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A New Thing

1. YOUR NEW THING WILL REQUIRE A RENEWED YOU . “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭9‬:‭17 (NLT) 2. IN ORDER TO SEE THE NEW , YOU HAVE TO FORGET THE OLD . “But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.” Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭18‬ (NLT) “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭19‬ (NLT) 3. FAITH WILL MAKE YOU LOOK FORWARD . “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead...” Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬ (NLT) Victory Group Questions: What is the new thing you are asking God to do in your life? Are you seeing it or is something hindering it? Why? [busyness, burnout, laziness, distractions, etc.] Is there something you need to forget from the past in order to believe in what God has for you in the future? [old mindsets, generational curses, past failures, old habits, etc.] What was your biggest takeaway from this message and why?


Making Good Deposits

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him. Acts 10:38 (NIV) 1. PRAY AND ASK GOD DAILY TO GIVE YOU OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE DEPOSITS INTO PEOPLE ! 2. BE AN AGENT OF REDEMPTION But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 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)  COMPASSION IN ACTION : OPEN YOUR EYES TO THOSE IN NEED AND FILL IT If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 1 John 3:17-18 (NLT)  ELEVATOR PRINCIPLE : ADD VALUE TO PEOPLE, AS THEY ARE VALUABLE TO GOD Do all the good you can, to all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can! 3. GOD WILL RETURN WHAT YOU DEPOSIT A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, and the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him. Proverbs 12:14 (NASB) So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. Galatians 6:9-10 (NLT) VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS 1. How did God challenge you personally in this message? 2. Share your experience when YOU made a “good deposit” into someone’s life. 3. Share your experience when SOMEONE made a “good deposit” into your life. 4. Read Galatians 6:9-10. How is this scripture speaking to your heart and how can you apply it to your life?


Dream Again

DON’T LET A MILESTONE , BECOME A HITCHING POST 1. DREAMERS WHO DARE TO “DREAM DREAMS ” “It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29 NASB) “My days are past, my plans are torn apart, even the wishes of my heart…where now is my hope? And who regards my hope?” (Job 17:11 - 16 NASB) “ ‘I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted…Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.’ (Job 42:2-3 NASB) GOD CAN HELP YOU FULFILL YOUR WILDEST DREAM BELIEVE AND WORK YOUR DREAM! “I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be.” (Phil. 3:12 NLT) 2. RELEASE A LESSOR DREAM FOR THE GREATER DREAM 3. DREAM AGAIN FOR A NEW GENERATION “How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation.” (Daniel 4:3 ESV). Never stop dreaming. If you stop dreaming, you start dying. “You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality.” (Walt Disney)


Beauty in Brokenness

“During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the Jabbok River with them. After taking them to the other side, he sent over all his possessions. This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break.” Genesis 32:22-24 NLT 1. A PLACE OF FULL SURRENDER ! “When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Genesis 32:25-26 NLT 2. A PLACE OF COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY ! “What is your name?’ the man asked. He replied, ‘Jacob.’” Genesis 32:27 NLT “Your name will no longer be Jacob,’ the man told him. ‘From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.” Genesis 32:28 NLT 3. A PLACE OF AWESOME WONDER ! “Please tell me your name, ’Jacob said. ‘Why do you want to know my name?’ the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there.’ Genesis 32:29 NLT VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS: 1) Are you in a season of “Brokenness”? What does that look like? And what is the Lord teaching you in this season? Share. 2) Is there an area in your life that you need to “Fully” surrender to God? Is there something that you’re trying to hide from Him? Share. 3) In your current season, who is God to you? What name are you calling out? 4) What is one thing that you took away from this message? Share.


God's Harness

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) 1. HARNESS FOR SAFETY , AND PROTECTION 2. GOD’S TRAINING HARNESS  ABILITY , AND MATURITY “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28- 29)  HARNESS FOR BUILDING STRENGTH  HARNESS TO LEARN OBEDIENCE “Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, otherwise they will not come near to you.” (Psalms 32:9 NASB) 3. HARNESS SEASON, FOR YOUR HARVEST SEASON “…if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36 NLT) Discussion Questions: 1. What harness do you think you’re in for this season? Explain. 2. What is God teaching you, and working in you by having His harness on you? 3. Have you ever taken off God’s harness before it’s time? What happened in your life because of that?



“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 (NIV) 1. YOU NEED TO COME HUNGRY NOT SATISFIED ! “O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole-body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.” Psalms 63:1 (NLT) “God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts.” Psalms 63:1 (MSG) 2. LEARN TO FEED YOURSELF ! “…Instead, train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT) “…Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11 (NLT) YOUR APPETITE WILL CHANGE ! “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6 (NIV) 3. FEED YOUR SPIRIT AND STARVE YOUR FLESH ! “The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?” Proverbs 18:14 (NLT) Victory Group Questions: 1. READ Matthew 5: 1-11. Share our thoughts. 2. As we continue to grow in our relationship with Jesus our desires change. Share a time when your desires for the world changed? 3. What are some current personal life habits that allow you to grow closer to God? What has been the outcome? 4. What life habits do you need to starve? What life habits do you need to feed?


When Your Faith is Tested

TEST: (v) Take measures to check the quality, performance, or reliability of (something), especially before putting it into widespread use or practice. “Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey His commands.” Deuteronomy 8:2 (NLT) 1. FAITH THAT HASN’T BEEN TESTED , CAN’T BE TRUSTED . “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” 2 Corinthians 13:5 (ESV) 2. TESTS NOT ONLY REVEAL SOMETHING TO YOU, IT REFINES SOMETHING IN YOU. “In this you rejoice greatly, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, which is much more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested and purified by fire, may be found to result in [your] praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6-7 (AMP) “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your FAITH is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” James 1:2-3 (NLT) 3. DON’T WASTE YOUR WILDERNESS . “Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your FAITH will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭(NLT‬‬) Victory Group Questions: How is your faith being tested in this current season? Share it with others. What area of your life are you striving to grow in? How have you grown in the process? What have you learned from God in your wilderness season? What was your biggest takeaway from this message and why?


In Tune

USE GOD’S WORD AS YOUR LIFE’S TUNER . “Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, that they may be ready on your lips.” (Prov. 22:17-18 NASB) Incline: To lean in; cup your ear, and listen ESPECIALLY, willingly or favorably. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NASB) YOUR LIFE'S SOUND COMES FROM THE HEART ! “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 NIV “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 PRESS IN HARDER FOR THE BLESSING ! “I PRESS ON toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 NASB Victory Group Questions: 1. What are some areas in your life that need to be loosened or tightened up? 2. What are some ways we can stay “In Tune” with God? 3. Are there areas in your life where you find yourself needing to “Press in” more? Explain. 4. How can we ensure our hearts are made pure and our spirits are steadfast in our lives?



“...I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 NKJV “...But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 NKJV 1. THE NAME YOU BEAR, DIRECTS THE LIFE YOU LIVE! “...Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.” Isaiah 50:7 NKJV “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…” Galatians 2:20 NKJV 2. DON’T MIX UP CALLING AND CAREER ! “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19 NLT Commission: (n) an instruction, command, or duty given to a person or group of people. 3. CHOOSING GOD NEVER LEAVES YOU UNSATISFIED ! “…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 NKJV VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS: 1) What does it mean to Live on Mission?? What does that look like?? 2) What’s your life’s mission/mission statement?? Are you currently living it out?? Share. 3) Is it possible for someone to lose their calling?? Or miss out on an assignment?? How so?? Then what?? 4) What else did you take away from the message?? Share.


Graduating to Humility

1. CHOOSE HUMILITY , OVER STUPIDITY “…and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” (I Peter 5:5 NASB) 2. CHOOSE TO HUMBLE YOURSELF “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8 NKJ) 3. DON’T LET SUCCESS DERAIL YOU “…being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God…but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant…therefore, God exalted Him to the highest place.” (Philippians 2:6-7,9 NIV)  PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL “Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.” (Proverbs 18:12 NIV) 4. GIVE CREDIT AWAY “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each one of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:3-5 NIV). “Exalt the Lord our God…” (Psalm 99:9 NASB) “The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor and life.” (Proverbs 22:4 NASB) Victory Group Questions: 1. What are some situations in life that can be a classroom to learn and graduate to humility? 2. What in life, can increase pride in a person’s heart? 3. What are some outward actions that can indicate someone is humble? 4. Who are 2 people in your life that you would consider to be humble? Why?


Stepping Into The New

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV
1. Stepping into a new season brings NEW CHANGES. And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “ Follow Me , and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:18-20 NKJV 2. Stepping into a new season brings NEW CHALLENGES.
And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me! And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:28-33 NKJV 3. Stepping into a new season births NEW CHAMPIONS. Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 NKJV These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NKJV
VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS Change is inevitable. What changes have you recently gone through? Do you think God is calling you into a new season? Challenges are part of our spiritual life. How do you stay focused on God’s call? Explain what it means to be “God’s Champion”.


A Healthy Heart

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) 1. CONDUCT A ROUTINE HEART CHECK ! “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:20-23 (NIV) 2. CREATE HEALTHY HEART HABITS ! “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10 (NIV) 3. THE MORE YOU SEEK HIM , THE MORE YOU WILL SEE HIM ! “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you,…” Deuteronomy 4:29-30 (NIV) “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “…” Jeremiah 29:13-14 (NIV) Victory Group Questions:  When was your last heart check? (Spiritual and Physical) What was the diagnosis?  What are some new healthy heart habits you would like to begin?  What are some habits that you would like to stop?  How would you encourage someone to conduct a spiritual heart check?

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