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MAY 19, 2024
"NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP"
PASTOR CURT SPARKMAN
Formations Pastor








READ 

Hebrews 12:1-2  - "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith."

Romans 8:38-39  - "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." 

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THIS WEEK'S TEXT

 



CONSIDER



Read this week's text. You might be tempted to skip this step, but it's the most crucial part of your time together
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1. How is being part of a biblical community a part of the process of sanctification in our life?
2.  In American culture, do you think it is possible to know the Lord without knowing His Word?  Why or why not?
3. How can we encourage each other to not give up meeting together, as mentioned in Hebrews 10:24-25?
4. Share a time when Scripture has been particularly impactful in your life. How did it change you?





Next Steps:
Consider one way you can grow in Biblical literacy this week.  Remember, something is always better than nothing. 


PRAY 

Gracious God, as we close our time together, we thank You for the insights and inspirations shared among us. We pray for the courage to apply what we've learned to our daily lives, to serve joyfully in our church community, and to immerse ourselves in Your Word. Bless each person here, Lord, and may our actions this week reflect Your love and grace. Guide us as we seek to support the work of Your Kingdom, both near and far. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.






    1. READ 

      THIS WEEK'S TEXT

       



      CONSIDER



      Read this week's text aloud as a family. You might be tempted to skip this step, but it's the most crucial part of your time together
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      In this sermon, we explored the importance of being faithful and walking in the fear of God as we bear responsibility for protecting our biblical community. Nehemiah's story is not just about the physical rebuilding of walls but about the spiritual fortification of God's people. We are reminded that it takes more than structures to safeguard the mission; it requires the hearts and hands of those committed to service, prayer, and generosity. The sermon challenges us to consider our roles within the church and our homes, urging us to keep the gates of our lives shut to the enemy's lies and to maintain a critical mass of prayer and giving for the mission to thrive.


      What does it mean to be faithful?
      Ask the children what they think faithfulness means in their everyday lives. How can they show faithfulness in their actions at home, in school, or in their community?

      Why is it important to "fear God"?
      This can be a deeper concept, so tailor it for younger kids by explaining that fearing God means having great respect and love for Him, wanting to do what He thinks is right. Discuss examples of what this might look like in their lives.

      How can we protect our community like Nehemiah protected his?
      Encourage your children to think about their own "community" This could be their family, friends, or school. Ask them to come up with ideas on how they can help keep it safe and happy, such as standing up for each other or helping someone in need.

      What are some lies the "enemy" might try to tell us, and how can we shut them out?
      This question can lead to a discussion about honesty and integrity. Help them identify common 'lies' they might hear, like "you're not good enough" or "no one will find out," and talk about ways to counter these lies with truth and positive thinking.





      Next Steps:
      This week, let's each identify one area in our lives where we can be more faithful or walk more closely in the fear of God. It could be in our service to the church, our personal devotion time, or in being more generous with our resources. Let's commit to making a tangible change in that area and share our experiences with each other next time we meet.




      PRAY 

      Lord, as we close our time together, we thank You for the wisdom and guidance You've provided through Your word. May the discussions we've had today take root in our hearts and bear fruit in our lives. Help us to be vigilant gatekeepers of our souls, to be generous in spirit, and to be steadfast in prayer. Strengthen us to be Your faithful servants, living in awe of Your majesty and committed to Your mission. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.



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      READ 

      THIS WEEK'S TEXT

      Hebrews 12:1-2  - "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith."

      Romans 8:38-39  - "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." 



      CONSIDER



      Read this week's text aloud as a group. You might be tempted to skip this step, but it's the most crucial part of your time together
      .

      This Sunday Pastor Curt Sparkman shared his last sermon with our church family, before we send him off to plant a church in Montana. We are encouraged to never give up, no matter the circumstances we face. Drawing from Hebrews 12:1-3, we are reminded of the great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us, demonstrating faithfulness in both triumph and trial. The sermon exhorts us to lay aside every hindrance and sin, to run with endurance the race set before us, and to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. By looking to the examples of others, laying down anything we value more than Jesus, and keeping our focus on Him, we can persevere and not grow weary or lose heart.

      1. Who are some of the witnesses in your life that have demonstrated faithfulness to God?
      2. What are some hindrances or sins that you find yourself struggling with that you need to lay aside?
      3. How can we encourage one another to run with perseverance the race marked out for us?
      4. In what ways can we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus in our daily lives?
      5. How does knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God impact your faith?
      6. What does it mean to you to be more than conquerors through Christ who loved us?








      Next Steps:
      This week, let's each identify one area where we feel tempted to give up. Commit to praying daily for strength in that area, and seek out a fellow believer to share this struggle with for accountability and encouragement.


      PRAY 

      Heavenly Father, as we gather today to reflect on Your Word and the message we've heard, we ask for Your Spirit to guide our discussion. Help us to be open to the lessons You have for us and to support one another in our journey of faith. May our hearts be receptive, our minds clear, and our fellowship sweet as we seek to understand and apply Your truth to our lives. In Jesus' name, Amen.



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