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What do I do when I am afraid to chase my dreams?

When the image of a man-eating beast travels through the optic nerve and into the visual cortex, the brain sends the body an urgent message: run! That’s what normal people do, but not lion chasers. Rather than seeing a five-hundred-pound problem, they see an opportunity for God to show up and show His power. 

Has God given you a HUGE dream for you or your church? Has He given you a HUGE dream for your community? This is what Chase the Lion is all about.

Centring on 2 Samuel 23, Chase the Lion tells the true story of an ancient warrior named Benaiah who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day—and then killed it. This series also recounts the miraculous stories of David’s other mighty men, and their exploits for the Kingdom of Israel. This 5-week series, springboarded off the Mark Batterson book, Chase the Lion, will help you unleash the faith and courage you need to identify, chase, and catch the five-hundred-pound dreams God has given you to reach the world.

Text: 2 Samuel 23:20-23 NLT

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The Main Points:

  • The only way to be used by God to your full potential is to chase lions.

  • God-sized dreams often seem impossible: because that’s what they’re supposed to be without his help!

  • Too often, you lose out on the full dream God’s given you because you choose to chase kittens instead of the lion God put in front of you.

  • God is more interested in your obedience than in your success.

  • The only way to start chasing the dream God’s given you is to put one foot in front of the other.

  • Count the cost, and then add the power of God into the equation.

  • Action Steps:

    • Commit to chase your God-given destiny. Don’t be ruled by fear, be ruled by the power of God.

    • What can you do this week to begin chasing your dream?

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We Are the Church: A Part of the Whole Body of Christ

Text to Read: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 NLT

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The Main Points:

  • In the body of Christ, everyone has a role, and no role is too small.
  • Too often, you miss out on the purpose God has for you because you are looking inward instead of outward.
  • Jesus modelled the ultimate act of serving others for their benefit and for God's glory, and he taught that we are to follow his example.
    • Action Step: All believers should actively seek to serve the body of Christ (ie, the Church). We must serve, not sit!

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Where Did All the Teachers Go? A 16-second Message Recap

16 Second Message This week Pastor Stephen delivered the 3rd message in our series "Where Did all the ______'s Go?". This week's message from Ephesians 4:10-16 was called "Where Did All the Teachers Go?".

The big thing: Teachers teach us to know and live God's Word.

Teachers are vital to the Church's health because they teach us to immerse ourselves in God's Word and to live what we have learned. This strengthen's the Church's faith, makes us less susceptible to believe strange teachings, and makes it more difficult to be deceived by things that are not of God. As well, it builds us up to do the best we can as we serve God.

How teachers can immerse themselves in God's Word:

Hear God's Word, Read God's Word, Study God's Word, Memorize God's Word, and Meditate on God's Word.

Then, teach others to do the same.

No teaching is complete if we don't offer those we teach a way to use their new knowledge for the benefit of the mission Jesus gave the Church.

A teacher must teach others how to live what they have learned.

 

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