Title: Divine Possibilities: What If He Put It in Your Hands?

Introduction:
In Matthew 14:13-21, we encounter a remarkable account of Jesus feeding the multitude with only five loaves and two fish. This narrative not only showcases Jesus’s miraculous power but also poses a profound question to us: “What if He put it in your hands?” Let us delve into this passage through a four-point expository sermon, exploring the theme of divine possibilities when entrusted with the seemingly insufficient.

 

1. Provoking Compassion (Matthew 14:13-14)


2. Presenting Limitations (Matthew 14:15-17):


3. Partnering in Faith (Matthew 14:18-19):


4. Providing Abundance (Matthew 14:20-21):


Conclusion:

“What if He put it in your hands?” This question echoes through the ages, inviting us to consider the divine possibilities that unfold when we surrender our limitations to Jesus. As we embrace compassion, acknowledge our limitations, partner with Him in faith, and surrender our resources, we witness His miraculous provision and abundance. May we heed His call, knowing that in His hands, the insufficient becomes more than enough.

 

28 DAYS OF LIFTING LIMITS FOR GROWTH

 

28 DAYS OF LIFTING 

 LIMITS FOR GROWTH

Week 1 

Day #1  March 4, 2024

Ephesians 3:20 (NIV): “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”

Spiritual Discipline: Reflective Meditation

Reflect on Ephesians 3:20, embracing God’s limitless grace for 10-15 minutes.

Holistic Wellness: Outdoor Walk for Renewal

Take a 15-minute walk outdoors, absorbing the beauty and affirming God’s power within you. 

Affirmation: “Today, I choose to Grow out of distractions and focus on God’s limitless grace.”

Write The Vision: Take a moment to imagine the wildest dreams you have for your life, mission, or ministry. How does the concept of God’s grace exceeding these dreams expand your perspective?

 

Day #2 March 5, 2024

Philippians 4:19 (NIV): “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

Spiritual Discipline: Reflective Meditation

Reflect on Philippians 4:19, fostering gratitude and trust in God’s provision.

Holistic Wellness: Gratitude Journaling

Journal for 10-15 minutes, cultivating a mindset of gratitude and inner peace.

Affirmation: “Today, I will grow in God’s abundant grace. God shall fulfill all my needs and empower my well-being.”

 

Day #3 March 6, 2024

Psalm 37:4 (NIV): “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Spiritual Discipline: Reflective Prayer

Pray and reflect on Psalm 37:4, aligning your desires with God’s will.

Holistic Wellness: Walking Meditation

Engage in a 15-minutes of walking while meditating on taking delight in the Lord.

Affirmation: “Today, I will grow beyond disappointments and choose to rejoice in the Lord, aligning my heart’s desires with the grace of God.”

 

Day #4 March 7, 2024

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV): “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.”

Spiritual Discipline: Fasting from Processed Foods

Fast from processed foods, replacing them with nourishing options while reflecting on Jeremiah 29:11.

Holistic Wellness: Gentle Movement

For 15-minutes, participate in gentle movements, like stretching, leisurely walking, or chair exercises. While practicing these gentle movements, express gratitude for God’s plans.

Affirmation: “Today, I will grow in God’s plans by joyfully accept the boundless potential of them, ushering in welfare and hope for my future.”

 

Day #5 March 8, 2024

Romans 8:28 (NIV): “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Spiritual Discipline: Fasting from Fast Food

Replace fast food with homemade meals, embodying trust in God’s grace over our eating habits.

Holistic Wellness: Expressive Movement

Spending 10-minutes engage in light physical movements, such as deep breathing, ankle rotations, or shoulder rolls, rejoicing in God’s goodness and provision.

Affirmation: “I affirm that God’s grace works for my good in all things. I trust in the unfolding of God’s divine plan, knowing that God’s grace uplifts me beyond any limitations.”

 

Day #6 March 9, 2024

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV): “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

Spiritual Discipline: Bible Study and Reflection

Participate in positive interactions, conversations, and shared experiences during Bible Study and abstain from negativity.

Holistic Wellness: Consciously Choosing Positivity

Commit to abstaining from negative thoughts and actions for the entire day. Recognize negative thoughts and behaviors as they arise. Be mindful of the impact they have on your well-being and the well-being of those around you.

Affirmation: “With moderation, I embrace God’s abundant grace, improving my mental and empowering me in every good work.”

 

Day #7 March 10, 2024

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV): “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Spiritual Discipline: Prayer and Trust

Surrender your fears to God through prayer while also incorporating rejuvenating stretches into your routine.

Holistic Wellness: Journaling for Clarity

Journal about your fears, seeking clarity and strength in the presence of God.

Affirmation: “In God’s presence, I transcend the limits imposed by fear, drawing strength from God’s righteous right hand.”

Write The Vision: How do you relate to the verse “So do not fear, for I am with you…”? Are there any fears currently holding you back that you would like to share or explore further? Additionally, how do you find strength in the presence of God during moments of fear or uncertainty?

 

 

 

Week 2

Day #8 March 11, 2024

Matthew 19:26 (NIV): “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With humankind this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’“

Spiritual Discipline: Fasting & Embracing Possibility

Fast from one meal today, dedicating that time to prayer and reflection. Remember, with God, all things are possible beyond human limitations.

Holistic Wellness: Deep Breathing

Following prayer, dedicating 10-minutes to deep breathing. Concentrate on your breath and presence, anchoring yourself in the present moment.

Affirmation: “Today, I take the limits off of what is possible and focus on God’s will for my life.” 

 

Day #9 March 12, 2024

Psalm 23:1 (NIV): “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

Spiritual Discipline: Gratitude Journaling

Start a gratitude journal, reflecting on how the Lord provides for your needs, just like a shepherd care for their sheep.

Holistic Wellness: Decluttering for Peace

Select a room to declutter, aligning your space with the peace found in the provision of your Shepherd, the Lord.

Affirmation: “Today, I grow past discontentment and find contentment in the provision of my Shepherd, the Lord.”

 

Day #10 March 13, 2024

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV): “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Spiritual Discipline: Silent Meditation

In silent meditation, surrender your understanding to the Lord, trusting God’s guidance for straight paths.

Holistic Wellness: Invigorating Activity

Plan a short 10-minute activity to rejuvenate your body and mind, relying on God for satisfaction and strength. This can include taking hydrating your body with water, watching a funny video clip, or listening to your favorite upbear song and allowing yourself to move to the rhythm.

Affirmation: “Today, I move past distrust by choosing to trust in the Lord with all my heart.

 

Day #11 March 14, 2024

James 1:5 (NIV): “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Spiritual Discipline: Seeking Divine Wisdom

Begin your day with a prayer for wisdom, seeking God’s generous guidance without distraction.

Holistic Wellness: Disconnecting for Clarity

Take a break from social media today and immerse yourself in reading, fostering mental clarity aligned with divine wisdom.

Affirmation: “Today, I will remove the obstacles that distractions bring and seek God’s wisdom concerning me.”

 

Day #12 March 15, 2024

Psalm 19:14 (NIV): “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Spiritual Discipline: Self-Talk Transformation

Fast from negative self-talk, choosing words that affirm God’s truth about you.

Holistic Wellness: Dance of Joy

Enjoy a 10-minute dance session, reflecting the joy found in God’s presence.

Affirmation: “Today, I will grow in my words. I choose to edify God with the words of my mouth.”

 

Day #13 March 16, 2024

Colossians 3:2 (NIV): “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Spiritual Discipline: Heavenly Perspective

Practice solitude, inviting heavenly perspectives into your life through silence and communion with God.

Holistic Wellness: Stretching Toward Heaven

Stretch your body for physical well-being for 10-miutes, aligning your mind with heavenly thoughts.

Affirmation: “Today, I take off limitation that my mind may bring and set my mind on things above. I open myself to the heavenly perspectives God has for me.”

Write The Vision: Reflecting on Colossians 3:2, in what areas of your life do you feel called to lift limits off God’s transformative power and embrace heavenly perspectives more intentionally?

         

Day #14 March 17, 2024

Psalm 34:8 (NIV): “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Spiritual Discipline: Taste of God’s Goodness

Fast from comfort foods, and enjoy a salad, savoring the goodness of the Lord as your refuge.

Holistic Wellness: Playground of Joy

Play and connect with your inner child for 15-minutes, experiencing the joy of God’s goodness. This can include coloring, creating structures with clocks, bouncing on an exercise ball, or playing cards or a board game.

Affirmation: “Today, I move pass what I can see and find refuge in God’s amazing grace.”

 

Week 2

Day #15 March 18, 2024

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV): “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Spiritual Discipline: Attitude of Gratitude

Let go of complaints and embrace gratitude, rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks in all circumstances. Start your day by writing down 5 things for which you are grateful.

Holistic Wellness: Meditation of Thanks

Engage in 20-minutes of meditation focused on rejoicing, continuous prayer, and gratitude. 

Affirmation: “Today, I remove the limits of doubt and fear, and I embrace the boundless grace of God’s love.”

 

Day #16 March 19, 2024

Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV): “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Spiritual Discipline: Heart Search

During a time of prayer, invite God to search your heart and lead you in God’s ways through prayer and self-reflection.

Holistic Wellness: Nature Connection

Spend 15-minutes outdoors to connect with God’s creation and renew your spirit.

Affirmation: “Today, I remove the limits of anxiety, opening my heart to God’s guidance along the path everlasting.”

 

Day #17 March 20, 2024

Matthew 6:33 (NIV): “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Spiritual Discipline: Prioritizing God’s Kingdom

Start your day with prayer. Prioritize seeking God’s kingdom first, aligning your actions with God’s will.

Holistic Wellness: Walking Release

Release worries through a short 10-minute walk, trusting God to provide for your needs. 

Affirmation: “Today, I stop worrying, and focus on seeking first the kingdom of God.”

 

Day #18 March 21, 2024

Romans 12:2 (NIV): “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Spiritual Discipline: Transformational Mind

Renew your mind with content that aligns with God’s will, by reading a devotional or Christian literature or listening to a sermon or Christian podcast.

Holistic Wellness: Stretching Renewal

Engage 10-minutes of mindful body scanning by laying down on your back in a comfortable position with your arms by your side and your legs extended. Close your eyes and bring your awareness to various parts of your body. Notice any areas of tension or discomfort and consciously relax those muscles as you breathe deeply.

Affirmation: “Today, I refuse conformity. Instead, I renew my mind and aligns with God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

 

Day #19 March 22, 2024

Hebrews 10:24 (NIV): “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

Spiritual Discipline: Community Prayer

Gather with loved ones for prayer, seeking God’s guidance and support as you encourage one another in faith.

Holistic Wellness: Gratitude Reflection

Choose a quiet and comfortable space where you can focus without distractions. Set aside 10-minutes for reflection on your week. Reflect on the blessings and opportunities, fostering a heart of gratitude and encouragement.

Affirmation: “Today, I grow past individualism and embrace mutual encouragement.” 

  

Write The Vision: Is there a time when you felt your words may have limited what God wanted you to do in the lives of others? How can you actively contribute to uplifting others and encouraging positive deeds in your daily interactions?

 

Day #20 March 23, 2024

Psalm 46:10 (NIV): “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’“

Spiritual Discipline: Sacred Silence

Practice 15-minutes of stillness to hear God’s exalted voice, letting go of noise and distractions.

Holistic Wellness: Scripture Meditation

Spend 15-minutes meditating on a particular scripture. Using the SOAP Method provided in the resources to guide this time of meditation.

Affirmation: “Today, I take the limit of the noise to hear God’s exalted voice.” 

 

Day #21 March 24, 2024

Psalm 51:10 (NIV): “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Spiritual Discipline: Prayer for Renewal

Pray over Psalm 51:10, inviting God to purify your heart and renew your spirit. Let go of negative self-talk and embrace God’s grace.

Holistic Wellness: Relaxing Stretching Routine

Engage in a 15-minute stretching routine, prioritizing relaxation, and releasing mental tension.

Affirmation: “Today, I lift the limitation of my own heart and invite God to purify my heart, renewing a steadfast spirit within me.”

 

GOING THE EXTRA MILE…

 

Week 4

Day #22 March 25, 2024

John 14:27 (NIV): “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Spiritual Discipline: Embracing God’s Peace

Meditate on John 14:27, surrendering anxious thoughts to God’s peace. Spend 5-minutes during prayer surrendering all your troubles to God.

Holistic Wellness: Joyful Dancing

Release overthinking through a 20-minute dancing session, embracing God’s gift of peace and joy. 

Affirmation: “Today, I move beyond the limits that troubles bring and embrace the peace that God gives.”

 

Day #23 March 26, 2024

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV): “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

Spiritual Discipline: Cultivating Patience

Practice patience throughout the day, trusting in God’s timing. Make it a point to go out of your way to show others understanding and empathy today.

Holistic Wellness: Nature Time

Spend 15-minutes sitting outdoors, disconnecting from distractions and reconnecting with nature.

Affirmation: “Today, I lift the limits of what I am capable of, and I cultivate the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

 

Day #24 March 27, 2024

Psalm 119:105 (NIV): “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

Spiritual Discipline: Studying God’s Word

Study Psalm 119:105, allowing God’s word to illuminate your path. Spend 15-minutes in meditating on the selected scripture.

Holistic Wellness: Stretching with Scripture

Conduct a 15-minute stretching session while reciting the scripture verse.

Affirmation: “Today, I remove the limits that darkness brings, and use God’s word to illuminate my path.”

 

Day #25 March 28, 2024

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV): “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”

Spiritual Discipline: Surrendering to God

Reflect on 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, surrendering areas of your life to God’s sovereignty through prayer. Prioritize physical and emotional well-being as acts of honoring God.

Holistic Wellness: Health Prioritization

Address physical and emotional health needs, honoring the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit. Schedule any necessary physicals or well-check appointments.

Affirmation: “Today, I remove all physical limits off of my body and recognize it as a temple of the Holy Spirit.”

Write The Vision: In what ways does the affirmation “I honor God with my body, recognizing it as a temple of the Holy Spirit” inspire and guide your commitment to breaking free from a sedentary lifestyle? Reflect on the positive impact physical activity can have on your spiritual and physical well-being.

 

Day #26 March 29, 2024

Proverbs 17:22 (NIV): “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Spiritual Discipline: Joyful Worship

Embrace Proverbs 17:22 through worship, rejoicing in God’s goodness. Take 10-minutes to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

Holistic Wellness: Playful Activities

Participate in 30-minutes of playful activities with loved ones, such as playing board games, watching a television show, or just telling stories or jokes, fostering a cheerful heart.

Affirmation: “Today, I remove the limits that a crushed spirit brings and declare that my heart shall be cheerful.

 

Day #27 March 30, 2024

Psalm 119:11 (NIV): “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Spiritual Discipline: Internalizing Scripture

Meditate on Psalm 119:11, hiding God’s Word in your heart. Express gratitude for divine communion and surrender your sin into God’s care.

Holistic Wellness: Gratitude Practice

Express gratitude for God’s presence and provision, surrendering sin, worries, and burdens into God’s care.

Affirmation: “Today, I remove the limits of sin, hiding God’s word in my heart, and guarding myself against stumbling.”

 

Day #28 March 31, 2024

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV): “Cast all your anxiety on him because God cares for you.”

Spiritual Discipline: Surrendering Anxiety

Reflect on 1 Peter 5:7, casting anxieties on God. Engage in deep breathing exercises; with each breathe in, think of God’s goodness and care, and with each breathe out, release your anxieties on God.

Holistic Wellness: Reflective Walking

Practice 10-minutes of walking, reflecting on your worries that need to be released to God.

Affirmation: “Today, I remove the limits that worrying has on my time and I refuse to pick those worries back up.”

  

CONGRATULATIONS on completing 28 Days of fasting and prayer! Your dedication to exploring the depths of grace is commendable. Grace, with its unmerited favor and endless possibilities, has the remarkable ability to uplift, heal, and transform. It is a force that knows no boundaries, offering us the freedom to rise above limitations and embrace the fullness of our potential. Reflect on growing through God’s grace.

As you reflect on your journey of “Growth” consider the ways in which grace has touched your life. How has grace empowered you to overcome challenges, embrace opportunities, and live more fully? What insights have you gained about growing through God’s grace, and how will you carry these lessons forward in your journey of faith?

Journal your insights to these questions. May they guide your journey with grace’s transformative power.

 

When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.

CBC Baptist Church

CHURCH VISION

WORKBOOK 

The Vision Frame is a compelling and concise conceptual model that depicts the mission, mission measures, values, strategy, and vision proper of our church with stunting clarity.

The Five Irreducible Questions of Leadership:

    1. Mission – What are we doing?

    CBC’s Mission: “Inciting one another to make their lives better through the breakthrough love of God.”

    18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20

    36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 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. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 22:36-40

    The mission is our MANDATE.

    2. Mission Measures – When are we successful (winning)?

    • A Spiritual Mentor

    • A Spiritual Apprentice

    • A Spiritual Artist

    • A Spiritual Activist

    • A Spiritual Autobiographer

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    • Cultivator of Confluence –

    • Committed Cadet –

    • Creative Conductor –

    • Change Crusader –

    • Chronicle Creator –

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    3. Values – Why are we doing it?

    • Personal Dignity –

    • Bold Authenticity –

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    • Disciplined Curiosity –

    • Missional Intentionality –

    • Radical Generosity –

    Values are our MOTIVES.

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    4. Strategy – How are we doing it?

    CBC’s strategy consists of four key phases: • Strategy 1: Invite through Worship

    • Strategy 2: Invest with a TEAM

    • Strategy 3: Incite to Multiply

    • Strategy 4: Impact the Community

    5. Vision Proper – Where is God taking us?

     

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