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FRIDAY — Self-Evaluation Questions
So for today, try to find a quiet place to reflect on the following self-examination questions that are from John Wesley, a theologian who lived centuries ago—talk about vintage! Part of the wrestling process with God is allowing Him permission to go into the places of our lives that we keep quiet. That’s where the real action is!
Here is a selection of nearly a dozen questions which John Wesley gave to members of his discipleship groups more than 200 years ago. The questions may have their origin in the spiritual accountability group started by Wesley when he was a student at Oxford — a group that detractors called “The Holy Club.” Read through these questions and reflect on them.
• Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
• Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?
• Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
• Do I give the Bible time to speak to me every day?
• Am I enjoying prayer?
• Do I disobey God in anything?
• Am I defeated in any part of my life?
Prayer: One of the most amazing blessings we can receive is to see God more clearly and to see ourselves more genuinely. Take time to ask God to help you work through any struggles and don’t forget to ask Him to bless you!
• Leadership Summit—Be selfish enough to take the time to make yourself a better leader! Special pricing for regular CedarCreek attendees won’t last forever. Go to www.cedarcreek.tv/summit for more information about speakers and to register.
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• New Community and Baptism service (Perrysburg Campus)—Mark your calendars for June 26th! First, we’ll be having our annual business meeting at 5pm. If you want to hear from the leadership about what will be happening during 2011-2012, come out and attend. Then, we’ll be celebrating together during New Community at 6pm. If you haven’t been baptized, check the ATC for more details about getting baptized that night. See you then!
HomePointe Family Activity
BigPoint: When we try to gain everything on our own we miss out on what God has in store for us.
Lesson: As a family, read the story of Jacob and Esau:
Genesis 25:27-34 (The Message)
The boys (Esau and Jacob) grew up. Esau became an expert hunter, an outdoorsman. Jacob was a quiet man preferring life indoors among the tents. Isaac (their father) loved Esau because he loved his game, but Rebekah (their mother) loved Jacob. One day Jacob was cooking a stew. Esau came in from the field, starved. Esau said to Jacob, “Give me some of that red stew—I’m starved!” That’s how he came to be called Edom. Jacob said, “Make me a trade: my stew for your rights as the firstborn.” Esau said, “I’m starving! What good is a birthright if I’m dead?” Jacob said, “First, swear to me.” And he did it. On oath Esau traded away his rights as the firstborn. Jacob gave him bread and the stew of lentils. He ate and drank, got up and left. That’s how Esau shrugged off his rights as the firstborn.
Activity: Have each family member share a personal story about how they tried to get something that wasn’t really their right to have in the first place, but they wanted it so bad that they did what they could to make it their own. Now, ask each family member to tell what they think might have happened if they would have waited on God to help them with what they were trying to get.
Prayer: Ask God to help you to wait for direction on what He might have for you to possess or experience in the future rather than pushing your own desires.
Living It Out: Scripture Memory JUNE 2011
Joshua 24:15 (New Living Translation)
“But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
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DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY: Proverbs 1
1:1 “the proverbs…” The proverbs are short sayings which express timeless truth and wisdom. They arrest one’s thoughts, causing the reader to reflect on how one might apply divine principles to life situations. Proverbs contain insights both in poetry and prose; yet, at the same time, they can be commands to be obeyed. God’s proverbs are not limited to this book alone.
1:2-6 The twofold purpose of this book is to produce the skill of godly living by wisdom and instruction and to develop discernment.
1:7 “the fear of the Lord…” The overarching theme of this book and particularly the first nine chapters is introduced- reverence for God. While the unbeliever may make statements about life and truth, he does not have true or ultimate knowledge until he is in a redemptive relationship of reverential awe with God.
1:10 “sinners…” This term is reserved in Scripture to describe unbelievers for whom sin is continual and who even endeavor to persuade believers to sin with them. The sins of murder and robbery are used as illustrations of such.
1:20-33 In this section wisdom is personified and speaks in the first person, emphasizing the serious consequences that come to those who reject it.
1:24-26 Sinners who respond with indifference and mockery at God’s indictments increase their guilt and bring upon themselves the wrath of God’s mockery and indifference. Some wait to seek God until it is too late.
1:28-30 “I will not answer…” God will withdraw His invitation to sinners because they have rejected Him. Note the rejection of wisdom, knowledge, reproof and counsel.