Happy Family, Happy Life

Message Notes

(Romans 12:1-2 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. (2) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Culture Of Respect

(1 Timothy 4:4 NLT) Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks.

(Romans 12:4-5 NLT) Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, (5) so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

(Mark 6:4-5 GNB) Jesus said to them, “Prophets are respected everywhere except in their own home town and by their relatives and their family.” (5) He was not able to perform any miracles there, except that he placed his hands on a few sick people and healed them.

Culture Of Forgiveness

(Ephesians 4:26-27) If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, (27) and do not stay angry all day.

(Proverbs 16:32) He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

(Ephesians 4:3 NLT) Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

Culture Of Love

(1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT) Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Greek For Love

AGAPE (Unconditional Love, Unlimited Love)

EROS (Relationship)

Philia (Friendship)

Generous

Message Notes

Definition:

Synonyms – other words: big, considerate, unselfish, free, great-hearted, honourable, kind, open-handed, philanthropic, plentiful, ample, full, overflowing,

Antonyms – opposite negative words: selfish, greedy, mean, miserly, stingy, depleted, wanting.

Woman and jar
(Mat 26:6-13) While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, (7) a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. (8) When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. (9) “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” (10) Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. (11) The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. (12) When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. (13) Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
(Matthew 26:10) Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.

( {emphasize v.10) ‘She has done a beautiful thing to me”.}

Generous = Not simply acts of kindness: It’s a decision to live big.

(Proverbs 11:24 MSG) The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.

Attitude shift: From ‘it’s all for me (greed)’ to ‘live to give’

(Luke 12:16-21) And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. (17) He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ (18) “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. (19) And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’ (20) “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ (21) “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Give More, Save More, Consume Less = Happiness

(Acts 20:35b) ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Generous:
-for me

-for others

-for eternity (leave a legacy) 

How To Live Generous?

(2 Corinthians 9:5-7) So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. (6) Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (7) Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

1.Get a plan

2.Calculate (How much?)

3.Designate (Where to?)

4.Set it free (without guilt or regret).

tithe-ly is a great help

Connect Group Questions
1.Am I generous?
2.Does it matter?
3.Let’s pray to live generous.

Don’t Let Your Joy Be Stolen

Message Notes

(Philippians 3:1) Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.

(Proverbs 17:22 NLT) A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.

(2 Timothy 4:3 NLT) For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.

What was actually happening in Philippian Church? (Why was he giving this warning?)

(Philippians 3:2-3) Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—

– What kinds of enemies were there?

1.The Enemy Of Methods (How To)

(Philippians 3:14) I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

2.The Enemy Of Doubt

– There’s a power in believing

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭NLT‬
“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.”

Lifegroup Questions & Prayer

1、What can you do to keep your joy?

2、What can you learn from Philippians 3?

3、Let’s Pray!

It’s In Your Hands

Message Notes

Exodus 4:1-3 NLT
“But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?” Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied. “Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back.”
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1. Let God Use What’s In Your Hands

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.

Mark 6:38 NLT “How much bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.” They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.”

Note: 5000 men not including women and children were fed with five loaves of bread and two fish.

2. Don’t Let Your Past Determine Your Future

Philippians 3:13-14 NLT
“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

3. Don’t Settle For Less Than God’s Best

James 1:12 NLT
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

Withstanding the Storm

Message Notes

Matthew 7:24-27 NLT
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

1. Don’t be fooled by external appearances. Check inside.

1 Samuel 16:7 NLT
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Romans 5:5 NLT
“He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love”

2. When building avoid shortcuts

Proverbs 21:5 NLT
“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty”.

Proverbs 10:9 NIV
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out”.

3. The strength of your foundation will be tested.

1 Corinthians 3:11 NLT
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.”

Filled With The Holy Spirit – Again And Again

Message Notes

(Acts 2:1-4,14) When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. (2) Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. (3) They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. (4) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (14) Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.

-Right Time
-Right Place
-Right People
Result: They spoke in tongues, prophesied, declared the wonders of God, Peter preached with power.

2.Peter Re-Filled With The Spirit

(Acts 4:8-12) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! (9) If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, (10) then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. (11) Jesus is “ ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ (12) Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Result: Peter Speaks Boldly

3.All Filled Again With The Holy Spirit

(Acts 4:31) After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Result: They all spoke the Word of God boldly.

4.Keep Being Filled

(Ephesians 5:18-20) Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, (19) speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, (20) always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Result: Speaking with power, singing, music, giving thanks.

‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’

Message Notes

(Psalm 100:2 NKJV) Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.

(Philippians 4:13) I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

-I have strength, am strong, am in full health and vigour, am able, overcoming strength

Context:
(Philippians 4:11) I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

-content, satisfied = “myself is sufficient with God
-in the ‘whenever’ and ‘whatever’ I might face

(Philippians 4:12) I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

-‘Learnt the secret’ – properly, shutting the eyes and mouth to experience the wonderful “mystery” of learning to be content in Christ in every scene of life –

– Overcoming Needy Situations
– Overcoming Plenty Situations
– Learnt the secret: How?

1.Know God And His Word
(Psalm 119:103) How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

-Failure is not final. (… if you simply get up again, and try again with God’s strength).

2.Know Your Strengths And Limitations. (Passions And Non-Passions)
-Serve the LORD with gladness
-Failure is not final. (Only if you don’t get up again)

3.Go Through Life With Others In Church
(Romans 12:15) Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

Heart for people

Message Notes

1. Pray – Spend time with God

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬
「Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.」

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭NIV
「“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”」

2. Pray for others

1 Timothy‬ ‭2:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬
「I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—」

‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬
「bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.」

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬
「not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.」

Pray is to turn your thoughts into prayer

3. Take action

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:13-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬
「When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.」

Conquering Anxiety

Message Notes

1. Trust in the Lord

Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Philippians 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. 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.”

2. Avoid Divided Loyalty

James 1:6-8 NLT
“But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.”

3. Please God Only

Galatians 1:10 NLT
“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”

4. Watch Your Intake

Matthew 6:22-23 NLT
“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!”

1 Corinthians 6:12 NLT
“You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.”

Fullness of Grace

Message Notes

John 1:16 (NIV)
16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.

What Are The Ares Jesus Wants To Fill?

Full Life

John 10:10 (NIV)
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Full Church

Matthew 22:8-10 (NIV)
8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.
9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’
10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

Full Heaven

Revelation 7:9 (NIV)
9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.

How Do We Get Full?

Stay Humble

James 4:6 (NIV)
6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
Psalm 75:6-7 (NIV)
6 No one from the east or the west
or from the desert can exalt themselves.
7 It is God who judges:
He brings one down, he exalts another.

Live Generously

Luke 6:38 (NIV)
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.”

Be Continuously Filled With The Holy Spirit

Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV)
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.