Ephesians 5:5 (Phi) It is even possible (after all, it happened to you!) for light to turn the thing it shines upon into light also. Thus God speaks through the scriptures: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
A believing way of seeing
An obeying way of acting
A trusting way of living
Psalm 67:2 (TLB) “Send us around the world with the news of your saving power and your eternal plan for all mankind.”
John 20:21 (NLT) “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”
Acts 1:8 (NAS) “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
****Acts 5:42 (NIV) Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Psalm 139:1, 3, 13, 15, 16-18 (ESV) “O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways…for you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb…My frame was not hidden from you…Your eyes saw my unformed substance; In your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand.”
John 21:15-17 (NLT) After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.”
Mark 6:37-38, 41, 42, 44 (NLT) Jesus said, “You feed them.” “With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!” “How much bread do you have?” he asked… They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.” Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people…They all ate as much as they wanted… A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed from those loaves!
2 Corinthians 8:12 (CEV) It doesn’t matter how much you have. What matters is how much you are willing to give from what you have.
1 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV) “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.”
Romans 6:13 (TLB) Give yourselves completely to God—every part of you—for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes.
– What has been your first reaction to the following terms: Missions; Evangelism; Witnessing; Ministry; Service? How do you sense your feelings and thinking changing about these vital ideas as you’re growing in your journey with Jesus?
– How are you excited to see NorthPointe Church moving into the next decade of growth and development? What are you most concerned for the Church that you’ll be praying and focusing your attention on?
– When you reflect on your own story, what persons or groups of persons has God opened your eyes to begin serving and loving for his own glory? In what ways can you communicate his love “where you are” today? …globally?
– During this **Forward In Faith** series of messages, what is the scariest thought you’ve had about how God might want to work in your life or use your life to serve others? …most exciting thought?How capable do you think you are to take these on? In what ways has God already prepared you to do these things?
– What scriptures in this message (or from the other messages in this series as a whole) seemed to really resonate with you? What have you already begun to do in response to them?
– Elementary parents, today we finished our series on friendship. Our bottom line today is *Friends forgive because Jesus forgives*. Ask kids who needed forgiveness in our story. (Peter) Whose forgiveness did he need? (Jesus’) Look up Colossians 3:16 together as a family and talk about what this verse tells us about forgiveness.
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.
With a passion for Christ that is undeniable, Shane directly involves his listeners in each message. He speaks with high energy and delivers powerful teaching that is relevant to current life issues.