What a Man Has to Do

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What a Man Has to Do

Read Philippians 2: 1-11.

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MEN-tal Hook:

1.  God calls us to look to others interest instead of our own.  Describe a time when the concern of another changed your perspective about your current situation.(vs 4)

2. The responsibility of mankind lay squarely on the broad shoulders of Jesus.  What responsibilities do you currently have that may not go noticed but are necessary? (vs 8)

3.  How can considering oneself a slave-servant as Jesus did be a key component to His mission?  (vs 7)

4.  Jesus was right even though He was treated as though He were wrong?  How might the example of losing battles but winning wars be helpful to us as men? (vs 8)

5.  Jesus had to make the ultimate sacrifice as a man.  What sacrifices do you believe men have to make? (vs 8)

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Inner Strength

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Impact Question (IQ):  Where do you draw strength to keep going?

Impact Text: Colossians 2: 6-7

My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.

It’s hard to trust something when you’re not sure that it’s going to work.  I was a part of a team project and the idea that one of the members had seemed too unbelievable to be effective.  However, the member said that he’s done it before and that gave the rest of us confidence that it would work.  Confidence in the face of the unknown is quite difficult and causes many of us to hesitantly engage life.  We don’t want to mess up or make a mistake.  That’s understandable, but costly.  I’ve learned in construction that if a foundation is not firm, it can destroy an entire building (dream, company, industry, people).  Yet Paul let’s the Colossians know that they’ve got the right root and foundation, so get building.  God intends you to build the life of His dreams.  Remember His plans for you are your heart’s desires. God didn’t promise us that we wouldn’t get splinters, but he promised that if we established an edifice of our lives that edifies Him, we would reap an eternal reward.  Don’t doubt the foundation in Jesus that you have.  The power that lies within will help you withstand any outward forces against you.

Impact Fulfillment (IF):

1. Trust the Word of God to shed light on what you wish to accomplish.

2. Thwart the fear of failure.    

3. Thank God for the overflow of blessings that come from living the Word.  

Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing. ~Steven Grayhm

Word to the Wise

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 Word to the Wise

1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (Message Version)

1-2 You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified.

3-5 I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.

6-10 We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text:

No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—
What God has arranged for those who love him.

But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.

10-13 The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along. Who ever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God—except that he not only knows what he’s thinking, but he lets us in on it.

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MEN-tal Hook:

1. Describe a recent circumstance/trial that you faced?  Do you believe you faced it physically or spiritually?

2.  What was the best plain and simple advice you ever gave?  Received?  Why might plain beat deep wisdom?

3.  As men, God calls us to empower and not impress each other.  What ways have you experienced being impressive get in the way?

4.  Wisdom given through scripture is God’s way of bringing out His best in us.  How is God’s best demonstrated through Jesus Christ?  Our lives?

Hello Trouble

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 Romans 15:4

 That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us.

Impact Question (IQ):  Have you been trying to avoid trouble in life?

Growing up I would always try to avoid getting into trouble.  I would watch my older brothers and try to make sure that I wouldn’t do anything that would disappoint my parents.  I realized that this was the beginning of right living.  Keeping this consistent pattern allowed for my life to be ready for trouble.  Righteous living is not meant for avoiding trouble, but being able to handle it.  Jesus did not avoid trouble.  As a matter of fact, he went towards it and picked it up for us all.  God is capable of carrying the weight of the worlds sins and troubles that weigh us down.  So when we are mature in our faith and confidence in God, we literally go looking for trouble having on the whole armor and protection of God.  God will lift what we let Him.

Impact Fulfilled (IF):

1.  Greet trouble with a pre-planned winning strategy.

2.  Gain new perspective and strength from the new challenge.

3.  Gather the courage to look your dilemma in the face and trust God to

handle the details of its defeat.