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LIO for the Week of 6/2: Transformed Relationally

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LIO 5/30- Transformed: Manage Your Emotions to Please God and Succeed in Life

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FRIDAY—Manage Your Emotions to Please God and Succeed in Life
Big Point: Jesus wants to be Lord of your heart, your emotions.

Many people believe that to be successful in life they need a high IQ, or Intelligence Quotient. But many studies have proven an EQ, or Emotional Quotient, to be far more important for success in business. Why is this? Perhaps because people with a high EQ have a good handle on dealing with their emotions and how they feel. As a result they are people-people, others-oriented. They know how to get along with others.

This week we have talked a lot about HOW to manage emotions, but let’s look back at WHY it’s important. On the cover of the LIO, we discovered that human beings are emotional beings. God is emotional and since we are made in God’s image, we are emotional and that’s okay! On Monday we looked at how our emotions are not always reliable; we can end up manipulating ourselves without even realizing it. On Tuesday we were challenged to name our emotions! How did you do? Were you able to name the emotions you were feeling this week? How did that change your actions and reactions to those emotions?

Be encouraged by remembering that managing your emotions is an ongoing battle, one that you will never fully win until after this life passes. It’s a struggle worth enduring though because it pleases God and it makes you a success in life!

 READ, THINK and LIVE. Read and apply the Bible.

You can’t please God if your emotions dominate your life. You can’t please God if your decisions are made based on how you feel rather than on what God says.

Question: According to Romans, why is it so important to have control over your emotions? If your sinful nature has control in your life, where does that lead? If the Holy Spirit has control in your life, where does that lead? Looking back through the week, what was the biggest thing you learned about managing your emotions? How has that discovery impacted your life?

Romans 8:6-8 (New Living Translation)
6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

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PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?

Take some time to talk to God today. Talk to Him about your emotions—name them! If you are struggling with controlling those emotions, give them to God and ask for His help. Ask God to control your mind so that you are not manipulated by your own emotions, but instead can frame and change them for God’s purposes.

Questions for Discussion— Try these in a group, with friends or at the dinner table.

1. Talk about the last time you experienced a strong positive or negative emotion. Perhaps you were angry, elated, sad or in love. What emotion did you feel and how did you respond in light of what you felt?

2. Read Mark 12:29-30. What does it mean to love the Lord your God with all your heart? If our emotions are part of our hearts, what does this passage say we are supposed to do with our emotions?

3. If emotions are unreliable and subject to manipulation, why is it so important to get control of your feelings? What happens to the person who cannot manage their emotions?

4. Jason Tucker shared that in order to take control of a wayward emotion, we need to Name It, Frame It, and then Change the Channel. Which of these three steps is most difficult for you?

May 2014 Memory Verse:

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

For the duration of the Transformed series, we are asking groups to use the provided materials rather than a video from our teaching pastors. To download discussion questions or to participate in the Tuesday night iCampus discussion, visit our iCampus page.

Weekend Updates!

Saturday’s Daily Bible Reading Plan: May 31st, Acts 9:1-43

Next Weekend: Next week we will continue with the Transformed series. Ben Snyder will be speaking about being “Transformed Relationally”. Services are Saturday, May 31st—5:15 pm, 7:00 pm and Sunday, June 1st—9:00 am, 10:45 am, 12:30 pm. We hope that you can join us at any of our four locations or on the iCampus at CedarCreek.tv

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RESOURCES:
Rick Warren’s
How to Deal with How you Feel

This week’s Living It Out Daily Bible Study written by:
Kaye Althaus
Becky Miller
Luke Shortridge
Kelda Strasbourg
David Vernier
Jackie Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIO 5/29 – Transformed: To Control an Unwanted Feeling, Change the Channel!

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Your soul is your mind, your will and your emotions. When the Word gets rooted in there and begins to change your mind, it begins to heal your emotions and turn your will away from self-will and onto doing the will of God.

—Joyce Meyer

THURSDAY—To Control an Unwanted Feeling, Change the Channel!
Big Point: Don’t let out of control emotions rule your life; instead, do something about them!

You’ve named your unruly emotion and framed it. You’ve found it to be negative and controlling in your life. Now what? It’s time to change the channel!

The key question to ask yourself is, “Would Jesus feel the way I am feeling in this situation?” If the answer is no, you’ve got to change that emotion! Some emotions are so hurtful, so sinful, that they must be changed immediately. Much like we discussed in the “Transformed Mentally” section a couple weeks back, you cannot simply tell yourself not to have a certain emotion. You’ve got to replace it with one that is Godly. For example, say your neighbor gets a new sports car and you find yourself feeling envious. Instead of continuing to feel envious every time you look at the new car, replace your envy with fulfillment. Choose to focus on all the blessings God has already given you and put on a sense of contentment.

What if you find an emotion is controlling you but you feel justified in that feeling? Say, for example, you’ve been the victim of a crime and you find yourself continually angry. Jesus was angry at times. Certainly feeling anger in the situation isn’t a sin. The Bible even says, “in your anger do not sin”.

When this occurs, you’ve got to channel that emotion. Use it for good. Let that emotion guide you to acts of good deeds and holy living. If you have experienced unfairness, become a champion for good. If you are angry, allow your anger to become righteous anger so that you can seek out Godly justice. If you experience blocked love, re-channel that love toward someone who needs it greatly.

God will help you in this process. He is a God of emotions and He understands your feelings perfectly. Allow Him to help by seeking Him out in prayer!

 READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?

1. Some believe this passage was an ancient hymn sung by the early church, while others believe it was poetic prose used by Paul to tell the most important story in the history of the universe. In these verses, Paul records a summary of what happened when God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ.

Question: Despite the range of emotions Jesus felt about his mission, what attitude did Christ portray while he was on earth carrying out God’s will?

Philippians 2:5-7 (New Living Translation)
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.

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2. The book of Proverbs contains many “do’s” and “don’ts” about how to live your life, along with explanations as to what might happen whether you follow God’s wisdom or not. It reveals that fearing the Lord is the basis for all wisdom.

Question: How is controlling your emotions connected to controlling your tongue? What promise is there to claim in Proverbs 13:3?

Proverbs 13:3 (New Living Translation)
Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything

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3. Think about a healthy apple tree. Fruit is produced naturally if the tree is watered, given sunlight and the soil has plenty of nutrients. In our lives, spiritual fruit is produced by the Holy Spirit. If there is no fruit, the Spirit is being stifled.

Question: Who defines what is fruit and what is poisonous? How can these verses help you identify the type of characteristics God desires for His people?

Galatians 5:22-23 (New Living Translation)
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

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LIVE… What will you do now?

Think of an unwanted emotion you’ve been dealing with this past week. What steps can you take to change that emotion into something God-honoring?

 

 

How might you channel your anger, discontentment or blocked love into something helpful and Godly?

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?

Ask God to assist you in taking hold of your emotions and feelings. Pray that He helps you in the process of replacing emotions that are impure or improper. Ask Him to point out any feelings in you that can be challenged for His good. Thank Him for His grace, love and understanding through the process of change.

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

For the duration of the Transformed series, we are asking groups to use the provided materials rather than a video from our teaching pastors. To download discussion questions or to participate in the Tuesday night iCampus discussion, visit our iCampus page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIO 5/28 – Transformed: To Handle an Unwieldy Emotion, Frame It!

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The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is curiosity.

 -Edmund Burke

WEDNESDAY –To Handle an Unwieldy Emotion, Frame It!
Big Point: Use God’s will to test what you feel!

Has something ever felt so right to you that you thought an angel from heaven personally delivered it to you? Were there times when you were so convinced that what you felt was right, that you were blinded to those same angels frantically waving red flags at you? Emotions can be deceiving! Simply accepting an emotion as wrong, right, or even from God can sometimes cause more harm than good. The best thing you can do is test it! But how?

Pastor Rick Warren has some excellent guidelines for us to challenge what it is that we are feeling. “The Bible says in Psalm 26:2, ‘Lord, cross examine me. Test my motives and my affections.’ What are your affections? They’re your emotions. Test my motives and my feelings. So you ask God to help you evaluate it. Let me give you another one that is even more personal.

Get a friend to help you. That is, sometimes it’s best to have a friend who can challenge what you’re feeling. You’ve got to have a pretty close friend to do that. Do you have anybody who can ask you that question and you wouldn’t get mad at them? You know they’re doing it out of love. You need partners in your life. Give somebody that permission.”

Ask three questions:

  1. What’s the real reason that I’m feeling this? That goes back to what we were talking about earlier. Maybe it’s fear. Maybe it’s worry. What’s the real reason I’m feeling this?
  2. Is it true? Is what I’m feeling right now true?
  3. Is what I’m feeling helping me or hurting me? Sometimes this is the simplest thing to changing an emotion. Simply ask myself if what I’m feeling right now is going to help me get what I want, or is it actually going to hinder me in getting what I want? In other words, will I get what I want by continuing to feel this way? A lot of feelings we have feel natural, but they’re actually self defeating.

Challenge what you’re feeling. Don’t automatically accept what you’re feeling or assume that it’s accurate. Don’t assume that what you feel is the truth, correct or even reality. Frame it!

 READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?

1. After going through unimaginable pain, Job was in a place where he was depressed and pushing back against God. He has a close friend, Eliphaz, who challenges him and asks him why he is feeling so angry.

Question: What is Eliphaz revealing to Job about his emotions?

Job 15:12-13 (New American Standard Bible)
12 Why does your heart carry you away?
And why do your eyes flash,
13 That you should turn your spirit against God
And allow such words to go out of your mouth?

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2. While John is speaking about challenging false prophets, the same rings true about our emotions. If what we feel does not line up with the Word of God, then they are definitely not from God!

Question: How does one know for sure that a person has the Spirit of God within them?

 

 

1 John 4:1-2 (New Living Translation)
1 Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. 2 This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God.

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3. Again, Jesus wasn’t challenging emotion but he challenged Peter when he said something that contradicted God’s plan. If you have thoughts that are outside of the will of God, challenge it!

Question: What was Jesus challenging Peter to do? What about Peter’s perspective made him dangerous?

 

 

Matthew 16:23 (New Living Translation)
Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

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LIVE… What will you do now?

There is nothing wrong with challenging your emotions, especially to make sure that they line up with God’s will! What emotions, fresh ones or ones that you have been holding on to, do you need to test?

 

 

Do you have friends that will tell you the truth in love? Why or why not?

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?

Take a few minutes and pray that God will help you learn to test your emotions by using His Word and His will. Ask Him to send friends into your life that will challenge your emotions and help you realign them to His Word.

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

For the duration of the Transformed series, we are asking groups to use the provided materials rather than a video from our teaching pastors. To download discussion questions or to participate in the Tuesday night iCampus discussion, visit our iCampus page.

 

LIO 5/27 – Transformed: To Manage an Unmanaged Emotion, Name It!

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Nobody can be set free from a problem until they’re willing to admit they have one.

  —Joyce Meyer

TUESDAY— To Manage an Unmanageable Emotion, Name It!
Big Point: I can’t tame it until I name it.

If you had to name the emotion that gives you the most trouble in your life, could you do it? Rick Warren tells a story about a pastor friend who thought he was very in touch with his own emotions. Turns out, this pastor could not answer this question when asked. When put on the spot, he was unable to name his most troubling emotion or any real emotion for that matter. He came up with tired and hungry, which are not even emotions; they are triggers for emotion.

So often we think we know what is wrong with us but there are often underlying feelings we are either unaware of or in denial about. The first step of any 12 step program is to admit that you have a problem and that you are powerless to control it. Many of us are controlled by our emotions but aren’t able to admit or even identify what emotion is controlling us.

Warren uses a three step process to handle difficult emotions and the first step is: Name It. In order to deal with our emotions we must be able to identify them. How do we do this? We must be specific. We cannot manage a vague feeling. We can only manage or change something that we can clearly identify. If you don’t know what the problem is, how can you possibly fix it? So the question is: what am I really feeling? Here you really need to dig deep and be honest! This is difficult to do at times because it may bring hurts, regrets or unmet expectations into stark light. However, if you don’t get to the real center of the problem, you cannot name it or tame it.

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?

1. King David wrote this Psalm. God called him a man after His own heart, yet David got himself into a lot of trouble by following his emotions.

Question: Why do you think God called David a man after His own heart when David admits to being overwhelmed by troubles?

Psalm 55:1-2 (New Living Translation)
1 Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help! 2 Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles.

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2. This passage occurs right before the crucifixion. It is interesting that Jesus plainly tells his friends about his overwhelming grief. We tend to think that Jesus was like a holy robot who never felt sad or grieved. Clearly that wasn’t the case! Also, he had the courage to plainly tell his friends how he felt, which is huge!

Question: Why is it important for us to be open and honest about how we feel?

Mark 14:32-34 (New Living Translation)
32 They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” 33 He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. 34 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

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3. The following verse is a prophecy about Jesus in the Old Testament, made hundreds of years before he was even born.

Question: Why do you think we look away when people are hurting? Do we really not care?

Isaiah 53:3 (New Living Translation)
He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

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LIVE… What will you do now?

What is the emotion you have the most trouble with in your life? Why do think it controls you so much?

 

 

 

Why do you find it easy or hard to talk clearly and honestly about your emotions?
What would it take for you to be able to admit to being powerless to control your most troubling emotions?

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?

Thank Our Heavenly Father for the amazing gift of emotions. Praise Him for giving you a heart capable of such powerful feelings. Ask for His forgiveness for being afraid of them or being unwilling to affect change in the way you feel. Ask for His help to change.

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

For the duration of the Transformed series, we are asking groups to use the provided materials rather than a video from our teaching pastors. To download discussion questions or to participate in the Tuesday night iCampus discussion, visit our iCampus page.

 

 

 

LIO 5/26 – Transformed: Transformed Emotionally

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We must not allow our emotions to hold sway over our minds. Rather, we must seek to let the truth of God rule our minds. Our emotions must become subservient to the truth.

-Jerry Bridges

Life is a never-ending, constantly looping and sometimes 200 foot drop from the top to the bottom that pushes your stomach into your throat, emotional roller coaster. We are emotional beings and that’s okay. We were created with feelings.

God is emotional and we are emotional because He created us in His image. Feelings of love, joy, happiness, sorrow, heartache, peace and even despair are all a part of the human experience. The real question is, do you control your emotions or do they control you? Do you honor God with your emotions or do you allow them to lead you into bad behavior?

First, God has emotions. God has feelings. God feels joy, grief, pain and hatred towards sin. The only reason you have emotions is because you’re made in God’s image. If God wasn’t an emotional God, you wouldn’t have any emotions. If God wasn’t a God of love, there would be no love on this planet. God is love. God created emotions, created feelings. So, God is an emotional God.

Second, the ability to feel is a gift from God. Your emotions are a gift from God. Emotions are a great asset. Without emotions you’d be a robot. Emotions make you human. It is your emotional ability that allows you to love and create, be faithful, loyal, kind and generous… all of the emotions that are attached to the good things in life.

Finally, there are two extremes to avoid. One is called emotionalism and the other is called stoicism. Emotionalism is saying the only thing that matters in life is how I feel. It doesn’t matter what I think, it doesn’t matter what’s right or wrong, good or bad. If it feels good, do it and that extreme means everything I do in life is based on my emotions. They control, dominate and run my life and I’m a very emotional person.

Stoicism is the exact opposite. It basically says feelings aren’t important at all. The only thing that matters is your intellect and your will—your volition and your intelligence. So the stoics say emotions are not part of life; feelings don’t really matter. But, God gave you your emotions for a reason. God wants you to worship Him emotionally. He wants you to feel it. In fact, God complains in the Scripture many times that people are worshiping with their lips but not with their emotions, not with their hearts. (The previous points are paraphrased from Rick Warren).

The Bible tells us that God gave us the book of Psalms in order to understand our emotions. Psalms has every emotion possible in it! It’s there to teach you about emotions, positive and negative. Not all psalms are about praise and thanksgiving. There are psalms of anger, lament and sorrow. There are even psalms of arguing with God. God is saying all of these are legitimate. He gave these things to you.

God wants us to worship Him not just with our mind, but also with our heart. The “heart” is often used in scripture to encompass feelings or emotions. God wants us to worship Him not just with our thoughts and our actions, but He wants us to FEEL an emotional connection, too. He wants us to be emotionally honest with Him. He wants us to love Him the same way that He loves us!

THIS WEEK’S STUDY IS ABOUT UNDERSTANDING AND HANDLING OUR EMOTIONS IN A WAY THAT HONORS GOD.

MONDAY – Managing Emotions Means not Being Manipulated
Big Point: Emotional management can add ease to your daily life.

If you don’t manage your emotions, then your emotions will manage you.

-Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman

Have you ever been lost in the woods or on the highway? Your gut says that straight ahead is the way to your destination, but your compass says to go in the exact opposite direction. So what do you do? You follow the compass! Your gut feeling is wrong. Emotions are like that sometimes. They can fool us. What feels right may very well be incredibly wrong.

For example, if a pilot flies into foul weather, with poor visibility, he can quickly become disoriented. This is called spatial disorientation; in this state, a pilot’s perception of direction does not agree with reality. He literally doesn’t know which end is up. In such conditions, pilots must depend on their instruments rather than their senses in order to avoid a fatal error.

Emotions are not necessarily bad. God gave them to us for countless reasons. However, if we aren’t careful, our emotions can control or manipulate us. Advertisers know this well. They seek to reach us emotionally to encourage us to buy their products. We may feel our lives would be enhanced by it and we would look so impressive behind the wheel of a new Mercedes. But if our bank account cannot back the check that our emotions want us to write, we had better get our desires in sync with reality. Emotions are a beautiful aspect of life. We simply need to learn to master our emotions so they don’t manipulate us into making decisions we may later regret. You need to decide who is in control: you or your emotions.

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?

1. Solomon, the author of the majority of the book of Proverbs, is considered the wisest man to have ever lived. The book of Proverbs contains invaluable nuggets of wisdom that are useful for addressing many of life’s decisions.
Question: What is this verse telling us about the potential role emotions can play in our decision making?

 

Proverbs 14:12 (New Living Translation)
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

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2. The wise sayings in the latter part of the book of Proverbs were gathered by advisers to King Hezekiah, a king of Judah who honored God. Many of these proverbs pertain chiefly to leaders or those wishing to become leaders, but they contain truths that are useful to all of us.

Question: What does it mean here to have no control over your spirit? What does this verse tell us are the potential consequences of not controlling our emotions?

Proverbs 25:28 (New American Standard Bible)
Like a city that is broken into and without walls
Is a man who has no control over his spirit.

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3. Peter knew Jesus personally and spent time with him while he lived on earth. In this letter, he is writing to encourage Jewish believers who were being persecuted for their faith in Christ.
Question: On what kind of creature does a lion prey? How does this verse tell us to respond to the devil and how can we be strong in our faith?

 

1 Peter 5:8-9 (New Living Translation)
8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.

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LIVE… What will you do now?

Can you think of any area of your life where your feelings may be controlling you, causing you to make bad decisions? Is your sense of direction out of sync with what God would have you do? Is there anything you can do about it right now? Do you think there is anything God can do about your situation right now?

 

 

We all need guidance and direction in life, just as a pilot needs aviation instruments to get him to his journey’s end safely. As believers, from where should our direction and guidance come? What steps can you take today to tap into God’s guidance for your life on a daily basis?

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?

Thank God for giving us emotions to add beauty and depth to our lives. Ask Him to alert you when your emotions are out of sync with His will and to show you what course of action you should take that would please Him. Ask Him if there are any areas of your life right now where you are being manipulated by your emotions and to give you the strength and knowledge to control them, rather than the other way around.

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

For the duration of the Transformed series, we are asking groups to use the provided materials rather than a video from our teaching pastors. To download discussion questions or to participate in the Tuesday night iCampus discussion, visit our iCampus page.

 

 

 

LIO for the Week of 5/26: Transformed Emotionally

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LIO 5/23 – Never Stop Improving Your Leadership

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FRIDAY – Never Stop Improving Your Leadership

Big Point: Invest in yourself by intentionally growing as a leader.

James C. Georges, of the ParTraining Corporation, in a recent interview with Executive Communications said, “What is leadership? Remove for a moment the moral issues behind it and there is only one definition: Leadership is the ability to obtain followers.”

Jesus Christ has given us a perfect model and illustration for this. At CedarCreek, we believe that Jesus Christ was the best leader that ever lived. Consider this: Jesus lived in a remote part of the world over two thousand years ago. People throughout history have been trying to discredit him and disprove his teachings. Yet, one man took on twelve disciples, who in turn took on disciples of their own. Hundreds of generations later, over one billion people on earth claim some affiliation with Jesus Christ.

Daily, he was able to overcome insult, attacks to his character and people trying to distract him from his mission. Yet, he still made time to invest in and challenge his disciples. And how did he do this? By capitalizing on disproportionate moments of influence and growing up their leadership.

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READ, THINK and LIVE… What does the Bible say?

The writer of Hebrews discusses God’s rescue plan for mankind. Because the Israelites were given the law, but were unable to follow it perfectly, God sent His Son to pave the way for the rest of us. Because Jesus suffered and died, he was given the place of the highest honor.

Question: How was Jesus made a perfect leader through suffering? How can our own suffering make us more sensitive servants of God and better leaders?

 

What are you doing, in your own life and amongst your own “followers”, to develop their leadership?

 

Hebrews 2:10 (New Living Translation)
God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.

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PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?

Ask God to help you recognize leadership opportunities in your daily life. Pray for Him to show you ways you are a leader and ask Him to help you show up appropriately in those moments.

Questions for Discussion— Try these in a group, with friends or at the dinner table.

1. How do you typically respond to someone who has caused a problem? Remember…is it about you or is it about them?

2. Why is it so important to separate stories from facts? Why do we have to be careful to avoid attributing bad actions to bad behavior?

3. Think back to the three key skills that Joseph Grenny gave us to use when discussing problems. How would your life be transformed if you always followed these skills? More importantly, how would that transformation spread to those around you?

4. Read Matthew 7:3-5. How can suspending our own judgment affect how we respond in these difficult conversations?

May 2014 Memory Verse:

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

 

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.

Weekend Updates!

  • Saturday’s Daily Bible Reading Plan: May 24th, Acts 3:1-26
  • Next Weekend: Next week we will resume the Transformed series. Jason Tucker will be speaking about being “Transformed Emotionally”. Services are Saturday, May 24th—5:15 pm, 7:00 pm and Sunday, May 25th—9:00 am, 10:45 am, 12:30 pm. We hope that you can join us at any of our four locations or on the iCampus at CedarCreek.tv
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Esther 4:15-17
15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.” 17 So Mordecai went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.

Weekend Recap:

When things aren’t turning out the way we might like, we don’t have to worry. We can be brave and trust that GOD HAS A PLAN FOR ME!

Scripture:

The Book of Esther. Read the book of Esther together as a family.

Questions:

Why did Esther ask Mordecai to fast? How many days did she ask him to fast? What did Esther do that was against the law? What could have happened to Esther? How does this show Esther’s bravery and trust in God?

Family Activity:

Think about a time you were brave and asked/trusted in God to lead you. Share that time with your family. What did your prayer to God sound like?

Memory Verse:

As a family, memorize this month’s Memory Verse (the motions used in CedarVille are printed in the parentheses):

2 Corinthians 5:17 (sign “Jesus” by poking the middle of one palm, then the middle of the other) This means that anyone who belongs to Christ (sign “person” by holding out your pointer finger on each hand and sliding your hands down in front of you) has become a new person. (sign “former” by making a C with your right hand then making a circular motion over your shoulder) The old life is gone; (sign “new” be using the back of the right hand to make a scooping motion across the palm of the left hand) a new life has begun!

*Have your child memorize this verse and recite it to the room teacher for a prize.

Have some feedback? Email questions or comments to Lukes@cedarcreek.tv

RESOURCES:

Joseph Grenny – Leadership Summit Material
Axiom -by Bill Hybels
Developing the Leader Within You – by John Maxwell

This week’s Living It Out written by:

Lindsey Campos
Stephanie Coil
Becky Miller
Luke Shortridge
Kelda Strasbourg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIO 5/22 – Lead Something!

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You are to follow no man further than he follows Christ.

–John Collins

THURSDAY—Lead Something!

Big Point: Jesus was action-oriented and you should be, too!

If you look at the three or so years that Jesus was in ministry here on earth, you will see a lot of action. He performed miracles, healed the sick, fought with the Pharisees, walked on water and more! It’s safe to say that Jesus was a man of action. He didn’t give his followers time to say goodbye to their families or bury spiritually dead relatives. He didn’t say, “Take some time to think it over.” He said, “Come, follow me.”

Bill Hybels first was given the vision of starting the Leadership Summit at Willow Creek Community church, located in the greater Chicago area, as a way to call people to action. When someone asks his advice on becoming a better leader, he says, “Outside of reading and learning about leadership, the best thing you can do is lead something!” In other words, the best way to become good at something is to do it. Practice. Even better, practice outside of your comfort zone. We learn best when we’re in the field, making moves and even mistakes. Hybels says that he is biased toward action and just doesn’t get inactivity. Why would someone rather atrophy than develop, or sit when he could soar?

Jesus asked his followers to step out in faith all the time. He got a group of twelve regular guys together and started the most ambitious church plant in history. In Jesus’ name, those guys performed miracles and walked on water, too! Jesus knows that we are capable of so much more than we think. He has given us amazing gifts and talents, however, we sometimes have to step out in faith and stretch ourselves in order to reach our full potential. So, don’t just sit there, lead something!

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?

1. Romans 12 is a great outline for living life as Jesus’ disciple. In it, Paul explains how to be transformed by Christ in everything you do!

Question: According to Paul, how should you use the gifts God has given you? If you have leadership ability, what does God expect from you?

Romans 12:8 (New Living Translation)
If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

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2. This passage occurs after Jesus’ resurrection. He has appeared to the disciples several times already, restoring them and reminding them of their mission. Here Jesus gave Peter a very specific task and he calls believers to act in accordance with the gifts he has given them.

 Question: What is the task that Jesus has presented to Peter and what all did that entail?

John 21:17 (New Living Translation)
A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.”

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3. Proverbs 20 talks about living a life of integrity for all to see because God detests double standards. Your life speaks louder than your words. Your actions should back up your theology.

Question: According to Proverbs 20:11, what influences and defines a person’s reputation?

Proverbs 20:11 (New Living Translation)
Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.

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LIVE… What will you do now?

What have you done lately to stretch your leadership abilities?

 

 

Have you heard from God lately? Describe a recent prompting from God. If you have trouble thinking of one, describe a time your faith and actions were working together in unison.

 

 

In what ways have you acted in service to God that have stretched your faith?

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?

Praise Our Heavenly Father for His amazing gifts to you. Thank Him for giving you the ability to act and to step out in faith for His kingdom. Ask for forgiveness for any fear or unwillingness to stretch beyond your comfort zone. Ask Him for courage and strength to use your talents in any way that He sees fit.
Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.

 

 

 

LIO 5/21 – Fundamental Attribution Error

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The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.

–John Stott

WEDNESDAY—Fundamental Attribution Error

Big Point: Learn to control your anger, listen to understand not to respond, and forgive as you have been forgiven.

 

We often have an angry, knee jerk reaction when someone acts differently than we think he or she should. We justify our anger by projecting impure or even evil motives onto the other person.

Joseph Grenny believes that when faced with bad behavior, many people follow a typical course of action. First, we personalize. We make the problem about us. Instead of breaking a rule, they broke my rule. Instead of being late for a meeting, they are disrespecting my time.

Next, we tell a story. We add mental pictures and our brains fill in the gaps about the places in the story that are unknown. Anytime you feel triggered to anger, you’ve told a story. Most of your upset comes not from their actions, but from your shame.

Finally, you villainize the person: “They did this because they are a bad person, operating under less than pure motives.” Grenny says that when you attribute bad behavior to bad motives, you provoke your own anger and give yourself a 6% chance of actually influencing change—change being a healthy solution to your problem.

This is called the Fundamental Attribution Error. It occurs when someone places an undue amount of emphasis on internal characteristics instead of considering external factors. For example, when someone cuts you off in traffic, you assume he is a jerk or rude. However, you do not know that his wife went into labor and he’s desperate to get to the hospital in time to see his new baby’s birth.

How do you put a stop to always assuming the worst in people? First, don’t allow your anger to get the best of you. Second, become a better listener. Finally, forgive others as you are forgiven. In Stephen Covey’s best selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Habit #5 says, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Communication is the most important skill in life and it includes both speaking and listening.

The best leaders listen patiently and ask questions to uncover both internal AND external reasons for a particular behavior. They are quick to extend grace because they realize just how much they have been forgiven themselves.

READ and THINK… What does the Bible say?

1. The following passage is given at the beginning of Jesus’ parable about the unforgiving debtor—a parable on forgiveness.

Question: To what extent does Jesus ask us to forgive one another?

Matthew 18:21-22 (New Living Translation)
21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” 22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!”

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2. King Solomon was known for his wisdom. In the following passage, he says only fools blurt out opinions on matters they have not taken the trouble to hear carefully.

Question: What do you think the lesson is in this verse?

Proverbs 18:13 (English Standard Version)
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

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3. In Ephesians 4:25-5:5, Paul outlines six concrete ways in which Christians must remove their old lives and put on life in Christ. In verse 29, he specifically discusses moving from harmful to helpful speech.

Question: Why is it important to avoid foul or abusive language? What is the significance of the words we choose to speak?

Ephesians 4:29 (New Living Translation)
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

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LIVE… What will you do now?

Do you struggle with the Fundamental Attribution Error? How often do you attribute bad behavior to a person’s internal characteristics before considering external factors?

 

 

 

Where are you when it comes to communication? Do you let your anger speak? When you listen, do you listen to understand or to respond? Do you extend grace and forgiveness?

 

 

 

How can you improve your understanding and communication—speaking, listening and forgiving—skills this week?

 

 

 

PRAY… God, what do you want me to know and do?

Praise God for His incredible gift of forgiveness through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Confess those times when you have sinned in your anger, failed to listen or extend forgiveness to others. Ask God to help you to stay away from the Fundamental Attribution Error and to help you learn to better communicate with fellow believers. Pray for His will in your life and His presence in your daily walk.

 

Digging Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.

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2014 Memory Verses

August, 2014
“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”
John 21:25

July, 2014
“Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”
Romans 15:4

June, 2014
"Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people."
Colossians 3:23

May, 2014
”This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
2 Corinthians 5:17

April, 2014
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6

March, 2014
“ Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.’”
John 11:25

February, 2014
“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.”
1 Timothy 6:15

January, 2014
“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
Act 4:12

Past Memory Verses

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