Key techniques to connect with more people to grow your church or ministry using social media. Developing an effective strategy for Social Media ministry to successfully focus on the appropriate overall ministry goals.
Grow your Ministry using Social Media.
Techniques to connect with more people to grow your ministry using social media. Developing an effective strategy for Social Media ministry to successfully focus on the appropriate overall ministry goals.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13:
Open Q: How does this passage motivate you? What do you think?
Main Point: God’s character is love and He loves you and accepts you; you are forgiven and secure in Him! He created you for a reason and has given you a purpose greater than you could ever imagine. He wants you to pursue Him and His principles so He can empower you even more.
What does this mean? God tells us that love is the greatest thing we can experience, that real love points to Jesus, for He is the Greatest! God loves us so much; He will allow His great love to move in with hope to further our faith. When we are in Christ, we have deep value. He died for you to give you salvation so you are unique and complete in Him! When we have faith in Christ, we are pleasing and glorying Him, which is the main mission for our life. With faith, you will be able to move forward this great love and all of its dimensions to impact the Kingdom!
What can we do? Take each of the aspects of Love in 1 Corinthians 13; then replace the word “love” with “Jesus!” For example…Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind…; what does this do for you? How does this give you a glimpse into His character?
Q: Why is real, authentic Love the greatest thing we could ever have or do?
Q: What do faith, hope and love mean to you? How have you shown them?
Q: How would a better understanding and practice of love help you?
How does this apply? The manifestation of love places our confidence in our Lord, that He is holding and molding us, and the expectation that we have more and better things to come throughout all eternity. Hope is not just our forward outlook to be in Christ forever, or that produces Joy for today.
Where is my Hope in this? We do not deserve His love, yet we receive it anyway. We do not earn it or achieve it or merit it in any way whatsoever, yet it is there for our taking because of what Christ has done on our behalf.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
Open Q: What causes you to fear or fuss or fret or stress? What do you think?
Main Point: Jesus is the way to the Father. Jesus is exclusive, the only Gate to God! This is not just knowledge of God, rather an intimate connection that He first offers to us-a unity to us in His work for our redemption. This is also an invitation to radical faith.
What does this mean? The “way” in Hebrew, refers to the pursuit of righteousness as one journeys through the wilderness of the tough times-even suffering. It is a beacon, and we are to focus on Christ. Truth means He fulfills the Law and teachings of the Old Testament. Life means there is no existence without Him and there is no salvation without His atonement, redemption, and grace. Christians were first called “the Way” (Matt. 7:14; John 1:1-4, 14; 3:16-18; 5:26, 33; 11:25-26; Acts 4:12; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 John 5:12).
What can we do? Look to Christ! All the blessings and wonder that we have and can have are locked up in Christ and He gives us the key of faith turned by our faith, commitment, and obedience.
Q: What does it mean to you to Trust in God?
Q: What can?
Q: What do you lack to have more of a commitment to faith?
How does this apply? There is only one True God and only One right way; Jesus is that Only way and path to God, Heaven, and real righteousness! We do this in Christ alone by faith alone. No other aspect of what we can do such as “works,” can give us merit; rather, our salvation is the result of His working in us (John 1:23; Rom. 1:16; 10:4-17; James 2:14-26).
Where is my Hope in this? We can trust in Him totally and completely with all we have now and for our future. He is not just preparing a place for us in eternity, He is preparing us for eternity, too! Fear, frustration, misunderstanding, expecting something else does not need to consume us. Our wholehearted commitment to faith and obedience to follow it up will be key (John 2:21).
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5
Open Q: Does fear have a hold on you? Are you so busy looking for opportunity you cannot see anything else? What do you think?
Main Point: Trust in God is a call to a personal relationship with conviction with Christ. This is a command to step up to faith, our response to the call of God with trust in Him through times of danger and fear.
What does this mean? Yes, we can trust and rely in God with our whole being and with anything that comes our way! We can have a close relationship with God. This means to bow down in such surrendered obedience and devotion that we should be overwhelmed and encompassed, so we are totally focused upon our Lord and not upon ourselves (Isa. 8:17; 28:16; Psalm 118:22; John 13:36; Heb. 2:13).
The theme of Proverbs is that the fear of God is the foundation of learning and growing. This means the awe, worship and reverence we are to have for God. Any fears of rejection or wrong assumptions can dig in and keep us from experiencing and proclaiming our love for Christ (Prov. 1:7; 2:6; 3:5-6; 16:20; 21:1-2; Matt. 10: 27-33; 22:36-38; Phil. 4:12b-13; Col. 2:2-3).
What can we do? We can have trust when we combat fear! We can combat fear with fear. Yes, the solution to fear is fear! To move from the dread of our circumstances to the trust and reverence of our Lord. We can grow and embrace the wonders He has for us.
Q: Why can there be no neutrality in the Kingdom of God?
Q: How can you have a life filled with purpose and distinction? What would be a better purpose for you?
Q: What do you need to do to have a more reverent and fearful attitude toward God?
How does this apply? We have to learn how much Jesus indeed loves and cares for us so we can trust Him even more to take us beyond what holds us back in life. Then, there is nothing that can hold us back in our spiritual growth or from proclaiming His Word.
Where is my Hope in this? Jesus is our Sanctuary; He is the Eternal God on whom we can rely and not only give our lives to, but also live our lives for. When we understand that we are precious in His sight and His deep love for us is true and real, we will have no need for fear. We can let go, let God, and allow Him to reign and be Lord over us as our loving Father.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Open Q: What does it take for most people to take hold of His amazing grace? What did it take for you?
Main Point: For God so Loved the World! His great and powerful love is to be involved in your life and give us undeserved Salvation for eternity and hope for today! Our life is timeless; we are made for eternity, and we can have a good and purposeful life now!
What does this mean? Jesus did all the work; all we just reach out and take hold of His hand, miraculous grace! The main point and purpose of Jesus Christ is not to condemn, but rather to save. When we realize this, we can trust Him, we can be saved, and He will not allow us to be condemned. (Gen. 12:1-3; Psalm 136:1; Isa. 9:6; 63:9; Matt. 5:44-45; John 1:14, 18; 12:47; Rom. 8:32; 1 John 4:9-10; 5:20).
What can we do? Do Not Fear! Those whose faith is in Christ do not have to fear judgment or punishment because Jesus has conquered sin. We receive what He gives and loving it, you will have a better life–a marvelous life here and an amazing eternity beyond description!
Q: How would you describe the love of God from this passage?
Q: How does this inspire people to either love or hate Him? What about to help you have faith and trust Him?
Q: How does the fact you are made for eternity motivate you to have a good and purposeful life now?
How does this apply? See His love, receive His grace, throw off hate and worry, and put on His love, allowing His saving work to envelop and intervene deeply in you so you are truly and completely saved!
Where is my Hope in this? We are or we can be saved from sin and for a purpose! This is the passage that everyone knows, that people will either love or hate,. Just as it is with Christ-we either love Him or hate Him! But, whether we love or hate Him, Jesus did, in fact, come into this world to save us.
For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes. Proverbs 24:16
Open Q: What is the cost when we do not strive to overcome our faults or problems? What do you think?
Main Point: Even though we see wicked people prosper and good people suffer, God will vindicate us. Jesus not only walks by our side, He picks us up and carries us through the times of darkness and confusion. And, those who do wicked to His people, there will be woes to them, and that is not fun.
What does this mean? God wants us to have the outlook to learn from our mistakes and sin. He wants us to not keep making the same bad choices and mistakes; rather seek and give God glory and obtain success by leaning from whatever we experience and what He has us do (Psalm 1:1-3; 145:14; Mic. 7:7-9; Matt. 6:33; Rom. 7:14-20; 2 Cor. 12:9-10; Phil. 4:12-13).
What can we do? We must ask ourselves if we have sin we have personally caused? If so, repent (Rom. 7; 1 John 1:8-10; 2:1-2)! Find out your weakness and be willing to work to overcome them (Psalm 119:1-5; James 1:5-8, 22-25)! Do not make excuses; rather, be responsible and make a plan (1 Cor. 10:13; James 1:13; Phil. 4:13)! Realize that God cares and has a purpose for you even in failure and He will work it out (Psalm 37:23-24; Rom. 8:28)!
Q: Why would someone allow disappointment to become their identity?
Q: How does the fear (respect) of God counteract disappointments?
Q: What would improve with you, if you had a better willingness to learn and grow from your problems?
How does this apply? We can trust in God and ride out our circumstances. Why? If God is in control–and He is–then nothing can happen without His permission and as a result, we can take hold of Him to move us forward.
Where is my Hope in this? We have no need to fear failure or freak out when life gives us a bumpy ride. Thus, we will not give up where and what we are called to go and do. When we are building our confidence and conviction in Christ, we can have real effective achievements that last into eternity. We can persevere through whatever life and bad times throw at us.