Never Mind Convenience
Sunday, February 10, 2019
1.FLATTERY is pretty obnoxious. Stay away from it.
(Proverbs 26:24-28; 29:5; 1 Thessalonians 2:5; Romans 16:18; Jude 1:16)
2.Just because I stand on truth doesn’t mean I will always ‘WIN’ in the here and now.
(1 Peter 3:14,17; 2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 4:12-14; Matthew 5:10; 2 Corinthians 12:10; Luke 6:22; 1 John 3:13; John 15:20)
3.Society might seem more tolerant of other belief systems, but let’s never withhold that we follow CHRIST!
(Romans 1:16; Mark 8:38; 1 Peter 4:16; 2 Timothy 2:15)
4.Don’t let what others might think persuade ME in making MY decision.
(Proverbs 29:25; Galatians 1:10; Romans 12:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:4)
5.With balance and love, we have to touch on TOUGH issues, not fluffy feelings.
(Ephesians 4:15, 5:11, 6:19; ; Acts 4:18-29, 28:31; Philippians 1:20; 2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 3:10,23)
6.If the Holy Spirit is speaking to my heart, LISTEN – don’t try to drown Him out!
(1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30; John 3:19; Acts 7:51; Hebrews 3:7)
7.DON’T PUT OFF UNTIL TOMORROW WHAT MUST BE DONE TODAY.
(2 Corinthians 6:2; John 9:4; Luke 12:35)
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.Tertullus used flattery; Paul didn’t. Why is flattery a foolish choice?
3.Jesus told Paul that he would testify in Rome, yet day after day (for over 2 years) he remained imprisoned in Caesarea. Do you think he ever wondered what was taking so long? Share an experience / season where God’s timing perplexed you. What ended up happening? What did you learn?
4.Felix knew the right thing to do, but he didn’t do it. One reason is that he was afraid of the Jews / wanted to please them. How does pressure from people and the world affect spiritual decisions? (Give some examples.)
5.In what ways is procrastination dangerous? We often want to avoid making a difficult yet necessary decision. Why? Why is avoidance not the way to go?
6.1 Thessalonians 5:19 (Amplified version) says: “Do not quench [subdue, or be unresponsive to the working and guidance of] the [Holy] Spirit.” How have you been guilty of this?