(Acts 4:29; 2 Corinthians 12:9)
3. We receive support and encouragement from others who JOIN us in the fight.
(Philippians 1:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 12:26; Galatians 6:2)
4. Adversity provides an occasion to PRAY.
(James 5:16; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 2 Corinthians 1:11)
5. Adversity provides an occasion for Holy Spirit POWER to be poured out.
(Acts 1:8; John 14:16-17,26; Galatians 4:6; Romans 8:26; Psalm 34:9)
6. Adversity provides an opportunity for INTROSPECTION.
(John 6:66-68; Romans 12:1; 2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 Peter 4:17; James 1:2-4)
7. The toil and labor has greater potential for FRUITFULNESS.
(Romans 12:10,15; Philippians 2:3-8; Romans 15:1-3)
8. Adversity provides an occasion (and motivation) to band together in UNITY.
(1 Corinthians 1:10; John 17:23; Psalm 133:1; 1 Peter 3:8; Ephesians 4:3)
9. Adversity serves as a reminder to remain on point in striving for the GOSPEL.
(Colossians 1:24; Acts 5:41; 1 Peter 3:13-17, 4:16; Romans 8:17; Hebrews 11:25; Matthew 5:11)
Taking it further to help you THRIVE…
1. Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
2. Warren Wiersbe said, “When difficulties come, our tendency is to pray for deliverance instead of growth.” Recall a recent occasion in your life when in the presence of something bad, God brought about good. Why does it sometimes take adversity to awaken us to God’s work in our lives?
3. Even in the early church, there was a sense of ‘competition’; some men wanted the attention on themselves and not on Paul, and they selfishly used Paul’s imprisonment to their advantage. When has someone used difficult times in your life to their advantage? How did you respond? How does God want you to respond in times like this? What can you learn through this?
4. Leonard Ravenhill said, “Most Christians pray to be blessed. Few pray to be broken.” In what ways does the brokenness that comes through adversity make us better?
5. Paul said he wanted the Philippians to have “one mind [in] striving together for the faith of the gospel…” (Philippians 1:17). What does this mean, and how should this look in your family, at TCF, and throughout the King George community? some time in purposeful prayer, asking God to direct how you spend your time and energy…)