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Saints in the Home

SAINT (Gr: HAGIOS): Holy and faithful ones; Consecrated and separated as common to a sacred use of serving God for His purpose. “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.” I Corinthians 1:2 (NKJ) SAINT OR SQUATTER 1. SAINTS ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE HOME 2. SAINTS CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMON GOOD OF THE HOME “Everyone whose heart stirred (within) him and everyone whose spirit moved (within) him came and brought the Lord’s contribution for the work of the tent of meeting and for all its service, and for the holy garments.” Exodus 35:21 (NASB) 3. SAINTS STEWARD WELL “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” Psalm 24:1 (NLT) “Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.” Revelations 14:12 (NASB) Victory Group Question: 1. What does the scripture: “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12 NASB) mean to you? Hint: Read (Ephesians 4:11). 2. In what ways can saints build God’s church, help people, and expand God’s Kingdom here on earth? 3. If the saints didn’t do what they’re supposed to do, what do you think would happen to the church, to people who don’t know Jesus, to people in need of help?

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Raising Fathers

➢ THE CULTURE OF A KINGDOM IS DETERMINED BY THE CHARACTER OF IT’S KING! “Jehoiachin did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as his father had done.” 2 Kings 24:9 (NKJV) “And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his father David;” 2 Kings 22:2 (NKJV) 1. IN ORDER TO LEAD THE FOLLOWERS, YOU MUST FIRST FOLLOW THE LEADER! “For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church.” Ephesians 5:23 (NLT) “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) “Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.” Proverbs 13:24 (NLT) 2. LOVE YOUR WIFE! “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,” Ephesians 5:25-26 (NKJV) ● BUT WAIT! WIVES, SUBMIT TO YOUR HUSBANDS! “Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives,” 1 Peter 3:1 (NKJV) 3. THE LIFE YOU LIVE NOW, IMPACTS THE LIVES TO COME AFTER! “The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.” Proverbs 20:7 (NKJV) VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS: 1) How important is it to have a Father in your life? How does the presence of a Father impact a Home? 2) What are some things that you could work on to improve the culture of your kingdom (home)? If you’re not a Father yet, then what kind of things would you like to cultivate in your kingdom (home)? For the women, what kind of things would you like to see cultivated in your kingdom (home)? 3) In what ways could you “Love your wife, just as Christ loved the Church”? Share. 4) Do you believe a submissive wife can have an impact on the Father of a home? How? 5) Share a generational curse that you’ve broken or pray on breaking in this next generation to come? Pray on it!

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3 Homes of Honor

1. OUR HOME - WHERE HONOR IS LEARNED. "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you." Exodus 20:12 (NKJV) "All your children shall be taught by the Lord and great shall be the peace of your Children." Isaiah 54:13 (NKJV) 2. OUR HOME CHURCH - WHERE HONOR IS EXERCISED. ‭“And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.” ‭‭I Thessalonians‬ ‭5:12-13‬ (NKJV) “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;" Romans 12:10 (NKJV) 3. OUR HOME COUNTRY - WHERE HONOR IS TESTED. “Every person is to be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God."‬‬ Romans‬ ‭13:1 (NASB)

“For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very reason I raised you up, in order to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the earth.'" Romans 9:17 (NASB) 4. WHEN YOU DISHONOR OTHERS, YOU DISHONOR GOD.

“Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not dishonored except in his hometown and among his own relatives, and in his own household.” And He could not do any miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.” Mark 6:4-5 (NASB) Victory Group Questions: 1) Honor seems to be fairly overlooked in today's world. Share your experience with honor and your insight on this principle. 2) Which home are you most honorable in? Which home could you improve your application of honor? 3) Discuss the difficulties of honoring the leaders and authoritative figures that God has placed over our us in our lives. What are some ways that we cultivate a culture of honor amongst ourselves?

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Solid Homes

1. CHOOSE THE LORD TO BUILD YOUR HOME “…unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain…” Psalm 127:1 (NIV) SPIRIT IN THE HOME, THEN THE STRUCTURE OF THE HOUSE 2. SOLID HOMES ARE BUILT WITH, AND ON SOLID BIBLICAL VALUES “…everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV) WORK ON MAINTAINING SOLID AND HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS WORK ON MAINTAINING UNITY IN THE HOME “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Mark 3:25 (NIV) “…a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.” Mark 3:25 (NLT) 3. SOLID HOMES DON’T JUST DECORATE, THEY DEDICATE. “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:9 & 11:20 (NASB) “…if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served…or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 (NLT) A HOME THAT SERVES THE LORD, IS THE HOME THAT THE LORD SERVES Victory Group Questions: 1. What’s the difference between a house and a home? 2. What are some storms that homes encounter? How will you storm proof your home? 3. Why do you think so many homes are destroyed? 4. Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21, and discuss how this applies to building solid homes today, and for the future.

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Blessed With Your Own

1. FIRST TEST YOUR READINESS TO HAVE YOUR OWN. And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own? Luke 16:12 NLT Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. Luke 16:10 NIV 2. BE GRATEFUL, AND NOT TAKE WHAT YOU HAVE OF SOMEBODY ELSE’S FOR GRANTED. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 2 Corinthians 9:11 NLT 3. RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE ONLY STEWARDS HERE ON EARTH. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? Luke 16:11 NLT VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS: 1.How do you currently handle other people’s possessions? What are some things you need to work on? 2. God gives us so many things and God gives it to us to enjoy, even if it belongs to other people. Was there a time in your life that you should have been more grateful instead of complaining? 3.Name 5 things that you need to be a better steward of. How will you become a better steward of these things? 4.What do you think the true riches of Heaven are?

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Peaceful Home

Hebrew word for “peace” is shalom. (Old Testament) Greek word for “peace” is Eirene. (New Testament) “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.” Luke 10:5-6 (NIV) 1. PRACTICING COMMON COURTESY PREVAILS IN PEACEFUL HOMES! “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9 (NIV) 2. BEING CONTENT IS BETTER THAN LVIVING WITH CONTEMPT! “Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting and conflict.” Proverbs 17:1 (NLT) 3. PRACTICE SELFLESSNESS AND SERVANTRY! “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” James 4:1-4 (ESV) “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:7-8 (NIV) 4. PEACE IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF THE STORM BUT THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN THE STORM. “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” Colossians 3:5 (NLT) Victory Group Questions: 1. The location of your neighborhood does not determine if there is peace within your home. A peaceful home take intentionality. What intentional steps can you take to create peace in your home? 2. When our homes are filled with clutter, it is difficult to find space for new things. The same can be said for the homes of your hearts. When our hearts are filled with the clutter (spirit) of old offenses and past mistakes, there is no room for forgiveness. What clutter do you have in your heart? 3. An empty home does not necessarily translate to a peaceful home. What can you fill your home with to bring peace? 4. Share a testimony of when the presence of God helped you through a storm.

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Raise the Roof!

GOAL: RAISE THE DECIBEL OF YOUR PRAISE! Decibel: (n) a unit used to measure the intensity of a sound or the power level…a degree of loudness. “Sing praise-songs to God. He’s done it all! Let the whole earth know what he’s done! Raise the roof! Sing your hearts out, O Zion! The Greatest lives among you: The Holy of Israel.” Isaiah 12:5-6 MSG 1. PROJECT YOUR PRAISE, INCREASE THE POWER! “So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat...” Joshua 6:20 NKJV 2. THE INTENSITY OF YOUR WORSHIP IS A REFLECTION OF YOUR TESTIMONY! “Great is the Lord, and GREATLY to be praised…” Psalm 145:3 NKJV “Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, ‘You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth…” Joshua 6:10 NKJV 3. WHERE THERE’S A PRAISE BREAK, THERE’S A PRISON BREAK! “Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!” Psalm 98:4 NLT “...then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” Joshua 6:5 NKJV Victory Group Questions: 1) What did you learn from the story of Jericho? Share. 2) How can you raise the decibel of your praise? What actions will you take? 3) Be honest. Does your worship reflect the power of your testimony? If not, what’s holding you back? 4) Name a song that once you hear, you gotta rush to the dance floor? Or name a song that you have to sing at Karaoke. (It’s ok if it’s secular. Be open, this is a fun activity.)

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Being a Blessing

AM I BEING A BLESSING, NOT AM I BEING BLESSED “Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4 NASB) “The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold.” (Job 42:10 NASB) 1. THE BLESSING YOU GIVE, IS THE BLESSING YOU’LL RECEIVE MORE OF “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full – pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38 NLT) 2. CHOOSE TO BE A CONDUIT, NOT A CONTAINER “There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.” (Proverbs 11:24 NASB) “The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.” (Proverbs 11:25 NASB) 3. BE A SECRET BLESSER “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in Heaven…” (Matthew 6:1 NIV) “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing (4) so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:3-4 NIV) Discussion Question: How do you want to be remembered by your family, friends, job, school, church etc.? How do you want to be remembered as a couple (if married) by your family, friends, church etc.? What has God already blessed you with? In what ways are you a blessing to your family, friends, community, church? How are you being a blessing with your time, treasure and talent?

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IHeart

“‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment...” Matthew 22:37 (NASB) 1. LIVE HEART FIRST. ““But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; For God does not see as man sees, since man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (NASB) 2. IT’S ABOUT POSITION, NOT PERFECTION. “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in those whose hearts are turned perfect toward Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV) “On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’” Matthew 7:22-23 (NLT) 3. CORRECT BACK TO HEART. “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) Victory Group Questions: 1) Examine the season you’re in. Do you feel that the condition and motives of your heart are right? Why or why not. 2) Are there distractions in your life causing your heart to drift? What are they, and how can you correct back to heart? 3) What was your biggest takeaway from this message and why?

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Laugh Again

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under Heaven…a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. Ecclesiastes 1:1, 4 1. BE SURE TO TAKE YOUR MEDICINE OF LAUGHTER EVERY DAY! A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 (AMP) 2. GOD WANTS YOU TO ENJOY YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST! This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalms 118:24 (ESV) The One who rules in Heaven laughs! Psalm 2:4 (NLT) 3. THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH! CULTIVATE A LIFE OF FUN AND PLAY! Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the JOY of the LORD is your strength! Nehemiah 8:10 (NLT) VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS 1. What life lesson did you learn from this message? 2. Read Proverbs 17:22 and apply it to your life. What daily dose of “joy-filled medicine” can you take to fill your life with laughter and humor? 3. What kind of activities can you plan with your family, friends and Victory Group this summer that will bring more joy and laughter in your life? Make it intentional and have fun!

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A Prayer Warrior

1. PRAYER IS YOUR FIRST, LAST AND ONLY RESORT! “And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.” 1 Samuel 1:10 NKJV “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6 NLT 2. GOD UNDERSTANDS YOUR HEART WHEN YOUR PRAYER IS MISUNDERSTOOD! "Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk.” 1 Samuel 1:13NKJV “Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes.” Isaiah 54:2 NKJV 3. YOUR PRAYER HAS THE POWER TO IMPACT GENERATIONS! “…And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the Lord all night.” 1 Samuel 15:11 NKJV “…I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut.” ‭‭ 1 Samuel‬ ‭1:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬ 4. MOMS NEED PRAYER TOO! “Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her:” Proverbs 31:28 NKJV Victory Group Questions: 1) When you’re being provoked by the enemy, is prayer your first, last and only resort? Why or why not? 2) Hannah’s spirit was lifted after the promise was give to her from Eli. How does faith play a role in God’s promises over your life? 3) Do you believe your Mother's prayers has had an effect on your life? On your kids' lives? How so? 4) What are some things you are thank Mom for? Take a moment to acknowledge all she’s done and voice your gratitude.

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God's Pruning Season

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:1-2 (NIV) 1. GOD CUTS OFF THE USELESS! “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit…” John 15:2 (NIV) 2. GOD PRUNES SOMETHING GOOD, TO BEAR EVEN MORE FRUIT! “…while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:2 (NIV) 3. DON’T RESIST THE PROCESS, REJOICE IN THE PROCESS! “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.” 1 Peter 1:6 (NIV) “These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:7 (NIV) Victory Group Questions: 1. How do you recognize if you are in a season of pruning? 2. What activities in your life that are wasting your time, energy and resources? 3. God prunes on purpose and for a purpose. Identify 3 steps you can take to help yourself through a season of pruning. 4. God wants to move you from good to great. How does your attitude hinder you from moving from good to great?