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“An Irrational Peace”

Have you been plagued with anxiety and worry about circumstances in your life?  From Philippians 4, Pastor Brady gives the biblical prescription for peace that is real, unexplainable, and beyond human reasoning so that we have radical faith, we walk by faith, and we have strong faith to resist the temptation to worry.

Scripture Text:

Philippians 4:4-7

Sermon Discussion Questions:

  1. In her message, what does Pastor Brady share is the “greatest way to get an audience with God”? What words or phrases “speak well” of God?

 

  1. Read Philippians 4:4-7. Why do you think Paul encourages the reader to “rejoice in the Lord” twice in 4:4?
  1. What are some attributes of joy? What are some attributes of happiness or being happy?  What distinguishes joy from happiness?
  1. In Philippians 4:5, what reason does Paul give as to why we should rejoice and be gentle with others? How does Pastor Brady define “at hand’?
  1. Pastor Brady shares what she has learned in her relationship with the Lord. In your relationship with Jesus Christ, what have you learned about Him?  How will you use this knowledge of Him to help you combat worry and anxiety?
  1. What circumstances are causing you to be anxious and to worry; thereby, preventing you from entering into God’s Peace? What does God’s Word say about your circumstances?
  1. What words or dialogue has the enemy been using as weapons and threats against your faith in God? What has God said?
  1. Review Philippians 4:4-7. How have you reversed Paul’s prescribed order and prayed “backwards”?  When heeding the steps outlined by Paul what is the result?
  1. In God’s Word we are commanded “do not worry” (Matthew 6:25-35) and “be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6).  What will you do to build up and fortify your heart against worry and anxiety?
  2. From today’s message, what does Pastor Brady say happens when we allow our hearts and minds to be “cluttered” with fear, anxiety, or worry? How will you apply what you have learned in today’s message?

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Miracle of Acceleration”

Are you at a place of discouragement because you have not seen success from all of your sacrifices and hard work? You will be encouraged by Pastor Brady’s teaching from Luke 5 and by the miracle Jesus performs for the fishermen who have been toiling for a long time and have “caught nothing.” In this teaching, Pastor Brady outlines four things modeled by Jesus’ first four disciples that we can all do to see God turn our emptiness to overflow and our not-enough to more than enough.

Scripture References:
Luke 5:1-7
Matthew 6:33

Sermon Discussion Questions:

1. Read Luke 5:1-11. List the sequence of events that occurs in these passages.

2. Using 21st century terms, how does Pastor Brady define our “boats” in comparison to Simon’s boat(s)? What is your boat?

3. What reasons does Pastor Brady give to explain why Jesus wants to climbs into Simon’s boat (Luke 5:3-4)? Why do you think Jesus wants to climb in your boat?

4. In Luke 5, what happens to Simon when Jesus gets into the boat? What happens to Simon’s business partners, co-workers, and companions – those with him?

5. Stepping into Simon’s boat, Jesus asked him to “launch out into the deep. . .”(NKJV). How can “launching out” be risky?

6. One of the things, outlined by Pastor Brady and modeled by Simon, that we can do to see miraculous acceleration is to give Jesus full access to our boat. What does it mean to you to “give Jesus your boat” or to “have Him on board”?

7. Pastor Brady points out that we are “all fishing for something” whether it is love, approval, acceptance, security, significance, a mate, etc. What have you been “fishing” for? What has been your method, technique, or tactics for catching what you were fishing for?

8. The first four disciples’ actions in Luke 5 made a difference in the outcome of their ten hours of working hard and having “caught nothing” (5:5). What do you typically do when things are not working in your life? What will you do differently after hearing today’s message?

9. Read Matthew 6:25-33. What are you doing to “seek” God, His Kingdom, and to put Him first in your life? What are you doing to put God first in each of the following areas: In your day, your week, your family, and your finances?

10. In Luke 5:1-11 Jesus asks His first four disciples and in Numbers 20:1-12 God asks Moses to do something different from the way they had done things before. What has God asked you to do differently in your life? How is God leading you now compared to how He has led you in the past? What has been your response?

11. What do you learn about sacrifice in today’s message? About obedience? What is Holy Spirit saying to you?

12. In today’s message, we are reminded that “Obedience is better than sacrifice…”(1 Samuel 15:22 NLT) and “disobedience always hurts us but never hurts God.” What has God told you to do that you are not doing? What do you need to do to obey God and to get ready for your miracle of acceleration?

Challenge: How will you allow God to use your “boat” as a platform to share the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ?

“Learning a Good Thing from a Bad Guy”

January 29, 2017

“Learning a Good Thing from a Bad Guy”

From “The Parable of the Shrewd Manager” in Luke 16, Pastor Brady outlines four things that we are not to do and four things to do with money. These principles when put into practice daily will transform our thinking about money, make us financially healthy, and help us to become biblically “shrewd” with our money.

“Shrewd” is defined as “Astute or sharp in practical matters” (dictionary.com)

Things Not To Do With Money
1) Don’t Waste Money.
2) Don’t Love Money.
3) Don’t Put Your Trust in Money.
4) Don’t Expect Money to Satisfy You.

Things To Do Every Day With Money

1) Remember It All Belongs to God.
2) Remember God Uses Money to Test You.
3) Remember Money is a Tool.
4) Remember You Will Have to Give Account.

Scripture Reference:
Luke 16:1-18

Sermon Discussion Questions:

1. In her message, what characteristics does Pastor Brady give of people who have no hope? For believers, what should our hope be based on?

2. What are some examples of “misplaced hope”? How have you been affected personally by misplaced hopes?

3. What lessons have you learned in your own life about putting your hope and trust in people?

4. Read Luke 16:1-18. What circumstances is the manager facing in this parable? What plan of action does the manager devise? What would you do if you were in a similar situation?

5. The manager is commended for his “shrewd” business dealings by his rich master in Luke 16:8. Why do you think the rich owner was impressed? What do you think was non-commendable?

6. Luke 16:14 reveals the Pharisees are listening to Jesus tell this parable to His disciples. How does Pastor Brady characterize the Pharisees in her message?

7. In Luke 16:9-13, what lessons does Jesus say His disciples and hearers of the parable should learn?

8. What do you learn about money and material possessions from today’s teaching?

9. Knowing that everything is a gift from God (James 1:17-18), what will you change about how you manage each of the following that God has given you:
⎥ Your Relationships:
⎥ Your Time:
⎥ Your Body:
⎥ Your Mind:
⎥ Your Spiritual Gifts:
⎥ Your Talents:
⎥ Your Money:
⎥ Your Material Possessions:

10. Personal Reflection. Look back over your spending for the last thirty (30) days. How much did you spend in comparison to what you earned? Did you give God His portion (at least 10%)? How much did you save? How much did you spend on yourself? How much did you spent on others?

b) What does your spending reveal about you? What does your spending reveal about who you love most?

Other Scripture References:
Proverbs 23:5
Ecclesiastes 5:10

Daring To Be Desperate

Tina Baker teaches how if we are to go beyond being entertained to being true worshippers, we must be desperate for Christ – so that we can personally and corporately encounter Him. Comparing our spiritual journey with the healing river flowing from the House of the Lord in Ezekiel 47, Baker illustrates how we must “cry out” to Jesus in desperation like Bartimaeus in Mark 10.

Scripture References:
Ezekiel 47:3-5
Mark 10:46-52

Sermon Discussion Questions:

1. Read about “The Temple’s River” in Ezekiel 47:1-12. What is significant about this river?
What is growing on both sides of the river bank? What is the symbolic significance of the
river and the trees?

2. When measured, what are the four measurements taken at various points in the river in Ezekiel
47:3-5? What are the corresponding body measurements?

3. What do you attribute to the changes in the typography of the river which resulted in these
varied measurements? How can these same elements affect our faith in God?

4. How does the river’s four measurements in Ezekiel 47:3-5, parallel a believer’s spiritual
journey and desire for more of God’s Presence?

5. In her message, Tina Baker gives practical steps that we must take to go deeper and to enter
into true worship. What are some of those steps?

6. Who, according to Minister Baker, is “revival” not for?

7. Tina Baker prophetically speaks of a remnant that is rising among God’s people who are
more concerned about an encounter with God than being entertained. To be a part of this
remnant, what does this require of you?

8. What do you learn about “sound” and the sound of desperation from Minister Baker’s message?

9. Read Mark 10:46-52, the account of the healing of Bartimaeus, a desperate blind beggar. How is
this miracle relevant to the Body of Christ today? How is it relevant to you?

10. What are some reasons Minister Baker gives as to why Bartimaeus is a desperate man? What is
Bartimaeus desperate for?

11. What differences do you see in the encounter of Bartimaeus (who cannot see) with Jesus and the
encounter of the crowd (who can see) with Jesus?

12. Being physically blind, how did Bartimaeus know Jesus was passing by? Who are you telling
about Jesus?

13. What message did Bartimaeus’ “cry out”(The Message) send to Jesus? What message did it send to
the crowd?

14. How is Bartimaeus’ faith demonstrated? How does Jesus respond to Bartimaeus’ faith?

15. What was Bartimaeus’ response after receiving his healing?

16. What does Bartimaeus’ encounter with Jesus reveal about Bartimaeus? What does Bartimaeus’
encounter with Jesus reveal to you about Jesus?

17. Tina Baker confronts and challenges us with the truth that “We all need an encounter with Jesus”
and there are some things in our lives “that only an encounter with Jesus can fix.” What are you
facing that you know only Jesus can fix? What will you apply to your situation from today’s
message?

18. In order to have an encounter with Jesus and to ensure you do not miss The Answer (Jesus) to
your problems, what are you willing to let go of? What are you willing to sacrifice?

“Hearing the Voice of God”

Scripture Text: Luke 8:4-8

It is vital in knowing the will of God to be able to hear God’s voice. Using the “Parable of the Sower,” Pastor Brady points out that we are innately wired to hear from God and she gives four keys for us to use to get in position to hear God.

Sermon Discussion Questions:

1. What has been your experience with hearing God’s voice? Why is it important to hear
God’s voice?

2. In the Creation account in Genesis 1, what is the pattern for everything that God created? How does this help you in your knowledge of God and the voice of God?

3. Pastor Brady uses the proliferation of Citizens Band (CB) Radios and its lingo to illustrate our need to tune into God. Using the analogy of radio frequencies or satellite signals, what is the difference between “tuning in” and “tuning up”?

4. Read “The Parable of the Sower” in each of these Gospel accounts: Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:4-15. In Jesus’ explanation of this parable, what does each of the following represent or symbolize?
 Seed:
 Sower/Farmer:  Soil/Earth:
 Weeds/Thorns:  Harvest:

5. What four types of soil are referenced in Luke 8:4-15? What does each represent?

6. What are the results when the seeds fall on the respective soils?  Soil on the Footpath (Luke 8:12)
 Soil filled with Rocks (Luke 8:13)
 Soil with Weeds (Luke 8:14):
 Soil with Fertilizer (Luke 8:15)

7. Whatlesson(s)doyoulearnfrom”TheParableoftheSower’?

8. How can you”cultivate the soil”of your heart and your mind to remove blockage?

9. What distinctions did Pastor Brady make between “baby” Christians and mature sons and daughters of God?

10. Is your mind “full and pre-occupied” much of the day – everyday? What or who in your life, relationships, ministry, career, business, etc. is consuming your mind and your time?

11. What are you allowing to worry you, pull you in many directions, stress and stretch you to the point that you too busy to hear God?

12. In her message, how does Pastor Brady define a “weed”? How much effort does it take for weeds to grow? In one word, what are weeds a sign of?

13. Fearful and running for his life, the Prophet Elijah needed to hear from God (see 1 King 19:1-18). How does God demonstrate His great power? How does God speak to Elijah?

14. We are exhorted in James 1:22 to “…be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it,…”(Amplified). To begin using each of the four keys to hearing God’s voice, what do you need to do in each of the following areas so that you can…:
A) Cultivate an Open Heart and Open Mind: B) Designate Time to Listen to God:
C) Disregard Distractions:
D) Cooperate with God’s Decision:

15. If a spiritual brain scan was performed on you and your inner most thoughts. What would be displayed on the screen? What does this reveal about you?

“Unwrapping the Gift of God’s Will”

Do you find yourself asking or being asked more of the “tough” questions? One question most often asked when we are in a “tight” place and difficult decisions must be made is – “What is God’s will for my life?” In her message, Pastor Brady gives practical ways and biblical principles for knowing God’s will.

Scripture Text: Ephesians 5:15-17

Sermon Discussion Questions:

1. What “tough” questions were you asked most recently? How did you respond? Where did you look for answers?

2. Why do you think it is so hard for Christians to know, to comprehend, God’s will?

3. For each of the three things = gifts that we have been given by God to help us in our walk with Him, what is the role of each?

⎥ GPS = The Bible:
⎥ Compass = Your Conscious:
⎥ Personal Guide = Holy Spirit:

4. In learning what the will of God is, what do you learn the will of God is not?

5. Before hearing today’s message, what has been your approach to knowing God’s will?

6. Some biblical principles given by Pastor Brady to help us to know the will of God include: A) Acknowledge You Need God’s Help. B) Ask in Faith for God’s Direction. C) Listen for God’s Voice. D) Trust God. Which of these principles do you need to work on?

7. In your decision making, do you tend to be more “right brain” or more “left brain”? What can we do to be balanced in our decision making?

8. What difficult decisions are you currently facing? What from today’s message will you apply to help you know God’s will in your decision?

9. Pastor Brady gives four channels through which God speaks: His Word, others, impressions, and circumstances. Given these channels, why do you think we still do not hear God’s voice?

10. Read Exodus 14. When the Children of Israel were in a “tight place” what was God’s “prescription for their predicament”? (See Exodus 14:13). In the “tight place” you are in, how is God speaking to you? What is God saying to you?

Other Scripture References:
Jeremiah 17:19
1 Corinthians 1:9
1 John 5:14
Mark 11:24
Psalms 25:9
James 1:5-6
Job 33:14
Proverbs 3:5-6

“The Pain of Inequity”

All of us in some area of our lives are dealing with the pain that comes when we have given more than we have received in return. In her message, Pastor Brady closely examines the lives, the inequities, and the heart of four men in 2 Samuel 9, to encourage and remind everyone who is struggling with the pain of inequity – that God has not forgotten.

Scripture Text: 2 Samuel 9:-1-4

Discussion Questions:

1. Pastor Brady defines an inequity as “giving a full investment but receiving a partial return”
on that investment. In whom have you invested more than what you have received in return?
What were you expecting to receive?

2. When did the “pain of inequity” in your life begin? How have you dealt with it?

3. In her illustration, Pastor Brady demonstrates how many of us are “making it on ’60’ when we
should have gotten ‘100’.” In what areas have you had to make it on less than “100”?

4. Read 2 Samuel 9:1-12. Identify the relationship of each of the following individuals to Saul
and to his son Jonathan:

♣ David (2 Samuel 9:1-12)

♣ Ziba (9:2-4, 9-12; 16:1-4; 19:14-18, 24-30)

♣ Mikar/Machir (2 Samuel 9:5, 9-12; 17:27-29)

♣ Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 4:4, 9:3-8; 16:1-4; 19:24-30)

5. What do you learn about the character and “heart” of each person in the following passages?

♣ David (2 Samuel 9:1-12; 19:24-30)

♣ Ziba (9:2-4, 9-12; 16:1-4; 19:18-17, 24-30)

♣ Mikar/Machir (2 Samuel 9:5, 9-12; 17:27-29)

♣ Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 4:4, 9:3-8; 16:1-4; 19:24-30)

6. Describe the suffering and the inequities of Mephibosheth? Of Mikar?

7. Where do you see God in both Mephibosheth’s and Mikar’s circumstances?

8. Examining the inequities in the lives of the major characters in the narrative recorded in 2
Samuel 9, with whom do you most identify? With whom do you least identify?

9. What from today’s message encourages you as you face the inequities in your life? Where do you
see God working in your circumstances?

10. Pastor Brady characterizes Lo-Debar as a place of “desolation, no communication, and no grass
grows there” and as a place that “epitomizes a culture, a people who have shut up.” What
situations in your life have you deemed “never going to change” therefore, you have stopped
talking about it – even to God?

b. What do you hear God saying to you, thru Pastor Brady, about your situation?

“Agents of Reconciliation”

Conflict is unavoidable. In order to move forward in any relationship, in every area of your life, and in any sector of society, there are skills that are needed to resolve conflict. In her message, Pastor Brady gives seven (7) biblical steps to resolve conflict and she challenges, us – the Church, to be agents of reconciliation.

Scripture Text:
Romans 13:1-3
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Seven (7) Biblical Steps of Conflict Resolution:

1. Take the Initative.
2. Own Your Part of the Conflict.
3. Listen to the Hurt.
4. Consider Others’ Perspective.
5. Tell the Truth Tactfully.
6. Fix the Problem, Not the Blame.
7. Focus on Reconciliation, Not Resolution.

Discussion Questions:

How have you handled conflict in the past?

What three “devastating” results of unresolved conflict does Pastor Brady share in her message? How does this motivate you to resolve areas of conflict in your life?

What conflicts are you currently facing? Which of the seven biblical steps mentioned in today’s message have you applied? Which of these biblical steps do you need to apply in resolving these conflicts?

What did you learn about the use of “words” in today’s message? What needs to change in how you communicate? (Reference Ephesians 4:15, 29; Proverbs 12:18).

Pastor Brady shares that early in her marriage to Bishop Brady, they established some ground rules. What ground rules do you have in place in your home? With your family? At work?

b. What ground rules do you need to put in place in your home? Family? Work?

What is the difference between “resolution” and “reconciliation”? Why is it more important to focus on reconciliation verses resolution?

What does Pastor Brady give as the remedy for conflict resolution and for reconciliation? (Give Scripture reference). Will you memorize and apply this week?

Other Scripture References:

Malachi 4:2
1 John 4:18-21
Luke 10:27
1 Peter 3:7
2 Timothy 1:7
James 1:19
Romans 15:2
Philippians 2:4-5
Psalm 139:3
Ephesians 4:15
Proverbs 12:18
Ephesians 4:29
Colossians 3:8
Matthew 5:9

Memory Verse: “. . . be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry” (James 1:19 NLT).

“This Works Anywhere”

Pastor James Rowson, Jr., in his message, reveals how when we understand the purpose of the Holy Ghost, the power of the Holy Ghost, and our responsibility – like Philip in Acts 8 – the anointing on us, will work anywhere.

Scripture Reference:
Acts 8:26-39

Discussion Questions:

1. Read Acts 8:26-39. What do you learn about the power and the purpose of the Holy Ghost in these
passages?

2. Read Acts 7:51-8:1-8. What do you learn about the ministry of the early church? What do you
learn about the people they were called to minister?

3. Pastor Rowson, Jr. makes distinctions between being successful and being significant. From
your reading of Acts 7:51-8:1-8 passages, what is significant about Stephen and Philip’s
ministry?

4. What are some common misconceptions and misrepresentations of ministry and about people in
ministry?

5. What do you learn about ministry from Pastor Rowson Jr.’s message? What will you apply to your
life? To your relationships?

6. Pastor Rowson, Jr. mentions a time when Jeremiah the Prophet (see Jeremiah 1:5-19, 15:10-21,
and 16:19-21) was “ready to type his resignation.” Think of a time when you told God that you
were “done” with an assignment because it was too hard or it was not going the way you
envisioned. How did God “reeled” you back?

7. In his message, what does Pastor Rowson, Jr. say is every believer’s responsibility?

8. What are some causes and some effects of being “disobedience”? What were the results when
Philip left what was gratifying him for what glorified God?

9. What is required to be used by God? Give scriptural references to support your answer.

10. Pastor Rowson, Jr. points out that God gave Philip instructions to go on a new assignment to
Gaza, a desert place (Acts 8:26). When God has given you “strange instructions and unique
orders” how did you respond?

11. Whatever is our God-assignment, what must be our consistent message? To whom have you been
called to “preach Jesus”(Acts 8:35)?

“Every Step Matters”

Pastor Travis, teaches how Jesus’ decision to “go through Samaria” (John 4:4) breaks racial, relational, and spiritual barriers. Examining how Jesus addresses the historical, long-standing, racial and cultural tension between Jews and Samaritans, Pastor Travis challenges the Church to no longer walk around but make a decision and take necessary steps to confront issues that need to be addressed.

Scripture References:
John 4:1-30, 39-42
Acts 1:8; 8:4-8

Discussion Questions:
1. What are some historical and systemic problems here in America – that in 2016 – have not been
addressed? What steps are needed to bring about change in these areas?

2. What can we, the Body of Christ, do to help transform our cities in America? In what way(s)
are you willing to “step up”?

3. The Samaritans were a racially mixed group of people which resulted in long-standing prejudice
and tension between them and the Jews. What prejudices and injustices have you experienced?
How do you respond when you see others experiencing this?

4. What prejudices/biases do you have against other races? How will you choose to break down
these barriers?

5. Read John 4:4-29. When Jesus goes to Samaria, he steps into the center of the region and into
the life of a Samaritan woman. Whose life are you stepping into as a mentor to encourage,
display tough love, or to speak truth?

6. In John 4:15-26, Jesus switches from His “water discourse” to address the spiritual barriers in
the Samaritan woman’s life. Recall when your life was going in one direction, how did Jesus
“flip the script” in your life?

7. In his message, Pastor Travis denotes that change occurs not when Jesus encounters the woman at
the well, but when Jesus makes the decision “to go through Samaria” (John 4:4). What
decision(s) do you need to make to confront what you have been avoiding?

8. In His encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus breaks all barriers to share
“living water”(John 4:7-15). What resources do you need to break the racial, relational,
generational biases and barriers in your life? How will you obtain?

9. Pastor Travis points out that “tension” is a sign that you need to fix something. In what
area(s) of your life is there “tension”? After hearing today’s message what steps will you
take to confront the tension?

10. Read Acts 1:8, 8:4-8. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been commissioned and empowered to
be His witnesses. What are you sharing? Where are you sharing Jesus with others?

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