Luke 6:45 (CSB) A good person produces good out of the good stored up in his heart. An evil person produces evil out of the evil stored up in his heart, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.
Acts 13:2-3 (NIV) While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
John 12:46 (NIV) “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”
Matthew 5:16 (ESV) “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
John 15:4 (NIV) “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT) “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Proverbs 18:3 (CSB) The one who gives an answer before he listens — this is foolishness and disgrace for him.
Jeremiah 15:16 (NLT) When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
Jeremiah 15:19 (NLT) This is how the Lord responds: “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you!”
Luke 15:7 (NLT) “In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”
Do you have an “Amaya” in your life? Someone who so easily and naturally sings praises, prays in the moment, and has simple conversations with God throughout the day? Take a moment to tell them this week that you appreciate their example and the smile it brings to your face and heart.
When your life feels “off kilter” what do you find has taken first place? Is it a good thing (family, etc.) that you’ve let become a God thing? Is it an “over desire” that you’ve allowed to take Christ’s place on the throne of your life? If you are facing this today, identify it, surrender it to God, and replace it with who really deserves your worship – Jesus.
Review the five components of the PEACE Plan. How do each of these combat spiritual emptiness? Andrew said that many people do these good things, but there’s a difference in doing them not only to meet a need but also to build a relationship and point people to Jesus. Spend time in worship and praise that God has given the world hope through our Savior.
How do you define the mission of Christ? Share your thoughts in your small group. Identify scriptures that describe it. As you look around at what God is already doing in the world to fulfill his mission, what do you see that excites you to be a part of? Why? What scares or intimidates you? Why?
Andrew & Alyssa challenged each of us to identify “your one” – the person we will be praying for, building a relationship with, and listening for opportunities to share the gospel with. Have you done that? If not, pray right now for God to put a person’s name in your mind and commit to impacting “your one” for Christ this year.
Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.
Andrew is NorthPointe's newest pastor, joining the staff in August 2020. He's married to Alyssa, and they have two children. He and Alyssa love partnering together in ministry, helping the church fulfill its mission to reach people for Jesus.