Isaiah 54:2-3 (CSB) “Enlarge the site of your tent, and let your tent curtains be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your ropes, and drive your pegs deep. For you will spread out to the right and to the left, and your descendants will dispossess nations and inhabit the desolate cities.”
2 Corinthians 2:14 (NAS) Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of him in every place.
Ephesians 3:17 (TLB) “I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.”
Hebrews 11:1, 6 (NAS) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…And without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.
Hebrews 11:13, 27, 26 (TEV) It was in faith that all these persons died. They did not receive the things God had promised, but from a long way off they saw them and welcomed them…It was faith that made Moses leave Egypt without being afraid of the king’s anger. As though he saw the invisible God, he refused to turn back…for he kept his eyes on the future reward.
Hebrews 11:8 (ICB) It was by faith Abraham obeyed God’s call to go to another place that God promised to give him. He left his own country, not knowing where he was to go.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV) Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
“52 Ways to Invite Friends to Church” idea sheet can be found at: northpointe.org/invite
NorthPointe’s Bible reading plans to choose from:
– Through The Bible Scripture Reading Plan
– Chronological Bible Readings
– New Testament Reading Plan
Visit the Connection Pointe counter in the Lobby to pick one up today or download your copy at: northpointe.org/bible
When you think over your own life journey, what 2 or 3 seasons of time would you identify as having been turning points for you and why?
In what area do you feel God is specifically challenging you to “make room for more” in your life?
When we’re focused on making progress forward and we get “rocked,” which of the ideas under point 1 do you find most helpful in getting up and going again?
Which of the truths found in this message encouraged and motivated you to want to make room for more in your life? Which were a challenge for you to consider? Which of the scriptures were especially insightful or helpful to you?
When you first heard about Forward in Faith, what feelings or reaction did you have? As you look over the objectives of this two-year growth emphasis for NorthPointe, which seem to especially appeal to your gifts, skills, passions, or interests? Why do you think it’s crucial that your Church succeeds in these objectives?
What are you especially desiring to see God do in your own life in the next two years? What changes do you see will be required of you? How could your group pray for or assist you in it?
Elementary parents, today your kids began a series on friendship. We want kids to learn how to be great friends and how to find great friends. Our bottom line today was Be a Friend to Everyone. Ask your kids who needed a friend in our Bible story. (The Jewish traveler.) Who was NOT a good friend? (The priest and the temple assistant.) Who was a good friend? (The Samaritan man.) In our story, Jesus clearly illustrated that we are to be friends to everyone!
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.