LIFE GROUPS #1

August 7, 2022   /   Big Valley Grace Community Church

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LIFE GROUPS

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves… 22 All men will hate you because of me…” Matthew 10:16-22 (NIV84)

…everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted… 2 Timothy 3:12 (NIV)

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV84)

The god of this age (That’s the devil) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image God. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)

We know that we are children of God, and that we the whole world is under control of the evil one. 1 John 5:19 (NIV)

SATAN’S GREATEST WEAPON—DECEPTION!

Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good character. Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning… 1 Corinthians 15:33 

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7 (NIV)

Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanders nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9 (NIV84)

Do not be deceived, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. Deuteronomy 11:16 

Here’s the bottom line…being a Christian in this world isn’t easy!

Because it isn’t easy to be a Christian in this world…
you need to be a healthy, active member of a church!

1.  Church is a great place to worship the Lord!

2.  Church is a great place to remember Jesus!

3.  Church is a great place to hear God speak to you!

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)

Bonus thought — Church is a great place to teach your children to love the church!

Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher. Luke 6:40 (NLT)

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)

Because it isn’t easy to be a Christian in this world…
you need to be a healthy, active member of a small group!

1.  A small group is a great place to be encouraged and to encourage others!
…but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:25 (ESV)

2.  A small group is a great place to bear one another’s burdens!
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

3.  A small group is a great place to be sharpened and to sharpen others!
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 (AMP)

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