Narrow Path Living, Susan O’Reilly, Oct 31, 2010

Narrow Path Living
Matt 7:13-14

2 roads: narrow road (leads to life) broad road (leads to destruction)
– narrow road is small and not easy to follow but there’s incredible people who love, care and have great character
– narrow path people love others like Jesus loves them
1 Peter 3:8, Titus 2:2-8 – older women modeling life to younger women, older men modeling life to younger men.
– word to the younger: listen and learn so you can be wise

narrow road – commit to loving your spouse
broad road people – complain and dispute what others say
James 1:2 – trials are part of life and give us perseverance
– God brings transformation and abundance through tirals, so keep going through the trial, don’t stop.

2 Tim. 2:3 – we must stay at our post – don’t get knocked off the narrow road because you’re in a trial
– narrow road living people are giving – Prov. 11:24-25, 1 Tim. 6:18-19

Armor On!, Pastor Susan O’Reilly, Oct 24, 2010

Eph. 6:10-17
Freedom isn’t free

Pieces of armor we’re given:
– mind (mental exercise)
– mouth (verbal exercise) 2 Cor. 10:4-5
– take hold and engage the enemy!
– stand toe to toe and say, “No, not here! Enough is enough!” (Neh. 8:10; Phil. 4:13)

Shoes of peace: declare in our mind – I will not be afraid, I will not be troubled (Isa. 26:3)

Belt of truth – we can’t believe most of what we hear or think (Phil. 4:8; 2 Sam 23:20)

Life is a battlefield
– don’t underestimate the armor of God

Breastplate of righteousness: no condemnation!

There are victories to be won!

Being a Kingdom-Minded Church Member, Oct 17, 2010

Matt 4:17, Mark 1:14-15
Repent – to consider in advance, to change one’s mind, attitude
– repenting, renewing of our mind is a daily thing
Deut. 6:3 – I have a promised land for me to inherit
  – place where I’m naturally graceful and fruitful
  – place where love and pain intersect
  – place where I’m “compelled” to intervene and improve the situation

Key questions: What do I love and enjoy doing? What’s my passion? What makes me angry or frustrated?

Kingdom mindset: before we can rule in our promised land, we must be ruled by the Kingdom of God
– God is on the side of those who walk on Kingdom principles
– we must embody the king

Christ’s Kingdom: His nature in me, His rule in and through me
Matt 6:33 nkjv, ylt, msg
– when the church neglects the great commission, it falls into church-mindedness

Church-mindset:
1. in-fighting – Matt 5:13-16 (too much salt in one place is toxic), hidden light diminishes, unused salt looses its taste
2. ego-centric leadership (Matt 23)
3. ego-centric followers – church is supposed to meet my own needs first
4. size focused – pride and superiority congregation instead of Christ (fight this by developing a church that understands its significance is based on how it affects society
5. lack of purpose – interact with society wtihout changing it
6. teaching fragmented truths (John 8:31-32 – we are to declare truth in love)

Kingdom-mindset:
1. lead by serving
2. attributes are repentance and love

Be Brave Now, Oct 10, 2010

Joshua 1:1-9
– God says the same thing Jesus says to us today “I will never leave you or forsake you” (v.5)
– 3 different times God says to be strong and courageous (v.9)
– “be very courageous” (v.7)
– God says this to Joshua and says it to us today, be brave in transitional times in your life
– God reign in and through me
– we are created to be a conqueror and a decision maker

4 Challenges:
1. spousal abuse
2. financial crisis
3. career crisis
4. health crisis
– don’t resist encouragement

– God needs us to be the omdern day Joshuas, by God’s grace, I can go home, look myself in the mirror, and say to myself, “Be brave now”.
– remind yourself Phil. 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
– you need to check out of that hotel of discouragement
– it’s never too late to be brave now

Jonah – got frightened and ran away instead of being brave
– your moment to be brave will be the moment you want to shrink back
– when you feel small, that’s the time to be tall

David – was brave and ran into the battle with Goliath

– bravery can help you re-write your history
– when you are brave, it makes a difference in other people’s lives
– destiny is altered when you are brave
– get in the Word of God and meditate on it and act on it.

Kenny Rigsby, For The Silent, Oct 3, 2010

For the silent is a ministry for those who are involved in sex trafficking, mainly focused on rescuing children.
– human trafficking is the modern day slave trade
– est. 27 million slaves in the world today (3 times as many as there was during the slave trade times over 100 years ago)
– the most common form of human trafficking is child sex trafficking
– on average there are 2 children each minute that are being trafficked for sexual exploitation
– est. 300,000 children in America are being trafficked
– there’s only 5 after care homes for young women to hekp as they get out – if they can get out
– avg age of a child starting out to be forced into trafficking is 13 years old
– within the first 48 hours a runaway is approached by a trafficker (pimp)

There is hope which is Jesus Christ
– in these safe houses, the girls are experienc ing the hope and joy of Jesus which is coming through the body of Christ

What can I do?
– look at Exodus 2 for Moses example of seeing suffering and slavery in Egypt. Eventually God used him to bring His people out of slavery
– religious activity just leads to more religious activity. Getting in the presence of the Lord leads to our heart aligning with God’s heart
– we need to secure our oxygen mask and be breathing in the presence of God before we go and help others, from there we can know the heart of God

For more information, please visit http://www.forthesilent.org or email info@forthesilent.org