Sermon Series: GOD USES ORDINARY PEOPLE: Special Stories About Common People
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11-Feb-18 - The Unimpressive 12: How They Impressed Jesus
FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY:
INTRODUCING THE TWELVE
- GOD HAS SPECIAL PURPOSES FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE (Mark 3:13-19)
God chose 12 apostles (3:16-19), out of many disciples (2:15). He appointed them for 2 purposes: (1) to be with him (3:14a) – it’s primarily relational; & (2) to be sent to do 2 tasks (i.e., to preach, & to have delegated authority to cast out demons [6:7-13]), which Jesus Himself modeled to them (1:14, 34, 39). Remember: God makes our ordinary lives extraordinary by giving us His divine purpose for us. Let’s discover & do God’s purposes!
- GOD ALLOWS SPECIFIC TESTS FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE (Mark 14:38, 50)
God strengthens ordinary people through tests in the midst of troubles (14:33-34). The 3 disciples were told to watch (14:34b), as Jesus prayed (14:32b). But they slept thrice (14:37, 40, 41), & did not watch & pray (14:38). Thus, when their test came, they failed by deserting Jesus (14:50). Note: failures come when we don’t watch & pray. Let’s strengthen ourselves by watching & praying!
- GOD BRINGS SPARKLING CHANGES TO ORDINARY PEOPLE (Acts 4:19-20; 5:27-29)
God totally transformed the 12 apostles, as seen in Acts 4:19-20 & 5:27-29. They did not desert Jesus anymore nor stop telling about Him. What made the difference? Aside from the Spirit empowering them (Acts 1:8; 2:4), they were involved in corporate prayer (1:13-14; 2:42; 3:1; 4:24). Remember: corporate prayer transforms people. Let’s pray for transformation together!
18-Feb-18 - God Uses the Hot-Headed & The Thunder-Tempered
Stop, Look, Listen
“A fool gives vent to his anger but a wise man keeps himself under control. “Proverbs 29:11 (NIV)
Why is it so important to keep our anger under control? Because uncontrolled anger can become a habitual way of responding to life. Pretty soon, your anger controls you instead of you controlling your anger.
The Book of Proverbs is filled with practical steps on how to control your anger. Let me share three. The easiest way to remember them is to remember a little phase that you may have learned as a child when you were taught to cross the street: Stop, Look, Listen.
- Stop. Stop and think before you speak. I don’t know why it is but angry words always seem to come easily. I know some people who, when they get angry, are witty, sarcastic, quick! But a sharp tongue is the quickest way to cut your throat.
Proverbs 14:17 (NIV) says, “A quick tempered man does foolish things.” And Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath but harsh words stir up anger.” The starting point in dealing with anger is to stop and watch what you say.
- Look. Look at the situation from God’s point of view, not your point-of-view. That means be mature enough to overlook minor hurts, frustrations and insecurities. If somebody insults you, criticizes you, or puts you down, be mature enough to say, “It’s not going to bother me.” Proverbs 12:16 (NIV) says, “A man’s wisdom gives him patience. It is his glory to overlook an offense.”
Anger, like every other emotion, is caused by the way you see a situation. If you want to control your anger, one way to do it is to change your point-of-view.
- Listen. Listen to the needs and hurts of those people that you’re tempted to be angry against. Any angry person is just a hurting person. They’re hurting inside, they’re frustrated. When you listen to their needs, it’s easier to respond and not get angry.
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” (James 1:19 NIV) If you do the first two, the third will come automatically. If you are quick to listen and slow to speak, it is going to be automatic that you are slow to become angry.
– Rick Warren
Ephesians 4:29-5:2 (ESV)
29 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. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
5 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
ANGER GOD’S WAY
What Common tell me
What do you know about anger?
How important is your anger items?
How much is that anger important to you?
Am I responding well?
Where is God in my anger?
God’s anger is…