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"AFTER FURTHER REVIEW" :: Week 4
Dropping the mask
- What are some reasons we are so concerned about image management? What might be the root cause of “mask wearing”?
- Why are we afraid to be honest with God and others? What have you experienced when you took the risk and dropped the mask?
(n.) a person who knows they’re sick, but keeps saying, “I’m fine.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation... the old is gone, the new has come.
Ephesians 2: 4-5 (NLT)
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s GRACE that you have been SAVED!)
Romans 5:6 (NLT)
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
Titus 3:4-5 (NLT)
When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, HE SAVED US, not because of the righteous things WE had done, but because of HIS mercy. HE washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
And it is impossible to please God without FAITH. Anyone who wants to come to him must BELIEVE that God exists and that he rewards those who SINCERELY SEEK him.
"After further review" :: Week 3
What Were You Thinking?!
- How’s your “mental diet” these days? How has mental “junk-food” affected your life and relationships?
- What has your attention has you. In what ways do you need to shift your focus?
- In what ways have you been able to replace your old way of thinking…develop new mental “ruts”?
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
Philippians 4:8 (TNIV)
…whatever is TRUE, whatever is NOBLE, whatever is RIGHT, whatever is PURE, whatever is LOVELY, whatever is ADMIRABLE—if anything is EXCELLENT or PRAISEWORTHY—think about such things.
“One of the greatest gifts God has given the human race is Scripture—yet we often turn it into a burden. Sometimes people will ask me, “How many minutes a day am I supposed to read the Bible? Seven? Fifteen? What is the minimum I can read and not have God mad at me?” That is the wrong question. God is not mad at us for not reading the Bible. No matter how much we read the Bible, he won’t love you anymore than he loves you right now. The question is, “What can you feed your mind with so that it can flourish?"
Psalm 1:2-3 (NLT)
"They delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do."
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."
FEED AND FOCUS
What you choose to focus on has your attention. And what has your attention has you.
Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV)
"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."
Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
"After Further Review" :: WEEK 2
- Which "tool" do you think the Holy Spirit might want to use in your life right now? (Planer, Router, Sander)
- How could having "your power under God's control" make a difference in your relationships?
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
“When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.”
Gentleness is your power under God’s control
- Matthew 8:29 (NLT)
"Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Plane my disposition
- Philippians 4:4-5 (NIV)
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near."
- Proverbs 15:1 (NLT)
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.”
Router my rage
- Galatians 5:19-20 (NLT)
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, participation in demonic activity, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group…”
- Proverbs 29:11 (GN)
“Stupid people express their anger openly, but sensible people are patient and hold it back."
- “I MAKE ME SO MAD!”
- James 1:19-20 (NLT)“My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight.”
Sand out my bitterness
- Ephesians 4:2 (NLT)
“Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love.”
- Colossians 3:13 (NLT)
“You must make allowances for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Put me on display
- “LET YOUR GENTLENESS BE EVIDENT TO ALL…”
"AFTer further review" :: Week 1
- In what ways do you see “hurry sickness” playing out in you?
- How has impatience cost you relationally, professionally, or physically?
- When are you going to do your homework? ("Be still and know that I am God!")
- Ecclesiastes 2:22-23 (NLT)
- Psalm 139:23 (NIV)
- Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
- James 1:2-4 (Ph)
- 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NLT)
- Proverbs 14:29 (NIV)
- Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
- Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
...the ability to to get under a load and stay there.
...the ability to countdown... before you blast off!
...that PEOPLE are more important than our TIME.
...that PEOPLE are more important than THINGS.
“We must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from our lives. This doesn’t mean that we will never be busy. Jesus often had a lot to do, but He never did it a way that severed the life-giving connection between him and his Father. He never did it in a way that interfered with his ability to give love when love was called for. He never did it in a way that caused him to treat someone as an interruption. Jesus was often busy, but never hurried.”