This week we're talking about the big baptism event next weekend and how your group can celebrate baptism together.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
Beast Mode, Part 3: Prayers That Get It Done
Main Texts: Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 7:7-11, 1 John 5:14-15, Psalm 18:30, Romans 8:28
Sometimes it feels like our prayers don’t work. We ask for things and do not get them. And then sometimes we get the opposite! Maybe we know people or have heard of people that always seem to get what they pray for? What is their secret? Do we just not have enough faith?
In His model prayer, the first thing Jesus prays for after He praises God, is that His will would be done. This is very instructive for us. We should desire His will before anything else. We want His will. God is the expert. He knows better. He works things together for our good.
But then what is the purpose of prayer? If God is going to work His will, and we want His will, shouldn’t we just skip the prayers and let Him do His thing? What is the use of bringing our requests to Him. No! Jesus tells us to bring all kinds of requests to God.
He tells us that God answers like a Father. He gives us good things and doesn’t give us things that will harm us. There are powerful implications to this:
We can’t accidentally mess up. We can’t pray something that will harm us and God gives it to us.
God always gives us good things. Even if it’s painful, uncomfortable, or it takes longer than we would want. He always gives us good things.
Prayer is not a God-litmus test. If we will only believe in God, if He answers all of our prayers how we want them, then we don’t believe in God in the first place. He is a genie. If He has to obey our will, then He is not God.
So then how does prayer work? What are the mechanics? How do we bring all of our requests before Him, and at the same time desire His will the most?
We have to realize: Prayer is about SUBMISSION not CONTROL. Prayer is about conforming us to God’s will, not conforming God to our will. We bring all the impulses and desires we have before God and sort through them. Ultimately we try to sense, what God is doing. We sense what God has laid on our hearts and we pray towards that.
It is not “name it and claim it.” That philosophy is about control. It is not faith in a God who has a plan far better than us. It is faith in how confidently I pray, how strongly I believe. It is faith in my prayers, not God.
- BEAST MODE CHALLENGE, Week 3: Make prayer a wrestling match not a laundry list. Wrestle with God about what you feel urgent about. Don’t just give God a laundry list of things You’d like for him to do. Wrestle with Him. Sort through motives. See if you can discover what He is laying on your heart.
- HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?
- ICEBREAKER: What do you think is the greatest feat of human power?
- READ: Matthew 6:10
- Have you ever been discouraged by prayer? What happened?
- Why is God’s will something we should prefer to ours?
- Were you ever glad that you didn’t get something you prayed for? What happened?
- READ: Matthew 7:9-11
- How would you summarize those verses in your own words?
- What are some requests kids commonly make that you would say “no” to?
- When God says “no” to our request what should we assume?
- How should we respond emotionally when God says no?
- What are practical things we can do to train ourselves to do that?
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