Weekly Training Tip
This week we're talking about how to spend time in prayer as a group.
Here's the video:
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*Please let your Community Group know about the announcements that matter to them.
- We will be going to Guatemala to work with Compassion International on July 31st to August 6th to work with a project they have there, taking care of children and doing some light construction. The dates and prices are in your bulletin.
- We will also be going to Burkina Faso, Africa to work with Sheltering Wings on November 7-16 to work with an orphanage and share the gospel with some surrounding villages. The dates for that trip and prices are in your bulletin.
- If you are interested in either trip, we would love to have you join us this year as we travel to other countries to tell them and show them God’s love for them.
- You can email MattMashburn@WestPines.org and he will get you more information about those trips.
- You can register for the trips on our website (Go to Ministries -> Missions).
- W will be having a big celebration for Baptism on March 16th.
- We would love for you to participate in that celebration, which will be after both services on that Sunday. The first way you can participate is if you haven’t been baptized since you put your faith in jesus, this is a great opportunity for you to get baptized. If you’re interested, just let us know by emailing Pastor Dan at email@example.com.
- If you would like to help with the celebration, we would love a hand with everything from getting ready that morning to helping organize during the event, all the way through picking up after. If you want to serve, just email Pastor Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sermon Title: Beast Mode, Part 2: Fuel the Beast
Main Texts: Matthew 6:9-13, Psalm 139:1-4, Psalm 33:6, Job 25:5
REMINDER: The following Topics are for your preparation purposes only and should not be shared with the group as a refresher.
Jesus begins by saying, “Pray then LIKE this.” (emphasis added) Jesus is gives us this prayer as a model not a mantra. This is for us to learn how to pray, but not recite instead of praying.
He starts his prayer by reminding us the two key ingredients that will fuel our prayers.
God is our Father. He is for us, protective of us, drawn to us and loves us. He knows us better than anyone could ever.
God is in Heaven. He is the Almighty God. The center of the universe. He is exceedingly powerful.
These two truths together are like gasoline and a spark. When we remember both of them, it creates explosive prayers.
They are not mutually exclusive. Someone’s greatness is not in competition with their affection of us. Their greatness may make their love harder to believe, but they are not competing. That is the way it is with God. In fact we underestimate both of these truths.
Both concepts are beyond us. No matter what we can imagine, God loves us more. No matter what we can comprehend, He is still greater. The more we meditate on those two truths they will more and more fuel our prayers.
Jesus then says, “hallowed be your name.” He praises the name of God. Praise is not merely like a Birthday card to a distant uncle. We are not merely drumming up nice things to say because it’s that time again. Praise is pleasing to God, but it is powerful to us. It transforms us. Praise may be the most powerful thing we do in our prayers.
- Beast Mode Challenge, Week 2: Fuel the Beast - Start With Praise
- HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?
- ICEBREAKER: What is something in this world that you are awed by its power?
- READ: Matthew 6:9
- Why do you think Jesus intentionally started his prayer like this?
- Why is praising God powerful for us?
- Why do you think we sometimes leave this part out?
- How does it specifically affect our prayers when we forget that God is a loving Father?
- What helps stir up in your mind how much God loves you?
- How does it specifically affect our prayers when we forget that God is the Almighty?
- What helps stir up in your mind, how great God is?
- Why is the praise time at church so important?
- What are some creative ideas of ways to remind ourselves of who we are speaking to when we are praying?
- What is one thing you are going to do this week to consciously remember who you are praying to?
- Group Prayer Idea:
- End with prayer together.
- Encourage whoever would like to participate, to praise or thank God for something. Remind them that it doesn’t have to be eloquent. And not everyone has to participate. They can jump in and add something at any time.
- Have someone open (ask them privately ahead of time)
- Let people pray praises to God.
- Then you close.
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