iMPACT QUESTION (iQ): What Do I Have to Offer?

John 6:3-13  3 Then Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near. 5 Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, *said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?” 6 This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do. 7 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred [b]denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little.” 8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, *said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people [c]sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men [d]sat down, in number about five thousand.11 Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. 12 When they were filled, He *said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.

 For an answer key to the following questions, click the following linkWhat I Have to Offer – Key

  1. Is _____________ welcomed in your groups? (vs. 3)
  1. We are often led to believe that what we have is ____________________. (vs. 7)
  1. There are two types of people those who are __________ or  ____________. (vs. 7-9)
  1. Do the ______________ you can. (vs. 9)

         “My job is to do the best I can. The rest is in God’s hands.” -Martin Luther Jr

  1. Share what you have with a Godly _______________. (vs. 8-9)
  1. What you have been given is useful to the _________________. (vs. 11)
  1. _____________ what you have to God. (vs. 11)

     The Mathematics of Relationship:   I’m = me    Possible = Jesus

       ______  + ________ = NOTHING IS    IM+POSSIBLE

       ______  –  ________ =  IMPOSSIBLE NEVER REACHED

     iMPACT Challenge (i CHALLENGE):

  1. Define what are your talents or things that you do well?
  2. How are you currently using your gifts and talents?
  3. A) school?   B) church?          C) social media?    D) home?
  4. Do a friend inventory check.  Who is critical and who is creative?
  5. What do you consider impossible for you to achieve?  Have you placed it in God’s hands?  

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

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.

BLESSED

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Impact Question (IQ):  What effect has God’s Word had on your life?

Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.

I consider myself blessed to walk in the light of the Lord.  I cannot say that this path has not had its hills and valleys, but I am reaping the benefits of a lighter life filled with the joy of Jesus by my side.  Today is my birthday and I recognize and have lost count of the prosperity with which I have been given.  I realize that my growth is all a result of reading the Word, communication by prayer to God, and a community of people who are in pursuit of His promises.  I’m thankful for the results of the seasons of my life submitted to God.

Impact Fulfilled (IF):

1. Thank God for the prosperity that you have experienced

2. Tell others of the joys of His service and rewards you’ve received which were unmerrited.

3.  Trust that a new season is promised on the horizon and that blessings come with a God centered

life.

I Can

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Impact Questions (IQ):  How do we develop an “I can” mentality?

Josh Billings wrote “Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.”  There are some things that come natural to us, but there are aspects that can be reached with perseverance that starts with the phrase I can.  We get a lot more accomplished with thinking on the things that God enables us to do than on focusing on our difficiences.  I can promises potential action.  I can’t promises an abundance of absolutely nothing.  When faced with what God said you cannot or should not do, rest in the freedom of walking in what God allows.  Within His will awaits endless opportunity to enjoy life-giving options without the fear of regret and shame.  The All of God promises all of who you were meant to be instead of the struggle to become something that you’re not.  Just stick to the promises that God gave you until it gets there.

Philippians 4:11-13  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Impact Function (IF):

1. Write down what gifts and abilities that you are able to do and, when your feeling negative about yourself, read these things aloud.

2. War against the tendency to compare yourself with others.  God blesses all His children uniquely.

3. Welcome the abundance of a life lived in Jesus without the side-effects that come with decisions made without Him.