Church Vision Statement
We are a biblically rooted church that wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and a connection to a family who cares.
- When you were a kid what was one thing you thought all rich people had or did?
- After watching Richie Rich, I thought all rich people wore suits all the time.
Read: 1 Peter 4:1-7
1 Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
2 so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.
3 For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.
4 In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you;
5 but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged.
- Hangout nights are a great time to invite lost people as well as rengage people from your group that may have gotten out of the habit of coming to LifeGroup. Discuss what you will do for this month’s hangout night.
- The challenge today was to decide to arm yourself in Christ. How do we arm ourselves with Christ? Hint look at verse 1.
- Like the illustration of the woman, Carrie Macdonell, that Todd gave in his sermon, decide that you are going to live with the same purpose as Christ.
- If we arm ourselves with Christ by setting our minds on the same purpose, what is Christ’s purpose?
- Here are a few thoughts: to seek and save the lost, to glorify God, and to build the kingdom of God.
- Have you ever experienced a situation where you knew someone was going to be hostile to your Christian beliefs, but you mentally armed yourself with Christ and you were able to stand strong and not cower?
- On the flip side of the last question, have you ever walked into a situation where you did not arm yourself with Christ and you did not give a good testimony or you were agreeable in order to not have to deal with their hostile reaction? What should your response have been?
- Todd mentioned in the sermon that people are redefining sin. In what areas are you noticing sin being redefined? In what ways do you struggle not acquiescing to these new definitions?
- If we as Christians begin to accept these new definitions and are not ready with a biblical response, what are we doing to the people around us?
- We are affirming people in their sins. When we affirm them we are helping to lead them down the path of destruction, it is not kindness it is actually cruelty.
- Ezekiel 13:8, “When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.”
- Verse 4, explains that your old friends will not understand your new life in Christ and will try to pull you back into sin. Have you experienced this in your life? How do you respond?