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Prophetic Seminar

We invite all our Life Group leaders and Life Group members to attend our Prophetic Seminar with Prophet Ed Traut this weekend. It will take place on Friday night from 7-9pm and Saturday morning from 09:30-13:00. There is no cost involved and no need to register. This is a wonderful opportunity to receive development in the Prophetic as a life group. It will be great if you can arrange to sit together as a group.

Warm jackets for people in need

Please whatsapp your group members and encourage them to bring any unused jackets (or blankets) to the LG meeting this week. Then you as the leader can bring them to church and place them in the Point of Care box in the foyer. We are aiming for 200 jackets but I believe that we can collect far more if all our life groups get involved.

Opening Prayer:

Worship:

Icebreaker
What is your strongest spiritual gift? The gift that you are most comfortable operating in?

#NT260 Check in:

Wed 13 June is day 130 of #NT260. The halfway mark. Wow! Take a moment to thank the Lord, affirm your group for this milestone reached, and to pray and commit the second half readings to the Lord.

Topic: Living on top

Intro

Do you realize that you can experience joy no matter what circumstances you are going through? This is a biblical principle. Especially found in Philippians 4:4-7. Read the scripture as a group.

Pastor John shared a testimony of being at a low point in his life in 2002. He was experiencing deep depression. And this verse helped him so much. There is nothing quite like the truth of God's Word when we are going through difficult times.

Read Philippians 4:4-7 in the Message Bible.

When we choose to focus on the Lord rather than getting overwhelmed by our circumstances we can experience a better quality of life and live on top.

1. Rejoice! Choosing to rejoice in the Lord is such a wonderfully positive and beneficial decision.

Phil 4:4

Paul repeats the exhortation to Rejoice in the Lord. The secret to rejoicing lies in the three words "In the Lord." We can rejoice in the Lord no matter what we are going through. Many people want their circumstances to get better before they start rejoicing. Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter to the church in Philippi. Yet he tells them to rejoice. Our inner attitude does not need to reflect our outward circumstances.

Some practical steps we can take:
- Say "Lord I rejoice in you"
- Lift up your heart to the Lord. (Your inner being)
- Allow your heart to find it's delight in the Lord.

When Paul and Silas were in prison they began to rejoice and praise God. And not only did their chains fall off and their prison door open, but all the other prisoners were also set free.

Discussion 1: What are your thoughts about REJOICING in the Lord ALWAYS! Ask the group to share testimonies of times in their lives where they have rejoiced in the Lord, even in difficult circumstances, and what happened?

2. The undiscovered nugget of Phil 4 - Let your gentleness be evident to all.

Often times we experience strife in our lives because we aren't treating people correctly. We need to treat people with respect, kindness, consideration, and gentleness. Gentleness is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Discussion 2: Read Galatians 6:7 and then discuss the importance of sowing seeds of gentleness in your interactions with others.

3. Pray about everything that weighs on your mind - Shape your worries into prayers.

Phil 4:6

God knows what we are going through. And He wants us to know that He is there to help us. Thoughts of anxiety may come, but we can respond with rejoicing in the Lord and prayer.

John R Rice said that 'Worry is putting a question mark where God has put a full stop'.

Bishop Fulton Sheen said that 'Worry is a form of atheism for it portrays a lack of faith and trust in God'.

Worry starts off with thoughts of concern. We then begin to play these thoughts over and over again. This leads to anxiety, and then to fear, which can result in fear disorders, impacting our sleep and health, and even our relationships. Can even lead to a nervous breakdown.

By the act of the will we need to choose to take the racing thoughts in our minds captive and convert them to prayer. Often we think a lot about things and worry a lot about things but not pray enough about those very things.

Read verse from the Hymn "What a friend we have in Jesus.'
What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

Discussion 3: Do you feel you are doing well or poorly in terms of converting your worries into prayer?

4. Enjoy God's peace. It is fully able to protect your heart and mind.

When we do our part by rejoicing in the Lord, letting our gentleness be evident to all, and praying, then we can allow God to do His part. This is where God fortifies and protects our hearts and minds with His peace. The word 'Guard' is a military term. God will defend our hearts and minds. How we need this.

Phil 4:7 (Amplified Bible) "And God's peace ... shall garrison and mount God over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

Discussion 4: Ask one or two people to share about a time they prayed and experienced God's peace.

Prayer ministry:
Break into groups of three and ask each person to mention 3 things they are worried about. Then have a time of prayer ministry for each other, praying for those things and asking the Lord for help.

Regards

Bruce Taylor
LIFE GROUPS PASTOR

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